Farewell old friend, Windows 7 goes end of life.

Farewell old friend, Windows 7 goes end of life.

windows 7 end of life

Today marks the end of the Windows 7 operating system and potentially poses a headache for business owners.

Windows 7 has been around for 10 years and today marks the official Microsoft end of support for their amazing operating system.  Whilst it will work and function the same tomorrow as it does today, Microsoft will no longer provide patching for any vulnerabilities found, so much so GCHQ have issued a warning not to use Windows 7 for banking from today.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

A NCSC spokesperson said: “The NCSC would encourage people to upgrade devices currently running Windows 7, allowing them to continue receiving software updates which help protect their devices.

“We would urge those using the software after the deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts.”

“They should also consider accessing email from a different device.”

Remember the WannaCry ransomware attack?

2017 brought new malware attacks through finding vulnerabilities within operating systems, namely Windows XP and Windows 7.  Hacker seek to extract data and encrypt it or sell it on the dark web.  Businesses need to protect against this type of malicious activity to protect their data, comply with GDPR and most importantly ensure their clients data is secure.  A lack of security patching from today could lead to this very problem happening again.

What next?

Our advice is to upgrade your hardware which will normally include the Windows 10 operating system.  This way you benefit from new hardware and the latest operating system.  Windows 10 will provide updates, patches but more importantly closer integration with Office 365 and Azure cloud services.

Additionally, most software vendors will provide support on the Windows 10 platform.

If you need any advice or a quote for upgrading your systems call us today on 01329 888444 or email moreinfo@mtxit.com

Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

This months bio is our Helpdesk member Joseph. One of our latest editions, that joined us this year. We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about our front guy!

  • What is your name, age, place of birth, job role and length of service at Matrix IT?

Joe Nicol, 24, Pompey born and raised! I’m a Second-line Support Engineer and joined Matrix in March this year.

  • If you could do one thing in life what would that be?

Bring people together.

  • What are your hobbies and passions?

I’m a bit of a guitar enthusiast, I’ve played since I was 9-10 and still like to practice every day. Yes, my neighbours do love me! I enjoy anything outdoorsy I can do with the pooch – hike, camp, cycle etc. but I enjoy nothing more than socialising with my loved ones.

  • How would you describe yourself?

Conscientious, philosophical & driven.

  • Do you have any pets and children?

I have an incredibly sassy 7-year-old Siberian Husky called Luna, she’s my world.

  • What is your favourite possession?

My guitar.

  • What is your favourite quote?

“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today” – Dr Jordan Peterson

  • What motivates or inspires you?

Family, friends & vision.

  • What are your goals for the future?

I want to do as much as possible whilst I can; I’d like to visit as many countries and experience as many cultures as possible. I also have plans to start a new band in the next year or two, or at least play with others more frequently.

  • What do you love most about your job?

There are lots of things I love about my job – the constant learning and self-development, the challenges and rewards of overcoming them, my extremely witty and amusing colleagues. But If I had to choose what I loved the most… the answer is a resolute and unwavering “Bill’s Burgers”.

  • Describe your biggest achievement to date

I toured mainland Europe for two weeks with an old band when I was 19. My stage-fright at the time was abysmal and I was close to dropping out and giving up days before leaving. It taught me that tackling my fears and anxieties head-on is the best and only way to grow!

  • Who is your idol, mentor or someone that inspires you?

My Dad – when I was young, he worked as a Postman in the morning, studied during the day and delivered Pizzas at nights to support 5 children and put himself through Uni. He’s now comfortably retired and a constant source of motivation when things get rough.

  • Why Matrix?

I like to believe that things happen for a reason and the opportunity to join Matrix came at the perfect time. It was a big move for me, but everyone was so welcoming and encouraging I’ve not once looked back. It’s great being part of such a close-knit team who all work well together and help each other out. I also really enjoy getting to know our lovely clients and being able to help wherever possible. I’m excited to continue growing with Matrix and look forward to what the future has to offer.

Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

This months bio is our Helpdesk member Sam. Sam is one of the newest members to the team and has joined us as a Level 1 Helpdesk Apprentice. We’re sure you’ll hear him buzzing on the phone soon if you haven’t already!

What is your name, age, place of birth, job role and length of service at Matrix IT?

Sam Searle, 19, I was born in Portsmouth and I’m a Level 1 Helpdesk apprentice. I started at Matrix in July 2019

  1. If you could do one thing in life what would that be?

If I could do one thing, I would like to be able to help those in need

  1. What are your hobbies and passions?

I have a passion for music, sports and messing around with new tech

  1. How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a creative, independent and honest person

  1. Do you have any pets and children?

I do not have any pets nor do I have any children

  1. What is your favourite possession?

My favourite possession is my first PC that I ever built. I still use and upgrade that desktop PC to this day

  1. What is your favourite quote?

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr

  1. What motivates or inspires you?

I am motivated and inspired by the people around me from what they have been able to achieve

  1. What are your goals for the future?

My goals for the near future is to be able to move out and live in a house of my own and to see what happens from there

  1. What do you love most about your job?

I love being able to work within an environment with outstanding people and to be able to learn something new every day

  1. Describe your biggest achievement to date

My biggest achievement so far is that I played semi-professional gaming for a team called Mouse Sports for roughly 2 months

  1. Who is your idol, mentor or someone that inspires you?

The people who inspire me are my parents and friends as they have been able to help my personality grow over the years

  1. Why Matrix?

I would not ask for a different place of work. I get to work with passionate people who have the same interests as me and a place of work which can offer a chance of progression

 

 

 

Guys and Girls get the Gold Goodies

Guys and Girls get the Gold Goodies

What does Matrix do after getting Gold? – We celebrate as a team. To thank everyone at Matrix, we had a little celebration and why not?

We think it was well deserved!

On behalf of Matrix and all of the directors, we would like to thank every member of the team for their continual hard work in supporting our clients and helping the business achieve our Microsoft Certified Gold Partnership.

We hope you enjoyed the celebrations and gold goods!

 

Hampshire-based Matrix achieves Microsoft Gold Partner status

Hampshire-based Matrix achieves Microsoft Gold Partner status

Hard work, dedication and having a great team around you are the key principles to gaining Gold.  This week we are therefore proud to announce that the South Coast’s favourite IT company based in Fareham are now a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner.

Microsoft Gold Partner

What does it mean to be Gold-Certified?
It means as a company Matrix have agreed to collaborate and work closely with Microsoft, have undertaken rigorous training for staff to prove we have the depth of knowledge and ensure our solutions fit with the Microsoft product stack.

What does this mean for our clients and potential clients in an around Hampshire?
Everybody we work with will benefit from accredited, qualified staff who have access to the best level of support within Microsoft for escalating issues.  New products and changes that affect businesses are available to Gold partners.  This ensures that, as a business, we have the tools to migrate clients systems into new technology stacks.  For example using Microsoft Teams and how this will change our communications within business.

‘We feel that obtaining the highest certification Microsoft offer shows our commitment to building competent, best practice solutions and ensuring that we research and adopt emerging technologies that will empower our clients’ Gareth McQuaid – New Business Director.

If you are interested in speaking with a Gold Member, then let us know and we will arrange a 30 min session to explore how our new Gold Microsoft Partnership status can enable you and your Hampshire business to succeed.

Microsoft Gold Partner

Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

This month’s Bio is Kev Penny, our Technical Director.

  1. What is your name, age, place of birth, job role and length of service at Matrix IT?

Kev Penny, 39, Winchester, Technical Director, 12 years.

  1. If you could do one thing in life what would that be?

Eradicate hatred – I really do think that the world would be so much better if we could all get along despite our differences.

  1. What are your hobbies and passions?

I love all of the arts, but music is what makes me tick (despite not being able to play a single note of any instrument) – I don’t limit myself to specific genres, the only requirement is that the music is excellent. I’m also a lifelong Pompey fan and have more recently become a fan of the New York Giants NFL team.

  1. How would you describe yourself?

The man with the best shoes at Matrix IT.

  1. Do you have any pets and children?

Two children – Sophie (7), and Teddy (3).

Two pets – Timmy (a tortoise, ~ 60 years), and JoJo (a hamster, ~ 1 month).

  1. What is your favourite possession?

My music collection.

  1. What is your favourite quote?

‘Nothing sounds quite like an 808’ – Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch (RIP), and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz – aka Beastie Boys.

  1. What motivates or inspires you?

My family, and my desire to keep learning.

  1. What are your goals for the future?

To raise my children to be the best they can be, and, once they’ve flown the nest, to travel the world as much as possible.

  1. What do you love most about your job?

In this job, every day really is a school day, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  1. Describe your biggest achievement to date

Marrying my first love, and working my way up from the bottom rung to become a director at Matrix. Oh, and I’m pretty proud of the 5000m swimming badge I got as a kid.

  1. Who is your idol, mentor or someone that inspires you?

King Buzzo and Dale Crover of The Melvins – they’ve been successful enough to make a steady income from doing what they love for over 30 years whilst keeping a low enough profile to avoid the pitfalls of fame, and they’ve never stopped changing their sound.

  1. Why Matrix?

Matrix took a chance on me with limited experience 12 years ago and instantly made me feel like I belonged, they’ve been an integral part of me becoming the person I am today as much as I’ve been a part of the successful company we’ve become – hopefully I can play my part in making our staff feel the same way.

Server Virtualisation

Server Virtualisation

What is a virtual server?

The virtualisation of servers is forever increasing in the business industry. Virtual servers are servers that do not require you to have multiple physical hardware servers to operate your business. You do, however, need a host server to accommodate your virtual servers. The amount of virtual servers you can have is dependent on the size, speed and processors of your host.

Here are just a few reasons why we recommend virtual servers.

  • Decrease space usage within the office
  • Reduced capex outlay on hardware
  • Reduce power usage
  • Easily upgradable for future requirements

Here at Matrix we regularly assist our customers in the procurement and set up of physical and virtual servers. Furthermore, we continue in our support through our monitoring system management and Cyber Security services.

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can comply with your server virtualisation needs, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444 or email moreinfo@mtxit.com

Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

This month’s staff bio is Gareth. Gareth is our Business Development Director here at Matrix. We hope you enjoy learning more.

  1. What is your name, age, place of birth, job role and length of service at Matrix IT?

Gareth McQuaid, 46, Keighley, Business Development Director, 9 months.

  1. If you could do one thing in life what would that be?

Rid the world of negative people.

  1. What are your hobbies and passions?

Cycling, sport, car restoration, self-development and furniture making.

  1. How would you describe yourself?

Different every day.

  1. Do you have any pets and children?

Two pets; a dog, Pip and a cat, Coco.

Two boys called Archie (22) and Ethan (20).

  1. What is your favourite possession?

A pocket knife my dad bought me when I was 10, oh and my Milgauss.

  1. What is your favourite quote?

‘Whether or not one can live with one’s passions, whether or not one can accept their law, which is to burn the heart they simultaneously exalt, that is the whole question’. ~ Albert Camus.

  1. What motivates or inspires you?

My family, TED talks and Mrs Robinson my French teacher from 32 years ago.

  1. What are your goals for the future?

Three things; to retire financially at 55, to maintain a strong family bond and to experience as much as I can before my last breath.

  1. What do you love most about your job?

The challenge, and the team.

  1. Describe your biggest achievement to date

Making my mum proud of all of my crazy expeditions and getting my 1st Dan, which was bloody hard work.

  1. Who is your idol, mentor or someone that inspires you?

Alan Sugar, Richard Branson and Edmund Hillary

  1. Why Matrix?

I like daily interaction. Being part of something that evolves and changes rather than a cog the system.  Plus its great working for the South Coast’s favourite IT company!

 

 

Why does your business need IT Support?

Why does your business need IT Support?

Why does your business need IT support? Depending on your company and its requirements, there are multiple ways that an outsourced IT department can help you. Whether you have 5 PCs and office phones or a whole server room and many users, this could benefit the quality of your network.

Services could include:

  • Emergency helpdesk support
  • Onsite maintenance visits
  • Hardware installation
  • Cybersecurity testing and upkeep
  • Systems, monitoring and patching
  • Office move assistance
  • Fully managed IT services
  • IT strategy planning

Having an IT support agreement can give you peace of mind that you can minimise technical faults and be able to resolve issues quickly.

It is standard for the majority of business employees to not have technical experience; IT Support works to educate employees as well as support them with any internal issues.

Are you planning on expanding your business? Employing more staff and extending your network? When planning your future business goals, IT Support is an important thing to consider.

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can support your IT network, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444 or email moreinfo@mtxit.com

Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

Steve Jobs – 1955

Steve Jobs born in 1955 was one the co-founders of Apple. Apple is a technology company founded in 1976, now ranked the largest technology company in the world.

Steve Jobs first taste of the industry was at HP where at 13 years old did a summer internship at the HP factory. Meeting through mutual friends in 1969, Steve Wozniak and Jobs bonded over their love for technology.

At 17 years old and Wozniak 22, they illegally built and sold ‘blue boxes’, a machine that would allow you to make phone calls for free. They later stopped after almost being caught. Both have stated that without doing this they would not have learnt the ‘power of ideas’ and would not have had the success they did.

In 1972 Jobs studied physics, poetry and literature at Reed College. Though, after 18 months dropped out to explore India where he grew a passion for Buddhism. Being a poetic and deep-thinking person, Jobs even hired a group of people. This group people solely studied the emotions of opening a box with an Apple product inside.

Steve Jobs persistently wanted to become CEO, however, he was labelled a difficulty to work. He was consequently ousted from the Macintosh group and was unable to have say in products. Jobs later became CEO in 1997 to reframe the product line. He stayed as CEO until 2011 when he sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer.

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