Home or Pro/Business

What we see a lot of is small businesses, who when they purchase a new computer, they purchase some new software with it.
However they try to save a few pounds, by purchasing a home version of the product.

Then a few months later on they realise that they simply don’t have the right software for the right job. We see it all to often.  How can you make sure that this doesn’t happen to you?

Simple, just ask, talk to us or any IT company and they should be able to help you with the best way to get the software that you require.

And even if it is cloud based products then the above is still right, recently had a case of someone who purchased Office 365 home, then in this case 13 months later they needed to use something from the business package.  The only thing that could be done realistically was to sell them a second Office 365 subscription.  The reason why they purchased home version, “it gave them access to what they needed at that time” however having purchased it online, they never spoke to anyone regarding what would happen in the future.

This is going to have cost them only an extra £40 so not a really big issue, but as this is for 1 user, you can see how a simple mistake could scale up and cost a lot over the lifetime of the product.

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Mac Security

Well, for those who have spoken to me in the last 4 months, I keep stating that the mass of macs out there is leading up to an attack in some way. Normally followed by ‘we use a mac we are secure’

Well try reading this blog post

Really, Macs are able to be breached. The time is nigh, honestly soon there will be an attack, or an outbreak that will hit the mac community. The point raised (the reason why Macs haven’t been attacked is it just isn’t worth it due to market share) in the article above are still valid but only just.

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EFS

Watch out what you do with EFS, we have just completed un-encrypting a small businesses data, after the keys were lost, due to a virus.

Be warned as not every decryptions work, we had access to everything we needed, and only failed to decrypt 1 file.

If you do use it, export your keys so you can always use them to recover your data.

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Windows Vista & Windows Mobile

So you have a nice shiney new computer with Windows Vista. You also have a Windows Mobile device, how do you get them talking.

You will need to download and install Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista
You may also need to open TCP port 5721 to allow the device to sync.

Then it should all work.

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Vista

Well, Vista was released to business last week. If you want to upgrade talk to us.

We are currently working on sorting out some demo evenings for early next year, more details will be published later.

Any system we ship from now and the release of Vista to the public will include a voucher to upgrade from windows XP to Windows Vista.

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