Password Manager software

November 23, 2015

Do you use a “Password Manager” application? It’s a really good idea so you can have strong passwords that are hard to hack. Also a password manager is a simple way to get round key logging viruses, as you can drag and drop your password.

Which password manager do you use, we personally like Keepass?



Emails claiming to be from HMRC are a phishing scam

November 20, 2015

We are seeing lots of customers receiving large numbers of phishing emails at present. The emails mainly claim to be from HMRC about a tax refund. Our advice is don’t open these emails and do not follow the link. The scammers are just trying to get you to disclose enough information for them to empty your bank account.

More information about this is below.

Windows 10 upgrade as an update

November 19, 2015

Check your Windows Update settings if you don’t want Windows 10 installed as an optional (or from January recommended) update to Windows 7 and 8.


SIM only mobile

November 12, 2015

Just recently I had to change my mobile provider as the old one was pulling out of the mobile phone business. I looked at all the SIM only deals (as I already have a phone handset which is unlocked), and in the end I decided on GiffGaff. I chose that network for a number of reasons:

  • They use the O2 network which seems to have good coverage.
  • You manage your account online so no phoning up and waiting on hold in a queue.
  • It’s flexible as you can change your tariff (bundles of minutes, texts, and data) as often as you want, every month if you wanted to.
  • You can have monthly bundles of minutes, texts, and data, or just use it PAYG
  • Calls and texts between GiffGaff mobiles are free.
  • I use quite a lot of data on my mobile phone.

I have been using Giffgaff for a couple on months now and the service seems to be very good. If you want to give GiffGaff a try, order a SIM using the following link and you will get an additional £5 introductory credit when you activate the SIM and top it up with £10 credit (which can then be used either PAYG or to buy a monthly bundle)

Order your GiffGaff SIM with free £5 credit on activation here

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services

Must have software part 4: Ditto

October 28, 2011

Being able to cut and paste text using the Windows clipboard is a great facility when editing documents. However, Windows only stores one entry in the clipboard, overwriting what was in there previously.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could retrieve any item that you had copied previously to the clipboard. Well you can with Ditto Clipboard Manager. Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, etc.

Chris Moody (ASL Computer Services)

Must have software part 3: ResophNotes

October 27, 2011

The third program to get installed on my new Netbook was ResophNotes, a Windows application that synchronises with Simplenote.

Simplenote is a note taking application which works on iPhones, iPads, Anroid phones, PC’s and Macs. It’s great for making lists or just storing useful information where fancy text formatting is not a requirement. You can jot down an idea on your smartphone while out and about, then review it and expand on it on your PC when back in the office.

Chris Moody (ASL Computer Services)

Must have software for my new laptop part 2: Dropbox

October 26, 2011

The new laptop is setup and the Anti Virus software is installed. So what software was next on my list to install?


Dropbox synchronises files and folders on your PC with your dropbox storage “in the cloud”. So why is that so useful? Let me explain.

You update a document in your dropbox folder on your desktop PC. It immediately gets synchronised up to “the cloud”. Later that day you turn on your laptop, and the updated file gets synchronised automatically by dropbox onto your laptop. You update the file again, on the laptop, and it’s synced back to the cloud (and your desktop PC). Still later you access the file again using dropbox on your IOS or Android smartphone and modify it. It gets synced again up to the cloud and all your other devices. In summary dropbox makes sure all your files are kept in sync & up to date across all your devices, automatically.

Perhaps now you can see why dropbox is so useful. For a free account with 2.25Gb dropbox storage use the link below:

Free Dropbox account with 2.25gb storage **

Chris Moody (ASL Computer Services)

** Using this referal link gives both the new dropbox account & myself an extra 0.25Gb storage. If you are not happy with this, sign up using the dropbox link near the top of the article.

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