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March 2017

Business Computer Hull

Business Computer HullWhen you need a new computer for the office, it is tempting to take advantage of some of the deals that are available on consumer PCs. Many have the same brand name as business PC but they are not quite the same thing, and it pays, in the long run, to use a dedicated business product – even if you only use a computer part of the time.

Business PC Features

When you buy a new computer, you need certain features and software to be built-in and ready to go. For a business, you need your network to be more secure, and you will need full versions of business software such as Microsoft Office. The operating system that comes pre-installed on a business computer will have many features the consumer options don’t, such as the ability to join corporate networks. Computers that are designed for home use will come with a very basic operating system such as Windows Starter Edition or Windows Home Edition, which may lead to you needing expert assistance to link them to a secure business network successfully.

Usage Requirements

Think about how often you’ll be using the computer for business. If the computer is predominantly for home use and only occasionally used for work, then a consumer PC with the appropriate work software and settings may be fine. If the computer is going to be used mostly for business use, then it should be a proper business-class computer. The build quality of PCs designed for heavy usage is much better than that of consumer machines.

Build Quality

It will probably not come as a surprise that consumer PCs are not as durable and reliable as dedicated business machines. Most consumer-class computers are only expected to last for about two years while being used for 2 or 3 hours a day. On the contrary, business-class computers are designed to last for longer while as well as being used for longer hours each day, by using higher quality components.

Digitalquill Business PC Suppliers

If your business in Hull, East Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire needs one or more business PCs, then we can help. Digitalquill can supply and install PCs to your specification, and we ensure that all components are of the highest standards to save you money in the long run.

Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information

Ten Underused Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Ten Underused Windows Keyboard ShortcutsHere at Digitalquill, we don’t just offer IT support, design and software services. We also offer training and guidance on using IT systems more effectively. Here are some keyboard shortcuts that will make your working day more effective.

1: Alt+Tab

Holding Alt and repeatedly pressing the Tab key cycles between all of the applications you have open. This is much quicker than searching through the taskbar or closing down windows.

2.: Ctrl+Backspace

This handy shortcut deletes a whole word at a time rather than on character. It I much more efficient than holding the backspace key down and guessing when to release it.

3: Ctrl+S

This shortcut saves your work. It means you can save regularly without taking your hands off the keyboard when working on a big document.

  1. Ctrl+Home

This shortcut jumps to the top of your document…

  1. Ctrl+End

…and this jumps to the end!

  1. Windows+Home

This handy shortcut minimises all of your windows except the one that is currently active. It makes it simple to switch to the desktop but keeps your current application available.

  1. Ctrl+Shift+T

This shortcut works in Internet Explorer and reopens a tab if you close one by accident.

  1. Ctrl+D

Ctrl+D quickly adds a bookmark to your current webpage.

  1. Shift+Del

When you click a file in Windows Explorer then press Shift+Del it is deleted straight away, bypassing the Recycle Bin. Handy for shared computers, but use with caution!

  1. F2

When a file is selected, the F2 key lets you rename it without needing to go through the right-click menu.

Digitalquill IT Assistance

For more information on the services we offer, including IT training, technical support for business in Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and supplying and configuring IT systems, get in touch. Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information

A Simple Guide to SPAM

A Simple Guide to SPAMWe all know that feeling: open up your mail client only to find page after page of unsolicited emails. Up to four in every five emails the average person receives is spam. What is it all about and what can you do about it?

What is Spam?

Spam is unsolicited email, sent in bulk. Newsletters you signed up for, but no longer want, and information from legitimate companies where you have ticked the box to be kept informed are not spam. Such emails usually have an unsubscribe button at the bottom as well as the registered address of the company.

Spam Facts

  • Almost 15 billion spam emails are sent over the internet every single day
  • 45% of all email traffic is spam
  • The country that generates the most spam is the USA
  • The most common successful spam messages result in identity theft
  • Just over a third – 36% – of spam is advertising
  • Almost another third is adult content

Why Is Spam Sent?

Legitimate companies do not need to send spam emails, so the likelihood is that it is being used to attempt to scam you out of money. A lot of spammers impersonate real, well-known companies and try to tempt you to give them your passwords or credit card details.

Spam is so cheap to send that companies only need one success out of every 25,000 emails to make a profit. It is estimated that spammers are making $200 million a year – compared to the $20 billion spent to try and avoid it.

How to Avoid Spam

You may never be able to avoid all spam, but a good start is to use a mail service with a built-in spam filter. There are some other techniques you can use to try to keep your inbox clear:

  • Sites like FakeInbox can give you a one-off ‘disposable’ email address when you need one temporarily.
  • Make sure you untick (or tick) boxes on website forms about ‘being kept informed’. Read the small print to make sure you are not inadvertently opting into marketing communications.
  • Never reply to spam, or click ‘unsubscribe’ links in unsolicited mail from untrusted senders. It confirms your email address works and can lead to even more spam! Just hit the ‘Junk Mail’ button to train your mail filtering software.

Digitalquill – Avoiding Spam Emails

Would you like an email service for your business that keeps spam at bay? Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.