Hello and welcome to our December 2015 newsletter

It seems like only a few weeks since we welcomed you to 2015 and we’re now getting ready to bid it farewell – how time flies when you’re having fun!

We trust you’ve had a wonderful year – one that has both challenged & stretched you as well as being extremely rewarding and successful. It’s really a matter of perspective – with so much negativity in the world already we like to take the “glass half full” approach to things so there’s more of a positive outlook. This certainly makes things brighter.

In case you missed it, we moved office back in June and are now located at 514 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown. It’s a great location, about 10 minutes from the city and surrounded with excellent eating places (plus the local hardware store which is a popular hangout for a couple of us!). If you’re driving past and want to drop in for a coffee we’d love to welcome you.

As we get ready to wind down for the Christmas/new year period, it’s important to bear in mind a few important (technology related) points:

Backups: ensure you have a plan for not only an end of year backup of critical data but also a plan for continuing backups even whilst the office might be closed. This is especially important if you have information feeding into the network – emails, orders, reports etc. We can provision online backups that operate automatically, providing complete peace of mind for data protection.

Security: security covers a wide range of specific areas within the wider spheres of data, physical and connectivity security. As an example, you may have a password to get into your computer, but if that computer is stolen and the hard drive removed the data on that drive could be compromised if it’s not kept encrypted. What about your backup media – are the contents encrypted? Have you had the wireless network in your office tested and confirmed as secure?

Power protection: during the hot weather it’s not unusual for the power supply to become dirty or fail completely. A mixture of spikes, brown outs, surges or loss of mains. These incidents can cause data corruption or even catastrophic equipment failure. Installing a decent UPS to protect your equipment, and allow a graceful shutdown in the event of a power failure, is cheap insurance. You do need to make sure you select the right UPS for the task though – please ask us for guidance.

Malware: we often find an increase in the amount of malware attacking networks when there are special occasions – Christmas and Valentine’s Day are 2 of the key times. Be careful of emails you receive that might appear to be special greeting cards but actually contain something sinister. Anti-virus software is designed to protect you from computer viruses but not necessarily malware, which tends to attack in a different way. We work with advanced technology that provides much better protection from these threats. If you have concerns you may not be adequately protected we’re only a phone call or email away.

We’ll be dropping to skeleton staff over the Christmas/New Year period, but will still be here to support you should the need arise.

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We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy Christmas & new year and the very best of success for 2016 & beyond.

Calvert Technologies