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Why is my PC running slowly?

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When you first bought your PC or laptop it was the best model on the market, with the most up-to-date specification; It was super speedy, navigated around the web quickly and had no issues opening multiple tabs at once, now everything seems to have grounded to a halt, searching the web has becoming painstakingly irritating and you’re left wondering – do I need a new PC or an upgrade to the RAM? Try these simple tips first.

Malware and viruses

Do you have a virus or malware on your machine?

When you purchased your PC/laptop did you remember to install anti-virus software? Many laptops or PCs from high street providers come with McAfee, Kaspersky, Norton or other antivirus software packages which offer virus and malware protection. There are also many free lite versions online which can offer basic protection.

Being infected by malware or a virus can happen easily for example by clicking on a link in an email, downloading ‘free’ software from the internet, from file sharing services and even USB sticks. These can go undetected for weeks and can render a PC or laptop unusable or very slow.

Check for malware or viruses using your existing anti-virus software, they have inbuilt scanning programs to detect any threats. If you have no antivirus software installed use Google, Bing or any search engine to find and download  MalwareBytes and/or SuperAntiSpyware from the genuine approved site. Beware of downloadin them from other possibply bogus sites. Both of these apps are recommended and effective to highlight any issues or threats and potentially quarantine/remove any viruses or malware which may be lingering.

We offer our clients an award-winning antivirus software solution suitable for organisations of all sizes, applicable to all platforms, with end-to-end encryption solutions also available. Talk to us on 01626 360011 for more information.

Is your PC or laptop up to the job?

What you do on your laptop or PC will determine how fast it performs. Every computer has a specification that makes it suitable for specific activities and some apps are more demanding than others.

For example, installing elaborate games can use a lot of system resource. The more graphic driven the game, the more demand it will have on your computer’s resources.

Image manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop can demand a lot from your computer, making it harder to open more apps at the same time and making switching between windows slow & clunky.

Media storage, such as music, videos and photos will all slow your laptop or PC experience depending on its memory capability. Uploading some of your media to a secure cloud based storage may make things faster and you’ll have access to the media on any device.

Did you know the web browser you use can also affect your overall PC/laptop experience? Some are considered faster to work with than others, with quicker loading times. Google offers ‘lite pages’ a feature that lets Chrome reduce data use by up to 90 percent and load pages two times faster. Little tweaks like this can make all the difference.

Regular Maintenance

Getting in to a routine of regular PC maintenance is a good way of preventing your PC or laptop from slowing down in the longer term.

Windows operating systems have tools to enhance your system experience. Search for ‘Defragment and Optimise Drives’ in your start bar search bar (Windows 10) and click on the program, here you can choose which drives you wish to optimise. In older versions of Windows this can also be accessed by clicking on all programs on your start menu and clicking through to accessories or window accessories and system tools.

When was your last Windows update? Have you checked your plugins and basic applications have been updated recently? Many PCs and laptops do this automatically however you can check for updates in PC settings in the Updates and Security tab.

Did you know web browers such as Google and Bing use a browser cache to improve performance of frequently accessed webpages. When you visit a webpage, the requested files are stored in your computing storage in the browser’s cache. These can build up and prevent your laptop or PC using it’s RAM effectively. You can clear your Cache by opening up the web browser you use i.e. Google, going in to settings in the top right hand corner (three dots) clicking on Settings, Advanced and scroll down to Clear browsing data, here you can clear your cookies, cache and browsing history.

In 2019 we are demanding more from our technology, gone are the days of slow dial-up internet and waiting for pages to load, we want our PC or laptop experience to be instantaneous and fluid, especially when we use it for business.

Talk to us to discuss how we can improve your business IT, with super-slick hardware and quick IT support.

IT audits for free !

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How Investing in the Right Technology can make the difference to your business

Technology changes every day, whether it’s a completely new innovation or improving or updating the equipment we use currently.

Technology companies around the world work tirelessly to compete and to improve on what they can offer businesses, both large and small to help drive growth and productivity.

Investing in the right technology now can help with your commercial success in the long and short term. Whatever industry you operate in, businesses can succeed or fail based on their technology strategies and subsequent investment.

A new generation of technology businesses such as Apple, Google and Amazon turned the business world on its head in a very short space of time and now dominate their retrospective markets due to their technological developments and application thereof. They changed how other businesses work and doomed others without the right technology and IT infrastructure to fail overnight.

We understand that planning your IT requirements for the longer term can be difficult and daunting, given the speed with which technology is advancing. However by looking ahead, expecting change and being able to adapt when required helps you to ensure your business is as technologically future-proof as any business can be.

Laying the technology foundations for your business now gives you the ability to develop your plans or pivot when you need to.

Plan your IT Strategically

All planning needs to begin with a review and an audit, to assess and look at where your business IT is now and where it needs to be.

You need to look at what technology you currently use, the advantages/disadvantages and how it can be improved upon.

The next step is looking at where you want your business to be in a year, two years or 10 years, what you are looking to achieve and what the specific targets of the business are.

We can’t guess what technology you’ll need in 10 years, but we can help you attain your business goals by suggesting and supplying the right technology, whether it’s hardware, software or online applications that will facilitate the business growth you are looking for.

Our IT audit covers :

  • Data Backup
  • Cyber Security
  • Anti Virus
  • Best Practices
  • Network Services
  • Server performance
  • Computer performance

Your IT strategy is just as important as your business plan

Putting technology at the heart of your business strategy allows you to plan, fosters growth and development and increases productivity in your business.

Remaining with older out-dated and unsupported IT systems, hardware and software puts your business at risk and with the continuous technological development will need to be updated at some point.

The earlier you plan and adapt for technological change, the better the advantage over competitors and stronger your business will be going forward.

Your business plan and IT strategy are intrinsically linked and should be integral to one another. In this technological age no business can afford to be complacent and any improvements to business operations and productivity can save a company thousands of pounds.

To find out more about planning your business’s technological future and a free IT audit contact us on 01626 360011.

 

Top tips to protecting your computers against ransomware

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Here’s a list of the most important things you need to reduce the risk of being hit by ransomware – of course if you feel you need more advice or a system audit then please call us and we’ll pop round !

Simple steps to prevent ransomware attacks:

1 BACKUP REGULARLY – Please note that many conventional backup methods may be compromised.

2 PATCH YOUR SYSTEMS – Keep your software up to date

3 EDUCATE YOUR STAFF – This goes a long way to avoiding the problems

4 PROTECT YOUR NETWORK – Get the right anti virus solutions in place

5 SEGMENT YOUR NETWORK – keep your critical apps and data isolated

6 SECURE YOUR ENDPOINTS – including all smart phones !

7 – PROTECT ANDROID DEVICES – including tablets

8 – QUARANTINE ROGUE FILES – Consider sandboxing to filter the good from the bad

At myriad digital we have extensive experience of implementing system security that works, so if you want help with any of the above aspects or you would like us to test your infrastructure then please call us to arrange a visit

Managed Wi-Fi Solutions

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Our managed Wi-Fi solutions allow you to offer secure internal and guest Wi-Fi access with full control of accessibility across all devices.

We implement Wi-Fi policies that allow you to provide the right level of access to both in-house and public Wi-Fi users providing appropriate connection protocols for staff, contractors and public hotspots.

The Wi-Fi hardware that we deploy provides a number of key advantages over other Wi-Fi solutions including:

  • Rapid Deployment
  • Scalability for Thousands
  • Long Range Performance (up to 600ft)
  • Simultaneous Dual-Band Wi-Fi
  • Advanced Software Features

Are you ready for GDPR May 2018 ?

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Get ready for GDPR

With major advances in IT occurring rapidly and consistently for many years there have been changes also to the ways in which individuals and organizations communicate and share information.

It is for this reason that the EU have deemed it necessary to review all of the legal codes in EU states and yes that means us irrespective of Brexit.

Many core concepts existing under the current EU data protection regime (Data Protection Directiveor DPD introduced in 1995) will remain broadly similar, however many will change and these have to be in place by May 2018 and these changes present new compliance challenges for businesses.

This is where we can help. View the GDPR_white_paper here or call us to book a review of your policies so you can be compliant come the big day in May.

View our Privacy Notice here

Spitfire Business Internet & Telecomms

Myriad engages with a Spitfire

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Having looked for a new comms partner for some time Myriad finally partner up with Spitfire – Winners of Best Hosted Platform and 2nd Place Highly Commended Best ISP awards.

With a tad over 25 years experience in providing business internet and telecoms services, Spitfire proved to be unbeatable when it came to partnership opportunities. With an emphasis on customer service, Spitfire deliver innovative, award-winning solutions that come with significant cost savings.

So off we went to London to meet the team and attend some product training to allow us to resell a wide range of connectivity solutions to you our valuable clients. From leased lines and VOIP to plain old broadband we can now confidently provide rugged solutions backed up by top customer service – just as you like it !

With over 100 staff and a turnover of £20m + Spitfire have traded since 1988 and were one of the first providers of business broadband in the UK plus one of the first Telecoms companies to be involved in Wholesale Line Rental when it was launched as a trial by BT Wholesale in 2001. So we feel fairly priveleged to be on board with a top notch provider.

So when you are considering upgrading your telephone system, broadband, switching to VOIP or need the benefits of faster broadband you can consult us – your trusty partners.

Do you need premium web hosting ?

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Meeting expectation when it comes to UX is an incredibly important and fundamental part of your web armour. UX is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the web site in this instance. If you don’t get this right then your visitor numbers will dwindle and the chances of success are undermined.

One simple aspect of getting this right is the speed of your site and the load time of pages. Although there are several factors that can affect this performance, the first and most important consideration is the specification of the hosting server and the hosting environment. In order to address this we have invested heaviliy in speccing out and commissioning a new web server that really rocks. Not only is the server superfast but the Internet backbone it sits on is also lightening fast thanks to recent deployment of new fibre equipment.

Good web hosting is important to all organisations. If you run an e-commerce store then this becomes even more important and pretty much mission critical to your business. If the store goes down or is slow to load pages then sure as day turns to night your sales will suffer aswell as your brand image.  So what other factors determine the UX ? theres a great list here if items that are often thought of a critical – but maybe not ? UX MYTHS

 

Beware of Word Document Viruses !

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For some of us they’re coming in think and fast and can cause real problems. Picking on a format that are frequently exchanged, Word documents have become the carrier of a strain of very destructive viruses that can be time consuming and therefore costly to fix.

Microsfot Word files contain small programs called “macros” which are shortcuts that are customisable and can automate tasks such as formatting text or applying bullet lists. However, this macro programming language can also be used to write viruses that activate  when you open the Word file.

By using tempting filenames or message conent the hackers are quite good at encouraging users to open the attachment thus deploying the virus. A good example is “Credit Note XYZ” or similar that suggests by clicking you may receive some reward.

So how can you avoid problems ?

The best advice is to only open email attachments from a trusted source i.e. folk you know. Even then be weary as it is possible that their machine has become infected and is sending out the virus.

Make sure that your Eset Anti Virus is up to date and switched on and scanning email attachements for viruses.

Search engine optimisation

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Myriad Digital can improve your organisations’ web site search engine rankings dramatically. Our search engine optimisation campaigns frequently produce page one listings with the major search engines.

High search engine rankings consistently lead to more web site visitors. Visitors who are looking for specific products, services or information. More targeted visitors to a web site leads to higher sales potential. If you are interested in SEO then please call us for a chat so that we can see if it is the right strategy for your businesses online presence.