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Terrifying new email scam

The emails are slightly different depending on who's being attacked, but they all have a few similar features: The subject line includes a password that you probably have used at some point. The sender says they have used that password to hack your computer, install...

New Microsoft partner status

Refresh achieves Microsoft Silver Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions status, asserting our position as a leading cloud services provider. We’re delighted to announce that Refresh has achieved the Microsoft Silver Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency. This accreditation...

Ssd drive case study

The standard hard disk drive (HDD) has been the predominant storage device for computers (both desktops and laptops) for a long time. The main draw is the high storage capacity and low cost. The solid-state drive (SSD) is another storage solution and is slowly...

Windows 10 update

Microsoft is now hard at work on its next major update for Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4 and scheduled for launch in Spring 2018. Here are all the changes coming in this release. Windows Shell Fluent Design reveal effects have been softened Fluent Design Acrylic...

Heard of OneDrive for business?

OneDrive for Business is an integral part of Office 365, and provides a place in the cloud where you can store, share, and sync your work files. You can update and share your files from any device with OneDrive for Business. You can even work on Office documents with...

Heard of BitLocker?

BitLocker is Microsoft’s easy-to-use, proprietary encryption program for Windows that can encrypt your entire drive as well as help protect against unauthorized changes to your system such as firmware-level malware. BitLocker is available to anyone who has a machine...

Positive feedback is always good to hear

Excellent local company - very helpful highly recommended. Win7 update prevented PC from restarting. Refresh IT reinstalled W7 and all drivers, replaced all data from backup taken, both PC's fixed within 24hrs and back up and running somewhat faster too!! Thanks...

Heard the phrase VPN?

What is a VPN? A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a private network that encrypts and transmits data while it travels from one place to another on the internet. Using a VPN to connect to the internet allows a user to surf websites privately and securely as well as...

What is ransomware?

Dangerous for you and highly profitable for hackers, ransomware has taken over as today’s no. 1 security threat. Attacks and infection attempts have spiked over the past few years, and will continue to do so as each version seems to get more powerful and more...

Virus, malware, Trojan… what’s the difference?

Not every piece of software that attacks your PC is a virus. Computer viruses are just one kind of malware (mal-icious soft-ware). Here are some of the other, most common kinds: •Trojans: like the ancient wooden horse full of attackers it takes its name from, this...

What is a computer virus?

A computer virus is a program or piece of code designed to damage your computer by corrupting system files, wasting resources, destroying data or otherwise being a nuisance. Viruses are unique from other forms of malware in that they are self-replicating — capable of...

A crash course in Office 365 – Tip 3

An effective communications strategy is at the heart of successful collaboration. As a business leader, you want to empower your employees to initiate discussions and share ideas for optimal efficiency and success in their roles. Communications tools can do just that...

A crash course in Office 365 – Tip 2

Your employees can outperform in their roles when they can work together as a team. As a business leader, you want to make it easy using technologies that are proven to work. Office 365's apps can enable your teams to collaborate from start to finish. Employees can...

A crash course in Office 365 – Tip 1

As a business leader, you need to be available when your team needs you, and vice versa. Mobility gives you and your employees the ability to get work done when you are away from the office, your desk or even your computer. Your Office 365 subscription includes...

A crash course in Office 365

You and your employees are likely some of the 1.2 billion people worldwide who have used Microsoft Office.  You're familiar with the standard apps such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and you may have even explored the cloud offerings behind the collective set...