Sentrian Insights

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Sentrian Wins 10th in Top 50 Best Place to Work in the Under 100 Employees Category!

For many years we have worked hard to make Sentrian a great place to work…and now it’s official!

Update to Microsoft Teams functions

Microsoft continually update their Teams product further enhancing our remote working experience. Take a look here for the latest improvements.

Are my passwords at risk?

Safety of passwords is still critical in protecting your data, this is reminder of how to ensure your passwords are not at risk.

Small business, top executives and finance industry under cyber attack

An update on cyber security attacks, both internationally and in the APAC region, from the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.

State Based Cyber Attack

State based cyber-attack targets widespread organisations.

Finally, a decent browser from Microsoft....kind of!

The long awaited update to the Microsoft browser, Edge, is here and it's actually pretty good!

Getting your business post pandemic ready

As you plan for your staff to return to the workplace, here are some great signage solutions to ensure your team stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.

Spacex's Starlink satellite network hopefully orbiting Australia soon

The new Starlink satellite network promises to deliver super fast connectivity speeds and ACMA have signed off on the initial steps of approval.

The exciting world of Home Automation

If you're currently spending more time thinking about home gadgets to make life a little easier (or just more fun!) then this blog is for you.

Getting ready to return to the office

Technology tips for when you're ready to move your work back to the office.

Microsoft Teams 3 x 3

The wait for the improved Teams grid experience is over! We will all have access to the increased audience by the end of this month.

Data and Storage Management Explained

A quick look at the different types of data you may be holding and an explanation of how to effectively manage and store it.

Microsoft ATP - What is it? And why do I need it?

Now, more than ever, we are required to be aware of fraudulent email attacks. Learn how Microsoft ATP can keep you safe no matter where you're working.

Alcohol to your door (and a bonus coffee too!)

Check out our grog blog for some great tips on where to buy alcohol on-line while self isolating.

Using technology to improve your health

Take a look at our fitness technology tips as the stay-at-home directive gives us more time to work on our exercise regime.

Changes to Office 365 - just when you thought you understood them

Microsoft have announced name changes to their Office 365 suite of products.

Keeping up the socials while being socially distant!

On-line socialising has arrived and will become more popular than ever. Learn about some of our favourites as we all learn to socialise from a distance.

How to ensure the phones keep ringing when office closures are mandated

The fastest, simplest way to get your team working remotely with a hosted telephony solution.

Working From Home Guidelines for COVID-19

It seems the entire planet of previously office based staff are moving to working from home, and all at the same time. Following are some tips to surviving and thriving in this new world order, whether you're a WFH newbie or a seasoned campaigner.

I survived a 48 hour COVID-19 self isolation

Insights from our very own Rob on his experience of a forced COVID-19 isolation. The downside is not a surprise!

Sentrian's Response To COVID-19

Sentrian has implemented measures to protect the health and safety of our team while providing the best service possible to our clients during the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

A Guide To Planning Your Response to COVID-19

The spreading Coronavirus is impacting Australian businesses, Sentrian is working with organisations to plan & implement a response to the COVID-19 threat.

The biggest data breach threat today and the silver bullet to stop it.

Details of the current biggest threat to data breach and how applying MFA will stop it.

Being work ready for the spread of COVID-19

The rapidly spreading Coronavirus is impacting global economies and is predicted to effect us at a local level. How can you be best prepared?

Our chosen whiteboard tool - the Samsung Flip 2

While collab tools are constantly developing, we love using the Flip 2 for the proven meeting style of standing around a whiteboard, with a new age update.

End of support looming for Office 2010

All you need to know about the end of support for Office 2010.

Apps you need to check out! You won't believe #7! (Sorry, couldn't resist)

Check out these apps currently in use and recommended by the Sentrian team.

In (cyber) space, no one can hear you scream.

The top 4 security trends that could come back to bite you if you ignore them.

Highlights from CES 2020 - the greatest electronics show in the world!

The highlights of CES 2020 reveal a plethora of new technologies and some insight into the decade ahead.

Tips for quicker Google searching

A bunch of handy googling tips to make searching the internet more efficient (and fun!)

Start the New Year efficiently with Microsoft Teams apps

Microsoft Teams continues to integrate with hundreds of apps to make our workday more collaborative and productive.

What is Power Automate, and how can it help you?

How Microsoft is continuing to enable the average user to automate workflows making our workday more efficient.

Top 5 releases from Microsoft Ignite 2019

The top 5 takeaways from Microsoft's recent flagship event, Ignite, promising to make your work life more productive.

5 Christmas Tech Toys to Absolutely Avoid

Have you been wondering which tech gadgets you should be considering for Christmas gifts this year? Not these!

Microsoft's Managed Meeting Rooms: Meeting room management made easy

Managed Meeting Rooms is an add-on service for Microsoft’s Teams Rooms, purposed to ensure organisations collaborate with seamless and productive meetings.

Are you prepared for the Copper Cut Off?

With the NBN slowly drawing closer, it's time to consider your telephony options including Hosted PBX.

FileCloud - an easier way to share data

Access your data the way YOU want to, without compromising security or control.

5 Amazing Office 365 Hacks For Improving Productivity

Office 365 includes productivity hacks to increase work efficiency and, ultimately, to ensure customers are making the most of their subscriptions.

5 Reasons To Back Up Your Office 365

Having an Office 365 backup strategy in place is the surest way to ensure continuity in business and to reduce the risk of potential loss of your data.

How to Get Support from Sentrian

A reminder of the best ways you can request support from us so that we can continue to provide you with exceptional IT services!

Right pace for wireless display technology

In a world of remarkable business stories, Crestron Airmedia 2.0 is an easy standout with its HD wireless presentation technology.

We are officially a Best Place to Work!

For many years we have worked hard to make Sentrian a great place to work…and now it’s official!

Sentrian are on the move!

After 22 years, nearly as many renovations, and countless fond memories, we are saying goodbye to the office we have called home for over 2 decades.

Seven password dos and don'ts

Quick, fast tips for making your passwords more secure. See our password dos and dont's.

How to stop using passwords

Using and remembering passwords doesn't have to be a day-to-day chore. You likely already have the devices needed to reduce your reliance on passwords.

Facial recognition in many phones not as secure as hoped

Facial recognition security in many phones from LG, Sony, Samsung & more is not secure and can easily be fooled by a simple photo. But Face ID by Apple and long passcodes remain viable security methods.

Outlook quietly sending automatic read receipts on mobile devices

Outlook on mobile devices has a default setting to automatically allow read receipts in the background, regardless of your desktop settings.

Windows 7 end of support date is approaching

Microsoft is finally ending support and security updates for Windows 7. Users of the popular operating system should start planning now to ensure their data is kept secure.

11 quick tips for Slack & Microsoft Teams

Workplace chat apps like Slack or Microsoft Teams can be far more productive than email, particularly if used cleverly. Here are 11 tips for improving your conversations.

How to repair a broken iPhone in Australia

Smashed your iPhone screen? Dropped it and cracked the glass on the back? Here's how to repair your iPhone and how much it costs.

Outlook redesign revealed, coming soon

Microsoft have unveiled a significant but familiar redesign for Outlook. A sleeker look with less clutter is the clear priority. Some users may see the changes in a matter of days or weeks, but others might be left waiting for months. Those without Office 365 won't see it at all.

Important tasks added to Microsoft To-Do

Microsoft continues to roll-out regular feature updates for its task management app To-Do. Users can now mark high-priority tasks as important. Plus, List Sharing now includes attribution.

Microsoft Teams adds archiving, free version

Microsoft finally has a free version that offers a significant amount of functionality & will be appealing for small businesses. Plus can finally be archived into a read-only mode.

Microsoft To-Do introduces List Sharing

Microsoft is adding more and more new features to Microsoft To-Do with users now able to collaborate for the first time.

OWA for iPhone, iPad & Android to be replaced by Outlook app

Microsoft is finally dropping support for one of its two mobile email apps. But OWA users may be unsettled by the change. Find out when the OWA apps will stop working and how to replace them.

Australian's asked to comment on new '.au' domain name changes

Reforms to Australia's domain name system are on the cards, with '.au' addresses coming soon. The public consultation period for the changes is closing soon.

People + Technology is the key to business innovation

Technology fuels business innovation but only when placed in the hands of individuals given the freedom and time to ask 'how can this be improved?'.

Find Brisbane CBD passenger drop-off zones in Google Maps

Finding a drop-off zone in the Brisbane CBD is now a bit easier with a new Google Maps overlay.

Microsoft Office Licensing Guide 2017

Purchasing Microsoft Office can be anything from a split second decision to a large project. See our guide on where to start and how to get the best value.

A short history of computer viruses

Systems Engineer Alex Uhde explores the history of computer viruses to explain where the latest 'WannaCry' & 'NotPetya' attacks came from and how they work.

Choosing your next laptop: Storage

If you're looking at a new laptop, it's vital to know whether you're getting a fast solid state drive (SSD). Find out our recommendations.

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