Heatwaves can kill servers

Whilst many are enjoying the weather, some overlook servers hidden in server rooms, under stair cupboards, and boxes. Servers emit heat and whilst a modern system has more tolerant operating temperature ranges, sticking them in a small room with the door closed can cause them to generate heat and not be able to keep themselves cool enough. We hear of higher failure rates during the warmer months. ...
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Wannacry Decryption Tool released

A week on, there is some good news in the world of computer security. A decryption tool named 'WannaKey" has been released by Guinet, however you do need certain criteria for this to run successfully. You need a Windows XP machine, for the infection to have just happened and to not reboot it. This utility searches the computer memory of the prime numbers used to generate the decryption key. RAM...
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Wannacry ransomware outbreak

It has been a busy weekend for many. An outbreak that started on Friday had spread so quickly across many large and well known organisations luckily came to a halt when a security blogger accidentally halted the spread of this worm by registering a domain name. On Friday evening our team were manually checking as many servers and clients as possible to ensure that the latest security updates we...
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Add a new lease of life to your workstations

I've heard it many times. Your staff are complaining because their computers are running slow. It was top of the range but given a few years it now performance at a snails pace. It may not require replacing. Simply swapping out the conventional hard drive (mechanical) for a new SSD Solid State Hard Drive can improve performance many times over. In fact it can run faster than from when it was new. ...
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Is your server past it?

Have you recently heard staff muttering "this is slow" or "it's crashed again?" We are still regularly coming across old servers such as Windows Server 2003 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. Why should you update to something newer? Microsoft stopped releasing Windows security updates for these systems a long time ago. Your response may be "why does it matter? We stopped using our serv...
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Our new webhosting snapshots feature can save your bacon

If you use us for your webhosting then you're in for a treat. We are undergoing a huge migration process on all hosting accounts to move you to our high performance, optimised hosting servers. As part of this upgrade you also receive timeline backups. This feature is accessible from our control panel. Simply choose a date and time to 'rewind' your site back to. May be you made a tweak and broke yo...
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Emails emails, emails!

It has been a busy day at Firbanks HQ today. Our engineer, Mark has been moving emails between servers for most of the day. Migrating emails from Google's gsuite to Office365 and emails from an old and flaky (not ours) mail server to a new reliable ones. Customer feedback - "why it's just magic my emails just appeared I was worried that this would be a nightmare but you make it look so easy!" T...
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Windows 7 and 8.1 updates will not support new hardware

If you're thinking of getting a new computer but downgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1 then you're in for a surprise. Although Microsoft do release updates for these operating systems, they only successfully work on older hardware. If a newer processor is detected for example, then the update will fail to install. Microsoft is still continueing to support Windows 7 up until 2020, however the updates ...
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Critical Windows updates available this patch Tuesday

If you run a Windows system, ensure that you allow today's updates to install - don't put them off. Many vulnerabilities discovered between January and now have been discovered and patched. Don't leave these security holes open. In addition to this, ensure that Adobe reader also installs any pending updates.
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