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We're changing our name to efex Wollongong

On behalf of our team in Wollongong, we're pleased to let you know that The BMS Group is changing it's name to efex Wollongong.

Following the acquisition of BMS in February this year, our local team you know so well continue to support your business, however changing the name to efex Wollongong further solidifies our intention to support regional Australian businesses with a broader range of technology products, services & skills - all available on your doorstep.

While the name may no longer be, rest assured that BMS's legacy lives on locally through efex via our passionate & experienced team that take good care of your business technology needs.

If you have any questions or thoughts we encourage you to reach out to either of us directly on 02 4254 5444 or reply to this email.

Kind regards,
Nick Sheehan & Jenny Balzarano

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Company announcement: BMS merges with efex

As owners of BMS, we are excited to announce that our company is in the process of merging with efex – a national technology services provider with a growing number of regional & metropolitan branches under it's umbrella. The BMS Group now represents efex’s Wollongong branch.

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Can you spot a scam?

How well do you think you can spot an online scam?  Would you know what to do if you got caught out?

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Technical training goes virtual with HP

Wow!

That's the first word that comes to mind when I look at these pictures. Even just a few short years ago I never would have thought something like this was possible in 2020.

What you can see here is our first training day with HP's Virtual Reality training platform.

With a combination of HP's VR hardware and their customized training software, our technical team are enabled to learn how to service & repair HP print devices without leaving our office.

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Step up your data security with MFA

Most often, a hacker doesn't want access to your data so they can use it for anything in particular.  They really only want access so they can stop YOU from accessing it. This loss of control on your part is what's most lucrative to them. If you want your access back, you need to pay up. It's as simple as that.

It's common knowledge that the best way to stay in control of your data is with strong password protection. Our post from earlier this year outlines the complexity you should factor in, but there's another layer of protection readily available to ensure hackers are as far removed from your data as they possibly can be: multi-factor authentication (MFA).

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Is your security baseline up to scratch?

Have you heard of the Australian Government's 'essential 8'? If you're responsible for IT in your business, then hopefully you have. But if you haven't, here's the short explanation...
The essential 8 has been developed by the Australian Signals Directorate arm of the Australian Government. It's purpose is to set a baseline 'standard' of cyber-security that businesses should have in place in order to minimize the risk of a data security breach.

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Keep ahead with password management

It's reasonable to assume a hacker is working for financial gain in some way, shape or form. I'm sure the last thing you want to do then is make it easy for them to earn a living at your expense - to access your data, encrypt it and then make you pay up before releasing it back to you.

Fortunately there's plenty you can do to make sure you don't become a victim. By establishing some password management standards in your business you'll definitely keep a step ahead.

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The dark web. What is it exactly?

You've no doubt heard the term 'dark web', but perhaps you're not sure exactly what it is? Our infographic below gives a simple explanation. But before you scroll down, keep the following in mind...

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How much downtime can your business tolerate?

If you're trying to get your head around the difference between back up & business continuity, it ultimately comes down to downtime. How much can your business tolerate?

We strongly recommend every SMB has business continuity in place. Traditional back up isn't enough anymore to protect against all the cyber-threats that continuously try to push their way into your business.
Of course there's a cost, but in the long run you have peace of mind knowing you won't be losing days, weeks or even months of data if your business gets hit. Imagine how costly that would be.

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Office 365 Outlook. How does email in the cloud stack up for SME's?

Cutting to the chase, if you choose to take your business down the cloud-based-email path, you're going to be paying for more than just email. The Office 365 cloud offering (o365) is subscription-based and bundles together the standard Microsoft suite of products you likely use every day - Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc.  

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