We are moving!

Over Easter weekend we are moving to 1B, 3 Melrose Street, [...]

Microsoft Office competency testing

  Measuring the productivity of chickens is easy … you just count the eggs. Measuring productivity of those using Microsoft Office is much trickier. Recently a number of clients have asked about benchmarking their users’ skill, so they can focus staff development and training on specific organisational needs. We have been looking at [...]

Reduce email clutter…

Microsoft have introduced ‘Teams’ into Office365.  It is a new application that’s included in most commercial Office365 plans. The concept behind Teams is a chat-based workspace, the idea being that we have collaborative conversations.  It’s about having a conversation (rather than an avalanche of emails) that flows with different people [...]

Six tips to stop your network being hacked

CryptoLocker changed the threat landscape by monetising what had essentially been an amateur pursuit.  Professionals are now making serious money by hacking into businesses, encrypting their data their and holding them to ransom.  This is happening right now, right here in New Zealand. There are a lot measures that can be taken to reduce the risk [...]

Password expiry SOLVED

These days it seems everyone has multiple devices.  Desktops, tablet’s, smart phones, iPad and Surfaces.   With more choices of what we work on, we have more choices about how, where and when we work. But not all these devices have the same abilities, which results in behavioral inconsistencies.  As we become more mobile, it's becoming more [...]

Kinetics are Triple Finalists in the 2017 Microsoft Partner Awards

Kinetics Group is proud to be selected as a finalist in three categories for the Microsoft 2017 Partner Awards - 'Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions', 'Cloud Productivity' and 'Learning'. There are several things that are remarkable about this. In the 'Cloud Productivity' category, we are finalists alongside Datacom and Provoke - two of the [...]

This week’s social engineering hack

The latest attempt to trick you into opening an infected document.  Includes swearing and then a new enticing warning message. Today I received this message (I have edited out the swear word.) yea , we finally did it. here is the bank confirmation: bofa_card_statement_bill.doc now fXXk off and try not to contact me again or else. On Feb [...]

Office365 Updates

There's nothing like seeing the computer display hall at MOTAT to be reminded of how much things change and how quickly.  One of the sayings I heard late last year was that never in history has business has never changed faster than  now, and yet it will never change slower than it does now.  Wow! So it's great to know our tools are keeping up with [...]

Cloud could be a waste of time…

Is the Cloud helping you drive your bottom line - Are you doing the same stuff the same way or using the cloud to do new things better? The cloud is game changer, but to really win with the cloud you do have to change your game. For a long time, the cloud was sold as a means of turning capital costs into operating costs – a finance option. The [...]


That’s right, a CryptoLocker Stopper. It appears so, at least for some forms of the beast. This amazing bit of technology has been around for a while. But at price point that was more Fortune 500 than SME. Now WatchGuard (they’re a firewall manufacture) has made APT Blocker (Advanced Persistent Threat Blocker) technology affordable. As [...]