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 […]

Edge Chromium is coming

Microsoft, after years of doing their own thing in terms of browser development, are joining the existing stable of Chrome-based browsers (e.g. Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi etc.) with the release of their new Edge Chromium browser on January 15 th , 2020. Edge Chromium's initial deployment will be as part of a Microsoft standard update and the new browser will work on all Windows platforms from 7 onwards – Windows 7, 8 and 10, and macOS. The Bet...

RIP – Windows 7

Are any of your computers running Windows 7? If the answer is yes, then January 14 th , 2020 should be looming large in your mind. Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on that date – a development which could have a significant negative impact on your business IT environment. After January 14 th your operating system will receive: No Security No Updates No Support No Compliance End of Support quite literally means no further security fixes or...

Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor Authentication as a security measure protected user accounts in 99.9% of attempted identity attacks, according to Microsoft . This encouraging statistic was released as the tech giant revealed that 44 million of it's Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Services accounts were themselves vulnerable to being breached through compromised passwords. If Microsoft are prepared to admit to such vulnerability, what about other...

Security warning about Smart TVs

We've all survived the Black Friday and Cyber Monday super sales where some of the big-ticket items are Smart TVs. The FBI just released a warning that your new toy may be a cyber criminal's best friend. Smart TVs typically include internet streaming, cameras, microphones and other advanced technologies allowing the manufacturer or app developers to snoop on you. Malicious cyber actors may be able to take control of your unsecured TV. Low risk ac..

International Computer Security Day

International Computer Security Day for 2019 falls on Saturday 30 th November – why not use it as a prompt to review the current state of your computer security. There are lots of things you can and should do to make sure you are protected from crippling and expensive data loss, system corruption, blackmail or loss of business. We've put together a brief outline of some of the positive actions you can take to improve the security of your computer...

Notification of Data Breach / General Data Protection Regulation

Data Protection affects us all – whether we hold personal data, or it's our personal data being held – and 2018 is bringing with it some new government legislation to improve protection for individuals whose data is held by organisations: ​22 February 2018 - the Australian Government's Notifiable Data Breach ( NDB ) commences 25 May 2018 – the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ) comes into effect The NDB – or Privacy Am...

Phishing Email – Not the Commonwealth Bank

Today's Phishing experience is brought to you by 'Not the Commonwealth Bank'. Let's work through the highlighted fields to show why this is a 'fake' email and deserves nothing but the delete key: ​ Name of the sender is Commonwealth Bank but the email address is tah204@montana.com Possible Spam pre-fixed to the subject Outlook has added a warning ' This message was identified as a phishing scam. ' If you hover over the ' Click here to...

Computer Security Day

Computer Security Day 30th of November 2017 Christmas is just around the corner which means our concentration levels are lower than normal. It's also the time of the year when holiday fraud increases. The main source of fraud is online scams via emails that attempt to fool you into believing you have a tax refund, or an unpaid invoice. These emails can also look like they are from a bank or a utility company. When you click on the link you downlo...