More International internet bandwidth coming to NZ! The construction of the $500 million fibre cable between NZ, Australia and USA is 50% done, and should be completed by June. The ship Responder docked in Auckland last week prior to laying the NZ segment of the cable which will land near Mangawhai Heads. Total capacity of the fibre link will be 43 Terabits, which is nearly 10 times the current bandwidth used by Australia and NZ! The cable will compete with the existing Southern Cross Cable which is part owned by Spark. Last year Microsoft and Facebook teamed up to connect Virginia Beach in the USA with Spain through over 4000 miles of cable, and Google has recently joined the undersea cable business and announced that it will circle the world three times over not to be left behind
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.
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.
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.
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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 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 IT Services 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.