Elon’s crusade to stop the A.I. apocalypse…

Elon Musk, the South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor who is famous for his futuristic gambles, thinks we should be very worried about Silicon Valley’s future vision for A.I.

See what you think: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/elon-musk-billion-dollar-crusade-to-stop-ai-space-x

 

 

 

Microsoft and Kaspersky kiss and make up

Kaspersky has ended their lawsuit filed against Microsoft, who they accused were abusing their monopoly.

Isn’t that nice!

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/kaspersky-and-microsoft-kiss-and-make-up-in-antitrust-dispute/

How long should your new Microsoft laptop last?

So you have spent a tidy sum on a new laptop – a Microsoft Surface. After two years it starts playing up.

“But it cost me an arm and a leg!” Time to buy a new one?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/10/consumer_reports_dont_buy_microsoft_devices/

 

Biometric scanning… is it all it’s cracked up to be?

As the latest form of biometric scanning is due to be introduced in September to TSB customers, can it be hacked and if so how easily? Well according to one article in the Independent online, pretty easily!

Still think you don’t need anti-virus on your Mac? Are you sure?

Often thought of as impenetrable, macOS is falling prey to a sneaky malware that’s stealing bank credentials, bypassing Gatekeeper, and disabling attempts to remove it. Find out more here:

Windows As A Service (WAAS)…

Microsoft Office 365 plus Microsoft Windows equals?
Microsoft 365!
Annual licensing of Microsoft Windows has long been touted, and finally, here it is:

Why should I use a banking app instead of logging into my bank account… which one would be more secure?

With today’s mobile devices offering us more convenience and functionality than ever, what is the safest way to access banking on the go?

 

This article, published in the Guardian online, takes a look at this question and makes for an interesting read:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2017/jun/22/is-it-safer-to-use-an-app-or-a-browser-for-banking

 

How are you backing up your data?

Cloud?
Backup disk?
NAS?
Backing up data is probably the most important thing you can do when considering IT maintenance.
You may get a virus. Your computer may explode, get stolen or be misplaced!
Working backwards from that disaster is really worth thinking about.
The very knowledgeable Jack Schofield (the guardian online) wrote an extremely useful article last month.
It’s worth a read!

Ransomware – tips to avoid it…

There has been a lot of news about Wannacry and its effect on companies globally. Ransomware is a huge business for cyber criminals and we are no longer facing lone hackers in basements, these are groups of organised attackers. We can provide help with protecting your system if you contact us, but as a starting point, follow these tips to stay safe from ransomware. There are 6 good tips in the following article and remember Backup, Backup, Backup….. and Patch (Windows Update).

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/93214726/6-ways-to-avoid-ransomware-and-other-ploys

If you are interested in more detail on where it all started and the different strains of ransomware, then please read the following:

https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/what-is-ransomware-protection/ (and this will really make you backup your system).