Why you need an Electrical Surge Protector or a UPS?

Recent thunderstorm activity on the East Coast of Australia has caused havoc with IT equipment in office & homes. After last Saturday night’s storm we lost a printer, cable modem and backup external drive to a lightning strike, luckily all the computers were on surge protectors. We didn’t actually get struck by lightning, so why did we lose three pieces of equipment in one storm and most importantly how do we stop it happening to again or to one of our customers. Most technology depends on a clean, uninterrupted supply of electricity. Unfortunately, inconsistencies in your electrical supply or a sudden complete loss of power can cause major damage to computer systems and other sensitive equipment. Electrical supply is subjected to ‘brownouts’, surges and even complete outages. ‘Brownouts’ are momentary slumps in supply, to a level under 100 volts. They are normally caused by ‘heavy use’ devices (e.g. motors, compressors, air conditioners and laser printers) being turned on, creating a momentary drain on the power supply. Brownouts can affect a computer even if the voltage dip cannot be ‘seen’ (e.g. the lights in the room dimming). And if they don’t crash your PC, they can cause stresses that can shorten the life of its components. Surges of power often follow brownouts as the power rebounds back to normal, and can have similar effects caused by too much voltage. Complete outages are most common in suburban areas where lines are hung on poles that are exposed to lightening. What devices will protect my systems from electrical issues: Surge/power filters or protectors are designed to ‘fail’ and cut the offending power...

Be Prepared To Fight Cyber Crime – Our Checklist

Cyber Crime continues to grow at an alarming rate worldwide and we are all potential victims unless we take a few precautions, here is a brief explanation of the risks & our prevention checklist. What does “cyber environment” actually mean? We can interchange that term with others such as information technology, computer networks, Internet, digital, wired and virtual. It’s the non-physical terrain created by computer systems that is keeping us more interconnected than ever before. The average person now spends over five hours a day in online activities related to jobs, education, e-mail, mobile banking, health care, online shopping, travel, entertainment and social media communications. All of this digital convenience also presents a wide range of threats, dangers and responsibilities. Especially with more information shared via Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, we need to be increasingly vigilant about the security of our personal data. The Dangers of Cyber Crimes For individuals, the ever-present danger of cyber crimes includes hacker theft of confidential information, money, credit, banking and even medical information. This type of crime often results in personal identity theft. Other facets of cyber crime include online bullying and stalking that can affect your children. Malicious business scams are probably the most common. The threats to businesses include the loss of intellectual property, stolen client data or harm to the business’ computer network. The statistics on cyber crime are sobering. In 2013, online scams had increased by 355%. Cyber attacks on small businesses had increased by 18% over the past two years, with over 60% of these targeted businesses closing their doors within six months. How to Protect...