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Office 2010 Next on Chopping Block

Plus a Ransomware blueprint for your security planning

  • 24 March 2020
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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.  

2020 Brings New Trends

What is IT talking about in this new year

  • 27 January 2020
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In our January 2020 SIMformation, we discuss some trends for this new year that the IT pundits believe will be on the top of the list for interest. We also look at the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, now that Windows 7 has gone out of support – but the numbers show it is still hanging on out there. And, Microsoft is adopting a "when it is ready" schedule for updates to Windows 10 rather than tying to cram features into their traditional semi-annual process. There is a new ploy from the "bad guys" to be aware of – "juice jacking" wherein compromised public USB charging stations can be a point of malware infections, so watch out in airports, coffee shops and other locations. Finally, we go beyond what is trending for 2020 and look at what the crystal ball has in store for the upcoming decade of technology and some farther out trends to consider.

Windows Update Schedule Woes

Competing updates muddy process

  • 29 October 2019
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In our October SIMformation we look at the updates issued by Microsoft and how they overlap the various versions of Windows 10, which is why we recommend clients take advantage of our Windows Update service – let us worry about who gets what update and when. We also – by request – provide a keyboard shortcut guide to Microsoft Excel. We look at a discussion from Computerworld about what ails the PC industry and why this market is lagging in growth. We look again at exploits that permit the introduction of malware on your PCs and network, and what to watch for and how to avoid being infected. Plus other news like new phones from Zultys.

Phishing Scams Get More Sophisticated

What to watch out for to protect your data

  • 27 August 2019
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In our August SIMformation we look at new "tricks" the malware writers are using as Phishing attacks become more sophisticated.  Things have progressed past simple "Nigerian Prince" e-mails as Phishing now accounts for more than $2.7 billion in losses annually.  We also look at Windows 10 and the gain in market share it is finally experiencing, as businesses wake up to the fact that Windows 7 will go out of support early in 2020 and thus need to be making plans to transition to the newer operating system.  We also look at a new Ransomware variant, as this malware attack also won't go away and again is becoming more sophisticated in how the attack is staged.  Finally, we look at the dark side of Cloud computing – the providers make claims about performance, but can you really verify if you are getting the servers, processing speeds, backups and security you are paying for?  We have some tips to watch out for when evaluating Cloud hosts.

IoT and Trust

Is Security part of the Internet of Things?

  • 29 July 2019
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In our July issue of SIMformation we present a discussion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and if it can be trusted - are developers looking our for your security, protecting your personal information and letting digital assistants learn too much about us and our habits.  We also look at whether tablets are now on the "outs" as market share has dipped below 5%, according to Gartner, as people do more and more on smartphones and, yes, on PCs.  Windows 10 has finally topped 50% of the operating systems in use, but that means there are lots of Windows 7 installations in use with the February out-of-support deadline looming.  Microsoft has also followed the lead of other browsers and added an anti-tracking option for those few using Edge.  And finally, we look at G Suite vs. Office 365 and the ease of management between the two if you are evaluating which platform might be best for your business.

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