FBI Issues Warnings on Windows 7
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.
The "bad guys" aren't sheltering in place
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.
Remembering Mark Finegan
In our April SIMformation, we devote several stories to those now faced with working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. We have some security tips to help protect your data and keep employees safe from malware on shared PC assets. And we warn against some on-line scams coming in the wake of this "hunker down" time. We also look at some throttling of services from Office 365 as more and more demands are being placed on this Cloud service with people accessing it from home. SIM2K is also offering some free Video Conferencing and Webinar software tools through the end of the year from our partner Intermedia - call us for details. We look at some improvements coming in Windows 10 in Microsoft's Spring update, and finally, we bid farewell to Mark Finegan, SIM2K founder, who passed away at the end of March.
Plus a Ransomware blueprint for your security planning
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.
Plus, the "Chrome Edge" browser explained
In our February SIMformation, we look at how Android Apps can bring many of your computer tools to your smartphone, linking things like Outlook, One Drive and more across these platforms. We also have a FAQ section on the new Microsoft Edge browser using the Chromium engine, and what this means for your Internet surfing. Plus, Microsoft did an Oops when it let a security certificate expire taking down Teams, so even the "big guys" can let these slip. And, a security flaw was found in a Cloud application letting anyone with access to a server see everyone's data there, so this is a caution about Cloud security. Finally, we note that people did take the warnings about moving off Windows 7 seriously, as there was a big uptick for Windows 10 in January, so hopefully you were part of this trend too as Windows7 is now out of support.