HMRC Phishing Emails Warning

There are phishing and potentially dangerous emails being emailed around under the guise of HMRC as a “Tax Notice July 2014”. Please ensure you DO NOT open the attachment on this email and delete it immediately.

Please browse to the below link for further advice:
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/examples.htm

HMRC state:

“HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will never send notifications of a tax rebate / refund by email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email.

These are known as ‘419’ scams. HMRC will never request payment or personal details by e-mail.

HMRC will never ask you to disclose personal information by email or fax.”

Should you have any concerns, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0845 095 7000.

The FSB brands UK broadband “not fit for purpose”

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says UK broadband is not fit for purpose and a major government rethink is needed.

It also states that, compared to other nations, the UK’s broadband target is simply not ambitious enough.

It is calling on the government to commit to delivering a minimum of 10Mbps (megabits per second) for all homes and businesses by 2018/19.

It would like to see this rise to 100Mbps by 2030.

“If small businesses are to thrive and prosper and contribute to a growing economy, they need universal access to what is now considered the fourth utility,” concludes an FSB report on the current state of broadband.

However, the government and BT have said that the FSB’s findings do not match reality.

Slow speeds
The report indicated that:

• 94% of small business owners consider a reliable internet connection to be critical to the success of their business

• 45,000 UK small businesses are still on dial-up speeds

• Only 15% of firms say they are very satisfied with their broadband provision.

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If you have any queries about your internet connectivity, please call us on 0845 095 7000.

Emergency laws on phone and internet data to be passed

Emergency laws are being rushed through Parliament to give police and security services the power to continue accessing phone an internet records.

The new legislation outlines to the companies that provide us with telephone and internet connections a legal obligation to retain “communications data” on their customers. This information includes things like logs of when calls were made, what numbers were dialled, and other information that can be used, the government says, in investigations. It does not include the content of the communications.

Prime Minister David Cameron has secured the backing of all three main parties for the highly unusual move.

He said urgent action was needed to protect the public from “criminals and terrorists” after the European Court of Justice struck down existing powers.

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Gartner Position Veeam in the “Visionaries” Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant

BlueCoffee Neworks’ backup & replication partner, Veeam® Software have announced that Gartner have positioned the company in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the June 16, 2014, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances.

“We consider our positioning in the “Visionaries” quadrant by Gartner confirmation of our ability to provide data center availability solutions that enable customers to access data 24/7 from anywhere,” said Ratmir Timashev, president and CEO of Veeam. “With the upcoming launch of the Veeam Availability Suite™ v8 later this year, IT organizations will be able deploy a new enabling technology that transforms the Always-On Business™ from a capability reserved for only a few operations at the world’s largest organizations into a reality for everyone.”

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About Veeam Software

Veeam® enables the Always-On Business™ by providing solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center™,which provides recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data. Veeam recognizes the challenges in keeping a business up and running at all times and addresses them with solutions that provide high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified protection, risk mitigation and complete visibility. 

About BlueCoffee Networks

BlueCoffee Networks is a dynamic, fresh thinking, independent IT solutions provider covering Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and the UK. Our key focus areas are virtualisation, storage, disaster recovery, business continuity,consultancy and support services. BlueCoffee Networks have strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, HP, Cisco, Hitachi and many more.

Network Health Checks – Shedding light on your network and any potential hazards

Many organisations react to business needs by adding new IT equipment to their networks on an ad hoc basis, but this can result in poor network performance, bottlenecks, slow file access, premature hardware failure and security risks from viruses and spyware. Just as your car requires a regular service, your network requires a regular Network Health Check to keep delivering optimum performance and productivity.

Our IT health checking service audits your network and IT infrastructure  to identify any issues that might be present such configuration issues, connectivity issues, overworked hardware, viruses, spyware and adware, security issues and your disaster recovery plans.

Based on these results, we’ll provide you with impartial recommendations to rectify any problems, returning your equipment to optimum performance.

During your Network Health Check, a qualified engineer will visit your premises and set up various diagnostic tools, which are run over a prescribed timeframe. The engineer will discuss current issues and objectives with you to ensure all relevant data is collected.

Our audit report will detail the facts concerning your network and infrastructure, and lists all identified problems along with recommendations for rectification.

To find out more, please call 0345 095 7000 or email sales@bcn.co.uk.