News from Kinetics

No one is completely immune!

Hackers can strike anyone. If well-resourced organisations like Honda, Lion NZ and Fisher & Paykel Appliances can fall victim to hackers, then anyone can. I don’t have specific knowledge of what happened at these organisations, but it’s a safe bet they are well run with good teams, education in place, appropriate policies and an audit process. [...]

Maximum Power in Windows (aka extending battery life)

Many of us now rely on laptops and we are used to finding the battery runs out of charge all to quickly. Windows pops up a warning saying the battery is running low, and the pressure goes on you to finish up your work before the battery expires. Inevitably when this happens, you don’t have a charger with you so that just adds to the [...]

Stay COVID safe (or what COVID taught us about IT security)

Coronavirus isn’t the only virus causing harm. Hackers have been busy trying to trick us into clicking on their fake websites and getting infected with Malware. They’ve had fake donation sites, particularly a fake World Health Organisation fund, fake COVID-19 maps loaded with Malware, or even email threats to infect you, or your family, with COVID [...]

New in Microsoft TEAMS

Necessity has made us all experts in video-calling, and it’s left us wanting more! During lockdown, we got the ability to change the video call background so other participants couldn’t see where you were really calling from, provided you were using a machine that was powerful enough to process the backgrounds. There are a couple of hacks [...]

How does the post-COVID19 lockdown impact your IT planning?

Every business webinar is talking about the rush to get businesses back up to speed quickly, and test new business models to be more resilient over the coming weeks and months.   In the same breath, they tell us things will never be the same again - whether its the risk of continued disruption, or the opportunity of more work-from-home, or new [...]

What can you expect to see as Office 365 becomes Microsoft 365?

Whenever Microsoft say they are changing something to make it less confusing, most of us get a little cynical.  The reality is that there are so many Microsoft tools we use every day, that it can be confusing,  From Windows to Office to Teams to Dynamics and Azure, there is a huge product range and some of these are sold in bundles that work across these [...]

What’s in the latest version of Windows 10 – 2004 (aka 2020h1)

Coming – ready or not – while we cope with the challenges of the pandemic and changes to how we work, we also get changes to Windows. Firstly, be aware this is effectively a new load of Windows – its much more than a service pack. So, what’s new? Well, surprisingly for the size of the update, there is relatively little in the way of [...]

FREE Covid-19 Health Contact App

Are you ready for the move back to COVID-19 Level 3? Are you ready to track visits of your staff to other workplaces, or visitors to your workplace? It's not just tracking visits.  You have an obligation to check you are not exposing your staff to COVID-19 either in your workplace or where they visit.  If government agencies asked you for a list of [...]

Americans Report US$13 Million in Losses From Coronavirus Scams

The United States’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received more than 17,000 complaints from U.S. consumers who reported total losses in excess of US$13 million from COVID-19 related scams. The crime that was reported the most was the rather broad category of fraud with 9,634 complaints, with 46.4% of them reporting a loss. It’s safe to say that [...]

Dodging dodgy websites

Not too long ago, (some) businesses tried to limit websites that people could visit during working hours. They blocked social sites and Trademe and so forth. The logic was that people should be working, not surfing the net. Luckily this seems to have faded – staff are trusted, albeit tracking the website activity of your teams might still be of [...]