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NBN VS 5G: BATTLE FOR AU’S INTERNET POPULATION

Australians are facing a big decision. Should we stay with the current National Broadband Network (NBN) setup – or is 5G the new way forward? Both systems have their own list of advantages, so it is important to take a look at what each one offers: National Broadband Network (NBN): Decent Speed – The NBN provides connections that are several times faster than […]

AUSTRALIAN RANSOMWARE EPIDEMIC: A TALE OF INADEQUATE IT TRAINING & HUMAN ERROR

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has reported that during the 2020 financial year, 59,803 cybercrime reports were made, equating to 164 cybercrime reports per day on average or one report every 10 minutes! The most common and frustrating type of cybercrime utilizes malicious software that makes data and systems inaccessible until the victim makes a payment, this is what the experts refer […]

Microsoft Teams

Due to strict physical distancing protocols attributed to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, businesses the world over are making the switch to a work-from-home arrangement in an attempt to keep their employees out of harm’s way. This means that important conferences, meetings, and discussions are now happening almost exclusively online. Just this year, a spike in the number of users on Microsoft Teams was […]

Block those annoying Pop-ups! -Windows version

Ever experience receiving annoying pop-up ads in the middle of an interesting tutorial? Cannot find the information you are looking for with all the pop up ads following a specific website you visited? Tried closing a pop up just for two more to appear? Yeah, we have all been there and yes!, there is also a way one can protect your PC (and […]

Multi-factor Authentication

Email addresses and passwords have become all too familiar to link by a learned hacker — allowing them to discover messages and contacts, and even more critical information like credit card and discrete messages that could lead to blackmail.  Multi-factor authentication has become the norm in creating barriers between the user and the hacker. It provides an additional layer of security establishing more […]

Cyber Security: How does it affect you?

Cyber Security: How does it affect you? Understanding and practicing cybersecurity. With Australia being one of the leading innovators in modernizing the world, cyber security is becoming more and more a necessity. Cybercriminals are increasing in number and capability. 9.2 million malware detections were recorded with the average cost paid to cyber extortionists amounting to $36,295. Payments as high as $250,000 have been […]

What is Microsoft Teams?

With the number of new cases declining, the Covid19 pandemic is far from over.  This is hitting the manufacturing businesses very hard. If you are in the service industry and can manage the work remotely, then this is super important for you! Your staff can continue to run all the orders, access documents, book in jobs and so much more from the safety […]

Video Conferencing Platforms Which platform best suits your conferencing needs?

We are straightening the COVID bell curve, but the situation is far from safe. We are advised by both the frontliners and the government that the best way to defeat the pandemic is to continue practising social distancing. While all of us understand the severity of the situation, the dilemma of having to balance work responsibilities while remaining vigilant with safety standards is […]

Cyber Security: How Does it Affect You?

Understanding and practicing cybersecurity. Did you know that one in four Australian adults have been victimized by some form of cybercrime in 2017? On average, this costs 6 million Australians approximately $195 and around 16 hours to reverse damages. 43% of cyber-attacks are aimed towards small businesses but anyone can fall victim to online scams. In 2019, cybercrime cases are constantly making their […]

IT SUPPORT SERVICES; EXTENDING THE LIFE OF WINDOWS 7

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft announced the end of its commitment to provide 10 full years of product support for Windows 7. This officially ends the life of Windows 7, making way for Windows 10, which is the current flagship operating system of Microsoft. This means, those who continue to use Windows 7 will no longer receive vital updates or technical assistance, which […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF IT SUPPORT IN A BUSINESS.

Man has always been an inventor and innovator. In his efforts to make work lighter and faster, man invented the wheel and discovered how to make fire. Through the centuries and to date, man continues to invent and innovate. Inventions and Innovations of Man After the invention of the wheel, the transient man made his travels easier and faster with its invention of […]

Cyber Security: How does it affect you?

Understanding and practicing cybersecurity. Did you know that one in four Australian adults have been victimized by some form of cybercrime in 2017? On average, this costs 6 million Australians approximately $195 and around 16 hours to reverse damages. 43% of cyber-attacks are aimed towards small businesses but anyone can fall victim to online scams. In 2019, cybercrime cases are constantly making their […]

Managed IT Services: IT Maintenance Plan Importance of IT maintenance plan

Have you ever heard of an IT maintenance plan or managed IT Services? Have you considered it for your business? If your company or your organization depends on a server or anything that is, in any way, computer-related, then there is an absolute need for your system to be regularly monitored and updated automatically. What exactly is an IT Maintenance Plan? Planned IT […]

IT Support Services; Extending the Life on Windows 7

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft announced the end of its commitment to provide 10 full years of product support for Windows 7. This officially ends the life of Windows 7, making way for Windows 10, which is the current flagship operating system of Microsoft. This means, those who continue to use Windows 7 will no longer receive vital updates or technical assistance, which […]

The Importance of IT in a Business

Man has always been an inventor and innovator. In his efforts to make work lighter and faster, man invented the wheel and discovered how to make fire. Through the centuries and to date, man continues to invent and innovate. Inventions and Innovations of Man After the invention of the wheel, the transient man made his travels easier and faster with its invention of […]

How to Setup Out-of-Office Replies

Time off from work is extremely valuable for every person’s well-being. It increases productivity by lowering stress levels and preventing burnout. Upon returning from vacation, one feels refreshed, relaxed, and ready for a productive return at the office. So take advantage of your long weekends and utilize your holidays to get some “me time”, refresh your mind, and be free of worry!  And […]

Windows 7 End of Life

Mark the date. As promised, Microsoft provided 10 years’ worth of support for Windows 7 when it launched the OS back in October 2009. Windows 7 is due to reach the end of life (EOL) on 14 January 2020. What does this mean for the 40% computer users who still runs with Windows 7?  Microsoft says, “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The […]

Difference Between Backup  & Disaster Recovery

As the need to protect IT systems and data is increasing, the terms backup and Disaster Recovery are being more and more used. However, they are more often used in the wrong context than in the right ones. It is very common for people to misunderstand the terms while discussing how one can better protect the data and the systems involved. “Having a […]

Cloud Backup Solutions for Small Business

Regardless of the industry, every business runs on data. Modern business houses recognise the importance of protecting their critical data, which is why they take appropriate measures to safeguard it. One of the basic ways of protecting valuable data is backing it up. It is imperative to have regular backups even for a small business. Data loss happens, and if and when it […]

21st Century Network Security

“Digital freedom stops where that of users begins… Nowadays, digital evolution must no longer be a customer trade-off between privacy and security. Privacy is not to sell; it’s a valuable asset to protect.” – Stephane Nappo Everything related to computers and the Internet has grown tremendously in the 21st Century. The Internet is today’s largest platform that brings nations and communities together in […]

Business Continuity Plan vs Disaster Recovery Plan

Nowadays, we cannot even think of a day without technology. For a business operation point of view, technology is a lot more critical. The functional area of any business relies heavily on the IT infrastructure, i.e. Data storage, networks, hardware, software and so on. Therefore, entrepreneurs or business executives want to craft an effective strategic plan to be successful in every significant event. […]

How To Permanently Stop Spam Emails

No matter what age group we belong to, we all have become so used to keeping up-to-date with technology that we cannot live without having a glance at our emails or IMs several times each day. Right from important official emails to messages about subscribed services, the first thing most of us do in the morning is to check our emails. So much […]

Network Outages – All there is to know

There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting in front of a computer and waiting for a webpage to finish loading. While there might be browser issues, one of the most common reasons behind the endless spinning wheel or beachball is a network outage. The term “network outage” or “downtime” is used to refer to time durations when a system is unavailable owing to technical or […]

4 Ways A Managed Service Provider Can Grow Your Business Like Never Before

Your business actually needs an expert hand! Probably you are not looking for a change right now and you are happy with the way things are with your IT. But can you keep up with your competitors and stay ahead without making adjustments in your infrastructure? With an increasing influx of disruptive technologies, businesses are emerging and accelerating the adoption and deployment of […]

Why Mobile Protection is So Necessary and How to do It?

In our last couple of blogs, we’ve discussed how to protect your network, Cloud, and your organization’s ICT system. But we missed out Mobile security completely. We need to seriously consider security of the most important digital device—mobile phone that remains with us 24/7 and holds most of our sensitive information. In recent years, cybercriminals have been increasingly looking for ways to attack […]

How Kaspersky Cloud Security Acts As An Iron Shield For All Your Data?

To secure your organization from cybercriminals, you must be able to protect your data. And to protect your data at all times, you should know when it’s under potential or actual attack, and by what. Right from APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats), ransom ware, data theft and financial fraud, cyber threats can enter to your data in all shapes and sizes and cause critical […]

Ready to Enhance the Security of MS Office 365 with Kaspersky Security Solution?

Office 365 users may think they are well protected against any kind of cyber threat. But it is not completely secure and can attract a cyber attack, which can be disastrous for their business. Give it a complete protection with Kaspersky Security. DID YOU KNOW THAT 3.5 MILLION EMAILS ARE SENT EVERY SECOND?  IT ONLY TAKES FEW SECONDS TO BRING DOWN YOUR ENTIRE BUSINESS. We […]

How to Introduce Security in Modern Workplace using MS Office 365

In our last couple of blogs, we have discussed a number of exciting features, new add-ons and great flexibility to empower teamwork among employees. As MS Office 365 lets you work on shared documents over Cloud, security in your shared working environment becomes a strong focus. Our modern-day work styles are attracting a large amount of cyber threats – from individual threats to […]

3 New Ways Microsoft Office 365 Streamlines Your Teamwork

Since the beta version of MS Office 365, announced in October 2010, MS office has introduced a holistic workplace solution that empowers everyone to work together in a secure way. Currently, Microsoft office has grown by more than 100 percent and there are more than 135 million monthly commercial office 365 users enjoying its rich functionality.

How SMBs Can Grow Their Business with IT Managed Services?

IT directors, administrators, and CIOs managing enterprise set-ups, spanning multiple cities or countries need efficient and secure networks. It is true that larger organizations have more complex IT requirements compared to the small-to-medium businesses (SMB). However, this doesn’t mean that SMBs don’t need those set-ups. In most small companies or even 250 people, they may have one IT person in place of IT […]

Is Your Business Ready for Latest Cloud Computing Trends in 2019?

2019 will be a year of Technology especially Cloud Services. This is the time to check and analyze your forthcoming business plans and set your New Year objectives. We are already running in the last semester of 2018. Businesses and top management IT executives are considering this on priority. In this article, we are introducing the list of top Cloud Computing trends that […]

Stay Ahead on the Curve with MS Office 365 in 2019

MS Office 365 offers a centralized place to create, collaborate, communicate and get the work done. Since its beta version, announced in October 2010 and its first availability on 28 June 2011 to the current date, MS office 365 has brought the concept of “bring together” for existing online services into “an always-up-to-date cloud service” incorporating Exchange Server (for e-mail), SharePoint (for internal social networking, collaboration, and […]

Why You Shouldn’t Use Free/ Trial-Based Antivirus?

From Uber to Australian Defence and Aussie government banks, 2017 witnessed some biggest security lapses in the last decade. Read these highlights: (Source – As published in CRN News) Uber disclosed in November that hackers had stolen information from up to 57 million rider and driver accounts last year in a massive data breach. The company paid the thieves US$100,000 in October 2016 […]

Kaspersky Complete Protection – Are You Ready for It?

Cybercriminals do not care about the size of your business. They just look for two factors – Is there money? & How difficult is it to attack the victim’s system? This is where Kaspersky security software acts smart to fortify the cyber perimeter for your business protection. Following articles on Kaspersky anti-ransomware solution and Kaspersky endpoint security, in this article, I am going […]

Why Kaspersky Endpoint Security is Perfect for Small/Mid-Size Businesses?

In our previous article, we discussed Kaspersky Anti-ransomware solution for small businesses. As I mentioned – it is not a full-fledged version. For better protection and enhanced security, you need an advanced solution that can understand the critical endpoint security requirements of any business. Kaspersky Endpoint Security can be a perfect fit, especially for small and mid-size businesses. Be it a mobile device […]

Manage Your Risks with Kaspersky Anti-ransomware Solution

From last couple of years, Anti-ransomware Solution is gaining popularity among cybercriminals primarily because of its capacity to restrict access to important files and sensitive data on a victim’s computer. We can’t forget Wannacry 2017 attack and how badly it exploited many businesses with malicious virus for numerous oganizations across the globe. One year has passed and we’re still in danger of ransomware […]

Phishing Scams – What Does It Look Like?

Undoubtedly, Phishing Scam is the most sophisticated cyber-attack from the list of endless security threats. Although it may sound fairly simple, due to its legitimate appearance, it is one of the proven tactics adopted by hackers for duping a victim and capturing his private information. The attacker masquerades himself as a trusted entity that you may think is harmless, for instance; a request […]

Beyond Just Outsourcing! Let’s Be A Managed Services Partner

Tight budgets, limited resources! Are you facing a similar situation in your business? If yes, what’s your plan to drive your business forward and make it more profitable in current situation? When businesses are in growth cycles or experiencing a slowdown the top priority is how to manage budgets prudently so that it supports growth and scales the operations in a secure and […]

How to Safeguard Your Network On Cloud?

With more data and systems on the Cloud, network security has become more important than ever. A recent RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud survey reports 96% respondents use cloud services of which 81% respondents have a multi-cloud strategy (Survey was done on 997 tech pros). These statistics clearly point to the fact that most companies are using one or other form of […]

A 4-Step Formula to Calculate the Cost of Downtime for Your Business

Ever thought how downtime can hurt your business, especially because of an IT issue? For years, one universal standard to measure downtime is calculating the “cost to business”. However, the overall loss to the business is much bigger than we can actually see. The impact of a single IT failure on the top or bottom line of a business cannot be measured by […]

Are My Files Really Safe If I Store Them in the Cloud?

We are producing more data than ever before. According to computer giant IBM, more than 2.5 quintillion bytes is produced every day and it’s growing fast. There were an estimated 6.4 billion connected “things” in 2016, up 30% from the previous year. We are also continuously sending and receiving data over digital networks. This unstoppable growth is unsustainable if we don’t act smart and manage the chunks […]

7 Must-Follow Steps to Keep Your Cryptocurrency Safe

Did you know a lot of people have lost Bitcoins worth in tens of thousands of Dollars which could have been prevented by proper safety precautions? Because of popularity, you need to focus on security measures to keep your wallets and investment portfolios safe. Think of it, if you have a weak link in your crypto security, it wouldn’t take much to hack the wallet […]

Are You Ready to Protect Yourself from Malware in 2018?

Spyware, Ransomware, Malware, Keyloggers, Scareware… there are endless names of cybercriminals who are constantly searching for their next big target. It seems like these malicious software/programs lurk around every corner of the internet. Be it threatening email attachment, false advertisements or any pop-up message, cybercriminals find the subtle way every time to reach their target and steal personal information/data. As you are aligning […]

Grow Your Business in 2018 Through Powerful Email Features Offered by MS Office 365

Do you know there are 4.3 billion people with an email account worldwide?* 91% people check their emails every day as published in a ‘Salesforce’ article. These facts clearly point out that ‘Email’ is the most powerful way of communication, especially for organizations.  You will be surprised to know that 269 billion emails are sent per day and an average of 121 emails […]

A Complete Guide To ICT Business Growth Planning in 2018

We’ve already stepped into 2018 and this is the time to thinking about upcoming plans, business growth and targets to achieve in 2018. But how can you ensure that your business is ready to scale for growth in 2018? That’s why I have put together a business guide that plans out the IT infrastructure needed for your business. Let’s begin by thinking what […]

MS Office 365 Powerful Content Creation Features: Unleash the Power

My previous article on MS Office 365 explained its growing network and its worldwide availability in over 246 markets and 44 languages. By now, we know for a fact that Office 365 provides the broadest and deepest set of apps and services with a universal toolkit for teamwork, giving people flexibility and choice in how they connect, share, and communicate.

‘Ready to Go-To-Office’ Experience With MS Office 365 | ICTechnology

Whether you are working in your office premises or on-the-go, enjoy the benefits of MS office 365 new apps, features, and top-of-the-line set of productivity tools. Office 365 accelerates the path of ‘digital transformation’ by adding new extensions to your work.  With its universal toolkit, it gives the flexibility to streamline teamwork, provides flexibility and choice of how people can connect, share and […]

Cybersecurity: How to Stay Secure? Always

According to a popular article by Forbes, more than 200 billion things will be connected via Internet by 2020. Everything including cars, planes, homes, cities, and even animals are getting connected through technological intervention. As technology is getting more and more deeply integrated into our lives, cyber risk is becoming bigger than ever.

Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud vs. Hybrid Cloud Storage: How to Choose the right virtual network?

Moving to the Cloud for running and storing information for your business is no longer a new idea but has become a standard practice. According to the 2017 survey on Cloud adoption by RightScale, 95% of respondents are running their applications on Cloud storage.

Top Reasons to Choose ‘Skype for Business’ for Your Organisation | ICTechnology

According to a popular survey report by the famous news and reviews channel ‘CommsTrader’, more than 55% of organisations use Skype for Business for internal communication. Being a fully-functional business communication tool, it allows seemless connectivity between coworkers or business partners anywhere in the world. To grow an organization, a great team is the corner stone and to build a great team, great […]

6 Best Add-Ons from MS Office 365 for Your Smoother IT Operations

MS Office 365 is one of the “fastest growing tools” in the history of cloud computing. According to Microsoft, an increment of almost 150% is recorded among small and medium size businesses (SMBs) adopting this technology, as compared to the last year. Some amazing features that make it so popular are business continuity, scalability, efficiency, and data recovery. If you are still unsure […]

Kaspersky Small Office Security– A Quick Anti Ransomware Solution for SMBs

Over the years, IT security has been a big concern among many business organisations. In 2015 and 2016, a large number of cyber incidents involving ransomware were registered at Kaspersky lab. A large ransomware family including ExPetr, WannaCry, Bitman, Onion, Shade, Mor, Locky, CryptXXX, Zerber, Shade, Crysis, Cryrar, Snocry, Cryptodef and Spora tried to extort money from businesses in exchange for their sensitive […]

Top 5 Things Your IT Disaster Recovery Plan should Cover !

Most organizations know the risk of security attacks and hence they usually have a IT disaster recovery (DR) plan to protect their businesses. Chances are, you are also following a DR plan for the safety of your business. How would you recognise that your DR plan is robust that it will stand a deadly ransomware attack? Do you recall the Brisbane, BEC Scam […]

Are You Still Unsure About Cloud Computing? 3 Myths Busted!

In today’s highly dynamic work environment, Cloud Computing is a proven technology to make your business more efficient and thus, profitable.  According to different researches and statistics numbers, incorporating Cloud technology to any business, big or small, results in high quality of services with the lowest expenses on operational needs. 27% of the larger organisations have already shifted their ERP to the Cloud […]

Top 5 Reasons Why SMBs Should Use IT Managed Services

According to a popular research, 80% of companies including SMBs that adopt ‘Cloud Computing’ see improvements in their IT spend within six months. Another report by ‘Telsyte’ forecasts that the total market value for Public Cloud infrastructure services in Australia will reach up to $775 million by 2019 from $366 million in 2015. These facts are a clear indication that SMBs can achieve […]

Why SMBs should Partner with Managed Services Providers (MSPs)

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest concerns for businesses today. Small and medium size companies try to follow their larger counterparts by adopting new skills to manage security but usually fall short because of several reasons. It can be due to the lack of infrastructure they currently have, the tools they deploy or the process they adopt to drive these services. Check out […]

Security, Backup, Connectivity – Three Pillars That Can Guard Your Business From Hackers.

Many of us are still trying to recover from the recent Ransomware ‘WannaCry’ attack that affected almost 150 countries and 4,00,000 machines across the globe. If you were one of the victims and are still contemplating a security and backup solution, you are stretching your luck too much. According to computer security experts, the first thing you need to identify is – What […]

You Must Have Read ‘Ransomware Attacks Are On A Rise’. You May Be Next…

Ransomware is the biggest money maker for cybercriminals in current day and age. According to the latest report by European authorities, Ransomware Attacks has impacted over 10,000 organisations and 200,000 individuals in over 150 countries. These cyber-attacks are real threats to any business including small & medium size companies (SMBs). Many SMB enterprises think that they are too small for hackers to target. According to […]

10 Amazing ‘Office 365’ Features For Every Small & Medium Business to Know

Office 365 offers a full range of tools to make you and your organisation more productive. Although, you might be used to your old interface but Office 365’s amazing features can revolutionise the way you work, collaborate with your team-mates and do business. Office 365 is a Cloud based environment but it can be installed on your computer for best experience of MS […]

5 Biggest Roadblocks You Will Face While Migrating to Office 365.

Planning to migrate to Office 365 or ‘Cloud’ from an on-premises environment will bring an impressive array of enterprise level functionality to your small/mid siz business. An organisation can utilise compelling benefits by migrating their emails or docs to one single server, hosted in Microsoft Public Cloud i.e. ‘Office 365’. Office 365 is one of the hottest trends to create, communicate and share any […]