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What's this "Creators Update"?

Windows 10 adds features

  • 22 August 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our August SIMformation we cover the new features and security updates being pushed out to Windows 10 users by Microsoft's "Creators Update."  This upgrade adds several interesting features to Windows 10.  But if you are a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user -- never mind!  We also look at Microsoft's introduction of an Enterprise-level version of Office 365 that provides administrators more tools to manage users and Office features.  It also forces an upgrade to Windows 10, as that is the operating system necessary for this version, so don't be in a rush to consider this if you are not moving off Windows 7 in the near future.  We cover the slump in PC sales this past quarter and whether or not the impending "out-of-service" date for Windows 7 in 202 will trigger an uptick in sales.  In our continuing look at Cybersecurity, we caution against companies attempting to scour the "Dark Web" to see if any company information is for sale.  This is a dangerous path, not only for those already on the Dark Web looking for new prey, but also you run the risk of attracting law enforcement interest, too.  Leave this to IT professionals if you are truly concerned.  And finally, even though Summer is almost over, we reinforce our continued emphasis on security when connecting to public wi-fi networks.

Are Internet Rights Beginning to Get Squeezed?

Updates on internet regulation

  • 20 July 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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Net Neutrality in a Nutshell

Lately, the topic of net neutrality has received a lot of attention. Many people understand the subject to some degree, but this section is going to break down exactly what it is, why it’s important, and who is on either end of the debate. 





Cyber Security Training Tips

All employees must be aware of malware dangers

  • 12 July 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our July SIMformation we give you 10 tips for cybersecurity training for companies.  Best practices should start from the first day of a new hire and be a continuous process - no "one class and done" for all employees.  As new threats emerge, companies need to keep employees informed and we give you some guidelines on how to address this.  We also look at how our security partner, Cylance, and their CylancePROTECT® product blocked the release of the latest ransomware attack, dubbed "Petya/Not Petya".  This was a new twist on ransomware as the malware forced a re-boot of the PC that effectively locked it up, rendering it useless to evey try to de-crypt files if the ransom was to be paid.

Our Unified Communications provider, Zultys, has released their MX Meeting web conferencing tool as part of their Cloud-based Hosted Service, making this available to all Zultys users.  And, Microsoft has released a schedule for updates to their Windows Server software, now standardizing on twice-annual updates so companies can plan for these releases.  We look too at Google's attempt to remove the "phone" part of the smartphone, relying on the "computer" side for data and now voice through VoIP rather than using cellular voice services.  Finally, we discuss past successful hack attempts on devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and how security needs to be in place for any device connected to the Internet.

(Not)Petya: A New Strain of Ransomware

CylancePROTECT

  • 6 July 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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(Not)Petya: A New Strain of Ransomware


Last Tuesday, organizations across many countries withstood another global ransomware outbreak, and the disruptive experience was all too familiar. This attack was the second in just two months to span multiple countries and compromise hundreds of thousands of machines. As businesses scrambled to secure data and restore backups, cyber-security experts around the world analyzed this new Petya-like threat...


 

W-2 Tax Scam, Scareware and Misdirection Domains Plague Users

Steps to protect information – Plus planning tips for Wireless Networks

  • 21 February 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
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In our February SIMformation, we look at spearphishing attacks on Indianapolis businesses that target W-2 tax forms, giving the scammer all employee names, addresses and Social Security numbers.  We want everyone to be aware of this activity, and provide tips on what to look for to prevent falling for this scam.  Also, we discuss "Scareware" and how it differs from Ransomware, another scam hitting many of our clients.  

We discuss pointers for installing or expanding a Wireless network for businesses.  Just going to a chain store and buying an access point won't work for business traffic, so we provide details on planning, equipment, installation and security for any business offering Wi-Fi connectivity for employees and guests.

And, we look at the declining market share for Microsoft browers, both Internet Explorer and Edge, and new technology attempting to use LED lighting for network connectivity.  Plus, new Chromebooks can now run many Android Apps, bridging the space between PCs and smartphones.

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