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  • Ending the Strike with Autonomous Trains

    Ending the Strike with Autonomous Trains

    Train drivers are on strike in Melbourne today. But within the decade, their jobs won't exist anyway! Autonomous trains are already operating in Australia. Self driving cars are not far away. And white-collar workers will see many of their jobs replaced by computer automation.

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  • Remote access? Greater flexibility? Make sure all the infrastructure works. Not just yours.

    Remote access? Greater flexibility? Make sure all the infrastructure works. Not just yours.

    The workforce is changing. People want greater flexibility in how, when and where they work. Workplaces are meeting this need through cultural change and upgrading business technology to enable remote access. But, is the infrastructure at 'remote' workplaces adequate?

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  • Digital detoxing – Switch off and feel liberated

    Digital detoxing – Switch off and feel liberated

    In our daily life we are connected at all times to everything and anything. It’s great. But wouldn’t it be nice to take a break from our digital device dependency, even just for a short while?

    But how? Is there a place we can switch off and truly detox?

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  • Maintaining business growth in a challenging and fast-paced world

    Maintaining business growth in a challenging and fast-paced world

    In today's fast-paced world, continual growth and productivity improvements are not merely a nice to have, but an absolute necessity for your business.

    With Office 365, Microsoft’s ‘Office in the Cloud’ solution your people can be more productive from anywhere, and help drive business growth.

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  • Windows 10, it may be the latest, but is it the greatest?

    Windows 10, it may be the latest, but is it the greatest?

    In early October Microsoft released a preview version of its new operating system, Windows 10.

    Here we take a look at three key features of this new version of Windows and wonder what happened to Windows 9.

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  • SECURITY ALERT - New Cryptolocker email variant

    SECURITY ALERT - New Cryptolocker email variant

    VISITS is issuing a warning to businesses to be extra vigilant with IT security, and educating staff about not opening unsolicited emails, links and attachments.

    This follows our detection of a new variant Cryptolocker email attacking Australian businesses.

    Watch our video on detecting malicious emails.

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  • Catch of the Day? ... Your information

    Catch of the Day? ... Your information

    The danger of “single passwords”

    Online retailer, Catch of the Day, announced last week that hackers have stolen their customer database. Included in the theft were the names, home addresses, email addresses, “hashed” or “encrypted” passwords and credit card details of some customers.

    Find out what you should be doing to protect your information.

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  • SECURITY ADVISORY: Heartbleed Security Bug

    SECURITY ADVISORY: Heartbleed Security Bug

    There has been a lot of media coverage in recent days about the "Heartbleed Security Bug", and many IT vendors and cloud application providers have sent emails advising clients to change passwords or update their security systems. VISITS is issuing this advice in relation to Heartbleed.

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  • Security Warning: Cryptolocker

    Security Warning: Cryptolocker

    VISITS is issuing a warning to businesses to be extra vigilant with IT security, including educating staff about not opening unsolicited attachments. This follows increasing prevalence of the Cryptolocker trojan amongst businesses.

    Cryptolocker is a nasty ransomware trojan that is a good demonstration of how the weakest link in your IT security makes your business vulnerable.

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  • Are you ready for the new Privacy Laws?

    Are you ready for the new Privacy Laws?

    In just one month, on 12 March 2014, new Privacy Laws come into effect in Australia. And there is every chance that your business needs to take steps to comply. New harsh penalties will also apply for breaches of these Privacy Laws.

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  • Solving the wrong problem?

    Solving the wrong problem?

    Recently, I was introduced to a Powerpoint alternative called Prezi. Having suffered through many 'death by powerpoint' presentations over the years (perhaps even inflicting some suffering on others), I was excited to try Prezi. But after spending a few hours with the software, I decided to cancel my subscription.

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  • So many apps, some rather brilliant.

    So many apps, some rather brilliant.

    Software as a Service (cloud applications) has resulted in the creation of a huge array of applications. A couple relatively new ones have been bringing me much office joy.

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  • Why are we so ignorant about security?

    Why are we so ignorant about security?

    Two interesting things happened this weekend. The first was a conversation with a person who specialises (somewhat ironically) in security cameras. The second was a TV news report on hacking.

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  • Windows 8 - Our views and recommendations

    Windows 8 - Our views and recommendations

    The launch of Windows 8 last week received considerable media attention. The inevitable question is should you use Windows 8 on your next office PC purchase, or ‘downgrade’ back to Windows 7?

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