Holidays around the world – stock images for the festive season

Wherever in the world you are – in a city covered in a beautiful white blanket of snow or spending days chilling on a tropical beach – you can feel the holidays approaching! This season is all about laughter and smiles, and the special moments shared with loved ones. We've chosen 8 of our favourite photos on stock image website Pexels that showcase the joy of celebration, no matter where you...
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64% of UK shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday

According to figures from Black Friday Global, 64 percent of shoppers in the UK plan to take advantage of Black Friday sales this year. Hardly surprising when the average discount offered by retailers is a massive 62 percent. As the above chart from Statistica shows, these kind of deals lead the average spend on this day, this year 23 November, to be £300. Retailers, especially those still...
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Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in Bitcoin blackmail scam

Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer.The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites.What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the...
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How to keep the cyber-criminals out

Cyber-criminals use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices & data secure. Software updates don’t have to get in the way of what you’re doing. You can choose to install them at night, when your device is plugged in and connected to...
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There’s plenty of advantages when it comes to webmail (web based email)

As you may know, there are two popular ways to access email – through webmail (such as the webmail service that comes with every website hosting and email hosting package we provide at O’Brien Media) and with email clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Windows Mail. Webmail is generally an easier way to get started as there’s nothing to install on your PC, Mac or Smartphone and you...
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Decommissioning and replacement of hosting servers “server4” and “server5”

As part of our continual improvement and replacement strategy for our website hosting and email service infrastructure we are in the process of decommissioning two of our website and email hosting servers (server4.obrienmedia.co.uk and server5.obrienmedia.co.uk).Over the coming days we will be moving customer websites and email service on these servers to two replacement servers. If you have...
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Take a trip down memory lane and relive Windows 95 on a PC or Mac

You can now take a trip down memory lane and hop back into Windows 95 – and imagine you’re using an old Compaq desktop PC. Developer Felix Rieseberg has turned the classic Windows operating system into an app that runs on today’s Windows machines, as well as Mac. The likes of Wordpad and the phone dialer can be accessed within the app, which is only 129 megabytes in size. Windows 95 boot...
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Would you have a use for a (free) 2018 wall planner? (We know it’s nearly September)

We know it's nearly September but we've been having a bit of a clear-out and have found some leftover 2018 A2 wall planners and rather than recycle them we'd prefer they realised their wall-planner potential! If you'd like one (totally free of charge) just drop us a line with your address using the form below (UK only) and we'll pop one in the post. These are available on a...
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Summer Bank Holiday is here on August 27th!

It’s almost the end of August and we hope everyone is having an amazing summer! The UK Summer Bank Holiday is coming up this Monday August 27th and our team will be taking a break. Please keep in mind that there will be no telephone support on Monday, although urgent issues raised via email will be dealt with, and we will be back at work on Tuesday August 28th.
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EURid to terminate .eu domains registered to UK addresses following Brexit

Following advice from the European Commission, EURid (European Registry for Internet Domains) has confirmed via their website that anyone without an EU postal address will no longer be able to own a .eu domain name once the UK leaves the EU. EURid will therefore be terminating all .eu domain names registered to UK addresses on one of two dates: 30 March 2019 if the UK exits the EU with no deal 1...
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