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Zultys Wins Product of Year Kudos

SIM2K is an authorized Zultys Partner

  • 24 May 2017
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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
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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.

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.

Wireless Mistakes to Avoid

Don't let your network be cracked

  • 21 March 2017
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Our March SIMformation continues our look at Wireless networks, and we cover some potential problems to avoid that will help keep your network secure.  Things like not changing default passwords, using weak authentication and misconfiguring VLANS are all mistakes often made.  We also look at a new wireless spectrum, WiGig, that offers blazing speeds but the trade-off is that it can't carry long distances.  But it will be good for use in conference rooms to, for example, connect PCs to projectors or allow large groups to all connect with no speed penalty.  Also on the horizon is the new 5G cellular standard that also promises blazing fast speeds – like downloading an HD movie in seconds.  Other topics in this issue include true Microsoft Word compatibility within Google Docs on your Android device, and a look at how Windows 7 is still hanging in as a viable operating system, powering more than 50% of all Windows devices out there. 

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

Steps to protect information – Plus planning tips for Wireless Networks

  • 21 February 2017
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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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