Microsoft Outlook 2007 end of support

        10 years on from its initial release in January 2007, Microsoft will be ending support for Outlook 2007 today, Tuesday 10 October 2017. Outlook 2007 users will, therefore, need to update to a more recent version of Outlook. At ABCOM, we’re recommending upgrade to one of the following: Outlook 2016* – Microsoft’s most recently released version of Outlook for managing email, calendar and contacts. Microsoft Office 365 Business or Office 365 Pro Plus – incorporating the Office 2016 suite of software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), Office 365 Business also includes OneDrive for Business, while Office 365 Pro Plus offers additional features. Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium or Office 365 Enterprise E3 – moving from a hosted exchange service to the Microsoft 365 platform, these options will give users a new Outlook experience, as well as the full, automatically updating version of Microsoft Office applications and services, plus OneDrive for Business cloud storage, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business and Yammer. *Certain older versions of Office software, such as Office 2007, may be incompatible with current versions of Outlook (which include 2013 as well as 2016). At ABCOM , we’re extending use of Outlook 2007 for our customers using Outlook 2007, to Wednesday 31 January 2018. This means that our customers will be able to continue to send and receive emails, organise contacts and calendars until 31 January 2018. However, after 10 October 2017, there will be no support for the software from Microsoft, and we’re, therefore, advising that customers select the most appropriate upgrade for their business sooner, rather than later.   “It’s also...
Proud sponsors of Lewes Rugby Club

Proud sponsors of Lewes Rugby Club

  Proudly sponsoring Lewes Rugby Club for this season. ABCOM support the local community clubs. Managing Director, Yann Davies says  “The grassroots sports are important and we love being involved. Lewes Rugby Club is essential to Lewes, it needs support from its local town. Great games to be had, nice company and a great clubhouse. Give it a go. Nothing beats being up front watching the game.” Enjoying the game and all the great people we get to meet along the way. Off to a great start, Lewes WON 38-22 Against Park House. http://www.lewesrugby.com/teams/7892/match-centre/1-2879269 From the press room of Lewes Rugby Club: “A combination of solid defence and fast-running backs saw Lewes turn a narrow half-time lead into a comprehensive win at the final whistle. In ideal conditions – and in front of a large crowd (including several of Lewe’s Sponsors, who had attended the pre-match luncheon) – it took the hosts only 3 minutes to get points on the board at 3 – 0 with a penalty by full back Jon Pitts from the visitors’ 22 metre line. Twelve minutes later, a great burst upfield involving the whole team saw the ball fed out wide for right-winger and Captain, James Halpin, to score the first try of the match, Pitts adding the extras to extend Lewes’s lead to 10 – 0. (unfortunately, Halpin was injured in the process of touching-down and had to be replaced by Seb Roberts). Park House finally got their first points after 25 minutes with a penalty from their No. 10 to narrow the difference to 10 – 3. The next 10 minutes saw...
Help , Microsoft broke my computer!

Help , Microsoft broke my computer!

Microsoft have released some patches which have caused issues for many users.  Outlook is under attack by Microsoft’s own security patches — and IE still doesn’t print properly. Microsoft have officially released a breakdown of the errors that occur after installing the June 2017 Office patches. There are seven separately identified, potentially show-stopping bugs in Outlook that appear after you install this month’s Office security patches. For example you may not be able to open attachments, VBScript will not run, Outlook search doesn’t work, and printing does not work from inside Outlook. Possible solutions seem to be forwarding the mail to yourself and then open the attachments in the forwarded email. Also saving the attachments to your computer and opening them manually. As a workaround  use something other than IE. . Use OWA (office any where )as a quickfire workaround. The issue is that after the recent wannacry outbreak the default stance is to allow patches to run freely, however if patches are allowed freely we can see the impact from bad patching from Microsoft. (Tricky situation!) Apparently,  the word on the web is that Microsoft will be fixing some or all of its malicious patches next Tuesday, June 27. Microsoft now has official acknowledgments posted for 16 known-bad June 2017 patches. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Outlook-known-issues-in-the-June-2017-security-updates-3f6dbffd-8505-492d-b19f-b3b89369ed9b      ...
ABCOM donates a new tablet to charity auction event

ABCOM donates a new tablet to charity auction event

Local Burgess Hill IT company ABCOM it Solutions has donated a top of the range new tablet to CT Sussex, a leading disabilities charity in Sussex. The charity’s prestigious summer ball auction event is fast approaching and the charity welcomes gifts in kind to help them raise vital funds to help disadvantaged people by providing much-needed transport to prevent them becoming isolated. CT Sussex is a local community transport charity, comprising 3 individual charities, Crawley Community Transport, Bluebird Community Partnership, and Horsham District Community Transport. Their work helps those that need accessible transport, whether it be because of age, sickness, disability, poverty or a lack of adequate and safe public transport in their area. ABCOM’s Managing Director Yann Davies said: “We hope that they will raise much-needed funds to help them continue the great work they are doing in the community. We wish Matt Roberts and all his team the very best for their exciting fundraising 007 themed evening – it really will be a license to have fun.” For more information about ABCOM IT Solutions: www.abcom.co.uk For more information about the Charity event please...
ABCOM sponsors Lewes Rugby Club (Lewes RFC)

ABCOM sponsors Lewes Rugby Club (Lewes RFC)

ABCOM IT Solutions, based in Burgess Hill, is very much at the core of community life. Working with local businesses across the South East, the company makes IT their business. Enthusiastic about all things sport,  they regularly offer their ongoing support to community groups and good causes. ABCOM are a community-spirited business proud to have sponsored Burgess Hill Football Club, and more recently Lewes Rugby Club (Lewes RFC). Rugby as a sport is fantastic as a game played by all ages, from kids to adults. It’s also great fun to be a spectator too. There is a sense of fair play about rugby and acceptance of the referee’s decision, which in its own way is similar to the business values of ABCOM.  At the very beginning, ABCOM used to be called Albion Business Computers, so their interest in sport started from their very first days of business. Based in Brighton and supporting their football club, Brighton & Hove Albion, specifically Albion in the Community.  For all your IT needs, contact ABCOM on 01444 871200 or visit: www.abcom.co.uk  For more information about Lewes Rugby Club (Lewes RFC) please visit: http://www.lewesrugby.com  For more information about Burgess Hill Football Club please visit:...
Scammers pretending to be from BT

Scammers pretending to be from BT

Beware scammers pretending to be BT ….or anyone else for that matter. These crooks are getting very creative. We recently had to report a case to Actionfraud, some spoof email had tried to prise some money from a clients account, it did not work! Anyway speaking to the call attendant , she mentioned they currently have an unprecedented amount of fraud cases. In the words of this weary attendant “no longer suprised at the depths these people go to and nothing suprises” her anymore! Our client had a few calls from some scammers today and the number showing on their display  was +4576521. The calls were made from people claiming they are from BT and wanting to log on to the server to rectify the issue with their slow internet – In their words “we have no issue with our internet, we have received 2 phone calls this morning and are now ignoring the calls”. Ransomware known as WannaCry, Wanna, or Wcry went on a global cyber infection rampage on Friday, infecting at least 200,000 computers in over 100 countries. The malware adapted to a multi-lingual platform has caused complete data paralysis at banks, hospitals and telecommunications service providers, most notably in the UK, Spain, and Germany. Importantly making sure windows patches are up to date, backups work and educating your users will help us keep your network safe. In simple terms, although this ransomware is currently causing havoc across the globe, the ransomware itself is similar to what we have seen before.  It’s the advanced delivery mechanism that has unfortunately caught many organisations off guard. In addition to...
Cyber security – how protected are you?

Cyber security – how protected are you?

Cyber security can be a problem, with everyone relying on computers and the internet today we need to keep protected from risks and dangers big and small. Risks to data can cause major problems and unfortunately, there is never a 100% guarantee of protection. There are however things you can do to help prevent any security issues or malicious viruses to your computer.  Programming errors can occur in software and hackers can take advantage of these errors to infect your computer. Hackers are becoming more and more here sophisticated and they are here to stay. Here are our top six tips to help you stay protected: Keep a close eye on all your credit card statements, always check them carefully for anything that stands out and investigate immediately any unauthorized purchases. Set a notification purchase limit via your bank account/credit card, to ensure that you are always alerted should a purchase go over your limit. Never give out your personal data to unsolicited calls especially. Always check the website you are buying something from, ensure it has a closed padlock symbol at the bottom right of the screen and always make sure the web address starts with the prefix https://. Passwords need to be protected so change them regularly and make them strong not weak ones. Avoid sending your personal data (like account numbers) over email, this puts you at risk of being intercepted. Be aware of suspicious emails, always check the email address is one you recognise and avoid downloading any attachments from unknown...
GDPR and how it can affect businesses

GDPR and how it can affect businesses

Some new European legislation is looming, the MiFID II and GDPR…what does that mean for businesses. March 2018, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will arrive. This new legislation adds to the existing 1998 Data Protection Act.  Although GDPR is on the radar for many larger businesses, it’s not so familiar with smaller ones. Regardless of the size of your business, the regulation expects more proactive approaches to data protection and privacy. Indeed, the larger corporates may see smaller businesses a higher risk if they can’t demonstrate data processing control and be failing to do so could mean a fine (equivalent to 4% of turnover). It states that personal data shouldn’t be kept for any longer than needed, which is a bit unsure. In an ideal world, a company should strive for absolute security as it’s very important for businesses to have access to an infrastructure. There needs to be a clear divide between the recording of business and non-business calls, which can be an infringement of GDPR. Ensuring that business calls have a destined business number and personal calls are separate by using another non-business number, for example. UK data protection standards would have to be equivalent to the EU’s GDPR framework. Meaning companies will need to get ready and prepare for both pieces of legislation. To keep things simple and to summarise, make compliance high on your businesses agenda, no matter what size company you are! For more information about GDPR please...
Why you should outsource your IT

Why you should outsource your IT

Many businesses across the UK are trying to keep costs down with their IT Infrastructure, the solution is simple, why not outsource your IT. You can make a significant reduction in the cost to staff, avoid recruitment fee charges and annual salaries. Outsourcing gives you instance skills to do the job needed without the additional costs to the company. With so many changes to technology, it can prove difficult to recruit the skills you need all the time, with outsourcing the skills are instantly available to achieve the results you need. Many outsourced IT companies offer unlimited contracts which help you call in qualified expertise as and when you need it. Often companies will have in-house IT staff however if staff are off sick or unavailable should a problem small or large occur, it’s reassuring to know you can call in an expert team at any time. Leaving the worry to an external credible IT team can help reassure your business and help effectively manage your IT network. If you would like to discuss how your company can benefit from outsourcing their IT support contact ABCOM IT Solutions today to arrange a meeting to discuss the best deal for you....