Category: Stay Safe Online

END OF WINDOWS 7 Stay Safe Online Jan 2020

Stay Safe Online

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END OF WINDOWS 7

After 14th January, 2020 technical assistance and software updates will no longer be available for Windows 7 and computers will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses – so you need to update to Windows 10.  Microsoft may recommend getting a new computer but it’s relatively easy to update from Windows 7 at a reasonable cost.  Just drop your computer off and we’ll sort it!  And scan your computer, speed it up, and check everything at the same time!

“I was so worried about my computer and so pleased to get it back, upgraded, updated and cleaned up – Windows 10 and Office 2019 installed, and all my files were there – seemingly exactly as I had left them.  They have saved me buying a new computer too.”  Pat Campbell www.patzhat.com

There’s a bonus – as Windows 10 has its own anti-virus and firewalls installed for free.  If you use email or browse the internet you are open to attack – and if you have any computers on your network that are not updated – they are a security threat to the whole network.  Don’t leave it – book your computer in and get it updated safely and securely so no-one can get at your confidential information and you are protected from viruses.

 

Even if your computer is running a later version than windows 7, it’s good practice to install updates which can prevent hacking as they update security.  If you prefer, we can do this for you – and also clean up – and speed up – your computer – at the same time.

 

KEEP YOUR DATA SAFE

Always back-up vital data on a separate hard drive – or ‘on the cloud’ – ie on a remote server.  You can use something like Backblaze which offers unlimited backups www.backblaze.com – it’s not expensive and you can try it free for a month.  (And it’s easier to use than Dropbox.)

 

Latest scams

Beware of fraudsters claiming to be from official bodies such as TV Licensing – and even Action Fraud! They contact people in order to steal personal and financial details.  Copy any links into a google search engine to check – before you even think about responding.

Also beware of a current scam – automated calls from fraudsters stating that you have been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.  Find details of the latest scams on www.actionfraud.police.uk

For more information on how you can protect yourself, visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

And try their quiz to see how Scam-savvy you really are – it really makes you think!

 

Wherever possible. make payments through Paypal www.paypal.com/uk/home – it’s safe and secure and offers a refund if you are not entirely happy with your purchase.

 

Rainford-IT are part of Strawberry Fields – Nominet Channel partners and Cisco network partners.  We

register and renew domain names. We manage our own servers, email, IT and website hosting.  We can fix most hardware – including I-phones and I-pads.  We design and program e-commerce websites – or simple websites, we create videos, take professional photos, make bespoke music, write blogs, and create WordPress websites you can update yourself.  It’s a family business and we provide a personal service.

www.rainford-it.co.uk           01948 840102

Stay Safe Online July 2019 Win 7 & Website Secure

Stay Safe Online July 2019 Win 7 & Website Secure

Stay Safe Online

All your IT in one place, computer support, website design, hosting, email, data storage, cyber security.

Do you have an SSL certificate for your website?  If not, Google will mark your website as not secure and will not include it in searches.  Usually, it only costs £50 to secure your website and obtain an SSL certificate.  Contact us for advice.

END OF WINDOWS 7  After 14th January, 2020 technical assistance and software updates will no longer be available for Windows 7 and computers will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses – so you need to update to Windows 10.  Microsoft may recommend getting a new computer but it’s relatively easy to update from Windows 7 at a reasonable cost.  Just drop your computer off anytime this year – and we’ll sort it!  And scan your computer, speed it up, and check everything at the same time!

Latest scams – this is an email I received recently – if you click on the link it takes you to: https://yazankasap.com/yedek/wordpress/[email protected]  Which doesn’t sound anything like an email server!  My firewall blocked access and warned me that this was a not a secure site.

Find details of the latest scams on www.actionfraud.police.uk 

Rainford-IT are part of Strawberry Fields – Nominet Channel partners and Cisco network partners.  We register and renew domain names. We manage our own servers, email, IT and website hosting.  We can fix most hardware – including I-phones and I-pads.  We design and program e-commerce websites – or simple websites, we create videos, take professional photos, make bespoke music, write blogs, and create WordPress websites you can update yourself.  It’s a family business and we provide a personal service.

www.rainford-it.co.uk           01948 840102

Staying Safe Online Feb 2019

Staying Safe Online Feb 2019

Staying Safe Online Feb 2019

We had a phone call recently from an elderly man who said:  “We’ve just had a problem with our computer that was described in your article – your ‘stay safe online’ alarm bells rang and we’ve turned the computer off – can you fix it?”

We removed over 700 viruses from his computer, along with some malware and programs he hadn’t downloaded and didn’t know he had.  We repaired the damaged files and his computer is working perfectly now – and a lot faster without all that junk slowing it down! 

Never use Facebook to log into anything – i.e. don’t click on links from Facebook – if you are interested in a product – type in the website address yourself so you can check it is a secure site – shown by little green icon in the task bar:

If your website doesn’t have that little green icon – it needs an SSL Certificate (secure socket layer) which verifies the identity of the company that owns the website.  And, if your website has not been updated in the last year, there may also be some security issues that need attention.  Websites with outdated code are liable to be hacked – and – if this happens – your website will very likely be taken down by your hosting company until it is secure.  An SSL certificate should only cost around £50.

Another scam we heard about recently was about a website design company who took stage payments but never did any work – they never even registered the domain name for the client.  This company was based in Cornwall but had come recommended so when stage payments were requested they were paid.  When no progress was made on the website the customer became concerned, but the designer pleaded illness, and the client felt sorry for him – until she found out that other customers were being sent the same emails – and it was a complete scam.  Always check credentials properly before paying up front – better still – use a local business. 

Rainford-IT are part of Strawberry Fields – Nominet Channel partners and Cisco network partners.  We manage our own servers, email, IT and website hosting.  We can fix most hardware – including I-phones and I-pads.  We can design and program e-commerce websites – or simple websites, we create videos, take professional photos, create bespoke music, write blogs, and create WordPress websites you can update yourself.  It’s a family business and provides personal service.

Any questions?  Ring us – advice is free. You can also check out our website for the latest scams – including 22 Android apps that kill your battery life, 22 hidden tricks inside Windows 10 and a new tech support scam.

www.rainford-it.co.uk           01948 840102