Why Sticking with Windows XP is a bad idea…

It’s time to move on now if you are still running Windows XP after the support ended…

Windows XP is no longer covered by Microsoft, since 8th April 2014 Microsoft stopped providing security updates, hotfixes, bug fixes, service packs and online technical assistance. Microsoft has been warning people and businesses about it for months but, there are still an estimated 27% of desktops worldwide running on Windows XP according to Netmarketshare.

Since the end of support your system could be exposed to serious risks and security threats. Windows XP have vulnerabilities like any other operating system but, when it was still supported Microsoft would provide patches and updates to resolve these vulnerabilities. But now unprotected, who to say cybercriminals won’t write a piece to malicious software just targeted at XP machines?

So beware, data on the over a decade-old system won’t be fully protected even if anti-virus software is installed, as cybercriminals can exploit the vulnerabilities or the ‘gaps’ within the system security to steal or corrupt data.

System not connected to the internet? If it is connected to a network it can still be a door for malicious software, acting like a carrier and allow the software to infiltrate and infect other computers running Windows 7 or 8 on the network.

If you’re still on XP at work or at home it is time to complete the migration to a new operating system to help keep all your information safe, from those who wish to exploit the unsupported system. The risk is there so, upgrade your operating system to protect your data and network!

Get Connected – Government Connection Voucher Scheme

Did you know in 2013, 36 million, 73% of adults in Great Britain accessed the Internet every day (National Statistics – Internet Access) but, there are still areas within Great Britain that are poorly connected which can have a negative impact on business operations.

Businesses need internet connection to communicate with customers, suppliers and stakeholders, they need to be able to use social media, business cloud applications and much, much more.

With a faster internet connection companies can benefit from:-

  • Improve reliability and speed of service
  • Improve competitiveness in local and international markets leading to business growth
  • Enable better communication with stakeholders
  • Increase productivity with more efficient working
  • Better data storage and accessibility

To help improve connections for businesses and to support economic growth the UK Government is currently running a Connection Voucher scheme across the UK. The scheme offers ‘connection vouchers’ worth up to £3000 to help small to medium size businesses, Charities and Social Enterprises to help towards improving or upgrading their current broadband connectivity.

The 22 SuperConnected Cities within the programme are: Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Derry/Londonderry, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth, Salford, York.

You could be considered for a grant if you:-

  • are based in an eligible area
  • a SME, Charity or Social Enterprise
  • have not received more than approximately £120k in grants in the last 3 years
  • select a service that delivers speed or performance improvements
  • are willing to sign up for a minimum 6 months contract with chosen supplier

The maximum £3000 grant can be used towards initial installation charges and the organisation will need to pay for all ongoing monthly charges which can differ from current costs depending on which type of connect you choose.

The connections such as Fibre To The Premise (FTTP), Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), Fibre on demand, Fixed Wireless Access, Ethernet First Mile (EFM), Microwave, Ethernet Leaseline and Wireless Leaselines could all potentially qualify for the government connections voucher scheme.

As a listed supplier, if you are interested and would like to discuss further please feel free to email us below or give us a call on 0845 603 5552.

The Demise of XP & the Do’s and Don’ts of Backup

The support has now officially ended for the popular operating system Window XP. Businesses who are still running on Windows XP will need to consider moving to a supported operating system such as Windows 7 or 8 because, without new updates and support it will make systems more vulnerable to malicious attacks.

Whether you choose Windows 7 or 8 you have to think about data backup and about how to migrate your data across to the new operating system.

Click on the image below to see Richard Carty from Netshield discussing the do’s and don’ts of backing-up your valuable data on BizToBizTV.

Data Backup, Windows XP, Netshield, Richard Carty

RIP Windows XP, but what next. Richard Carty of Netshield explains some of the do’s and don’ts of backing up your precious data.