A look at the Tech Crystal Ball
We kick off 2019 with a look at some of the top trends in the forecast for technology. Naturally, security tops the list, along with AI, the Cloud and blockchain. There is speculation that Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, may be going away as Siri and Alexa have shouted her down. Firefox is adding a data breach notification to its browser when there is the possibility that the user's e-mail and credentials have been obtained by a hacker. We discuss artificial intelligence as it applies outside the tech world, specifically for "self-driving" cars and what programming choices may mean in the real world. Finally, we have some tips on add-ins for Microsoft Office that may be a help to you Word, Excel and Outlook users.
Windows Hello, Outlook 2016 and more
In our December issue of SIMformation, we discuss how biometrics may replace passwords for IT security. Facial scans and fingerprints may replace complex passwords and two-factor authentication. Windows 10 supports Windows Hello, Microsoft's biometric program, and we have details. We also look at Outlook 2016 with some tips and hints to get the most from this software. As it is the Christmas season and there are packages under the tree, it may be you will get some wearable technology this year – but is this a security risk to you and your personal information? Also, the season leads to scams and the Secret Sister/Santa pyramid scheme is no exception. We tell you what to look out for. Finally, we start our look at the coming year with a few new features coming from Apple, as we know some of you are dedicated iPhone or Mac users out there.
Cellphone Spam exploding
In our November SIMformation we look at the explosion of robo-calling to cellphones, and what the industry is doing to combat this problem. And, unless you like to hear from "Rachel at Card Services" we have some tips you can use to help ward off unwanted calls. A new security warning from the National Security Agency covers "smart desks" connected to the Internet that might be spying on you, and we have the dossier on this. The October Windows 10 update caused some pain for users as it deleted their Documents folder, so that update was recalled by Microsoft. Our SIM2K Critical Updates plan helps protect you from buggy updates. New statistics are out on the cost to protect data in the US Cybercrime Survey – and yes, the costs have risen again this year. Finally, with new Artificial Intelligence products and Two-Factor Authentication tools, do you still need a traditional signature-based Anti-Virus program? Experts say yes, and we explain why.
A Refresher Course
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.
IT safety while on the road
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.