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

NCSC: One year on

PRESS RELEASE FROM OUR PARTNERS ESET After the first year in operation, the National Cyber Security Centre has had more than 1,000 incidents reported. Highlighting the severe increase in cybercrime and the UK’s attempts of blocking it. GCHQ launched the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) last year to be the UK’s authority on cyber security. The NCSC 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

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? The General Data Protection Regulation is a regulation that is being implemented in to UK law in May 2018. The European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission are enforcing the regulation to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals.   Why is the General Data Protection Regulation Read More

Important information if you are using Windows 10 version 1507

What’s happening to Windows 10 version 1507? From 9th May 2017, Windows 10 devices running version 1507 will no longer receive security and quality updates. The following editions are affected: Home Pro Education Enterprise Since its release in July 2015, Microsoft has released two feature updates that build upon each other, delivering new features and Read More

Safer Internet Day 2016

Today is Safer Internet Day! Join the global celebration – Play your part for a better internet. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Read More

Windows 10

Windows 10 marks a “new era” for personal computing, Microsoft’s chief executive has said. The software, launched globally on Wednesday, is the company’s attempt to reverse its fortunes in the mobile industry. Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to most consumers. However, companies will have to pay for their version, as will Read More

What is ‘Patching’?

What is ‘Patching’? ‘Patching’ or a ‘Patch’ is the term used for a software update.   What does a ‘Patch’ do? Patches can do any of the following things: Fix a software bug Install a new driver Address new security vulnerabilities Address software stability issues Upgrade the software It’s vitally important not to ignore these Read More