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Why Blaming And Shaming Are Bad For Cyber Security

Crime victims need to be encouraged to come forward

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Password Expiration Is Pointless, Says Microsoft

It doesn’t work, and it’s really, really annoying.

Forcing users to periodically change their passwords is pointless, Microsoft has stated in a blog post about proposed security changes in Windows 10.

If you’ve ever logged into your work computer and been told by Windows that you have X amount of days to change your password, then you’ve encountered password expiration. It’s not a compulsory feature, but many companies employ it because they regard it as a good security measure.

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What Is Disaster Recovery & When Does It Matter?

Disasters happen all of the time. From fires to floods to cyber-attacks, nature – both human and environmental – can throw many hazards in the path of hard-working businesses. Increasingly, technology is the backbone of organisations. When something goes wrong with IT, companies can find it impossible to recover.

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Why You Shouldn't Downgrade Windows 10 To An Earlier Version

Even if you really, really like Windows 7.

We’re not going to name names, but we read an article published today on a major business IT website, which explained how to roll back from Windows 10 to either Windows 7 or 8. This, to put it mildly, is not good advice, especially seeing as there was no mention of the security implications of this action.

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Future Proofing - What Is It And Does It Work?

Planning for the future makes sense, but it does have its limits.

Ever had a conversation with someone about a potential IT purchase, and they bring up the matter of ‘future proofing’? On the face of it, it seems like a valid point of discussion: how will your new technology perform in the years to come? But think about future proofing with any real conviction, and you’ll realise it’s often not a particularly helpful concept.

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Is There Room In Your Budget For Disaster?

There are no two ways about it: disasters cost money. The moment IT infrastructure is turned off, business stutters to a halt. It might be due to a malicious attack, or it could be something as simple as a power cut. Money does not discriminate. Knowing how to prepare for what UK government statistics show are inevitable eventualities makes all the difference, but how should you invest? After more than 30 years of providing 24/7 support, TMB has some experienced insight, so read on.

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How To Decide On Your Disaster Recovery Solutions In London

Companies in London enjoy economic benefits, but it comes at a cost. The lucrative postcode creates an automatic target for cyber criminals, whilst the population density means that a neighbouring office’s system upgrade can easily take your business offline. Working in London increases the disaster risk, so having a reliable disaster recovery solution is important. Here are the answers to a few common questions.

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Why Does Software Need Patching So Much?

 We look at the reasons behind frequent software updates

Have you ever wondered why software needs patching so much? Almost every time you turn on your PC, it seems like Windows or one of the applications installed on it will need to be updated. At the same time, your mobile devices, like phones and tablets, may get regular operating system patches, and most of your apps will need updating frequently too.

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Cyber Crime Is Adapting - Just Like A Legitimate Business Would

What's the pension plan like, though?

Cyber crime is big business: research suggests perpetrators can make millions every year, and that few of them get caught. It’s no wonder so many cyber security workers get tempted to join the dark side.

As depressing as that is, it’s also important to acknowledge this reality and to recognise that such illegal enterprises are increasingly being operated with the kind of professionalism normally associated with legitimate business.

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Why You Should Use Microsoft Exchange Online Vs. Exchange On Premise

Are the days of the on-premise email server almost over? Join TMB as we pit Microsoft Exchange online vs on-premise.

As annoying as email can be when used improperly, and despite the fact it’s the leading channel for cyber crime, it’s an essential part of doing business. So how you get your emails served to your organisation is a big decision: do you opt for your own server, or do you move it all to the cloud, using Microsoft Exchange Online?

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What’s The Point Of Office 365?

It's the market leader for a reason

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Disaster Recovery: How Much Time Is It Worth?

Whether it is a ransomware attack, equipment failure, or an honest mistake, IT disasters happen all the time. The headlines speak for themselves: “We’re on our knees,” pleaded TSB in 2018, after a network upgrade led to millions of customers being denied access to their accounts. T-Mobile, Google, Facebook, and Quora all faced costly and embarrassing breaches, flouting protocol in a year that was dominated by the strict GDPR rollout. Are you prepared if an IT security disaster were to strike your business? Read on to find out.

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Weak Cyber Security At Universities Is Putting Data At Risk

UK universities are failing to implement adequate cyber security, putting personal, financial and research data at risk.

According to Dr John Chapman, head of the Security Operations Centre at Jisc (Joint Information Systems Committee), cyber attacks against educational institutions are on the rise, but not enough is being done to counter them.

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Windows SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 Support Ends In Three Months. What Should You Do Next?

Time is running out if you're still running old server software. 

There are now only about three months until Windows SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 reaches end of life. Already in an extended support phase, it will no longer receive any more updates, including security patches, so businesses that haven’t already upgraded or found an alternative solution should look to do so as soon as possible. Read More »

Google+ Is No More, But So What?

Search giant has finally given up on its social network. 

The social network that no one wanted and no one used has been shut down, because no one wanted it or used it. Yes, Google+ has gone to the great social media retirement home in the sky, having failed to gain any significant support.

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Has GDPR Failed?

Low compliance rates suggest the data protection framework is struggling to take hold.

Believe it or not, but GDPR is nearly a year old. Technically, it’s actually older than that, having first been introduced in 2016, but most people will be more familiar with the compliance deadline of 25th May 2018, which turned into something of a Y2K moment for many businesses. In any case, while it’s distracted with writing its birthday wish list, let’s look at how GDPR has fared in the past year. More to the point, has GDPR failed to deliver what it promised?

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