Network Security is as strong as your nearest idiot

Posted on: December 4th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments

Yesterday a list was released of the top 25 most commonly used passwords and the results were shocking!!!

What we have to remember is that your network security, your company data, your corporate secrets, your personal information and accounts data are all protected by one thing, your password. If this is weak, there is little point in anything else.

Take a look at the list below of the top 25 most common online passwords :

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. abc123
  5. qwerty
  6. monkey
  7. letmein
  8. dragon
  9. 111111
  10. baseball
  11. iloveyou
  12. trustno1
  13. 1234567
  14. sunshine
  15. master
  16. 123123
  17. welcome
  18. shadow
  19. ashley
  20. football
  21. jesus
  22. michael
  23. ninja
  24. mustang
  25. password1


How many of those could you have guessed? How many of those have you used? How long do you think it would take to compromise your whole network with just this short list?

Secure passwords combine elements of the four major categories and be over 6 characters long

  • Uppercase
  • Lowercase
  • Numbers
  • Symbols


Although the best passwords are randomised its not that hard to create a reasonably secure password. how about a few of these:

  • Turtle83£
  • Kettle28$
  • 28Tomato?
  • *Water94
  • %corriefan58


Next time you create your password, take a moment to think and remember that it could be protecting your personal details, Name, Address, Bank account, National Insurance Number.

If you have concerns about your companies I.T. Security contact Tetrabyte I.T. Support and ask about our Managed Support Services




I.T. Support by Postman Pat

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments

When this was sent to me by a colleague I thought it would be the perfect update for our fans out there. This Comical sketch from the BBC shows just what happens when users try to fix things themselves. So next time your thinking of opening it up to see if you can find the problem, give a small thought to your I.T. Support team who have to pick up the pieces afterwards.

If you don’t happen to have a reliable I.T. Support service, you may think about looking at Tetrabyte Managed IT Support service that offers you and your business Unlimited Remote I.T. support for a single low monthly fee.

No Windows 8 Start Menu? Thats Fine Just Buy Samsung

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments

With many users complaining about the lack of a user friendly start menu for the new Microsoft Windows 8 Operating System, Microsoft seems to be burying their heads in the sand about these concerns and insisting that the new Metro Modern U.I. is the way forward into the future.

However, it seems that a clever manufacturer have found the ideal solution to this, early pictures of Samsungs new Series 7 Machines have revealed an inventive way of using the desktop widgets that started with Windows 7, The Samsung S Launcher widget looks and acts exactly like a Windows 7 Start Menu and allows users to open files and launch programs directly from the widget.

We at would imagine that Samsung plan to release this App in all upcoming versions of windows 8, I wonder how long before other manufacturers follow suit.

Notes: If your looking to download a Windows 8 Start Menu or add the Windows 7 Start menu for Windows 8 we would suggest you head over to https://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

Windows 8, The Final Word

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments

Windows 8 is heralded as the next operating system from Microsoft but with major changes to the user interface how will businesses take it.

First off, we need to look at the key difference in the operating system, as Microsoft look towards the future they see trends of people picking up tablet devices and mobile phones, not sitting at desktops and typing for hours. This has lead to the development of the new ‘Modern U.I.’ (Previously known as ‘Metro U.I.’), a radically different user interface than what our users know today. This ‘Modern U.I.’ replaces the Windows 7 Start menu with a full screen, bright and bold interface comprised of tiles rather than standard shortcut links. These tiles are able to show live information from sources such as weather and social media sites.

This unfortunately for businesses means that users have a large amount of scrolling to do to before they see that normal programs, Programs are arranged in an ad-hoc way rather than the standard alphabetical list users are used to. With customisation users can arrange the icons to display up to 24 tiles on the first screen, normally enough for most users. However in my experience, most users wont do this, Windows XP, Vista and 7 all had features available to “Pin to Start” since 2002 yet I still see a significant number of users relying on the ‘recently opened programs list’ and getting very confused when an application disappears.

As a side note, When looking at the New ‘Modern U.I.’ take a look back at Windows 3.1 Program manager (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program_Manager) and let me know if you see anything familiar, Have we really moved forward?

Next we look at the ‘Modern U.I.’ Apps themselves, designed for a world of touch screen devices they seem to include larger bold interfaces, and few features the business workforce will find this slow and bulky from general workstations.

The one saving grace we have is the option to run these items in the normal Windows 7 style desktop environment, but it does mean just another couple of clicks every time we want to start a program. By default Windows 8 include no way to open internet explorer directly on the desktop, the user must first open the ‘modern U.I.’ App and then switch to the desktop mode using the spanner icon at the bottom of the screen.

As you may have noticed, the windows in the above preview do not have traditional close buttons and there is not task bar at the bottom of the screen to allow switching between apps, instead everything must be found by learning a series of gestures that are designed for a hand not a mouse and never seem to work first time you try them. To close a Modern UI app the user must grab an imaginary handle somewhere at the top of the windows and drag the app down to the bottom of the screen out the way. To switch between applications the user must move the mouse to the top left hand corner, until the task switching icon appears, once this has appeared the user needs to swipe the mouse down the side of the screen without moving too far from the edge. and if done correctly the user should see a task bar appear similar to below.

However you wont be able to switch directly into most programs, instead you must first load the desktop, then switch to the programs you want in the normal windows 7 methods by using the bottom task bar. These modification make the user experience feel like you are running two completely different operating systems, firstly the windows 7 that we are all familiar with, and secondly an operating system designed beautifully to work for touch screen tablets and phones but with no regard to the workforce who generally make up the largest proportion of an operating systems sales. While both interfaces work well for their purpose, Microsoft seems to have attempted to bolt the two together and have created something that totally fails to form a practical operating system for the corporate marketplace.


Android Phones Vulnerability – NFC Exploited

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Charlie Miller, an experienced hacker has managed to hack into Android phones using nothing but a short range radio technology called ‘Near Field Communication’ (or NFC for short).

The short range technology can inject an Android phone with a particular set of code and direct it to websites, activate viruses and even steal data stored on the device.

NFC is being introduced in mobile phones in order to enter the credit card market – it has recently been announced that the iPhone 5 will contain an NFC chip, potentially making it possible to make transactions using the flagship phone.

O2 Major Network Outage

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

O2 has suffered a major network outage affecting millions of customers. Some customers were left without any mobile access for over 24-hours, whilst some people were able to access 2G services (phone calls, texting etc) by yesterday morning.

Whilst everyone knows problems occur it isn’t really good enough that one of the largest mobile operators in the UK can go down like this; businesses and consumers were both affected resulting in loss of business and communication for a vast number of people.

O2 haven’t yet released much information regarding the incident, however it is known that it wasn’t a specific area or range of mobile numbers affected.

We expect more information within the next few days.

BT Service Outage – AGAIN!

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

BT have once again suffered an outage affecting the majority of their customers.

Mid-afternoon today, Tetrabyte received a high volume of calls regarding Broadband not working. Upon investigation it was established that BT’s Broadband network had once again suffered from a major outage.

Tetrabyte Business Broadband customers were unaffected.

BT broadband customers are advised to reboot their routers every 15 – 30 minutes until their Broadband comes back online, otherwise if you’re still experiencing problems then contact BT.

iGoogle Closing Doors – November 1 2013

Posted on: July 4th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Google have announced that they’re closing down their flagship product – iGoogle.

iGoogle is a central homepage which many people use at their gateway to the Internet. It can synchronise iOS apps to it’s own products, such as E-Mail, Calendar, Notes, bookmarks etc, which can also be integrated with Mozilla FireFox.

Google have said that the service will be closed fully on 1st November, 2013, and the mobile version will be closed on 31st July, 2012.

There has been a lot of criticism regarding this move, with one user saying “How can they do this? I’ve had iGoogle as my homepage for years! Not happy!!!”

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