Monday, 26 June 2017

Antivirus for your Mac 

Yes you heard me right... Antivirus for your Mac!

I know some of you reading this will recoil in shock... some of you will react with total disbelief that your beloved Mac would be capable of being susceptible of getting computer virus... Although Macs have very good inbuilt safeguards such as "Gate Keeper" and "Firewall" the fact is Mac viruses and Malware are now a valid threat and should be treated seriously.

It used to be the case (for myself included) that Mac users would adopt a "It can't happen to me... I'm on a Mac" philosophy but I'm afraid we can no longer burry our heads in the sand as attacks on Macs, included the recent "WannaCry" virus which attacked the NHS, are becoming much more prevalent.

When it comes to choosing protection for your Mac, as with PC's, it's a case of a balancing act between efficiency vs impact on system performance. Top of the pops for me is definitely Norton Security Deluxe by Symantec, it can be installed on Mac's, Windows PC's with an added anti-theft application for your Smartphone or Tablet. Norton Security is excellent value for money and is backed up by Symantec's 100% Virus Protection Promise.

If you're a business customer Norton Small Business is the product for you, it can be installed on all your Macs and PCs from the same online account enabling simple deployment and management for administrators.


If you would like The Computer Wiz to install Norton Security on your Mac(s) or business network call 01553 660941 or email help@cpwiz.co.uk to book your onsite visit.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Where do websites live?

If you're looking to have a website built, or just intrigued as to how websites work then this post is for you. All the technical terms in this post are linked to Wikipedia pages for your browsing pleasure.

To have a website you're going to need three things:

  1. Domain Name(s)
  2. Hosting Package
  3. An Awesome Web Designer :)

...Ok ...Let's break this down!

  1. A Domain Name - mynewwebsite.co.uk for example can be purchased for anything usually from 2 years up to 10 years from your preferred hosting company (we ♡ 123-reg.co.uk). A domain name is put simply a signpost allowing a visitor to easily get to your website. Domain names come with a range of extensions such as .co.uk, .com, .org and so on... we recommend going for .co.uk as your primary domain and then adding maybe a .com domain pointing to your .co.uk that way Google and the other search engines know your website is UK based. Obviously this tip is for my UK based customers but the same would apply elsewhere in the world respectively.
  2. A Hosting Package - A hosting package features webspace, the place your website files live. Your Domain Name points to the webspace and displays the .HTML files your web designer has uploaded. Hosting packages also take care of services like email, FTP and add-ins such as SSL, PHP and MYSQL. The webspace is accessed via an FTP account (File Transfer Protocol), this allows files to be uploaded to your website by your web designer. Web hosting is usually available in either Windows or Linux flavours, we prefer Linux as it's not expensive and it does the job for most basic websites.
  3. An Awesome Web Designer - Ok... Hopefully you'll forgive me for blowing my own trumpet... The Computer Wiz makes pretty good websites if I say so myself! Visit http://www.cpwiz.co.uk/website-design.html to find out more.

 

 domain names


You get what you pay for!

Finally there are a lot of websites springing up all over the place selling "in-browser web builder" style templates, they're cheap (or even free) and they look it! A professional web designer will work with you to deliver a business website that works for you and your customers. Remember you get what you pay for! :)


Need help? Call The Computer Wiz on 01553 660941

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Coming to iOS 11: Dropbox Support in the new Files App

This month at WWDC, we’re excited to announce the next step in our collaboration with Apple with the integration of Dropbox into the Files app for iOS 11.
iOS users have been requesting better file management on iPhone and iPad for a long time. The new Files app, coming later this year, does just that, letting you more easily manage and access files in your Dropbox throughout iOS 11. Much like macOS Finder, Files will give you an easy way to browse, open, edit, move, rename, upload, create folders and download files stored in Dropbox with your iOS device.
More than that, though, it will extend file capabilities system-wide. You’ll be able to access files in your Dropbox account from third-party apps just as if they were stored on your iPhone or iPad. This integration will even work with Dropbox-specific features for teams, like commenting and viewer info, letting you collaborate on files from any app that supports file browsing.
Dropbox and Apple share a commitment to simplicity, attention to detail, and focus on the user. This integration will help us create a more seamless, elegant Dropbox experience. We’re excited to have the latest, deeply-integrated Dropbox functionality in iOS 11 join our other powerful integrations with tools from AdobeFacebook, and Microsoft. Be sure to check back here for more info on Files support when iOS 11 launches later this year.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Hey Siri!

All of us Trekkies (or Trekkers) watching Jean Luc Picard speaking the computer of the USS Enterprise NCC1701D yearned for the day this would become reality ...well ...that day is finally here ...well sort of ...Hey Siri!


So what are the main differences between Siri and the computer on the USS Enterprise? Firstly this one's real! Yet again it seams Sci-Fi has become reality, but, before you get carried away remember the Enterprise computer was AI (Artificial Reality) whereas Siri gets by using smoke and mirrors. The fact is that, as powerful as it is, the iPhone in your pocket needs a little help when it comes to the heavy lifting. When you utter those now infamous words "Hey Siri" your voice is recorded, compressed, and sent on to Apples' data centre where the audio is converted to text, the data processed and then sent back to the iPhone (iPad or Mac), this is all done so seamlessly that it feels like the iPhone is doing all the work ...now you know why Siri doesn't work when your not connected to the internet.


Where is Siri heading? I'm convinced, taking Moore's Law in to consideration, that true AI will eventually become reality but it might take a while.

Be sure to check out my post about how warp drive became reality when I publish it in 2057