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Is your Company ready for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force on 25th May 2018.

Any company, big or small, will have to comply with new regulations regarding the secure collection, storage and usage of personal information. GDPR also comes with some strict penalties for those that do not comply and although the UK has voted to leave the EU, UK businesses will still have to comply with new regulations if the data they handle is about EU citizens, or has the potential to identify individuals within the EU. Post Brexit, the UK will still be replacing the existing 1988 Data Protection Act (DPA) with legislation that mirrors the GDPR.

Section 83 of this legislation details a company’s obligation to have the appropriate level of Cyber Security in place and emphasis is placed on security requirements for remote storage and transference of personal data, as well as secure internal handling and safe storage of data. Companies are also expected to have in place a detailed and comprehensive plan for dealing with Security Breaches such as loss, destruction or theft of data as well as responding to compromises in data security from granting inappropriate access or from internet hacking.

If you have not already undergone a full risk assessment of your businesses practices and security measures to ensure that you are fully able to comply with the new legislation then there is no time to waste as time is fast running out to meet the deadline.

Why take the risk of falling foul when we can put together a complete package for your company that will ensure that you have in place the safest internet security measures across all your IT systems and network as well as a comprehensive data security plan for ongoing management, access and storage of personal / sensitive data.

This will include a full initial assessment of your business, implementation of changes to systems and practices, a full and detailed report to provide to your DPO, a data breach action plan to be instigated in that eventuality, and include our immediate support if required, as well as the option for ongoing quarterly / bi-annual follow up checks and system reviews.

Feel free to contact us on 0208 330 7113 to discuss in more depth the specific service we can provide or send an email to help@soscomputerfix.co.uk
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Is your computer still running Windows XP? As from 8th April 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting XP. Automatic updates will cease, meaning new security patches and software fixes will no longer be produced. This doesn’t mean that XP will suddenly stop working, but it could leave your system vulnerable to security risks or viruses and malware.
 
As Microsoft issues fixes for security holes that are identified in newer operating systems, those same holes will exist in XP and won’t be patched.  Worse still once those vulnerabilities are publicised, this will effectively give hackers a guided route into exploiting XP machines.

We all know that new viruses and methods of stealing user’s identity or personal information are being developed all the time. So from April 2014, this is only likely to intensify and this will pose a more obvious risk to those still running with the time bomb, that is Windows XP.

So what are the options? :

1)      Buy a new PC – All new computers will now come with Windows 8 or 8.1 and if you are still unconvinced by this new, much maligned, version of Windows, then you can, if you shop around, still find some places that are selling new machines with Windows 7, although they are becoming harder and harder to find.
 
2)      Upgrade your existing computer to a newer operating system – This is not really an option for really old systems, as the PC’s hardware may not be compatible with Windows 7 and even less likely with Windows 8. Even if it is compatible then unless your system specs are high enough, you might find the whole experience of running  a more resource hungry operating system, sluggish and slow. 
 
Microsoft have issued a guide to the minimum specs for Windows 8, but in my opinion they are way off the mark. Here is what I would recommend:
 
Processor:           Intel or AMD Dual Core or higher
Graphic Card:     Radeon HD 2000, GeForce 8 Series (Good)
                              Radeon HD 3200, GeForce 9 Series, Intel HD (Better)
RAM (Memory):  2GB (for 32 bit) or 4GB (for 64 bit)
 
To check to see if your system will handle an upgrade to Windows 8 you can download and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant from the following link.
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=321548  
3)      Carry on using Windows XP – If you cannot afford to upgrade or buy a new PC, or really must continue using XP, then there are certain measures that you must put in place. 
 
Firstly DO NOT use Internet Explorer, download and use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox that are much safer and continue to be updated.
 
DO NOT use Outlook Express, use another email client like Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. You can of course access your email via the email host’s website (ie Outlook.com, BT.com, Gmail, virginmedia, talktalk).
 
Install a third party Anti Virus, probably the best subscription paid AV is Kasperksy Pure, otherwise the most obvious choice for free protection is AVG.  Most company’s providing internet security software will continue to support XP until 2016.
 
Unless you are paying for a firewall as part of a complete internet security suite then you need to install a free stand alone Firewall such as Zone Alarm.  Even before now, you should NEVER be relying upon the built in Windows Firewall.
 
Above all be vigilant and back up your data regularly!

If you are running XP and would like our help or advice to find the best solution for you, then email help@soscomputerfix.co.uk or call 0208 330 7113
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Thanks for the positive review, I'm really glad we were able to help.
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If your'e running out of space on your computer or laptop hard drive, don't start worrying about what to delete or transfer off, or what programs you think you can do without.

At SOS Computer Fix we can supply and fit a brand new quality Seagate, Western Digital or Hitachi hard drive at very affordable prices.

If you have a laptop then we can clone an exact copy of your entire hard drives contents, including the operating system and programs, onto a larger 250GB, 500GB, 1TB or larger Hard Drive. Then we can swap out your old hard drive for the new one and you won't have to worry about losing any of your personal settings or configurations. Everything will be exactly as you remember, except with lots more space.

For a desktop PC we can perform the exact same service or alternatively you can keep your existing hard drive to store the operating system and program files and we will add in a new secondary hard drive to which you can transfer all your personal data.  This way all the larger files such as your music, photo's, movies etc can be stored safely on another drive and is just as simple and as quick to access, but with added security that should your operating system develop a fault or crash, then all that is most important to will remain untouched and uncorrupted.

Call us on 0208 330 7113 or visit www.soscomputerfix.co.uk for more info, help and advice.
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For a limited time only, we are offering a Full PC Service for just £50. This includes a virus / spyware check, full system & registry clean up, hardware testing, internet security upgrade (optional), operating system file check / repair as well as other tweaks to improve performance. Call us on 0208 330 7113 or visit www.soscomputerfix.co.uk, with any questions or to book your computer in.
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For a limited time only, we are offering a Full PC Service for just £50. This includes a virus / spyware check, full system & registry clean up, hardware testing, internet security upgrade (optional), operating system file check / repair as well as other tweaks to improve performance. Call us on 0208 330 7113 or visit www.soscomputerfix.co.uk, with any questions or to book your computer in.
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At SOS Computer Fix we have over 15 years experience in the data recovery and computer repair and maintenance industry, with our focus on providing a competitive and comprehensive service to clients in the local area.

We offer a ‘no fix, no fee’, nationwide data recovery and local computer repair service and free collection and return within the local area.

Our basic data recovery package starts at just £50 and you can rest assured that all data is handled with complete confidentiality.

For all other computer services, including repairs, virus removal, full IT maintenance & support, PC installations and upgrades, Broadband set up, wireless networking and general pc problems, there are fixed prices for specific jobs or hourly rates, whichever is cheaper, with 9am to 6pm office or home call-out.

We are based in Kingston upon Thames, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Tolworth, Surbiton, New Malden, Chessington, Worcester Park, Sutton, Cheam, Esher, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Sunbury, Hampton, Richmond, Ham.
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