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Should you cover your webcam just like Mark Zuckerberg does?

Nik Devidas

Yep. You absolutely should. And stuff chewing gum into your laptop microphone. There are cameras and lenses everywhere. On the side of buildings, in your phone and in your laptop. Do we even notice them anymore given they’re so prevalent? And the reality is, someone could be watching you at any moment – even when

Can your smart TV really be hacked?

Nik Devidas

It’s hard to fathom what really makes a TV smart, but the marketing geniuses at just about every manufacturer seem to think that a “Smart TV” is a TV that can connect to the internet and stream content. Basically it means Netflix etc. can be played via your TV remote. The reality now that many

APRA says that financial institutions are making basic cyber security errors

Nik Devidas

Basic ‘cyber hygiene’ is an ongoing area of concern in the financial services sector. Since issuing their latest Cyber Security guidelines in July 2019, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has received 36 data breach notifications Executive board member Geoff Summerhayes warns that local financial services providers were still making basic errors. “With some cyber-incidents taking

Why are all the scammers from Nigeria?

Nik Devidas

Keen followers of my articles will recall a previous article named “Why do phishing email be writtened such bad english? Turns out it’s intentional…” In that article, I explored why phishing emails contained such terrible and obvious spelling and grammatical errors. But I didn’t address why so many scammers say that they’re from Nigeria. A

Cyber Insurance… here to stay, but ultimately is it worth it?

Nik Devidas

If your business works with an Insurance Broker, then chances are you’ve had a discussion about “Cyber Insurance”. What is Cyber Insurance? The past 10 years have seen massive changes in the way that companies communicate and do business. Many businesses have undergone some form of digital transformation which (should have) created improvements to their

Internet of Things – 10 stupid iot devices that we just didn’t need

Nik Devidas

Gosh, sometimes being human is just plain hard! Flicking a switch to turn on a light. Remembering how much water to drink. Wondering if your hair has been brushed with the correct force. What about working out where your cows are? The “Internet of Things” or IoT connects so called “Smart Devices” to the internet.

What can someone get from your laptop if you lose it?

Nik Devidas

It could happen to anyone. You’re busy working away at your local hipster cafe, distracted by the coffee that you’re now required to construct whilst trying to hold a conversation with your colleague. And whilst you’re asking yourself the question “why did I pay $8 for this experience” you notice something is missing. Your bag

5 things to consider when choosing a Managed Security Service Provider

Nik Devidas

Choosing a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) can be a daunting task. If you have an existing relationship you know you’ve either outgrown their capabilities or something has gone wrong in the relationship. Here’s our top 5 things to consider when looking for a new IT Security provider in Melbourne 1-Knowledgeable Account Manager Your Account

Why deleting your Google history is a must-do

Nik Devidas

How comfortable with Google having a copy of everything you’ve searched… ever? Unless you move to a private search engine DuckDuckGo, then your search engine still likely has a copy of everything you’ve ever searched. Let’s take Google for example. Check out your Google Search History: searches, locations, interests. They’ve recorded it all. Deleting your Google

Turn On Encryption In Facebook Messenger NOW!

Nik Devidas

Facebook Messenger’s ‘Secret Conversations’ allow end-to-end encryption, but the feature is opt-in. Here’s how to turn it on and use it. End-to-end encryption means that your conversations are encrypted from one device to another so the conversation can’t be accessed by anyone other than the sender and the intended receiver. Facebook’s new encryption, appropriately, is

Latest Windows 10 update wipes user data; highlights lack of backups

Nik Devidas

Such is the state of computing these days, software providers are continually releasing security and bug patches. Microsoft has what’s known as “Patch Tuesday”, which is a monthly release of security and bug fixes. The quality of these updates is often questionable as well, with the latest October 2018 (1809) release leaving some users reporting

Ransomware is everywhere – so what can you do?

Nik Devidas

Ransomware is everywhere these days. According to a recent study, 94% of IT providers reported ransomware bypassed top-of-the-line anti-virus software. If ransomware makes it past your front line of defense, what’s your next move? Protect your business with these tips

What the Privacy Act Amendments mean for Australian Businesses

Nik Devidas

The information in this article should be treated as a guide only and not legal advice. Please seek professional legal advice should you require further clarification. The quick summary The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 was passed by the Senate as an amendment to the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and will come

Phishing attacks more efficient than data breaches: Google

Caitlin Devidas

A Google study found that phishing attacks are more efficient than data breaches at getting criminals into victim’s account and that the average person still has can’t pick a good pass word. The recent study was carried out in conjunction with University of California at Berkley and the International Computer Science Institute. Researchers conducted a year-long

Beware this Office 365 spam

Nik Devidas

“Your Outlook Email Storage Is At Risk Final Warning“ Below is a look at a common scam getting around. It looks legitimate enough and preys on people’s FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out. Take a closer look You’ll see that the email didn’t come from Microsoft 100% full? How are you receiving this email! Does Microsoft

Get your business back up and running after a Cyberattack

Nik Devidas

It’s not just the big guys getting breached – it’s the small companies too. And whilst you may have some pretty good security measures in place (check out our top 3 tips), there is currently no way of being 100% secure online. So what can you do if you are compromised in some way? Restore

Why can’t I use the same password for all my accounts?

Nik Devidas

It’s a reasonable question – if your password is strong, it shouldn’t matter…. right? In 2013 Yahoo had a security breach that affected all 3 billion user accounts. 3 billion accounts. That’s 3 billion passwords. There probably weren’t even 3 billion people on the internet in 2013 – but there were that many Yahoo accounts.

Increased cyber attacks must trigger equivalent action

Caitlin Devidas

Recent and widely publicised cyber attacks must be the impetus for a renewed and more concerted and coordinated global commitment to strengthen cyber security capabilities. In May, the WannaCry ransomware attacks struck, underscoring the potentially disastrous consequences for health care facilities and their patients when medical records and medical devices are compromised. June brought yet

Don’t get complacent in the Cloud

Caitlin Devidas

Cloud security is getting better but that doesn’t mean you’re not at risk. WannaCry was one of the biggest and most widespread “attacks” ever seen, but it wasn’t so widespread as to take out the world. And that’s a concern because WannaCry has been widely described as amateur. Keeping data secure has never been harder than

What’s your plan B if your tech fails you whilst travelling?

Caitlin Devidas

Technology fails. That is an unfortunate truth about the gadgets and devices that run our businesses and our lives. What do you do if your tech fails you whilst you’re away from the office and home? There’s always the risk of damage and theft when you’re away – and whilst replacing the tech is inevitably

Erase yourself from the Internet

Caitlin Devidas

It’s a very tough proposition to completely erase yourself from the internet. Think that you’re not on there because you don’t have Facebook? Well, read our article about Google location services… you’re on the internet! So unless you’ve actually been off the grid “for real”, there’s a few things you can do. But be warned