Security Alert

New Zero-Day Exploit targeting Internet Explorer Versions 9 through 11 Identified in Targeted Attacks Is your business still using Windows XP? Now that Microsoft have stopped supporting this version of windows a major security flaw has been identified. Protect your business and data and speak to us at Smart Computers on how to upgrade your Read More

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

Protect your mailbox!

There are 3.8 billion mailbox users worldwide. In today’s business environment, you’d be hard pushed to operate effectively without the heavy reliance on your daily email exchanges. They form an integral and effective form of communication regardless of your business size. Over 281 billion emails are sent every single day, which has made them the Read More

Important information if you’re using Windows XP

In April 2014 Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP with security updates, leaving the operating system vulnerable to malicious software and outside threats. At Smart, we have continued to support Windows XP users through our Smart Hosted Exchange service. However, this will be changing. Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 have been using a system called triple 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

PuTTY security patches

PuTTY releases an update. PuTTY has released the latest version of its software that includes security patches for 8 high-severity security vulnerabilities. PuTTY is a popular, widely used open-source client-side program that allows users to remotely access computers over SSH, Telnet, and Rlogin network protocols. According to their website all previous versions of PuTTY software 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

Cyber Attack

NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY ISSUES WARNING ON GAMEOVER ZEUS AND CRYPTOLOCKER You have probably heard on the news about the impending cyber attack affecting computers in the UK, there’s no need to panic, just follow this simple advice from William Rendell, our Technical Director: “Firstly let’s not panic, this infection is not as new as we 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

Microsoft issue a rare Windows XP patch

A story was released on IT News on 14th May 2019 that Microsoft have issued a rare patch for Windows 7 and XP. Microsoft is warning users to apply a critical patch for a remote code execution vulnerability that could attack older versions of Windows. They have warned that the exploit can trigger even when 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