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Microsoft Offers New Enhancements

"Creator Update" adds new features

  • 25 April 2017
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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.

Internet Suffers Outage

IoT to Blame

  • 10 November 2016
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In our November issue of SIMformation, we look at the October Internet outage that has been tracked back to a malware infecting Internet-connected home devices, the "Internet of Things" (IoT).  Lax security protocols and outdated software put IoT devices at risk.  We look at what can be done as well as examine how the attack took place.  Another important article discusses whether or not data encryption tools are at risk for cracking due to lazy programmers re-using the same algorithms and what IT pros feel may be the eventual solution to secure storage – Quantum computing.  We also look at whether tape storage is finally on the way out with the move to Cloud-based data backups and storage, and why a NFL coach is down on use of tablets on the sideline.

How Outdated are Your Phones?

VOIP Systems like Zultys provide many benefits

  • 22 September 2016
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In our September SIMformation we look at how Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone systems provide flexible communications benefits for many companies.  The ability for individuals to control the calling features they need, the ability to set up conference calls on the fly, the inclusion of "fax from desktop" and Messaging functions all make VOIP systems like Zultys an option any company with aging telephone systems should consider.  SIM2K is an Authorized Zultys partner so we can handle specifying, sourcing, installation, training and support.  We also look at steps Google is taking to increase security for Gmail customers, discuss the possibilities arising from the merger of Dell and EMC (bringing VMWare virtualization under the Dell product line) and a new Acer chromebook that is a 2 in 1 tablet/laptop device.  We also look at privacy for Cloud storage and how that "boilerplate" language you probably just clicked "accept" gives companies the right to access your stored data.

Cloud Domination

Four companies dominate Cloud market

  • 23 August 2016
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In our August issue of SIMformation, we wrap up our series on the Cloud with a look at how four companies control the bulk of the hosted Cloud market. We also look at the drop in Windows 10 upgrades now that Microsoft's "free" offer has expired, and present some pros and cons when considering upgrading existing hardware to Windows 10. The "bad guys" have a new stealth malware that evades anti-virus programs and, when installed, busily works to shut off all anti-virus tools that might be installed on that system to permit malicious code to be downloaded.  And, the battle over Net Neutrality rages on as major Internet Service Providers have filed an appeal to the court ruling upholding the FCC's decision to classify them as common carriers.

Ransomware Demands Pay Off

Companies pay up to de-encrypt files.

  • 19 July 2016
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In our July issue of SIMformation, we discuss how many companies are "paying up" the ransom demanded to de-encrypt their data files when struck with ransomware attacks, and urge you again to have a plan in place to help minimize the impact on your company should you be infected.  We continue our look at Cloud storage, and how some Cloud providers are also luring you into using their "flavor" of a database program, thus "locking in" your company data and tying you to that provider alone.  We look at 3-D printers and how the home market is unimpressed with them, and point out how your WiFi enabled printer could pose a danger for hacker attacks.  Plus, a computer program has rendered a masterpiece .. you will have to see it to believe it!

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