• As you may well be aware, there has been a high-profile case of a Ransomware attack on multiple NHS trusts and other businesses through the UK and the rest of the world over the weekend. We would just like to take this opportunity to advise you on ways to keep yourself protected and to ensure that you minimize any risk of a Ransomware attack...

    Be suspicious of emails, websites and apps:

    For ransomware to work hackers need to download malicious software onto a victims computer. This is then used to launch the attack and encrypt files.
    The most common ways for the software to be installed on a victim's device is through phishing emails, malicious adverts on websites, and questionable apps and programs.
    People should always exercise caution when opening unsolicited emails or visiting websites they are unfamiliar with. Never download an app that hasn't been verified by an official store, and read reviews before installing programs.

    Use an antivirus program:

    An age-old computer security tip, antivirus programs can stop ransomware from being downloaded onto computers and can find it when it is.
    Most antivirus programs can scan files to see if they might contain ransomware before downloading them. They can block secret installations from malicious adverts when you're browsing the web, and look for malware that may already be on a computer or device.
    Gemini IT look after your Anti-virus so there will be nothing you need to do apart from keep an eye on any alerts from the Anti-virus and let us know if there is any infected files.

    Always install updates:

    Companies often release software updates to fix vulnerabilities that can be exploited to install ransomware. It is therefore advisable to always download the newest version of a software as soon as it is available.
    Your updates should apply to the PC’s automatically and you may need to reboot your PC once they have downloaded to allow them to install on your PC.

    Never pay the ransom:
    Victims of ransomware attacks are advised to never pay the fee as it encourages attackers and may not result in files being recovered. In most cases we would recover your data from the backup to resolve this issue.

    If you have any further questions or would like to discuss this then please don’t hesitate to contact the Gemini office on 01228 516500.

  • By using advanced technology, similar to the holograms found in all our favourite Sci-Fi classics, scientists have found a way to visualise Wi-Fi signals to see how far they stretch! One of the universal questions asked when any new type of wireless technology is being installed is: “How far is its reach?” But not we’ll actually be able to see that for ourselves!

    At the Technical University of Munich, scientists have developed a method of generating a three-dimensional image of the surrounding area using the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter.
    There are a handful of key items required to do this, but ultimately, they can create holograms out of thin air.

    Although this could prove to be a fantastic solution for more simple problems like finding the perfect spot to install a new router, this is just a foot in the door. Considering Wi-Fi signals are able to penetrate walls, scientists are already looking into the possibilities of using it in emergency situations, using it to locate and recover victims buried under an avalanche or a collapsed building.

    Here at Gemini, we think this is a huge and fantastic leap in the world of technology, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it either! Until then, we’ll be perfecting our installation and use of Wireless Networks. You can find more on our Wireless Networks here or if you want to find out what we can do for your business, you can contact us here.

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