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W-2 Tax Scam, Scareware and Misdirection Domains Plague Users

Steps to protect information – Plus planning tips for Wireless Networks

  • 21 February 2017
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In our February SIMformation, we look at spearphishing attacks on Indianapolis businesses that target W-2 tax forms, giving the scammer all employee names, addresses and Social Security numbers.  We want everyone to be aware of this activity, and provide tips on what to look for to prevent falling for this scam.  Also, we discuss "Scareware" and how it differs from Ransomware, another scam hitting many of our clients.  

We discuss pointers for installing or expanding a Wireless network for businesses.  Just going to a chain store and buying an access point won't work for business traffic, so we provide details on planning, equipment, installation and security for any business offering Wi-Fi connectivity for employees and guests.

And, we look at the declining market share for Microsoft browers, both Internet Explorer and Edge, and new technology attempting to use LED lighting for network connectivity.  Plus, new Chromebooks can now run many Android Apps, bridging the space between PCs and smartphones.

Ransomware Tops 2016 IT News

And a look at the Crystal Ball for 2017

  • 25 January 2017
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In our January, 2017 SIMformation, we look at  how ransomware dominated the news in 2016, and steps that companies are taking to try to insulate themselves from having their files locked and forced to pay up to have them decrypted.  We then look ahead for the hot topics for the coming year in IT, and understandably, Security leads the list.  Analytics, "X" as a Service, Mobile Apps and Virtualization all will be things to watch in 2017. We also look at the growth of Windows 10 last year and how it is positioned as the operating system that Microsoft is pushing hard for us to adopt. Our Support Team weighs in on some tips for when we need to connect to you remotely, and we discuss Bluetooth 5 that will impact adoptions of devices for the Internet of Things as well as how Amazon dominated the holiday E-shopping marketplace.

Microsoft Gets Tricky on Windows 10 Updates

Watch out for unintentional updates to your operating system.

  • 28 June 2016
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In our June issue of SIMformation we caution users about the changes to the "Get Windows 10" prompt that some users of earlier Windows versions see, and how not carefully reading the options might cause your PC to upgrade to Windows 10 automatically.  While we are not against Windows 10, if you have not tested it on your network first, having a Windows 7 machine suddenly upgrade might cause it to not "play nice" with your existing software if you haven't already tested Windows 10 in your environment, so look out for this change to the upgrade notice, and contact SIM2K if you want us to block this notification completely.  We also discuss how some malware is evading zero-day infection prevention tools, plus look at why ransomware exploits have caused the US Congress to block some third-party e-mail services –  all the more reason for clients to be concerned about ransomware.  And, we offer some tips on selecting a Cloud storage vendor, with five questions you should ask before choosing an external provider over using a private Cloud storage solution.

5 Tips for Safe Computing

Be safe when traveling this Summer

  • 24 May 2016
  • Author: SIM2K
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Our May issue of SIMformation discusses some tips to help protect against hackers, malware and peepers when using your PC  to keep it really secure.  We also look at some tips from the FBI on how to guard against ransomware attacks.  We cover the firing of an employee at a company out East who fell victim to a Phishing attack that led to a data breach, and we cover a new move to impose sales taxes on Internet purchases in some states.  Finally, SIM2K has softened our stance on Windows 10 as the operating system has reached a level of stability.  However, we still recommend letting us help you test it on your network before you buy, especially if you have any legacy software.

Ransomware Threats

Cryptolocker, Jigsaw and others a serious threat

  • 26 April 2016
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Our April SIMformation deals with the increasing threat posed by ransomware like Cryptolocker, CTB-Locker and Jigsaw.  We discuss programs SIM2K is putting in place to help our clients defend against ransomware attacks and ways to help minimize losses and lost productivity should there be an infection.  We also bid farewell to the Java plug-in, long used by the malware writers as a tool to infect your network.  We look at a new browser (as if Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari weren't plenty) and cover a security warning from Google for Chrome users still on outdated operating systems like Windows XP.

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