Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Telecom Makes Change to Email Service to Boost Security

Telecom Makes Change to Email Service to Boost Security


From today, Telecom will be contacting a group of email customers who will be affected by a change to its Xtra email service taking place at the end of September this year.

Telecom spokeswoman Gemma Croombs said that on 30 September Telecom will be retiring its now outdated SMTP email server. This server uses old technology, and is not able to be updated with the range of security enhancements Telecom is rolling out to ensure that the security of its email service is in line with the world’s best.

“Customers whose email travels through the SMTP server will need to manually change their outgoing mail settings before it is retired. For most people, we expect this will be a simple setting change, and should take less than 5 minutes. After they’ve made the change, their email will still work the same – it will just go through a more up-to-date server,” said Ms Croombs.

This week Telecom will begin making direct contact with those customers who are still using the old SMTP settings, to help them through making the change.

“Every single customer who is affected by this change will receive either an email or a phone call from us. If they don’t hear from us, then they are not affected, and they don’t need to do anything,” Ms Croombs said.

Information on how to make the change is on Telecom’s website at www.telecom.co.nz/smtp and customers can also call a dedicated Telecom team on 0800 665 885.

Ms Croombs said that only a minority of Telecom’s email customers were affected by this change – less than 15% of the total email base.

She acknowledged that customers were often nervous receiving a call from someone advising them to change their email settings, and so she offered clear guidelines on how to judge whether a call or an email from someone claiming to be from Telecom was legitimate.

“Our customer service staff will only be talking you through instructions on how to change your email settings. They will not be asking you for your password, for your bank account or credit card details, or for any personal details. We also won’t be asking you to click on any links, to visit any website other than telecom.co.nz, or to download any files.”

Ms Croombs emphasised that customers needed to continue to be vigilant about detecting phone and email scams. If they are in any doubt, they should compare the instructions from the person who has called them or in an email to the instructions on the Telecom website about the setting change, at www.telecom.co.nz/smtp

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Auckland Port To Recapture Gas: Union Calls On Ports To Stop Spewing Methyl Bromide

The Maritime Union of New Zealand welcomes the decision by Ports of Auckland to stop releasing methyl bromide emissions into the air. The move to fully recapture the toxic gas after fumigation sets a new benchmark for industry best practice. More>>

ALSO:

Retail: Banks Shoes Calls In Receiver

Banks Group, which runs 14 stores across the country under the brands including Banks Shoes and Shoe Connection, has been tipped into receivership at the request of director John Bank. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's Space Programme: Rocket Lab Makes It To Space (But Not Orbit)

Electron lifted-off at 16:20 NZST from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. It was the first orbital-class rocket launched from from a private launch site in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Budget: Irrigate (Good Times, Come On!)

Additional grant funding of $26.7 million over the next three years plus a capital boost of $63 million towards irrigation investments in Budget 2017 will deliver economic and environmental benefits through better use of water... More>>

ALSO:

Silver Fern Farms: Proposal To Close Fairton Sheepmeat Plant

Silver Fern Farms has advised its people of the proposal to permanently close the site, and has discussed potential transfer options to its other sites in the region as part of the consultation process...
More>>

ALSO: