Protect your business from Tax Time scams
Happy New Financial Year to everyone!
We sure hope it will be a happy one. We’ve found the last 12 months more difficult than we initially thought. It was all meant to be rainbows and happy times as we emerged from lockdown. However, we discovered business was reluctant to spend and commit and the cost of business rising, combined with the effects of the “Great Resignation” have caused consternation among business owners we’ve spoken with.
That said, at Intuitive we are feeling more positive leading into July 1. Our budget for the new financial year forecasts growth, we currently have two positions we are trying to fill and our marketing efforts are bearing fruit.
So yes, challenges are ahead, but we feel well prepared for them. And more importantly, we are here to help you with yours. We are here to help you with efficiency improvements, security improvements and general technology assistance so please reach out for a chat.
Protect your business from Tax Time scams
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is urging Australian businesses to strengthen their email security practices to protect their private information and that of their customers in the lead-up to tax time.
As tax time approaches, the ACSC is encouraging businesses and organisations to be alert, and aware of Business Email Compromise (BEC) threats. BEC occurs when cyber criminals access email accounts aiming to steal sensitive and financial information or commit fraud by impersonating employees or company email accounts to obtain money or data.
The preventative measures ACSC recommend are:
- Turn on multi-factor authentication – we’ve been harping on about this one for years. This low-hanging fruit can save your business hundreds of thousands of dollars by investing a few hundred. This is no exaggeration.
- Register additional domain names – This was previously the realm of brand protection but is now part of security protection. By registering similar domain names, you can help protect your client base from fraudulent emails purporting to be from you.
- Setup email authentication measures – These are a list of settings and records that can be set up for your domain name to stop others from spoofing your email, and pretending to be you.
- Implement policies and procedures – Do you have a procedure for confirming changes to payment details? How about ensuring a baseline of Cybersecurity training? You should ensure these and other policies and procedures are in place to help protect your business.
We can help with all of these measures so please reach out to discuss.
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Be ready for what’s next with Google Analytics 4
Have a website? It’s likely you are collecting your visitor activity using Google Analytics. If your website is more than 12 months old, it’s likely you are using the flavour called Universal Analytics but you’ll need to upgrade in the next 12 months.
Google Analytics 4, is replacing Universal Analytics. On July 1, 2023, Universal Analytics properties will stop processing new hits.
In preparation for the year ahead, we encourage you to start your move to Google Analytics 4 as soon as possible. In order to build sufficient historical data and continuity in Google Analytics, it is essential you create a new Google Analytics 4 property.
To get started on Google Analytics 4, we recommend you complete these immediate next steps from the below checklist:
- Create a Google Analytics 4 property
- Create a data stream
- Enable data collection
Google has a guide to help get this done, available here. Or if you prefer, we can help get it done for you so you don’t have to worry.
Dropbox Business Price Increases
Effective August 1, 2022, Dropbox will increase the list price:
- Dropbox Standard
- Dropbox Advanced
- Dropbox Enterprise
- Dropbox Enterprise Server Integration
We recommend early renewals (before August 1) to lock in your current pricing for another 12 months
About the author
Yener is the founder and Managing Director of Intuitive IT. Prior to running his own business Yener worked for a number of corporate organisations where he gained invaluable experience and skills, as well as an understanding of how IT can complement and improve business outcomes.