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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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]


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 […]

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

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.

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 […]


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 […]

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.

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.

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. Vantage IT has provided outstanding support to local organisations in business and education since 1990 and assisted with the transfer of support from internal staff to […]


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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]


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 […]

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

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.

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 […]


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

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 […]


The Information Commissioner’s Office

£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 […]


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? Vantage IT Solutions can help.

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 […]


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 […]

Affordable New Monitor from Vantage IT Solutions

Give Your Office the Printer it Deserves from Vantage IT Solutions

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, […]


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? Find out more from Vantage IT Solutions

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 […]


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 from Vantage IT Solutions

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 […]


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. […]


The Information Commissioner’s Office

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

NAS from Vantage IT

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

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 […]


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 […]

Vantage IT Partner HP

File Syncing is Not the Same as Backup

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 […]


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, […]

The Hertfordshire Business Expo

Skype has powerful productivity with Office

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 […]


HP Elite x3 from Vantage IT

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 […]


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 […]

Is Your Backup Fit for Purpose?

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 […]

Keep your data safe with encryption

Sage Software

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 […]


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 […]

Floppy to Micro SD Memory

Vantage IT Solutions IT Security

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 […]


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 […]

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

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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 […]


Holiday Planning

A holiday should be a relaxing break from your chaotic 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 […]

Have a great holiday!

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 […]

Windows 10 - Should you Upgrade?

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 […]


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 […]

Vantage IT Solutions Software Updates Service

Vantage IT will always go further for our customers,

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 is Mobile Friendly

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, […]


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 […]

Support is ending for Windows Server 2003

Emptying the Jump List

Product Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Vista or later Summary The following will clear all jump lists but allow you to add new items. Solution 1. Press    + R or click Start then Run 2. Type %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations 3. Delete all files in this folder. Note: A restart is required. Additional […]


Deleting Thumbs

Product Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Vista or later Summary 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: Solution 1. Open the Group […]


How to Access the Registry Editor

Product Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Vista or later Summary 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 […]


How to Access Group Policy on a Windows Server or Windows Client

Product Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Vista or later Summary Group Policy controls various configuration on multiple servers and clients such as restrict access to specific features in Windows for specific users. Solution For a Windows Server operating system: 1. Press    + R or click Start then Run 2. Type […]

Windows Key

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 […]


Our New Office

Earlier this year Vantage moved in to purpose designed and built offices. The move gave us the opportunity to design the new offices to give us the ideal working environment for many years to come. As the number of services we provide has expanded – our outsourced IT support, email […]


Vantage Looks at iOS 7

We are sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that Apple recently released iOS 7, an updated operating system for later versions of its mobile devices – iPhone, iPad and iPod. It is the biggest upgrade of the operating system for a long time so has been greeted with huge amounts […]