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PC Pro No.289 - November 2018

The UK’s biggest selling PC monthly magazine, and your source of professional IT news, reviews and tests. Combining in–depth industry comment and analysis with rigorous product testing.

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Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
sometimes it pays to choose the cheapest option

I’VE SPENT THIS MONTH poring over the results from our annual service and reliability survey. This is where we ask PC Pro readers to give us feedback on the products you’ve bought, and thousands of you have done just that – so thank you. Whether it’s your work laptop, your home broadband or the NAS drive you bought to sort out your backups (see p44), you’ve let us know how satisfied or dissatisfied you are, and the results are in the tables you see from p30. My only fear is that those numbers are too easy to flick past in the rush to read about the latest kit. That would be a shame: these results are no random number, but the sum of a vast crowd’s experience. Not only Jerry from…

1 min.

Darien Graham-Smith Darien summons the wisdom of HG Wells and explains how to build a time machine – one that can restore your data with minimal hassle. See p44 Mark Walsham The sales pitch for cloud computing promises huge cost savings, but is there an economic case for it? IT consultant Mark shares his experience on p116 Davey Winder Using his contacts across the security world, Davey shares the insights of 26 different experts to give an A-Z of security. Educate yourself from p102 5,000 of you Just to hammer home the point, we couldn’t have written this month’s Awards article without your contributions. See what you think on p30…

4 min.
cybercriminals will almost never be caught

THE UK POLICE almost never pursue a prosecution for cybercrime, according to figures that show a decline in the number of people prosecuted under the Computer Misuse Act. According to official figures from 2017, the latest available, only 47 people were prosecuted for computer misuse crimes, down 18% on 2016’s 57 prosecutions and 61 in 2015. Despite increased funding as part of a £1.9 billion plan to improve cybercrime policing, companies working with victims say they rarely see any action from investigations – even if the police think their cases are worth the effort. “Prosecutions do seem to be going down, albeit from a proportionate point of view of not very many to less than not very many,” said Richard Breavington of law firm RPC legal, which advises businesses that have suffered online…

1 min.
five stories not to miss

1 Microsoft to put Windows 8 Store out of misery Like calling “last orders” in a drab, empty pub, Microsoft has laid out its timeline for killing off the Windows 8 Store, with no new apps to be accepted after 31 October. In July 2019, it will stop distributing updates for apps on Windows Phone 8.x devices or earlier, while the company will stop distributing app updates to Windows 8 and 8.1 devices in July 2023. 2 Google facing action over location tracking Google is facing fresh concerns and legal action after it emerged the firm was storing users’ location data even when they had disabled Location History. Google updated its terms and conditions to say that “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and…

3 min.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Lenovo took the wraps off what it describes as its thinnest, lightest mobile workstation: the ThinkPad P1. Built around Intel’s eighth-generation Xeon and Core processors (including the Core i9), the ThinkPad P1 is aimed squarely at power users who need desktop-grade power within an 18.4mm thick frame. Alongside clock speeds of up to 4.6GHz, the P1 can have up to 64GB of DDR4-2667 memory, with or without the ECC error-correcting features, and up to 4TB of solid state storage. Graphics performance gets a boost from Nvidia Quadro P1000 or P2000 professional cards and there’s a generous 80Wh battery, although Lenovo hasn’t made any promises regarding battery life. Weighing in at 1.7kg, the P1 boasts a 15.4in screen, with two different models featuring different display specs. The P1 FHD delivers 300cd/m brightness and…

2 min.
home office seeks brexit it “magician”

EXPERTS HAVE REACTED with astonishment to the last-minute job advertisement seeking someone to head up the Home Office’s Brexit IT implementation. With seven months until the UK could bow out of Europe, the Home Office has advertised for a EU Exit Technology Delivery Lead to work across multiple projects – primarily focused on border control, immigration and biometric projects. According to the Home Office, the successful candidate would be responsible for the EU exit strategy, which sits “atop and across its existing change portfolios”. “As UK prepares to leave the EU the demand is likely to leverage new capabilities already planned for delivery, but it could also require significant changes to existing plans, and the standing up of entirely new projects,” the job advert continues. “The activities will reach across structural boundaries.” According to…