That’s The Last Patch!

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Mac Users Lose Support for Microsoft Office 2010 and 2016 today

Windows PCs and laptops will also lose support for Microsoft Office 2010.

This will affect all programs under the Microsoft Office umbrella including OneNote, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access, Excel and Word.

The latest and last patch will be installed today (Tuesday, 13th October 2020), after that point there will be no further security updates, bug fixes or technical support provided for these products.

Don’t panic! The products will still work. They will however increase your chance of being hacked in the future and there will be no support if anything goes wrong with the software.

What to do next

Is it time to upgrade?

There’s never been a better opportunity to upgrade to a newer version of Office and there are two options available. These are :

  • Purchase an Office 2019 license (one-off purchase)
  • Opt for Microsoft 365 Apps (subscription-based)

A one-off Office 2019 license will set you back £249.99 (from the Microsoft store), subscription options are available from £7.90 per month per user.

Microsoft 365 Apps is a cloud-based solution, meaning you can access it anywhere on different devices.

A one-off license will be tied to a specific device.

But is my computer up to it?

As with any software you’ll need to check your specs before making a purchase or subscribing to the Microsoft 365 Apps service.

If you plan to purchase an Office 2019 license visit the Microsoft website for the minimum component requirements. We’ve included a link here.

Going cloud-based? Check the Microsoft Apps 365 requirements by clicking on this link.

What about Office 2013?

Support for Office 2013 is set to terminate in April 2023 with Office 2016 (Windows support) not due to end until October 2025.

You can see a full list of Microsoft products and their intended lifespan by using the Product and Services Lifecycle Information online facility from Microsoft. A link is provided here

Are you a business still running Microsoft Office 2010? We can help.

We’ve successfully migrated many of our clients to the cloud so they can work from home, from the office or on the go.

Call us on 01626 360011 to chat informally about your current software.

Do you know your risky apps from the safe ones?

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Downloading an app comes as second nature to many of us

There are apps for everything but are they safe to use? And how much research do you do before clicking the ‘install’ button?

What is an app?

Did you know there is an average of 60 to 90 apps on the average smartphone?

Apps are computer programs, changing large packets of data into user-friendly chunks. They make a large website usable on a smaller screen.

What is fleeceware?

You’ve heard of malware, adware and spyware, but what about fleeceware?

Fleeceware are apps that come with hefty subscription fees.

They are legal and they contain no malicious code.

They often have 5 star reviews and thousands of downloads. But all might not be as it seems.

Not intimidated by the subscription costs?

What you want to pay for an app is down to you and the value you think you are getting from your purchase.

Fleeceware companies use tactics to ensure they can keep taking the money from your account.

They won’t remind you when a free trial is due to end, they won’t make it easy to cancel your subscription and they won’t be clear in their pricing.

Many of these services offer weekly or monthly subscription fees to keep the perceived cost relatively small so you won’t even notice it.

How do I view my subscriptions?

Trying to remember every service or product you’ve ever subscribed to is impossible. But that’s ok, you can check your current (and not current) subscriptions fairly easily.

View your Google Play subscriptions by clicking on the hamburger menu (top left) in the Play Store and clicking on ‘subscriptions’. Here you will find all of your active and inactive app subscriptions.

If you’ve taken a bite out of an apple device search for ‘see or cancel your subscriptions’. This provides instructions of how to see all of your subscriptions whether it’s an iPod, iPhone, iPad, Mac etc.

Avoid falling victim to fleeceware

The good news is that things are changing.

Google, Apple and Amazon want the app-store user experience to be a positive one, they don’t want you to feel cheated or fleeced.

There are new guidelines on app transparency. These ensure app-developers make subscription details, free trials and introductory offers clearer. They want you to feel fully-informed before making an app-purchase.

On the downside, did you know Apple and Google receive 30% of an app’s revenue in the first year? The more the fleeceware developers earn, the more Google and Apple gain.

Our tips to help you avoid fleeceware

  • Look at what apps your phone already has, it may already have an app that can do what you want
  • Download apps from well-known businesses/companies you know of
  • Check for apps made by your phone’s manufacturer, simply search ‘Samsung’ for example
  • Checks all reviews, good, bad and the ugly
  • Scroll down to ‘Similar apps’ to see if there are any free alternatives
  • Read ‘About this app’ so you are fully informed of what it is, what is does, who made it, how much in-app purchases are and even app permissions.