Good news, people, we are running a competition this week, have some amazing deals atm and... have a couple of handy tricks to keep your family safe on line.
We are giving away a free portable power pack to one lucky
winner! Your choice of Blue, Green, Pink or yellow and keep your phone or tablet charged while you're on the go.
On a personal note, I converted back to entirely human form after a visit to the RBH. Nine years ago, I had a Loop Recorder installed making me part android and it is no longer needed and was surgically removed on Monday. I’m in a bit of pain, but otherwise I'll be on my feet soon and back to making appointments soon!
Brendon is holding the fort while I recover and will assist you with any queries or help you might need. However, we ask everyone for a little patience during this time and I hope to be back on my feet next week.
In this edition we will be looking at:
ASUS Transformer Book T100 2
10 Ways to boost your wireless signal
Urgent - update Anti-virus software - WannaCrypt attacks, how to keep safe
Razer contract update
Deal of the week
Product review - ASUS Transformer Book T100
ASUS Transformer Book T100 is the beautiful ultraportable
that’s also an 10.1-inch Windows tablet. Detach the tablet to work and play anywhere, and dock to enjoy the comfortable keyboard, smart gesture-enabled touchpad and advanced connectivity.
All-day battery life (8 hours)
Microsoft Office included
High-definition IPS display with multi-touch capacity and a 16:9 ratio, 1366 x 768-pixel HD resolution and in-plane switching (IPS) technology
High specs appeal - latest Intel® Bay Trail Quad-Core processor and exceptional graphics performance
Premium design and sophisticated style
Call today. Prices start from $400 + shipping.
Product Review - ASUS X541UJ
The Asus ASUSX541UJ laptops are designed to give you a truly immersive multimedia experience. With a 7th-generation Intel® Core™ processor, outstanding graphics and advanced audio this laptop gives you the most outstanding audiovisuals ever experienced on a laptop.
Intel® Core™ i5 7200U Processor
Operating System: Windows 10
Memory: 8GB SO-DIMM
Display: 15.6" (16:9) LED backlit FHD (19280x1080) 60Hz Glare Panel with 45% NTSC
Graphic: NVIDIA GeForce 920M , with 2GB VRAM
Storage Hard Drives: 1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD Optical Drive: Super-Multi DVD (Optional)
It is also available in 5 different colours:
This beautiful computer is available from $999 + shipping.
10 Ways to Boost Your Wireless Signal
Troubleshooting your network's wireless performance can seem like a baffling exercise, until you consider that there are really just two main factors to consider—range and speed. Yes, you can have one without the other. For example, it's great to have a screaming-fast wireless network, but if you only get decent speed when your laptop is right next to the router, the speed isn't worth much. You need to boost the signal's range. If your device can barely open friends' Facebook pictures when you're in the same room as the router, then we're talking about problems with speed.
In general, however, speed and range issues can all be lumped together as performance issues. You want both your speed and range to be as robust as possible. There are several factors that can have an impact on both aspects of performance.
Distance can certainly impede performance. You may have a room in your home or office that is simply too far from your wireless router. Even the way your home or office is structured could be a factor in poor wireless performance. If the signals have to bounce around too many corners to reach your wireless devices, that can cause problems (although a technology in newer routers called beamforming can help direct a router's signal to wireless clients).
Interference with the signal can be a big factor in performance, too. If you live in an apartment building, your home might be inundated with signals from everyone else's routers. Maybe structural interference is the culprit. If your furnace, washing machine, and dryer are all between your router and your laptop, that doesn't help.
Maybe it's the software you're using. Routers need software updates just like everything else—and sometimes the firmware they initially ship with is improved with a later-released update.
These are just a few of the possible reasons your connection might be poor (or nonexistent). Fortunately, there are many ways to extend your wireless signal, and most of them simply involve a bit of tweaking to your wireless network. Some involve purchasing reasonably affordable components.
Contact us today for more information on our Home and Small Business Networking Services and we will walk you through some of the most useful fixes for your connectivity woes.
To help you, we are offering:
ASUS DSL-AC52U WIFI MODEM ROUTER
The easy-to-use ASUSWRT graphical user interface unlocks
the power of DSL-AC52U giving robust control to optimize your network for you. 30-second setup and easy traffic management means even network newbies can enjoy its sophisticated features, while power users will love its IPv6 support, multiple wireless SSIDs and encrypted VPN access.
Our price for this modem is: $200+ shipping.
TP-LINK TL-ARCHER-D9 AC1900 MODEM ROUTER
With full Gigabit Ethernet ports, 10x more bandwidth than Fast Ethernet ports, the Archer D9 is the ideal choice for bandwidth heavy users that rely on speedy, reliable connections for bandwidth intensive work such as lag-free conference calls, HD video streaming or online gaming.
The price for this modem router is: $280. Until 7 June, receive a BONUS RE210 Wi-Fi Range Extender!
Redemption link: http://www.tp-link.com.au/April-Promotion/
Cyber attacks - Are you safe?
On a very serious note, the following news article is a warning to all of us. The effects of this cyber-attack sent British doctors back to using pens and paper and potentially put thousands of lives at risk as well as doing untold damage to networks in over 90 countries.
Australians have been urged to update their antivirus software in the wake of a cyber attack that has affected hospitals and companies across the globe. The malware wormed its way into thousands of computer systems in an apparent extortion plot on Friday, shutting users out unless they coughed up a payment. Australian organisations do not appear to have been affected by the so-called ransomware but the federal government says it is taking precautions. "There has been no impact on the Australian health system at this stage," Cyber Security Minister Dan Tehan told reporters on Saturday. But Mr Tehan said there would always be a risk of online attacks, despite measures aimed at beefing up Australia's cyber security. "I cannot put my hand on my heart and say that means we are 100 per cent cyber secure," he said. "The technology changes, the vulnerabilities change." It's believed the ransomware was created after a powerful tool designed by the US National Security Agency was leaked into the wrong hands. University of Melbourne cyber security expert Dr Suelette Dreyfus said the self-replicating bug had caused "chaos" at some institutions in Europe. "When you have to shut down services at a hospital, and when your utilities are under attack, it is breeding a level of chaos that is concerning," she told AAP. Dr Dreyfus said Windows computers that don't have the latest security patches were vulnerable to the ransomware, proving the importance of up-to-date software. "Every institution, every consumer, every student with a laptop should make sure that their system is fully patched," she said. "Because this would be nowhere near the international spread and depth of attack if people had run the updates that Microsoft had provided in March." West Australian police echoed this message, advising people to update their anti-virus software and back up their important data. Dr Dreyfus believed it was possible some Australian organisations were affected but they were keeping it tight-lipped. "It might be that they're just being very quiet because they don't want to instil a lack of trust in their system," she said. The attack struck at least 16 British National Health Service organisations, along with computer networks of companies and municipalities in dozens of other countries. Several hospitals in London and other parts of England and Scotland were affected and some reportedly halted surgeries amid fears the lives of patients were at risk. "It's an international attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected," British Prime Minister Theresa May said. More than 75,000 similar attacks reportedly happened in almost 100 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan hardest hit, according to the cybersecurity firm Avast. Spanish telco giant Telefonica and US delivery service FedEx were among the businesses affected. Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was monitoring the situation closely and stood ready to deal with cyber attacks. The ransomware known as Wanna Decryptor is believed to be responsible.
Protect yourself by following these simple steps
In a recent article Microsoft provided some solutions to protect products:
Today many of our customers around the world and the critical systems they depend on were victims of malicious “WannaCrypt” software. Seeing businesses and individuals affected by cyberattacks, such as the ones reported today, was painful. Microsoft worked throughout the day to ensure we understood the attack and were taking all possible actions to protect our customers. This blog spells out the steps every individual and business should take to stay protected. Additionally, we are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. Customers running Windows 10 were not targeted by the attack today.
Details are below: • In March, we released a security update which addresses the vulnerability that these attacks are exploiting. Those who have Windows Update enabled are protected against attacks on this vulnerability. For those organizations who have not yet applied the security update, we suggest you immediately deploy Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010. • For customers using Windows Defender, we released an update earlier today which detects this threat as Ransom:Win32/WannaCrypt. As an additional “defense-in-depth” measure, keep up-to-date anti-malware software installed on your machines. Customers running anti-malware software from any number of security companies can confirm with their provider, that they are protected. • This attack type may evolve over time, so any additional defense-in-depth strategies will provide additional protections. (For example, to further protect against SMBv1 attacks, customers should consider blocking legacy protocols on their networks). We also know that some of our customers are running versions of Windows that no longer receive mainstream support. That means those customers will not have received the above mentioned Security Update released in March. Given the potential impact to customers and their businesses, we made the decision to make the Security Update for platforms in custom support only, Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003, broadly available for download (see links below). Customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March. If customers have automatic updates enabled or have installed the update, they are protected. For other customers, we encourage them to install the update as soon as possible. This decision was made based on an assessment of this situation, with the principle of protecting our customer ecosystem overall, firmly in mind. Some of the observed attacks use common phishing tactics including malicious attachments. Customers should use vigilance when opening documents from untrusted or unknown sources. For Office 365 customers we are continually monitoring and updating to protect against these kinds of threats including Ransom:Win32/WannaCrypt. More information on the malware itself is available from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center on the Windows Security blog. For those new to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, this is a technical discussion focused on providing the IT Security Professional with information to help further protect systems. We are working with customers to provide additional assistance as this situation evolves, and will update this blog with details as appropriate. Phillip Misner, Principal Security Group Manager Microsoft Security Response Center
If you have trouble with these updates or would like installing them, please go to https://www.homeruncomputing.com/blank-2/health-check
to book our health check service.
Once you've made your purchase, please go to our bookings page https://www.homeruncomputing.com/book-online
to book in a time that is "simply convenient" for you.
In other news, I am still working with Razer for a reseller contract. I’ll keep you up to date with news on that at a later date.
We are currently looking at getting a number of keyboards, mice and headsets in stock for an upcoming event with Endurance Lan. Stay tuned for more updates.
Deal of the month - GIGABYTE N1080G1-GAMING-8GD Video Card
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming Series graphics cards are crafted for perfection in pursuit of the ultimate graphics experience for gaming enthusiasts. Based on the revolutionary NVIDIA® Pascal™ GPU architecture, G1 gaming graphics card brings you incredible gaming experience. -Pascal-powered graphics card give you superior performance and power efficiency -Support up to 8K display @60Hz -Outstanding performance for Virtual Reality gaming Core Boost: 1860 MHz / Base: 1721 MHz in OC mode Boost: 1835 MHz / Base: 1695 MHz in Gaming mode Features Powered by GeForce® GTX 1080 Integrated with 8GB GDDR5X 256bit memory WINDFORCE 3X with Blade Fan Design Support up to 8K display @60Hz (requires 2*DP1.3 connectors) 16.8M Customizable Color RGB Lighting The WINDFORCE 3X cooling system features 3 pure copper composite heat-pipes, special fin architecture, unique blade fan design, together delivering an effective heat dissipation capacity for higher performance at lower temperatures.
3D Active Fan with LED Indicators
The semi-passive fans will remain off when the GPU is under a set loading or temperature for low power gaming. The LED fan indicator on the top of the graphics card provides an instant display of the fan status. One-click Super overclocking With a simple click on XTREME Engine utility, gamers can easily tune the card to meet their various gaming requirements without any overclocking knowledge, while saving the hassle of manual adjustment. Built for OverClocking with 8+2 power phases Compared to founders edition, the 8+2 power phases on the card make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature and provide more stable voltage output.
Xtreme Engine Adjust clock speeds, voltage, fan performance, RGB lighting effect, power target can be monitored and tuned in real-time according to your own preference through this intuitive interface. To coincide with the announcement of Far Cry 5, we are practically giving this GPU away! Check out our facebook page for our latest Far Cry 5 promotion. To be eligible, one of the requirements was a minimum spend of $250 and this powerhouse of a GPU will certainly put you over that mark.
The GIGABYTE N1080G1-GAMING-8GD was priced at $950 and is now $880 + shipping.
* BONUS purchase this graphics card and enter our Far Cry 5 promotion, and receive FREE SHIPPING! *
NB Free shipping only applies to this graphics card and the promotion. If you are purchasing other hardware as part of the Far Cry 5 deal, then you instead will receive a discount on shipping.
Information in this blog has been sourced from: http://www.compuworld.com.au/products/productdetails/65131015 https://www.asus.com/us/2-in-1-PCs/ASUS_Transformer_Book_T100TAF/ https://www.asus.com/au/Laptops/X541UJ/ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372811,00.asp http://www.compuworld.com.au/products/productdetails/65136561 http://www.compuworld.com.au/products/productdetails/65132898 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/no-reports-australia-hit-by-cyber-attack/news-story/3bc16d2f7d3866936732d0f3e4624c92 https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/4012218/march-2017-preview-of-monthly-quality-rollup-for-windows-7-sp1-and-windows-server-2008-r2-sp1