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Making Teams meetings more fun with avatars

Making Teams meetings more fun with avatars

Do you groan inwardly (or outwardly) at the very thought of another video call or meeting? Even though, these calls and meetings have become a common part of the modern ...
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Windows 12: Everything you need to know

Windows 12: Everything you need to know

Although Windows 11 is barely a year old, we have already begun hearing rumours about Windows 12, which we expect to have by 2024. We have plenty of time until this next ...
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Are you sharing sensitive data on Microsoft Teams

Are you sharing sensitive data on Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has now become one of the business world's most useful tools for the modern workplace and the way we work today. Wherever your staff may be located, they can ...
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Is your Zoom download safe or bogus and full of malware

Is your Zoom download safe or bogus and full of malware

When you consider tools for working remotely Zoom is probably one of the first applications you would think of. Cyber thieves have taken advantage of the fact that the ...
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Move to the cloud or not? | That is the Question

Move to the cloud or not? | That is the Question

To start, Who what and where is the cloud. Good question! A common perception of the term “cloud” could lead us to believe that your data is stored “somewhere” in the ...
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Why Android 13 is the Safest Option for Your Business.

Why Android 13 is the Safest Option for Your Business.

Smartphones have changed our everyday Life. That means that most of your staff are likely to use their phones for work-related purposes. Everyone does it. The problem ...
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Strong Passwords are Vital

Strong Passwords are Vital

Strong Passwords are Vital, However, everything about them seems so difficult. Unfortunately Great passwords are: Difficult to think upEven harder to rememberIt's very ...
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Make sure your cloud server is protected from this

Make sure your cloud server is protected from this

Using a cloud server to drive your business’s technologies is a clever idea. The benefits of cloud services can be extensive. You can use as little or as much storage as your ...
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Your USB cable will soon get a speed boost

Your USB cable will soon get a speed boost

Your USB cable is about to get a speed boost. Everybody is familiar with USB. Since 1996 we have been utilising it with our computers, and now with mobile devices as ...
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Is your team gullible enough to fall for this trap

Is your team gullible enough to fall for this trap

Cybercriminals are notorious for consistently inventing different ways to trick us into disclosing login details or sensitive data. Thinking that your team might spot an attempted ...
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7 Benefits of Using a Managed Print Service

7 Benefits of Using a Managed Print Service

Here we list 7 Benefits of Using a Managed Print Service. The majority of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) are searching for methods to increase efficiency and reduce expenses. ...
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Why you need to backup your Microsoft 365 data

Why you need to backup your Microsoft 365 data

Whilst Microsoft provides powerful services within Microsoft 365, it is important to note that comprehensive backup of your Microsoft 365 data is not one of them. Of over 1,000 ...
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Are you using a malicious browser extension?

Are you using a malicious browser extension?

There are hundreds of thousands of browser extensions designed to help us to save time, be more productive, and personalise our online experience. And while the majority of ...
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How to get the perfect video call setup, whatever your budget

How to get the perfect video call setup, whatever your budget

Have you noticed how hybrid and remote workers fall into one of two categories when it comes to video calling? The first group are those who use the built-in webcam on their ...
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Windows 10 is getting a very useful Windows 11 feature

Windows 10 is getting a very useful Windows 11 feature

There’s no denying that Windows 11 has a lot of really cool new features. If you haven’t made the move from Windows 10 yet, you’re missing out. But there’s good news, ...
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Cyber Security | What can you do to secure your business

Cyber Security | What can you do to secure your business

What should I be doing to secure my business? One of the first realisations about CyberSecurity is that security is much more than stopping people “hacking in” It is ...
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Under pressure to take urgent action? Stop and think

Under pressure to take urgent action? Stop and think

Phishing scams are one of the biggest security threats to your business right now. A massive 83% of organisations said they suffered successful attacks last year. And with just ...
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Budgeting for IT hardware and leasing options

Budgeting for IT hardware and leasing options

Nothing is more true than the fact that IT moves quickly these days! Part of keeping up with IT and the rapid changes is making sure that your business has the right equipment ...
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Protecting your IT equipment from weather events

Protecting your IT equipment from weather events

Given the recent spate of storm events, and the weather experts saying we’re going to get more in the future, now is the time to check your IT gear is protected from weather ...
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Is working from home really good for your business?

Is working from home really good for your business?

Working from home. Or remote working, as it’s now called. It’s the big thing in business, isn’t it? And some people love it. They’re happier working where they want, ...
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What does the global chip shortage mean for your business?

What does the global chip shortage mean for your business?

For the past couple of years, the tech world has been struggling with a huge shortage of chips. But it’s not just tech businesses that are feeling the impact. So many ...
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If any of your staff work remotely, you need to be on top of this

If any of your staff work remotely, you need to be on top of this

Remote and hybrid working is now the norm for a lot of people. But a recent survey has found that, despite it being more than two years since many of us were forced to work ...
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 Apps That Could Be a Security Risk

Apps That Could Be a Security Risk

Much of the software and applications you're using today are different from the one your business used before the pandemic. Thus, we all had to make major modifications to the ...
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Microsoft’s taking a responsible leadership position on AI

Microsoft’s taking a responsible leadership position on AI

Microsoft’s decided to retire and rework an AI tool that could not only recognise our facial features, but also identify our mood. Azure Face is an emotion recognition tool. ...
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Ever wondered if your apps are spying on you? Now you can find out

Ever wondered if your apps are spying on you? Now you can find out

It’s no secret that some applications are a little too interested in us and what we’re doing. We’ve all had this experience. You might be talking to a friend about a new ...
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Your business is losing hundreds of hours to spam every year

Your business is losing hundreds of hours to spam every year

Spam emails. Everyone hates them. It’s not just the emotional pain of clearing spam from your inbox. Having to do that is a real productivity killer, too. A recent report ...
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Google Chrome to Block Pesky Notifications

Google Chrome to Block Pesky Notifications

When surfing the web, does it feel as if you're consistently bombarded by content designed to appeal to you? Not only that we have to click on permissions for cookies and ...
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How Small Businesses Can Utilise Penetration Testing

How Small Businesses Can Utilise Penetration Testing

Penetration testing? Maybe later. Besides, why would someone attack a small business when there are big targets out there? This mindset, that a small organisation cannot be ...
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Password Management Helps Your Business Stay Secure

Password Management Helps Your Business Stay Secure

The ever-increasing need for cyber security combined with escalating threats is why it is crucial that all businesses have a strong password management system in place. Weak and ...
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Protecting your IT when Employees Leave

Protecting your IT when Employees Leave

So it didn’t work with your newest employee, in fact it didn’t work out would be an understatement…they left under quite a cloud! A recent Symantec study states that ...
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How a Managed Service provider can help your business

How a Managed Service provider can help your business

In IT we love to use fancy jargon, and a Managed Service provider or MSP is no exception. In this article we will break down what a Managed Service Provider is, how it can help ...
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Five Top IT Tips: Good Working Practices

Five Top IT Tips: Good Working Practices

Five top tips: Good working practices in the office There are so many easy things that you can do to ensure you keep good working practices either at home or in the office. ...
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Cyber security mistakes businesses make

Cyber security mistakes businesses make

In today's business environment, cyber security is more important than ever. However, many businesses make mistakes when it comes to cyber security. One of the biggest mistakes ...
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Communication is key!

Communication is key!

How Microsoft 365 Exchange has revolutionized and simplified communications for a Kapiti Kitchen company. Meet Orchard Joinery Meet Orchard Joinery. A family-owned business ...
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Routers equal Security plus Speed

Routers equal Security plus Speed

More than just that flashing box, lighting up like a disco in the corner of the room, routers play a particularly vital role in keeping your business safe, and your data secure, ...
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Never Use Your Browser's Password Manager

Never Use Your Browser's Password Manager

For a long time now many employees have been in the habit of saving their passwords in the web browser's password manager. Microsoft Edge is even introducing a new and improved ...
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Microsoft Planner and how can it help your business?

Microsoft Planner and how can it help your business?

Many businesses in New Zealand use Microsoft Planner. Planner is a tool within the Microsoft Office 365 suite. Planner is an easy way to organise teamwork with intuitive, ...
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Microsoft 365, the Key to Communication

Microsoft 365, the Key to Communication

We have seen an explosion in the ways we communicate, and, in the ways, we use these forms of communication. The last few years have seen people that would have rather picked up ...
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 Empowering Your Business With Microsoft Teams

Empowering Your Business With Microsoft Teams

Meet Northland Kindergarten Association: The Northland Kindergarten Association or NKA, has 25 kindergartens between Kaitaia in the Far North, to Ruawai in the heart of ...
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Avoid Document Disaster | Empowering your Business

Avoid Document Disaster | Empowering your Business

The POWER Trifecta Solution for Document Automation The environment in which we operate has significantly changed. Businesses in New Zealand have been driven to embrace remote ...
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Document Management | How to Save Time

Document Management | How to Save Time

Meet Quality Foods Southland Meet Quality Foods Southland or QFS for short. What started as a humble bakery and Café in the 1900s by Annie C Miller, grew into New Zealand’s ...
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Top IT Tips for 2022

Top IT Tips for 2022

A New Year is a definitely a chance to kick things off the way you mean to go on. Here is an ITA blog with some top tech tips for 2022 – obviously, ask us at CT Business ...
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Top Christmas Computer Tips

Top Christmas Computer Tips

2021 may be the Christmas that we all collectively exhale and exclaim “Thank goodness this year is over”. However, before you rush out the office door for Christmas time, ...
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Passwords made simple! What is MFA and 2FA?

Passwords made simple! What is MFA and 2FA?

Let’s be honest. Remembering passwords on top of the million other things to do in any given day is a lot. Are your team’s passwords fairly similar across multiple online ...
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Cyber Insurance | Do you need it?

Cyber Insurance | Do you need it?

Cyber Security is a very real threat to businesses in New Zealand these days. Here we look at Cyber Insurance, what it is, what the laws are and why you need it. Why do you need ...
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Microsoft Teams vs. Zoom

Microsoft Teams vs. Zoom

Microsoft Teams or Zoom? Which one is the best for you? Meeting anyone? Remember the good ole days here in the Waikato, when we all used to cram into a conference room, pass ...
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Cyber Security – The Risks and what you can do.

Ransomware threats are on the rise globally, and Cyber Security is the buzzword now for anyone even here in New Zealand. Not only is there a very real threat present for ...
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The new Windows 11 - Its coming this year!

The new Windows 11 - Its coming this year!

It doesn't seem that long ago, that businesses here in New Zealand were told that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows ever. Well, Windows 11 has just been announced ...
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Hacking in Your Own Back Yard

Hacking in Your Own Back Yard

Having compromised IT is way more common than you might think. Often those that have been compromised have no idea they are. It is not just overseas companies that are targeted ...
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The Data Protection Solution

The Data Protection Solution

The Data Protection Solution; How Microsoft DLP (Data Loss Protection) could help keep your data safe. If you are a health practitioner, accountant, lawyer. Marketer, or you deal ...
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New Strains of Covid-19 - Business Risk Reduction and working from home.

New Strains of Covid-19 - Business Risk Reduction and working from home.

With the discovery of more the new and more highly contagious strains of Covid-19 from both the UK and South Africa being detected each day by NZ’s MIQ, many experts feel that ...
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Privacy Breach Reporting

Privacy Breach Reporting

The Resurgence of Privacy Breach Reporting. There has been an unprecedented amount of hacking and ransomware attacks both in the Waikato and New Zealand in 2020. As a result, in ...
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The Cyber Security Threat Landscape

The Cyber Security Threat Landscape

Now, more than ever, it is important to secure your data. Cybersecurity threats to your organisation, your staff and your clients are becoming a regular occurrence here in the ...
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Transparency in Tech

Transparency in Tech

Working remotely has brought many challenges as well as silver linings to the way we now do business. We reached out to some of our valued customers to find out what they found ...
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Microsoft 365 – More than Just Email

Microsoft 365 – More than Just Email

23 Dec 2020A cheat sheet to help you make the most of your Microsoft 365 subscription. If you have Microsoft 365 for business, we want to make sure you are making the most of it. ...
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How to Reduce Cybersecurity Risk

How to Reduce Cybersecurity Risk

Cyber-attacks are swiftly accelerating globally and close to home here in the Waikato, with SME’s continuing to be a target. Investing a few minutes thinking about how to reduce ...
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Keep Your Remote Workers Safe

Keep Your Remote Workers Safe

As the coronavirus madness continues to spread globally, many organisations are instituting mandatory remote work policies. While many companies may find remote work new and ...
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Save $$, Go Proactive

Save $$, Go Proactive

How proactive IT management can save you money and mitigate risk. Do you find yourself so caught up in other areas of your business that you tend to only manage your IT when ...
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Why You Should Use Windows Ransomware Protection

Why You Should Use Windows Ransomware Protection

Windows 10 already has ransomware protection built in to the Windows Defender application. Unfortunately in a standard Windows 10 Installation it is turned off by default. Given ...
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Microsoft Teams: More than just video conferencing

Microsoft Teams: More than just video conferencing

There are plenty of options available for video conferencing at the moment, which has been extremely useful with many people working from home in the current environment. Skype, ...
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Strengthen Your Password Policy

Strengthen Your Password Policy

Small to medium size kiwi businesses are increasingly being targeted by unscrupulous hackers, and cyber-criminals which often leads to loss of confidential data, intellectual ...
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Office 365 Compromised Email

Office 365 Compromised Email

03/05/2019; Lately we have been attending to a lot of clients who have had their Office 365 email compromised. The type of compromise where one of your good customers gets sent an ...
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April 2019 Patch Tuesday

April 2019 Patch Tuesday

A slew of very important security updates were released today by Microsoft in their April 2019 Patch Tuesday update (Wednesday here in New Zealand). Two of the serious flaws that ...
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Contract Tracing Covid-19

Contract Tracing Covid-19

Contract Tracing and what it means for Hamilton Business's. Preparing your business for contact. Covid-19 Level Three is here and Level Two is on its way. It's is time to ...
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The Covid-19 Technology Transformation

The Covid-19 Technology Transformation

Covid-19 Technology - The big question on everyone’s mind is where to next? With the movement to Alert Level 3 on April 28th, what does this look like for your business ...
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Stolen Logins - Is Someone Spying on You?

Stolen Logins - Is Someone Spying on You?

02 Feb 2019; Lately we have had a lot of calls regarding high levels of malicious emails. This is especially dangerous to businesses poorly trained in Basic Cyber-Security. Why ...
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The Trouble With Office 365

The Trouble With Office 365

These days small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly moving their critical data to the cloud via Microsoft Office 365. While Microsoft focuses on keeping data available, ...
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Disgruntled Security Researcher discloses Zero-Day vulnerability.

Disgruntled Security Researcher discloses Zero-Day vulnerability.

28 Aug 2018; A security researcher known as “SandboxEscaper”, apparently frustrated at trying to communicate a Zero Day exploit to Microsoft’s “Report a Computer Security ...
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Office 365 vs. Microsoft 365 - Confused?

Office 365 vs. Microsoft 365 - Confused?

Please explain Today’s business environment continues to move to the cloud and the associated cloud applications which entail a monthly subscription fee. Included in this trend ...
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VPNfilter Botnet Attacks Common Routers

VPNfilter Botnet Attacks Common Routers

25/05/2018; At least half a million common routers and storage devices in dozens of countries around the world have been infected by a sophisticated botnet, in preparation for an ...
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Twitter password leak on world password day

Twitter password leak on world password day

03/05/2018 Twitter is urging all 336 million users to change their passwords after a bug exposed them in plain text. The company says they have since fixed the issue and there is ...
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Cyber Security Update

Cyber Security Update

28/05/2018; According to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), and their latest Cyber Security Update, a snapshot for the period ending 31 March 2018, shows ...
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City of Atlanta | Offline due to Ransomware Attack

City of Atlanta | Offline due to Ransomware Attack

23/03/2018; FBI investigating computer outages in the city's network possibly tied to Samsam-type ransomware variant. The City of Atlanta’s computer network has fallen victim ...
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The Current State of Ransomware

The Current State of Ransomware

Attacks are up. Payments are down. Attacks - The Bad News Reports from MalwareBytes tracked a 90% increase in the number of detected ransomware attacks. The SophosLabs 2018 ...
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Half of your employees are probably wasting 3 hours a day

Half of your employees are probably wasting 3 hours a day

In a Salary.com survey of over 2,500 employees, nearly ½ of the group admitted to wasting 1-3 hours every day on the web surfing non-related activities. With all of the pressures ...
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Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerability

Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerability

07/02/2018; Whilst malicious activity with this vulnerability has yet to be seen, independent research this week by AV-TEST shows that there are now 139 malware samples that can ...
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Free Antivirus for your Android Smartphone

Free Antivirus for your Android Smartphone

Sophos Mobile Security for Android Overview Our free Mobile Security app provides full functionality to protect your Android device without reducing performance or battery ...
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Microsoft Accreditation

Microsoft Accreditation

CT Business Solutions is now a Microsoft partner Silver, Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions. We're pretty happy about that as it clearly shows our ability to migrate you to the ...
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