Windows 10 2004 is coming

Now in May, Microsoft is preparing to release its Windows 10, 2004 update. This change will soon be accessible to all Windows 10 devices, via the Windows Update.   While this is considered a modest compared to previous releases, there are still several significant advancements from the last version of Windows 10. Providing an overview, here is a summary of the key changes and what you can expect:   Cortana   Microsoft is rebranding […]

COVID-19 Scam Alert

You’re not alone in working from home during this COVID-19 pandemic – scammers, hackers and phishers are beavering away, searching for vulnerabilities to exploit within your IT networks and processes.  The stark reality is that many thousands may have lost their jobs amid the current health crisis, but for cybercriminals it’s just another huge, unexpected […]

COVID-19 Video conferencing security issues

The Coronavirus-inspired upsurge in employees Working from Home has generated a massive increase in the number of ‘team meetings’ conducted via one of the many proprietary Video Conferencing applications available – e.g. Zoom, Webex and MS Teams, among others. Video Conferencing has been around for long enough that many, if not most, users will already […]

COVID-19 increases remote access risks

Working from Home (WFH), also referred to as ‘remote working’, has proved to be an essential tool in the global struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19.  However, the sharp rise in remote working has brought with it a surge in network vulnerabilities as connections are made across unprotected links. For WFH to succeed, several […]

Office 365 is becoming Microsoft 365

New name, same great value, same price. Don’t worry—you don’t need to do a thing. Your product services, apps, and features will stay the same, along with the price. Your subscription name will update automatically in the admin centre and your monthly billing statements on or after April 21, 2020. Office 365 Business Essentials is […]

Ransomware takes its TOLL

You may have read reports, such as this in the Australian Financial Review, on the recent ransomware attack on Australian transportation and logistics giant, Toll Group.  This really brings home to the Australian business community a topic we at The IT Agency have written and warned about many times, most recently in our blog post […]

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM Hub

Opportunity Many business have multiple team members and keeping track of all your accounts and contacts can be a daunting tasks. Dynamics 365 allows you to centralise all your spreadsheets into one database that all users can access. Furthermore, the out of the box integration with Office 365, Teams and other Microsoft technologies allow for […]

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Hub

Opportunity Case or Incident Management is vital for any service industry business especially those that have to legal capture and report on incidents and issues raised by customers, supplier or other relate entities. The capture and analysis of this incident knowledge is critical in being able to effectively service your clients. The IT Agency through […]

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales Hub

Opportunity The IT Agency can provide a tailored account and sales automation and pipeline mgmt system for clients who have outgrown Outlook and Excel spreadsheets. This includes a scope workshop to determine a solution aligned to the business requirements and a rapid implementation to get the client up and running. The client can identify some […]

Microsoft Common Data Services and Power Apps

The Microsoft Common Data Service lets you securely store and manage data that’s used by business applications. Common Data Service includes a base set of standard entities that cover typical scenarios, but you can also create custom entities specific to your organisation and populate them with data using Power Query. App makers can then use […]

Bring the office home with Voice over IP

The old analogue telephone systems used pair of wires that ran from the local exchange to your house or office. In an office a PABX was the interface providing calls and functions to the desk handset. Your handset wasn’t portable and the best you could do, if you were out of the office, was to […]

Using Microsoft Teams when you’re social distancing

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app to help you and your staff stay organised and have conversations, all in one place. It’s a perfect solution for a business where your staff have to work from home and maintain social distancing. When you open Teams you can see a list of all the Teams you are […]

Exclaimer Cloud Signatures for Office 365

Exclaimer Cloud Signatures for Office 365 is a signature management solution for organisations to centrally manage professional Office 365 signatures that promotes your corporate branding. All Office 365 users get a full, dynamic and professional email signature when sending from every device and mail client, including smartphones, tablets and Macs. It’s all managed through a […]

Teamwork and Office 365

Every team is different; there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to collaboration. Office 365 is designed to meet the unique needs of every team, empowering people to communicate, collaborate, and achieve more with purpose-built, integrated applications. When deciding which Office 365 apps and services to use, think about the work your organisation does and the types of […]

Running your business from home

Everyone is now looking for options to run their business from home but is your home computer up to the task or do you need a new computer. Let’s break down the options so you don’t get disappointed. Do you want to be able to take your computer with you? If you want to travel […]

COVID-19 – ICT Support

COVID-19 is forcing many of us to Work from Home (WFH) for the duration of the crisis.  You’ll understand we are working with a great number of clients, all requiring some form of remote access for their staff – and everyone wanting it yesterday.  We ask for your patience as we process your request as […]

Ransomware closes business

Ransomware - a subject we've discussed numerous times on the TITA blog and there are many good reasons why we return to this topic repeatedly – primarily, it isn't going away. The internet is a dangerous place and 'IT ransom' now has an annual global worth in the trillions of dollars for its perpetrators. Typically, it's smaller companies being targeted as they're less likely to have the security budget that larger organisations can apply to the ...

A Free Lunch?

"You are the product" is a digital age reboot of that old chestnut warning the unwary and unwise – "there's no such thing as a free lunch" ! Last December we learned that Mozilla has removed from its Firefox web browser, four security extensions from Avast and its subsidiary AVG.The extensions in question… Avast Online Security AVG Online Security Avast SafePrice AVG SafePrice …are all installed in the 'free' versions of the antivirus/security pr...

How-To Guide: ProofPoint Essentials

Welcome to our Hot-To Guide to ProofPoint Essentials (PPE), The IT Agency's latest anti-SPAM service protecting your business. If you want more information on PPE you can watch this video or read our blog on our selection process. There are three main elements to PPE that you will interface with on a regular basis: Individual Emails Quarantine Digests ProofPoint Essentials Portal Individual Emails Every external email that you rece...

Activating Multi-Factor Authentication

Before you begin, get the Authenticator app To prepare for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and S elf-service password reset , you should obtain the Microsoft Authenticator app for your iOS or Android device by using the app store —just search for Microsoft Authenticator . NOTE : The mobile authenticator app is easier to use and is considered more secure than an SMS text message. However, SMS text message is also an option in case the app...