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Windows 7 End Of Life January 2020 – Act Now

Since its launch on 22nd July 2009 Windows 7 has been the operating system of choice of many businesses, with a visual refresh and a host of new features it soon became favoured, and loved, by many.

Holding a number of records, including the highest grossing pre order in Amazon’s history, surpassing the previous record holder of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Two weeks after its release it surpassed the market share of Apples Snow Leopard and by July 2012 it had sold over 630 million licenses.

Sadly, as with all things support for Windows 7 is coming to an end. Microsoft will be ending support for this popular operating system on the 14th January 2020.

For your business this means that any device running Windows 7 will stop receiving security patches and updates, computers running Windows 7 will also be deemed non compliant by   security audits and be unsupported by software vendors.

It is likely that hackers will take this opportunity to write     malware and viruses to take advantage of unpatched vulnerabilities in the unsupported operating system and wreak havoc.

It is time to migrate to Windows 10.

The transition to Windows 10 requires analysis of your existing devices, some will be capable of being upgraded, others will need to be replaced.

The deployment of Windows 10 may be an opportunity to leverage the cloud benefits of Azure Active Directory and InTune to provide a suite of tools for complete device management.

The key steps to deployment are:

1) Planning.

2) Inventory your existing devices.

3) Audit your applications and check compatibility.

4) Build a cost case for upgrade or replacement.

5) Inform and train staff on the changes they will see.

6) Monitor performance as you migrate.

7) Identify and resolve problems.

8) Review and project closedown.

With a successful migration to Windows 10 you will maintain high levels of security and compliance. You will also be able to leverage new tools and features in the new operating system and in the cloud.

Act now, call Focus on 01209 613660 to plan your migration.

13 Simple Ways to Address Issues That Will Dramatically Affect Your Wordpress Website in 2017

13 Simple Ways to Address Issues That Will Dramatically Affect Your WordPress Website in 2017

Around 25% of the world’s websites (and over 90% of our web hosting clients’ websites), are powered by WordPress. It’s powerful, flexible, simple to use and let’s not forget free; Its popularity should hardly come as a surprise.

However, its high profile means sites powered by WordPress are regular targets for hackers and other security threats. This is why we recommend WordPress sites are regularly backed up and WordPress versions and Plugins are updated whenever new versions becomes available. WordPress sites that are not regularly maintained remain at greater risk of being attacked.

WordPress Announce SSL Certification Will Become a Requirement in 2017

Late last year, WordPress announced that in order to increase security, WordPress sites would soon be required to have an SSL security certificate installed as standard. Those sites that do not have a valid certificate, will find that some key features no longer work correctly. (They will of course, also remain at risk of security breach).

WordPress have not yet stipulated a deadline for sites to implement certificates. However, they will soon only recommend hosting partners that offer security certificates as standard.

What Are SSL Security Certificates?

  • A certificate acts like a digital “passport” which confirms a website’s entity and credentials. When confidential information is exchanged across the web, these credentials are used to establish a secure connection between the sender and the recipient
  • Once a secure connection is established, encrypted data can be safely exchanged between the two parties
  • Sites with a security certificate installed can be identified by the HTTPS: at the beginning of their URL. Browsers also often display a green padlock symbol, to confirm a site is secure
  • “Insecure” sites appear without the padlock or the “S”, as HTTP:
  • Security certificates need to be renewed regularly, much like domain name registrations

SSL Certificated Websites Favoured in Google Search Results

SSL certification also forms part of an effective SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) strategy. Google have considered the installation of security certificates as best practice Since 2014 and weighted secure sites more favourably when assessing a site’s relevance in search results.

Site Speed Will Soon Impact Upon Your Site’s Search Results Performance for Mobile Searches

Site speed has had an impact on Google search results performance since 2010. In June 2016, Google further announced that they were “months, but not years” away from introducing different rankings for desktop and mobile searches. Any time now, sites with poor download speeds will not perform well in results for searches made from mobiles. With 78% of all local searches on mobile devices leading to a direct purchase within 24 hours – that’s not an insignificant development.

Simple Things You Can You Do to Secure Your WordPress Site

Simple Things You Can You Do to Improve Your WordPress Site’s Performance in Search Results

Simple Things You Can Do to ‘Speed Up” Your WordPress Website

I Know What You Are Thinking…

Okay, suggestions like ‘Host Your Site on Servers Optimised for WordPress’ or ‘Add an SSL Security Certificate to Your Site’ may not appear to be all that ‘simple’ at first glance, but, here at Focus, we specialise in making the seemingly complicated, simple.

Focus offer dedicated hosting for WordPress sites

Find out how we can banish your website worries and make your WordPress hosting simple… or call Tony on 01209 613660

Focus Technology Star

Make Your Own 3D Star Ornament & Win a Prize!

As the Christmas and New Year break approaches, we thought we’d help you wind-down and have a little fun!

Print off and make our 3D star ornament, post a picture of it on social media and you could win a specially selected mini hamper.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is;

  • Download the Template
  • Make the Ornament
  • Hang it on Your Tree
  • Post a Picture on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram Using the Tag #betechnologyhappy
    (You can also bring it to our attention by including @FocusTechLtd)

All you will need to make your ornament is; a printer, A4 card or paper to print on, scissors, paper adhesive and some ribbon or thread.The Focus team will choose our favourite and announce the winner in the new year.

So, what are you waiting for?

Server Hosting

Server Hosting

Why not let Focus Technology Europe Ltd take care of your website hosting – we can host your website for less than £15 a month. Hosted on our own servers – maintained and look after by us. No outsourcing.

Talk to our Tech Team for more information, or just to have a chat.

Avaya phone systems

Michael Passes Avaya Exam

Well done to Michael Doney for recently passing his Avaya Small & Midmarket Communications Test.

Focus Technology Europe Ltd is proud to be the only official Avaya partner in Cornwall. Why not talk to us about Avaya’s Unified Communications and Collaboration – conferencing, infrastructure solutions, real-time engagement and much more. Avaya solutions helps your workforce become better connected, increasing productivity – and as you grow, Avaya has the scalability and flexibility to grow with you, and support you along the way.

Contact the Focus Communication Team to find out how we could help you and your business.


Team Focus

Team Focus Raises Money For St Petroc’s!

Everyone at Focus Technology would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Just Giving page – many of you will know that last Thursday we took part in the Eden Project’s Big Charity Sleep Out, we made our own bread, was entertained by the Kernow King – before settling down on a piece of cardboard and ultimately succumbing to the cold, and it was cold….and damp! It was not very nice, but that is what homeless individuals throughout Cornwall face day in, day out – many of them are homeless by no fault of their own. The St Petroc’s Society provide vital services to homeless people throughout Cornwall, and we are pleased to say that we have raised over £350 so far, and are expected to receive more donations yet! Our Just Giving page is still up and active – if you would like to help Focus and St Petroc’s, you can do so by visiting Focus Charity Sleep Out

Eden Project news

Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation

Focus’s MD Andrew Davenport recently took part in the Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation. The event which was organised by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership took place at the iconic Eden Project, and saw 40 students – all from various schools within Cornwall, come together to share what they thought a successful Cornwall might look like in the future, and what they believe a better Cornwall could look like – i.e. expansion on career sectors, better wages and diversity of jobs available in Cornwall.

7 different businesses (including Focus Technology Europe Ltd) took to the mic to speak to the students about what was great about being a local business – and also what challenges they face.

Andrew Davenport had this to say following the event – “it was really refreshing to see so many young people care so passionately about the Cornish economy and their future careers, their presentations were fantastic – we have many, many talented young people here in Cornwall who can, and will make a difference”.

You can watch a recap on the day’s events here Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation

Eden Project Big Sleep Out

Focus is taking part in the Eden Project’s Big Sleep Out 2016

Focus MD Andrew Davenport – plus several other members of the team will be taking part in the Eden Project‘s Big Sleep Out 2016 to help raise money for the St Petroc’s Society, a chairty which helps provide a range of services to the homeless individuals living in Cornwall. Last year Andy took part alongside Pirate FM‘s Tina, and many others supporting this worthy cause. 
We managed to raise over £300 last year, and would love to try and do the same again – perhaps raising even more this year. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation, or perhaps would like to take part – can do so by visiting our Facebook events page

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