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HP Secure Printing to Ensure IT Security

IT security is vital for all companies and this must include secure printing. Have you taken steps to safeguard your network-connected printers? An unsecured network printer can lead to a data breach in your company. Using HP’s well established secure printing solutions, Vantage IT can make security concerns a thing […]

HP Secure Printing to Ensure IT Security from Vantage IT Solutions. A secure printing environment is vital to ensure your entire IT network is safe. Do you safeguard your network-connected printers?

Is Buying Refurbished IT Equipment a Good Idea? Refurbished IT equipment sounds a great idea when you look at the initial cost savings, but are these genuine savings or a false hope? Buy cheap, buy twice?

Is Buying Refurbished IT Equipment a Good Idea?

Refurbished IT equipment sounds appealing with its cheaper price, but does it really offer benefits over buying new? Does the adage of ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ apply? When meeting new customers, we sometimes find they have purchased refurbished PCs or servers at some point. However, these are not always positive […]


It Just Keeps Getting Hotter! Is Your IT Prepared? Do you have a system in place to alert you of a cooling system failure? If not, what do you think will happen to your critical IT equipment?

It Just Keeps Getting Hotter! Is Your IT Prepared?

With the fantastic weather due to continue for the next week or so, it’s worth remembering that your air cooling systems are working harder than ever to maintain a consistent environment. Do you have a system in place to alert you of a cooling failure? If not, what do you […]


Is Your Broadband Good Enough? Broadband and leased lines from Vantage IT Solutions. If you use cloud services, you are relying on your internet connection. Is standard broadband sufficient or would a leased line be a better alternative?

Is Your Broadband Good Enough?

Your broadband connection is vital. In recent years, the use of cloud services has increased dramatically for most businesses. You may be using a Hosted Exchange service for your emails, Xero for accounts and Dropbox for cloud storage. You may even make calls on a VoIP (Voice-Over-IP) telephone system. When […]


APC Releases UPS with Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion) are more normally found in portable electronic devices but APC has just released some uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) using the technology. Li-ion batteries have much improved specifications when compared to traditional lead-acid batteries found in most UPSs. These will allow for better performance at higher temperatures and […]

APC UPS with Li-Ion Batteries from Vantage IT. APC has developed UPSs with Li-ion batteries. These have better specifications than traditional lead-acid batteries and are more normally found in portable electronic devices. The use of them should improve the overall performance of the latest APC range.

Bad Weather IT Support from Vantage IT. Adverse weather conditions can have a devastating affect on your business. Don't become a victim to bad weather. Protect yourself with environmental monitoring and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Vantage IT will provide the help you need.

Are You Ready For The Weather?

When storms hit, is your vital IT hardware safe? You need to know that adverse weather conditions will not affect your business. The storms in recent weeks have caused power cuts and flooding. Both of these occurrences are not favourable to sensitive IT equipment!   Water ingress will clearly damage […]


Life After SBS

Many small businesses have been enjoying the benefits of Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) since its introduction over 20 years ago. The last edition Microsoft introduced was SBS 2011 which first appeared in December 2010. Many SMEs still use the software today. However, are you aware that Microsoft will […]

Life After Microsoft SBS Help From Vantage IT Support. Are you enjoying the benefits of SBS? Microsoft will not support Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 beyond 14th January 2020. SBS is comprised of these two components so needs to be replaced in the near future. Vantage IT can supply the Server alternative you need.

Is Your Monitor Slowing You Down? Get help from Vantage IT Solutions. How many hours do you spend looking at your computer monitor? You should not be struggling with a small, old monitor that slows you down. Large, modern monitors provide a much improved viewing area and have reduced in price. Multiple monitor setups offer great advantaged to your work.

Is Your Monitor Slowing You Down?

Do you struggle with a small, outdated monitor on your desk? When you spend so much of your working life looking at a computer screen, you need to be sure it is the most appropriate tool for the job. If perceived cost implications have prevented monitor upgrades, you could be […]


Moving Office?

If you have an upcoming office move, we hope the following proves helpful and prevents it becoming a major headache. If you have moved office in the past, you will be aware how much there is to organise, particularly in terms of your IT infrastructure. Thankfully, this does not need […]

Moving Office? Need IT Support for Your Move from Vantage IT Solutions? If you have moved office in the past, you will be aware how much there is to organise, particularly in terms of your IT infrastructure. Thankfully, with the help of Vantage IT this does not need to be stressful. Our IT support service will provide all the assistance you need.

Is Your Old Email System Causing Problems? Hosted Exchange from Vantage IT Solutions will provide the answer. If you frequently experience performance or synchronisation issues with you email system, it could be because you are using old technology and require and update. Hosted Exchange Email from Vantage IT will provide the reliability you require for your business.

Is Your Old Email System Causing Problems?

If your company is using an outdated email system such as POP3, you may frequently experience performance or synchronisation issues. Fortunately, Microsoft Exchange can solve a lot of your problems. Although POP3 has been old technology for some time, it has been a necessary evil for many due to the […]


#TakeTheLead

Attacks on guide dogs are more common than you would realise. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has started a new #TakeTheLead campaign that calls for pet dog owners to help prevent avoidable attacks on guide dogs. For a blind or partially sighted person, a guide dog can be […]

#TakeTheLead, avoiding attacks on guide dogs. Vantage IT Solutions

GDPR and Your IT. Keep Your Data and Business Safe. Vantage IT Solutions. The GDPR legislation is coming. Protecting your data is vital. It is one of the most valuable resources you have. The consequences of not keeping it safe could be disastrous for your business. Don't leave it to chance. Let Vantage IT help protect your network.

GDPR and Your IT

Protecting your data is vital. It is one of the most valuable resources you have and therefore the consequences of not keeping it safe could be disastrous. Vantage IT provides the assistance you need to help you find out where your data is and that it is securely controlled. We […]


Don’t Buy a Printer and Save Thousands!

We always look for ways we can save money for our clients. We would like to share a recent example of a customer with a faulty printer where we potentially saved them £3000! Case Study – Faulty Printer A customer contacted us to say they were experiencing problems with a […]

Don't Buy a Printer and Save Thousands! Advice from Vantage IT Solutions. There are many instances when we advice you not to purchase new equipment if the old equipment will still perform adequately. A customer with a faulty printer was one such case, where we potentially saved them £3000!

Wi-Fi Security Flaw Needs to be Patched. Security vulnerability in Wi-Fi networks secured with WPA and WPA2 needs to be patched. Vantage IT can provide the assistance you need to fix your Wi-Fi.

5 Tips to Improve Your Wi-Fi

How is your Wi-Fi? Is the connection a bit sporadic? If it isn’t as reliable as you would like, here are some tips for improving the situation. Change Your Router’s Location When routers are hidden behind other devices or tucked in a corner, wireless signals can be affected. Many routers […]


Give Your PC a Spring Clean

Despite the weather we have just experienced, spring is almost upon us, so why not give your PC a spring clean of its own? Why a Spring Clean? If your PC takes ages to boot up or respond to your inputs, there is a chance it requires some basic housekeeping. […]

Give Your PC a Spring Clean, from Vantage IT Solutions. Don't spend a penny on your computer to gain performance if you don't need to. Give it a spring clean! Try these tips before purchasing a new PC or upgrade your existing one. This is a bit of DIY IT support, but for the real thing, contact Vantage IT.

Helpful Internet Browsing Tips from Vantage IT Solutions. Internet browsing is something most of us do every day of the week. Vantage IT provides tips to ensure you get the best out of your internet usage, saving time and effort.

Helpful Internet Browsing Tips

The internet is a huge, wondrous world, but are you using it effectively? From browser choices to shortcut keys that save you time, we offer tips so you can get the best out of your internet usage.   Try Different Browsers Many people using Windows PCs will make use of […]


Windows Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Time

We all want to save ourselves time, and that is what Windows keyboard shortcuts will do. Keyboard shortcuts will speed up almost everything you do on your computer. However, long lists of shortcuts can quickly become overwhelming if you’re just getting started with them.   With this in mind, we […]

Windows Shortcuts to Save You Time. Vantage IT Solutions. Windows keyboard shortcut keys will save you time when using your computer, something we all want to do. We have created a useful guide for some of the most commonly used Windows keyboard shortcuts.

2FA - What is it and How Can it Protect You? 2FA or Two-Factor Authentication will add an additional layer of security to your normal login procedures in order to verify your identity.

2FA – What is it and How Can it Protect You?

Many of us regularly log in to online services such as Gmail or Hotmail as well as social media platforms such as Twitter or FaceBook. However, reports suggest that many people still don’t use the available 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) features of these websites, although this is highly advisable. If you […]


WatchGuard Firewalls Gain Additional Feature, For Free

WatchGuard firewalls currently block access to dangerous sites based on a feed of known malicious URLs and also allow customers to block traffic to potentially risky sites. The new service, based on technology called Strongarm, will add blocking based on known malicious domains. Furthermore, by monitoring requests at the domain […]

WatchGuard Firewalls Gain Additional Strongarm Feature, For Free. Vantage IT Support. WatchGuard firewalls will integrate the Strongarm technology to improve security. Strongarm stops phishing and malware attacks and will be added for free.

Why Use Adobe Creative Cloud? - Vantage IT Solutions. Adobe Creative Cloud provides software for graphic design, photography, editing of videos and web development. It is the market leader.

Why Use Adobe Creative Cloud?

Adobe’s powerful suite of productivity software has been around for many years and is the preferred choice for many businesses across the world. Creative Cloud provides software for graphic design, photography, editing of videos and web development. Adobe was one of the first to move from perpetual licenses to a […]


IT Failures

How many times did your IT fail last year? It never ceases to amaze us at Vantage IT how some businesses seem to be so accepting of IT failures, no doubt persuaded of such ‘normality’ by their service provider or internal IT support personnel.   However, IT failures should be […]

IT Failures Should be Highly Abnormal. They are when you use Vantage IT Solutions. How many IT failures did your suffer last year? It never ceases to amaze us at Vantage IT how some businesses seem to be so accepting of IT failures. They shouldn't be!

Happy Christmas from Vantage IT. Your Christmas holiday should be a relaxing time so we have provided a checklist to help. Enjoy your Christmas break and have a great New Year.

Happy Christmas from all of us at Vantage IT!

Your Christmas holiday should be a relaxing break from your busy work life. However, you don’t want to return feeling even more stressed than you did when you left! Efficient planning will allow you to enjoy your holiday worry-free, so we have put together a few tips that we hope […]


Upgrade to a VoIP Phone System

If your organisation is still using a traditional PBX telephone system, now is the time to switch to Voice-over-IP (VoIP). There are a number of benefits to be had from using this type of phone system, for example: Far less expensive phone bills Unified communications with your PC and smartphone […]

VoIP Phone Systems from Vantage IT. A VoIP (Voice-over-IP) telephone system will provide cheap calls and improved usability. Make calls from home and pretend you are in the office!

HP EliteOne 800 - The Ultimate All-In-One PC? Available from Vantage IT Solutions. The HP EliteOne 800 AiO PC is stylish yet powerful. It also has state-of-the-art security features to protect your data. It would look great on any desk.

HP EliteOne 800 – The Ultimate All-In-One PC?

If you’re looking for an incredibly powerful, yet stylishly designed, all-in-one PC that’s not made by Apple, then the HP EliteOne All-in-One PC will be for you. With superb build quality and performance, you’ll not want to look any further.   Featuring a stunning 23.8-inch micro-bezel display, popup camera (supports […]


Network Cabling – Unseen But Vital

Is your business relocating in the near future? Are you looking to increase your headcount? Does your existing cabling look like spaghetti Bolognese? If you can answer YES to any of these, then get in touch with Vantage IT to discuss network cabling. Reliable network cabling is largely unseen but […]

Network Cabling - Unseen But Vital. Reliable network cabling is largely unseen but essential in an office environment. Vantage IT Solutions can provide your data cabling and voice cabling requirements.

Scanning documents should be easy. The Fujitsu ScanSnap from Vantage IT provides a great solution, allowing you to electronically store vital paperwork.

Make Scanning a Breeze

Scanning can be a laborious task, especially if your office has only a flatbed scanner or basic multi-function printer (MFP). There are solutions available from Vantage IT which dramatically improve the scanning process, allowing you to concentrate on more important tasks. Our recommendation is the excellent Fujitsu ScanSnap, which is […]


Is Your Office Wi-Fi Driving You Nuts?

Many routers come with Wi-Fi functionality already built in, but what if the signal doesn’t stretch far enough? As offices come in all shapes and sizes, and are sometimes spread across multiple floors, the Wi-Fi signal can struggle to cover the required areas.   Fortunately, there is a solution to […]

Is Your Office Wi-Fi Driving You Nuts? Let Vantage IT Solutions provide the solution. Unreliable Wi-Fi at work can be a pain. Vantage IT installs wireless solutions that provide a consistent connection and a hassle-free environment.

Wi-Fi Security Flaw Needs to be Patched. Security vulnerability in Wi-Fi networks secured with WPA and WPA2 needs to be patched. Vantage IT can provide the assistance you need to fix your Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi Security Flaw Needs to be Patched

Security researchers have released details of a weakness in the way wireless devices connect with each other. The security vulnerability is in Wi-Fi networks secured with WPA and WPA2. WPA2 is by far the most common encryption method for wireless networks (WPA should not be in use, as it is […]


The Benefits of Outsourced IT Support

Many organisations realise the benefits of an outsourced IT department. These benefits are not just in terms of cost, but also higher service levels and access to a wide range of skills and specialisms. Vantage IT has provided outstanding support to local organisations in business and education since 1990 and […]

The benefits of outsourcing your IT support today. Do you realise the benefits of outsourced IT support for your organisation? More people understand the advantages on offer and Vantage IT can help.

Create, Edit and Protect PDFs with help from Vantage IT Solutions. PDFs are one of the most common file types used in business, but can you edit and create them easily? Vantage IT can help you work with your PDFs.

Create, Edit and Protect PDFs!

As PDFs are one of the most common file types used in business, you may often wonder if there is a way to not only edit them, but also convert them into other file formats such as a Microsoft Word Document. Fortunately, there are solutions available that do this and […]


Should People Still be Using Windows XP?

Do you remember a PC operating system used in the dim and distant past called Windows XP? Microsoft stopped supporting it several years ago which means no patches will be released to fix security vulnerabilities. Even so, according to the latest figures, there are still thousands of computers running on […]

There used to be an operating system called Windows XP! Thousands of people are still using it, but should this be the case and what should they do? Vantage IT Solutions can upgrade your computers.

See Vantage IT at the biggest SME business exhibition in Hertfordshire, Watford Business Show. We will be there on 24th November 2017.

Vantage IT Exhibiting at Watford Business Show

Vantage IT is thrilled to be exhibiting at Watford Business Show in November – the biggest SME business exhibition in Hertfordshire. It attracts business people from North London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & surrounding areas. Keynote speakers include Lyndsay Morgan, Operations Director of Climb Online, a business started by Apprentice Mark […]


Ergonomic Keyboards and Mice from Vantage IT

According to recent reports, there are around 10 million office workers in the United Kingdom. Most of these will have access to a PC, so that represents a significant number of people using a keyboard, mouse or trackpad every day. But how many people think about the ergonomics of their […]

Microsoft ergonomic keyboard and mouse from Vantage IT. Long term use of a keyboard and mouse can cause physical complaints. Ergonomic alternatives available from Vantage IT can make work much more comfortable.

Why Genuine Toner Cartridges are so Important

As we all know, genuine toner cartridges can be expensive. This has led other companies to produce compatible toner cartridges or even fakes at a much lower price. Whilst this can appear to result in a substantial cost saving, this is usually a false economy and can even cause damage […]

Why Genuine Toner Cartridges are so Important. Contact Vantage IT Solutions.

£100,000 Fine for Failing to Secure Customer Data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined TalkTalk after details for 21,000 people were exposed to fraudsters. It was found that TalkTalk failed to protect the information and unnecessarily allowed staff access to huge amounts of data which was then passed to unscrupulous third parties.   The security breach was […]

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Beware Fake Computer Hardware

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of fake Cisco equipment has been seized by police in Kent. Cisco had spotted the counterfeit equipment in circulation and notified the police. This is not an isolated incident and other hardware manufactures are also having their equipment faked.   Due to the high […]


Have You Considered Office 365?

Most computer users will have relied on Microsoft Office to produce letters, spreadsheets and presentations, to send and receive emails, and utilise a database. But have you thought about using Office 365? Since Microsoft launched Office 365 in 2011, many organisations have benefited from the numerous features it offers. As […]

Have You Considered Office 365? Vantage IT Solutions can help.

Affordable New Monitor from Vantage IT Solutions

Affordable New Monitor from Vantage IT

Do you struggle with a small monitor? Do you get eye strain from your existing monitor? Would you like to increase your working area to two screens? Do you regularly work with graphical 2D and 3D images? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, it is likely […]


Give Your Office the Printer it Deserves

Are you spending too much on ink cartridges? Do you have to wait too long for your documents to be printed? Is the print quality inconsistent or poor? Can you only print on one printer? Are you unable to scan? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, […]

Give Your Office the Printer it Deserves from Vantage IT Solutions

Tips to Protect Your Financial Data

Globally, there are millions of people that suffer from financial loss due to online hackers. There are, however, many things you can do to stay safe. In this blog, we have given five helpful tips to keep in mind whenever doing a financial transaction online. Make Sure the Website is […]


Are You Protected Against Viruses and Malware?

Being a victim of computer malware could cripple your organisation. Taking shortcuts with malware protection is reckless and unnecessary. McAfee Endpoint Protection is so much more than just anti-virus software for your PCs. It will also provide:   Anti-virus for your server Firewall protection for PCs Web filtering Encryption for […]

Are You Protected Against Viruses and Malware? Find out more from Vantage IT Solutions

Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft has released the second major upgrade to Windows 10 and has recently started rolling it out to PCs worldwide. The new ‘Creators Update’ has introduced a number of changes to Windows 10, both visually and behind the scenes. We have therefore compiled a list of the main things to […]


Mobilising Your Organisation

Mobilising your organisation can dramatically improve your efficiency. From lowering office overheads to improving the strength of your customer relationships, the benefits can be vast. What’s more, enabling employees to work from anywhere can also deliver a competitive advantage from a happier, more productive team. But in order to enjoy […]

Mobilising Your Organisation from Vantage IT Solutions

Microsoft Word Vulnerability

Microsoft will be patching a security vulnerability that was recently noticed in Word. The bug allows malicious software to attack an unsuspecting user’s PC with an infected Word document. The flaw was reported at the weekend and emails have already been noticed that are being sent out to exploit it. […]


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Act (DPA) and sets out what is required to keep individuals’ data secure. Although it is European legislation, it will still be introduced in the UK and will remain as […]

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Office 365 Inadvertent Data Breach

Cloud storage is great, but added care needs to be taken when you are entrusting your data to another organisation. Earlier this week it was reported that confidential documents which included passwords, credit card details, health data and legal documents were accidentally shared by organisations using Microsoft’s Office 365 service. […]


No More Support for Exchange Server 2007

Product Lifecycle support for Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2007 email will end in April 2017, have you prepared for this? Existing email servers will continue to work past this date initially, but will receive no further patching from Microsoft, leaving your systems vulnerable to viruses, malware and instability. Each version of […]


Protect Against Ransomware

Please don’t think you cannot be a victim of Ransomware. It is becoming more prevalent and it can affect anyone, even you! Criminals are constantly trying to find ways to extract money from unsuspecting victims and in ransomware, they have found a successful and easy to administer method. What is […]


Vantage IT Protects Customers with Cloud Services

You may be familiar with Cloud backup services from tech giants such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Examples of popular Cloud services are Microsoft Azure Backup and Office 365, which is Microsoft’s Email hosting platform. While these services can be right for some small to medium sized businesses, are they […]


NAS from Vantage IT

8 Reasons Why You Should Have a NAS

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have become popular solutions for small businesses that would like easily accessible, centralised storage at a relatively low cost. What is a NAS? A NAS is a networked device which contains one or more storage drive. The drives will either be hard drives (HDD) or […]


Boost Your PC’s Performance with an SSD

Replacing your computer’s Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a Solid State Drive (SSD) is simply the best upgrade at your disposal, capable of speeding up your computer in ways you had not thought possible. Vantage IT can upgrade your company’s PCs and laptops with these drives, providing significant improvements in […]

Boost Your PC’s Performance with an SSD (Solid State Drive) from Vantage IT

Vantage IT Partner HP

HP Notebook Computer Battery Safety Recall

HP has expanded the battery safety recall that it announced in 2016 because additional batteries are affected. Why is the Battery Recall Notice Being Issued? The faulty batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers. What Products are Included? Affected batteries were shipped with […]


File Syncing is Not the Same as Backup

An increasing number of people are embracing ‘The Cloud’ to store their files, whether this is Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud, or any of the other file syncing services out there. File syncing services can be very useful. However, it is a common misconception that these services are a […]

File Syncing is Not the Same as Backup

The Hertfordshire Business Expo

Vantage IT at The Hertfordshire Business Expo

Vantage IT is delighted to be exhibiting at The Hertfordshire Business Expo in February, the biggest business event in Hertfordshire. The Expo will be taking place at Shendish Manor, Hemel Hempstead on Monday 6th February 2017 and it would be great to see you there. In addition to the exhibition, […]


Microsoft Skype for Business

Messaging, meetings and screen sharing – all this in one application that works with Microsoft Office. Microsoft Skype for Business simplifies your infrastructure by combining calling, conferencing, video, instant messaging and sharing into one platform.   You can host a webinar, conference or other event from any device, enabling team […]


Why You Should Backup Your Data

Data backup is one of the most important, yet also one of the most ignored areas of IT. ‘Backing up’ means making a copy of your most important files which can be restored if the original copy is lost. Preferably, a second copy should be held at a different location […]


Retire Your Laptop for Good

Many business users have a separate laptop and mobile phone when working remotely or in the office. However, Microsoft and HP have a new Smartphone solution which can revolutionise the way you work. Due to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system and cloud services such as Office 365, this has provided […]

HP Elite x3 from Vantage IT

Is Your Backup Fit for Purpose?

Is Your Backup Fit for Purpose?

Data is one of the most valuable assets an organisation will possess and keeping it safe could be critical to the survival of your organisation. For this reason, it is vital that data is backed up with a reliable, comprehensive backup procedure. Be in control of your data  Backing up your […]


Keep your data safe with encryption

Encryption Best Practices

Data is a critical part of every organisation, but this most valuable asset often poses a huge risk when it travels or is transmitted beyond your network. An Overview of Encryption Encryption protects information stored on mobile or static devices and during data transmission. It is a way of safeguarding […]


Windows 10 Anniversary Edition Update can Break Sage

Microsoft has recently released an update to Windows 10 which some Sage users reported has stopped them logging in to Sage 50 Accounts. When users try to log in to Sage, they may get an error message such as ‘You have entered an invalid password’ or ‘Unable to register data […]

Sage Software

Floppy to Micro SD Memory

Vantage IT has been working with IT for many years and we recently took the opportunity to look through some of the items we have been given that have found their way in to our museum. One of these items was an 8 inch floppy disk. For the younger amongst […]


Using a Leased Line for your Internet Connection

Have you considered the impact of an unreliable or slow broadband connection to your organisation? How long could you last without your internet connection? Reliable internet connections are now an essential tool for any organisation. Unreliable internet will give you considerable downtime for your emails, internet browsing, remote access, Voice […]

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Good posture when sat at your desk is so important to limit the possibility of back pain.

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Anyone who has suffered with back pain will tell you how badly it has affected them. Vantage IT has always been an advocate of the importance of good posture, particularly for workers that spend lengthy periods of time in front of a computer. Sitting in the correct position and arranging […]


New Features of Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft officially released the highly anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update on 2nd August but the scale of the roll-out means they may stagger the updates gradually. Microsoft has introduced several new features and improvements to this update, so we have summarised some of the main ones for you. Redesigned Start […]

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Have a great holiday!

Holiday Planning

A holiday should be a relaxing break from your busy work life. However, if you don’t adequately prepare for it, you could return feeling even more stressed than you did when you left! Efficient planning will allow you to enjoy your holiday worry-free, so we have put together a few […]


Windows 10 - Should you Upgrade?

Windows 10 – Should you Upgrade?

As you may be aware, Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, has been a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users since its launch last year. Microsoft is aiming for one billion devices to run Windows 10 in the next two years, and they will start charging for this […]


Improving IT and Online Security

Breaches in online security seem to be an increasingly common fact of life and there is the potential that any of us could be affected, whether it is as a consequence of an easily guessed password or because a site we use has been hacked. Earlier this week, VTech announced […]


Scam to Beware

Over recent weeks a financial scam aimed at businesses has become more prevalent. It is highly targeted and appears plausible, with some research possibly being performed prior to sending the email or making the call, such as calling the office to gather contact details. The scammers request accounts staff urgently […]


Vantage IT Solutions Software Updates Service

Security Fears with Unpatched Computers

Software manufactures frequently release updates to fix security flaws and to improve performance. We encounter computers that are not fully patched and consequently are at risk from security breaches. Security vulnerabilities are often discovered by people wanting to infect computers with malicious software. The companies that produced the software will […]


Going Further to Overcome IT Challenges

If you compare the outsourced IT support service offered by Vantage IT with what is on offer from other IT companies, we measure up very well. We were approached by a company who requested that we host their website and provide email facilities with our Hosted Exchange service because they […]

Vantage IT will always go further for our customers,

Website Mobile-Friendly Test in Google Search

On 21st April, Google is planning to make changes to the algorithm it uses for people to obtain search results. They want web sites that are mobile-friendly to be given a greater weighting, meaning they will appear higher in search rankings. To assist people with adapting to the forthcoming change, […]

Vantage IT is Mobile Friendly

Support is ending for Windows Server 2003

Support is Ending for Windows Server 2003

In July 2015, Windows Server 2003 R2 will go end of life when Microsoft withdraws support. Do you still use Server 2003? Are you ready for Microsoft no longer providing support? If not, Vantage IT is here to help you. The following information gives a brief explanation of what will […]


Emptying the Jump List

This information will allow you to clear all jump lists but allow you to add new items. Product Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Vista or later   Solution 1. Press    + R or click Start then Run   2. Type %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations   3. Delete all files in this folder.   […]


Deleting Thumbs

If a thumbs.db file cannot be deleted from a network share even though no one is accessing the folder in which it resides, turn off caching of thumbnails in the default domain group policy. Product Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Vista or later   Solution 1. Open the Group […]


How to Access the Registry Editor

Registry Editor enables you to view and edit critical Windows and application settings. Warning: Editing the registry incorrectly can result in serious problems. We advise that a backup of the machine or the registry is taken before making any changes.   Product Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Vista or […]


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 […]