Navigating the Dangers of VoIP

Security issues you need to be aware of before considering VoIP                        

By Jim Carroll

Times used to be simpler when phone lines were just that, but today there are more and more companies in New Zealand moving to the more complicated VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) system for their phone lines. This is in part due to advances in technology, but also partly enforced by telecoms companies like Spark suggesting they won’t support the legacy phone lines in future. Continue reading “Navigating the Dangers of VoIP”

Strengthen Your Password Policy

The simple why and how of passwords for Kiwi SMEs.

Written by: Mark Ternent – GTB IT Solutions

Small to medium size kiwi businesses are increasingly being targeted by unscrupulous hackers, and cyber-criminals which often leads to loss of confidential data, intellectual property and can result in considerable business disruption. Poor password security is one of the key methods these cyber-criminals use to gain access to your systems. We want to highlight some of the fundamental threats you’re facing and guide you through implementing a strong password policy for your business.

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Managing Your Staff Remotely

How to Make the Most Out of Working From Home!

Written by: Delia Gill

Due to recent world events, most people have now had the opportunity to try out working remotely in one way or another, especially those who work from New Plymouth. It’s also been an opportunity to test out our IT systems when working from home and to see if they’re up to the task of simulating being in an in-person environment.

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Proactive vs Reactive IT Management

 Written by: Phil Strang – Technology Partners

How a proactive approach can save you money and mitigate risk

 Do you find yourself so caught up in other areas of your business that you tend to only manage your IT when things go wrong or it becomes an absolute must?

This is called reactive IT Management. With it, brings a mountain of stress, disruption and blown budgets.

A proactive approach to IT management doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In fact, it can save you money and keep you focused on doing what you do best.

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The SharePoint Shakedown

Let’s Pivot to remote work! But wait… how?

Written by Linda Montgomery, Rob Facer & Chris Curran  – IT Center, Wanaka

The environment in which we operate has significantly changed over the last few months. Businesses in [add your location here] have been driven to embrace remote working. There has been no better time to question the efficiency of your workflows and systems. A business simply needs to have online functionality and the ability for staff to continue to work remotely. The need for increased collaboration and file sharing amongst teams is essential, which is where SharePoint can offer an excellent solution. How? Read on..

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Be Warned about Backups!

Why back up your Microsoft 365 data

Written by: Peter Marshall – Voicecom Technologies 

It’s fair to say that within the [your location] business community, COVID-19 has really pushed our business into the cloud. Whilst Microsoft provides powerful services within Microsoft 365, it is important to note that comprehensive backup of your Microsoft 365 data is not one of them. Of over 1,000 IT Pros surveyed, 81% experienced data loss.[i] This can be from simple user error to major data security threats like ransomware. The misconception that Microsoft fully backs up your data on your behalf is common and could result in damaging repercussions which is why it’s important to know what areas you are responsible for.

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