Google Docs – the free and easy collaboration solution that your employees may already be using

  Standard office email may be one of the worst things that ever happened to collaborative authoring of a document. If you send a document to three people for editing or approval, you now have 4 distinct versions of the…
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Free Email Accounts, and How to Use Them Correctly

It’s amazing how many people in business overlook this simple piece of communication and it can cost them thousands of pounds in lost trade. Keep Your Email Professional Professionalism doesn’t come free. You’ve worked hard to establish your business name…
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How to Tell if You’ve Gotten Hacked

Being hacked is the single biggest fear of most computer users.  Many believe the first sign of strange behaviour or errors on their PC is a sign hackers have taken control.  But are hackers really inside your machine, stealing your…
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New Week – 11th Feb 2019

Next week due to the road resurfacing in Kirkbampton.The road is closed according to Cumbria Highway  But we will still be OPEN and the marshalls will let you know when it’s okay to come through the roadworks.  There will most likely be short…
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Why 2-Factor Authentication is Important

You hear about hacks all the time. The news covers major websites who have had data leaks containing your email and password. Computers get infected and capture your login details for bank accounts and credit cards. In the worst cases,…
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Why Am I Getting E-mail From Me

I recently started receiving emails from “me”. To: D***********a@hotmail.com. From: D***************a@hotmail.com. How can this happen? I am currently using “Outlook.com”. Any input? Thank you! Most likely someone who has you among their e-mail contacts has a virus on their computer.…
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Increase Your Productivity with Dual Monitors

Conventional wisdom states that cluttered workspaces lead to a disorganized mind.  Mess prevents productivity and begins to hamper professionalism.  Shouldn’t that apply to the computer desktop too? The simplest way to clean and organise your digital desktop is to add…
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Is Your Laptop Running Hot and Loud?

Laptop computers commonly heat up a little in normal operation.  Electronic components, including large capacity batteries, become warm in use.  Your laptop should never become too hot to handle though.  When a laptop turns hot to the touch or starts…
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SSD: Make Your Old Computer Your New Computer

The solid-state drive (SSD) has swiftly become the go-to upgrade to breathe new life into an ageing computer, and for good reason too.  An SSD swiftly brings an old laptop or desktop up to date with modern machines in just…
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Keeping Tabs On Children’s App Purchases

Children today have grown up surrounded by technology their entire lives.  Since before they are old enough to read they can pick up a tablet or smartphone and swipe at apps and games with ease.  Modern kids have an intuitive…
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Is A Slow Network Getting in The Way of Your Business?

Very few things in life are as intensely frustrating as slow network speeds.  Whether accessing a shared database, sharing files between computers, or sending a file to print; waiting for transfers can seem to take an eternity.  Worse still, these…
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More Than A Virus, Common Malware to Watch Out For

The term “virus” is often used to describe many different types of infection a computer might have.  Virus, when used as a blanket term, can describe any number of potential computer programs. What these programs have in common are they…
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Are Registry Cleaners a Good Idea?

You have likely been alerted by popups while browsing the web.  These, often flashing, advertisements claim your computer has more than a thousand errors requiring urgent attention to fix.  Perhaps helpfully, these popups offer a solution to cure your computer…
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Is it Time to Retire That Program? Here’s How to Tell for Sure

Your business has likely been using the same set of applications for some time. Perhaps since the day you started, a long time ago. While you’ve been replacing computers and devices regularly to maintain your competitive advantage, the standard installation…
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Time to Refresh Your Passwords

We often tend to be creatures of habit, particularly when it comes to technology.  Passwords are a prime example.  Many of us use the same logins for multiple websites and applications because we don’t have a photographic memory.  A large…
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Preparing Your Business Tech to Start the New Year

The start of a new year is a challenging time for businesses.  It can be a good time to reflect on the wins and losses of the previous twelve months.  It’s also an excellent time to take stock and evaluate…
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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Computer

Running the Best Security Software Most computers today run at least some form of basic antivirus. In the modern day however, threats have evolved to be more sophisticated, more damaging, and much more common. Ransomware, malware, phishing, and zero-day attacks…
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A New Year’s Data Resolution To Stick To

Many of us set goals, tasks, and challenges to tackle in the new year.  Cleaning out the spare room, shopping around for the best energy deals, or exercising more than we did last year.   We set these goals to improve…
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