KINETICS NEWS

Windows 10 1909 – what’s in the latest update?

At last – Windows 10 1909 – the long awaited second Windows 10 update for 2019.  Were you waiting for it?  Actually it’s unlikely!  In fact the first update, from March, is only just rolling out now, so it will be some time before this version hits your PC or laptop. On the surface, its mainly minor feature updates.  Behind the scenes, [...]

“Request for Information” warning

A recently released report on the Botnet 'MasterMana' has highlighted a simple but effective social engineering technique. MasterMana has been spreading via emails requesting information on products or services offered by the target company.  The email is accompanied by a spreadsheet and the recipient is requested to fill in the products/service details [...]

Why does my laptop feel like it’s contributing to global warming?

Have you ever noticed how your laptop gets quite warm. Sometimes if you are actually using it on your lap, it can get a little uncomfortable. Or why your phone gets hot enough to toast bread? The reason might surprise you. Of course, we’re so used to the slim machines we enjoy today that we often forget how big laptops used to be. Miniaturisation has [...]

Those scamming so and so’s

In September, Kinetics held a lunchtime IT security event focused around a presentation by our CTO Bill Lunam. After taking us though an abridged history of the internet, and an update on the current status of Internet crime,  Bill explained some specific’s around the types of hack taking place, the impact they can have on a business and what [...]

Bigger than Texas?

Its easy to think of security as something that’s only for larger organisations. They can afford the fancy systems that lock down networks, wireless connections and endpoint PCs & mobile devices. After all, aren't they the only organisations that hackers target? We’ve debunked that myth many times, pointing out how hackers attack SMEs in mass, [...]

Scamming your payroll

Keep an eye on your payroll! We're hearing about a but it's bound to come to our shores soon.  It's probably more likely to be effective in larger businesses or ones with an outsourced payroll. Essentially, the scammers try to intercept staff salary/wage payments and redirect it to their accounts. They do this through two avenues. 1) They [...]

Would you click on either of these?

You are most vulnerable when you are busy, frantically jumping from call to call, meeting to meeting, distraction to distraction.   So when you get a dodgy email,  it's very easy to open it. Thankfully (or rather - thanks to Microsoft ATP) , the message 'unsafe attachments blocked' was a good warning. Then of course, a closer inspection [...]

Why old versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft SQL are putting you at risk

Modernise your infrastructure and future-proof your technology   Prepare for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 end of support With the end of support for Windows Server 2008 fast approaching, and SQL Server 2008 recently expired, now is the time to start thinking about modernising your infrastructure. Extended Support for Windows Server [...]

Why you should care about BlueKeep

Regular readers will know that we are fanatical about updates and patches for all critical software.  The world is more connected and the cyber-crime community is more organised and determined than ever. If you think cyber-criminals are teenage kids working from home, think again! We're seeing more and more hack attempts every day and is just [...]

9 Common Excel Mistakes

We were reminded of the risks of messing up spreadsheets in a recent : The scary fact they quote is that are wrong! The consequences of relying on bad information as a result can be insane! That reminded me of a couple of lessons from years ago in terms of good spreadsheet design.   1. Check calculations It’s so easy, especially when [...]