Alan Beattie

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Staying Safe Online

In today’s online world most of us are ‘connected’ via our laptops, mobile phones, tablets or personal computers. There is a huge potential for the internet to be used as valuable and a fun resource for entertainment, making friends, keeping in touch and learning. If you use the internet, you could be at risk of illegal activity …

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Online Phishing

Online phishing (pronounced like the word fishing) is a method used by tricksters and fraudsters to gat you to reveal personal or financial information. This is done using a fraudulent email or website. Most common phishing scams start with an email message that looks like an official email from a trusted source, for example a …

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Ayr United

An eventful Saturday (October 31 2015) attending the Ayr United versus Stranraer football match at Somerset park, Ayr. AHB Information Technology Solutions sponsored the Ayr United Half-time Treble Chance Draw, and made the draw itself. Pictures is Dougie Porter from Ayr United 5 Star Lottery as I made the draw. If you would like to take …

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High profile Security Attacks

British Gas has had some of it’s customer data stolen via it’s website. British Gas has contacted about 2,200 of its customers to warn them that their email addresses and account passwords were posted online. It says, however, that it does not think its own systems were breached and the affected accounts have been disabled …

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The State of Digital Skills

A survey from Go.On UK, a charity set up to promote digital skills, warns that over 12 million people in the UK do not have the skills needed in the digital era. The knock on effect is that around a million small businesses do not have the skills to prosper. It has produced what it calls …

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IP Addresses Explained

Following on from the announcement last month of BT to move from IPv4 to IPv6 for their internet connections I thought this would be a good opportunity to explain what an IP address does, and what it is. What is an IP Address? An Internet Protocol Address (or IP Address) is an unique set of …

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BT sets date for IPv6 network conversion

BT has announced that by the end of 2016 its entire network will be able to use IPv6 – the next version of the internet addressing system. For home and small business uses this will mean swapping routers as ilder devices are unable to work with the updated system. Many BT customers already use IPv6-ready hardware, such …

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Office 2016 Rollout Begins

Office 2016 rollout has begins from today (22 September) across the UK. The news from the post earlier this year that Office 2016 was due in the second half of 2015, so the time has come. I’ll be looking into this across the next few weeks. If you’d like help or training with Microsoft Office …

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Windows 10 Finally Arrived

After what seemed and endless wait, it finally arrived, and downloaded onto our computers here at AHB IT Solutions, the long awaited and much promised upgrade to Windows, the all new Windows 10. It already has a familiar feel for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft is trying to keep some of the touch …

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Stay connected whilst away from the Office

Being away on holiday for the small business owner can be a bit of a worry, being out of touch with what is happening back home. The solution to the problem is to stay connected using Office 365. You may already have heard about Microsoft Office 365 by now but here’s a summary: Email – fully …

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