Synology released a new OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1. This release is accompanied with software packages that improve safety, productivity and universality of Synology NAS servers. All together is a great tool for data backup and disaster recovery.


The new version of DSM contains Active Directory Server that improves effective management of IT resources. DSM 6.1 uses Btrfs, a file system of new generation, the stable version of which was released not so long ago, 2014. Together with Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, it enables the system to clone data instantly, which means instant data backup. SMB also improves stability, security and reliability while restoring missing data. Additionally, Btrfs provides an option for encrypting any shared documents of folders.


Acting as Active Directory Server, NAS-server optimises servicing of IT resources. Employing server policies it is possible to manage and control users on the network, providing easy access for installation of software packages to clients’ devices.


Vic Hsu, the company’s CEO, displayed his confidence about the product. He claims that this improved version for Synology NAS, that has powerful security and efficiency mechanisms built-in, is capable of being a centrepiece of IT strategy and a universal server for office space.


To corroborate its efficiency, Synology partnered with Seagate. NAS devices equipped with IronWoolf and IronWoolf Pro hard drives gets additional control from the server. IronWolf Health Management, which is now available on DSM 6.1, provides intelligent live health monitoring that potentially prevents catastrophic data loss.


During the annual business networking event, Future Decoded, which is held by Microsoft, the host announced the new version of Skype. This a video conferencing, VoIP, and instant messaging app is now targeted to developing countries. Skype Lite is an Android app, that retains the main functionality of a “big brother”, such as video calls and SMS messaging, but also includes optimisation for use with a slow network connection and monitoring of traffic consumption. The product is about to be released in India. It will available in 8 languages.


Microsoft supplies the software with additional functions that might be useful in conditions with limited Internet access. These functions allow a more convenient preview of the content, such as news and blog articles. In order to minimise traffic consumption, Microsoft added compression algorithms. Photos, video, and other files will be reduced in size before being sent. The messenger itself occupies only 13MB of storage on a device.


The corporate giant noted that Skype Lite was created in India and for India. The main target of this product is rapidly developing the mobile market in this country. Even though India currently has the fastest development in telecommunications in the world, these are only early stages of development. According to Counterpoint Research, 300 million people in India have smartphones, while county’s population is 1.25 billion people.


There is no information when the product will become available for different countries. Although, it is unlikely that Microsoft will limit distribution to Indian market only.


Although mobile devices are not what we normally deal with in our laptop repair service, London, we believe it is our duty to keep you updated on cyber security. ESET registered a new cyber attack. This time Android devices are under a siege.


The criminals spread a malicious program, Android/TrojanDownloader.Agent.JI. This trojan is designed to download and install other malware, including fake apps for online banking to steal money from the victim.


This program is spread through websites and social networks disguising as an update for Adobe Flash Player. Having found its way to a device the malware appears on the list of services as Saving Battery. The trojan that asks a user to grant it permissions to the system. After getting the permissions the app establishes a contact with remote server and downloads other malware.


How do I check for this malware?


The first sign of infection is the appearance of a new service, Saving Battery, in Accessibility menu. With current settings, the program is setup for downloading and installing fake apps for online banking. However, specialists note that it can be easily reconfigured by the thieves to download and install spyware and ransomware.


Digitimes Research is ready to proclaim a new leader on notebook market. The leading position is currently occupied by Lenovo, but it is predicted that this year HP will break through and take the lead.  


In 2016 the company fell back just by some hundred thousand laptops. This year, as consumer demand in the US is growing, HP is increasing supplies of laptops. More than 36 million devices will be produced this year. This will allow HP to become a leader in the market.


Specialists claim that wide selection of products offered by HP will be able to compete with rivals in 2017. Additionally, there is a real chance for the company to restore its positions in the corporate sector.


As for Lenovo, this year may be difficult one. Laptop sales for the manufacturer are decreasing in China, the country it relies on the most. Lenovo supply almost a half of its production to China. The main reason for this decrease is stronger rivalry corroborated by Huawei and Xiaomi. It is expected that this year Lenovo reduce the number of devices supplied by 2 million units. Nevertheless, even in these circumstances, the company will still be able to stay firmly in the second place in the list of laptop manufacturers.


The entire market of laptops continues recessing. However, the dynamics of the fall predicted for this year will stay minimal. In 2016 150 million laptops was produced worldwide.   


Yahoo! is sending notifications to its users saying that hackers may have illegally gained access to their accounts.

The notification says that a vulnerability was exploited by hackers. By manipulation of cookie files, they have managed to get an access to accounts without using a password. The mentioned attacks happened in 2015 and 2016, but only now Yahoo! decided to talk about it openly. As a result of hackers’ activity accounts of tens of millions users may be affected. Stolen user data from this new breach involves names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and hashed passwords.

The company believes that there is a connection between this assault and the one that was reported in last September. Then they admitted that company was hacked in the end of 2014 and at least 500 million user accounts were stolen.

Yet everything pales in comparison with to 2013 incident, when hackers stole more than one billion account records. Yahoo! wasn’t fast to react and admitted this security breach only few months ago, December 2016. In all cases, Yahoo! notified potentially affected users, and asked them to change their passwords and invalidate affected security questions.

To be on a safe side make sure you maintain the security of your own computer or refer to London IT services to remove viruses from your device.