Yearly Archives: 2014


Making a Website Secure with HTTPS

When you type a website address such as www.vantageit.co.uk in your browser, you will notice that the characters ‘http’ or ‘https’ appear as a prefix. Hypertext transfer protocol (http) is the basis that enables data to be transferred across the web. When the ‘s’ is added to the http, it […]


News and Improvements at Vantage IT

We are pleased to announce that on 1st October 2014, Steve Monaghan was promoted to Innovation and Infrastructure Director at Vantage IT Solutions Limited. Steve has recently spearheaded Vantage’s considerable investment in updating its numerous services, including DataSafe Online Backup, PatchSafe Software Patching, WebSafe Secure Mobile Email and MailSafe Anti-Spam; […]


Rapid Response to Shellshock Vulnerability

You may have heard the name ‘Shellshock’, which is the latest security vulnerability to be publicised. This came to light last week and was rated as extremely serious because it could enable a hacker to gain access to and control over computers, such as web servers, firewalls and indeed potentially […]


Wonderful Feedback for our IT Support

It is always nice to receive praise, and interesting when it comes from a different perspective. Vantage IT provides the IT support for a local company with offices throughout the world and a head office based on mainland Europe. A representative from the IT department at the head office said […]


Macro Viruses

If you receive a document that states it cannot be displayed properly until macros are enabled, DO NOT click on the button to enable macros. Macro viruses were around years ago but fell out of favour with the virus-spreading underworld because improvements in the security of Microsoft Office prevented macros […]


Moving on from Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003

Several weeks ago, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP (unless you work for the UK government which is paying Microsoft over £5m to extend support for a further year). This doesn’t mean computers using XP have stopped working – they will carry on running as they did before. What it […]


Managing Active Directory Domain Rename

Changing the domain name of a network is a complicated process. It is a task that Microsoft itself describes as ‘complex’ and that it ‘should not be undertaken lightly’, so you can see that to carry it out you really do need to be able to trust in an expert. […]


Heartbleed Vulnerability in OpenSSL

You may have heard in the news over the last week of the existence of a vulnerability (called Heartbleed) in a product called OpenSSL, something that is used by many systems throughout the internet. Last week we checked our customers’ systems as well as our own and immediately patched the […]