Loyal I.T. Solutions will be closed from midday December 22nd through to 8:30am on Monday January 8th. We will have select members of our team available for emergencies between these two dates. Should you require emergency assistance during that time, please contact our office on 02 4337 0700 for instructions.
We thank all of our clients for your continued support during 2017. Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018.
|Posted in: Misc|
It's happened again. Yahoo reports there has been a huge data leak of the email addresses and passwords of 771 million people. I did not escape the breach, nor did many of the email addresses we use at Loyal I.T.
Currently, it is unknown where the breach occurred, but it is important for everyone who has been breached, to update your password to something new and most importantly, something strong. Strong passwords are generally over 8 characters long, contain a capital letter, a number and a symbol.
To check to see if your email address and password have been compromised, visit https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and enter your email address. If you have been pwned (the internet's cute way of saying "owned") then it is suggested to change the password for that email account and for any accounts you use that email address to log in to.
With any luck you won't see:
If you need assistance with updating your passwords, please contact us on 02 4337 0700.
|Posted in: Security|
Michael T & Naomi piled into Brendan's car on a Tuesday morning recently, ready to take on the "big smoke" Darling Harbour, Sydney to attend the annual I.T. trade show CeBIT.
For Michael & Brendan, this was not their first time however, for Naomi it was. Naomi was busy questioning the guys on the drive down about all things I.T. in the hope to get her "geek on".
We arrive & it is on! There were multiple speakers, stands galore & geeks (I mean, I.T. like people) everywhere!
Our first stop was the speaker who discussed "IoT" meaning "Internet of Things". This was actually really interesting speech, in short, the Internet of Things refers to the growing network of connected objects that are able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors. Cars, lights, refrigerators, watches and other appliances can all be connected to the IoT.
Some applications are:
- Smart homes ie Lights that can be dimmed, T.V systems that can be programmed, air conditioners that can be switched on etc all from your mobile phone.
- Wearables ie Smart Watches like the Fitbit and Apple Watch
- Connected Car ie streaming music from the internet in your car
The speaker also touched on how the cost of I.T. infrastructure has reduced dramatically over the years, one key point he made was back in the day, it would cost approx. $10k for 1 TB of data storage in the Cloud, now it costs around $100.00 for 1 TB of data storage in the Cloud.
After this talk, and being wowed with an I.T. overload, we needed to top up our energy reserves with an impromptu yummy lunch on the Harbour edge, where we spared a thought for our colleagues who were holding the fort in our absence..
Recharged and ready to go, we were straight back into the trade show, where we were dazzled by the robotic dog.
Got to play with Lego.
We tried to win a cute, fluffy evil Watchguard Ransombear but, we completely bombed out.
Got to sit in a driverless Pod car that is going to become the way we travel in cities in the near future.
and we had an amazing (lifelike) drawing of the "A Team" done on the Smart Kapp board by newspaper cartoonist, Peter Byrne.
This whiteboard could live stream the image to a nearby TV screen and when done, the image emailed in PDF format to selected email addresses. Amazing technology.
All in all, we had a great day learning all about the IoT, or as Microsoft like to say "IoYT - Internet of Your Things".
|Posted in: Team News Misc IT|
As you may be aware, the tech news headlines over the past week have been dominated by the new strain of ransomware called "WannaCry". This ransomware leverages a bug in Microsoft Windows computers which encrypts all of your data then requests payment in Bitcoin. Those of you who have been following this blog over the years would recognise the modus operandi of this ransomware being very similar to that of the original Cryptolocker ransomware. There is nothing technically different about this ransomware however, the method of infection and the amount of Bitcoin requested differ from the original Cryptolocker ransomware.
Ransomware usually infects a computer when a user opens a phishing email which then infects that computer with WannaCry. Once installed, WannaCry uses the EternalBlue exploit developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to spread through local networks and remote hosts, that have not been updated with the most recent security updates, to directly infect any exposed systems. The infected computer then displays a message which demands a ransom for the decryption of your data. What's different about WannaCry is that it demands only $300US worth of Bitcoin (which doubles after 3 days if not actioned). This is considerably less than previous ransomware products which can easily demand 4-5 times that amount of Bitcoin.
A "critical" patch had been issued by Microsoft on 14 March 2017 to remove the underlying vulnerability for supported systems, nearly two months before the attack in May, but the affected organisations had not yet applied it.
For those of you on Loyal I.T.'s Managed Services, the installation of these patches has been performed automatically and as a result, those PC's and servers that are managed, are not vulnerable to this attack. Loyal I.T.'s recommended antivirus product, Vipre Antivirus, detects and quarantines WannaCry before it can encrypt any data.As we follow Microsoft's Best Practices, all PC's and servers we setup have Windows Updates configured and activated. However, if you would like Loyal I.T. to confirm the patches have been applied to your systems, please contact us on 02 4337 0700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to log a ticket.
|Posted in: News Windows Networking Security|
(Yes, World Backup Day is a thing)
Did you know that over 60 million computers will fail worldwide in the next 12 months? 1 in 10 computers will be infected with a virus every month? 29% of disasters are caused by accident? What would you do if you lost everything? It's a scary prospect considering that 30% of people have never backed up their data! Don't let this happen to you.
When was the last time you backed up your data?
Is your data recoverable if there was a disaster?
Who checks your backup to make sure it is working?
If you answered "I don't know" to any of these questions, Loyal I.T. Solutions can help. Our offsite backup solution ensures your data is backed up, recoverable and that a human checks your backup status daily. Also, any backup maintenance required is included in the low monthly cost.
For the month of April, we are offering free installation and 1 month free of our offsite backup service ($400+ saving). Call us to discuss your backup needs. Place an order with us in what we are calling "World Backup Day Month" to secure your special pricing.
To learn more about World Backup Day visit the website: http://www.worldbackupday.com.
|Posted in: Services IT|
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