Sunday, 23 March 2014

Using ChromeCast with a BT Homehub

One of the great things about the Chromecast is how easy it is to use and also set up. You can use the app on your smartphone or tablet or even do it through your web browser on your Laptop or Desktop machine. The quick start guide that comes with your Chromecast will help you with this. Since the device hit the UK there have been some people having problems when they also have a BT homehub but there is a simple solution, you might just need to turn off the smart set up on your router. Here's how.

On your home laptop or desktop open up a web browser and enter http://bthomehub.home or click here. This should take you to your homehub admin panel. Then click on Advanced Settings.

You will be asked for an admin password, you can find this on the card usually found on the back of your home hub.

Once you've entered your password make sure you have Advanced Settings selected then click Home Network and Smart Setup. Ensure the No option is selected then click Apply.
Once you have gone through these steps try using your Chomecast once again and see if it has resolved the problem.

Happy Casting.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Trading Post Nairn

The Highland Facilitator Team are a local charity that help young people with Autism and other difficulties in the community build up their confidence and life skills while contributing to the local area. Their mission statement "To enable, engage and empower young people for positive change in their local community, environment and wildlife."

What used to be the model shop in the High Street here in Nairn will soon be the new hub for HFT where they will raise money for their cause, hold events and workshops and promote local business.

The Trading Post Nairn will be opening in the next few weeks if you wish to learn more or would like to help them out visit www.highlandft.org


We have been busy recreating and updating the HFT website. Created with what will soon be the adopted colours of HFT (green, blue and purple) the site has large chunky icons allowing ease of use for the target audience, this also makes it more touchscreen friendly. The site scales based on screen size so it is optimised for Desktop, Tablet and Smartphones. HighlandFT.org doesn't have much content at the moment but the Highland Facilitator Team members will be populating the site with more blog posts, pictures and videos over the coming weeks. If you are interested in having your next site built by us or are looking to get yourself or business online visit www.FullerComputing.co.uk.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

How to protect yourself from over 90% of Windows vulnerabilities in 4 easy steps.

By default and for convenience when you set up Windows for the first time you are given an administrator account. Continually using and running software on your computer as administrator runs the risk of exploits from malware and other vulnerabilities. As the administrator account has full system access and permissions anything run under that account could run havoc and cause a lot of damage. A recent study shows that over 90% of vulnerabilities could be mitigated just by switching your user account from administrator to standard user, here's how.

Click the start menu and go into the Control Panel.

Click on User Accounts 

Then click create new account 

When creating a new account make sure Standard is selected over Administrator. Here there is a link explaining why to choose a standard account if you would like further reading. 


That's it you've just secured your computer by creating and using a standard user account.

Source (http://learn.avecto.com/2013-microsoft-vulnerabilities-report).

Monday, 3 March 2014

Smarter Passwords - make your on-line security stronger while keeping it simple.



Passwords, they're everywhere. Many see them as a pain, it seems you need a password for everywhere  you go on the Internet. But they are important to keep your accounts and data safe from unwanted access. 

You may be tempted to choose a nice simple password that you can easily remember based on say a birthday, pet's name or a family member. You may also be tempted to use the same password for everything, it makes life easier right? This is the worst possible thing you could do, AVOID universal passwords at all cost. Just a few weeks back thousands of Tesco accounts were compromised not because Tescos' security was poor, not because hackers used some mad skills to extract the data but because over 2,000 users were using the same email and password combination on other sites. Attackers took advantage of low security elsewhere and managed to obtain a large list of email addresses and passwords, now armed with this list they can go to other services on the internet and try those email/password combinations to see what grants them access.

So how do you go about choosing a good password, make the password different across all your on-line services while at the same time still be able to remember them all??? 

One simple technique is to add the name or some letters from the actual site to your password for example for Facebook 
<mypassword>
would become
FB<mypassword> or <mypassword>FB 
and then your Linked In password would be
LI<mypassword> or <mypassword>LI or even <mypassword>Linked
A small simple addition to your usual password can be enough to thwart attacks like that seen on the Tesco site and can also make your password obscure enough to not be easily guessed.

Another method is to take a sentence and use the letters from the beginning of those words, so something like Fuller Computings' account Password for Facebook would turn out as something like FCap4FB or Fuller Computing's password at Facebook could be FCp@FB.

Almost all modern browsers offer to save login details for websites, this option is great for not having to remember lots of passwords and just have your browser remember them for you. If you do decide to do this for the sake of security do keep some points in mind. First make sure it's your own personal device (does anyone else have access to this machine?) Second secure your device with a password (yes another password). Third don't allow anyone else to use your device / account.

Another option is to use a password manager like LastPass. The great thing about a service like this is that you will only need to remember one password and LastPass will create and remember all your login details right across the Internet.


Important things to remember, don't use passwords that can be easily guessed, do not use the same password for everything and keep your information safe.