News from Kinetics

A simple but effective hack is back

A classic phishing technique has been updated and is reaping rewards for hackers. Delivery is by email or web popup.  You are asked to take a survey (often for the chance to win something) or invited to sign in to download a file.   Next you are prompted to enter a login or password to prove your identity.  They ask you to enter your Facebook, [...]

Security Alert – WannaCry

There is currently a worldwide security alert associated with the latest ransomware attack - 'WannaCry'. Media coverage has been heightened as the exploit itself was originally discovered by the NSA in the US. Further newsworthiness was added when the first notified attack caused major issues with UK National Health computers. The issue affects servers as [...]

Microsoft Cloud Productivity Winner!

  In the ‘Cloud Productivity’ category, we were finalists with Datacom and Provoke – two of the largest IT service providers in New Zealand.  Datacom is a billion dollar business!!!  While we aren’t exactly small, it is reassuring to know that the services and work we provide for NZ’s economic engine room (ie SME’s) is as [...]

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 [...]


Jacobsen needed confidence in their IT direction.  As a distributor of premium flooring products in a highly competitive industry, IT is crucial to Jacobsen’s – from managing sales and opportunities to tracking shipments, managing HR and forward planning, all aspects of the business are reliant on IT. The business needs to make the right [...]