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....
Hillians extend relationship with sponsors ABCOM IT Solutions

Hillians extend relationship with sponsors ABCOM IT Solutions

Burgess Hill Town FC have announced that ABCOM IT Solutions have extended the relationship with the club and have sponsored the back of the 1st team shirts. Hillians General Manager, John Rattle, said: “ABCOM have been the clubs IT provider for the past year and have now expanded on their sponsorship, which is great news. “The club is playing at the highest standard it has ever played. We need to be looking at sponsorship opportunities that will help us compete with clubs that are more established than we are in this league. We look forward to working closely with Yann and his team over the next two years. Yann Davies, ABCOM Managing Director, said: “We are very happy to be supporting Burgess Hill Town FC by sponsoring the back of the 1st team shirts and advertising at various places around the football ground. ABCOM IT Solutions thrive on building business and community partnerships and are more than happy to continue support for our local football team. We wish them all the very best for the rest of the season.” Read more at:...
Don’t Let Google Label Your Site As Unsecure–Add An SSL Before It’s Too Late.

Don’t Let Google Label Your Site As Unsecure–Add An SSL Before It’s Too Late.

Since November last year we have known about some changes Google was making, that could potentially affect your website. My friends, that time has now come! As of now, Google Chrome will consider any website as “not secure” if it collects passwords or credit card information without having an SSL installed. Make sure your site and any potential customers’ data are fully protected, and enjoy having HTTPS display in the address bar along with a lock icon, so your visitors know your website is protected. Ensure encrypted data for your website. This is an involved process, that we are happy to manage and process for you. Steps 1 Help you identify a suitable digital certificate for your website. If you are hosted with us or not let us help you review the options. 2 Install the certificate onto your website. 3 Update the configuration of your website to point to HTTPS instead of HTTP. 4 Redirect all incoming requests for your HTTP website to the location of the HTTPS site. 5 Re-verify ownership of your website in Google Search Console and update the sitemap location. 6 Update your web property’s configuration in Google Analytics. 7 Test and confirm that the conversion was successful. Whatever your needs please contact us. We have the technical know-how to point you in the right direction. Save Save Save Save...
Microsoft Cloud Partner

Microsoft Cloud Partner

From the ABCOM newsdesk… ABCOM today announced it has achieved a Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft’s customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn this competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through rigorous exams, culminating in Microsoft certifications. And to ensure the highest quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references for successful implementation and customer satisfaction. This goes to show our commitment to Microsoft products especially the cloud stack. Download (PDF, Unknown) About ABCOM Providing IT support for over 20 years in West Sussex but also servicing East Sussex and London customers. ABCOM deliver Managed IT to Small and Medium Enterprises with a fast, friendly and efficient service. Its customers use on-premise servers, data centre servers, private and public cloud solutions, so ABCOM have developed a deep understanding of the IT requirements of the SME. “The Silver Competency demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing our clients with the best-in-class service” says Yann Davies, Managing Director. “With this endorsement from Microsoft for the provision of their Cloud products, we are able to deliver the best solutions for our clients business needs.” “By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.” Earning the Microsoft Small...