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ToowayDirect is now EuropaSat

Toowaydirect changed over to EuropaSat

We’re delighted to announce that ToowayDirect is now EuropaSat

Following two and half years of very successful and close alignment with the Tooway brand, we feel it’s time to step up the satellite broadband game and offer our customers more choice, and most importantly, the ability to give independent, unbiased advice.

As part of the rebranding, we’ve created the new website which gives customers the chance to easily search and compare all of Europe’s satellite broadband products and to decide which one’s best for them, wherever they are.

Our team of satellite broadband experts and our network of Resellers are also on the end of the phone to give you simple, impartial advice on the products, and which one’s right for you.

What does the change mean, am I still dealing with the same people?

ToowayDirect and EuropaSat are brands owned and operated by Satellite Solutions Worldwide Ltd. Whilst the name and the website have changed, the company and the people are identical, as is our address, VAT, bank details and phone numbers.

What do I do if I’m an existing ToowayDirect customer on Tooway?

If you’re an existing customer of ours on a Tooway service, nothing changes, you’ll be dealing with the same team, the same company, and your contract and service isn’t changing or affected.


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Heat Kills……

I was just sitting in the office fixing a PC and decided to pop a quick note on the Blog about heat.

As the summer arrives and the ambient temperature starts to rise many people will experience a slow down and their computers and laptops.

This is mainly due to heat, the temperature that the internal electronics work at is very important.

If your PC/Laptop is very slow or turning off what seems randomly then you might want to have the CPU and Heat Sink checked out.

The PC that I have just been working on hasn’t been looked at for a few years and when I investigated the CPU and Heat Sink I found that they were clogged with dust and fluff, also there is a thin layer of “Thermal Compound” or “heat paste” between the top of the CPU and the bottom of the heat sink, over time this goes hard and does not dissipate the heat efficiently.

Having cleaned the dust and fluff and re pasted the chip, the PC is running fine again.

If you think you could be suffering the same problem, give me a call +34 608 152 484

This can be a very cheap and easy fix for a slowing PC


Tooway Stock Update

I Have just received notice from the suppliers that the “Contract Rental” hardware will be back in stock in the next few days and the “Outright Purchase” hardware should be back in stock by next week.

The delay in stock has effected all distributors of Tooway Internet, this has been due to the phenomenal uptake of the New and improved packages and prices which were launched earlier this year.

If you want to place an order for Tooway internet please do so ASAP as the new stock coming in will be shipped on a first come first served basis.

If you need to ask any questions or just need some advice, please use the contact us form on the site and we will get back to you ASAP.



Urgent Java Update

“Oracle has released two major security updates addressing a number of vulnerabilities in Java for Mac OS and its Windows browser plugin.

The firm released the patches on Tuesday. The main browser update addresses 42 vulnerabilities while the second Apple patch fixes 21 security flaws.”


Please remember to update you Java as soon as possible to make sure you have the update.



Symantec report finds small businesses battered by cybercrime

Symantec report finds small businesses battered by cybercrime

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting small businesses due to their less sophisticated defenses, according to a new report from Symantec.

Companies with 250 employees or less absorbed 18 percent of targeted cyberattacks in 2011, but the figure jumped to 31 percent in 2012, Symantec said in its Internet Security Threat Report 2013, released on Tuesday.

“While it can be argued that the rewards of attacking a small business are less than what can be gained from a large enterprise, this is more than compensated by the fact that many small companies are typically less careful in their cyberdefenses,” the report said.

Organizations between 251 employees to 2,500 were targeted 19 percent of the time, with companies with more than 2,500 employees making up the remaining 50 percent, Symantec said. The company said it detected a 42 percent increase overall in cyberattacks in 2012 compared to 2011.

Employees in research and development and sales functions are prime targets for hackers, and Symantec said it saw a large increase in attacks directed at those roles. “This suggests that attackers are casting a wider net and targeting less senior positions below the executive level in order to gain access to companies,” the report said.

The websites of small businesses also prove attractive to criminals to plant malicious software in order to gain a foothold in other companies. If a user visits a hacked website, the person’s web browser will be probed for software vulnerabilities. The method of using a company’s website as bait is termed a “watering hole” attack by Symantec.

“For example, an attacker may infiltrate a small supplier in order to use it as a spring board into a larger company,” Symantec wrote.

Small businesses may have less cash on hand for hackers to steal, but the companies may have other data, such as customer information or intellectual property, that is valued by hackers.

The most attacked industry in 2012 was manufacturing, at 24 percent. It was followed by finance, insurance and real estate companies at 19 percent and by non-traditional services at 17 percent, Symantec said.