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Protect and Patch against Ransomware attack NOW

Jethro Consultants - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 11:46am

Users of Windows need to be notified ASAP of a new ransomware strain and take immediate measures to patch.

Specifically, on May 12, 2017 a new strain of the Ransom.CryptXXX (WannaCry) strain of ransomware began spreading widely impacting a large number of organizations, particularly in Europe.

Wcry is demanding a ransom of $300 to $600 in Bitcoin to be paid by May 15, or, in the event that deadline is missed, a higher fee by May 19. The messages left on the screen say files will remain encrypted. It's not yet clear if there are flaws in the encryption scheme that might allow the victims to restore the files without paying the ransom.

If you have yet to install the Microsoft fix—MS17-010— you should do so immediately. You should also be extremely suspicious of all e-mails you receive, particularly those that ask the recipient to open attached documents or click on Web links.

If you have seen nonstandard activity and believe your customers’ information may have been exposed, please contact support.

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Sharepoint, Evernote and Productivity Tips

Jethro Consultants - Fri, 12/05/2017 - 12:03pm
Office 365 updates

To see all the office updates go to What’s new in Office 365

Here are some specific SharePoint Updates. If you are not using SharePoint, you are missing out on a major chunk of Office 365.

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Stay current with SharePoint updates

This video by Microsoft Mechanics will help keep you and your business on target with the newest security and compliance updates for SharePoint.

Watch the video

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Now you can sync all your SharePoint files

New features in OneDrive for Business let you sync between SharePoint Online team sites, files used inside Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Groups and OneDrive folders.

Learn more

Contact us today to find out how to ensure you are up to date with Office365 new features and tools

Tim is now an Evernote Certified Consultant

clip_image006Late last year Tim completed the certification process to be called an Evernote Certified Consultant.

Now we can help you build out productivity solutions in Evernote for yourself or your team or your entire business.

Evernote is an awesome note taking app that syncs across devices and platforms, iOS, Android, Windows and Mac as well as in the browser.

Here are some of the productivity tips and information from recent Evernote Blogs and articles.

Do vs. Done Lists: Jot Down Your Small Wins to Amplify Success

7 Tips from Experts: Watch Business Productivity Soar in Evernote

Contact us to discuss how Evernote could be used in your business

This Week’s Productivity Tips

Here are some recently located productivity tips.

5 Dreadful email mistakes to avoid

One click. That’s all it takes. clip_image007The Office Online extension adds a clickable icon to your Google Chrome™ browser, which allows you to open or create Office files and save them to OneDrive. After a one-time sign-in, one click is all you’ll need to unlock the power of Office.

Get an online presentation built in just a few minutes using QuickStarter in Sway. Office 365 users – this tool is free in your online portal and allows you to create polished online company presentations in just a few minutes. No more agonising about web development costs. Just create and share to your customers.

7 Email tips to control your inbox

Get control of your inbox with these built-in features. If inbox management is something you struggle with then we can come and show you how to save time every day in shortcuts and other power tools that speed up your message management.

Office Apps for Outlook

Check out a previous article that showcases some the best Outlook apps.

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Office 365 updates

Jethro Consultants - Fri, 12/05/2017 - 12:00pm

Office Extra | Your source for the newest ways to help you do more

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Higher performing teams start here

Collaboration is the key to success. That’s why Office 365 provides apps and services to help groups of all sizes and styles achieve together. And now, for high-velocity teamwork, there’s Microsoft Teams. Teams is the new chat-based workspace activated by over 30,000 organisations since it rolled out last November. It’s free with your subscription and ready to go.

Start using Teams

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Also new from Office 365

As a subscriber, you get the latest upgrades like these and more.

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New OneDrive admin centre is here

OneDrive is easier for IT to deploy and manage with the new OneDrive admin centre. Manage sync and sharing capabilities with better controls and confidence.

Learn more

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New DLP enhancements improve your safety

Enjoy unified control over policy creation, data reporting and more with latest updates to Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Office 365.

Learn more

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Get up to speed on your apps with Quick Starts

Use our Quick Starts, available online and for download, to learn all about the latest versions of Office 2016 apps.

Get going with Quick Starts now

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Learn FastTrack tips for Office 365 success

Get advice from Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois on how to reach your organisation's business goals with successful Office 365 adoption.

Register to watch

Contact us today to find out how to ensure you are up to date with Office365 new features and tools

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National Broadband Network Senate Inquiry

Jethro Consultants - Fri, 12/05/2017 - 11:58am

On 14 September 2016, pursuant to the agreement of the House of Representatives and the Senate, a Joint Standing Committee was established to inquire into and report on the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The committee is composed of nine Members and eight Senators.

The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2017.

Committee Secretariat contact:

PO Box 6100

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 3585

Fax: 02 6277 5794

nbn.joint@aph.gov.au

If any of our customers wants to make a submission about the current NBN rollout debacle please contact me as we can do a joint submission if you like.

There is also a public hearing in Redcliffe for those businesses local to the Moreton Bay Region.

Date: Thursday 6th April

Venue: Mon Komo Hotel, 99 Marine Parade, Redcliffe

Time: 9am – 3pm

The public forum is open for anyone to attend.

Contact us today to find out how to utilise these tools

Is Digital Transformation Just Hype?

Digital Transformation is one of the biggest (and most misused) business buzzwords right now.

What many people and businesses don’t realise is that it relies heavily on two underlying stages, of digital competence and digital usage before it can happen.

In other words, a business cannot achieve any of the expected gains from Digital Transformation if they haven’t changed their underlying understanding and usage of the digital technologies that are available to them.

Yes – this means CHANGING THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS. Without changing there is no transformation.

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Most likely you are using some digital technologies in your business, Office 365, Email, mobile technologies and so on. But if your business hasn’t changed how it does things then you are missing out on the amazing benefits these technologies can provide when used the way they were designed.

Here is a short checklist: If you answer Yes to any of these then you have not fully understood what business transformations are available to your business.

  • Do you send emails with files attached?
  • Do you have meetings where people bring pads and paper and take notes?
  • Do you cancel / postpone meetings because an important person can’t be there physically?
  • Do you still have a computer server on your premises?
  • Do you keep your accounting records on a computer in your office? (E.g. MYOB etc.)

Here are some questions that if you answer No to you may be missing out on technology that is readily available, and likely being used by your competitors to gain an edge over you.

Do you have mobile EFTPOS and or mobile Sales Terminals?

  • Can you readily access your files on your phone or tablet? E.g. that sales quote you just prepared. (And not because you emailed it to yourself as an attachment )
  • Can you employ a new person and have them accessing email and data within an hour of being employed?
  • If a machine breaks down in your factory do you get an automatic alert on your phone immediately?
  • If negative feedback on social media happens, do you have a staff member who is notified immediately and deals with it to create a positive outcome?

There are many more tests of digital transformation. I suggest if you failed any of these tests above that you contact us for a discussion. Your competitors probably will.

We can also run a personalised workshop for you and your business for a flat rate of $175.

Contact us to discuss what digital transformation can do for your business

Moreton Technology Alliance – 2017 Digital Trends Function

For those in the Moreton Bay Region we warmly invite you to our next Moreton Technology Alliance function. Come along on Thursday night 20th April to have a drink and listen to the two Moreton Bay Digital Community Champions, Kate vanderVoort and James Novak, talk about the current trends in Social Media and 3D printing as they apply to business.

For all the event details and tickets ($15 includes 1 free drink) go to the MTA website

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Using Outlook Calendars to Improve your Productivity

Jethro Consultants - Fri, 12/05/2017 - 11:53am

Inspired by a quick Skype for Business presentation I just did with three customers assisting them share their calendars I decided to write this short training tool. Outlook is the primary email management tool for most business people worldwide. It is also an extremely feature rich time management tool with many capabilities that a lot of people have no idea it can do.

clip_image002Here’s a short list of some of the amazing things you can do in Outlook, and particularly in Calendars.

  • Out of Office messages (technically not in the calendar) - utilising dates and time to send out of messages to either or both internal and external email recipients.
  • Delegate permissions – sharing your calendar with others in your organisation to see or edit calendar items on your behalf.
  • View multiple calendars – see multiple people’s calendars stacked side by side, on top or even overlaid to see calendars and find joint free time.
  • View and subscribe to external calendars – see others calendars or appointments.
  • Share your calendar externally – free busy time, free busy with subject and location, or all calendar information.
  • Use categories and colours for quick visual calendar – see the image.
  • Plugins (Tools from the Office Store) Find time is possibly the best tool ever – and its free! https://findtime.microsoft.com/
  • Create Skype for Business meeting requests right inside Outlook Calendar items by clicking the Skype icon on the toolbar.

Contact us today to find out how to utilise these tools

Improve Your Marketing with the Right Corporate Image

Your sales begin with you. Your corporate profile on your website and LinkedIn either attracts people to do business with you or drives them away. Even worse is having a grey shadow head.

We have this great offer for March 2017 with a discounted headshot price for up to 5 staff.

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Contact us today to book your photoshoot

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Google changes the rules again - Don't drive your customers away

Jethro Consultants - Fri, 12/05/2017 - 11:18am

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If you use internet banking, you use SSL. It’s the little lock icon in the address bar. Sometimes the address turns green. That is telling you that this site is secure and any information you share with the website is encrypted and sent in a secure transmission layer.

Without it your information is not encrypted.

Starting January 2017 Google has started labelling sites that are not secure. If your company website is currently http://mycompany.com.au and not https://mycompany.com.au even your contact us form will be marked as not secure.

Improve your search ranking, help your customers know you are serious about security and privacy and get secure today.

We have been busy securing customers’ websites with a secure SSL Certificate. Our standard cost for most websites is around $500 including a 3-year certificate. If you are running an ecommerce site this is an absolute must. Even if you just have a website that has an insecure contact form, then it is likely your ranking will be dropping below your competitors who are secure.

Eventually Google will start showing websites that are not secure with a big red warning sign. That will scare customers off in droves.

It’s a small investment to get secure. Call us today and we can schedule you in.

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Contact us today to get your website secure

Improve Your Digital Business Skills with Jethro

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Introducing a new program for our small business customers. So often small and micro businesses are just left cold by the large corporations and government agencies tasked with helping them. As a small business also, we share your frustration. You are so busy working in your business it’s hard to find time to work on your business.

So, we are offering a personalised (not a standard PowerPoint driven seminar) presentation for you and your business.

The time cost is small – just 2 hours – and can be done after hours. We will connect via phone or Skype for Business.

The monetary cost is also small – just $175.

We will assist your business by helping you understand how you can:

  • Streamline your business operations
  • Understand POS and e-commerce solutions
  • Learn about online accounting and payroll systems
  • Increase your productivity and profitability
  • How to create targeted advertising that reaches your customers directly
  • And much more

Contact us today to book a digital skills workshop

Office 365 updates include new OneDrive Sync tool

There have been rafts of Office 365 updates lately. Please ensure your desktop applications are up to date. You can check within any application (e.g. Word) by clicking File| Account and Update Options.

clip_image006Once you are sure you are up to date then you can also log in online and see what new features might be available to you.

These could include Bookings, Teams, and more.

If you would like to learn more about these new features and whether or not your business can improve productivity by using them then contact us for more information.

OneDrive Sync Tool.

For many of our clients and ourselves the oft times buggy old OneDrive Sync tool has been a cause of frustration and annoyance.

Welcome to the new Sync Tool. Released late January it is a painless process to upgrade and get all your SharePoint folders syncing using the new tool.

One major benefit is the ability to choose which files and folders to selectively sync.

Contact us today if you need assistance upgrading your sync tool.

In addition, the changes have also included some new back end administration options that previously did not exist. These include

  • Coauthoring and in-app sharing for Office files
  • Prevent users from changing the location of their OneDrive folder
  • Prevent users from configuring personal OneDrive accounts
  • Set the default location for the OneDrive folder
  • Users can choose how to handle Office files in conflict

If you would like to know more about or deploy any of these group policies contact us for more information.

Contact us today to upgrade OneDrive Sync Tool

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