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What is a VPN and why do I need one?

What is a VPN and why do I need one?

Many people don’t know what a VPN is and don’t use one, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. Think for a minute about how much data you share over the internet or store on your computer or mobile. Many people openly share their photos, videos or use online banking with little thought about where their information could end up, but today’s digital life is a cat and mouse game. Hackers are working all the time to gain and exploit personal data, so protecting your privacy should be high on your agenda. VPNs are there to make sure that when you're online, your private data stays private....

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Stay safe online: 5 ways to protect your privacy

Stay safe online: 5 ways to protect your privacy

Think about the multitude of information you store on, or enter into, your devices. Photos, videos, emails, social media passwords, online banking details - there’s probably a lot. And then think how it would feel if this information got into the wrong hands. Not good.

As the world's data is growing exponentially, cybercriminals have thought up increasingly complex ways to get hold of your information, from simple password hacks and phishing scams to malware attacks. Sometimes, simply oversharing can cause your personal information to be used illegitimately. If you want to keep your private information private, there are now a lot of things you need to consider. Here are five places to start...

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Beware: Fake cleaning scams!

Beware: Fake cleaning scams!

It starts when you’re mindlessly using your PC, unaware of any issues, then there it is: the dreaded pop up which informs you that your computer has a number of errors. It asks you to pay to clean your machine and remove the junk you previously didn’t know you had.

In a blog post this week, Barak Shein from Microsoft’s Windows Defender Security Research said, “There has been an increase in free versions of programs that purport to scan computers for various errors, and then use alarming, coercive messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program”.

In a bid to help protect their customers...

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5 tips to maintain business machines over the festive period

5 tips to maintain business machines over the festive period

In today’s busy working environment, the festive period can mean a multitude of different things for an IT department.

For some companies, the next few weeks means a complete ‘down tools’ approach, where machines are not likely to be used at all for a week or so. For others, employees will continue working as normal with a day or two of rest. Company size, office locations, the number of remote or flexible workers to maintain and many other factors need to be considered when predicting working patterns (and support levels) in late December and January...

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Want a portable version of CCleaner for your business?

Want a portable version of CCleaner for your business?

Using CCleaner in a portable fashion is the preferred method of use for some our users and it can have some great benefits for your business. Our non-commercial product, CCleaner Portable, is popular among our techy user base because of its speed and ease of deployment. As it can simply be hosted and run from a memory stick... 

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