Monthly Archives: January 2014

XP you have been retired, well almost

XPI felt it only fitting seeing as everyone else in the ether is talking about the demise of Windows XP to chime in on the subject. As I am sure you are aware after the 8th April 2014 Microsoft XP is officially end of life and will no longer be updated with new security updates or support. However the ageing operating system will be granted one last reprieve in terms of anti-malware updates to both it signatures and engine.

Microsoft are attempting to encourage as many as possible to leave the ageing operating system and move to its latest and greatest flagship products to avoid the risk of infection and security woes. It would appear XP has been down this road a few times, but it really does look like this is the final encore – come April 2015  big brother wants you off your XP addiction for good !.

Read the official Microsoft statement here.

WhatsUp or is that WhatsApp ?

whatsappBeware, WhatsApp looks to be the target of yet another cyber scam this time pertaining to be the popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp.

For those who do not know what WhatsApp is, it is an application which first came to users pre-dating iMessage, and offered a simple effective cross platform messaging service but without the cost of sending text messages between devices.

This time the cyber scammers are looking not to give you a non-existent copy of the messaging application for PC but a lovely banking Trojan instead.

Read the full article here over at The Hacker News

Change is good, especially when its Fibre Broadband

COMS Plc-01

So approximately 9 months ago I got Fibre Broadband from ADSL24 and very pleased with the service I must say. I opted for the Fibre 30 Ultra package as this provided up to 80MB down and 20MB up. Speed has always been good and reliable and on the two occasions I have needed to contact them the service has been excellent and a quick resolution to the issue.

So a few months back I received a letter to advise the service was being transferred to Coms plc. I was a bit concerned at first as the service I had received to date had been excellent and I didn’t want that to change. So today I have received another letter advising my migration is taking place during the next two weeks. I was a little disappointed to find my IP address would need to change, but I also learned I was getting an unexpected upgrade.

Upgrade ? Well currently we have a peak cap of 30GB during the hours of 8am to 8pm and unlimited off-peak usage outside these hours and weekends. So with effect of my migration this is changing to a new package – Coms 500. This new package will increase the monthly cap from 30GB to 500GB, however there was no mention of the off-peak and whether this would remain. A quick call to customer services who reassured me this would remain as is – happy days!

Well hopefully a smooth migration will ensue, I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.