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Connect Smart: Keeping businesses safe online
During the recent South Island earthquakes, technology helped keep businesses connected and able to work remotely. It’s important to have confidence in the confidentiality and availability of our information; for example, could you pick up where you left off if your primary computing device was damaged or unavailable? Do you maintain regular backups? There’s good advice on these issues on the Connect Smart website – for home users, small businesses and larger organisations alike.
NetSafe is also a great source of information for business online security.
Connect Smart is a cyber security awareness campaign aimed at helping businesses, employees and customers by providing simple and affordable steps to help create a secure online environment. Connect Smart have created the below resources to help protect against common cyber security threats like phishing and ransomware:
Spark moving away from copper broadband
At its recent AGM, Spark New Zealand managing director Simon Moutter announced the company is steering customers away from copper broadband citing increased service problems. Spark customers are being steered to wireless broadband if they are low volume users and to fibre broadband if they are high volume users.
Phishing scam - IRD Warning
Scammers claiming to be from Inland Revenue are cold calling people to say they are being investigated for tax fraud. The scammer requests personal information including the person's IRD number, before threatening them with legal action.
Click here for more information on this scam and what to do when you get a phone call demanding money.
Fibre Readiness Survey by TUANZ and GETBA
The survey results showed that SMEs (0-19 employees) are yet to seize the opportunity to tap into untapped productivity and efficiency gains afforded by UFB, largely because of low awareness as to its availability and advantages. The market continues to be highly price sensitive with a clear preference for lower speed, lower cost plans by non fibre users. However once a business has a higher speed broadband, the survey suggests there's no going back from the reliable high speed of connectivity, with no existing UFB users selecting the lower speed plans. The greatest drivers of uptake were improved productivity and remote working.
Survey summary. Scroll down to find more information on the benefits of UFB.
Ultrafast Broadband in East Tamaki - are you taking advantage?
GETBA lobbied successfully for East Tamaki to be an early recipient of the government's $1.5 billion Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) rollout.
What is UFB?
Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) is defined as a fibre-to-the-premises broadband service that provides downlink speeds of at least 100 Mbps (megabits per second) and uplink speeds of at least 50 Mbps. By way of comparison, the average speed measured by web services firm Akamai in Q3 2011 in New Zealand was 4.0Mbps.
What does UFB mean for business?
Fibre will provide speed, capacity and connectivity required to support a range of new business applications. Benefits will be particularly noticeable for small to medium businesses where options for data storage and data transfer, remote working and next generation telecommunications will boost productivity and stimulate growth.
> Take a look at video case studies of businesses' experience with UFB.
> Find an internet service provider offering UFB Plans from a list on the Chorus website.
> Click here for frequently asked questions.
UFB gives access to the Cloud
The cloud is where you can put your data, files and even software so you can access it from any computer or device, anywhere, anytime.
> Click here for advice on what to consider before moving to the cloud.
> Click here for a simple cloud computing guide from Xero.
> Read more about UFB and the Cloud in our July 2013 newsletter.