Windows 7 End of Life

Are you still running Windows 7 ?

Windows 7 reached it’s end of life

Should I be looking to upgrade my computer that’s running Windows 7 ?

  • Ended

    Jan 14th 2020

  • Released

    22nd Oct 2009

I didn’t upgrade to Windows 10!

This is probably the most stated comment since the expiry date. We find a lot of customers didn’t upgrade because they heard Windows 10 was unstable or had bad feedback. We totally agree, Windows 10 on it’s release was pretty shocking although we felt it was a lot better than it’s previous releases Windows 8 and 8.1. After a few patches came out, Windows 10 became quite stable. It had it’s odd Windows update failure resulting in a lot of machines having to be re-installed, but overall it was a solid OS and advised by Microsoft to be the ‘final’ release of Windows and that future updates would be patches and feature pack releases.

Is Windows 7 still safe?

Like any out of date software, it doesn’t just die on the expiration date, although a lot of 3rd party vendors have been concentrating on Windows 10 for some time with the pending end of life of Windows 7. It will continue to work for a lot of apps and Internet browsers, but over time the security of the whole platform will be challenged. I guess the question is ‘What do you do with your computer?’ If you use it for games and watching on-line videos without doing any form of purchasing or banking, then the data you are risking will be down to social activity and passwords that you use for accounts like YouTube or Netflix. The risk is much lower than someone who buys of Amazon, eBay or banking. 

Do you want to risk your data being exposed ? I don’t think anyone would want this to happen, but for a lot of us, we don’t hold anything financial on our computers for fear of cyber crime and identity theft. 

The verdict

If your computer is powerful enough and you don’t have any problems with compatibility, you should move to Windows 10 ASAP. You should bear in mind if your computer is 5 years old or more, it might be an upgrade isn’t the best option for you; there are plenty of refurbished computers available at almost half the cost of a new one that will be money better spent.

Our recommendation

If you are still running Windows 7 then you should look at upgrading asap. Without security support from Microsoft and 3rd party vendors, its only a matter of time before a backdoor is discovered leaving your computer vulnerable. 

We offer a free diagnostic test in store and can let you know if your computer is ‘upgradable’ or not. We also offer a selection of refurbished computers that might be a better fit.

Book an upgrade or free diagnostic today–>

Apple Mac Mini Upgrade to SSD

Here is a lovely Apple Mac Mini Upgrade (version 2014) we have just upgraded for a customer. Whilst keeping his original data by cloning the OS without any loss of programs or data.

We upgraded his Mac with a 1TB SSD drive, which gave the Mac a new boost of life and larger disk space. The customer was extremely satisfied with the final job.

Its most important to use the right software when copying your data, we understand that your data is important when having your Mac Mini Upgrade.

To get an estimate please request a quote.

Or just pop yourselves into our repair shop and meet our most accommodating team.

iPhone Repairs Manchester

A message from our iPhone Repairs Manchester Centre

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Repairing an iPhone – it not actually rocket science but you need to use the right parts and take your time. We have seen so many phones get broken by one man bands, market traders (bad working environments) and self repairs. Our iPhone technicians work without distraction and in a controlled working environment. Having done over 5000 phones, I think it’s safe to say we know what we are doing. Trust in us.

We cover all iPhone models and repair most faults.

Which iPhone do you have? find out on Apples website

Double Award Winners Business of the Year 2018

Absolutely Business of the year! We are over the moon that we won not just 1 ……. but 2 awards for:-

Small business of the year and Business of the year.

We are literally on cloud 9! and are ever so thankful to everybody that voted for us.

It means the world to us that we can provide an A-class service not only to just Sale Town Centre but to all our online customers providing them with I.T support, Social Media Management and training.

Thank you also to:

Martin Hambleton for the amazing photography,
Sue Aldridge and the team at the Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce,
Best Western Cresta Court Hotel for all your hard work and not forgetting the host Darren Proctor for making the evening definitely one to remember!

Apple Watch Repairs

Apple Watch Repairs Service

Apple Watch Repairs Service

We are now offering Apple Watch repairs because our team have repaired over 10,000 iDevices to date.

If you don’t know which version of Apple Watch you have, you can check out the Apple Website for more information of version and models.

Our Apple Watch repairs include:

Screen Repairs – Replacement Batteries – Power Issues – Strap Repairs – Touch Screen Problems

If you need a quote then check our repair page HERE and contact us for a quote.

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GDPR – Are you ready?

The new EU data protection law GDPR is fast approaching and yet a lot of us are still unsure how it affects us? If you’re an SME business and are yet to act, here are some key points to push you in the right direction:

Data mapping – Know what data you are keeping

The first step when tackling GDPR is to map out what data you keep. Grab a pen and note down all the places where customer and employee data is stored and whom and what programs (such as CRM systems) have access.

Privacy policy – Let your clients and employees know

In your terms and regulations, set out what client data you keep on file. Note for how long; and if you use 3rd party vendors. If you pass on customer data, it should be included in your terms. An example may be, if you use a courier to send out goods then the customer’s address will be passed to the vendor. It goes without saying this is an essential procedure for you to complete your contract of sale, you should be covered if it’s within your terms and conditions. The same applies with your employees, review the contracts of employment, make sure you are covered for the data you hold on them and checks you may do, such as email monitoring, CRV checks, or social media activity monitoring.

Security agreements – Know that your vendors are covered

Just as you need to protect yourself, you need to be sure your vendors you use are covered too. Obtain a copy of their data protection agreements to make sure they are compliant.

Data retention – Procedure for the removal of data

Data should not be kept indefinitely, formulate a procedure for the removal of data that has surpassed your retention policy. Note that the legal requirements for duration will vary depending on what data you hold.

Email marketing – Consent

Well this is a big subject, there are a lot of ways the GDPR relates to how you obtain data and how it can be used. I won’t be going into detail at this time, but I have 2 essential points for you to be looking at:

  • Always have an ‘opt-out’ option of any marketing flyer or email.
  • If you obtain a personal email i.e. rob@mycompany.com, request that they ‘opt-in’ to receive newsletters before adding them to a mailing list.

Brexit – Will we still have to comply with GDPR after we leave?

Yes, GDPR is a EU requirement, however even after Brexit, GDPR will still be applicable, as we will still have to deal with the EU.

I hope you found these basic tips useful, GDPR is essentially about transparency & accountability for the data you hold.

A message from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Cyber Security and Ransomware

Since the global coordinated Cyber Security ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations across dozens of countries on Friday, there have been no sustained new attacks of that kind.  But it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks.

This means that as a new working week begins it is likely, in the UK and elsewhere, that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale.

Our national focus must therefore be on two lines of defence with Cyber Security.

The first is to limit the spread and impact of the attacks that have already occurred.  Due to broad government and partner efforts, a variety of tools are now publicly available to help organisations to do this.  This guidance can be found on ncsc.gov.uk – under the title Protecting Your Organisation From Ransomware.

What we know about Cyber Security

We know already that there have been attempts to attack organisations beyond the National Health Service. It is therefore absolutely imperative that any organisation that believes they may be affected, follows and implements this guidance. We have set out two pieces of guidance: one for organisations and one for private individuals and SMEs which can be applicable regardless of the age of the software in question.  It will be updated as and when further mitigations become available and we will announce when updates have been made on Twitter (@ncsc) and elsewhere.

Secondly, it is possible that a cyber security ransomware attack of this type and on this scale could recur, though we have no specific evidence that this is the case.  What is certain is that ransomware attacks are some of the most immediately damaging forms of cyber attack that affects home users, enterprises and governments equally.

It is also the case that there are a number of easy-to-implement defences against ransomware which very considerably reduce the risk of attack and the impact of successful attacks.  These simple steps to protect against ransomware are not being applied by either the public or organisations as thoroughly as they should be.

Protecting yourself with Cyber Security

Three simple steps for companies to undertake which are also set out on our website (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware) and can be summarised as follows:
Protecting your organisation from ransomware – NCSC Site
www.ncsc.gov.uk
How does ransomware infect your system? Computers are infected with ransomware via a number of routes. Sometimes users are tricked into running legitimate-looking …

1.       Keep your organisation’s security software patches up to date
2.       Use proper anti-virus software services
3.       Most importantly for ransomware, back up the data that matters to you, because you can’t be held to ransom for data you hold somewhere else.

Home users and small businesses can take the following steps to protect themselves:

1.       Run Windows Update
2.       Make sure your AntiVirus product is up to date and         run a scan – If you don’t have one install one of the free trial versions from a reputable vendor
3.       If you have not done so before, this is a good time to think about backing important data up – You can’t be held to ransom if you’ve got the data somewhere else.

In the days ahead, the NCSC, working closely with the National Crime Agency in support of their criminal investigation, and with international partners in both other governments and the commercial sector, will continue our round-the-clock effort to get ahead of this threat.  We would like to reassure the public that resources from the Government, law enforcement and public and private sector organisation are working together to manage further disruption from the current attack and to increase protection against any further attacks in the coming days. The country’s security and law enforcement agencies are working round the clock to protect the public. Private sector efforts have made a very significant contribution to mitigate the cyber attacks so far and to  prevent further disruption.

If you want our help then contact our business support team.

Or use our contact form.

Watchdog

The PC World “Tech Guys” Are On Watch Dog :)

Tech Guys featured on Watchdog

What was thought as a respected Laptop Repair company appeared on Watchdog tonight.

PC World, a chain of stores are on Watchdog tonight featured in rogue traders over their poor customer service.

We trust the big corporate brands for security and knowing they will always be there if something goes wrong. Do you think this is really true? Our experience and speaking to ex-staff members of the corporate giants have lead us to believe that some will rather sell you than actually give you the right advice.

We urge you to trust in the local community shops are they will give you a personal experience. If you are in Manchester then come to PC Express not Technican’t Guys. We are number one for Laptop Repairs Manchester, trust the local guys with the technical experience. You won’t ever find us on Watchdog 🙂

The small shops are usually the best place because they care about you, your data being safe and helping the local community. We find the bigger companies are not really interested in saving your personal data in the event of a repair. Such cases have been known to factory reset your laptop in order to eliminate any software related issues.

Update: 2018 – Due to our dedication to helping the local community, we have been nominated and won Small business and Business of the year in the Sale and Altrincham Chamber of commerce. It’s nice to receive recognition for all our hard work.

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