Since opening, more and more clients have come to us for help with their computers or hardware so we now have Andy who is our resident IT guru on hand, who will help with your computer related problems. Regular drop in days will be posted below and Andy can provide an in-house service as and when required.
Andy can support most things tech, just pop in when he’s around and he will do what he can to help.
We generally find him skulking around the shop most days, mostly in dark corners avoiding the sun.
You can normally hear him though, giggling or singing to himself
Basically, he has another job so fits in when he can at Breakout.. I know right… Priorites…
You can use this helpful tracking device / calendar to see when he is next around and when you can book to see him
Involves you dropping off your equipment to us, and for us to carry out the repairs, service.
Within 10 miles
Involves changing the computers hard drive to a solid state drive, meaning a massive increase in performance. This can be carried out on devices up to 7 years old in my experience. Re installation of Mac OS / Windows including data transfer and updates
For example for up to 3 nodes using TP-Link Deco, prices start
It’s always a good idea to check with a number of providers, Some providers will guarantee a certain speed. Which is vital if speed over cost is important to you. EE and BT both provide this as well as many others. Get what is right for you.
Unfortunately as computers become harder and harder for scammers to get into, its now increasingly common that these scammers have started using a different tactic using a technique involving Social Engineering. Normally a phone call is made to the user, where the scammer pretends to be from a telephone company. They will generally either inform the user that their broadband is not working or will advise them that they have been hacked but they are there to help. By increasing confidence with the user they will attempt to get them to follow some instructions which commonly involves installing some kind of software to enable remote access to the users computer. Once they have gained access they sometimes trick the user to login to their bank account, or install software that captures keyboard inputs. Basically giving up all the users passwords and remote access to the users bank account.
If you feel you have been a victim of this type of attack, you need to urgently switch off all your computers and unplug the internet router from your home and call your bank immediatly as the first step explain what has happened and keep your money safe. Then call us for guidance.
The moral of this story, and many others. Never trust anyone and question everything. If you ask too many questions, the scammer will get bored and eventually move onto someone else.
We can help in this situation. Just email us
You will hear and see this term used a lot. when looking for broadband. FTTC stands for Fibre to the Cabinet, meaning your provider has fibre optic cable (larger and faster capacity) to the green cabinets you see in the road. After the cabinet it uses traditional copper cable to your home / business, and is the most common type of broadband provided.
FTTP stands for Fibre to the Premises, this type of setup is much better and involves as the name suggests fibre optic cable delivered into your home. This is the best solution where available.
This again is a common question.. and the answer is No! absolutely not. Use password generators and write them down somewhere safe. Use two factor authentication where available. This is a feature where if someone knows your password, they still cannot gain access until you input the code that you have been emailed or sent to your phone.
For example, you use a frequently used password on a shop, you found on google. You don’t know what or how they are storing passwords. If they or any of the other places you have ever used get compromised, your email address and password combination will be known and sold to the highest bidder.
I can pretty much guarantee you will have one or more of the following accounts. Such as Netflix, Amazon, iCloud, Google, Facebook, Instagram etc. and you will have used the same password. For example if they have access to your iCloud, they can most likely look at your pictures, text messages you calendar and all realms of personal information. Luckily Apple and others are starting to assist customers by using two factor authentication.
Facebook is a common one, once they have access they will most likely email all your friends, in an attempt to use your relationship to give them the trust they need for your friends to give up their details, Normally by sending them links to common but fake websites asking them to login and in turn capturing their usernames and passwords and so it goes on….
Number one rule. Never click links in emails or text messages unless you are expecting something from the person who is sending it. Otherwise browse to it by typing the address manually into your browser.
This is by far the most common question asked. If you computer is within five years old there is a chance that something can be done. The best by far upgrade is to remove the old mechanical hard drive and install a Solid State Drive. These are data storage devices that have no moving parts and increase performance ten fold. Contact us for advice pricing or if you are unsure what to do.
There are various tools available on the internet, to clarify some misguided information, we have all seen them. Shared by friends on Facebook, click here, share with 20 of your friends etc. Look at this its unbelievable. Chances are it is fake.
Use these tools to fact check