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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.

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.

New Approach to Malware Protection

SIM2K is now a Cylance Security Provider

  • 27 June 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
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SIM2K is now able to offer CylancePROTECT® , the next generation of protection against malware, bots, ransomware, zero-day threats and unknown variants.  Using a combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence and algorithmic science, Cylance analyzes hundreds of thousands of characteristics per file to discern whether an object is good or bad – in real time.  And speaking of ransomware, we have a discussion between two IT experts on Microsoft's role in the WannaCry attack and issuing updates for out-of-service software like Windows XP.  We also look at how Windows 7 still powers more than 50% of PCs out there today.  We cover the data breach at a Cloud-based password management company that exposed their client's ID and passwords for countless sites.  Finally, are passwords on their way out in favor of biometrics?  Read this issue and find out!

Zultys Wins Product of Year Kudos

SIM2K is an authorized Zultys Partner

  • 24 May 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
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Our May issue of SIMformation kicks off with the news that our unified communications partner, Zultys, has been awarded 2017 Product of the Year honors for the company's Cloud-hosted communications solution.  As a Zultys authorized partner, SIM2K can specify, source, install, train and support Zultys products, so if you are looking for a VOIP solution, give us a call.  We also discuss some news from Microsoft, including speculation that the skipped February patch was done to allow Microsoft to address the vulnerabilities the NSA had found – which then became part of the exploit used by the WannaCry ransomware attack this month.  It seemed to zero in on Windows machines that did not have the subsequent patch installed, leading to IT theories this was all related.  Also, we discuss how a firewall will improve your overall company security profile.  And, we offer some tips on how to save on data usage on your Android smartphone - if you can't always connect to Wi-Fi, this might help.

Microsoft Offers New Enhancements

"Creator Update" adds new features

  • 25 April 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
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Our April SIMformation discusses the new "Creator Update" for Windows 10 that has been released this April.  Microsoft has added several new features and has responded to complaints (especially privacy settings) in the previous incarnation of Windows 10.  Windows 10 users should be seeing this update come downstream if they have Automatic Updates enabled, otherwise it is available through the Microsoft support site.  Other topics in this month's SIMformation include a look at a new Ransonware attack that can "hide" in the firmware running on your PC.  Also, in an interesting fact,  Android has now slipped ahead of Windows as the world's most popular operating system.  However, we also cover a sneaky spyware found in Android devices which seems to be used by intelligence agencies - but if they have it and hackers know about it, it could be more widespread.  Finally, we look at the march to data storage in the Cloud, and how that presents some challenges as the tools used in the Cloud differ from those used in traditional database management.  But experts believe that Cloud storage for data is the next best thing so companies need to be considering how best to integrate Cloud storage in the next decade.


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