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By phone: 01786 406448

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By mail: Springfield House, Laurelhill Business Park, Stirling, FK7 9JQ

 

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How to add an email signature on the Blackberry Playbook

I have recently been using my Blackberry Playbook more and more as the main source of reading and sending emails and one thing has been bugging me – how to set up an email signature.  So today I am going to to show you how to add an email signature on the Blackberry Playbook.

On your home screen open up Messages and then swipe vertically down from the top in the centre to access the hidden menu (shown below).

Select Settings to get the following screen.

Select Email Preferences and then the account you want to edit.


Turn the Signature option ON and then add the email signtaure you require.  To save the configuration just select Back (Top left corner).  The signature will now be added to all your future outgoing emails.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

 

 

10 things your average IT user should know


So what should your average IT user know when they are using their computer? How about how to switch it on and off safely or how to use Word and Excel? I have constructed a list below of the 10 most important things your average IT user should know.

1. Backups

People need to know what a backup is and how you should go about taking one.  I have met too many people (and companies) who are so blasé about backups it is unreal. How would you feel if you lost all your family pictures or all your company financial records? I am guessing not very good!! This tutorial will show you how to take a backup in Windows while this one will show you how to do it in Linux.

2. Antivirus Software

Next up we have viruses.  If you run a Windows system you need antivirus protection (Linux users you may now start smiling – you don’t need antivirus) .  The best way to avoid infection is to install an antivirus program and make sure that it updates regularly to get the latest virus definitions.  For a home PC I recommend Avast Free Home Edition and for Business use either Norton 2011 Small Business Pack or Avast Internet Security Suite.  Either way get some!!

3. Firewall

A firewall is a piece of software that acts as the front door to your system.  When it is activated the door is closed (and locked) but when it is off your system is wide open. Most modern operating systems come with a firewall installed by default and chances are your router should have one as well, however you do need to check periodically.

4. Internet Explorer and Google are not the internet

A lot of people think that Internet Explorer is the internet.  Same goes for Google.  If one of them is not working then “my internet is broken!!”  Internet Explorer is a web browser which is a program for accessing the internet.  There are loads of web browsers on the market.  For example you could choose Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Opera.  The choice is yours which one you use as they all allow you to access the internet.

As for Google, it is a search engine which allows you to find things on the internet nothing more.  There are different types of search engines available, for example Ask, Yahoo, Bing etc.  Choose whichever one suits you.

5. Passwords

This one is simple – use them!! A lot of users don’t bother or use easily cracked passwords (using password offers very little protection).  Use a combination of letters and numbers and don’t write them on a postit and place it on your monitor!!!

6. Emails

This links nicely with passwords as most people use easily cracked passwords for their email accounts.  You should also note that you should never open any attachments from anyone you don’t know as these may carry viruses.  Another thing to note is that you will never receive emails from the HMRC or your bank.  If you do these will be fraudulent and do not enter any financial details or give them your bank details!!!

7. Do not delete anything on your system unless you know what it is

I see this a lot.  People try to clean up their systems by deleting things they think they don’t need.  Upon rebooting the system nothing works.  Unless you know exactly what a file or program is for do not touch it.

8. Downloads

This is another one I see a lot of.  Unless you know the website be very careful when you are downloading software.  I recommend people stay away from bit torrent and file sharing sites as yes you will get the software but chances are it will be riddled full of viruses.

9. Wireless Settings

Write down your encryption key and put it in a secure place.  I have had people change their wireless key and then forget what it is or even better didn’t know they had one!! You also need to make sure that you have the highest form of encryption available on your router.  Use this tutorial to check yours.

10. You can make secure payments over the internet

Yes you can make secure payments over the internet but you do need to check that the website starts with https://. If it does then it means all communication between your system and the website is secure and encrypted meaning no one can get access your details.

If you think I have left any obvious ones out please let me know!!!

About the Author

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

Staying safe online


We all use the internet but how many of us really know how to stay safe online? Today we shall outline 10 of the most important ‘must do’s’ when using the internet.

1. Antivirus.  You must have antivirus installed and it must be upto date when using the internet.  If not you will be leaving yourself open to a heap of problems.  I would recommend BitDefender for both home and business clients.

2. Firewall.  Again this is a must.  Most modern operating systems come with a firewall installed but you must make sure it is turned on.

3. Passwords.  These should be complex and not stored on your computer.  Do not use password123.

4. Email.  Be wary of opening any email from people you don’t know, especially if they contain attachments.  This is a common way of infecting systems with a virus.  Banks will never contact you by email.

5. Credit cards.  If you use credit cards online make sure the website address starts with https.  If it doesn’t then anyone can intercept your card details and use then online.

6. Do not store bank details on your computer.  If someone gains access to your system then you will just have handed them access to all your money.

7. Dodgy websites.  Be careful which websites you access.  If it looks a bit dodgy then leave the site.

8. Downloads.  If possible do not download torrents.  Torrent sites are usually where most of the viruses are located.  Also be careful when downloading free trials to ‘fix your computer problems’.  These types of software will always find something wrong with your system even if it is working flawlessly.

9. Emailing passwords and usernames.  This is not a good idea but if you have to send passwords and usernames use separate emails.

10. Updates.  Make sure that your operating system is fully updated.  That way known vulnerabilities will be taken care of.

I hope that these tips will be of value.  Just remember them and you should be safe while using the internet.

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

 

Multiple Inboxes with Evolution


This tutorial will show you how to set up multiple inboxes for your email accounts in Evolution.

First you have to make a new folder for your account (in my case GMail Inbox).  Then go to Edit – Message Filters.  Show filters for mail needs to be set to Incoming and then click Add.

On the Edit Rule page set up the rule as per the screenshot below replacing GMail Inbox and cybertaff1@gmail.com with your own details.

Once completed your emails will be filtered into their respective inboxes.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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