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Understanding VPNs

  • 21 July 2020
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With our July issue we discuss just what is a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and why one might be a benefit for your remote workers - especially if your business is continuing to support "work from home" during this pandemic.  We also have more information on ways to support your "at home" workers through our Zultys Unified Communications systems and mobile app, plus we look at how Covid-19 has impacted technology delivery world-wide and why tracking apps won't work.  And, the browser wars continue and who has the lion's share of the market.

Pandemic and Cybercrime

The "bad guys" aren't sheltering in place

  • 17 June 2020
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Our June issue of SIMformation looks at how cybercriminals are taking advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic to ramp up their efforts.  From blatant attempts to sucker you in with spam e-mails like "Get your Covid-19 funds now" to prey on insecure company connections used by the new "work from home" employees, cybercrime is thriving alongside the virus.  We have details.  We also discuss the surge in interest for Windows Virtual Desktop as companies try to manage these new work from home employees.  Microsoft has also beefed up their Edge browser to be more supportive of business functionality.  Google has also added new features to Android to also increase productivity for remote workers.  Finally, we cover Incognito Mode for your browsers and what that really means, and how you might be inadvertently leaving sensitive company data on shared home computers that family members can stumble upon.

Android Phones and Computers

Plus, the "Chrome Edge" browser explained

  • 20 February 2020
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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.

Happy Holidays from SIM2K

Will Passwords go Away?

  • 19 December 2019
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In our December SIMformation, we discuss where security will go, and if passwords will ever be replaced by biometrics, or even more extreme measures such as implanted chips. We discuss the browser war and how Firefox is lagging in revenues, bringing into question Mozilla's position in the market. We preview the new SecuriSync app that will let you view documents in Window Explorer without having to download them, Google is extending their AI chops into Google Docs with "Smart Compose" that will help users draft documents faster by suggesting common phrases and words to complete their writing. And, we look at the 2020 crystal ball and several trends the IT experts believe will be impacting technology in the coming year. Plus our random factoids from tech. Happy holidays to all our friends, and we look forward to continuing to be your IT partner in this next year and decade.

Chrome or Nothing?

Google's browser dominates market

  • 28 August 2018
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In our August SIMformation, we look at how Google's Chrome Internet browser is far outpacing Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer and Mosaic's Firefox in total users.  Is this good or bad?  Plus, we look at five areas the IT security experts say are the targets for the "bad guys" and why cybersecurity must be of utmost importance to any individual and company.  If "123456" is your password, you better thing about changing it, as that is #1 on the list of 50 most exposed passwords.  We have the full list of 50 just so you can check to see if you made the list or if your password is more secure than these.  As an alternative to passwords alone, we look at a USB security key as an additional two-factor authentication check and how that has proven to benefit companies.  And, as the march to the Cloud continues, we look at security issues for hosted software in the Cloud and what you can do to protect your data in these situations.

Finally, we take a moment to introduce our newest product offering.  SIM2K is now an Epson Brighter Futures partner, so we can offer educational discounts on Epson products like their innovative interactive projectors for use in classrooms.  Schools, school districts and other educational agencies can qualify for the Brighter Futures program, so please contact us for more information on Epson products and Brighter Futures.

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