Google's browser dominates market
In our August SIMformation, we look at how Google's Chrome Internet browser is far outpacing Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer and Mosaic's Firefox in total users. Is this good or bad? Plus, we look at five areas the IT security experts say are the targets for the "bad guys" and why cybersecurity must be of utmost importance to any individual and company. If "123456" is your password, you better thing about changing it, as that is #1 on the list of 50 most exposed passwords. We have the full list of 50 just so you can check to see if you made the list or if your password is more secure than these. As an alternative to passwords alone, we look at a USB security key as an additional two-factor authentication check and how that has proven to benefit companies. And, as the march to the Cloud continues, we look at security issues for hosted software in the Cloud and what you can do to protect your data in these situations.
Finally, we take a moment to introduce our newest product offering. SIM2K is now an Epson Brighter Futures partner, so we can offer educational discounts on Epson products like their innovative interactive projectors for use in classrooms. Schools, school districts and other educational agencies can qualify for the Brighter Futures program, so please contact us for more information on Epson products and Brighter Futures.
"Creator Update" adds new features
Our April SIMformation discusses the new "Creator Update" for Windows 10 that has been released this April. Microsoft has added several new features and has responded to complaints (especially privacy settings) in the previous incarnation of Windows 10. Windows 10 users should be seeing this update come downstream if they have Automatic Updates enabled, otherwise it is available through the Microsoft support site. Other topics in this month's SIMformation include a look at a new Ransonware attack that can "hide" in the firmware running on your PC. Also, in an interesting fact, Android has now slipped ahead of Windows as the world's most popular operating system. However, we also cover a sneaky spyware found in Android devices which seems to be used by intelligence agencies - but if they have it and hackers know about it, it could be more widespread. Finally, we look at the march to data storage in the Cloud, and how that presents some challenges as the tools used in the Cloud differ from those used in traditional database management. But experts believe that Cloud storage for data is the next best thing so companies need to be considering how best to integrate Cloud storage in the next decade.
IoT to Blame
In our November issue of SIMformation, we look at the October Internet outage that has been tracked back to a malware infecting Internet-connected home devices, the "Internet of Things" (IoT). Lax security protocols and outdated software put IoT devices at risk. We look at what can be done as well as examine how the attack took place. Another important article discusses whether or not data encryption tools are at risk for cracking due to lazy programmers re-using the same algorithms and what IT pros feel may be the eventual solution to secure storage – Quantum computing. We also look at whether tape storage is finally on the way out with the move to Cloud-based data backups and storage, and why a NFL coach is down on use of tablets on the sideline.
VOIP Systems like Zultys provide many benefits
In our September SIMformation we look at how Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone systems provide flexible communications benefits for many companies. The ability for individuals to control the calling features they need, the ability to set up conference calls on the fly, the inclusion of "fax from desktop" and Messaging functions all make VOIP systems like Zultys an option any company with aging telephone systems should consider. SIM2K is an Authorized Zultys partner so we can handle specifying, sourcing, installation, training and support. We also look at steps Google is taking to increase security for Gmail customers, discuss the possibilities arising from the merger of Dell and EMC (bringing VMWare virtualization under the Dell product line) and a new Acer chromebook that is a 2 in 1 tablet/laptop device. We also look at privacy for Cloud storage and how that "boilerplate" language you probably just clicked "accept" gives companies the right to access your stored data.
Four companies dominate Cloud market
In our August issue of SIMformation, we wrap up our series on the Cloud with a look at how four companies control the bulk of the hosted Cloud market. We also look at the drop in Windows 10 upgrades now that Microsoft's "free" offer has expired, and present some pros and cons when considering upgrading existing hardware to Windows 10. The "bad guys" have a new stealth malware that evades anti-virus programs and, when installed, busily works to shut off all anti-virus tools that might be installed on that system to permit malicious code to be downloaded. And, the battle over Net Neutrality rages on as major Internet Service Providers have filed an appeal to the court ruling upholding the FCC's decision to classify them as common carriers.