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Information Security

You can’t have IT without Security!

There, we said it, but what does that mean and perhaps more importantly, what does it mean for our customers?

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Best practices

To Save or to Auto Save?

Save as you go. If ever there was a golden rule of working with computers, this is it. Anyone who has ever worked on a document before losing their progress to an application crash or power cut knows only too well the dangers of not saving your work. So the introduction of Auto Save in Office seems to be, on the face of it, an absolute gem. But how does it work and what if you need to turn it off?

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How-To

How to reset your Windows Hello PIN

Windows Hello allows you to unlock your PC or Laptop using a PIN instead of a password, or if you have biometric inputs, facial recognition or a fingerprint. This is considered more secure than a password, even though it’s less complex, because it’s unique to the device you are using, and doesn’t leave the device to be authenticated somewhere else.

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Macnamara blog

Is The MSP (Managed Services Provider) Model Broken?

The evolution of the MSP started in the 1990s with the emergence of application service providers (ASPs) who helped pave the way for remote support for IT infrastructure. From the initial focus of remote monitoring and management of servers and networks, the scope of an MSP’s services expanded to include mobile device management, managed security, remote firewall administration and security-as-a-service, and managed print services.

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Cloud Services

Is Cloud-based Information Technology holding back progress for Architects?

That sounds a bit counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? There have already been great strides made by architects, engineers, and other related construction professionals to adopt cloud-based software such as Autodesk BIM360. Whilst these tools bring huge benefits, it still seems that it’s the domain of large practices and corporates. Why is that?

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How-To

How to copy Office Auto Correct Customisations to a new PC

Over time, you may start to build up a nice set of Auto Correct customisations and shortcuts in Office on your PC. If you are setting yourself up on a new PC, or perhaps even just a new profile for a PC migration (for example from a Server Domain to Microsoft 365 Azure AD) then you’ll want to take any customisations you have made with you.

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How-To

How to Create an App Password

Most modern applications work with 2 Factor Authentication, but some older (or, ‘legacy’) applications do not support this modern sign in method. Instead, if you need to connect one of these applications to your Microsoft 365 account, you will need to use a specially generated password called an ‘App Password’

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