News from Kinetics

Google Chrome – Urgent Security Warning

    Google has reported a security issue in the Chrome browser. This issue is known to attackers and it is already being exploited by some. All versions of Chrome are affected.   Google have released an update for Windows, Mac and Linux users. There is not yet an update available for Mobile Devices (IOS or Android) or [...]

Are you really at threat from Cyber-Crime? 2 trillion reasons to say YES.

In New Zealand, the National Cyber Security Centre (NZ Govt - ) reports they reduced harm in NZ by $27.7 million in 2018/19. We know that’s just the tip of the iceberg – most cyber crime still goes unreported and certainly doesn’t get stopped by the NZSC. In fact, only 339 incidents were reported to them – but still, that’s a $100,000 per [...]

What will the 20’s decade bring?

There’s a debate raging in our office as to whether the new decade begins this year, 2020, or next, 2021.  Regardless, we can all agree on the vast change in everyday technology since 2010. It’s a great time to reflect on what we might see in the next ten years, using the massive rate of change over the last ten.  Back in 2010, could we ever [...]

Is your Bluetooth safe?

Bluetooth has become ubiquitous.  We use it to connect our phones, laptops, keyboards, mice, headphones, speakers, cars – more and more each day. Even watches now! It seems to have got easier, maybe because we’re so practised with it.  Bluetooth is everywhere.   Hackers like to go after things that are in common use.  That makes sense, [...]

THREE EDGE TIMESAVERS

It’s a point of pride among many users to immediately swap out their default web browser on Windows from Edge to something else.   To be fair, that’s because Microsoft’s past browsers have fallen behind the marketplace – other browsers are faster and more compatible with more websites.  In fact, we found some of the various support and admin [...]

Taking your business to Azure Cloud – and beyond

We’ve all heard the benefits of moving to cloud. There’s the ability to scale resources up and down, a reduction in infrastructure and maintenance costs, easy accessibility, and improved security, compliance and disaster recovery, with your data housed in highly secure data centres. Gartner has forecast the public cloud market services market to [...]

HELPING BUSINESSES TAKE FLIGHT IN AZURE CLOUD

When premier New Zealand law firm Mayne Wetherell’s on-premise servers hit end of life, they had two options: Invest in new servers or find a new way of running their IT. A Kinetics best practice IT review shone a light on the company’s stakeholder obligations and highlighted their business goals and priorities, enabling us to create an IT strategy [...]

Christmas is the season for… (Our Christmas hours)

For some, Christmas is the season for relaxing and enjoying.  For others it is work, work work!   While a number of our clients take a well-earned break at this time of year, it's the busy season for others. We have a crew working every business day through the holiday season and rostered support for after hours including [...]

How FlightPlan helped a leading legal firm

Every year, premier Kiwi law firm Mayne Wetherell takes on up to 8 graduates and summer clerks as part of its popular recruitment programme.  But on-premise hardware and perpetually licensed software are not by their nature made for rapidly scaling services up and down. Add to the mix an ageing IT infrastructure and you’ve got the perfect [...]