Security

Excel 2003 hangs when opening files from the network

Recently we have seen a lot of users experience extreme slowness or hanging when opening Excel files from a network location.  PCs that are running XP and 2003 are affected whilst those using W7/Office 2003 or XP/Office 2007 or 2010 are fine. After much searching the fix was actually a recent help article from Microsoft….

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Acceptable Use Policy – Common Myths

When talking to clients and fellow business owners we have found that there are a number of myths which seem to surround the area of employee use of the Internet and email and the consequent monitoring by employers. For example: Personal use of IT systems is a must Many employers seem to be under the…

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Microsoft backs ‘Banning of Infected PCs from the Web’

Scott Charney, a Microsoft Senior Executive, suggested that virus-infect PCs should be quarantined and denied access to the internet. At the International Security Solutions Europe (ISSE) Conference in Berlin, Charney put forward this approach as a way to address botnets and other malware. The approach works much like a quarantine for infectious diseases would. In…

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IT Security – The Magic Formula?!?

When it comes to IT security I sometimes wish that we could prescribe a magic pill or formula, sadly one size doesn’t fit all on this subject. No IT consultant can tell you “just use this and you’ll be totally secure“, and if they do, then they’re not being honest. Finding the right security for…

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