A cyber awareness guide for SMEs

Technology is rapidly evolving, providing great opportunities for businesses to improve processes and communication, however it comes with its challenges as these constant changes also open up opportunities for criminals. To help you stay on top of the latest cyber threats and what you can do to protect yourself and your business online, we’ve pulled Read More

Calling all Festival organisers

Calling all UK Festival organisers! Summer has officially started, which means the festival season you have meticulously been planning for has too! And what amazing weather to kick it all off. We know that organising a festival requires a lot of preparation, planning and resources – including equipment – that’s where our IT rental service Read More

The ‘must have’ IT equipment for your next exhibition

Running an exhibition or trade show? So, you’re running an exhibition or a trade show and want to generate more engaging and inspiring interactions.  Both types of event are great for networking, displaying your latest products and services, and attracting new business. However, trade show stands and exhibitions can look unattractive and plain without the Read More

Renting – the future for businesses

Renting – the future for businesses Nowadays renting is the norm. The preferred option for many people and businesses over making expensive purchases. Property, mobile phones, cars, tools – the costly commodities that you just don’t want to commit to having…forever! UK economic uncertainty is a top priority for many businesses and protecting the balance Read More

CCP have rebranded

  Our charity of the year, CCP, have rebranded! On 4th July, our charity of the year, CCP rebranded. The charity were formerly known as County Community Projects, often referred to as CCP for short. Although still referred to as CCP, the name behind the letters has changed to ‘Caring for Communities and People’. The rebrand also Read More

Working from home?

Do you, or are you planning on working from home? Here’s what you need to know Many businesses and industries are becoming a lot more accepting of remote working. If working from home is an option for you, here are our top tips for ensuring optimum efficiency. 1. Invest in the right home office equipment Read More

Why Office 365 ProPlus?

Important note if you have Office 2013 Microsoft has announced that with effect from 13th October 2020, Office 2013 will no longer be compatible with Office 365 cloud services including Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online and OneDrive for Business. After this date there will be an increased security risk and a risk of noncompliance with industry Read More

Staying safe on public Wi-Fi

Free public Wi-Fi is so convenient, but have you ever thought about how it can compromise your security? In this article we show you how you can reduce the risks you face when using your laptop, smartphone, or tablet when you are out and about.  We’ve all been there, stuck without a data connection when Read More

Smart Top 10 Backup & Recovery Tips

Know your business requirements: How long a company need to keep its backups is based on legal and operational requirements for each type of system. Keeping the backups for longer than required will unnecessarily increase storage costs. Keep IT simple: The most reliable backup systems are the simple ones. Over complicating your backup routine, makes Read More

Office 365 users…

Don’t be lost with insufficient data backup Did you know that Microsoft does not back up and recover your Office 365 emails or files as standard? And that instead you need a backup solution! This includes: Emails Attachments Contacts Calendars OneDrive accounts Sharepoint document libraries. Without a backup solution, once your emails or files are Read More

Covid-19 update 17.03.2020

Covid-19 update 17.03.2020 The team at Smart Computers understand that our customers may be worried about the impact of Coronavirus (Covid 19) and the ability for the Smart team to operate ‘business as usual’. Following the Government announcement on 17th March 2020, we are taking measures to ensure both our staff and our customers are Read More

Keep safe online this BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY

There’s no denying there are some really genuine deals to be had over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s forecast that consumers will spend millions online as they kick off (like us), add to or finish their Christmas shopping while picking up some bargains, but sadly in this day in age it’s also the perfect Read More

Impressive, Professional, Polite

“I would have no hesitation in recommending Smart Computers” Transport and Logistics company – Driver Hire required a projector at short notice. They found the Smart Rental Service by doing an online search. Neville Thomson of Driver Hire had this to say about Smart and the service he received: “I was very impressed by the Read More

SCAM Awareness Month – July 2016

THERE’S ONLY ONE YOU; KEEP IT THAT WAY! Do you know how to protect yourself against identity crime?  Identity theft is the UK’s fastest-growing method used to carry out criminal activity and the internet provides numerous opportunities for fraudsters to harvest the personal data of unsuspecting members of the public. Once a criminal has your details they can Read More

The ideal partner for Production Companies

As you may have read in our previous articles, renting a laptop has many advantages over buying – especially for businesses who need to scale up and/or down their IT requirements regularly; or for companies who need a large number of machines in one go, would rather spread the cost and have peace of mind Read More

Why rent a laptop?

Why rent a laptop? When it comes to buying a new laptop most people and businesses dread the upfront financial outlay of a new machine and are more than aware that from the moment they have made the purchase, technology will be moving on. Choosing the right laptop with the most amount of memory, battery Read More

Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: What you need to know

Meltdown and Spectre. Not James Bond films, but real life cyber security threats. Here’s the lowdown. News broke earlier this week that the discovery of gaps in security that stem from central processing units (chips/microchips), allow privately stored data in computers and networks to be hacked. These security gaps affect nearly all computers worldwide (along Read More

Important information if you’re using Windows 7

Did you know that every Windows product has a lifecycle? The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. This is the point in which Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This means that from this date your PC is more at risk from Read More

Welcome to Nicole

Big welcome In our 22nd year of business, we are continuing to grow here at Smart. Over the past year we have been getting busier and busier and as a result have recently recruited a new starter to strengthen the team. So a BIG welcome goes out to Nicole, our new Accounts and Administration Assistant. Read More

Introducing Data Encryption

Introducing Data Encryption from Smart Computers At Smart Computers, we’ve boosted our Smart Protect service. Introducing Data Encryption. Encryption has become a given-standard under the new General Data Protection Regulation that comes in to force in May 2018. The new regulation forces UK and EU businesses to implement security procedures to ensure that data is Read More