Online Grooming

How to Protect Your Children from Online Grooming & Bullying

It’s a sad fact of life these days that barely a day goes by where you log onto a news website and don’t see an article about another child being the victim of online grooming, or another victim of online bullying. For those that may not know what the term online grooming means, it’s the practice of enticing children into …

VoIP Phone Handset

Like it or not, you’ll end up with VoIP

We’ve spoken with a number of businesses lately, and we’ve seen a number of posts on various social media channels from small businesses, looking for phone services but stating “No VoIP”. When we tell them EVERYONE is being forced on to VoIP by the NBN, he or she look at us in amazement. “Why weren’t they told this?” they ask. …

Don't blame the NBN before you check these things.

Is it the NBN, or is it you?

We’ve all heard the horror stories about the NBN. The problems with the rollout have been documented widely. “It’s Slow” or “It doesn’t work”. But sometimes it’s just not the NBN’s fault. We recently read an article a lady had written on a major news website (http://www.theage.com.au/comment/you-can-get-more-out-of-your-nbn–if-you-pay-for-it-and-wait-long-enough-20171213-h03pmb.html) about how she had been given the run around when her wifi speed …

Four Reasons You Should Never Use Free Public wifi Hotspots.

Free public wifi hotspots are everywhere these days. But while they may seem convenient, are they really worth the cost? We don’t think so, and here are 4 reasons why. Free public wifi hotspots are email harvesting machines Most larger places now require you to provide them with your email address to get access to their “free” public wifi hotspot. …

Why we don’t do break / fix IT.

We get lots of inquiries from people looking for break / fix IT support. That is, they want us on call when something goes wrong, but don’t want a monthly support plan. There are two main reasons we don’t provide this service. Focus on the client (that’s you). Managed service clients receive a Service Level Agreement, meaning they’re guaranteed a …

HOW TO: Protect Your Business From WannaCry (and other nasties)

Unless you’ve had your head under a rock for the last few days, you will have heard about a nasty piece of malware called WannaCry. It took government agencies and businesses large and small hostage over the weekend last. WannaCry – what is it? It’s a piece of software that uses a security hole in Windows to install a package …

A 5 Year Contract for your phone lines? Tell ’em they’re dreaming!

I recently visited an existing client and got to talking to them about their phone lines. They advised me they’d just signed a 5 year (YEAR!) contract with Optus, that Optus given them a really good rate. I almost had to pick my chin up off the floor. For my signature on a 5 year  landline contract, they’d almost have to pay …

Online Storage Services Are Not Replacements for a Proper Server

I keep hearing about businesses using storage services like Box, Drive, Dropbox etc. as their primary storage for intellectual property. In fact I just saw a Box PR video with a fashion retailer proclaiming the virtue of this. They store designs, photos, company financials – EVERYTHING in Box. To be honest my mind boggles. If your designs or digital assets …

How Desktop as a Service can Help Small Business

A lot of small businesses struggle with the question of providing their staff with a computer (and the costs associated with that) or letting them bring their own device (BYOD) and the potential security risks that can pose. There’s a third way. Desktop as a Service. What is Desktop as a Service? Desktop as a Service is a term used …

Backup Your Office Computers (If You’re Not Already) – 3 Reasons Why

You’ve heard it all before – “Make sure you keep a backup of your computers and their data.” But why? Here are the three reasons we give our clients to use an off-site, cloud based backup service. But before we get started, we’re not talking about Dropbox or Google Drive or OneDrive here. They are file synchronisation services, not “backup” …