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04
Feb

Tech Support Phone Scams

Phishing attacks can occur by phone as well as email. Unsuspecting computer users can be victimized by fast-talking, legitimate-sounding scam artists who take remote control over their computers and install malware to steal confidential information or to create fake problems that need "fixing". With this last one we call this 'Tech Support Phone Scams". The calls can seem very genuine and often expressing urgency - for example they may say that ...

04
Feb

LifeProof Case for your iPhones

We all know iPhones are expensive, so why not protect your investment with a lightweight yet rugged casing which is dirt proof, dust proof, shock proof, snow proof and water proof. Brainworx can now supply LifeProof cases for your iPhone which does all of the above. I have personally used one for approximately 2 years now with my iPhone 5s and I can highly recommend the LifeProof case. Whether biking, running, rain ...

04
Feb

Norwex Optic Cloth

We are often asked by clients; "how can they clean their monitors". Now here is a great little product that makes cleaning your monitors a breeze. It is a superior, quality microfibre cloth from Norwex called the Optic cloth. Norwex Optic Cloth Eyeglasses, CD’s and camera lenses all work better if the light is perfectly reflected or absorbed evenly without distortion. Using the wrong cloth to clean such delicate surfaces can easily cause scratches. ...

04
Feb

After all my years in IT, I am still surprised how complacent people are towards their backups. Often it seems Brainworx care more about our clients data than they do themselves. Why is that? I think it is human nature. People like to believe data loss will never happen to them. If I quote data loss statistics they think I am scare mongering. If I offer a robust disaster recovery plan they only look at ...

04
Feb

Technical debt – what is it and how can you avoid it?

As the graphic above shows, often we are too busy "being busy" and we don't take the time to look at how inefficient equipment and systems, can be holding our businesses back. In this article I am going to use Technical Debt as a metaphor (based on the idea of financial debt) to describe the negative impact and consequence of running outdated computers, IT equipment and systems within your organisation. As you all ...

01
Dec

A very tiny PC

This is a great little product to tell you about. It is the Intel PC on a stick and it only measures 10cm x 4cm x 1.5cm. In essence it is a miniature PC that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor (powered by a USB cable).  Intel Atom processor, 2 GB Ram, 32GB space, with windows 10. It ...

01
Dec

Should you upgrade to Windows 10 or stay with Windows 7?

Windows 7 is now more than five years old and users are being prompted to upgrade to Windows 10. The question we are often asked is "Should I be preparing to upgrade the operating system (OS) on our business computers?" Despite Windows 8 being released more than two years ago, Windows 7 is still the dominant desktop OS. More than 55 per cent of computers browsing the web use Windows 7, compared to less than ...

30
Nov

Last month we brought you 5 useful tips for Google Search. This month as we are coming to the end of another busy year we thought we would end on a slightly more upbeat note and look at 5 fun and bizarre Google Search features / games that you didn't know existed. So sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy. 1. Do a Barrell Roll Type do a barrel roll straight into the Google search bar ...

30
Nov

Brainworx hours over the holiday period

Merry Christmas :o) The holidays are almost upon us: sun, surf, family, friends and the smell of snarlers on the BBQ. Brainworx hours over the Christmas holiday period The Brainworx office will be closed from 2pm Thursday 24th December, opening Monday 11th January 2016. For emergency support during this period please contact Chris on 0274 808 556. With thanks for your Business and support, we do wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous ...

03
Nov

When should you retire your IT equipment?

I am frequently asked this question and my answer is that you should replace computers and servers at the end of their depreciation cycle. There are several reasons behind this: The computer has no book value and as far as your business is concerned it is no longer an asset. Indeed; this can be the turning point where a previously inexpensive computer to maintain could start to cost you more money as ...