The importance of keeping your device updated

The importance of keeping your device updated

It annoys most people when you get one of those alerts that your device needs to be updated.

And they’re so easy to ignore. “Leave it for a few weeks… it’ll be OK…”

Right?

Wrong.

There are many reasons why you should always keep your devices fully updated, and why we do this for our clients, so they don’t have to think about it.

Here are the main reasons.

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See if your business’s data is for sale with dark web monitoring

See if your business’s data is for sale with dark web monitoring

There’s a place online where you can buy anything illegal… guns, drugs – and business data.

It’s called the dark web. And it’s where criminals buy data stolen from businesses, that they can then use to try to hack them.

This week’s video tells you about an ongoing way to see if your business’s data is for sale on the dark web.

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Never have to remember a password again

Never have to remember a password again

The best password practice these days is not to use an easy phrase you can remember.

And certainly not to use any password on more than one application.

No, best practice is to generate a different long random password for every app you use.

Of course, you’re not going to remember any of them… and you mustn’t write them down.

Luckily there is a powerful piece of software to make this easy for you.

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3 ways to keep your PC healthy

3 ways to keep your PC healthy

We all rely on our computers so much.

And thanks to a peak in demand due to Covid, some new devices are currently hard to get hold of.

So it’s really important you look after your PC properly.

In this week’s tech tip, we’ve got 3 ways you can keep your PC healthy.

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Your employees are your biggest cybersecurity threat!

Your employees are your biggest cybersecurity threat!

There’s a lot you can do with software to protect your business from cyber-crime.

But the single biggest threat to the business is actually your team.

Not for any malicious reason. But because it only takes one person to accidentally click on one dodgy link, and you can let hackers in.

Our latest video tells you what you can do to help your team be more aware of cyber-crime.

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Top 10 best resources to learn to program

Top-10-best-resources-to-learn-to-programNowadays, learning to code can be one of your most valuable skills. Sure, learning coding is not easy and it requires a lot of time but, if you are determined you could eventually uncover the mysteries of programming languages.
We gathered below the best online resources where you can learn the basics of coding.

 

Codeacademy

Probably the best online resource for coding, Code Academy has a great variety of classes to offer: from javascript to HTML/CSS and from PHP to Python. Its user friendly platform makes coding look like child play. Codeacademy feature a split screen on which you can see the code you have the write followed by theoretical explanations and indications.

 

Code Avengers

Focuses on gamification and entertainment, Code Avengers is a learn-to-code platform designed to teach beginners the basics of coding. Each lesson is designed to be interactive and to make the theoretical part as accessible as possible. Most of the courses are free.

 

Code School

Another popular online resource for coding is Code School. Guided by the “Learn by doing” motto, Code School offers a great variety of courses structured on different levels of difficulty – from beginners to advance.
A one month subscription costs 29 dollars, but you can access most of the introductory parts for free.

 

Treehouse

Treehouse provides courses on a range of web development, app development and web design topics. Its rich library, which features 1000+ videos, seeks to help beginners to learn the basics of coding and prospective coders become better.
You can sign up for $25 for a Basic subscription, which will allow you access to most courses, or for the Pro subscription, which cost $49 and allows you access to exclusive workshops and interviews.

 

Lynda.com

Probably the leading online resource for learning to code, Lynda is a reliable source of training in a wide range of web development topics. Although you’ll have to pay a monthly fee to be given full access, the platform offers a free presentation of every course. This way, you can decide whether the course is relevant for you or not.

 

Udacity

“Our online courses are rigorous and may even make you sweat.” states Udacity on their “What we offer” page. The truth is that, Udacity’s courses are targeted to those who already have the basics of coding.
Unlike other learning websites, on Udacity every user has a personal trainer with which they can chat about the problems encountered while writing a code. Furthermore, at the end of each course, graduates get a certificate which demonstrates their knowledge and skills on a given topic.

 

 

 

Important keyboard shortcuts for PC and Mac

Important keyboard shortcuts for PC and MacUsing keyboard shortcuts will help you get around much faster and can cut down the time needed to complete a task.

Here are the most important keyboard shortcuts worth knowing both for PC and Mac users.

Text editing

Cut, Copy, Paste
PC: Ctrl + X = cut; Ctrl + C = copy; Ctrl + V = paste
Mac: Command + X = cut; Command + C = copy, Command + V = paste.

To select an entire document, you’ll just have to press Ctrl + A for Windows users and Command + A for Mac users. To undo a command, you need to press Ctrl + Z for PC and Command + Z for Mac, whereas to redo it, the keyboard shortcut for PC is Ctrl + Y, but for Mac is Command + Shift + Z.

 

To find text within a document

PC: Ctrl + F
Mac: Command + F

 

To select a paragraph

PC: Shift + Ctrl + Up/Down arrow
Mac: Shift + Command + Up/Down arrow

To select one line at a time, the shortcut is the same for both Windows and Mac user: Shift + Up/Down arrow.

 

Web browsing – add a bookmark

You can create a shortcut of your favorite webpages by bookmarking them:
PC: Ctrl + D
Mac: Apple key + D

 

Show desktop

If you have too many windows open and you want to quickly access your desktop:
PC: Windows key + D
Mac: F11

 

Close browser

A faster and clever way you close your browser without having to use your mouse:
PC: Alt + F4
Mac: Apple key + Q

 

Reopen previous tab

If you accidentally closed a tab:
PC: Ctrl + Shift + T
Mac: Apple key + Z

 

Go to previous location in browser

If you want to go to the webpage you were looking at before your current one:
PC: Alt + ←
Mac: Apple key + [

 

Starting and closing applications

Move through a list of open applications
Mac: Command + Tab
PC: Alt + Tab
To move through the list in reverse, just press Command + Shift + Tab for Mac and Alt + Shift + Tab for PC.

 

To open a new tab

PC: Ctrl + T
Mac: Command + T

 

To close a new tab

PC: Ctrl + W
Mac: Command + W
To minimize/ maximize the focused windows
PC: Alt + Space + N/ Alt + Space + X
Mac: Command + M/ Command + L

 

To show all open windows

PC: Windows key + Tab
Mac: F9

 

To delete forever

PC: Shift + Delete

 

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