Protecting Your IT System

Protecting Your IT System

Back when computer technology was in its infancy, most people believed automation and computerisation would revolutionise the way we work and do business. And it did, but not in the way a lot of us expected. Computers were supposed to be able to take over a lot of the work, and leave us with either increased leisure time or an exponential increase in unemployment, depending on whether you were looking at it as a ‘glass half full’ or a ‘glass half empty’ person. Of course, for the most part this hasn’t been the case- we still have as much to do as before, we just do it more efficiently, and the arrival of computation provided a thriving job market in IT services.

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These days it’s almost impossible for a business to entirely eschew the allure of computer technology, and any business that tried would find severe problems communicating with customers, suppliers and other businesses.

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Of course, this means that everyone now needs to make sure they have good IT support, whether on- or off-site. But there are certain common sense rules for best practice, which can help you avoid problems yourself before you have to get them involved.

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There are two pieces of advice in particular which are utterly invaluable – and they apply as much to the home user as the business user. First of all, and this shouldn’t even really need to be said in this day and age – always back everything up. An off-site cloud solution can be the best way to do this, because even if your whole system goes down your data is still safe. Which awful possibility brings us to the second, and perhaps most important – allow for redundancies in your system in order to avoid creating a single point of failure. Something will always go wrong, and it’s vital to make sure the rest of your system can pick up the slack when it does.

For everything else, and even for help with these, there is Ghost. Whether you want a fully-managed IT support service or a pay-as-you-go ad hoc model, we can help with all your IT needs. Cloud storage, security, ensuring compliance with regulation- whatever you need, Ghost can do it for you.

Contact us today to discuss your business IT requirements, and we’ll take the tech strain and let you get back to worrying about your bottom line. Call 01279 800039, or fill in our online contact form.

10 Fun Facts About Lesley

10 Fun Facts About Lesley

1. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you buy?

a. A Campervan.

2. If you could be an animal for a day, what animal would you be and why?

a. My Dog - as she's taken out to interesting places on a regular basis and food just appears in front of her to be eaten - lots of sleep as well.

3. Tell me your funniest joke?

a. What's brown and sticky? A stick!

4. If you could possess one superpower, which superpower would you choose and why?

a. The ability to travel at warp speed as I hate sitting in traffic.

5. What is your favourite takeaway?

a. Fish and Chips.

6. If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have 3 items, what would you choose and why?

a. A Windup Radio
b. A Bottle of Quality Gin
c. A Sun Lounger

7. How many slices of pizza can you eat in one sitting?

a. I dislike pizza so the answer is none!

8. What's the worst thing you've eaten out of politeness?

a. A dry, overcooked chocolate cake - yuk!

9. If you were a Ghost and could possess people, what would you make them do?

a. Clear up after themselves and empty bins!

10. If you had to become an inanimate object for a week, what object would you be and why?

a. My computer as I am always talking nicely to it to make it perform correctly - definitely not the mouse which I am always double clicking and thinking badly of.

IT Support for Small Businesses

What technology may or may not mean for the future has always been something of a contentious subject. A scant few decades ago, while the very idea of a computer in every home was something out of science fiction, received wisdom was still that advantages in technology would lead to more leisure time as the “robots” did all the onerous jobs we didn’t want to do ourselves. Of course, this latter prediction has singularly failed to come to pass, but in terms of personal computing, in an age in which increasing numbers of people are bypassing the home computer stage entirely and there is instead a computer in every hand, pocket and car, our reliance on computer technology has increased exponentially.


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If your car breaks down, for example, you are just as likely to need someone with specialised computer know-how as you are someone with years of experience under the hood. Which is why, of course, more and more mechanics are expanding their skill sets beyond the traditional world of spanners and oil changes.


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Nowhere is this more true than in business, especially the small business sector where you are less likely to have a complete specialist team on-site to deal with your problems. Which is where we come in. At Ghost Services , we are that complete specialist team. Over 300 organisations in the Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire regions trust us to handle their storage, security and support services requirements.


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Whether it’s on an ad hoc basis whereby we react to your individual crises as and when they occur via a system of tickets, or on a more permanent, contracted basis, we will act to immediately resolve any business critical problems that may arrive and ensure the smooth running of your operation. If contracted, we will effectively become your IT department, and with our experience and expertise, we will deal with the bits and bytes for you while you concentrate on making the pounds and pennies.

Contact us today on 01279 800039, or fill in our online contact form and we will come up with a quote for you, with no obligation to buy – or visit our website here

Ghost Computer Service Update regarding the Microsoft Windows Upgrade from 7 to 10

You may have already seen the news, however as you trusted IT Support provider we want to keep you in the know…
BBC released information yesterday about the latest move from Microsoft which at face value forces you to you your Windows 7 Operating System the the latest Windows 10 version. 
The notification box appears as normal. However if you close the notification box using the ‘X’ in the top right hand corner, the notification disappears but the update takes place when you next reboot your machine regardless if you wish to do so or not. Essentially you are agreeing to the scheduled update as opposed to closing the notification which has been the case in the past.
Brad Chacos, senior editor at the PC World website, described it as a “nasty trick”.

“Deploying these dirty tricks only frustrates long-time Windows users who have very valid reasons to stick with operating systems they already know and love,” he wrote.

There is a way to avoid this update, simply click OK which will take you to the next screen, which then allows you to schedule the update for another time or not at all.
For more coverage information, click on the BBC Link below…
Meanwhile, should you have any queries regarding this update do not hesitate to contact us on 01708 390370 or visit us at Stand 40 & 41 on Thursday 9th June at the Harlow Business Exhibition…

Keeping Fit while using your computer.

Did You Know?
• Display-screen equipment users can experience a wide range of health problems including eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, mental stress and musculoskeletal problems including RSI (repetitive-strain injury).
• 1 in 50 of all British workers have reported an RSI condition.
• RSI cost the UK’s workforce 5.4 million working days in sick leave last year.
• The most common forms of work-related ill-health are back problems.
• Every year 1.2 million people are affected by back complaints, with 10 million working days lost.

A few simple exercises can be surprisingly effective weapon in the war against workplace-related ailments. So while the computers start up and the kettle boils, take five to stay healthy at your workstation with 39 Degress’s power-up workout…

RSI-buster for your fingers
Hold your palms together in front of your chest in “prayer position” stretching all the fingers. Relax your shoulders and stretch the heel of your palms down until they are the level of your wrists. Increase the stretch by moving the hands over to the right and then to the left.
Combat neck pain and eyestrain
Turn your head right and left, looking into the far distance. Close your eyes and take some deep, slow breaths and open your eyes.
Release your shoulders
Place the right palm on the wall and fan out your fingers. Press the palm into the wall, turn your head to the left, swinging your right shoulder blade to the left too. Repeat with the other hand.
Work that neck
Shrug the shoulders high up to the ears and then release and drop. Repeat at least 3 times then shake your wrists and arms, letting them dangle from your shoulders.
Upper back relaxer
Sit with an upright torso, with your head resting comfortably and naturally on your neck. Bring your hands down to the seat of the chair and roll your shoulders back.
Lower back toner
Interlock your fingers behind your back, palms towards your spine. Roll your shoulders back, stretch out our elbows and arms and hold it for a few breaths. Bend your elbows and bring your wrists to the right side, pressing the right elbow towards the left. Release and repeat on the other side.

• Remember to take plenty of screen breaks to rest your eyes if you use display screen equipment for the major part of your working day.
• Also, get up and walk around regularly to stretch your legs and lower back if you are sitting for long periods.
• Don’t overdo or “bounce” the stretching. You should feel a gentle, easy stretch: if there is any pain, stop.

If you would like more advice on your posture then contact Ben Cohen Osteopathy they can provide treatment for a range of work related back conditions.

Treatments include: Osteopathy, Sports massage & Deep Tissue Massage, Medical Acupuncture and Kinesiology Taping.