Award Winning IT Support

We are delighted to announce that the hard work and excellent customer service of our apprentice, Jimmy Arnott has recently been recognised by the Ilkley Business Awards (IBA). At a Gala Dinner held at the Kings Hall in Ilkley to celebrate the achievements of businesses in LS29, Jimmy was amongst the winners after being initially […]

Email cyber threat on the increase

Noisy email Over 70% of my email in the last week was ‘noise’ at best and malicious at worst, and there seems to be no let up in sight. It is widely accepted that email has become the delivery method of choice for cyber criminals. There seems to be a threat for every occasion from […]

Farewell Windows 7

Farewell to Windows 7 Windows 7, our favourite operating system since Windows XP is due for retirement in less than a year. The most successful operating system ever launched has already reached Microsoft’s ‘end of mainstream support’. With a staggering 630 million licenses sold by 2012 (ref: Wikipedia), on the 14th of January 2020 it […]

GDPR IT compliance for Small Businesses

The General Data Protection Regulation is coming this year (25th May 2018) and the time to act is now. The focus of this blog is on Small Businesses in the UK with limited resources and stretched budgets. It’s a collection of practical steps to take in order to assess your compliance, specifically around your IT […]

HP laptop ‘keylogger’ bug discovered

What is a ‘keylogger’  you ask? ‘Keylogging’ is a method of capturing and recording every keystroke you make on your computer from the moment it is turned on. All information from BIOS passwords to credit card and banking information can be collected and harvested by criminals. How has this happened? For the second time this […]

WiFi security hack discovered

A WiFi security loophole has been found My WiFi is secure because it’s encrypted, or so I thought. Most modern WiFi networks are secured, we know this because we have to use a password to connect to them and we are told that the connection is encrypted. Wrong!! A flaw was discovered this week by Mathy […]

Single Sign On (SSO) company OneLogin has a major security breach

The global online identity management company OneLogin has reported that they have been the victims of a security breach. On the 31st of May 2017 OneLogin released a statement saying: “Today we detected unauthorized access to OneLogin data in our US data region. We have since blocked this unauthorized access, reported the matter to law […]

Microsoft responds to the recent WannaCrypt ransomware

Microsoft has acted quickly in response to the recent WannaCrypt ransomware attack that has seen massive global infections and disruption to critical healthcare services. If you have any concerns about your business systems or are unsure about how or if this might impact you, Cactus IT are offering a free backup audit* that you are […]

12th May “Global ransomware offensive”

To date, almost 100 countries have been impacted with the NHS in England and Scotland having to resort to pen and paper. Operations cancelled and Accident and Emergency units shut down by the crippling ransomware infection. How did this happen? Short answer: a convincing phishing email (SPAM email) was opened on a Windows PC that […]

Office 365 data residency location

Will GDPR impact on your data residency requirements? Are you part of a United Kingdom business that subscribes to Microsoft Office 365 services? You may also have regulatory compliance that requires your data to be kept within the United Kingdom?If that is the case, then Microsoft now offers the option to relocate your data, but you […]