Choosing antivirus software can be a daunting decision with nearly 20 well know products to choose from. Three factors should be taken into account when choosing antivirus:
So why do we recommend Bitdefender Internet Security?
In terms of protection, in recent tests, Bitdefender protected against 100% of 175 0-day attacks. This means that it protected against unknown threats. It also protected against 100% of 12169 known threats.
Moving on to performance. Having great protection is one thing, but that should not come at the expense of your PC’s speed. All antivirus systems will have some sort of impact on performance, but Bitdefender has the least impact on performance. For example, in the application launch tests, applications opened 12% quicker that the industry average with Bitdefender and copying files was only 1% slower compared to industry average of 7% slower.
So, onto usability. The last thing you want from an antivirus system is that it identifies legitimate software or websites as dangerous. In tests, Bitdefender gave no false warnings for a sample of 500 websites, gave only 4 false warnings during system scans of 1, 205, 032 items which matches the industry average and gave no false warnings whilst installing or using legitimate software.
If that isn’t enough to convince you of Bitdefender’s superior nature, they have been around for 15 years and protect 500 million computers in 150 countries. Their intelligent antivirus engine can detect and neutralise the newest threats in as little as 3 seconds.
Finally, Bitdefender wins awards year after year. For example, in 2016, it won editors choice from PC Mag, was recommended by PC Advisor, and was editors choice by Tom’s Guide. It also won best performance in 2015 and 2016 in tests by av-test.org, the independent IT-security institute.
So, if you want the best protection from all types of threat including ransomware, check out our recommended Bitdefender products here
Apple have revealed that they are releasing a smart speaker named HomePod to compete with Amazon’s Alexa and all of the other smart speakers that are flooding the market.
Its features will be similar to the other smart speakers on the market. It’s trigger phrase is “Hey Siri” which can retreive news, weather, set timers and control smart home devices.
The HomePod will not be available until December and at a price tag of $349.00 makes it the most expensive smart speaker on the market, which is hardly surprising.
Apple say that they have focused on the music function of the device with an in-house designed woofer and seven “beam-forming” tweeters for superior sound quality. They claim it also has spacial awareness and will adjust the sound based on its location in the room.
BBC’s Dave Lee checked out the HomePod at Apples annual developers conference.
Apple have been slow to improve Siri’s voice recognition technology lagging behind Google and Amazon, but state that they will be using machine learning to bring it up to scratch.
The WannaCry ransomware virus has caused chaos around the world recently. Now that the panic has died down and the virus has been halted, let’s take a look at the main stories that are dominating the news.
WannaCry attack ‘linked’ to North Korea hacking group
A hacking group closely tied to North Korea was behind the massive WannaCry attack earlier this month, security company Symantec says..
The way the attack was set up made it “highly likely” that the Lazarus group was responsible, it said.
Lazarus has been blamed for a 2014 attack on Sony and the theft of $81m (£62m) from Bangladesh’s central bank.
In those attacks, the group is believed to have worked on behalf of North Korea’s government.
Rather than being a nation-state campaign, it said, it looked more like a “typical” cyber-crime campaign that sought to enrich its operators.
North Korea has denied any involvement with WannaCry, branding any claims it was behind it “ridiculous”.
The virulent WannaCry worm is believed to have infected computers at more than 200,000 companies.
Victims included more than 60 NHS trusts in the UK as well as Fedex, Renault and Telefonica.
On compromised computers, the worm encrypted files and demanded a ransom of $300 (£231) in bitcoins to unlock them.
So far, 300 victims are believed to have paid to have their files unlocked, generating a total ransom payment of $109,245.
Sony was attacked for releasing The Interview, which involves a plot to kill the North Korean leader A hacking group closely tied to North Korea was behind the massive WannaCry attack earlier this month, security company Symantec says. . The way the attack was set up made it “highly […]
NHS cyber-attack: No ‘second spike’ but disruption continues
A “second spike” in cyber-attacks has not hit the NHS but some hospital trusts are suffering ongoing disruption due to Friday’s ransomware attack.
Routine surgery and GP appointments have been cancelled across the NHS as it recovers from the global outbreak.
But the number of hospitals diverting patients from A&E has decreased from seven on Sunday to two.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who attended a Cobra committee meeting on cyber-security on Monday, said it was “encouraging” that there has not been any fresh attacks, although the National Crime Agency said this did not mean there would not be one in the future.
At least 16 trusts out of 47 that were hit are still facing issues, leading to further cancellations and delays to services, BBC research suggests.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who chaired the Cobra meeting on cyber security, said the UK was working with international partners in the global manhunt to find the ransomware’s creators.
“The National Cyber Security Centre and the NCA are working with Europol and other international partners to make sure that we all collect the right evidence, which we need to do, to make sure we have the right material to find out who has done this and go after them, which we will,” she said.
In July last year, the Care Quality Commission and National Data Guardian, Dame Fiona Caldicott, wrote to Mr Hunt warning that an “external cyber threat is becoming a bigger consideration” within the NHS.
It said a data security review of 60 hospitals, GP surgeries and dental practices found there was a “lack of understanding of security issues” and data breaches were caused by time-pressed staff often working “with ineffective processes and technology”.
Meanwhile, Security Minister Ben Wallace has insisted NHS trusts have enough money to protect themselves against cyber-attacks.
The “real key” was whether trusts had regularly backed up data and whether they were installing security patches, he said.
The government is insisting that the NHS had been repeatedly warned about the cyber-threat to its IT systems, with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon stating £50m was being spent on NHS systems to improve their security.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth pointed to a report from the National Audit Office six months ago.
It highlighted how, in February 2016, the Department of Health had “transferred £950m of its £4.6bn budget for capital projects, such as building works and IT, to revenue budgets to fund the day-to-day activities of NHS bodies”.
WannaCry: What can you do to protect your business?
The WannaCry cyber-attack infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, affecting government, healthcare and private company systems. But how easily could it have been avoided and how can firms protect themselves against future attacks?
On the face of it, the accepted narrative seems simple. Microsoft issued a patch, or update, for the vulnerability in its older Windows operating systems in March.
If all IT departments everywhere had implemented this patch immediately, the WannaCry ransomware worm wouldn’t have been able to run riot across the globe.
As well as keeping antivirus, firewall, application and OS software up-to-date, backing up key data regularly to offline hard drives should be a top priority, most cyber experts agree.
This is because data breaches and cyber-attacks are inevitable these days.
Ransomware has been in the news as over 100 countries were hit including the UK. Many NHS trusts were hit causing cancelled appointments, but what does this mean for end users like yourself?
Ransomware is a type of virus which encrypts (locks) your files with a key which means they can cannot be accessed without the encryption key. To obtain the key, a fee needs to be paid to the attacker, however there are varying reports as to whether the key will actually be supplied at the point of payment. This being said, the best option is to avoid being hit, or in the worst case scenario, if you are hit that you have a backup to restore your files. Here’s a list of ways you can protect yourself from the various types of ransomware.
- Make sure your Windows operating system has all updates installed and ensure updates are set to automatically install.
- Ensure you have an anti-virus system that has a firewall and anti-ransomware protection.
- Backup up your data online. Backing up your files to an external USB drive or network drive will not protect you as the virus can also encrypt the files on the external drive.
If you are not following these procedures, then you may be vulnerable. Geeks Remote Support recommend the following products to keep you safe online:
This antivirus product provides the most thorough malware protection on the market. It has advanced anti-ransomware protection to stop your files being encrypted. It also has a firewall, password manager, secure file shredder and will not slow down your PC.
With 4 layers of protection, Malwarebytes is also a great solution to keep you safe online. It will protect you from malware, ransomware, exploits and malicious websites.
Backing up online is the only way to ensure that if you get hit that you can get your files back. iDrive backs up all of your files safely to the cloud where the virus cannot get to them. It also keeps 10 historical versions of each file, so even if a file gets locked or corrupted, you can restore a previous version.
If you’re unsure if your PC is safe or would like to install any of these products, but don’t know how to get started, Geeks Remote Support can help.
You can book an appointment online at http://geeksremotesupport.com and an expert technician can remotely connect to your computer, ensure your PC is safe and install and configure any required products.
If you would like to talk to a technician, call us now on 0203 637 6370
Windows 10 is nearly 2 years old and there are 400 million people in 192 countries who have upgraded. It has not been a smooth ride, with many bugs and security problems.
We’ve put together some articles which take you from learning Windows 10 basics to advanced features and secret tips and tricks.
Finally, there is an article detailing the various known problems and how to fix them.
This article from laptopmag.com runs through the basics, customization, problems, Cortana, Edge, performance, security and backup.
Feb 6, 2017 … In this article, you’ll find 100 Windows 10 tips and tutorials, split into eight categories, and designed to coach you from beginner to pro.
Next up Komando.com with tips on customization, updates, search, explorer, task view and virtual desktops
Apr 30, 2017 … Windows 10 has grown in popularity, but have you taken the time to start learning the ins and outs? … And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Ed Botts from ZDnet offers 34 tricks and shortcuts for more advanced users.
Dec 5, 2016 … Need help navigating Windows 10? Let Windows pro Ed Bott be your guide.
Guiding tech have 19 tips and tricks covering customization, productivity, and Windows shortcuts.
prophethacker.com have another 10 tips and tricks from resetting your password, to activating God mode.
Here I post the collection of best and new Window 10 tips, tricks and hacks that every window user need to know. With these cool window 10 tricks, you can …
If you’re an IT Pro, tomsitpro.com have 24 tutorials about installation and configuration in a business environment.
Apr 18, 2017 … Here is a compilation of tips, tricks and solutions for IT professionals administering Windows 10 machines and networks.
Lastly, 10 of the most common issues users have experienced, including activation problems and hardware not working.
There have been many “Best Laptops of 2017″ so far this year. We’ve put together a bumper list of reviews from top review sites. It seems that screens are getting smaller with only a couple of 15″ laptops making the list. It sounds like 13″ is the new 15”. Ironically, two sites report that the best laptop for 2017 is the Macbook Pro from 2016! The Dell XPS and the HP Spectre also fair well.
First up we have cnet reviews of the Apple Macbook Pro 2016, Dell XPS 13, Apple Macbook 2016, HP Spectre x360 13, Lenovo Yoga 910, Dell Inspriron 15 7000, HP Spectre x360 15, Razer Blade Stealth, Origin PC Evo 15-S, Asus Chromebook Flip, Samsung Chromebook Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and Lenovo Miix 510
Apr 19, 2017 … CNET editors choose the best laptops and notebooks, covering … Updated 19 Apr 2017 … £1,100.00 at Amazon.co.uk See all prices.
Next up, Expert Reviews offerings: Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet, Lenovo Yogabook, Acer Switch Alpha 12, Dell XPS 15, Razer Blade Stealth, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, HP Chromebook 13, and Acer Chromebook R11
coverage in the UK. We’ve sifted through the laptops we believe …
Here the best laptops you need to buy in 2017, with the fastest, cheapest and lightest all put to the test.
Finally, we have reviews from PC Mag: Dell XPS 13 9360, Asus Zenbook UX310UA, Dell XPS 159560, Acer Swift 3, Lenovo Yoga 710 11″, Dell Latitude 13 7370, HP Envy 13, Acer S 13 S5-371, Microsoft Surface Book, Macbook 12″, HP Spectre 13, Macbook Pro 2016, Lenovo Yoga 900, Macbook AIr 13″ 2015, Dell Inspiron 13 5000, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Asus Zenbook, Acer Swift 7,
Mar 23, 2017 … What’s the best laptop you can buy in the UK? Dell XPS 13 9360; Asus ZenBook UX310UA; Dell XPS 15 9560; Acer Swift 3; Lenovo Yoga 710.
Ever wondered what a NAS drive is and/or if one would be any use to you? Essentially, a NAS drive is one or more hard drives (just like the drives that are in desktop PC’s) which are connected to a network. They can also protect your data and do other tricks as well.
Check out these 3 articles which will put you in the picture
Apr 5, 2016 … The most obvious reason to get an NAS device over an external hard drive is how many things can access it. … Should You Use an NAS?
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The way businesses benefit from remote IT support is on the increase as the digital revolution has forced SMEs and large corporations to build an effective IT infrastructure, as many core business functions are now supported by tech such as the cloud and ultrafast broadband. The endless march of new technology and the growing expectations of customers means IT has to be optimised on a daily basis, which can be challenging without expert assistance.
The advent of the “internet of things” has made it possible to bring your home to life with automation and monitoring. With the press of a button, or a voice command, you can control a wide range of “smart” devices. Here’s a roundup of the best smart home devices on the market right now.