Meltdown/Spectre Security Flaws

Last week, two extremely serious flaws threats were announced.  These flaws affect almost all modern computers and phones, leaving them open to hacking attacks.

We published a very short YouTube video this morning telling you what you need to know in under 3 minutes.  You can view it at

Microsoft has developed and pushed out an emergency patch however you won't get it if you're using a third-party anti-virus solution which has not been confirmed as compatible with the patch. 

For the most comprehesive guide to ensuring your systems are protected, check out


An open letter from Australian business leaders in support of marriage equality

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We, the business, industry and sporting leaders of Australia, write to express our support for Marriage Equality.

We support diversity in the workforce and recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisations and the broader community.

The rights and liberties of all individuals are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society.

An equitable society, free of discrimination, also allows all employees to function at their best. Australia is a robust democracy however, we support seeing it treat all its citizens equally.
Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.

Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent Crosby Textor survey showing seventy-two percent, believe same sex couples should be allowed to marry. We agree. Of the remaining twenty-eight percent only fourteen percent strongly opposed the proposition.

Globally, over twenty countries have passed laws to allow same sex marriage, including countries that are culturally similar to ours like New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and Great Britain. These countries did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now.

On May 22nd 2015, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to sanction same sex marriage. A Yes vote was supported by the Government, all major political parties and the voters themselves.

On June 26th 2015, the U.S. Supreme court returned a judgement in favour of legalising same sex marriage across all 50 states.

These two events see Australia isolated amongst countries with English as a first language.
Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, it is also a sound economic option given, that a happy workforce is a productive one. To remain competitive and to attract top talent globally organisations – and nations – must create a fair and respectful environment for all.
Equality in the workplace works; Discrimination does not.

We support the right for all our employees to have equal opportunities in life. We therefore support marriage equality.

Yours faithfully,

Drew Keenan

Enable auditing in SharePoint

Auditing is a feature available in SharePoint which allows an administrator to collect information on events such as documents being viewed or modified or permissions being changed.  This feature is particularly useful on sites containing sensitive information which cannot be physically restricted from IT users with administrative permissions.

This video demonstrates how to enable and use the audit logging feature in SharePoint 2013.

The mind-blowing new version of Lanteria HR for SharePoint is just around the corner

The new version of Lanteria HR (which promises to be absolutely mind-blowing) is nearly here. In the meantime, here are 7 articles which demonstrate how you can boost the efficiency of your company’s talent management in the upcoming year:


The new version of Lanteria's HR system will be presented soon, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, if you would like a free trial or more information, please contact us.

Lanteria HR - Automate 99% of your HR processes

Reaching optimum efficiency in human resource management sometimes becomes a real challenge for a company. Whether it has 5000 employees or 50, handling all of the people-related activities involves a significant amount of work. This is where the human resources management software (HRMS) comes into play.

Why use HRMS?

HR management systems are developed to solve the most common problems a HR manager has to cope with every day:

  • HR data and documents scattered in multiple systems shared folders and local hard drives
  • Employees are confused with their responsibilities, goals and career perspectives
  • All the absences and leaves are calculated manually
  • Recruiter’s mailbox is cluttered up with candidates CVs
  • The training process is unclear and chaotic

If you’re constantly fighting with such issues, you might start considering using software that will help you automate all main HR processes in the company.

What makes Lanteria HR the best HRMS for you?

Created in 2008, today Lanteria HR is a well-known human resources management system for SharePoint and Office 365 that manages the full hire-to-retire lifecycle in your company. In its seven years in the marketplace, Lanteria HR has been praised by hundreds of companies for increasing their HR performance.

This system has increased the visibility and importance of performance management throughout our company which helps us to effectively manage and improve the performance and attendance of our teams. Lanteria delivered a quality product, to the standards expected and have also provided great on-going support and bespoke system options.
— Martin Servante, The Creative Assembly

What are the benefits of using Lanteria HR?

  • Centralized storage of all HR data and documents
  • Simple time-tracking and leave management system
  • Global absences calendar for all company departments
  • Learning Catalog, fully searchable and accessible by employees
  • Candidates database with their CVs, skill sets and experience
  • Easy-to-use evaluation and review forms for a paperless collaboration
  • Usable templates and custom reports to plan and track the HR processes
  • High-quality support and fast feedback from Lanteria’s technical team
  • Lanteria HR customisation and implementation

Lanteria HR provides 7 different modules:

  1. Core HR 
  2. Time and Attendance
  3. Compensation 
  4. Recruiting
  5. Performance
  6. Learning 
  7. Succession

These solutions can be used separately or as a complete integrated system to cover all of your company’s needs.

Lanteria HR is available for SharePoint 2010, 2013 and Office 365 and can be easily installed in your current SharePoint environment (on-premises installation) or delivered as a hosted / SaaS solution (Software as a Service).

For a free trial, demonstration or more information, contact us today.

Tweak tip: Speed up access to SharePoint via Windows Explorer in Windows 7

If you like working with SharePoint content via Windows Explorer, you may have encountered a couple of MAJOR ANNOYANCES which make this process painful.

Access to SharePoint content via Windows Explorer can be excruciatingly slow Windows prompts you for credentials over and over again, no matter how many times you click the ‘Save Password’ box.


The solution below involves making changes to Internet Explorer settings and the registry.  If you are in a corporate environment and a meagre ‘user’, then there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to change these settings yourself.  In this situation, refer your friendly IT staff to this page and ask them to ‘make these changes via Group Policy’ (…they’ll know what this means!).

Speed-up access

Simply un-check ‘Automatically detect settings’ in Internet Explorer.    
Tools > Internet Options > LAN settings. 


Automatically authenticate

To bypass the naggy authentication prompt which rears its ugly head when you access a SharePoint resource via Windows Explorer, you simply need to tell Windows which sites you trust it to send on your saved credentials to.

This step involves making a change to the registry. As Microsoft always say, “serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.”  

For the novice:

  • Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters
  • On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Multi-String Value.
  • Type AuthForwardServerList, and then press ENTER.
  • On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type the URL of the SharePoint site(s) (eg: or – there’s no need to add the subsite or folder in the URL you add).
  • Exit Registry Editor.
  • Reboot your computer

For the guru:

  • Add  the host name(s) to the following registry key (create it as a Multi-String value if it does not exist).
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters\AuthForwardServerList.
  • Restart the Web Client service  (net stop webclient  net start webclient).