Author: Justin Scott

Four Reasons You Should Never Use Public Wifi Hotspots

Free public wifi hotspots are everywhere these days. But while they may seem convenient, are they really worth the cost? We don’t think so, and here are 4 reasons why. Free public wifi hotspots are email harvesting machines Most larger places now require you to provide them with your email address to get access to their “free” public wifi hotspot. It’s called email harvesting and it’s purely so they can market to you. If you already get enough spam in your inbox, don’t use a public wifi hotspot. Free public wifi hotspots are SLOW You’re sharing a network with...

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Is it the NBN or is it you?

We’ve all heard the horror stories about the NBN. The problems with the rollout have been documented widely. “It’s Slow” or “It doesn’t work”. But sometimes it’s just not the NBN’s fault. We recently read an article a lady had written on a major news website about how she had been given the run around when her wifi speed in her apartment wasn’t what she expected after the NBN was connected. We see misinformation about the NBN. Everywhere. A couple of things struck us about the article, not the least of which was the seemingly neverending stream of misinformation...

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How to Backup your computers to save yourself pain.

What happened last time you went to turn your computer on and… nothing? What happened last time you went to turn your computer on and… nothing? That feeling you got when the realisation strikes that all your files are potentially gone. Proposals, sales figures and marketing material. Gone. Data recovery from a failing (or failed) drive is EXPENSIVE, and not always possible. Recovering from a ransomware attack is even more expensive. It’s not worth the risk. So what can you do? The simple answer is to make sure you have an up to date backup of your computer. Backup on Mac – Time Machine Mac computers have a built in agent called Time Machine. This lets you easily schedule backups to an external drive (either a server or a USB connected portable hard drive). Click here for a guide on how to set this up. Backup on Windows 10 On Windows 10 you’ll find Backup under Start > Settings > Backup. Click here for a guide on how to set this up and recover files should you need to. Backup on Windows 7 On Windows 7 you’ll find Backup and Restore under Start > Control Panel > System & Maintenance > Backup & Restore. Click here for a guide on how to do this. If you’re backing up to an external, portable hard drive, we recommend – you have one drive per computer,...

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3 Reasons to Backup Your Office Computers (If You’re Not Already)

You’ve heard it all before – “Make sure you keep a backup of your computers and their data.” But why? Here are the three reasons we give our clients to use an off-site, cloud based backup service. But before we get started, we’re not talking about Dropbox or Google Drive or OneDrive here. They are file synchronisation services, not “backup” services. They’re better than NOTHING if you must use them as a backup, but that’s not really what they’re designed for. We’re talking about a service like Code42 Crashplan or Backblaze, which offer both on-site and cloud based backup...

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