May 4th, 2016 by Pamela Michael
“I’m heading to my appointment/home/golf game/kid’s music program/you name it. Let me know when you’ve finished that proposal and I’ll take a look before the meeting.”
Ever heard something like that around the office? Each day the demand for more flexible work technology increases. Employees on the go want access to their corporate emails and the ability to share and edit documents from home and across wifi connections wherever they may be.
In addition, technology can be expensive — especially when outfitting an entire team. This means business owners and IT departments often have a hard time keeping up with the lightweight ultrabooks and latest smartphone models their employees purchase for themselves; technology that is often newer and more advanced than the equipment provided by the office, and therefore overwhelmingly preferred. Let’s face it: You’re not going to pull up that proposal on your work-issued Galaxy S4 when your new Surface Book is sitting right there on the couch!
But while great for collaboration and productivity, Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has the ability to threaten a company’s IT security and put sensitive business systems at risk Read the rest of this entry »
February 24th, 2016 by Pamela Michael
We recently posted some information for those considering upgrading to Windows 10. At the end of that blog, I made mention to the fact that Windows 10 is pretty aggressive when it comes to collecting your personal data by default.
If you’ve chosen to upgrade to Windows 10 using the Express Install, you might want to take a few moments and review the default privacy settings and make a few adjustments.
Simply hit the Notifications icon in the lower right of your screen, then click All Settings, then Privacy.
From here you can choose to update a myriad of settings and features, most of them pretty self-explanatory. For those with questions, however, here is a bit more information and a few suggestions for tweaks in some of those tabs: Read the rest of this entry »
January 11th, 2016 by Pamela Michael
It’s the end of the road for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10. The very last patch has been released, and Microsoft will end support tomorrow, January 12, 2016. The announcement was initially made in August of 2014 when Microsoft hinted that they would be moving away from the IE brand in favor of the new Microsoft Edge built for Windows 10.
As of the end of 2015, it was estimated that there were still hundreds of millions of users who hadn’t upgraded to either IE 11 or Edge. That’s a real problem because when Microsoft stops support tomorrow, no more security updates will be pushed out. 8,9 and 10 users will then be vulnerable to hackers and security flaws. Read the rest of this entry »
August 19th, 2015 by Pamela Michael
Microsoft’s Outlook on the web, formerly called Outlook Web Application or OWA for short, is sporting a new set of sails these days. New features include an improved user interface, new tools for sorting emails, design capabilities to create more engaging emails, improvements to Calendar, mobile browsing enhancements, and a Feedback icon to foster communication and provide a more direct line of communication with the Outlook team.
Members of the First Release program have already received many of the updates, while the rest are scheduled to receive them in September.
For a more comprehensive look at what’s on the way, continue reading or Click Here to be taken to the full article at Office.com which will open in a new window. –Micro Visions, Inc.
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June 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough
Despite years of cruising around the cyber seas, Internet Explorer is going the way of a romanticized, mutinous pirate—off the plank. Its glory days (hello, late ‘90s) came to a rather unfortunate end with the five year tenure of IE6, and there was no saving its reputation. With the majority of the market share before the advent of Firefox and Chrome, by the time people began defecting to new browsers, there was nowhere to go but down.
IE6, disaster that it was, became infamous for its security flaws and incompatibilities, and the versions that followed it were less than spectacular solutions. Read the rest of this entry »
May 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough
At the beginning of May 2015 Microsoft released a preview of its Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA), a new security tool designed to detect and eliminate attacks based on behavior analysis. The system monitors user activity and system traffic to create behavior profiles. If (or when, since security measures require some degree of pessimism) anomalies occur, the system creates an “attack timeline” of events organized by recency and analyzed in context to prevent unnecessary alerts.
ATA is equipped to detect malicious attacks, including Pass-the-Hash, Golden Ticket, and Skeleton Key Malware, among others. These are most often marked by password monkey business, particularly Pass-the-Hash, a hacking technique that uses the underlying authentication protocols of a password to access protected data. A primary function of ATA is detecting high numbers of password attempts, which Read the rest of this entry »
May 21st, 2015 by Pamela Michael
When Microsoft delivered it’s Office suite of productivity apps to Android tablets earlier this year, they promised apps for phones were on their way.
This week, the software giant made good on it’s promise, releasing preview versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to beta testers in the Microsoft Office for Android community.
If you’d like to snag a preview version for yourself, Read the rest of this entry »
April 22nd, 2015 by Pamela Michael
Move over Lync. Skype for Business has arrived and is ready to take your place.
Office 365 users accustomed to using Lync for video and Web conferencing have begun seeing the new Skype for Business user interface, with a projected completion date for the rollout by the end of May. The change, which was announced back in November, was included in the April 14th Office 2013 and Office 365 updates pushed out to users worldwide. The transition is automatic, meaning as soon as your update is installed your Lync will be seamlessly replaced. You will then be able to immediately start using Skype for Business to connect with anyone in the Skype network, inside or outside your organization. Read the rest of this entry »