A Tech Adventure: Cyber Security Europe Round-up


A Tech Adventure!Cyber Security Europe Round-up. From GDPR to Ransomware and more I f you have been following our twitter or facebook posts, you will know that recently some of our team went to London. The reason? IPExpo. We were excited to go check out the various security booths and information…

A “krack”ing vulnerability found on Wi-Fi security.


A "KRACK"ing vulnerability discovered in Wi-Fi security.Is your Wi-Fi network safe? Is WPA2 no longer safe? R eported yesterday early morning, by Mathy Vanhoef a “KRACK”ing new discovery has been made in wi-fi security. However, don’t take the pun lightly, as this is a major…

Keep Your Smart Home Secure: Part 2


Keep Your Smart Home SecureA series of articles to help keep your home network safe. DD-WRT: Unlock your router’s hidden features! S o, here it is. It’s a few weeks behind schedule, but we’re finally ready to discuss another top tip for improving your Smart Home Security. This one comes from…

A Tech Adventure: Data Recovery of Software RAID 5 with BTRFS


A Tech Adventure: Data Recovery of Software RAID5 with BTRFS   T his week, a rather interesting issue was presented to us. At Computer Assistance, we’re pretty comfortable with more advanced data recovery methods and approaches, however this one was something else. The customer came to…

What is GDPR? And how your business will be affected by the new regulation.


What is GDPR? And how your business will be affected by the new regulation.The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation set to be enforced from 25 May 2018,  the regulation is set to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union. GDPR will…

5 Top Tips to Improve Your Smart Home Security


Keep Your Smart Home Secure.A series of articles to help keep your home network safe. The expansion of the Smart Home market   W ith the ever expanding Smart Home Market, now is a better time than any to understand what impact these devices have. As you probably have guessed, they make life a…

Keep Your Smart Home Secure: Part 1


Keep your Smart Home Secure.A series of articles to help keep your home network safe. Before we begin… I t’s been a while since we’ve done a proper blog post here. Good news is that we plan to get back on track with more frequent updates for you. So, what better way to start off…

Why Your Business Needs a Great Website


Why Your Business Needs a Great Website There’s no doubt the options for businesses to market themselves to the wider world have grown dramatically in recent years. One tool that has become a standard feature is the company website. While it might seem the easiest thing to throw up nowadays, many…

Top Reasons to Move to Office 365


When you run your own business there are always plenty of things to think about. One of the things is the operating system that you use. Many people go for the usual approach to Microsoft subscriptions, whereby each piece of software is stored on the computer itself and accessed via the desktop.…

The Benefits of Using Cloud Phone Services


A cloud-based phone system is one that is delivered through the internet, opposed to the standard phone line in which many people are used to. Sometimes cloud phone services are referred to as VoIP phones but the principal is the same; a phone system provided to a business using an internet…

“WannaCry” virus spreads across the world


Over the weekend, you will have seen numerous reports of a wide-spread attack on infrastructure across the world by the new “WannaCry” virus. Hospitals, banks and organisations have been attacked by the virus that locks away all your data and…

A quick look at the hidden internals of Apple Macs.


Just for fun, this is the chip that runs the internal/external switch for the monitor on a Mac. It’s always the smallest things that run the most important jobs. At Computer Assistance, our Apple technicians have years of experience in repairing all things Apple – from Macbooks to Macs…

How my 14 year old son is making money trading football players on FIFA, and how it’s similar to Bitcoin and the stock market.


Like many young men, my 14 year old son loves FIFA – since the introduction of FIFA Ultimate Team in FIFA 10, sales of the videogame have rocketed, turning it in a phenomenon along the lines of Star Wars or Pokemon. In case you are just hearing about this for…

Blocking CD and other Optical drives


Today we did a job for a customer where he wanted us to block the usage of CD and other Optical Drives from his employees when using his remote desktop. Below you will see a short rundown on how to do it and a website which will give you further knowledge on how to do so. If you would like a more…

The Dash- Changing the earphone game


Ever wanted a pair of earphones that will play your music, be a personal trainer and be wireless? Well, 'The Dash' will provide all those things for you. They will set you back $299 (£190) though, but every penny will be worth it. The dash first appeared on 'Kickstarter' looking for funding so…

Barclaycard Contactless Gloves


It's Christmas Eve, you're doing that last minute shopping and the queue is taking forever. You panic, 'Where's my card?!' But no need to worry, with the Barclaycard Contactless gloves, it will be much easier to make payments like this because you just tap your hand onto the contactless card reader…

ZANO- Taking selfies to a whole new level


You're out walking Snowdon with your friends, you reach the top and want to capture the glorious view as well as having yourself and your friends in the picture too, rather than spending ages editing the picture of you and your friends with the picturesque view you could get yourself a ZANO and…

Instagram Rapture- The day millions hated


Instagram, it's been around for a number of years, most people love it, others hate it. Whether you love it or hate it, you may have been effected by the most recent thing they've done which is deleting a millions if not billions of Fake and inactive accounts much to the disapproval of many…

Microsoft Office 16- A new generation of office?


In the month of October this year (2014) word started going round of Microsoft's new Office client, Office 16. Microsoft are aiming to release Office 16 on the second half of the 2015 calendar. Microsoft also confirmed then that they planned to release the next versions of Exchange server and…

Make sharing those files that little bit easy


Ever been faced with the problem of the file you wish to share with your friend or client being to big to send via email? Well, with the Gigs 2 Go you can share files in a much easier fashion. The Gigs 2 Go is a Kickstarter funded project which became successful in January and has been on the rise…

Oxford’s best options to speed up your internet in 2015


Oxford is one of the world’s fastest internet cities…so why is your internet slow? Here at Computer Assistance, we’re no strangers to complaints about poor internet speed. Who hasn’t had to wait for a buffering YouTube video or tapped their fingers impatiently as they waited for their Facebook…

What’s the next big web design trend?


LOOKING PAST RESPONSIVE DESIGN Every new website coming out these days should be using responsive design, scaling to the device of the user, and if they’re using the latest trends, they’re probably using flat design too. Every website we navigate to here at Software Assistance feels like we’ve…

Our latest customer support adventure!


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The Apple Watch – 3 reasons it’s the watch to wear in 2015…and 3 reasons it isn’t


1. It’s Apple sleek – plenty of companies have mastered great design in recent years, recognising that it’s increasingly hard to beat one another in terms of raw horsepower and specifications. Even the biggest Samsung stalwart would admit that the Korean giant’s recent designs still look a little…