Entries by Ross

Are you considering using facial recognition technology in your business?

Are you considering using facial recognition technology in your business? If the security of your site is an issue you may be considering installing facial recognition technology. However, there are some issues to be considered before you go ahead. The technology is relatively new and there have been questions about its use and its accuracy […]

How to make your business environmentally friendly

How can you make your office or business more environmentally friendly? It is becoming ever more important that businesses are seen to be doing their bit to reduce their energy requirements and help the environment. But it also makes sense as a means of reducing business overheads and for a business’ reputation. Sustainable offices that […]

Are you drowning in emails?

Email overload is a common problem in business with many managers calculating that they get as many as 140 a day. Part of the problem is that in a multi-location business communications can be copied into other people that the sender feels need to know about the contents. Then there is the inevitable “spam” from […]

AI will not take over the world

AI will not take over the world In a recent blog we discussed the reliability of AI and automation and the fact that these systems are devised by human beings, highly skilled human beings to be sure, but human beings make mistakes. Wired has just published two further articles exploring the issue of AI. In […]

Is Alexa always listening?

Amazon’s Echo Virtual Assistant (infamously known as just Alexa) functions primarily on the idea of complete voice-control and having a single wake-word which lets these clever little robots know that it’s their time to shine. By saying “Alexa” around your device, it wakes from slumber, listens to your voice request, assists accordingly and then goes […]

Windows 7 has reached it’s End of Life

The date has been announced – January the 14th, 2020 – the date that Windows 7 reaches its end. After this date, Windows 7 will no longer be supported or updated by Microsoft, and current users will have to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 7 is a decade old this July, launched in 2009 – […]

Password security

Too many people are still not taking password security seriously enough The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has just published the results of its first survey analysing public databases of breached accounts to see which words, phrases and strings people used. One of its most alarming findings was that millions of users were still […]

Beware of expensive paperweights!

We have had an interesting job at Colchester IT recently. As part of a customers computer repair, they provided us with a ‘2TB’ hard drive they had bought on Amazon in order to complete a data transfer. They mentioned that it was playing up but if we could sort it out then it would be […]

Cyber security in 2019 – are you insured?

Cyber security in 2019 – are you insured? The most recent figures for the extent of cybercrime published by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) in March 2018 state that 4.5 million such crimes had been committed in the previous 12 months. The ONS figures cover all types of cybercrime, including child pornography. In the […]