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Windows 7 And Windows Server 2008 Reach End Of Life In Less Than A Week

What should businesses do to make sure they're covered?


In less than a week, on Tuesday 14th January 2020, Microsoft will end extended support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Beyond this point, it will no longer issue security updates for any of these operating systems, having already stopped introducing new features when mainstream support ended.

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2020 Pegasus Seminars: Reserve Your Free Seats Today!

This year’s Pegasus seminar dates are now available!


As an award-winning Pegasus Software partner, with our own in-house Pegasus support team, TMB has a long history of showing businesses how to use solutions like Opera 3 effectively and efficiently. A major part of that is our Pegasus seminars, which we use to keep our customers up to date with the latest changes to their applications and to discuss relevant legislation. Now, we’re taking registrations for our latest Pegasus seminars, and this year we’re changing things up a bit – including opening up these free events beyond our existing Pegasus customer base.

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Why Is It So Hard To Catch Cybercriminals?

Do the crime but never do the time.


The idea of good conquering evil is a staple of Western fiction, from novels and plays to movies and TV shows. In the vast majority of cases, you know the hero of the story is going to win in the end, because that's how it's meant to be. It's a nice thought, but in reality, that’s not the case at all: criminals nearly always get away with it – and nowhere is that more evident than with cybercrime. Although the authorities have succeeded in capturing hackers in the past, the vast majority of cybercriminals never face any consequences for their actions. What makes it so difficult to catch them?

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Does Blue Light Keep You Awake Or Not?

Scientists can't seem to agree one way or the other.



Everyone knows that using gadgets like phones and tablets before trying to sleep is a bad idea. The blue light emitted by their screens plays tricks with our brains, we’re told, making it hard to nod off and get a healthy 40 winks. This idea has become accepted wisdom in recent times, with technology companies now including blue-light filtering as standard in many devices. But new evidence has emerged, suggesting that blue light isn’t a problem at all, and that warm colours are, in fact, what’s keeping people up at night. So what’s going on?

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3 Tips For Creating Secure Passwords

Passwords are everywhere; many people use several every day. They're usually the main method by which sensitive information is protected from unauthorised access.

For this reason, it's crucial that passwords offer the strongest practicable protection. With the computing power now available to cyber-criminals, a weak password can be cracked in as little as a few seconds – with obvious potential consequences for your business. Managed IT service providers will be able to advise on choosing strong passwords, but here are a few tips to help you out.

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6 Social Media Mistakes That Can Damage Your Business's Reputation

Post like everyone's watching.


According to some people, social media is the greatest thing to happen to the business world since the invention of the telephone. Others, meanwhile, think it’s overrated and generally a waste of time. More likely, though, is that it depends on how you use it and who your audience are. But whether it’s beneficial or not, the fact is when you tweet from a business account, you’re putting your reputation on the line, and getting it wrong can cause enormous damage to your organisation. So how do you avoid social media disaster?

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Why Cloud Backups Are Better Than USB Disks And Tapes

If you're still using legacy solutions, you could be creating more work for yourself for no real benefit.


One of the most fundamental bits of IT advice is that all businesses should keep multiple backups of their important data. That way, you have more places to restore from, and therefore more chance of getting your files back. 

It's also a good idea to keep at least one copy off site. By doing so, you protect this data from any incidents that affect the copies stored on your premises. Traditionally, this has meant using USB disks or magnetic tapes, which are rotated throughout the week and taken off site each day.

But the cloud has changed all of that. Today, the best way to keep backups away from your business premises is to store them online. Here’s why.

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Why Passwords Are No Longer Enough

Humans are simply too unreliable.


There are two golden rules when it comes to passwords. Keep them strong, and don’t reuse them. It’s simple, straightforward advice, and it can make a real difference to the security of user accounts. Yet far too often people fail to follow this guidance, leaving themselves and their employers vulnerable to serious security breaches. Bearing this in mind, it’s becoming increasingly clear that businesses can no longer rely on passwords alone to keep their data safe.

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Cyber Security Lingo You Need To Know

Successful cyber security means keeping up with – or, better yet, staying ahead of – the people who want to do you harm. Knowledge has always been power, but in today's digital economy, knowing exactly what you're up against and being able to talk about it accurately gives you a real advantage. You don't need to know everything, since a good managed IT service provider will take care of the down-and-dirty work, but a basic understanding of some of the common terms is an advantage. 

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What Is The PSTN Switchoff, And Why Does It Matter To Businesses?

Telephony in the UK is changing, and businesses need to keep up.


Since the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell (or Elisha Gray or Antonio Meucci – take your pick) in the 19th century, the technology behind it and the phone network have gone through countless transformations and improvements. Here, in the UK, the phone network has moved from private hands into state ownership, before being privatised again in the 1980s. There have been many advances over the last 140-odd years, but for many decades, the public switched telephone network (PSTN), which accounts for the vast majority of phone lines in Britain, has been based largely on a network of copper wires. That is set to change, however, with a major push towards internet protocol (IP) networks.

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