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Posted On: Monday November 26th, 2018

*** STAY SAFE ONLINE - Check short URLS ***

*URL Is another term for web address, google.com for example would be a URL.

Stay safe online, Check those short generated URL codes before visiting.

CheckShortURL supports almost all URL shortening services:
t.co, goo.gl, bit.ly, amzn.to, tinyurl.com, ow.ly, youtu.be and many others!

Link:
checkshorturl.com/

What is it made for?

CheckShortURL is an expand link facility: it allows you to retrieve the original URL from a shortened link before clicking on it and visiting the destination. We provide furthermore information about unshortened URL such as title, description, keywords and author of the page. It also checks if the original URL is on search engines, Twitter, and lets you know if the hidden link is safe or not.
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Posted On: Saturday November 24th, 2018

*** VISION DIRECT DATA BREACH ***

Please see attached image for full information.

"We do not store CVV and that the data was captured on the checkout form. Apologies for any inconvenience or worry this has caused, but if you haven't received an email from us about this, then your data won't have been compromised."

I would still advise you to change any password over at visiondirect just to be safe.

.. Should have gone to specsavers?
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Posted On: Saturday November 17th, 2018

*** SSD VULNERABILITY - UPDATE YOUR SSD FIRMWARE ***

Do you have a SSD drive? If so please check for a firmware update! A vulnerability has been found in the encryption that can allow a hacker to bypass any encryption on the drive and access data. If no recent firmware updates are available (Dated from November 2018 - this vulnerability is new) then please keep checking with your vendors support page.

Effected models know so far:
Crucial - MX100 MX200 MX300

Samsung - T3 T5 840EVO 850EVO

Link for Crucial:
uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/support-ssd

Link for Samsung:
www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools/

If you have a Samsung SSD then install their " Magician" software and that will also install firmware updates.

If you are unsure how to update or don't feel comfortable doing these updates then please message.

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Posted On: Tuesday November 13th, 2018

*** WINDOWS 10 BUILD 1809 Re-Released ***

Microsoft has at last re-released version 1809. Version 1809 was plagued with bugs, from file deletions to audio plagues, finally it looks like Microsoft are happy the bugs have been fixed.

"On November 13, 2018, we will begin the re-release of the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809), Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809. We encourage you to wait until the feature update is offered to your device automatically."

Please ensure you make a backup on any documents / files if you haven't already done so, Microsoft will auto update your Windows 10 system via the windows update service.
Do NOT turn off any power sources when updating even if the machine looks like its froze. Also ensure that you are connected to a main supply if updating Windows 10 on a laptop.

If you require any services then please message.

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Posted On: Thursday November 8th, 2018

*** WINDOWS 10 PRODUCT KEY BUG ***

Some users of Windows 10 are reporting that their Windows 10 product key has been revoked. Microsoft have confirmed that this is a server side glitch (so microsofts fault) and they are currently working on resolving the issue. If you have noticed any activation required prompts then simply ignore them until the fix. Microsoft expects to resolve the problem in the next few days.
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Posted On: Friday November 2nd, 2018

*** HMRC Phone Scam Warning ***

Fraudsters are spoofing legitimate HMRC phone lines asking for money. Please share.
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Posted On: Friday October 26th, 2018

Do you have a laptop or computer that doesn't turn on? Cant remember the password to login? Are there files and photos on the device that you would like to recover or move to your new computer.

From password removals to data recovery.

Visit: www.jwcomputersolutions.co.uk for more listed services.

Contact via facebook or via the given methods on the main website.
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Posted On: Saturday October 13th, 2018

I've not asked for a while so here goes. Would you all be so kind to invite people to "Like" my page, you can do this by visiting the community tab within my page and choosing "invite friends to like this page" even if you just invite one that's better than none and it will really help me out.

I also appreciate it when people tag me in recommendations / post however I need you all to tag the page and not my personal account, my personal account has settings where only friends can message, my page inbox however will allow anyone to message.

So in order to tag my page in a post you would do this. Use the @ symbol, followed by my page name "JW Computer Solutions - Leeds" a search box will appear and you select my page, that's it.

Thanks for reading 🙂
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Posted On: Saturday October 13th, 2018

*** SOFTWARE RENEWALS ***

Please check any user accounts that you may have made in the past when purchasing any software including antivirus protection.

Some products, McAfee for one, will automatically renew and take payment from your original payment source. That's fine if that's what you want, but honestly McAfee isn't worth a penny and the fees are stupid.

Same goes with office 365. Do you really need to have the cloud features and the latest version every year? Paying a yearly fee when you can just purchase a one off version which will cost less in the long run (office doesn't really change much between editions.)
There are even some free alternatives to office that do the job just as good.

Same goes with 30 day trials (amazon prime) be sure to cancel before the 30 days otherwise you will have to pay the yearly fee if you forget.

If you are looking for antivirus security that doesn't auto renew and is up to the task then please message.
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Posted On: Monday October 8th, 2018

*** DO NOT INSTALL WINDOWS 10 BUILD 1809 - Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809) Paused due to bugs. ***

Microsoft has suspended the roll out of their latest Windows 10 build: 1809.

Users have complained that files are being deleted when selecting the upgrade option.

Microsoft has urged users not to install the update until the problems are resolved. If you have downloaded the update to install offline Microsoft also advises that you delete the media.

I will post again when the update is fixed / available.

* Please make sure you have a backup of important files if you haven't already done so.
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