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ADSL vs Fibre Broadband

Fibre broadband and ADSL broadband are the two types of fixed-line broadband most common in the UK, but what does that mean? ADSL Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is carried through the copper wires of your phone line and is the most generally available category of broadband, of which there are two types: ADSL1, which is capable of a maximum speed of about 8Mbit/s, and ADSL2+ a maximum speed of about 24Mbit/s. These speeds, however,…

Data Backup and Why It’s So Important

Still one of the most unrecognised or badly handled network operations is data backup, and according to reports from leading tech industry specialists Microsoft and Cisco, attacks against organisations regardless of size are increasing and causing bigger losses than ever. And the thing about data is that once data has gone, it’s gone forever. Despite this, organisations still leave themselves vulnerable by having no operational backup plan. Nightmare tales of businesses and individuals losing data…

Web Hosting Uptime: Save Downtime with Reliable Web Hosting

Do you know how much uptime could save your businesses? Take the pressure off with Linix’s ultra-reliable hosting services. For many SMEs, connectivity downtime is the highest business cost of human resources. It is also one of the problems with the most far-reaching consequences an organisation can face, having an effect, not just on your business, but on customers, suppliers, management, staff and critically, reputation. Understanding precisely where downtime costs, is crucial if you want…

Superfast Broadband in Liverpool

With Liverpool’s global outlook and incredible economic strengths, it’s no wonder we are seen as one of Britain’s leading destinations for business as well as travel. Organisations and business people are drawn to Liverpool through a range of opportunities, and benefits, and as befits the 21st century, they need high-speed and secure superfast broadband connectivity to the internet in order to limit downtime and thus increase productivity. However, across the Liverpool city region, superfast broadband…

What is Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)?

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls are made using the internet. Calls such as these are even less frequently known as Voice over Broadband (VoB) Voice over Networks (VoN), or Internet Telephony; I wonder why none of those stuck? VoIP basically lets you make ‘free’, or very low cost, mobile and landline calls via the Web. Yes, any telephone in the world can call you and you can do likewise, irrespective of the kind of…

Staying Safe on Public Wi-Fi

Using public Wi-Fi is dicey. In 2017 a visitor to one of our security seminars had his tablet hacked and data were stolen while using Public Wi-Fi. If you are not vigilant, data held on devices is a beacon for anyone with the proper software tools to effortlessly see what you are doing. Hackers can easily steal your passwords or other secret data, particularly, from multiple sites if you choose the same password to log…

The Cost of Cyber-Crime

Almost 50% of businesses in the UK underwent some form of online violation in the last year, with government research confirming financial damages through cyber-crime to the British economy is annually in the billions of pounds. But it’s not only big business that is at risk, SMEs are the ones who pick up the real losses, not only in financial cost but also through reputation, something smaller business can ill-afford but can prevent, through preparedness….

IT Bosses are Choosing Cloud

Last year, research from the Cloud Industry Forum revealed that 88% of UK companies surveyed were using cloud-based services. Furthermore, 67% of those organisations predicted increased usage during the year. Applications and storage in the cloud, are now an integral aspect of daily businesses life. If your company or organisation hasn’t cottoned on or is in the early stages, there are strategic reasons you should be moving to the cloud! IT If you don’t have…

Are Wi-Fi Devices Attacking Your Business?

Wi-Fi enabled devices could be costing your business Ben Elman, Managing Director of Linix, examines how Wi-Fi enabled devices could be costing your business – and offers advice on how to keep data secure. The very real and existing threat is that devices that are not secure could act as a conduit for cybercriminals. Think back to when the only devices connected to your office’s IT network were likely to have been PCs and maybe…

BT Told to Share Poles for Ultrafast Fibre Internet

Telecom regulator, Ofcom says BT has to make it simpler for rival internet providers to have access to its telegraph poles, connecting homes directly to the fibre network provides quicker internet speeds than copper cables. To make it more economical for companies to connect ultrafast full fibre broadband infrastructure, Ofcom has published a list of new measures so that companies such as Talk Talk and Hyperoptic can become more competitive. BT has said, “it will…