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Office 2010 Next on Chopping Block

Plus a Ransomware blueprint for your security planning

  • 24 March 2020
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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.  

Time Is Short

Windows 7, Server 2008/R2 and others reach end of support date January 2020.

  • 25 November 2019
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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!

Windows Update Schedule Woes

Competing updates muddy process

  • 29 October 2019
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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.

ACT NOW! Microsoft Products near End of Life

Windows 7, Server 2008/R2 and others reach end of support date January 2020.

  • 18 September 2019
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In our September SIMformation, we want everyone to be aware that Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008R2 and Exchange Server 2010 all will reach their "End of Life" date in January, 2020.  Plus, Office 2010 will reach its end of life in October 2020.  This means Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and feature patches, leaving this software vulnerable to malware attacks. SIM2K urges everyone to have a migration plan in place and budget for software updates now as this year ends to be prepared for the January end of support date. We have more details in this issue.  We also discuss how cybercriminals are targeting education now days and what schools need to be aware of to protect student and faculty data.  We recap "Spoofing" and what you can do to identify phishing and other scam attacks.  And, we have a handy list of keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word users so you can get around hunting through various "Ribbons" to do simple formatting tweaks.

Phishing Scams Get More Sophisticated

What to watch out for to protect your data

  • 27 August 2019
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In our August SIMformation we look at new "tricks" the malware writers are using as Phishing attacks become more sophisticated.  Things have progressed past simple "Nigerian Prince" e-mails as Phishing now accounts for more than $2.7 billion in losses annually.  We also look at Windows 10 and the gain in market share it is finally experiencing, as businesses wake up to the fact that Windows 7 will go out of support early in 2020 and thus need to be making plans to transition to the newer operating system.  We also look at a new Ransomware variant, as this malware attack also won't go away and again is becoming more sophisticated in how the attack is staged.  Finally, we look at the dark side of Cloud computing – the providers make claims about performance, but can you really verify if you are getting the servers, processing speeds, backups and security you are paying for?  We have some tips to watch out for when evaluating Cloud hosts.

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