Category Archives: IT Security

The Benefits of Leasing: Jump-start Your Business, Conserve Capital

Delaying equipment upgrades and acquisition due to capital constraints slows growth potential. Instead of waiting, many forward-thinking businesses are turning to the power of leasing. 

What is leasing?

Leasing is a pre-approved line of credit that your business can draw down as needed for ongoing equipment and technology requirements. 

There are a variation of lease types – they all allow you to get the equipment you need immediately, generate income and put your capital to better use elsewhere in your business strategy.  

Why lease? 

It’s the fastest, most convenient way to acquire new technology. Plus, it’s a super-flexible and cost-effective way to achieving sustainable growth. Other benefits include:

  • Improved cashflow management – with no large capital outlay
  • Easy-to-manage monthly payments instead of one large upfront payment
  • Regular upgrades and replacement cycles so your business is always up-to-date
  • A redeploy of capital for more efficient use and improved ROI
  • An avoidance of the costs that come with outdated equipment
  • Tax advantages
  • Paying for equipment as you use it to generate profits
  • A responsible disposal of your tech assets at the end of their life 

Which lease?

Every business is different and will call for a different kind of lease. Match your lease to your equipment and choose one that suits you budget and business requirements. 

For example, fast depreciating items suit an operating lease with end of term upgrade options, whilst items with a long useful life might be better obtained on leases with an ownership outcome.

A smart way of acquiring new equipment, leasing is a new and viable avenue for many organisations. Find one that includes all setup costs, licensing and caters to your business needs today.

How Do I Recycle My Computer? The Deal with e-Waste in New Zealand

Every dog has its day. Every electronic device has its final system crash. 

Time to get rid of your beloved Mac? First, the facts:

  1. The components and materials used to create computers and other electronics can be toxic when leaked into soil, atmosphere and water systems via improper disposal. 
  2. Chucking computers and other e-Waste into the trash causes landfills to overflow.
  3. Disposing of your e-Waste properly protects the environment and you and your business against leaks of secure information.

Many companies in New Zealand have tried to recycle the complex mix of e-Waste by several different approaches, but are always hindered by the lack of volume needed to cover the large setup and processing costs. 

In short, we just don’t have the volumes to make recycling e-Waste material viable. 

So, how do you dispose of your computer? Luckily, there is a way. 

With our partners, Computer Recycling Ltd, you can rest assured that your recycling is going to its final resting place without harming the planet.

They use a technical approach to divide out e-Waste:

  • For Reuse 
    • These items are tested and refurbished then marketed to their parent company. 
  • For Recycling
    • These items are prepared, dismantled and packaged.

The team also use data destruction software for your business’ protection and even offer a free pick up service for 10 items or more within a 25km radius of Auckland City.

It really is that simple. 
Do your bit. Get in touch with Computer Recycling today.

Ransomware Protection: Important message on the latest attacks

Following up on our message over the weekend, we would like to provide you with further important information about the dangers of CryptoLocker, the virus which got spread around the world over the weekend.

Strange and Unwanted emails – If in doubt, don’t open and delete!
The biggest way that computers get infected, is by Email Phishing.
Phishing is a method that Virus makers use to trick you in to opening emails, visiting a website and clicking links for something that you may think is genuine.

What do these include?  Emails posing to be from PayPal, eBay, NZ or AUS Post, the Major Banks (ANZ, Westpac, ASB) etc.
Recently there has been a Cryptolocker outbreak where a lot of emails are coming through with resume as an attachment as well.

Do they have attachments?
Most of the time, they do have attachments which are mostly ZIP; DOCX; PDF or EXE files but there could be others as well.

If you receive an email and you’re unsure of its origin – DELETE IT!
It is better to be safe than sorry!
Other ways the virus can be contracted is from Illegal software download sites such as using BitTorrent.
Whilst “free” music and movies are readily available – they are prone to be infected.

What does CryptoLocker do?
The CryptoLocker virus encrypts your entire hard drive content and your computer becomes completely unusable.
Once your data is encrypted, there is virtually no way to get it back, unless you have a backup.

Regarding the latest Microsoft Updates, how can I apply?
All our managed computers are patched/updated every day at 3:00PM if the computer is online and you have not requested to be out of this schedule.
A number of these updates only finish the installation after the computer is restarted, so we are advising everyone to restart your computer at the end of today and every day.
If you missed the updates today, don’t worry our system will try to apply them again on the next day until your computer is online.

I suspect or I’ve been hit with CryptoLocker, what can I do?
The first thing to do is isolate the spread of the Virus.
Disconnect your computer from the internet by removing the Ethernet cable and/or disconnecting from Wifi.

Contact Base 2 Support straight away at 0800 14 2273 or email at [email protected]

Under no circumstances should you pay the ransom money.

Regards,
The Base 2 Team

NZ News: Popular LED name-badges open computers to hackers

A popular Christmas gift from Typo may expose computers to hackers. Hidden software installed on the device means inserting the USB accessory into your computer could leave you vulnerable to attacks, particularly from overseas hackers installing Ransomware.

Ransomware is a type of virus that essentially locks down your files until you pay the hackers a “ransom” to release them.

(original article on Newshub.)

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“You Hacked!” – San Francisco Transit Hit with Ransomware

San Fransisco’s light rail system was compromised over the weekend and passengers were greeted with the message, “You Hacked!” at ticket kiosks. While kind of funny, this could have ended very differently.

Turns out the attackers weren’t initially after attention, however they did demand a ransom in Bitcoin, and threatened to release data if it wasn’t paid.

It doesn’t look like it’s gone any further at this stage but what ended up being an inconvenience could  have been a very expensive and embarrassing occurance.

This serves as a reminder to be vigilant for vulnerabilities in your network. As the attacker said themselves in an email, the “SFMTA network was Very Open and 2000 Server/PC infected by software!”

Source: Techcrunch – read more here

Cybercrime costs $600 billion a year

Awareness is high when it comes to Cybercrime: around 90% of Kiwis admit that they stop to think before clicking on links and attachments in emails.

Training on cyber security at work is scarily low, however, with only 17% of Kiwis saying they’ve received advice on security. The impact of this lack of training could be putting thousands of NZ businesses at risk.

Communications minister Amy Adams explains that cybercrime is now “bigger than the global drugs trade” with a cost of around $600 billion a year”.

Read More Here: IT Brief – Cybercrime Now bigger Than Global Drugs Trade

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