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  • ALERT—A Mac Bug Is Cause For Concern - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    that makes it easier for security researchers to penetrate and test networks Although it s a useful tool for locating and correcting flaws it can also be used by cybercriminals to exploit a Unix component called sudo Sudo requires a password before Superuser privileges are granted The flaw is in the authentication process where the clock in the Mac OS X can be set back to Jan 1 1970 the beginning of time for the machine and alter the sudo user timestamp settings As a result hackers can obtain root access without using a password A post on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure CVE page explains further sudo 1 6 0 through 1 7 10p6 and sudo 1 8 0 through 1 8 6p6 allows local users or physically proximate attackers to bypass intended time restrictions and retain privileges without re authenticating by setting the system clock and sudo user timestamp to the epoch The good news is that for hackers to exploit this flaw they must have administrator privileges and have previously run the sudo They also need physical or remote access to the device According to HD Moore the Founder of Metaspoit The bug is significant because it allows any user level compromise to become root which in turn exposes things like clear text passwords from Keychain and makes it possible for the intruder to install a permanent rootkit Client Success CoalMont Pty Ltd is an Australian private company focused on the exploration and development of the Michel Creek Hard Coking Coal Project located in the Crowsnest Coalfield in British Columbia Canada CoalMont aims to become one of Canada s leading exporters of high quality hard coking coal Our Australian office is located in Brisbane Upon setting up our office here in Australia we used Smile IT to

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  • Smile IT Partners With Microsoft Office 365 - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    investment in an effort to pass along the many benefits of Office 365 to our clients With the popularity and flexibility of cloud computing many business are converting to the 2013 version of Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription based cloud service offering various features and software built around the Microsoft Office Platform It s Microsoft s fastest growing product growing in use by over 150 percent in just in the past year Office 356 is the most complete Office Cloud Service to date and is tailored to meet the needs and budgets of small medium sized and large organizations Microsoft Office 365 Provides Access to Software 24 7 Access your enterprise software securely over the Internet 24 7 from any location in the world all you need is your computer laptop smartphone or tablet and an Internet connection Calendar and Email Access Keep your staff in sync with enterprise grade email and shared calendars that they can access at their desk or from anywhere they have an Internet connection Document Sharing and Protection Store your files and data securely on the cloud You can set security permissions for their viewing or editing for key people within your company as you wish And you can make and view real time changes to documents so your approved users will see the new changes immediately Security With Office 365 security can be as strict or as lenient as you wish Microsoft takes all the responsibility for reliability and security allowing you the time to work on more important tasks Smile IT Will Help You Convert To Cloud Computing and Microsoft Office 365 Converting to cloud computing is a multi phased project There are many things to consider when making a conversion to Microsoft Office 365 or any cloud based

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  • Is Your Law Firm in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast Prepared For the End of Windows XP? - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    of being compromised and Legal applications that won t operate effectively Without support for Windows XP there will be nothing to stop these flaws and vulnerabilities you must prepare your Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast law firm for the end of Windows XP to ensure it s protected and secure Ask yourself 1 Which of my Devices Currently Use XP Take some time to consider all of your computer devices that use XP both laptops and desktops 2 What Operating System Will I Upgrade To There are two viable options Windows 7 or Windows 8 For law firms still running XP Windows 8 may not be the best option because systems may be old and not run Windows 8 as efficiently as required While Windows 7 is an older operating system it s supported by Microsoft and will continue to be supported until 2015 for mainstream support and 2020 for extended support Windows 7 is generally easier to update from XP and over 45 of Windows systems run Windows 7 However if you re going to purchase an entirely new system Windows 8 is a great option 3 What Software and Hardware Updates Are Necessary Your law firm is probably using a lot of important programs Take note of these programs and find out if they re supported by Windows 7 For hardware consider whether or not it s compatible with Windows 7 by checking the minimum requirements If your hardware doesn t meet the requirements you ll need to upgrade both your systems and hardware Ensure that all upgrades are completed before April 2014 Microsoft Office Many people wonder about Microsoft Office since Microsoft Office 2013 was just released last year Companies using older versions of Office such as 2003 or 2007 will need to upgrade Microsoft Office Once

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  • Brisbane IT Consulting Blog Archives - Page 38 of 43 - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    alternative to Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft Exchange While it s possible to use a Google add on Google Read More Smile IT Seamlessly Migrates Lifestyle Wealth Creation Group Limited s Server to Microsoft Office 365 When Lifestyle Wealth Creation Group Limited met with Smile IT for the purpose of handling the IT works of another company recently purchased by Lifestyle Wealth Creation Group they were immediately attracted by Smile IT s willingness to co operate and assist them with any problems Smile IT is your Brisbane IT consulting team formed in 2007 Read More The End of Microsoft XP Support Will Be a Profitable Gold Mine for Hackers You ve heard the warnings about the impending end of support for Windows XP and Microsoft has attempted to increase the number of its Windows 8 sold copies however Windows XP still holds a remarkable 37 market share of desktop operating systems According to security expert Jason Fossen the average price on the black market for Read More Important Factors to Consider When Implementing A BYOD Policy The BYOD bring your own device to work trend has many benefits Employees are happier when they re using their own computer devices and they also tend to be more productive because they can use their device to work outside of the office They like the flexibility it provides them when using their own smartphones laptops Read More Simplify Your IT Infrastructure How complex is your Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast business IT infrastructure Many companies don t consider IT maintenance as one of their top business priorities Medium sized businesses in particular have trouble keeping up with their IT needs because their growth often surpasses their available resources These businesses could benefit from a more simplified IT infrastructure and compact server solutions Read More

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  • Brisbane IT Consulting Blog Archives - Page 42 of 43 - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    services Link Trading has been dealing with Smile IT since 2008 Smile IT have become a valued business partner of Link Peter Drummond leads a team of highly skilled and professional IT consultants All the staff at Smile IT take ownership of a client s problems and don t relinquish them until the problem has been solved This Read More Smile IT Provides Rock Solid IT Support for ASX Listed Mining Corporation Providing the best IT support for Australia s growing mining industry is just one of the core specialties offered by Brisbane s top IT consulting firm Smile IT The team s knowledge of how IT affects publicly traded corporations was an additional asset Smile IT is the right choice for any ASX corporation Read More Smile IT becomes Brisbane Citrix Consulting Partner Running a successful Brisbane IT services business requires not only experience but also skill and training One way that a managed IT services provider MSP can demonstrate skill in a certain area is by achieving skill certifications Read More Smile IT Joins McAfee PartnerFocus Program An MSP can never truly have too many strategic partners The more large enterprises that MSPs team up with the more

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  • How To Reduce Your Energy Consumption, and Save Money - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    s IT Department replaced its CRT monitors with flat panel monitors in 2003 The replacement saved them 50 000 a year on their electric bills reducing electricity use by 82 More efficient desktop systems use less power For example flat panel monitors have technology built in to conserve energy while they re not in use It s important to configure the power saving function regardless of what type of desktop computer you re using Hire a Third Party Network Center Using a third party network center can reduce your power and utility costs Rackspace and Amazon EC1 are both an example of third party providers For many businesses using this type of hosted server solution is less expensive than operating their own hardware directly However the disadvantage is that you must depend on the third party provider for maintenance and physical security Unplug and Turn Off Machines When you leave devices such as computers printers and monitors on you re using excessive power which leads to higher electricity bills To save energy unplug these devices simply turning them off can still draw power so remember to unplug monitors and printers to reduce power consumption and increase cost savings and electricity Virtualize and Move to the Cloud By consolidating physical machines and using the power of cloud computing you can eliminate machinery and cut power costs EMC a company that helps businesses use cloud computing to manage their IT departments in a cost efficient way consolidated from 1 250 to 250 servers The transition reduced space requirements by 60 as well as reducing power and cooling costs by 70 As a result EMC estimates they will save approximately 3 5 million in power and cooling over the next five years Have questions about how your Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast business

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  • Minimizing the Damage Incurred by a CryptoLocker Infection - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    are starting to shop online they re less likely to be suspicious about emails regarding deliveries When it comes to CryptoLocker the key is to be proactive instead of reactive Individuals and businesses alike must run antivirus software in addition to keeping regular and recent backups of all files For businesses it s important to backup shared files as CryptoLocker targets shared files for encryption first While preparation is extremely critical what if you re already infected by CryptoLocker There are a few ways to minimize the harm done Minimizing the Damage Despite the ransomware s warning not to turn off the computer or disconnect from the Internet this is actually the best action to take immediately Turning off your computer keeps the virus from continuing to encrypt all of your files If the virus is in the middle of the infection process you may be able to save some of your files The next step is to consider the damage What files have been lost Do you have backups of your files If you don t have backups check Windows System Restore files as files are automatically backed up sometimes If you do have a backup wipe your computer of the virus and use your regular antivirus software Once you ve restored your backup avoid clicking any suspicious emails If you can try to avoid paying the ransom The attacker obtains the money to fund for the creation of similar viruses Paying the Ransom If you don t have backup the criminals behind Cryptolocker make it simple for users to pay the ransom This isn t recommended as explained above you re funding criminals to develop more ransomware If it s absolutely necessary you can pay the ransom even after the deadline However the payment will become significantly more

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  • Why Your Business Must Have A Complete IT Security Action Plan. - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    Plan with a qualified technology expert is the solution How To Proceed Don t attempt this without the advice and or a consult from an IT expert It takes all the skill and expertise of a certified Managed Service Provider to help you develop a comprehensive Security Action Plan for your particular organization Develop and Implement an IT Security Policy that spells out to your staff vendors and clients what steps you will take in the event of a disastrous cyber attack or computer virus This will give you and them the peace of mind knowing that your data and IT assets will be protected and confidential no matter the circumstance Secure IT Systems and Networks so your IT infrastructure is securely constructed maintained and monitored Assess the Vulnerability of Programs and implement a risk management strategy with anti virus anti spyware anti spam firewalls and application updates Protect and Securely Backup Your Data with encryption techniques remote and automated backup solutions and data replication in a safe off site location Protect Your IT Equipment and Limit Physical Access to IT Devices such as your servers and computers using locking racks passwords and other security processes and strategies Use Control Measures To Limit Access to Your IT System to Designated Users Only using complex passwords multi factor authentication processes and privilege models with specialized access modes Test and Monitor Your Internal and External Systems to Detect Vulnerabilities and Weak Spots with solutions to fix and proactively monitor them for future vulnerabilities Conclusion Human nature is to put off preventive maintenance until a crisis occurs But in this instance an unprotected IT system could hit you where it hurts most In your bank account Your IT Network is the backbone of your business Think about it Without a viable IT infrastructure

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