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We deal with Information Technology so you don’t need to; enabling you to connect securely and communicate with the world seamlessly.

We provide converged business solutions including Cloud, Connectivity, Security, Voice, Data Centre and Technology Support services. Our element of agility to respond quickly is what separates us from our competitors.

In order to do this, we focus on appropriate technology, not just the latest fads. With Smart Technology Centre you get the right technology and the right team, and at the right price. No bad choices on offer, only appropriate ones.

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Our vision simple, to enable you to get more done, faster and efficiently, creating the ultimate thumbs up experience!

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Business is also not a science; it is a practice. People drive businesses forward, thus whether it be a customer, employee or a supplier, maintaining relationships is a success driver for our business. Some of our customers have supported us for nearly 18 years, a service period generally unheard of, particularly when price is often not the deciding factor. What really stands out is that our customers don’t buy from us, they partner with us, and this is something we take great pride in.

We recognise the importance of managed services and the business impact of downtime in a digital landscape. We have the capabilities to give our customers innovative, profitable and sustainable services both today, and in the future. We’ve developed a small business with a big business vision, and have set out to change the way in which technology is consumed. We have the skills to provide solutions that deliver value and reliability as a proactive service delivery model, proudly restoring the elements of speed, efficiency and integrity to the IT realm. Our focus now is to grow, one solution at a time, and the possibility is endless.

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Our new Line speed is awesome thank you. It is super quick and seems to be nice and steady….I have only been but a true advocate of STC since signing up

Ross Churchill FibreMAX FTTH Customer (Ebotse)

I just want to highlight your teams professional and efficient service. In addition to the great work the team has done to get our offices up and running, I would like to also thank you for the great service from Smartech!

Pirasath Parthipan Investment Executive

It is companies with service like yours that allow small businesses like mine to run effectively – IT issues can bring me to a standstill! Thank you for always responding quickly and effectively.

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How Ransom-Ready Are You?

Smart Technology Centre would like to bring to your attention the latest ransomware threats which are spreading around the world at a rapid rate. In addition to the ransomware threats of Cryptowall, TeslaCrypt, and Locky, the latest attack known as WannaCry also known as WannaCrypt was unleashed this past weekend, spreading globally at a rapid rate and infecting tens of thousands of PCs and servers ,and has penetrated into South Africa.

The WannaCrypt ransomware – also known as WannaCrypt targets and affects all versions of Microsoft Windows before Windows 10 (including Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003). Once installed, the worm will encrypt and lock all files, preventing access, and required the user to pay a ransom in digital currently (Bitcoin) in the hope of a file recovery. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will result in files being unlocked or restored. Once infected, there is not much that can be done apart from a fresh format and reinstallation of your device from unaffected backups.

The WannaCry ransomware is initially spread through phishing emails and websites thereafter spreading between computers on a network through an exploit in the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Microsoft has released a patch for the security exploit and we highly recommend all users ensure their systems are up to date by checking the Windows Updates application from the Control Panel. Users should also ensure their anti-virus software is up to date and working correctly.

 

Follow these best practices to prevent your risk of ransomware or the loss of data:

  • Ensure your computer has a reputable anti-virus software that is up to date and has a valid license to receive the latest threat updates.  We recommend Sophos, specifically Intercept X.  whilst we are aware it is more expensive than most, it is proving to be a formidable force against ransomware attacks.
  • Ensure your computer has the latest Microsoft Windows Updates installed to patch exploits and vulnerabilities. Customers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are encouraged to upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Ensure you have a recent and consistent backup of your files and data, preferably on one or more external devices.
  • Be vigilant and extremely careful when reading emails and clicking on links, if an email appears suspicious or is trying to get you to read more it more than likely is a trap. Rather delete the email immediately and dont send it to anyone. Phishing is a means of using fraudulent emails that masquerade as communications from a legitimate source that trick unsuspecting readers into giving up personal information or compromise their machines with spyware or viruses.  Keep these precautionary measures in place:  
  • Don’t open email attachments from senders you are unfamiliar with and don’t forward spam mails as there may be a hidden threat in the email or the email message.  Rather delete the mail, since ransomware is often spread through email attachments like PDF documents, Excel documents and Word documents. A simple way to exercise vigilance is not to trust the name of the email. 
  • Check the from field to see where the “reply to” section of the full header will lead you to. If it indicates that your reply would be redirected to an address that’s different from the sender’s address, then you have good cause to be suspicious.  A favourite phishing tactic is to spoof the display name of an email. It’s easy to set the display name of an email to anything – you can do it yourself in Outlook or Gmail. It’s the simplest and most easily detected form of e-mail. Spoofing involves simply setting the display name or “from” field of outgoing messages to show a name or address other than the actual one from which the message is sent.
  • Hover before you click on any links.  Clicking links in emails is inherently risky – you don’t know where a button, link or video will actually send you. But, if you hover your mouse over any links embedded in the body of the email, you can see the raw link. If it looks strange, don’t click it – there’s a good chance the email is fraudulent.
  • Remember the basics – If an email has spelling mistakes, requests personal information, or is written in threatening language, you should be suspicious. If you did not initiate contact with the sender, be wary and think where they could have found your contact details. 

How to tell if email is fake, spoofed or spam?

By now, you’ve heard about phishing – fraudulent emails that masquerade as communications from a legitimate source that trick unsuspecting readers into giving up personal information or compromise their machines with spyware or viruses. Thankfully, email filtering and security has improved a great deal over the past few years. Unfortunately, no matter how effective the security, some phishing emails will always make it to the inbox – that’s where you come in. Here are some tips to help you identify a phishing or spoofing email.

Don’t trust the name

A favorite phishing tactic is to spoof the display name of an email. It’s easy to set the display name of an email to anything – you can do it yourself in Outlook or Gmail. It’s the simplest and most easily detected form of e-mail. Spoofing involves simply setting the display name or “from” field of outgoing messages to show a name or address other than the actual one from which the message is sent. When this simplistic method is used, you can tell where the mail originated by checking the mail header.

You can’t trust the header

It’s not just the display name that can be spoofed, but also the email header. Emails are built on some very old technology (in internet terms): SMTP, or Simple Mail Transport Protocol. When you send an email, it goes to a SMTP server first, then the message is relayed from SMTP server to SMTP server across the internet. When the message arrives at its penultimate destination, the email is stored in the recipient’s mailbox at a POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) server. Finally, the message is fetched by an email client so the recipient can read it. While this may seem complicated, the important thing to remember is that SMTP just passes along what it was given. Clever fraudsters can fool the SMTP server into sending along an email that isn’t legitimate.

There are several, technical ways to figure out if this is the case, but the simplest method is to see where the “reply to” section of the full header will lead you to. If it indicates that your reply would be redirected to an address that’s different from the sender’s address, then you have good cause to be suspicious.

Hover before you click

Clicking links in emails is inherently risky – you don’t know where a button, link or video will actually send you. But, if you hover your mouse over any links embedded in the body of the email, you can see the raw link. If it looks strange, don’t click it – there’s a good chance the email is fraudulent.

Remember the basics

If an email has spelling mistakes, requests personal information, or is written in threatening language, you should be suspicious. If you did not initiate contact with the sender, be wary and think where they could have found your contact details.

Trust your instincts

Given today’s e-mail infrastructure, there’s not much that can be done to prevent spoofing. Companies and organizations can tighten up their mail servers. This just makes it a little more difficult for criminals, not impossible.

Appearances can be deceiving. Just because an email has convincing logos, language, and a seemingly valid email address, does not mean that it’s legitimate. Be skeptical when it comes to your email messages—if it looks even remotely suspicious, don’t open it. If something looks off, there’s probably a good reason why. If you receive a message that seems suspicious, it’s usually in your best interest to avoid acting on the message.

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This is what happens when you reply to spam email
These are some really great You Tube clips I’ve come across that is a good laugh. Please consider where we can place this.

This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch
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Talking Phis to a Phisherman
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Our new Line speed is awesome thank you. It is super quick and seems to be nice and steady….I have only been but a true advocate of STC since signing up

Ross Churchill FibreMAX FTTH Customer (Ebotse)

I just want to highlight your teams professional and efficient service. In addition to the great work the team has done to get our offices up and running, I would like to also thank you for the great service from Smartech!

Pirasath Parthipan Investment Executive

It is companies with service like yours that allow small businesses like mine to run effectively – IT issues can bring me to a standstill! Thank you for always responding quickly and effectively.

Fenella Johns Managing Director

Their attention to detail and service delivery virtually always goes beyond the call of duty and extra mile. Every business I have referred them to historically has actually taken the time to thank me for introducing them and commended the unbelievable service, professional and solutions they’ve provided.

Steve MacLeod Supply Chain Manager

Smart has proved to be a leader in the field of IT / ISP to the industry ,and have proved to be an excellent service provider to Yaskawa. Their attention to detail, high level of technical cutting edge knowledge, willingness to assist wherever required and no nonsense approach to business matches our company culture perfectly. What they promise is exactly what they deliver.

Kurt Rosenberg Managing Director

STC’s professionalism and knowledge base of the IT industry is beyond words. They have taken our very busy company with its many IT issues and made it a pleasure to work in. To be able to phone and ask for help at the crack of dawn, they have jumped at every challenge and obstacle. We’ve moved into the 21st century with our IT thanks to them, I wouldn’t know where I would be without them. They truly are a force to be reckoned with in the IT industry. I look forward to many, many more years with them. I never have any worries with the STC crew behind me, the senior “Jedi” consultants are there to support the “younglings” and together they truly are a Force to be reckoned with in the IT Industry. No job is too small or an issue, they are always there to help with a joke and smile and a chop-chop service next to none. I wouldn’t want to know what my work load would be without them to support me in my company. They are the best.

Julie Campbell Office Manager

What an absolute pleasure it has been working with SMART and your team. I have been in the legal Office Management sector for over 16 years and this has been the smoothest transition EVER! Your attention to detail, friendly manager and positive attitudes is very comforting. Your team thinks ahead to identity issues that might become a problem, and address it before it becomes an issue. You have a winning team!

Loma du Preez Financial & General Accounts Manager

Thank you, as always, for the support and help you provide us.

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We have been proud to work in partnership with Smart Technology Centre and are delighted with their innovative approach and use of technology to meet their ever-growing portfolio. Their willingness to change, be flexible and continually challenge machine parameters has resulted in cost savings we have been happy to share. The relationship between DHL Global Forwarding and Smart Technology continues to grow, develop and blossom and we look forward to working closely with them for the foreseeable future.

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