Traffic is up but nobody seems affected
In our May issue, we discuss why the Internet didn't break down given the sudden surge of "at home" workers and e-learning students jumping on-line. We also look at "web skimming" and how the bad guys are increasing their activity in response to more "shop from home" users during the pandemic. And, will Covid-19 change how we work – will more businesses continue with utilizing remote workers? Finally, we are watching as Google is moving the Chrome operating system and the Android apps for your smartphone more into an "all-in-one" package, plus Microsoft is extending some support dates in response to the Coronovirus impact.
Remembering Mark Finegan
In our April SIMformation, we devote several stories to those now faced with working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. We have some security tips to help protect your data and keep employees safe from malware on shared PC assets. And we warn against some on-line scams coming in the wake of this "hunker down" time. We also look at some throttling of services from Office 365 as more and more demands are being placed on this Cloud service with people accessing it from home. SIM2K is also offering some free Video Conferencing and Webinar software tools through the end of the year from our partner Intermedia - call us for details. We look at some improvements coming in Windows 10 in Microsoft's Spring update, and finally, we bid farewell to Mark Finegan, SIM2K founder, who passed away at the end of March.
Plus a Ransomware blueprint for your security planning
In our March SIMformation, we cover the "end of life" cycle for Office 2010, when Microsoft will suspend support for this office suite and migration options for you still using 2010. We also have several security-focused articles, including new protection for Internet browser privacy, a win for the "good guys" taking down the Necurs bot network and a recap of a ransomware attack on a utility that provides a lesson in mitigation and security planning against future attacks. We also discuss improvements coming to Windows 10, look at how Chromebooks are moving out of just education and into the enterprise, and a new Office app for smartphones released by Microsoft.
Windows 7, Server 2008/R2 and others reach end of support date January 2020.
In our November SIMformation we reinforce the warning that Windows 7 and Server 2008 will reach their end of support date in just under two months from now – if you have not planned your migration strategy yet, time is short to get this done. We outline the "best practices" steps it take for a smooth transition and why you need to be working on updates now. We also look at advances Microsoft has made in adopting the Chromium platform for their Edge browser, how Robocalls are exploding and how you can avoid being scammed, and new advances in detection of phishing e-mail attacks to help ward off persistent scams. We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Internet and look at the changes it has made and what we might expect in years to come. And a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Competing updates muddy process
In our October SIMformation we look at the updates issued by Microsoft and how they overlap the various versions of Windows 10, which is why we recommend clients take advantage of our Windows Update service – let us worry about who gets what update and when. We also – by request – provide a keyboard shortcut guide to Microsoft Excel. We look at a discussion from Computerworld about what ails the PC industry and why this market is lagging in growth. We look again at exploits that permit the introduction of malware on your PCs and network, and what to watch for and how to avoid being infected. Plus other news like new phones from Zultys.