Hello everyone!

Today we’d like to be a bit more serious and talk about Cybercrime

What is it? This is where there is no true answer, and it is hard to define, but it is broken down into 2 areas, Advanced Cybercrime (this is where the attack is sophisticated against computer software and hardware) and  Cyber-enabled crime (commonly associated with hacks and ransomeware viruses)

It is now estimated that around 55% of all crimes committed is Cybercrime in one form or other.

How can it be stopped? Well, this is the problem, it is a difficult and complex crime to combat, but the solution starts with you, the user.

How can I help? By following simple safety tips when online, you can help reduce this abuse of technology. Interpol have a few tips you can follow, they are pretty simple and anyone can follow them

Phase 4 also sell world class anti-virus software that also includes a firewall and banking protection, to help keep you safe! Pop in to see us and we’ll ensure you have the best level of protection possible.

Internet security

Phase 4 are proud to announce we are now re-sellers for F-Secure Internet Security!!

We carry 2 types in stock at the moment a 3 user pack and a 5 user pack, which covers not just Windows, but Mac OSX, Android and iOS too


F‑Secure SAFE is an award-winning internet security suite which protects you from viruses, Trojans and ransomware. SAFE also secures your online banking connection. You can set limits for internet usage for children. You and your family can surf safely — both on desktop and mobile.

Keep your devices safe from viruses, Trojans, ransomware, adware, key-loggers, spyware, and other malware.

Browsing and Banking Protection
Browsing protection keeps you safe from harmful and dangerous web pages to ensure your security and privacy. Banking protection lets you know when you enter a safe banking site and secures the connection to the site, keeping your money safe.

Device Finder
It’s easy to check the location of your phone in the My F-Secure service. On Android, you can also lock a lost device or delete all your information to prevent other people from accessing your personal files, like photos and emails.

Parental Control
Children spend a lot of time online. Set boundaries and look after your family’s well-being by setting screen time limits and blocking access to websites based on the site content: adult, violence, shopping, gambling, social media, etc.

My F-Secure Account
Easy and convenient way to manage all protected devices from one place. Protect new devices, renew your subscriptions, and change your payment options.


The 5 user pack also includes:

Access Blocked Content
Tired of seeing the message “”Sorry, this content is unavailable in your country””? VPN lets you appear as if you were in another country, letting you access websites only available in that country or blocked in yours. This is also handy if you travel a lot and want to watch online TV from your home country.

Wi-Fi Security
Using Wi-Fi is often extremely vulnerable to hackers. To protect your privacy and sensitive information, all your traffic is encrypted so that nobody can spy on you, and you can safely connect to any hotspot, wherever you are.

Stop Unwanted Tracking
Some websites you visit track your online activities and sell this information to advertisers. Tracking companies take information from different websites and combine this into a dossier with more personal information about you than you’d like to reveal.”



September 20, 1954: FORTRAN Programming Code Run for First Time

Fortran is a blend from the IBM Mathematical Formula Translating System that started as the assembly language for the IBM 704. A general purpose, procedural programming language that is suited to numeric computation and scientific computing. It was widely used in an assortment of scientific and engineering situations, and was even used to design projects such as bridges and aeroplanes, even used for storm drain design!

This day in Tech History 3rd of August

Radio Shack Announces TRS-80 Computer

Radio Shack announces its TRS-80 Model I, the company’s first personal computer. Equipped with 4KB of RAM, cassette-tape storage, and a built-in BASIC interpreter, the TRS-80 was one of the first mass-marketed personal computers (along with the Commodore PET and Apple II). At a time when most microcomputers came in kit form and appealed to hobbyists, these three computers addressed the average person and were very popular in schools.
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Also on this day in 1993:

Apple introduces the Newton MessagePad, one of the world’s first Personal Digital Assistants (PDA). The term PDA was first used by Apple CEO John Scully in 1992. While a commercial failure, the Newton platform set the bar for future PDA designs. But perhaps the most important advancement the Newton offered to the technology industry was the development of the ARM processor architecture. Apple invested heavily in the fledgling architecture to power the Newton devices. The ARM architecture has been the foundation of most of the world’s mobile devices since that time, including all versions of the Apple iPhone and iPad. Incidentally, in 1998 Apple sold their ownership interest in ARM, generating $800 million. This gave Apple some much needed cash to carry them through their darkest days.


Thanks to the Simpsons for that lovely clip, it really shows that typos caused by Apple products have always been a feature! 😉

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This day in Tech History August 2nd

The Apple Mighty Mouse was first released in 2005. It was the first mouse since Apple Lisa that had multi-button functionality. A $49 price tag made it a real addition to your machine.However, this mouse was not without controversy. Another company – Called “Man and Machine” – created a mouse for the medical field. It was also given a trademark for the Mighty Mouse name a year before Apple. Yet Apple still received a Trademark for the mouse. Now some may say “What about the mouse that saves the day”. According to trademark laws, their trademark was for a cartoon…


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