Are you protected from ransomware?
ransomware

In light of the WannaCry and Petya Cyber-attacks that have rocked the internet, CERTASSURE has offered further insight on the matter and provided tips on how to avoid losing precious data from your business or home server. The Petya ransomware outbreak occurred on Tuesday, 27 June and has affected over 200 000 people in 150 countries. In South Africa, the Department of Basic Education’s website was hacked late on Wednesday night, although not a Petya attack, it was a vicious act of public defacement to a government website. The worming ransomware is the largest ransomware infection in history. A computer worm has the ability to spread by itself. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of cyber-attack that locks all digital files and demands payment in order for them to be returned. If your computer is compromised, it will look like this: If your computer is infected with a ransomware virus it will become unusable and will remain on the above image until the ransom is paid. This malicious software can lock any device such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. Where does ransomware originate from? The software originates within an attachment in an email and disguises itself as something harmless. Once it is opened the ransomware encrypts the hard drive and makes it impossible to access or retrieve anything that is stored, i.e. photographs, documents, music or other files. The first documented case of ransomware occurred in 2005 in the United States and quickly spread to the rest of the world. […]

CERTASSURE Now Available To UK and South African Market
CERTASSURE

CERTASSURE launched in the United Kingdom and South Africa in June, 2017. The SSL provider has enjoyed much success in the United States and the move to the UK and South Africa has been a long awaited move. CERTASSURE’s digital certificates are a quick and cost-effective way for any business to assure trust for their downloadable software and protect customer transactions via mobile applications and websites. The internet security company has disrupted the internet security market by offering Always-On Subscription SSL, a flexible monthly subscription SSL solution that provides businesses with cost-effective and easy-to-deploy website security. We spoke to Managing Director, Quintin Philander, on what prompted the launch into the United Kingdom and South Africa and the current state of internet security. What prompted the launch into the UK and RSA? “At CERTASSURE, our business has been designed around the customer experience. That includes how customers learn about our digital certificates, use our portals and interact with our teams. With this in mind, we decided to expand our internet footprint and create a dedicated team to better serve our customers across Europe and Africa.” What, in your opinion, are some of the security issues internet users face today? “In the last decade, the world of computing has changed significantly as more and more businesses rely increasingly on the World Wide Web and networked systems/services in order to conduct business. As more and more people, devices, machines become connected over the internet, so do the number of possible targets and the […]

SSL Technology and How to Identify an Insecure Website
How to Identify an Insecure Website

If you think that simply because a website indicates ‘a secure pop up’ that you are safe from hacking, think again. Users without proper Secure Sockets Layering (SSL) technology are at a high risk of privacy concerns such as phishing, cyber stalking and identity theft, to name a few. Last year, Google announced that it would start ‘shaming’ websites that were insecure and did not use web encryption. This was the start of Google’s war on the unencrypted web and as of January 2017, Chrome users are now notified whether an HTTP site is secured or not. As an internet user, it is vital that you know exactly what to look out for when browsing the internet in order to avoid falling victim to internet scams. How to identify an insecure website With Google Chrome, you will be alerted whether or not you can visit the site safely or privately. This is usually shown with three security symbols: The green lock that indicates ‘Secure’ The white info icon that indicates ‘Info or Not Secure’ The red hazard sign that indicates ‘Not Secure or Dangerous’ Secure means the information you send through to the site is private. This, however, is not fool proof. It is always a good idea to check the location bar of the website and see whether it is displaying the website’s proper name. Info or Not Secure means the site you are visiting does not have a private connection and someone may be able to access the […]

Creative Awards 2016 Sees Local Design Talent Gunning for Top Prizes
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Voting for the Creative Awards 2016 is fully underway as SA’s top design schools go head-to-head for cash prizes valued at R35,000 and an iMac computer for their school. October marked the launch of South Africa’s most highly anticipated design competition: the Creative Awards 2016 proudly sponsored by WEBPRINTER, a national printing company that has invested in providing a visible platform for up and coming design talent. Voting is now fully underway as friends, families, members of the general public and fellow design students cast their votes for their favourite artworks online. “The Creative Awards 2016 has received a great response from South Africa’s top design students at various prestigious design schools, and has given them a platform to showcase their unique interpretations of this year’s theme: Save Water,” says WEBPRINTER’S CEO Peter Kohnert. Students from City Varsity in Cape Town, Friends of Design Academy and Inscape Education are currently heading the leader board, with an average of 1,500 votes each. Prizes The winners of this year’s competition will walk away with fantastic prizes for themselves and the colleges they represent. The winning designer will walk away with a R20, 000 cash prize and their winning designed poster, fitting this year’s Save Water theme, will be distributed to national organisations and municipalities around the country. What’s more, the visual arts or design college that the winning designer represents will also receive a top-of-the-range Apple iMac computer valued at R27, 000. Second and third runners-up will win R10, 000 and R5, […]

Three Tech Valentines to Swoon Over Right Now

Don’t you just love it when someone invents something great that makes our lives a whole lot easier? From personal robots that make you coffee to the ergonomically designed computer mouse, there are so many toys to choose from that make our lives better. Whether they’ve been out a week or a decade, gadgets (or gadgies, as the Aussies say) and apps that help us hack life and business are worth a mention in our little black book. Here are our three favourites. What’s Wooing Us in Tech Right Now?   1 – Beaver Builder for WordPress While it’s not exactly hot out of the tech oven, WP Beaver Builder has made the jobs of so many web developers and amateur designers a whole lot easier. Essentially a drag-and-drop framework for website design, Beaver Builder sets itself apart from the usual visual editors in use today in several ways: Firstly, you build with a front-end interface, so you can see your changes happening in real-time, as opposed to the usual edit/preview/publish routine we’ve all become accustomed to. Secondly, Beaver Builder has developed its own theme specifically designed for use with the builder plug-in. It’s lightweight and simple, meaning quicker site speeds; yet it delivers a look and feel that is exceptionally pleasing. In addition, there are several pre-built templates available that can be inserted into the page to speed up the design process. These are unique in themselves in that you can drop them in while you build without importing […]

5 Digital Trends that Will Change Your Life in 2016

The digital space is always shifting, expanding, creating room for more. Our newsfeeds are inundated daily with fresh influxes of ICT-related information, and every week brings new advances in tech, big and small. With the constant buzz around innovation, we’re not always sure what’s really disrupting the industry, and what’s just fluff. How Digital Will Change Your Life this Year 1 – Virtual Reality (VR) for Everyday Life While the concept of VR has been around since the ‘70s, the technology never seemed to catch up, and there was no way to distribute the service to the public, who generally couldn’t afford the gadgetry required. Until now. Smartphones have changed everything. With HD cameras, GPS and screen rotation functionality, as well as enhanced processing power, the Smartphone is fully capable of running VR software. This not only makes for a seamless VR experience, but also makes it accessible to anyone with a mobile smart device. This year, HTC, Sony and the Facebook-owned Oculus will each release their own VR headsets, VIVE, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift, respectively. The much anticipated Oculus Rift is set to hit shelves from April 2016. Robust user experience (UX) testing paired with a dose of healthy competition means that we’re in for a life-changing VR experience. At home, consumers will be able to play exhilarating online games, as well as be able to learn practical skills in real time instead of in theory – great for kids learning sports. Training simulators will not only be […]

Telkom InnoTech Programme Announces Phase Two Finalists
Telkom InnoTech

In July 2015, the Bandwidth Barn, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative’s (CiTi) incubator and hub for innovators and entrepreneurs, announced the launch of the Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech programme. The InnoTech programme supports emerging ICT entrepreneurs and black-owned SMME’s at their early prototype stages. Fifteen black-owned businesses were selected to join the programme and went through an intensive eight-week pitch deck journey of assessing the commercial viability of their ideas. They were provided with support, coaching, networking opportunities, and office space and services at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock. This prepared them for their final pitches that took place in late October. The entrepreneurs developed a wide variety of concepts that ranged from online tutoring programs to printing solutions and education through gaming. The pitches were presented to a panel of expert judges including Litha Kutta, who heads up Preferential Procurement at Telkom Enterprise and Supplier Development. Seven of the fifteen businesses were selected to continue to the second phase of the program, which will see them receiving business and technical support to launch their product into the market. In addition to a structured programme of seminars and one-on-one mentorship, each participating organisation will also receive customised business development support to the value of R20 000. “The InnoTech Fellows have really impressed us by turning their interesting ideas into strong, exciting business proposals in just eight weeks,” said Michelle Matthews, Innovation Programme Manager at CiTi. “They have been equipped with concepts and tools that will serve them well throughout their entrepreneurial journey.” The […]

From Jobless to Employed: CapaCiTi’s Top Tech Talent Pipeline Launches over 500 Tech Professionals into Top Jobs

From Jobless to Employed: CapaCiTi’s Top Tech Talent Pipeline Launches over 500 Tech Professionals into Top Jobs   CapaCiTi, Africa’s most successful tech talent pipeline, recently celebrated over 500 tech graduates matched to top tech positions over the last five years. The CapaCiTi programme has made significant progress in equipping South Africa’s youth with skills demanded by rapidly growing tech-enabled sectors. The programme takes unemployed youth and reskills them with highly marketable tech skills- including business analysis, software development and IT networking skills; equips them with job readiness training and other life skills and finds them internships and full time jobs thereafter, all at no charge to the student. Ninety-eight percent of all graduates between 2011 and 2015 are still in employment at over 150 South African companies. CapaCiTi celebrated their students’ success at the annual Top Tech Talent Graduation Event held at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday, 24th of November. This celebration was attended by key political dignitaries, students, alumni from past programmes, partner companies, funders and educators. Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Government MEC for Education, highlighted the importance of recognising that not only digital literacy but also tech skills are essential to adequately preparing youth for the post-school world. “We are very excited about CapaCiTi’s initiative in ensuring that they up-skill ICT learners and enable them to find and secure employment,” says Schäfer. “Ensuring that our young people are digitally literate in this day and age is vitally important for when they leave school and graduate from […]

Telkom InnoTech Programme Announces Phase Two Finalists

In July 2015, the Bandwidth Barn, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative’s (CiTi) incubator and hub for innovators and entrepreneurs, announced the launch of the Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech programme. The InnoTech programme supports emerging ICT entrepreneurs and black-owned SMME’s at their early prototype stages. Fifteen black-owned businesses were selected to join the programme and went through an intensive eight-week pitch deck journey of assessing the commercial viability of their ideas. They were provided with support, coaching, networking opportunities, and office space and services at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock. This prepared them for their final pitches that took place in late October. The entrepreneurs developed a wide variety of concepts that ranged from online tutoring programs to printing solutions and education through gaming. The pitches were presented to a panel of expert judges including Litha Kutta, who heads up Preferential Procurement at Telkom Enterprise and Supplier Development. Seven of the fifteen businesses were selected to continue to the second phase of the program, which will see them receiving business and technical support to launch their product into the market. In addition to a structured programme of seminars and one-on-one mentorship, each participating organisation will also receive customised business development support to the value of R20 000. “The InnoTech Fellows have really impressed us by turning their interesting ideas into strong, exciting business proposals in just eight weeks,” said Michelle Matthews, Innovation Programme Manager at CiTi. “They have been equipped with concepts and tools that will serve them well throughout their entrepreneurial journey.” The […]

3 Benefits of Upskilling Your Team

by Shift ONE Digital In today’s economic climate, with all the pressures of running a business to boot, upskilling your team is probably the last thing on your mind. Parting with an already scant budget to use it for staff training seems like a tall order; however a study conducted by the New Zealand Department of Labour indicates that investing in corporate training can have enormous long-term benefits for your organisation. We’ve taken the time to sift through the data and give you three reasons why investing in your workforce is worth the consideration. It increases productivity. One of the most obvious benefits of upskilling your employees is that they are able do more in skilled spaces without you needing to hire an expert to do it. They will also spend less time “figuring” things out and more time actually executing tasks. Upskilling reduces the error rate in production as well as the time per task, and thus yields a faster turnaround time and increase performance. This essentially creates room for more work. And more work means more money. It’s a no-brainer, really. Additionally, once a team member receives training and understands what they need to do, they can spend more time being creative and developing ideas and strategies in that space, because they have a better understanding of what that space is capable of. Your business grows. If you’ve been in business for longer than a year, you will know that things don’t always go the way you thought […]