Less than one week to go until parts of Aspley are disconnected from existing copper wire connection

Less than one week to go until parts of Aspley are disconnected from existing copper wire connection

There is less than one week until the existing copper wire connections, including existing landline phone, ADSL internet and Telstra Cable internet service will be disconnected from Aspley as a result of the NBN being available within the area.

As noted in an earlier CyberGuru Blog post, the first home phone and internet services are scheduled to be will be switched off and replaced by the NBN fibre network in parts of Aspley from 28 September 2014.

If you live in an area where NBN fibre is available, existing copper wire connections will be permanently disconnected, and replaced by the NBN fibre network in your area. NBN Co has listed the surrounding suburbs, including Zillmere, Boondall, Taigum, Fitzgibbon and Carseldine in the “build commenced” phased. Bracken Ridge and Bridgeman Downs are at “build preparation” phase. To check your address, visit the NBN Co website to check your address (link opens in new window).

As noted by NBN Co, if you wish to continue using these landline phone and internet services, you’ll need to move to the NBN well ahead of the disconnection date in your area.

The National Broadband Network and disconnection of the existing landline phone and internet network - NBN Rollout disconnection map for Aspley

Download NBN Rollout disconnection map for Aspley (PDF format – 3.14MB)

CyberGuru is based in Zillmere so prepared and happy to help all local businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals make the transition to the NBN. If we can be of any assistance in helping you choose a suitable internet service provider for your NBN connection, please contact us.

Seven tips for travelling with technology

Seven tips for travelling with technology

Nowadays when we travel we are often taking with us various technologies, such as your smart phone, tablet or laptop that are connected. Like getting the necessary vaccinations prior to travel, it is important to prepare your technology to ensure you don’t have any infections that spoil your trip! Here are seven tips for travelling with technology.

Use secure networks

Internet wireless access points are available freely in many locations around the world. From hotels, coffee shops to even major attractions, wireless is becoming available either for free or at low cost to encourage guests and visitors. However, before connecting to these networks, you should always ensure it is secure connection. You can check wireless security prior to connecting by looking for the padlock or identify that shows it is secure. Also, wireless networks that use passwords are more secure than those that aren’t, however always be cautious what networks you connect to you.

Use HTTPS rather than HTTP

Rather than entering http:// followed by your website address to access a website, it is suggested you use https://. The “s” stands for “secure” and provides a secure way of accessing your website and checking its security certificate. This is particularly useful if you are entering usernames and passwords for websites, especially banking, email and also shopping online. Some email systems you can set up so it uses https by default.

Turn on flight mode

Using “flight mode” on your device prevents use of signals being transmitted whilst travelling in an airplane. Whilst you are unable to make or receive calls or send messages, this allows you use other features of the device.

Some aircraft carriers are now making wireless internet available during the flight, so whilst you can turn flight mode on, you can re-enable wireless without the concern of transmitting signals. However, the device should be turned off during the airplane’s takeoff and landing.

Set passwords on your device

Make sure you have set appropriate passwords on the device, and if possible decrypt the device and any external media (such as your memory card) to prevent authorised access if it is lost or stolen. Apps are available to be installed on most devices so you can find the device to be located if it is lost using a map (provided GPS is on), send messages which display on the screen, even make the device “scream”, even delete the entire device if the password is incorrectly entered multiple times. 

Watch your back

Just because your device might be on your laptop in a public location, you may not see someone behind you or watching over you as you use your device or enter your password, so be careful where you are entering information. Even on local commuter trips, we have seen people publically enter in their details, such as their passwords or even credit card numbers! It is best to do this in a safe and private location, in your hotel room rather than in the lobby or foyer!

Get insurance on your device

As computers become more light and portable, it may be may be more likely of getting damaged (especially if stored with luggage). It is recommend insurance for devices especially for work purposes whilst travelling overseas.

Use a firewall and internet security package

No matter what device you are, running, it is essential to have internet security package installed on your device. This will prevent you from viruses, malware and other vulnerabilities that affect nearly every device. They will alert you if you are downloading a bad app and secure your connection. We have mentioned Norton Mobile Security but others are also available. Check your device’s App Store for what is available.

For further recommendations or advice prior to travel overseas, please feel free to contact us so we can assist you with our Support solution. Safe and happy travels!

Complimentary telephone consultation to Queensland-based small businesses and not-for-profit organisations

Complimentary telephone consultation to Queensland-based small businesses and not-for-profit organisations

Have a computer-related question you are seeking an answer for? As part of Think QLD, Buy locally during Small Business Week 2014, CyberGuru is proud to offer you a complimentary 20-minute telephone consultation to help you seek an answer.

CyberGuru is a proud Queensland-based small business, providing computer solutions in consulting, design, support and training to small businesses and not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland.

Whether it be to solve a problem you are currently experiencing, explain a topic or issue that you aren’t able to decipher, or provide you a quote on a range of ICT products and services, we are happy to have a chat with you see if we can assist.

To arrange a consultation, please contact us. We’ll make arrangements to call you to discuss your requirements you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you!