Estimated $80 stolen in bitcoin hack

Posted on: December 14th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

$80m Bitcoin Hack

Slovenian based bitcoin marketplace, NiceHash, has reported that it was the victim of a professional attack. The reported security breach, a social engineering hack, has resulted in the theft of bitcoin with an estimated value of $80m.

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More Dram?

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Micron Technology Taiwan has reportedly shuttered one of its two DRAM fabrication plants in Taiwan. The production lines at Fab-2 were closed down at the beginning of this month after it was found that a nitrogen gas dispensing system had malfunctioned and contaminated both wafers and chipmaking equipment.

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Ransomware Threats

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack caused panic and disruption across large swathes of the IT planet. So how can we stay safe in the future?

The media warned us that new variants of the ransomware would be released this week. Fortunately there has not really been any evidence of this so far but the next attack may just be round the corner.

No doubt anyone that had their data encrypted and their business disrupted will be putting new safeguards in place right now, but what about the rest of businesses and IT users? Once the dust has settled, will everyone go back to their same old ways?

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Avoid creators update – Microsoft

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Microsoft is urging customers not to install it’s latest version of  Windows 10 creators update.

The reason behind this? It may well damage your system.

 

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802.11ac the future of Wi-Fi

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Faster Wi-Fi: It’s something we all crave. Fortunately, it’s also something we can have, even on a budget. It’s not just about fast Internet speeds to and from your service provider. It’s also about transferring files between devices in your home or office, streaming video from a network-attached drive to a television, and gaming with the lowest network latencies possible. If you’re looking for faster Wi-Fi performance, you want 802.11ac — it’s that simple.

In essence, 802.11ac is a supercharged version of 802.11n. 802.11ac is dozens of times faster, and delivers speeds ranging from 433 Mbps (megabits per second) up to several gigabits per second. To achieve that kind of throughput, 802.11ac works exclusively in the 5GHz band, uses plenty of bandwidth (80 or 160MHz), operates in up to eight spatial streams (MIMO), and employs a kind of technology called beamforming that sends signal directly to client devices.

If you’re currently using an 802.11n router — or an even older 802.11b/g model, like the perennial favorite Linksys WRT54G — and are thinking of upgrading to 802.11ac, here’s what you need to know.

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Gaming PC

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Gaming PC’s can be a very expensive pass time, especially these days with 4k and HDR starting to become more prevalent. But not everyone needs a top of the line system, the trick is building something that can play current games at a good level and still be able to in at least 2-3 years time.

Here at User2 we build systems for everyone. Ranging from the high end of over £3000 to more modest offerings of  £800 (sometimes less if you do not require a monitor etc).

So how do you choose whats right for you?

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Internet security and private internet

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

When you surf the Web, you probably take for granted your internet security and that no one else is sneaking a peek at your Web traffic and that websites are respecting your privacy. Unfortunately, neither of these is a certainty, which is why you should get a virtual private network (or VPN) service such as Private Internet Access.

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It’s one of the best VPN services out there, offering many advanced features, thousands of servers to choose from, support for file sharing services, and an interface so unobtrusive you might forget it’s there at all. For all that, Private Internet Access is a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner among desktop VPNs.

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Can you still upgrade to Windows 10?

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments

July 29th was the last chance to upgrade free of charge to Windows 10. If you don’t take up the offer in time, and you decide you do want to upgrade after all, the only option will be to buy a copy of the OS.

But hold on. That’s not entirely true. If you want Windows 10 after the deadline has expired, you’ll still be able to get it for free, legally, and doing so couldn’t be easier.

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Windows 10 Anniversary update

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Now that the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 has expired we start to look forwards to the next big thing. On this front there is not very long to wait at all, August the 2nd to be exact. This is when the ‘Anniversary update’ ill launch, it’s essentially what you would normally call a service pack and traditionally that marks the accepted milestone for maturity of a Windows release.

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Windows 10 free upgrade deadline

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments

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When Windows 10 came along Microsoft claimed a target of having it running on 1 billion devices within a few years. With year on year sales of new PC’s and laptops going down like clockwork this depends largely on the free upgrade program. That programs deadline is currently set for July 29th, after this date you will have to pay if you want to upgrade.

If your system is relatively up to date (bought within the last 2 years) you most likely can upgrade without issue. Even some systems as old at 6 years work just fine with the upgrade also. There are however exceptions to every rule. If you do decide to upgrade then you would do well to be prepared by having a full backup of your entire system.

Here at User2 we have seen many systems which have either required data recovery or a full reinstall after failed windows 10 upgrades. For those that do work however it’s like a breath of new life for older systems. Using less power to do the same tasks Windows 10 takes little getting used to, certainly far less than the Windows 7 to 8/8.1 challenge.

If you do opt to stick with Windows 7 for example rest assured that it’s not going to leave you out in the cold any time soon. As of writing this windows 7 still accounts for nearly 50% of all operating systems out in the world and there are still several years of support available for it. Bottom line, if you have a Windows 7 device then by the time support runs out you most likely will need a new system anyway.

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