Category Archives: CyberSecurity

Updated Privacy Legislation Comes into effect on 12 March 2014

All organisations and businesses should be aware of upcoming changes to Australian Privacy Laws. There are now 13 privacy principles, which are divided into 5 distinct categories:

  • General
  • Data Collection
  • Use of Personal Data
  • Integrity of Data
  • Access and correction

An excellent free summary available via the Association for Data-Driven Marketing & Advertsiing [ADMA] Knowledge Lab is worth downloading and reading from this link http://gjscomp.com/1g99Rs9.

For more detailed information, including background, please visit the Website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner http://gjscomp.com/1hIGt0b.

At the very least all companies should update their privacy policies, and seek information from their particular industry bodies which should already have in place templates and documentation.

Over time there is no doubt that that any breaches (such as via a businesses’ customers personal information being hacked and for example distributed online) that hefty fines will apply. It would seem that outside any financial cost to an organisation such a breach would, as it already is, be harmful to that particular company’s reputation.

It is also worth reading ITNews Darren Pauli’s Article “Privacy Act Audits Will Consider Infosec Budgets” http://gjscomp.com/MMeKzv.

Time Is Running Out – Windows XP

As many, if not most, Windows computer users are aware support for Windows XP is fast approaching – April 8th to be exact.

Windows XP End

At this late stage one can only wonder what threats emerge for those customers still running Windows XP after April 8th?

We are very pleased that the majority of GJ’s Computer Services customers, particularly our SMB clients, have over the past couple of years updated their Windows machines to mainly Windows 7, but also Windows 8/8.1. Those that have not are planning to do so and are mainly home users.

Today Microsoft, in partnership with LapLink, announced a free data migration tool for Windows XP users, which will copy files & settings from the Windows XP Computer to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP will be available for download later this week from http://gjscomp.com/1ktThdI.

Lastly, from March 8th Windows XP (Home & Professional) editions who receive Windows updates automatically will also start receiving notifications via the Screen Desktop informing them of the end of Windows XP Support on April 8th.

If you are unsure of what Windows Operating System you are running you can visit http://gjscomp.com/1gOp7fI to check.

If you are looking to upgrade your ‘old’ Windows XP machine or upgrading any Windows computers Geejay can purchase machines for you as well as migrate your data and settings.

BUSINESSES FAILING TO ADOPT NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL HAVE EGG ON THEIR FACE if they do not upgrade their existing Windows XP Computers by April 2014

It’s downright unprofessional and embarrassing when your PC is compromised and your entire contact list receives an email to “lose 15kg in just 15 days”, complete with a dodgy link fishing for their personal details. That’s something which could well be inevitable for XP users beyond April 2014 when security updates cease. It’s well known in cyber-security circles http://wind8apps.com/windows-xp-hackers-zero-day-vulnerabilities/#! that new vulnerabilities discovered being exploited by hackers in Windows XP has reduced considerably over the past quarter. Many experts are suggesting this shows the hackers are biding their time – they know if they discover exploits now Microsoft will still quickly patch them – but once they discover new exploits beyond April it’ll be a free for all and the hackers could demand considerably higher-than-usual fees to cyber-criminals who in turn can take control of millions of unpatched PCs. A dodgy email could be the best outcome; stolen personal information, passwords and credit card details are not out of the question.