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Should You Use Facebook Logins Outside of Facebook?

Privacy issues may be at stake

  • 21 May 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our May issue of SIMformation, we discuss the practice of using your Facebook login on any website beyond Facebook itself and what issues may arise.  Given all the concerns over personal privacy and what information Facebook may divulge to third parties, is this a wise decision?  We have details.  We also look at a new technology, the software-defined wide area network, and how this is an option for remote offices or connecting to data centers, in lieu of VPNs or dedicated lines.  An e-recycler is facing prison time for cloning Microsoft Windows recovery CDs and reselling them, and Windows 7 actually increased market share over Windows 10 in April, and interesting happening given Microsoft's attempt to move us all to Windows 10.  Finally, we look at Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – hackers snooping in your network and stealing information, and what the warning signs are if you are under attack.  Plus we have an added bonus feature this month, an "In the Field" case study of SIM2K's work with the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library on the upgrade of their security camera system.

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Robocalls a Nuisance - and What You Can Do

  • 24 April 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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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

Windows 10 Update Coming

Virtual Assistants enter Business Market

  • 27 March 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our March SIMformation, we look at the Spring Windows 10 Update and some of the new features and improvements coming down the pike from Microsoft.  Some are new features, others are existing features that have been renamed, and some security improvements rolled in, as well.  We will be checking this update to be sure it "does no harm" to existing programs.  Not to be left out, we also look at some new releases from Apple, as well.

The use of emojis in today's communications has created a new legal issue - can they be interpreted as sarcasm, slander or just amusement?  We look at some examples lawyers have tackled and question if you need to use these in business communications.  And, on the browser side of the Internet, Chrome has launched a new ad blocker feature, hoping to cut down on the annoying pop-ups, video-based and "sticky ads" that clutter up your screen and don't add any value to the content you are reading.

Finally, we look at the convergence of AI (artificial intelligence) and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, and how these assistants are moving into business-focused applications.  This opens a new chapter in the ability to access information or control devices by speech, rather than clicking through computers.

Ransomware Still an Issue in 2018

Plus, are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

  • 19 February 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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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
  • Author: SIM2K
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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.

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