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Back-ups. Are you protected enough?

You're probably well aware of the need for regular backing up of all your IT. Back-ups are your fail-safe. If everything that can possibly go wrong does, effective back-ups give you the best chance of being able to get up and running again swiftly. They just make sense. So why do so many companies ignore…
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Telstra, Vodafone follow Optus by offering unlimited data smartphone plans

Telstra, Vodafone follow Optus by offering up unlimited data smartphone plans

Telstra and Vodafone will both start selling smartphone plans with unlimited data for the first time, following from rival Optus' similar offer that ended last month.

Telstra's mobile plan costs $69 per month on a 12-month plan and includes unlimited data with uncapped download speeds for the first 40GB. After that, users can still use data, but it will be capped at 1.5Mbps, which Telstra said would be "fast enough" to stream video and music.

Telstra's unlimited plan will go on sale this Thursday.

“We know how important it is to our customers that they can access the fastest speeds available to them on our network," said Telstra group executive of consumer and small business Vicki Brady.

“We have invested billions in our network, pioneered world-leading 4G speeds and pushed our 4G coverage out to more than 99 percent of the population. We are now introducing the unlimited plan Australians tell us they want while maintaining the superior network experience they expect.”

Vodafone has three similar plans all with unlimited data. The cheapest plan costs $60 per month with 30 GB of uncapped download speeds before also being capped at 1.5Mbps. The other two plans cost $80 per month for 60 GB uncapped download speeds, and $100 per month for 100 GB uncapped.

One of the key differences between the two telco's plans is that Vodafone will also bundle in a smartphone, Telstra's plan is BYO phone only.

Rival Optus put unlimited data plans on sale for a short time in March, and again last month to "eligible" customers, at $60 per month, though customers are capped at 1.5Mbps speeds when streaming video. Optus' unlimited plans are no longer available from its website.

When an IT manager falls victim to a phish

When an IT manager falls victim to a phish

Spam mail sent out to suppliers.

An incident at a KFC franchisee late last week shows that anyone, even the most experienced IT professional, can fall victim to a phishing attack.

Last Thursday an IT manager at Brisbane-based Collins Foods, operator of hundreds of KFC stores across Australia as well as Germany and the Netherlands, clicked on a dodgy link.

It allowed unidentified attackers to take brief control of the manager's email account, and send out phishing emails containing fake invoices to a database of contacts.

The company spotted the compromise and addressed it quickly, sending out an email on Friday to those it believed had been targeted.

"Collins Foods has identified that you may have received an email from our business which was not a legitimate communication," the firm's head of IT Jonathan Ives wrote, including details of the email header, time, and sender.

"Please be advised that this email was not sent as part of normal business activity and should not be actioned, Collins Foods recommends that the email be deleted. The email includes links which direct the receiver to a site not related to Collins Foods."

Ives said the company was investigating and would provide a further update if it deemed the incident to have fallen within the remit of Australia's new mandatory data breach notifications.

He did not detail the attack the IT manager had fallen victim to.

Ives told iTnews there had been "no further implications" from the incident.

"Collins Foods has stringent IT systems and processes in place to protect the integrity of our networks," he said.

"It is a tribute to these processes that this situation could be identified and managed so quickly."

He said the blunder was a reminder to all organisations of the need to "stay alert, maintain our monitoring processes and ensure we have quick reactive procedures ready to implement".