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End of support for Windows XP
Thursday, 30 January 2014

Microsoft are reminding user that after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to protect your PC.)

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
 
PPG are recommending that after April 8 Computers with Windows XP as the operating system should not be connected to the internet or your business network.
 
If you are using an XP computers in a stand alone mode (not connected to any network or the internet)  your threat is reduced, but be aware that Virus and malware can be transmitted via USB memory sticks so use caution when using USB memory sticks.
 
Should you wish to update any PCs in your business, please call the PPGAccess Help Desk on AU: 1800 627 798 or NZ: 0800 442 531  to discuss your needs. PPGAccess is an Authorised HP dealer with access to the full range of HP desktops and laptops at competitive prices.
 
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Last Updated ( Monday, 10 February 2014 )
 
Virus Alert
Monday, 16 December 2013

Via a couple of customers, we have been made aware of  malware that makes users' computer files unreadable until they pay a hefty ransom. This has begun infiltrating Australian computers after wreaking havoc in Britain and the US. 
 
The so-called "ransomware", known as CryptoLocker, silently encrypts files on Windows computers, along with files on any connected network storage or USB devices, rendering them unreadable.
Once the encryption process finishes, it tells users to pay a ransom, which so far has been $100, $300 or two bitcoins, currently worth about $2400
 
Users become infected when they open email attachments from what appear legitimate sources such as delivery firm FedEX and anti-virus providers Symantec and McAfee. CryptoLocker also can piggyback its way into your computer via other malware.

If you do not have backup copies of files, there is a strong possibility you will lose all your data. In this case even good Anti virus software is not enough protection as it is possible this virus will encrypt your files before your anti virus software detects it.
Think of the disruption your business would insure, if you lost all your data.
 
What you can do to minimize the risk to your business.

  • Be careful when using your computer
    • Don’t open attachments on emails you don’t trust 100%
    • Don’t browse to “Non Business” web sites on your business computer.
    • Don’t let your kids use your business computer.
  • Do regular backups of all critical files.
    • This should include your Business Manager Database and Images files and MYOB files.
  • Ensure you keep old copies of backups. Don’t overwrite old backup copies. 
    • Use DVDs to back up to and keep all old copies of backups, in case newer copies are corrupted.
    • If you backup to USB drives, get a number of them and use them in rotation so you always have a backup copy of your latest one.
  • Don’t leave backup device attached to your computer or network. 
    • Keep your backup media, whether it is DVDs, USB drives away from your computer. 
    • Ideally a backup of you important data should be kept away from your business premises. 

 

Read more about the Crypto Locker malware - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CryptoLocker

 

 
Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2013 )
 
November 25 - Updated NTAR times
Monday, 25 November 2013

NRMA New Times & Rates update now available to be used in Business Manager. Please go to the support site for the download or click on the button below. LTAR (Luxury Times & Rates) are now included in the database.

Please note that the NTAR update (data) is different from the Business Manager update (software) and is posted separately. Customers who use NTAR times should run both updates to be fully up to date with both software and data.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2013 )
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