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.
Plus, the "Chrome Edge" browser explained
In our February SIMformation, we look at how Android Apps can bring many of your computer tools to your smartphone, linking things like Outlook, One Drive and more across these platforms. We also have a FAQ section on the new Microsoft Edge browser using the Chromium engine, and what this means for your Internet surfing. Plus, Microsoft did an Oops when it let a security certificate expire taking down Teams, so even the "big guys" can let these slip. And, a security flaw was found in a Cloud application letting anyone with access to a server see everyone's data there, so this is a caution about Cloud security. Finally, we note that people did take the warnings about moving off Windows 7 seriously, as there was a big uptick for Windows 10 in January, so hopefully you were part of this trend too as Windows7 is now out of support.
What is IT talking about in this new year
In our January 2020 SIMformation, we discuss some trends for this new year that the IT pundits believe will be on the top of the list for interest. We also look at the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, now that Windows 7 has gone out of support – but the numbers show it is still hanging on out there. And, Microsoft is adopting a "when it is ready" schedule for updates to Windows 10 rather than tying to cram features into their traditional semi-annual process. There is a new ploy from the "bad guys" to be aware of – "juice jacking" wherein compromised public USB charging stations can be a point of malware infections, so watch out in airports, coffee shops and other locations. Finally, we go beyond what is trending for 2020 and look at what the crystal ball has in store for the upcoming decade of technology and some farther out trends to consider.