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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.

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.

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!

Travel Time!

IT safety while on the road

  • 31 July 2018
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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
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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.

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