Category Archives: Industry News

Amazon Prime Video get South African Currency support — new prices for South Africa

Amazon has started informing its Prime Video subscribers in South Africa that they will now be billed in rand instead of euro, at R79 per month. “This change happens automatically this month… and there’s nothing you need to do,” the company stated. Curiously, South Africans were not initially quoted in euro, but in dollar. When […]

What is the difference between an ISP and an FNO?

In order to get Fibre connectivity to your home and business, the fastest form of internet connectivity, you need two types of service providers to help you out – a Fibre Network Owner (FNO) and an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Here are the key differences between an FNO and an ISP.  What is an FNO?  FNO stands for Fibre Network Owner, […]

WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram back online after 6 hours of downtime

Facebook Inc. suffered a devastating outage that shut out many of its 2.7 billion global users, idled some of the company’s employees and prompted a public apology from the chief technology officer. “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that […]

The rapid rise of security breaches in South Africa

In August alone, 38 organisations suffered security breaches that they self-reported to the Information Regulator. “As the Regulator, we are concerned about the high number of security breaches in South Africa,” said chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Tlakula revealed the figure in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD), […]

Microsoft Office security vulnerability that you need to know about.

Microsoft has warned users of a remote code execution vulnerability in MSHTML that malicious actors can exploit to infect a target’s computer. Hackers exploit this weakness by sending victims a Microsoft Office file that, once opened, directs the victim to the malicious actor’s website, which features an ActiveX control that downloads malware to the computer. The vulnerability […]

Researchers measured the radiation from a microwave and compared it to a 5G tower

The electromagnetic radiation you are exposed to when standing close to an active microwave oven is much higher than a 5G cellular tower, a MyBroadband investigation has shown. Even though the radiation from the microwave was much higher, it remained within the safety thresholds of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). MyBroadband sent […]

WhatsApp will stop working on old smart phones.

WhatsApp will stop supporting smartphones running Android versions 4.0.4 or older from 1 November 2021. The company has updated its supported Android devices page, revealing that users will now need to run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or later to use the app. Currently, WhatsApp officially supports Android smartphones running Android 4.0.3 or later. Although users on […]

Making the move to SD WAN for your business.

IntroductionFew terms in networking have generated as much buzz as SD-WAN (or Software Defined Networking in a Wide Area Network). All that buzz has been accompanied by equal doses of useful information and confusing rhetoric. As a result, SD-WAN has grown to mean different things to different people, while some are still trying to figure […]