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Working from home - Choosing a PC part 1
For any freelancer working from home, the PC is going to be the heart of their day-to-day work. Understanding the terms used to describe the various parts of the PC can save you money in ensuring you only buy what you need.
Working from home - Choosing a PC part 2 - Displays
Now that you understand about the main components that make up a PC, you should look to consider any other peripherals that fulfil your computing needs.
Working from home - Choosing a PC part 3 – Other peripherals
How else can you optimise your PC? Read the freelancer’s ‘need to know’ on connectivity, networking, printing, VoIP calling and 'burning.'
Working from home - Choosing a PC part 4 – Mac, Windows or Linux?
Freelance UK's simplified guide to choosing an operating system when buying a PC.
Staying safe online - Protecting your PC
With a new fast broadband connection, the threat of viruses, worms and phishing attacks await the unprotected. Make sure you are not a victim with our guide to staying safe online.
Backing up your data Part 1 - Hard drive failure
A power failure shuts your PC down unexpectedly and, when the power returns you see the message in white text on a plain black background "No drive was detected". Oh dear, your hard drive has died. You did back up your data didn’t you?
Backing up your data Part 2 - Hard drive data recovery
Data loss can occur in more circumstances than a hard drive failure. Have you ever deleted a file by accident or overwritten an important file? Mistakes are easily made; how to recover lost files and restore a whole drive should failure occur.
Backing up your data Part 3 - Backup strategies
How to perform backup, which data you should back up, and some of the pros and cons of back up methods to making sure you can recover should the worst ever happen.
Choosing an ISP – What is the best ISP for me?
With your PC sorted, software installed and a good backup routine, you can look at choosing a partner to get you online and communicating with the rest of the world.
How to register a domain name
It’s easy to register a domain name but beware: not all hosts provide a good service. This guide teaches you the rights and wrongs of domain ownership.
Setting up a website and e-mail
How to set up web & mail facilities so you can run your own e-mail address and build your own website.
Broadband contracts to be made easier to exit
ISPs agree to let customers leave (penalty-free) if ‘speeds fall below acceptable levels.’
Jun 16, 2015
Ofcom to test broadband providers' treatment of small traders
Communications watchdog prowls the SME market, mulling whether to regulate.
Sep 10, 2014
Micro-firms feel too small to be cyber attacked
Freelancers have their ‘heads in the sand’ when it comes to PC protection.
Jul 24, 2014
Broadband users still aren’t getting what they pay for
Study finds that connected Britons only get half the speed they sign up to.
Mar 27, 2014
Superfast homes 'will sell for 20% more'
Properties with poor connectivity tipped to fetch a fifth less.
Mar 3, 2014
Superfast connections up almost three-fold
A few hundred thousand more homes and premises can now join the high-speed revolution.
Jan 30, 2014
Superfast broadband 'to enable home-working revolution'
'Faster internet access will see most Brits work from home a few days a month.'
Nov 15, 2013
Video game start-ups vie for £50,000 boost
Why games developing in the South West just got more competitive.
Sep 10, 2013
Silicon Roundabout takes UK start-up crown
The capital's hub for tech companies hosts more start-ups than any other area
Jul 17, 2013
Clean out your computer day shouldn’t be lost on freelancers
Backers of an annual day in the US dedicated to PC cleaning say Brits should follow suit.
Feb 12, 2013
'Don’t leave your digital estate in the cloud'
Who will your digital treasures be left to? The cloud, loved ones or others?
Oct 18, 2012
Security alert issued to smartphone users
Online miscreants go where the money is – increasingly, on iPhone and Android handsets.
Sep 10, 2012
Natwest tech glitch still affecting customer accounts
No end in sight for thousands of people unable to draw out money or pay bills.
Jun 25, 2012
Clients 'in the dark' about new domain suffixes
The opening up of TLDs presents small service providers with a host of opportunities.
Jun 18, 2012
Google foresees internet jobs boom for Britain
Search leader says internet growth to return ‘hundreds of thousands' UK jobs by 2015.
Sep 12, 2011