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Office 365 Updates

Make Windows 10 Faster

  • 22 September 2020
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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  We also discuss issues with an outdated security protocol that may let hackers defeat your Multi-Factor Authentication for many Cloud-based applications, like Microsoft 365.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.

Deepfake Ransomware

FBI Issues Warnings on Windows 7

  • 25 August 2020
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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.

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.

Why Didn't the Internet Break?

Traffic is up but nobody seems affected

  • 18 May 2020
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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.

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