Meltdown and Spectre


You may have heard of the recent critical vulnerabilities in modern processors named Meltdown and Spectre.

These hardware vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data which is currently being processed on the device. This data may include passwords, photos, emails, messages, and even documents.

These exploits work on computers, smartphones, and cloud hosted devices.

Fixes for Meltdown and Spectre are being worked on with major vendors including Intel, Microsoft and Apple working together to provide patches for these exploits. Microsoft is rolling out a security update to devices.

For more information contact Fission or visit

Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware


What is Cryptocurrency and Mining?

Cryptocurrency is an encrypted data string that denotes a unit of currency.

Cryptocurrencies are created (and secured) through cryptographic algorithms that are maintained and confirmed in a process called mining, where a network of computers or specialized hardware process and validate the transactions.

Mining Malware?

As a result of the growing value and popularity of cyrptocurrencies, mining malware has become a growing issue with cybercriminals infecting thousands of machines and using them to mine currency without the user knowing.

Cryptocurrency-mining malware steal the resources of infected machines, significantly affecting their performance and increasing their wear and tear. An infection also involves other costs, like increased power consumption.

What can I do to avoid it?

It is important to have an up-to-date Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware solution for all computers and devices as a bare minimum. Other technologies such as Active Firewalls are also a great defence against unwanted attacks and unauthorised access.

Introducing Microsoft 365


Microsoft have recently launched Microsoft 365; a complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility & Security, that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely.

Microsoft 365 Business is built to deliver the productivity tools and security services businesses need in a single, simple-to-manage product. It safeguards company information, extending security across users, apps, and devices. It helps ensure PCs are up to date and secure, helping prevent security vulnerabilities that cyber-thieves often exploit. It also provides protection for company information across devices, with the ability to remove company data from lost or stolen devices.

Contact Us to learn more!

Fission is now a Microsoft Gold Partner


We are happy to announce Fission is now a Microsoft Gold Partner! Fission have moved over 6500 users to the cloud in recent years, and made a decision to enhance our relationship with Microsoft by attaining Gold Partner status To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, organizations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, have the right number of Microsoft Certified Professionals, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers

Microsoft Announces Office 2019


Microsoft recently announced the next perpetual release of Office – Office 2019.
This release, which is scheduled for mid-late 2018, will include perpetual versions of the Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business).

Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for clients that aren’t yet ready for fully cloud-based solutions. New features will include better data analysis in Excel, inking features in for drawing and design, additional animations for PowerPoint and improved IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.

Office 2019 will be a valuable upgrade for customers who feel they need to keep some or all apps and servers on-premises.

Vodafone’s 20 year old email platforms to close


Vodafone New Zealand has announced that it will be discontinuing its email services on the 30th November. This decision comes after months of problems with high levels of spam and delayed mail.

Vodafone NZ Consumer Director Matt Williams said "Since we launched our email service in the 1990’s, email and technology have grown up a lot and our customers have told us their email service is no longer delivering the sort of experience our customers need today. That’s simply not good enough for us here at Vodafone. We’ve made the decision to close the service down"

You can read the full press release here: Vodafone Media Statement

This will affect email addresses with the following domains:










Fission recommends that any business that uses Vodafone's email service move their email to Microsoft's Office 365 hosted email services. Contact us for more information.

The Dreaded Software Audit


A number of our clients have been surprised when a formal request for a software audit comes along.

This is routine behaviour from the big Software vendors, and Microsoft in particular have been very active in New Zealand working their way through companies to ensure software licensing is compliant.

Most companies now have a mix of Cloud licensing, monthly/annual licensing, and older legacy licensing, so there can be some work involved in getting an accurate handle on what you own, then the fun of clarifying the exact licensing requirements for your IT environment are....

Click here to learn how to avoid a software audit 

Click here for tips to handle a Microsoft Audit

Social Engineering Attacks


Social engineering attacks are becoming more and more common against enterprises and SMBs, as well as being increasingly sophisticated. With hackers using ever-more clever methods to trick employees and individuals into handing over valuable company data, companies must use due diligence in an effort to stay two steps ahead of cyber criminals.

These attacks typically involve some form of phsychological manipulation, tricking unsuspecting users or employees into handing over confidential or sensitive data such as passwords, email address or banking/credit card information. Commonly, social engineering involves email or other communication that invokes urgency, fear or similar emotions in the receipient, leading the victim to promptly reveal sensitive data, open a malicious file or click a malicious link. Due to the human element, preventing these attacks can be a challenge for businesses.

For more information Contact Us or view the following:

IT Security Infographic

Digital Guardian - Social Engineering Attacks: Common Techniques & How to Prevent an Attack

Protecting Your Organisation from the WCry Ransomware


Ransomware has become the fastest growing malware threat, targeting everyone from home users to healthcare systems to corporate networks. Tracking analysis shows that there has been an average of more than 4,000 ransomware attacks every day since January 1, 2016.

On May 12, several network security organisations began tracking a new ransomware variant that spread rapidly throughout the day. It is a highly virulent strain of a self-replicating ransomware that has impacted such far-flung organizations as the Russian Interior Ministry, Chinese universities, Hungarian and Spanish telcos, and hospitals and clinics run by the British National Health Services. It is especially notable for its multi-language ransom demands that support more than two-dozen languages.

If you are concerned about the security of your organisation's network, please get in touch with our team so that we can discuss ways to help reduce the risk of ransomware affecting your business.

Keeping Your Credentials Secure


Your email account, whether for personal or business use, is often the main hub for all communications, online accounts, transactions and daily activities. This is why it is highly important to keep your email account secure.

There has been a recent spike in scam PDF files being received by email in recent weeks. Sometimes these have been received from known email contacts. If you are not expecting a PDF file from someone; don’t open it!
The latest variant is a PDF which looks like a quote and the web link within the PDF leads to a fake Dropbox site which is infected. Do not enter your email or Office 365 credentials on any unsecure website. Secure websites will have a web address that starts with "https://" and should have a web address similar to the company name. For example, the online site for Outlook via Office 365 is, you can see this includes the https:// secure site and includes both Outlook and Office in the web address.

If you ever receive an email or visit a website that your are unsure about, please get in touch with our helpdesk team.

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Gigabit Fibre Now Available


Chorus has started offering Gigabit Fibre to Residential and SME Business connections across it's entire UFB network.

This service will allow for download speeds between 900 to 970Mbps and upload speeds of up to 500Mbps. Currently the average speed across Chorus' networks is around 31Mbps.

This upgrade doesn't require any on-site visit from Chorus for existing Fibre customers.

Have you considered upgrading to a faster Fibre connection? Did you know Fission can supply data connections including ADSL, VDSL and UFB Fibre? Get in touch if you would like to know more.

Virtual Workplaces - Coming Soon


Virtual and Augmented Reality is coming to a workplace near you in the not to distant future.
VR and AR are going to change the way businesses operate in a major way.

Imagine working at a desk without screens in front of you, attending a meeting in an empty room with participants from around the world appearing next to you or training to use new equipment without the risk of serious injury.
These are all made possible with VR and AR.

Whilst these technologies are still in their very early stages, they are expected to become a major part of our day to day lives.

Businesses that sell an installed product will be able to show the customer how it looks on-site and change things on the fly. For example; an office fit out company will be able to propose a design to a customer in their brand new, empty office building. They can change colours, move furniture and adjust the interior lighting. All this by wearing some fancy goggles.

These technologies are here to stay and they will definitely change the way everyone does business.

Is it time to move to Windows 10 Pro already?


With Windows 7 already outside of mainstream support, Microsoft is advising companies to start purchasing Windows 10 devices going forward to avoid a repeat of the Windows XP end of support saga.
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 has extended support until January 14th 2020.

Considering modern devices, Windows 10 is necessary for full support of some hardware and interfaces. The latest Intel, AMD and Qualcomm processors are only supported by Windows 10. Advanced features like power management and IO standards suchs as USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt have also been problematic on older operating systems.

In a recent Microsoft TechNet blog post by Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Germany, Nitschke stated that organisations should transition in good time, otherwise their sensitive data will be faced by "enormous dangers" over the next three years and any transition period.

Has your business started moving to Windows 10 Pro? Do you have any devices running Windows 7 or older?
Talk to our team if you have any concerns about the end of Windows 7 support. 

Google releases Pixel smartphone to compete in growing market


Google has released its latest smartphone designed to go head-to-head with the flagship models from Samsung and Apple.

The Google Pixel comes in 2 different sizes, 3 different colours and 2 different storage sizes.
Claiming the "highest rated smartphone camera" and "a battery that lasts all day". Google also offers unlimited storage for your photos and videos.

With an aluminium unibody, Gorilla® Glass, 12.3MP rear and 8MP front cameras, 2770/3450 mAh battery, 2.15GHz Quad Core processor and 4GB RAM, the Pixel sure has the specs to compete.

However, with all these features comes a top-tier price tag.
The 5" model starts at $1250 and the Pixel XL at $1450.

Do you think Google can rival the top smartphone brands?
Read more about the Pixel here. 

Ransomware Attacks on SMBs Increased Eightfold


According to a report by the Kaspersky Security Network, small and medium businesses have faced eight times more ransomware attacks compared to Q3 last year (2015).

Ransomware, such as the nutorious CryptoLocker, blocks all operations or encrypts business data until a ransom is paid. A successful attack usually leads to shutdown of critical business operations and significant financial loss.

“Threats in the small business sector are constantly increasing, so even the smallest companies need to be able to protect themselves,” said Vladimir Zapolyansky, head of SMB marketing, Kaspersky Lab. “When it comes to ransomware, paying the ransom doesn’t guarantee that data will be returned safely. To ensure protection from ransomware and other types of attacks, businesses need to implement reliable up-to-date information security solutions as a preventive measure – it is always easier to prevent threats, than respond to them when the damage has already been done.”

If you're concerned about the risk of ransomware, get in touch with our team today.

Microsoft HoloLens in New Zealand


New Zealanders can now preorder their own Microsoft HoloLens, the world's first self-contained holographic computer, which is due to ship later this year.

Already we are seeing what the HoloLens is capable of with large companies like Volvo Cars, Autodesk and Lowe's all creating technologies to utilise the holographic capabilities.

Lowe's recently demonstrated a preview of the home renovation app it developed with Microsoft HoloLens at the Microsoft Ignite conference. With HoloLens, Lowe's was able to show potential customers how renovations would look with different combinations being chosen on the fly.

HoloLens and other virtual reality and holographic technologies are already making a difference in the way that business sell and market their products.

See what HoloLens is doing in the commercial industry HERE

Windows Server 2016 Coming Soon


Windows Server 2016 is currently in its final stages of testing with a release expected at the end of September.

This new version of Windows Server offers the latest in server operating system technology with improved Graphics and Cloud Intergration for Remote Desktop Services, improved Server Management and Security, as well as improved Virtualisation.

If you're looking for a new server solution, ask us about Server 2016 today.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update


Microsoft has released it's Anniversary update for Windows 10 which brings a whole range of new features and tweaks to the already popular operating system.

Behind the scenes Microsoft is working hard to make Windows safer and more secure. Paired with Anti-Virus such as ESET NOD32, this helps to keep you and your company safe.

The latest update also adds functionality features; Microsoft Edge browser now allows browser extensions, capture notes and drawings with Windows Ink, pin an application to multiple virtual desktops at once, and many more.

You can see a full list of Windows 10 features on Microsoft's website: Click here

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ending


Microsoft is currently allowing free upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
We have recently been busy rolling out upgrades to multiple clients whilst they make the most of this offer.
Unfortunately, the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 will end on July 29, 2016. Meaning that time is quickly running out.

With Windows 7 already being almost 7 years old and extended support ending in 2020, Microsoft is trying to help move it's customers onto the new operating system.
Once upgraded, the device will have a valid Windows 10 license for the rest of its operational life.

Have you thought of upgrading?