Support for Office 2010 is coming to an end this October, and Windows 7 reached the end of the support cycle in January, so now is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your devices and software in one go. We recommend attaching Office Home & Business 2019 to your Windows 10 devices, so all of you are guaranteed a complete solution, with a reliable device and easy-to-use everyday apps.
With the growing focus on preventing the spread of Coronavirus companies are preparing for employees self-isolating and working from home.
If your employees have a home computer there are several ways they can continue to work from home.
- Remote desktop access into a server – This is the best form of remote working as it has the highest level of security and doesn’t require the users p.c. to be left on. You may already have this is place but you should be aware that access is controlled by licenses. Once your license is reached no other user can access the system
- Remote desktop access into desktop computer – This works in a similar fashion to above but requires the users p.c. to remain on in the office
- Remote access software – You can purchase remote access software to allow access in to your computers. This also requires your p.c. to remain on in the office.
It should be noted that having all you users working from remote access will affect your internet bandwidth and you should ensure you have adequate capacity.
If you need any assistance in preparing for remote working please contact us. We can provide solutions for just a couple of p.c.’s through to a few hundred. We can also provide new internet connections and telephone systems.
Aston Berkeley Systems do have contingency arrangements in place to continue supporting you. If we are forced to self-isolate we will still have access to our computer and telephone systems. You will be able to contact us by our normal telephone number 01925 751111 or email – email@example.com
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Microsoft has issued a fresh update for Windows 7, just days after it said it would provide no more patches for the ageing operating system.
It made the U-turn after it emerged there was a bug in its "final" patch.
It caused "wallpaper issues" for users who configured their computers with the stretch option for their background desktop, causing a plain black screen to be shown when Windows was restarted.
And users took to Reddit and Microsoft own support forums demanding a fix.
Security consultant Graham Cluley tweeted: "That didn't take long. Microsoft backs down on 'no more updates for Windows 7' in order to fix stretched wallpaper bug."
Initially, Microsoft said it would issue the new fix only to those who subscribed to its extended security updates (ESU) program.
But later it said: "We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release, which will be released to all customers running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1."
Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 on 14 January, although ESU subscribers will continue to receive security updates.
One in four Windows users is still running Windows 7, according to measurement website StatCounter.
Security experts have advised them to upgrade their operating systems to Windows 10.
The National Security Agency (NSA) is starting the year off on the right foot by alerting Microsoft to a flaw in its Windows 10 operating system, instead of secretly weaponizing it.
The intelligence agency discovered 'an extraordinarily serious security vulnerability' that could spoof the digital signature of software that could trick a PC into letting malware in that is posing as a legitimate application.
The bug was uncovered in NSA's own research and by disclosing this information to the tech giant, the agency believes it is putting 'computer security ahead' of its own agenda.
The NSA came under fire five years ago for weaponizing a less sever flaw found in Microsoft's technology, dubbed EternalBlue, that was said to be like 'fishing with dynamite', according to The Washington Post.
Cybercriminals stole the hacking tools from the NSA, launching massive ransomware campaigns – one specifically was WannaCry.
This major extortion scheme hit 150 countries including the US, Britain, Russia, China, Germany and France, and affected 200,000 different companies.
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The Sage 50cloud Accounts v220.127.116.11 update is now available. The hotfix should only be used if v18.104.22.168,v22.214.171.124, v126.96.36.199 v188.8.131.52 has been installed on a machine. If this isn't the case then install the new v184.108.40.206 update as a separate installation.
Your existing serial numbers and activation keys will continue to work with this release, but if you have any issues make sure you contact us
We've also identified an issue in this update that basically disabled Sage Add-ons so they don't appear in your Sage, but the icons can be placed on your desktop or anywhere else that you would like and still work. The only thing that not working is that the icons don't appear within Sage.
So if you have any add-ons in your Sage like BatchRecorder, LocationRecorder or any other add-on. Please speak to us or your developer about the upgrade to the newer version of Sage.
The computer software was released back in 2009 so it has had a solid 10 years of fun. But from January 14 2020, support for Windows 7 will be discontinued. Microsoft says it is doing this in order to focus its investment “on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.”
Here’s what it means for you and the impact it could have.
Windows 7 end of life: what does it mean?
From January 14, Microsoft will discontinue support for Windows 7. This means any PCs still running the software will no longer receive security updates, software updates, or technical support for any issues.
That means that if you call up Microsoft’s customer service team with a Windows 7 issue, the company will be unable to help you.
If you continue to use a Windows 7 PC after the January end date, the computer will still work however it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
What should I do?
There are two things you can do. One option is to upgrade to Windows 10. The free upgrade deal ended in July unfortunately but for the cost of £139 you can upgrade to the new software and keep your current PC.
If you have a hard drive smaller than 32GB or a full hard drive then you might need to free up some space on your computer. An external hard drive is a useful place to store files such as photos and documents or take advantage of Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud software. In addition, the Disk Cleanup tool can free up space on your behalf.
The second option is to buy a new PC that already uses Windows 10. Microsoft recommends this option if your computer is more than three years old as more modern devices are faster and more powerful, meaning they can handle the new software more easily.
What impact could this have?
There’s always a problem when people continue to use outdated tech which is no longer supported as it makes the devices more vulnerable to hacks and scams. In 2017, the global cyber attack affected at least 80 out of 236 NHS trusts in part because they were still using Windows XP, which came out in 2001 and received its final update in 2008.
Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow, told the : "By using an unsupported operating system, users expose themselves to cybersecurity risks as Microsoft will no longer resolve security flaws found on the system, provide technical support or issue software updates. Cybercriminals can use this to their advantage by identifying any flaws in the system and potentially accessing consumer’s data and information. As seen previously during the end life of former operating systems, such as Windows XP."
, the UK government signed a new agreement with Microsoft to received patches for all the NHS devices operating XP, along with rights for the NHS to use Windows 7. Many Windows 7 devices were also targeted that hadn’t received the latest security update at the time.
Whilst you probably can't control the software the NHS uses, you can ensure your tech and gadgets are protected by updating in the necessary ways.
Farewell Windows 7. It was a beautiful relationship while it lasted but now it’s time to say goodbye. From January 14th 2020, for this much loved operating system. So, what does Windows 7 end of life mean for the regular SME? Well your pc will still continue to operate but you will no longer receive any windows updates. This will leave your pc vulnerable to security hacks and viruses/malware that emerge next year.
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