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Say goodbye to the Samsung Cloud and hello to One Drive

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It’s official Samsung Cloud is shutting down.

That means all those photos from those holidays long-past, downloaded files you’ve forgotten about or music you haven’t played in a while that you backed up from your Samsung smartphone or tablet will be deleted from the 1st July 2021.

This will include data stored via their apps Gallery Sync, Samsung Cloud Drive and Premium Storage.

If you don’t move it, you’ll lose it

The process is underway and you may have already received a notification prompting the migration of your data to the One Drive. If you missed the notification or didn’t receive it you’ll have until the 30th June 2021 to download your Samsung Cloud data to your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Samsung will be pressing the big red button as of the 1st July and all photos and files on the Samsung Cloud will be deleted. They won’t be able to be recovered.

If you are paying for the premium storage subscription this has already been cancelled (as of 1st April 2021) and there are reports that users of this service will be refunded.

So what is One Drive?

OneDrive is a free cloud storage solution or file hosting service (to be technical), provided by Microsoft.

If you signed up today with Microsoft direct you’d receive 5GB of free storage, but anyone migrating from Samsung will receive 15GB, to match what Samsung originally provided to their customers. But there’s a small catch, the 10GB extra will be charged for in a year’s time from your migration date, so just a heads up.

How do I migrate my data?

Get it ticked off your list, transfer your data today. It’s easy to do and it’s better to be safe than sorry and lose photos or music you’d actually like to keep. You can always trawl through it later and delete what you no longer need.

So how do you do it? Open the Samsung Cloud App on your Samsung phone or tablet. Through settings you’ll be able to link with One Drive and start setting up your account. It’ll only take a few minutes while your coffee cools.

Is One Drive any good?

There are many file hosting services out there, but One Drive has to be one of the best.

It is very handy if you work with a Windows PC, laptop or tablet as you can sync all that data to it too and it also offers an auto-sync function so your documents, files and photos are never at risk of being lost. There is also a One Drive app in the Apple world so they cover all platforms.

Going forward it means your files and photos will be backed up, protected, synced and accessible on all devices to quote the Microsoft website.

What happens if I don’t migrate my Samsung data?

It’ll be gone and it will not be recoverable.

If you’re not sure what files are backed up to your Samsung Cloud, why not click on the app on your device and take a look. Many new devices are set to auto backup so you may have stuff stored in there that you didn’t even know about.

If there is nothing you really want to keep then you can leave it to be deleted by Samsung.

If there are photos and/or files you want then get that migration started or arrange an alternative back up solution before it’s too late.

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.