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World Backup Day 2020

Today is World Backup Day!  It’s the annual reminder to people and business owners to protect their data to avoid looking like a fool on April Fool’s Day. Backing up your data is a simple but essential step to protecting what matters – whether that’s business files, personal photos, videos, emails, apps, or your corporate
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Ransomware: Prevention is the best from of Defense!

We’ve written about ransomware before but we get asked more questions about this than almost any other security question so we thought it would be a good idea to reiterate some of our previous advice. Ransomware is a form of cyber-criminal activity that is increasingly being used by hackers to extort money from individuals and
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Windows Server 2008 is reaching the end of its support life cycle

The January 14 2020 deadline is soon approaching, where Microsoft will no longer offer extended support for Windows Server 2008. This means it’s important to take action sooner rather than later to remain secure. As of the January 14 deadline, there will be no additional: Free security updates on-premises Non-security updates Free support option Online
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Don’t be a victim of cyber-crime in 2019

The last few years has taught us that cyber-crime is not a subject that can be ignored.  From simple email ‘phishing’ fraud to large-scale data thefts from the biggest companies, it can affect anyone. The idea of using the internet to commit a crime is not new; however the problem continues to grow as more
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5 Reasons you need a Dedicated Server

A ‘dedicated server’ is a computer that typically sits in a data centre and is specially designed for that purpose. As your business grows and develops you will inevitably come to a point where you’ll be re-evaluating the technologies that drive your business and its operations. It is now more important than ever with advances
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Why Migrate To The Cloud?

What is “The Cloud”? Cloud computing, often referred to as “the cloud” is probably something you’ve heard of more times than you can count but if you’re not sure what it actually is, read on. Simply put, cloud computing is where data and information is stored remotely or separate from the actual device being used
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World Password Day 2018

Today is World Password Day! Did you know? According to Facebook, people’s accounts are hacked 600,000 times a day! And even worse, 80% of all attacks involve a weak or stolen password. Even more worrying, two in five people in the last year have received a notice that their personal information has been compromised, had
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GDPR: 1 Month To Go

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is coming into effect next month following  four years of preparation and debate, GDPR was approved in April 2016. The GDPR regulation means that companies who collect data on citizens in European Union (EU) countries will need to comply with the new rules protecting customer data by 25 May
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What is Dedicated Server Hosting?

What is a Dedicated Server? A dedicated server is essentially a single piece of equipment (computer) that is dedicated to serve the purposes of running various data related tasks over a network. There are many uses for dedicated servers and one of the most commonly associated uses are to host websites or to handle web
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World Backup Day 2018

World Backup Day (31st March) is the annual reminder to people and business owners to protect their data to avoid looking like a fool on April Fool’s Day.   What is backup? In information technology, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying or archiving of computer data so it may
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5 Challenges of Social Media

Last year was an interesting year for social media. Every so often, a new social media platform emerges to capture our attention or become part of our daily lives. Today, social media has become an essential tool for any marketing strategy.   1. Building Brand Awareness Creating brand awareness is a key objective of many
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Is Colocation Right For Small Businesses?

Colocation is one of the services offered by most data centres and we’re often asked if it’s right for small businesses.  In reality the answer is almost always ‘it depends’ on a number of factors. (For the benefit of readers who may not know what colocation is, please see our article here –  What is
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2017 in Review – Cyber Attacks

  What is Cyber-crime? Cyber-crime, or computer oriented crime, is crime that involves a computer and a network. Cybercriminals may use computer technology to access personal information, business trade secrets or use the internet for exploitative or malicious purposes. Common types of cybercrime include online bank theft, identity theft, online predatory crimes and unauthorised computer
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There’s no business to be made on a Friday

“There’s no business to be made on a Friday” A phrase you may hear on a weekly, monthly or even daily basis, but at Datacentreplus we believe this couldn’t be more wrong. Friday afternoon is where it all happens! It is often where the work for the week pays off, where work for the next
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Datacentreplus At Smarter Business Tech LIVE

Datacentreplus attended Smarter Business Tech LIVE, a technology event located at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. The event was packed with the very latest software technologies, solutions, tech – based partners and services. Smarter Business Tech LIVE brought together three major streams together under one-roof, providing a large scale ‘commercial’ and ‘operational’ business – empowerment
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What Black Friday Really Means for a Business

  It’s that time of the year again. Shoppers are getting ready to snap up the deals and retailers are preparing to cash in on the hype. In the following months, online shopping will see a surge worldwide. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, China’s Singles day, boxing day sales, this is the season to be
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Manchester is Growing

I couldn’t help but notice all the amazing building work going on in Manchester at the moment, If you compared the skyline of a couple years ago to the one today, you can visually see the progress and growth that Manchester is going through. St Peter’ Square has gone through a dramatic makeover, tram lines
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Do we need to be afraid of the future? Is our data safe?

There’s a lot of scaremongering going on in the press about technology and security. Company data leaks, compromised accounts, ransomware affecting our public services, the list goes on. Naturally, people always ask me about data security and whether they can trust their data with third parties. My answer is mostly ‘yes’. Businesses have a duty
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5 Ways to Secure Your Server

  When you are trying to keep your business safe from hackers and other cyber-attacks it’s important to cover all your bases, particularly with the new rules and regulations around GDPR coming in May 2018 next year. Here are some of the ways you can keep your business safe: SSH Keys These are cryptographic keys
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Do you really need to be told about backup again?

The answer is yes. It will always be yes. We will probably be hearing phrases like ‘backup your data regularly to make sure important files don’t get lost’ for quite some time into the future – in many different contexts also, whether its your mobile phone, personal computer or data on your server. There’s a
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Is your Dedicated Server Protected with a Firewall?

  You’ve probably heard about firewalls before. But do you actually know what it does and why you need one? Sites are under constant bombardment from different types of attack and leaving a server connected online without even a basic firewall is incredibly risky. You wouldn’t leave your front door open whilst you sleep at night would
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