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So.................. Windows 10 is coming soon, its a free upgrade for now, to users of Windows 7 and 8, everyone should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 with no problems.........that depends:
Usability will be something to grasp but how do you make sure you and your company are prepared?
Even machines four or five years old will meet the minimum specs. The hardware minimums are:
1GHz CPU, 1GB for 32 bit version, 2GB for 64 bit, 16GB free disk space, DirectX 9 driver that is WDDM approved
Microsoft has defined the minimum specifications for Windows 10 on their website.

So in theory,  any machine running Windows 8.1 should be capable of running Windows 10????? That is quite a bold statement to make. Only time will tell if this statement turns out to be true.
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Adobe's Flash software is now blocked by default on all versions of the Firefox web browser.
Mozilla, which develops Firefox, imposed the block because recently unearthed bugs in Flash were being actively used by cyber-thieves.
The bugs were detailed in a cache of documents stolen from security firm Hacking Team that was hit by attackers last week. Have you updated yours?
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Disaster Recovery (DR) – Is it necessary?
I am preparing to run Potteries Marathon – 26.2 miles in 4 hrs-15min I have run a marthon before, however, I have a plan to follow and that’s what gets me through it.  We all need a plan, whether it be building a house (am doing that too!) going on holiday or running a business.  A plan can be diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective.  We need focused plans target goals that are important to stakeholders and investors.  It is imperative to include DR in that plan.
1.     an occurrence that causes great distress or destruction
2.     a thing, project, etc, that fails or has been ruined
restoration to a former or better condition
the regaining of something lost
I am sure you will agree that computer data is very black and white, maybe it’s just 0’s and 1’s, well I think it is a simple choice of YES or NO.  Three basics to consider
·         Preventive - Data Bckup
·         Detective – Ant-Virus
·         Corrective – Fix and Restore
How “fit” is your business?
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Research by IDC shows that up to 40% of employee Internet access is
not work-related. While shutting off Internet access is impractical, Internet monitoring and access control software enables network administratorsto reduce unproductive Internet use. We can help improve
employee productivity by giving you the ability to monitor and control
Internet access in real time, ensuring that employee web browsing activity is aligned withbusiness needs, and that any files downloaded are free of viruses and other malware
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Get proactive with your IT services using arc I.T. server monitoring. arc I.T. don’t just monitor RAM and Processor usage, arc I.T. will also monitor the things that really matter to your business – like Anti-Virus, WSUS, Backups, Exchange Server,  and Event Logs. We can set up automated maintenance routines and system reporting.
As soon as there is a potential issue we can inform you.
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Google has revealed the identity of a user after discovering child abuse imagery in the man's Gmail account in Houston, Texas, according to a local news report.

It alerted a child protection agency, which notified the police and the man was arrested, KHOU 11 News reported.

Google told the BBC it would not comment on individual accounts.
The arrest raises questions over the privacy of personal email and Google's role in policing the web.

Police in Houston told the local news station that Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an email being sent by John Henry Skillern. After the existence of the email was referred to them by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the police obtained a search warrant and arrested the man.

The 41-year-old is a convicted sex offender. He has been charged with possessing child pornography, it was reported.
"I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," Detective David Nettles said.
Emma Carr, the acting director of privacy lobby group Big Brother Watch, told the BBC: "With the rate that Gmail messages are scanned, and the fact that all US companies are bound by US law to report suspected child abuse, it is hardly surprising that this individual has found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
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Less than 5% of today’s Internet connections are secured by Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW).*
That leaves 95% of businesses unprepared to meet today’s network security challenges!
Why a Next-Generation Firewall?
Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, BitTorrent. Some applications serve legitimate business functions, others put you at risk. Legacy firewalls can’t see, let alone control, the evasive, port-jumping application traffic that regularly traverses networks. 
Why a WatchGuard Next-Generation Firewall?
Application Control provides visibility, granular
control, and reporting for over 1,800 applications!
Dynamic IPS Protection from network intrusion attempts and zero-day attacks
Best-in-Class secure throughput
Performance + Pricing = Industry-Leading Value
Prepare your enterprise for the next generation. Call us today at 01782 202 529
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Cyber-security lessons could be expanded in UK schools

Plans to teach children as young as 11 about careers in cyber-security have been announced.
New learning materials would be offered to UK schools to publicise jobs in the sector, the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills said.
A recent report said limited awareness of cyber-security as a profession had created a skills shortage.
One expert said the UK was at risk of being “left behind and at a disadvantage globally”.
“There’s no doubt that as more and more of our lives rely upon the internet, the need for a capable, security-savvy workforce increases,” security consultant Graham Cluley explained.
“Of course, this goes beyond private enterprises.
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New post (Windows XP deadline looms, but many firms still aren't ready to leap) has been published on arc IT Blog Stoke, Staffordshire
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