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Travel Time!

IT safety while on the road

  • 31 July 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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Our July issue of SIMformation offers some tips for your computing safety if you are traveling this Summer – from being sure your anti-virus is updated before you leave to running a virus scan when you get home before re-connecting to a network, and other tips inbetween. We discuss the pros and cons of "the old (device) is still working.." and why sometimes updates and replacements make more sense for the long haul on expenses rather than keeping old, out-of-date equipment.  Windows 7 continues to hold market share over Windows 10, so the IT industry sees Microsoft attempting to push users away from Windows 7 even though the out-of-support date isn't until 2020.  We look at why storing sensitive passwords in a web browser is not a good practice, and finally, we discuss how you can sync all your files between Chromebooks and Android devices through Google Cloud.

Windows 10 Update Coming

Virtual Assistants enter Business Market

  • 27 March 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our March SIMformation, we look at the Spring Windows 10 Update and some of the new features and improvements coming down the pike from Microsoft.  Some are new features, others are existing features that have been renamed, and some security improvements rolled in, as well.  We will be checking this update to be sure it "does no harm" to existing programs.  Not to be left out, we also look at some new releases from Apple, as well.

The use of emojis in today's communications has created a new legal issue - can they be interpreted as sarcasm, slander or just amusement?  We look at some examples lawyers have tackled and question if you need to use these in business communications.  And, on the browser side of the Internet, Chrome has launched a new ad blocker feature, hoping to cut down on the annoying pop-ups, video-based and "sticky ads" that clutter up your screen and don't add any value to the content you are reading.

Finally, we look at the convergence of AI (artificial intelligence) and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, and how these assistants are moving into business-focused applications.  This opens a new chapter in the ability to access information or control devices by speech, rather than clicking through computers.

Security Flaw in Intel Chips

Any device - PC, Mac, tablet, server – with Intel chips at risk

  • 10 January 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our January 2018 issue of SIMformation we look at a serious security flaw found in Intel chips that can affect any type of device – Windows or Mac, PC, tablet or server –with an Intel chip. Two vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, pose the possibility of a hacker obtaining data, such as passwords, saved in web browsers.  We issued a preliminary alert on this on our Facebook page earlier this week when first disclosed, and here is more complete information.  We are working on installing the updates from the various vendors as they are released.


We also introduce the new Zip 47G phone from Zultys, our VOIP unified communications partner.  This new desktop phone has a hi-resolution, 4.3" display and supports wired and wireless headsets.  It will work on any Zultys system, premise, Cloud or server-based running MX 12 release and later.  


We present some basic information on Blockchain as this digital currency has been in the news recently, so here is the scoop on this.  We also cover the rumors that Google is looking to dump Android and Chrome in favor of one unified platform operating system, dubbed "Fuchsia."  Finally we have statistics on using E-mail for file sharing and why this presents a security risk, as e-mail is not a secure medium for transmitting data.

IP-Based Video Systems

Video over same network as PCs

  • 15 November 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our November issue, we look at Internet-Protocol (IP) based video systems.  The convergence of video over the same networks as PCs means companies no longer have to string coax cable for video as the video signal can now piggy-back on the same network as computers.  Companies are installing video for security, safety and as a crime deterrent, and SIM2K can specify, install, configure and support these video systems.  We also take a look at two of the popular note-taking programs, Microsoft's OneNote and Evernote, and compare the pros and cons of both.  Users of Google Chrome browsers will see some improvements with the new update that also fixes lots of security issues.  Microsoft is rolling out a new authorization policy for Windows 10 Enterprise which may foreshadow where the company will go with all Windows licensing in the future. And, we re-cap Cybersecurity Month with a look at the "Bad Rabbit" ransomware released at the end of October and cover our tips for securing your network from malware.

Ransomware Threats

Cryptolocker, Jigsaw and others a serious threat

  • 26 April 2016
  • Author: SIM2K
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Our April SIMformation deals with the increasing threat posed by ransomware like Cryptolocker, CTB-Locker and Jigsaw.  We discuss programs SIM2K is putting in place to help our clients defend against ransomware attacks and ways to help minimize losses and lost productivity should there be an infection.  We also bid farewell to the Java plug-in, long used by the malware writers as a tool to infect your network.  We look at a new browser (as if Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari weren't plenty) and cover a security warning from Google for Chrome users still on outdated operating systems like Windows XP.


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