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Malware Primer

A Refresher Course

  • 25 September 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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Our September issue begins with a "refresher course" in Malware.  We throw this term around frequently, and it covers many threats that can impact your PC and data.  So, we present a recap of what is lumped under the term "malware" and steps you can take to harden your defenses against possible infections.  We also debut a new desk phone from Zultys, our Unified Communications partner, featuring a 7" screen for those using Skype or other video conferencing tools.  Plus we discuss new tools from Zultys to improve business collaboration.  Microsoft is working on DaaS - Desktop as a Service.  This is really nothing new if you were into computers in the 60s - a centralized source for your programs and such - only now it is positioned as a Cloud-based service. We explain what Microsoft is up to in our coverage.  Google also makes news with the G Suite, trying to take Microsoft Office head-on for dominance in the workplace.  And, speaking of workspace, Facebook Workspace brings social media into the office to promote team knowledge exchange and group collaboration, and we have details.

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 and why sometimes updates and replacements make more sense for the long haul on expenses rather than keeping old, out-of-date equipment.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.

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft makes bundle for the Enterprise

  • 19 June 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our June SIMformation we look at Microsoft 365, a new bundle from the company targeting businesses that rolls up Windows 10, Office 365 and administrative tools into a monthly-subscription based package.  "M365," as it is called, has four different versions, and we walk you through each and discuss how Microsoft is moving more and more to the subscription model over boxed software sales.  We also discuss Microsoft Cortana, the digital assistant built into Window 10, and some tricks on how to put Cortana to work for you.  Apple products are becoming a target for malware, so we have some cautions for you Mac/iPad users out there.  We look at an emerging technology, Serverless Apps, and what benefits and dangers this may pose for users.  Finally, we have a report from Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report on the impact of cybercrime for the past year.

Should You Use Facebook Logins Outside of Facebook?

Privacy issues may be at stake

  • 21 May 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our May issue of SIMformation, we discuss the practice of using your Facebook login on any website beyond Facebook itself and what issues may arise.  Given all the concerns over personal privacy and what information Facebook may divulge to third parties, is this a wise decision?  We have details.  We also look at a new technology, the software-defined wide area network, and how this is an option for remote offices or connecting to data centers, in lieu of VPNs or dedicated lines.  An e-recycler is facing prison time for cloning Microsoft Windows recovery CDs and reselling them, and Windows 7 actually increased market share over Windows 10 in April, and interesting happening given Microsoft's attempt to move us all to Windows 10.  Finally, we look at Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – hackers snooping in your network and stealing information, and what the warning signs are if you are under attack.  Plus we have an added bonus feature this month, an "In the Field" case study of SIM2K's work with the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library on the upgrade of their security camera system.

Ransomware Still an Issue in 2018

Plus, are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

  • 19 February 2018
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our February issue of SIMformation we look at the continuing threat from ransomware and other malware.  Statistics show 81% of businesses have suffered some form of a cyberattack, so we want everyone to be vigilant and know the most prevalent malware vectors and how to defend against attacks.  We have covered this before, but a refresher is helpful as we kick off this year. We follow up on last month's news of the Intel chip flaw – Meltdown and Spectre – and what are the latest steps from the hardware makers to counter this flaw.  The early rush to "fix" this resulted in a "whoa" moment as the fix was called back by several companies, so here is the latest news on actions taken and still to come.


Speaking of malware, we look at how YouTube videos were infected with malware that permitted PCs to mine digital currency on the sly.  Your PC's processor, memory and your electricity was consumed generating a digital coin, Monero, if infected.  We present some basic information on what data Windows 10 collects.  When first released, there was major privacy concerns about what data this operating system was collecting and returning to Microsoft.  A new app helps shed light on what diagnostic data is collected – no personal data is ever shared.  Finally, we hope you are prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse – or any disaster, fire, theft or flood that could disrupt your work.  Every company should have a Business continuity and recovery plan and we offer tips of what your plan should encompass.


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