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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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 […]

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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

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 Policy […]

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 […]

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

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

Making a Website Secure with HTTPS

When you type a website address such as 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 […]