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Apple discontinues the iPod after 20 years.

Apple has announced that it’s discontinuing the iPod Touch, the last remaining model in its lineup of portable music players. In a news post on Tuesday, the company says that it will sell the current Touch “while supplies last.” While Apple may be done with making dedicated music players, the company says that “the spirit of iPod lives […]

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Spider uses film of air to hide underwater for over half an hour.

Binghamton University’s Asst. Prof. Lindsey Swierk and colleagues observed one of the land-living spiders fleeing from humans by going underwater … and remaining there for over 30 minutes. For that whole time, its body was enveloped in a layer of air, which appeared to be held in place by a covering of hydrophobic (water-repelling) hairs. […]

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Ransomware disguised as Windows Updates takes aim at students.

Illegal download sites are quickly spreading Bitcoin ransom schemes disguised as Windows updates. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t download Windows updates from any source except Microsoft. But since it apparently doesn’t, let us reiterate: DON’T DOWNLOAD WINDOWS UPDATES FROM ANY SOURCE EXCEPT MICROSOFT. Recently Windows 10 updates from sketchy sources have been caught spreading the […]

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Is Your Android System Update a Remote Access Trojan?

Your Android system update might be fake, and hide a Trojan virus. Here’s what that means and what to do to remove a RAT.While you might be considerate with using a strong password, only connecting to safe Wi-Fi, and avoiding suspicious files, you can still fall victim to a Remote Access Trojan attack. Read the […]

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Update your Asus router’s firmware right now or risk botnet infection.

Today Asus is telling owners of its Wi-Fi routers to update their firmware in order to protect against the Cyclops Blink botnet.The botnet is being programmed to remotely access a router’s flash memory, potentially gaining access to any unencrypted traffic it handles. Read the full article here… Update your Asus router’s firmware right now or […]

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Warning of security threat from Russian vendor Kaspersky.

Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has warned against using Kaspersky security products due to the company being headquartered in Russia.The BSI said it recommends switching away from any Kaspersky product to another vendor because the company could be forced by the Russian state to carry out “offensive cyber operations”. Read the full article […]

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We’re excited to let you know that all our web hosting is now officially green hosting, powered 100% by renewable energy.

This means that all of our customer’s websites hosting is now powered exclusively by wind and solar power. The internet uses a lot to power: around 400 terawatt hours per year. While an individual website’s footprint is small, it all adds up: the internet is responsible for around 3.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s […]

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Beware scammy SMS messages claiming to come from HMRC.

‘Tis the season for tax scams here in the UK, and it’s no surprise to learn that scammers are spamming out fraudulent messages posing as HMRC. Read more… https://grahamcluley.com/beware-scammy-sms-messages-claiming-to-come-from-hmrc/ IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & […]

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Dangerous Phishing Email!

It’s nothing new that criminals are out there trying to steal your information to continue their vile activities. A simple email often with a subject like “Payment Advice” is doing the rounds. If you click the link or open the attachment you are presented with what looks like a Microsoft login (see this post image). […]

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Today is Safer Internet Day!

This Safer Internet Day is bigger than ever! More than 3,200 organisations and schools across the UK are getting involved to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.  Read about it… Safer Internet Day – UK Safer Internet Centre IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware […]

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Parking Meter Robbery – Not what you think!

I don’t know if this problem exists in the UK but it is a worrying development. How do these criminals think it up! US Police Warn of Parking Meters with Phishing QR Codes – Article from Bitdefender In a hurry to park your car? Don’t want to fumble around in your pocket to find cash […]

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Welcome to 2022. We are here to look after you.

IAP – Your Virtual IT Department. IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud Email and Cloud Data services, Bespoke System Software Development,Telephone & Broadband Sales and Support. Website Design, Domains & Hosting. […]

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Merry Christmas. We are looking forward to looking after you in 2022.

IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud Email and Cloud Data services, Bespoke System Software Development,Telephone & Broadband Sales and Support. Website Design, Domains & Hosting. #IAP #ITsupport #ComputerSupport #VOIP #Websites #Cloud […]

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Silver Stars proud of Ofsted result.

We knew that the lovely people at our customer Silver Stars Day Nursery were doing a great job for the children in their care. Now Ofsted have given them the official stamp of approval. Well done all 🙂 Find out more: https://silverstarsdaynursery.co.uk IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk […]

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Warning about scam calls from “matching” mobile phone numbers.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public to be vigilant of scam calls that appear to be coming from numbers similar to their own. Commonly, the first seven digits (07nnnnn) match the victim’s own number. The calls impersonate well-known government organisations, or law enforcement agencies, and will ask the recipient of the […]

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Climate Change & Trainers. What are your thoughts?

This article caught our attention. Who knows the facts! ‘It’s hard to believe your sneakers could be destroying the planet as fast as you can lace them up,’ says climate scientist Angela Terry, as she looks down at her feet. ‘But they are.’ Think of the main culprits behind the devastating environmental crisis that has […]

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Ransomware via a call centre? BazaCall means no email attachment or link required for infection.

Unsuspecting users of Office 365 are being tricked by a cybercriminal gang into calling a bogus call centre, with the eventual intention of installing ransomware onto their computers. Microsoft has warned that fraudulent emails are being sent out, attempting to trick users into calling a phone number operated by a cybercrime group. Examples shared by experts at […]

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OneDrive on older Macs.

OneDrive sync client will no longer update or be supported on macOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS High Sierra 10.13 The OneDrive team is committed to bringing you the best, most secure experience possible across your devices. As such, we are ending support for the OneDrive Desktop application (sync client) on macOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS […]

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Free Which? Scam Alerts.

Fraudsters are bombarding the UK public with scams, ruthlessly exploiting events like the pandemic to catch us off guard. People are falling victim to scams by email, text, phone calls and social media. Scammers are stealing £billions. We need to stay alert. Sign up for free alerts here… https://campaigns.which.co.uk/scam-alert-service/ IAP offer the following services for […]

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Pentathlon GB doing the business in Tokyo.

We are so proud to have a customer like Pentathlon GB doing a fantastic job of representing our country in Tokyo. Keep up with all of their achievements by following their socials… https://www.pentathlongb.org/ https://www.facebook.com/PentathlonGB IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, […]

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The BBC – Delivery text scams and how to deal with them.

If you have a habit of ordering stuff online, you’re probably no stranger to a “your parcel has been delivered” text. That’s why they’re a good way for scammers to hook unsuspecting people in. Three in five of us have had fake delivery company texts over the past year, according to new figures from consumer […]

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20+ Inventions That Shook the World We Can Thank Women For.

From www.brightside.me Bright Side wants to share the stories of 20+ incredible women whose inventions we use on a daily basis. Read about them here… https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/20-inventions-that-shook-the-world-we-can-thank-women-for-535910/ IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, […]

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What lies beneath.

A microscopic animal has been revived after slumbering in the Arctic permafrost for 24,000 years. Bdelloid rotifers typically live in watery environments and have an incredible ability to survive. Russian scientists found the creatures in a core of frozen soil extracted from the Siberian permafrost using a drilling rig. Fascinating stuff from CNN. Read more… […]

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A guide to parental controls on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services.

From popsci.com Streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu put a vast library of movies and television shows at your fingertips. But the sheer size of the repository makes it easier than ever for youngsters to stumble across inappropriate content.The companies that provide all this digital media have thankfully integrated a number of parental controls […]

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Received a WhatsApp verification code without requesting it? Beware – you might be about to have your account stolen.

Police in the UK are warning WhatsApp users of a surge they have seen in attempts made by fraudsters to steal accounts.In a tweet posted by Southwark Police in South London, for instance, officers warn that scammers are stealing accounts by tricking WhatsApp users to share verification codes they are sent via SMS. Find out […]

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Disconnect your WD My Book Live from the web to avoid data deletion, says Western Digital.

Storage drive maker Western Digital is telling owners of its WD My Book Live device to disconnect it from the internet after reports that some have had their data erased by malicious software. According to an advisory issued by the firm, malicious attackers are compromising the devices – commonly used to back up data such […]

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IAP UK supports Reserves Day.

Thank you to all the reservists serving in the UK military that make up one sixth of our diminishing armed forces.Our Russ has his first weekend away as a reservist so we’ll be thinking of him especially.Read more here… https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/reserves-day/ IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT […]

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Charles Geschke: Adobe co-founder who helped develop the PDF dies.

The popular document format PDF “portable document format” is known to almost everyone who uses a computer. It has been more than downloaded 449 million times! Charles Geschke, the co-founder of the software company Adobe who helped develop the Portable Document Format, or PDF, has died at the age of 81.Geschke set up Adobe in […]

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National Insurance Number Scams – Watch Out.

A variety of Scams are currently doing the rounds. Some by phone & others by email.Here are a couple of articles explaining how they work… https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/national-insurance-number-compromised-phone-scam/ https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/media/32958908/govuk-scam-email.pdf https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/warning-national-insurance-scam-leads-to-surge-in-calls-to-action-fraud IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data […]

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Really Fast Broadband is available to more properties.

We have successfully provided our first 1000mbps broadband connection.The upgrade from a 2mbps ADSL connection will make life online so much more rewarding for our client.No more waiting for the progress bar to crawl across the screen. Find out more about our broadband services… https://www.iapuk.biz/broadband/ IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC […]

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The IAP team hope that you all have a lovely holiday weekend.

Whilst you are away from your desks, our security systems will still be busy protecting our customers businesses from cyber threats. It takes only a tiny hole in the defenses to let the criminal elements in, so be sure to talk to us about keeping your business IT & data safe. IAP offer the following […]

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Beware surge of HSBC scam phishing texts.

For the last few weeks, people in the UK have reported a surge of phishing text messages targeting HSBC banking customers, often using a payee request from a “Mr. C Jones” as bait.Other scams used different names or no name at all. IT’S A SCAMPhishing text messages, otherwise known as smishing, have been on the […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week starts Today.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The last year has been a challenge for many of us. Small businesses like ourselves have really been tested and have had to adapt in many ways. So to acknowledge the commitment and positive attitude of our team here at IAP, we will be participating in a workshop […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week starts on the 10th of May.

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The last year has been a challenge for many of us. Small businesses like ourselves have really been tested and have had to adapt in many ways. So to acknowledge the commitment and positive attitude of our team here at IAP, we will be participating in a workshop […]

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Merriam-Webster word of the day.

sprightlyadjective | SPRYTE-leeDefinition1 : marked by a lightness and vivacity : spirited2 : having a distinctively piquant taste : zesty Sprightly comes from spright, an archaic version of the word we now use for an elf or fairy: sprite. Ariel from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the leprechaun of Irish mythology are often referred to […]

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Bristol Rock Centre open a new room for piano, keyboard & music production.

Our customers seem unstoppable. There is a whole new place to play at BRC. https://www.facebook.com/BristolRockCentre/ https://www.bristolrockcentre.co.uk/ IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud Email and Cloud Data services, Bespoke System Software Development,Telephone […]

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Windows Frozen? Mine too.

Not the best pun ever but it had to be said. All of our computers are working just fine thanks to our device monitoring & patch management systems and the frozen window was a beautiful work of art courtesy of Mother Nature. A good morning 🙂 IAP offer the following services for business and private […]

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How bees and drones team up to find landmines.

Among the virtues of bees you may not be aware of is their knack for detecting bombs. Thanks to the fact that they can pick up the scent of explosives with their antennae, researchers in countries such as Croatia have spent years perfecting how to use bees as landmine locators. Read all about this fascinating […]

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Countdown to the Tokyo Olympics.

Exciting news from our customer Pentathlon GB. The team are competing in the World Cup in Bulgaria ahead of the Olympics in less than a 100 days! From all at the IAP team to your national team, we wish you the very best of luck. Pentathlon GB on Twitter: “The countdown is on ⏳ It’s […]

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How People From The Past Imagined The Future.

I was introduced to these great images by Alan at the Coalpit Heath Watch newsletter. Take a look at these visions of the future… https://www.demilked.com/future-predictions-from-the-past/ IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud […]

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Our customer Sequester help individuals & businesses reduce their carbon footprint.

By planting trees in the UK, www.sqstr.co.uk help individuals and businesses to reduce and offset their carbon footprint and fight climate change. Their monthly subscription fee is tailored to your lifestyle and will empower you in knowing that you are having a positive impact on the environment. Sign up using the code IAP2021 to receive […]

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Celebrating the success of our customer TVM Cheltenham.

Mobility specialist, TVM Cheltenham, is celebrating 21 years in the business. Owners of the family-run, independent company, Kevin and Catherine O’Leary said the milestone stood as a testament to a winning formula for success. Kevin said: “The last 21 years have passed so quickly. At times it seems like only yesterday I set up as […]

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Bristol Rock Centre Christmas Bash!Fury + Neuromatic + Dakesis + Rites To Ruin @ Exchange, Bristol. 7PM December 22nd 2021.

Find the event of Facebook… https://fb.me/e/3sDoBc8Wr Website… https://www.bristolrockcentre.co.uk/ IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud Email and Cloud Data services, Bespoke System Software Development,Telephone & Broadband Sales and Support. Website Design, Domains […]

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Dell Inspiron 3650 BIOS update problem.

We have had several customers experience a complete failure of their Dell Inspiron 3650 PC following a BIOS update performed using the Dell Support/Update software. Whilst we would normally welcome updates from PC manufactures to keep devices running smoothly & safely, we would advise taking advise from Dell before performing the update to the BIOS […]

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Great ideas for wild activities this Easter.

Wildlife watch have great resources to help you make the most of the great outdoors. Find out more at the website. Find out more… https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/ Get the activities… https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/activities IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & […]

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Free Coding courses for Kids from Microsoft

Virtual workshops and training live from London. Interactive virtual workshops and training sessions taught live by Microsoft associates. Minecraft, Space Jam, Chase the pizza, Voyage Aquatic, Galga, Wonder Woman or design your own games. See the courses… https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/workshops-training-and-events/locations/London?OCID=ema_7350582_winter_workshops_21&WT.mc_id=PromoEmail_7350582_Toolkit_en_GB_Toolkit_Winter_workshops_en_UK_02-09-2021_Module_Module1#topic=20042049 IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and […]

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Our customer TVM is offering:

A bespoke Survey – For a no-obligation free quote for ramping, hoist, lift, or assistive technologies please speak to our Operations Manager, Matt Carling Get in touch: Contact – TVM Cheltenham Ltd (tvmcltd.co.uk) IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data […]

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Avast Business Security top performer in independent tests again

The Real-World Protection Test This test is designed to simulate malware attacks that a business user would typically encounter while using the internet Through this test, Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus sustained minimal false positives and scored an overall protection rate of 99.9% See the results here… https://blog.avast.com/av-comparatives-recognizes-avast-business-antivirus-pro-plus-avast IAP takes the protection of your business […]

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The Big Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB is today

Join thousands of people taking part to see the drama unfold on your doorstep.We might not be able to get together with loved ones at the moment, but you can make plans with friends and family to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey, all from the comfort of your own homes. Find it […]

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Daily 8am 15 minute workout

Start your day in a positive way. Find it here… https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3643136989054935&id=609606712407993 #corefitness #workout #fitness IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud Email and Cloud Data services, Bespoke System Software Development,Telephone & Broadband […]

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Virtual library gives children in England free book access

Children in England will be able to access books online free during school closures via a virtual library. Internet classroom Oak National Academy created the library after schools moved to remote learning for the majority of pupils until February half-term.Formed with The National Literacy Trust, the library will provide a book a week from its author of […]

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The Big Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB

Join thousands of people taking part to see the drama unfold on your doorstep.We might not be able to get together with loved ones at the moment, but you can make plans with friends and family to take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey, all from the comfort of your own homes. Find it […]

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Lockdown Learning: BBC puts school materials on TV, iPlayer and online

The BBC is helping school children keep up with their studies during the latest lockdown. While primary and secondary schools are closed to most pupils, the BBC is broadcasting lessons and programmes on BBC Two and CBBC – as well as on iPlayer, with extra content online. Find it all here… https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-55591821?at_custom3=Regional+BBC+West&at_campaign=64&at_custom1=link&at_medium=custom7&at_custom2=facebook_page&at_custom4=AEE721DE-5400-11EB-BA5E-BADA39982C1E IAP offer the […]

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Coronavirus vaccine scams warning

Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to commit fraud. Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:“The vaccine is a crucial tool in fighting the coronavirus and keeping people safe. Thankfully, the number of reports into Action Fraud are […]

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Community learning and skills service from South Gloucestershire Council

New FREE* Courses Starting January 2021 The Community Learning and Skills service are pleased to bring you their updated list of courses starting January 2021.  Please note that all courses will take place online during periods of lockdown, so contact them to check. More here… https://find-information-for-adults-children-families.southglos.gov.uk/kb5/southglos/directory/advice.page?id=k7J0HzmbA7w&adultchannel=8-1&channel=adult Or head over to the Facebook page IAP offer […]

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Pie anyone?

The lovely people at the Gloucester Old Spot aren’t able to serve you a pint right now, but they can fill your life with PIE! Head over to their Facebook page to check out the menu. IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. […]

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The IAP team are ready for 2021. Is your IT?

Whether you are back working in the office, working from home or blending different working practices, IAP can provide the expertise to keep your business working safely & efficiently. We are here to help 🙂 IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data […]

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Mac users warned of more Ocean Lotus malware targeted attacks

Researchers at Trend Micro are warning of the latest incarnation of a backdoor trojan horse that has been used in the past to target Mac users. Upon launching the file, a Word document is displayed as a decoy while other malicious operation take place unnoticed by the user. Full story… Mac users warned of more […]

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Stuck behind a desk all day?

A brand new routine to invigorate you mind and body. Have a go… https://fb.watch/1OrFPAn-hC/ IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud Email and Cloud Data services, Bespoke System Software Development,Telephone & Broadband […]

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Great news for music.

Our friends at Bristol Rock Centre will be continuing to provide top quality lessons for their students throughout the coming lockdown period 🙂 Get in touch… https://www.bristolrockcentre.co.uk/ #bristolrockcentre #music #brc #musiclessons #guitarlessons #singinlessons #drumlessons #basslessons #vocallessons IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. […]

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Get up off your chair!

A brand new Pause & Refresh routine to invigorate you mind and body. Try it out… https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DKZVvzJQ4CSI%26fbclid%3DIwAR2cqhPCvc7m0xlSiMvcSdLrKsqG9Ql51leERE1t0gRJ2BsuNTSV_YhffMk&h=AT0orQSpYNc0JfRSS915-8WtIsfCdggY6J-8Qcw-KQc90EjT38To63vDIMs0_fKaJnsTgG8QVRupahhfmf-4rD8pTV88-H5lmFTtfFsOlt8U7H-wVG6sgDIZvSG3uGi6uoYv&tn=-UK-R&c[0]=AT0s38I9AHoWvFlgJ_NNK4gmP-dmrW63J-Qh6PnFsuRs1CeHkofc3qaRDryF0rCj7xfNkNKoV79zNexnryuLalFuCSCoHKXiqpaYDiv8LlPzRlGuzeKIOzMpFWzvcJ2Gtb1bc6AXOBJUbKmpNEplHI9eI1EygVUsi_XtgD9wdjl5EnoCXY_NejURwKoYvGXGDVpTG-czeqW_E4_eOm7sYlk4Dw #refresh #sitting #getmoving #suewebb #corefitness #pilates IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud Email and […]

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The explosive problem of ‘zombie’ batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries, which power mobile phones, tablets and toothbrushes, can be extremely volatile if damaged. CCTV footage taken at several recycling centres shows explosions sending flames and debris shooting across sorting areas.And those sorts of batteries are a growing menace. Between April 2019 and March 2020, lithium-ion batteries were suspected to have caused around 250 […]

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Penalty Charge Scam.

Our police have been given copies of the latest ‘Penalty Charge Scam’ emails which are intended to panic recipients into making a quick payment with the threat of the ‘fine’ being quadrupled in a few days. Here are some simple checks you can make to ensure that you are getting genuine emails.1. Is the email […]

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PayPal to charge £12 inactivity fee.

Your PayPal balance is at risk if you haven’t used your account for a year but watch out for opportunistic scammers. People who only occasionally use PayPal could be charged under new plans from the payment platform. If you have money in your PayPal account and you haven’t used it or signed in for 12 […]

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Excel: Why using Microsoft’s tool caused Covid-19 results to be lost.

The badly thought-out use of Microsoft’s Excel software was the reason nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases went unreported in England.They filed their results in the form of text-based lists – known as CSV files – without issue.The problem is that PHE’s own developers picked an old file format to do this – known as XLS.As a […]

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Cyber Discovery. For 13 – 18 year olds.

Discover your hidden talent for cyber security with over 200 free challengesJoin the community of over 70k 13-18 year olds training to become the next leaders in cyber security by playing a vast online training game. Join Cyber Discovery, HM Government’s free online extracurricular programmeYou might not have considered a career in cyber security before, […]

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Pause & Refresh.

Have you been sat at your desk too long?Need to get up & move?Follow this short video to re invigorate your body and mind.Set an alarm for 11am & 3pm to get you up and moving about. Thanks Sue from Core Fitness for keeping us on the move. Found out lots more here… https://www.facebook.com/Core-Fitness-Sue-Webb-609606712407993 #corefitness […]

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NSPCC Parental controls.

Parental controls help you to block or filter upsetting or inappropriate content, and control purchases within apps. You can install parental control software on your child’s and family’s phones or tablets, games consoles, laptops and your home internet. Parental controls can help you to:Plan what time of day your child can go online and how […]

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Bitcoin Ransomware.

A fake ransomware scam is going around that targets website contact forms. It sends an email to the site owner with the subject “Your Site Has Been Hacked.” The body of the email claims the hackers have exploited a vulnerability to gain access to the site’s database and “move the information to an offshore server.” […]

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The Princess of Almondsbury.

The Mysterious 19th Century ‘Princess’ Who Fooled a Town. On April 3, 1817, a young woman appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, in the rural village of Almondsbury, just a few miles north of Bristol in southwest England. Dressed in a shabby black gown and shawl with a turban on her head, she seemed confused and […]

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Fifth Dan for Dan.

North Bristol Taekwondo are very proud to announce that instructor Mr Daniel Ashmead has been promoted to 5th degree black belt.This huge achievement is the result of many years of hard work and dedication. The school has an excellent reputation for teaching Taekwondo and the personal development that goes with it. Found out more: www.northbristoltaekwondo.co.uk […]

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Interactive map of Earth shows where your home was 500 million years ago.

Over the course of Earth’s four billion-year history, things have moved around rather a lot – including the continents of today.An online interactive map shows exactly where your hometown has wandered over the course of hundreds of millions of years of continental drift.Created by California palaeontologist Ian Webster in a web application, the map is […]

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Remembering hardware and cyberattacks from the 1980s.

Here’s just how much computing has changed in the past 40 years For younger generations, it is hard to imagine a world without paper-thin iPads and phones that double as cameras and computers. But back in the 1980s, laptops and mobile phones were state-of-the-art technologies reserved only for the wealthy or young, modern businesses. In […]

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New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears.

The malware known as ThiefQuest or EvilQuest also has spyware capabilities that allow it to grab passwords and credit card numbers. THE THREAT OF ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven’t been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple’s Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a […]

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Need business focused help & advice?

Running a small business is never easy, and in times like this, the challenges just add up. IAP are a member of the Federation of Small Businesses and have found the advise & resources available through our membership a real help. Legal advise, guidance for re-opening, staff training and more, all available through the web […]

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Zoom is a current favourite, but the first picture conference took place 50 years ago!

In 1964, AT&T unveiled its Picturephone—a telephone with video as well as audio—at the New York World’s Fair and at Disneyland. It was an iconic moment for personal technology. But when the company then launched a commercial video-calling service, you had to go to one of three Picturephone stations in the U.S.—New York, Washington, D.C., […]

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Phishing attacks target workers returning to the office.

Emails with fake COVID-19 training materials are trying to trick employees into sharing their Microsoft credentials, says Check Point Research. The emails contains a file attachment in the form of a Microsoft Word document named “e-vote_form_####.doc,” with the #### representing different digits. This attachment plays host to two malicious URLs, and clicking on it launches […]

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PPE and the return to work.

Maggie from Rosette CPD has offered us some great advice for getting back to work safely. Do you need advice? From Maggie… “After the breakout of the COVID-19 Pandemic, businesses have had to change and adapt to different ways of working to ensure both staff and anyone who enter their premises are safe. The wearing […]

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Netflix. Membership Reminder. Update Premium Member Renewal.

The email says that “Something went wrong”. Well it certainly will if you follow the link. Yes another Phishing email. It is a scam. Do not follow the link, just delete the email. #emailscam #netflixscam #premiummembership IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. […]

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Beware of email ERRX064 Status: Delivery Rejected.

A scam email telling you that # n­e­w messages have been restricted from delivering to your i­nb­o­x by a certain date/time, You can r­ev­ie­w th­es­e he­re and c­hoo­se­ w­ha­t h­ap­pe­n­s t­o t­h­e­m. It is a scam. Do not follow the link, just delete the email. #emailscam #errx064 #deliveryrejected IAP offer the following services for business […]

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Think u Know Online Resources for Children 4-14+.

These resources are intended to provide you with support and resources to help you learn about online safety at home with your child.Download them free from here… https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/ #thinkuknow #onlinesafety #internetsafety IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data […]

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Bristol Rock Centre re-opening June 20th.

Exciting news for our customer, Bristol Rock Centre. They have been working hard to create a safe environment for students to return to. Slots are available at the BRC school and online.Contact BRC here.. https://www.bristolrockcentre.co.uk #brc #bristolrockcentre #brg #bristolrockguitar #richthornton #richardthornton #musicschool #musiclessons #musicteacher #beckybaldwin #chrishawkins #iaingtdavies #georgeturner #lukeappleton #katenorris #shaunatohill #joewebb #ajrousell #tobiasalexander #kristianbressinton […]

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Opening your business premises back up? Beware Legionella.

Our customer Switchsafe Environmental have been working throughout the lockdown to commission, maintain & repair essential water services & equipment for the NHS and other businesses.Just as we started to think about getting the workplace up and running so that staff could get back to work, we have been reminded that Legionella is a serious […]

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Lockdown Work Out?

Chatting with our customers during this period of lockdown, the subject of physical wellbeing has come up more than just a few times. Head over to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJfXdWp98KPpRf-e81-dLog/featured to find videos to help you on your way. Subscribe to be kept up to date with additions to the channel. It is free to use. What have […]

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Home Worker Protection.

With so many people now working from home, your business data has become of great interest to criminals. https://www.iapuk.biz/homeworkerdanger/We have worked with our suppliers to put together a cost effective package of tools to help prevent your business becoming a victim. We would like to offer you two different options: Business class managed antivirus/antimalware software […]

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Homeworking businesses hit by increased fraud.

The number of criminals fraudulently attacking businesses is on the increase. There is a lot of news about individuals being targeted during the current pandemic but there is a huge risk to businesses as well. Homeworking businesses are being hit by increased fraud. Statistics tell us that business fraud related to Covid 19 is up […]

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UK and US security agencies issue COVID-19 cyber threat update.

A growing number of cyber criminals and other malicious groups online are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak for their own personal gain, security officials in the UK and USA have revealed. A joint advisory published today (8th April) by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) shows […]

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Scammers use ‘hook’ of pandemic to target victims.

People and businesses should be wary of scammers trying to turn the coronavirus pandemic to their advantage, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned.Scammers have been targeting vulnerable people including those self-isolating at home, the NCA said.Graeme Biggar, director general of the agency’s National Economic Crime Centre, said the virus was increasingly being used as […]

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Called to an urgent Zoom meeting with HR? It might be a phishing attack.

Bad enough that people have found themselves trying to work from home for the first time in their lives, perching their laptop on the end of the sofa.Stressful enough that they’re having to remain productive while overseeing their kids attending remote school lessons, battling the frustrations of Google Classroom.Challenging enough to keep the household something […]

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Free online courses from South Gloucestershire Council, starting April/May 2020.

South Gloucestershire Community Learning are pleased to bring you our new online course offer during this time of physical distancing; the list can be found on the Council website community learning page: www.southglos.gov.uk/communitylearning and a link to it is on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sgloslearning Found out more here… (READ MORE) #southgloucsonlinelearning #sgconlinelearning #onlinelearning #freecourses #sgloslearning […]

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New parental controls launched on Netflix.

Netflix have launched an update to their parental controls. Netflix have updated these settings to help families around the world get the most from their viewing experience, as well as allowing them to make decisions about what content is right for their family. This blog looks at these new controls, and how parents and carers […]

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Coronavirus tests and masks sold by fraudsters online.

British firms and individuals have lost more than £1.86m to coronavirus-related fraud since the crisis began, police have revealed – most of that to bogus companies selling non-existent products like masks and sanitisers. A BBC investigation has found criminals in West Africa have set up hundreds of these scam websites in the last month, targeting […]

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Doorbell camera owners urged to register with police.

Residents with doorbell cameras or CCTV at their homes are being urged to register them with the police. A database of private cameras across Swindon is being set up in a bid to speed up Wiltshire Police’s search for footage of crimes and incidents. Swindon Borough Councillor Rahul Tarar said: “This isn’t about surveillance, this […]

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10 best educational apps for kids: Digital learning resources for children.

Schools across the UK are for the most part now closed, as the Government aims to curb the spread of coronavirus – which means many children are now learning from home. Not only are parents now faced with the challenge of homeschooling their kids, but many will have to juggle their children’s education with working from […]

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World Health Organisation advice: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19.

Get the guide… https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/advice-for-workplace-clean-19-03-2020.pdf #who #worldhealthorganisation #getofficereadyforcoronavirus #Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 IAP offer the following services for business and private customers:PC and Server Helpdesk for IT Hardware and Software Solutions. Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Security & Data Erasure Services, Cloud Email and Cloud Data services, Bespoke System Software Development,Telephone & Broadband Sales […]

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Mandate Fraud is the most common fraud hitting businesses.

Mandate fraud is when someone gets you to change a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by purporting to be an organisation you make regular payments to, for example a subscription or membership organisation or your business supplier. Notify your bank immediately if you see any unusual activity on your account or suspect […]

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Corona Virus Malware Warning.

Beware! ‘Coronavirus’ Malware Trashes Windows And Locks Out Users. Malware creators are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and spreading pandemic-themed malware to demand ransom from users.Since the pandemic has started spreading, security researchers have witnessed a surge in Coronavirus themed MBRLockers.MBRLockers are a special type of malware that modifies the master boot record (MBR) […]

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Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus. A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children. This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information […]

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Home Learning.

Integra Schools and South Gloucestershire Council are pleased to launch a new online resource to support parents, carers and teachers. This resource brings together a range of free and easy to access online activities and learning for children of all ages, and is clearly grouped into subjects and topics, such as English and Maths. We […]

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