Alan Beattie

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April’s Patch Tuesday update issues

There are reports of issues with the April 2019 patch Tuesday update causing Windows to boot and run slow. The issues appear to be related to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 2012 server machines and anti virus from Sophos, and Avast. See Beta News and Windows latest for more information.

One down, how many more to go?

Hacker and blackmailer gets caught, but is it enough? Users are still at risk as there are many more out there to take his place.. From London, a student used his programming skills to blackmail porn site visitors across the world. His scam is estimated to have been up to £4m, but only £700k has …

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Window 10 April 2018 Update

The  latest update was made available yesterday (30th April), Windows 10 April 2018 Update. So I decided to install this on one machine, which took in total over 4 hours to achieve from start to completion. There are a number of new and updated features (see the Microsoft Windows blog for further information). Here’s a …

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Password Expiry Policy

It has been accepted for some time that changing password regularly is a positive step to providing security for IT systems, but is it? On reflection both, views have valid points to make. Changing passwords has the advantage, that should a password be National Cyber Security Centre Guidance can be accessed at https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/password-guidance-simplifying-your-approach.

Cyber Attack update

Following events of the cyber attack on the NHS it has come to light this was on a global scale, and the effects to some degree could have been minimised. What wasn’t know on the previous post a couple of days back was the extent or the nature of the attack. The attack was global, …

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NHS across UK hit by Cyber attacks

Reports have been coming in during the past hours of a Cyber Attack on the NHS. Reports are suggesting this was part of something bigger globally, there is no lead at this time where this attack originated. More at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39899646

Loyal Customers penalised on broadband costs

Does your broadband costs suddenly jump after an introductory deal ends? Citizens Advice has said that the cheapest broadband prices increase by an average of 43% or £113 a year. Many customers were unaware of the price increases. The rises amount to a “loyalty penalty” for customers who stay with the same provider, Citizens Advice said. …

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IT Training for Transport

After a successful bid in the tender process AHB Information Technology Solutions are to deliver training to transport workers. The training will involve using IT in general and the specific use of tablets.

Apple Recall

Apple has issued a recall notice on its mains adapters. This is due to safety concerns. Plugs in the UK are not affected, but plugs in the Apple World Travel kit are. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35432682

Twitter offline due to code change

Twitter went offline yesterday due to an internal code change which lasted over 6 hours. The code change was reverted back to the previous version which corrected the problem. How did we all cope without one of the biggest social platforms on the internet? Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35361150 Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35351154