Smarttech are now an authorised Authorised Education Reseller (AER), which allows the sale of Microsoft Software at discounted rates to Education establishments.
We have specialists who have been certified as Microsoft Licensing Specialists and can advise companies on how they can get their software legal and the different array of options that Microsoft are now offering when licensing their software.
For more information on the Smarttech (AER) please call one of our Sales Team today on 0818 27 27 27
Smarttech has proudly sponsored the development of the new website www.speakupformarymount.ie
After 141 years of providing care to the sick and elderly, Mary-mount/St Patrick's Hospital has left its historical city home at Wellington Road, St Luke's Cross, Cork. The facility, which provides respite services for older people and full palliative/hospice care, moved from Cork's northside to a new hospice and hospital at Curraheen.
The new 75-bed hospital and 44-bed hospice overlooks Curraheen interchange on the Ballincollig bypass, with the main entrance situated at Ballinaspig More, Waterfall Road, Cork. On the 25th November there will be a 24hour speakathon with 150 speakers over 24 hours.
This will be opened by the lord mayor and concluded with the county mayor. If you would like to speak or sponsor a speaker please visit www.speakupformarymount.ie
Increasing technology and business challenges such as virtualisation, server and data centre consolidation require a robust, yet adaptive server management plan for the enterprise. With expensive and mission-critical applications running on server infrastructure, a break-fix management methodology is simply taboo. Be it an over utilised resource causing an application failure or a malicious virus threatening data security, the IT manager requires a server management solution that is proactive, up-to-date with technologies, and business intelligent. The Smarttech MSP platform provides this service to the IT managers. - Ronan Murphy Director
All helpdesk technicians are all highly trained Microsoft certified professionals who can advise, fix or just alert IT managers to potential issues.ShareThis
It's all become a little familiar. We know that email attachments we receive from unknown sources could mess up our computers, and that giving personal information in response to an email pretending to be from our bank can only lead to trouble. And then there are the big hacking stories. Last week, just as Sony restarted their Playstation store following cyber hacks some weeks ago, they were hacked again.
A group called Lulzsec claimed responsibility for the new attack. This time the target was Sony Pictures Entertainment, and they claim to have retrieved the personal information of one million users. Lulzsec claim they did it to show how vulnerable the company's security is but the attack doesn't appear to have been for commercial gain. This week Nintendo announced the same group had hacked their server weeks ago but could not get through their security to any data. But not all hackers are so benign. Last week specific Gmail accounts were hacked, including those of US government officials. And remember your data is not just held on your PC. It's on your smartphone too. And that makes the device vulnerable to security threats.
Errol Finkelstein, General Manager of smartphone defence experts, Blackbelt Defence, says: "People think their phones are okay but a substantial amount, up to 20% are not. In fact smartphones have a higher infection rate than PCs." What? I have a smartphone and I'm sure it's fine. But Finkelstein insists that a lot of the time we don't even know. He maintains that breakdowns could be due to infection, or a shorter battery life could be a sign of a virus plaguing your phone. He cites as an example an incident that happened over a year ago where half a million handsets in Southern Europe and the Middle East started sending text messages to France every few seconds. According to Finkelstein the telecoms companies, realising what was happening, dropped the charges, so customers won't have known had happened. But how could all of this affect you, the user?
Ronan Murphy of IT service provider Smarttech claims that the biggest threat comes from the fact that we store so much information on our handsets. "A mobile device has become a corporate workplace", he says. This means that information contained in emails, numbers and addresses and your account details stored for use when buying apps or tunes or for social network sites, and even when using Skype, could all be a potential goldmine for a fraudster. Or malwear could prompt your phone to text a premium rate number. Threats can come from apps so be careful that you're confident of the source of the app you download. By the way, Apple say their system is secure, and it is telling that they will not cover you for problems if you have downloaded an app from outside their own store.
There is growth in the production of malwear, says Peter Harrison of Blackbelt Defence, mainly in Russia and China, and he says it's not some "spotty teen" but criminals intent on making money. So be careful when downloading apps, use multiple passwords and change them regularly, and back up all your information. You can consider buying software protection, and the only one available in Ireland through an Irish distributor is by Blackbelt Defence, sold by Smarttech (priced at €19.95). Features include locating stolen handsets, wiping data remotely if the phone is missing, and providing layered walls of protection against viruses by scanning incoming files and blocking them if malwear is found, just like the software you would use on your computer.
- Tina Leonard