Other security flaws
In our October issue, we cover the suspected ransomware attack that affected Universal Health Systems and the impact it had on the ability of a hospital to provide care and chart patient treatments. This shows that ransomware has not gone away and that any company is potentially at risk and how SIM2K can help with your security planning. We also look at security flaws in Microsoft Azure Cloud service and how it could permit access to server-wide information. Google has made improvements to the Chrome browser that we detail, and the pandemic has encouraged Microsoft to make improvements to Teams to promote collaboration for an at-home workforce. Finally, if you thought the mainframe computer was "old tech," the adaptation of Linux to a mainframe environment plus Cloud computing has put mainframes on the comeback trail.
Make Windows 10 Faster
In our September issue we look at many updates to the components of Office 365 - Word, Excel, etc. - that Microsoft has released over the summer. We also discuss issues with an outdated security protocol that may let hackers defeat your Multi-Factor Authentication for many Cloud-based applications, like Microsoft 365. TikTok has been in the news and we have information on why many companies perceive this program as a security danger. And, we have some tips on how you can make Windows 10 work faster for you, plus other news from the IT world.
FBI Issues Warnings on Windows 7
For our August issue we look at the emerging threat of deepfake ransomware – wherein a video is created that purportedly shows the victim in some compromising position which is then e-mailed to them. The victim clicks on the video to watch it and their PC is then infected with ransomware. We describe this technology and ways to protect yourself. We also look at a shortage of Chromebooks facing schools and businesses as the at-home work and learning demand is outstripping supply. We also discuss Google's new Wi-Fi service, look at some other emerging scams you need to be aware of, and finally, look at the warnings issues by the FBI for those who still use Windows 7 as the out-of-service software is now showing security "holes" that can be breached.
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.