Brendan Moran — Computer Training & IT Consultant

The pur­pose of this site is to help small to medium busi­ness nav­i­gate through the huge sea of infor­ma­tion on com­put­ers. I try to give you more con­trol over the com­puter side of your busi­ness and help with your inter­net strat­egy. Whether it is com­puter train­ing or data­base devel­op­ment work, I can help you with your spe­cific needs. I also offer a range of tips on Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Pow­er­Point and Word­Press etc for clients so please visit these sec­tions. I am avail­able as a Free­lance Trainer. I am also an Adobe Cer­ti­fied Trainer spe­cial­is­ing in Dreamweaver and Pho­to­shop.

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Bren­dan Moran

Have You Been Conned By CompleteSavings.ie

complete01Have You Been Conned By CompleteSavings.ie ?

Be very care­ful if you are using Tick­et­mas­ter, Ryanair, Irish Rail or other well known web­sites as there is a scam going on that could see you los­ing € 12 per month.

 

 

 

Check out Ray D’Arcy Today FM 18th March 2014

Also check out Conor Pope on The Irish Times.

Support for Windows XP is Ending on 8th April 2014

windows_xp_end_600Sup­port for Win­dows XP is End­ing on 8th April 2014

Start Plan­ning Now

Con­tact

Bren­dan Moran
IT Con­sul­tant
E-mail info@BrendanMoran.ie
Visit www.BrendanMoran.ie
Ph 086 859 6701

CryptoLocker — A Real Nasty Virus

cryptoOnline attack­ers are using encryp­tion to lock up our files and demand a ran­som — and AV soft­ware prob­a­bly won’t pro­tect you.

There are ways to defend your­self from CryptoLocker.

For­give me if I sound a bit like those bogus virus warn­ings pro­claim­ing, “You have the worst virus ever!!” But there’s a new threat to our data that we need to take seri­ously. It’s already hit many con­sumers and small busi­nesses. Called Cryp­toLocker, this infec­tion shows up in two ways.

First, you see a red ban­ner (see above) on your com­puter sys­tem, warn­ing that your files are now encrypted — and if you send money to a given email address, access to your files will be restored to you.

Con­tact me for free ini­tial advice to pre­vent or recover  from CryptoLocker .

Bren­dan Moran

086 859 6701

 

Apple iOS 7.0.3 Latest Update

ipad3-150x150iOS 7.0.3

This update con­tains improve­ments and bug fixes, including:

  • Adds iCloud Key­chain to keep track of your account names, pass­words, and credit card num­bers across all your approved devices
  • Adds Pass­word Gen­er­a­tor so Safari can sug­gest unique, hard-to-guess pass­words for your online accounts
  • Updates lock screen to delay dis­play of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
  • Adds back the abil­ity to search the web and Wikipedia from Spot­light search
  • Fixes an issue where iMes­sage failed to send for some users
  • Fixes a bug that could pre­vent iMes­sage from activating
  • Improves sys­tem sta­bil­ity when using iWork apps
  • Fixes an accelerom­e­ter cal­i­bra­tion issue
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower qual­ity voice
  • Fixes a bug that could allow some­one to bypass the Lock screen passcode
  • Enhances the Reduce Motion set­ting to min­i­mize both motion and animation
  • Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
  • Updates the Bold Text set­ting to also change dial pad text
  • Fixes an issue that could cause super­vised devices to become un-supervised when updat­ing software

Avail­able via iTunes and wirelessly

Microsoft Admits Windows 8 Disaster

win8xThe Finan­cial Times reported today, 7th May 2013,  that Microsoft admits that Win­dows 8 has been a disaster.

Microsoft is prepar­ing to reverse course over key ele­ments of its Win­dows 8 oper­at­ing sys­tem, mark­ing one of the most promi­nent admis­sions of fail­ure for a new mass-market con­sumer prod­uct since Coca-Cola’s New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago.

Key aspects” of how the soft­ware is used will be changed when Microsoft releases an updated ver­sion of the oper­at­ing sys­tem this year, Tami Reller, head of mar­ket­ing and finance for the Win­dows busi­ness, said in an inter­view with the Finan­cial Times. Refer­ring to dif­fi­cul­ties many users have had with mas­ter­ing the soft­ware, she added: “The learn­ing curve is def­i­nitely real.”

 

Speed Up Your PC

speed-up-computerFor opti­mum per­for­mance it is vital to keep your PC clean of viruses and spy­ware. Using the right Inter­net Browser is also essen­tial. Peo­ple are not chang­ing their PCs as much as pos­si­ble due to the busi­ness down­turn so it is essen­tial to keep it up to date and get as many good years out of it a s possible.

Hav­ing the right Anti Virus, Anti Spy­ware soft­ware and cor­rect Fire­wall is essen­tial to keep you PC in tip top health. Ide­ally you need a prod­uct that will do its job and not be too inva­sive like a lot of the major Anti Virus soft­ware pack­ages can be.

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Web Video Sells — Part 2

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You should check out one of my new sites www.BeautifulBray.com as to how web video sells.

Video on your web­site means business.

While a pic­ture can paint a thou­sand words — video on your site can will make it more engag­ing. When you have pro­fes­sional video con­tent on your web­site vis­it­ors will stay longer. The more time spent on a web­site the more the propen­sity to buy your prod­ucts and ser­vices increases.

Web video is a cheap way to have qual­ity con­tent onto your site.

Check out www.MarineVideosForSale.com .

There are over 50 videos on www.BrendanMoran.ie .

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Which Internet Browser Should You Use ?

chromeThe lat­est sta­tis­tics for Inter­net Browsers (Jan 2013) show Google’s Chrome way ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion. Chrome has 48.4% of the market.

Fire­fox is next with 30.2% and the Microsoft’s own Inter­net Explorer is a poor third with a mere 14.3%.

Other browsers are Apple’s Safari 4.2% and Opera with 1.9%.

 

Why is Google’s so far ahead ?

I like its speed, secu­rity and its updates.

For more details please contact.

Excel — Moving to Excel 2010

excel_2010Mov­ing from Excel 2003 to Excel 2010 (or (2007) can be fraught with dif­fi­culty if not done correctly.

Where to find menu-to-ribbon ref­er­ence guides, train­ing, and other use­ful resources for Excel 2010 ?

Where to find things you might be look­ing for, such as the Tools | Options dia­log box ?

How to cus­tomize the Excel 2010 rib­bon and Quick Access Toolbar ?

How to exchange files with peo­ple who don’t yet have Excel 2010 ?

How to enable Solver or other Excel add-ins ?

Where to find com­mands for work­ing with macros, form con­trols, and other advanced features ?

There can be a lot of incom­pat­i­bil­i­ties and teething trou­bles with for­mula from ear­lier ver­sions like vLookups.

I have a quick, visual intro­duc­tion to the rib­bon and other parts of the Excel 2010 interface.

 

Facebook: Is this the Beginning of the End ? Here are 10 Reasons

  1. Ryanair

ryanairRobin Kiel y  the incom­ing head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Ryanair, has pledged to build bridges with tra­di­tional media, but dis­missed the value of so Face­book and said it would not be of value to them. The cost to Ryanair of main­tain­ing a Face­book pres­ence was pro­hib­i­tive and there would be no return on investment

If Ryanair, the mas­ters of cre­at­ing extra rev­enue from noth­ing, can­not turn a dime out of Face­book – what chance have the rest of us.

2.      Bogus and Fraud­u­lent Accounts

facebook_boycottFace­book has 85 mil­lion bogus and fraud­u­lent accounts – that’s Facebook’s own con­ser­v­a­tive esti­mate. The num­ber of fraud­u­lent and fic­ti­tious users on Face­book is stag­ger­ing. Would you let your chil­dren, who can eas­ily reg­is­ter with Face­book into an envi­ron­ment where you have so many anony­mous peo­ple ? Ger­many and France and won cases against Face­book and peo­ple have the right to remain anony­mous – how safe is this ?

 

3. Time

Time spent on Face­book is waste­ful. I spend time with clients try­ing to ban Face­book from the work place so that mean­ing­ful work can be car­ried on. A lot of the mes­sages that clut­ter the time­line is some­bod­ies best poker score – could I care less,

Some of the new phrases you will start to hear are:

Face­book Fatigue is the phe­nom­e­non of wast­ing all your valu­able time engaged in other peo­ples mun­dane tasks – like updat­ing their sta­tus, let me show you my hol­i­day pho­tos or here is a pic­ture of a meal I am going to eat. Get a REAL life.

Face­book Vaca­tion – take a break from Face­book and get a REAL life.

Face­book Lent – give it up for Lent and get a REAL life.

 

4.      Respon­si­ble Social Media

goggle_plusSocial Media is very impor­tant; respon­si­ble social media is even more impor­tant. I have noticed big increases in the use of Twit­ter and Google +. In my opin­ion Face­book will be a dwin­dling expe­ri­ence. A recent exam­ple of Twit­ter power was Paul McGin­ley achiev­ing the Ryder Cup Captaincy.

Your web­site can have astound­ing social inter­ac­tion with­out Face­book – check­out theJournal.ie as one example.

Clients, in my expe­ri­ence, are not indif­fer­ent to Face­book – they absolutely hate it and if you asso­ciate your prod­ucts or ser­vices with it you will suf­fer from their bad will.

 

5.      Data Pro­tec­tion

Face­book has been noto­ri­ous for its Data Pro­tec­tion breeches and is in con­stant bat­tles with the Irish Data Com­mis­sioner. One of the nice fea­tures I like about Google + is their delete but­ton; if you want to delete your whole Google + account there is one sim­ple but­ton to achieve this task. This is far from the case with Facebook.

If some­body posts up inap­pro­pri­ate mate­r­ial of either them­selves or a third party – do you want to take on the chal­lenge of remov­ing that com­ment, photo or video from Face­book and hav­ing it deleted for­ever ? This is not an easy task.

Face­book is mostly used by kids and teenagers; it gets con­stant bad press for data pro­tec­tion breeches, bul­ly­ing and sui­cides and most par­ents and schools hate the mere men­tion of it. I have had to deal with an awful lot of unsavoury Face­book issues.

 

6.      Costly Resources

Why should busi­nesses and organ­i­sa­tions estab­lish a Face­book pres­ence and then devote their already scarce resources to mon­i­tor its use or more impor­tantly its abuse. Busi­nesses are bet­ter off main­tain­ing their cor­po­rate website.

Main­tain­ing a Face­book page is time con­sum­ing and for 99.99% of com­pa­nies and organ­i­sa­tions there would be zero return on investment.

You can­not inte­grate your Face­book into your web­site; you almost need to dupli­cate every­thing. You can, how­ever,  eas­ily incor­po­rate Twit­ter into your website.

 

7.      Adver­tis­ing

The only brand you should be adver­tis­ing is your own brand and not Face­book. All these cam­paigns to “Find Us on Face­book” and “Like Us on Face­book” are use­less and are a dis­cred­ited web met­ric. Most com­pa­nies are real­is­ing that the only busi­ness they should be pro­mot­ing is their own and spend their lim­ited bud­get with “find us on Facebook”.

Every day I get a few phone calls and scores of e-mails, vir­tu­ally all for India, ask­ing how many Likes do your clients want on their Face­book site. The scope for fraud and shady deal­ings is ever present. The “Likes” on Face­book have been totally shunned as a gauge of sell­ing prod­uct. This now replaces the ques­tion to the used car sales­man about how many miles are on that car – “How many would you like?”

To access Face­book you have to be mem­ber, an awful lot of my clients are not mem­bers and there­fore you have lost them as a poten­tial mar­ket­ing opportunity.

 

8.      Pur­suit of Mammon

euroFace­book, since its dis­as­trous flota­tion, now has to make a profit and is bom­bard­ing its users with ads and this will has­ten the demise of Facebook.

In March this is adver­tise­ment offen­sive is going to get worse with video ads that will start auto­mat­i­cally on your News page. You are con­stantly assaulted with friends Likes for dis­count supermarkets.

Twit­ter has not yet gone pub­lic and it will be fol­low­ing how Face­book gets on with its rev­enue efforts, par­tic­u­larly on mobile devices.

 

9.      Dubi­ous Areas Where Face­book Excels

Where Face­book seems to excel in the fol­low­ing main areas:

  • Gam­bling applications
  • Cyber bul­ly­ing (85 mil­lion bogus users)
  • Shar­ing hol­i­day pho­tos with long lost friends – who were long lost for a good reason
  • Adult appli­ca­tions – the con­tro­ver­sial “Bang with Friends” app.

 

10.  Ille­gal Activ­i­ties and Crime

fraud-alertThere have been numer­ous instances where crime has resulted from Face­book activ­ity. A cou­ple of exam­ples are dri­vers try­ing to bride other peo­ple to take their penalty points and bur­glar­ies where peo­ple have told the whole Face­book world, includ­ing the 85 mil­lion bogus accounts that they would be away on hol­i­days. The use of Face­book just brings unnec­es­sary risks.

 

Bren­dan Moran

086 859 6701

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