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What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft makes bundle for the Enterprise

  • 19 June 2018
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In our June SIMformation we look at Microsoft 365, a new bundle from the company targeting businesses that rolls up Windows 10, Office 365 and administrative tools into a monthly-subscription based package.  "M365," as it is called, has four different versions, and we walk you through each and discuss how Microsoft is moving more and more to the subscription model over boxed software sales.  We also discuss Microsoft Cortana, the digital assistant built into Window 10, and some tricks on how to put Cortana to work for you.  Apple products are becoming a target for malware, so we have some cautions for you Mac/iPad users out there.  We look at an emerging technology, Serverless Apps, and what benefits and dangers this may pose for users.  Finally, we have a report from Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report on the impact of cybercrime for the past year.

Grrrrr....!

Robocalls a Nuisance - and What You Can Do

  • 24 April 2018
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In our April SIMformation we look at those pesky "Rachel from Card Services" calls and the rest of that ilk, and what you can do to help mitigate these annoying robocalls.  We also take a look at Facebook privacy issues and what your phone might be sharing to the data sweeps.  Ransomware continues to be in the news after the City of Atlanta was hit and city services shut down while their system was frozen until the ransom was paid.  As our inter-connected world grows, we discuss the potential for attacks on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how Georgia Tech has constructed a "honey pot" to help catch the bad guys before they can breach IoT devices.  And, we take a more in-depth look at Cryptojacking, wherein malware is loaded onto your devices to make them mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoins.  This saps your computer's system, slows down your performance, and makes you an unwitting participant in someone else's business.  We discuss steps to take to detect and protect your network against Cryptojacking

Ransomware Still an Issue in 2018

Plus, are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

  • 19 February 2018
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In our February issue of SIMformation we look at the continuing threat from ransomware and other malware.  Statistics show 81% of businesses have suffered some form of a cyberattack, so we want everyone to be vigilant and know the most prevalent malware vectors and how to defend against attacks.  We have covered this before, but a refresher is helpful as we kick off this year. We follow up on last month's news of the Intel chip flaw – Meltdown and Spectre – and what are the latest steps from the hardware makers to counter this flaw.  The early rush to "fix" this resulted in a "whoa" moment as the fix was called back by several companies, so here is the latest news on actions taken and still to come.

 

Speaking of malware, we look at how YouTube videos were infected with malware that permitted PCs to mine digital currency on the sly.  Your PC's processor, memory and your electricity was consumed generating a digital coin, Monero, if infected.  We present some basic information on what data Windows 10 collects.  When first released, there was major privacy concerns about what data this operating system was collecting and returning to Microsoft.  A new app helps shed light on what diagnostic data is collected – no personal data is ever shared.  Finally, we hope you are prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse – or any disaster, fire, theft or flood that could disrupt your work.  Every company should have a Business continuity and recovery plan and we offer tips of what your plan should encompass.

Security Flaw in Intel Chips

Any device - PC, Mac, tablet, server – with Intel chips at risk

  • 10 January 2018
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In our January 2018 issue of SIMformation we look at a serious security flaw found in Intel chips that can affect any type of device – Windows or Mac, PC, tablet or server –with an Intel chip. Two vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, pose the possibility of a hacker obtaining data, such as passwords, saved in web browsers.  We issued a preliminary alert on this on our Facebook page earlier this week when first disclosed, and here is more complete information.  We are working on installing the updates from the various vendors as they are released.

 

We also introduce the new Zip 47G phone from Zultys, our VOIP unified communications partner.  This new desktop phone has a hi-resolution, 4.3" display and supports wired and wireless headsets.  It will work on any Zultys system, premise, Cloud or server-based running MX 12 release and later.  

 

We present some basic information on Blockchain as this digital currency has been in the news recently, so here is the scoop on this.  We also cover the rumors that Google is looking to dump Android and Chrome in favor of one unified platform operating system, dubbed "Fuchsia."  Finally we have statistics on using E-mail for file sharing and why this presents a security risk, as e-mail is not a secure medium for transmitting data.

Season's Greetings from SIM2K

2017 Tech Trends set Stage for 2018

  • 20 December 2017
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We close 2017 with a look at several trends this past year in technology that the experts believe will have even more impact in 2018, such as Artificial Intelligence and Virtual/Augmented Reality. For those of you who use Uber we look at the recently-disclosed hack on their database.  Have you seen an uptick in notifications you get on your smartphone?  We discuss how notifications are exploding and how you can keep them under control.  Net Neutrality is back in the news and we weigh in on that, and also discuss the costs of a data breach for affected companies and how it is more than just IT costs, but also impacts on reputation, loss of customers and more. Plus we look at what industry groups are more affected by a breach, and then what steps you can take to defend your network against hackers.  And, we have our traditional holiday message with our thanks to all our clients we serve.

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