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Update Office 365 to Reduce Ransomware Risks

Update Office 365 to Reduce Ransomware Risks – Ransomware defence begins with an up-to-date operating system, an up-to-date browser and up-to-date patches. For a single user, that’s relatively easy to achieve. But schools and universities must manage a large...

Avoid password application cloud service features

Online accounts, regardless of source, are at risk of compromise. This past summer, the OneLogin password manager provider was hacked, subsequently placing sensitive customer data at risk. All customers supported by the firm’s US data centre were affected. Avoid...

Secure data on your Mac – Encrypt all backups

All backups whether stored in the cloud, on a network drive, or using Time Machine on an external disk should be encrypted. Apple maintains documentation for setting Time Machine backup encryption options and converting an existing Time Machine disk from unencrypted...

Secure data on your Mac – Enable FileVault

Encrypting a Mac’s hard drive protects against unauthorised data access should the Mac be lost or stolen. Apple’s FileVault encryption technology basically scrambles data on the hard drive, making the files, photos, messages, videos, and other information...

Your Smart TV Collects Your Personal Data

All the privacy concerns that apply to your smartphone and your computer also apply to your smart TV. This is especially true if your smart TV comes with a camera and a voice recognition feature. The Washington Post ran a piece on the different ways TVs can spy on you...

How to ‘unsend’ an email in Outlook

If you send an email to the wrong recipient, send it and spot a major mistake once you press the send button or attach the wrong file, Office 365 has a message recall function. To use this in Outlook 2016 for Windows, open your sent message, click Actions, and select...

Outlook for Mac 2016 – How to Send Emails Later

Outlook for Mac 2016 now includes the ability to send emails later. This has been around in the Windows version of Outlook since Outlook 2007 but is new to Max users. The “Send Later” feature in Office for Mac 2016 is accessed via a drop-down next to the Send button...

GDPR Business Confusion

Businesses only have six months to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) however according to research conducted by cyber security firm Trend Micro, there’s a great deal of confusion among businesses about such regulations. The study quizzed...

Tor flaw results in user IP address leakage

Last week, users of the Mac and Linux versions of the Tor private web browser were plagued with a flaw that resulted in their IP dresses being leaked onto the internet Every time a user clicked onto links starting with file://, as opposed to https:// and http://, the...

Ransomware attacks hit new high in 2017

2017 may go down as the year of ransomware, with major attacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya making headlines around the world. However it is the latter which has taken top spot in a report by one of the world’s top security companies, emerging on top of...

Bad Rabbit ransomware hitting Eastern Europe

A new ransomware outbreak has been detected attacking Russia, Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe. The malware appears to be targetting media companies across the continent, and three have confirmed the attack at the time of writing. Dubbed Bad Rabbit, the...

Windows 10 Fall Feature Update – Phone Category

Microsoft may have given up on being a contender in the phone business, but they are not leaving it all to Google and Apple. The new Phone setting lets you hook up your Android or iPhone with Windows 10 allowing you to start one activity such as web browsing, email,...

Windows 10 Fall Feature Update – My People Hub

Communication is a big part of the Fall Creators Update. The My People app allows you to send a message, start a chat or share files with family, friends, and colleagues from your Taskbar. You can also assign favourite contacts you want to have quick access to,...

Windows 10 Fall Update – Its Out Now

The latest Windows 10 update (knows as the Fall Update) started rolling out on 17th October. One nice feature is Files-on-Demand. This allows you to preview over 270+ different files types without having to have that application installed. For example if you have an...

Parliament Hacked In June By Iran

Iran has been blamed by British intelligence for June’s ham-fisted “brute force” cyber attack on Parliament that resulted in 90 Parliamentary email accounts out of more than 3,000 being compromised. The Times newspaper, citing an unpublished...

Accenture Cloud Leak Exposed

Corporate consulting giant Accenture left sensitive corporate and client data exposed online for anyone to access. Fortunately for Accenture it seems that UpGuard director of cyber risk research Chris Vickery was the only one who stumbled upon it. He discovered the...

New feature: Guest access in Microsoft Teams

Since Microsoft Teams became generally available six months ago, more than 125,000 organisations have discovered how teamwork comes to life in Teams. Today, Teams is getting even better with the roll out of guest access to all Office 365 commercial and education...

Google Pixel Buds do real-time language translation

One of the surprises we got from Google’s hardware event yesterday were a pair of bluetooth headphones called Pixel Buds. They’re wired behind the neck but they’re every bit a competitor to Apple’s AirPods. The cost is £159, are available in November and they’ll let...

Apple iOS 11.0.1 Update – Update Now

Apple’s first update for its just released iOS 11 upgrade is here. The new update irons out some of the early bugs found in the GM (golden master) release. There are no new features, but there is a strong focus on fixing security issues in this release. Several areas...

Microsoft Updating OneDrive

Microsoft have announced a new and improved OneDrive with a cleaner interface and improved sharing options. The OneDrive web client user interface (UI) will include new icons and colours whilst also being cleaner and more intuitive. It’s also getting a performance...

UK businesses are not budgeting for IT security

New research has claimed that an alarming amount of organisations have not allocated specific budget for information security and data protection. A survey by Mimecast found that a fifth of organisations do not have a dedicated budget set aside for these areas,...

Microsoft to replace Skype for Business

Announced at Microsofts Ignite conference this week Skype for Business, Microsoft’s dedicated communications client, will no longer be Skype for Business. Instead, the firm will switch over to its existing Teams product. Teams is less than a year old, but is set...

Every fourth UK council hit by ransomware

UK councils are a popular target for cyber criminals, according to a new report by Barracuda Networks. Based on a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, sent to 430 UK councils, the report says more than a quarter (27 per cent) have fallen victim to ransomware attack....

Apple release iOS 11 for iPhones and iPads

iPhone and iPad owners can now download iOS 11, a major update that brings with it augmented reality (AR) apps, Siri improvements and a completely overhauled App Store. iOS 11 was first announced at this year’s WWDC and has been in the hands of those on...

Crypto-Ransomware Targets 20 Million Inboxes

Security researchers are warning of another major crypto-ransomware campaign which has so far been observed attacking 20 million user inboxes. The threat, discovered in the second half of this week, arrives as many similar ransomware attacks do in the form of an...

Cortana and Alexa Join Forces

Microsoft and Amazon are expected to deliver integration between their respective digital assistants Cortana and Alexa later this year. Alexa will be available within Cortana on Windows 10, allowing users to call up and make requests, set reminders, calendar...

EV ransomware is targeting WordPress sites

WordPress security outfit Wordfence has flagged several attempts by attackers to upload ransomware that provides them with the ability to encrypt a WordPress website’s files. They dubbed the malware “EV ransomware”, due to the .ev extension that is added to the...

LG hit by WannaCry ransomware

South Korean electronics giant LG is believed to have been infected with the WannaCry ransomware after IT staff failed to apply security patches to all its Windows PCs and servers. WannaCry infected several hundred thousand Windows machines within days of its release...

Locky ransomware returns

The Locky ransomware has returned in the form of two new strains, security researchers at Malwarebytes have warned. Locky was one of the three most widely distributed forms of malware in 2016, along with Cryptowall and Cerber. But although ransomware has boomed during...

Google Cloud SSD Storage Price Drop

Google has announced that it has slashed the cost of its SSD powered cloud storage services by up to 63 per cent. Local SSDs attached to the on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines will cost $0.080 per gigabyte (GB) per month in most parts of the US, with...

Unsafe emails are still squeezing through

More than a quarter of all emails received (31 per cent) every day are still unsafe, new research has claimed. This is according to a report by Mimecast, which found there is still a huge amount of spam, but also malware, phishing, ransomware and other types of...

WannaCry’s Meaner, More Clever Sibling

WannaCry, that cyberattack that captured tens of thousands of computers as well as the world’s attention last month, was certainly bad. Imagine one day discovering your work material or family photos are locked away by a hacker who wants you to transfer some Bitcoin...

Dropbox announces massive network expansion

When Dropbox announced it was leaving Amazon Web Services (AWS) last year and bringing the bulk of the operation in-house, you had to figure it was working on a significant network expansion. Now Dropbox have announced a massive global network growth plan that is...

Compliance – Data Sovereignty and the Cloud

The rapid adoption and popularity of cloud and SaaS applications such as Microsoft Office 365 have introduced a better way to collaborate and share data, providing businesses with improvements in efficiency and lowered IT costs. SaaS and cloud computing are changing...

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS AGAINST RANSOMWARE

Conduct proper and timely backups of your data so it can be used to restore original files after a data loss event Use a security solution (Kaspersky is an excellent example) with behaviour based detection technologies. These technologies can catch malware, including...

Yahoo closing down Mail App for Windows 10

The Yahoo Mail app for Windows 10 is shutting down and will stop working next week. The company is already notifying users of the app that it will no longer function after Monday, 22nd May. The message says, “Your Windows 10 app will stop working after May 22. Thank...

Keylogger Discovered in HP Audio Driver

If you own or use a HP computer it’s time to check whether either C:\Windows\System32\MicTray64.exe or C:\Windows\System32\MicTray.exe in installed. If either is, you have an active keylogger recording all key presses and need to take action by renaming the...

Office 365 Mailbox Backups

Although Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud service, regular backups provide an additional layer of protection from user errors and intentional malicious actions. Our Acronis Office 365 Mailbox Backup solution helps prevent against data loss with 24/7 backup for...

Why create a Virtual Machine (VM)?

VMs allow you to experiment with other operating systems. They allow you to work safely with more reliability and security: VMs are essentially like working in a sandbox environment (see * note). Working within such a controlled environment when running programs is a...

Microsoft Fixes Serious Windows Defender Bug

Over the weekend, Google’s Project Zero researchers Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich tweeted about discovering what Tavis referred to as “the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory. This is crazy bad.” This bug could work against a default installation...

What is a Virtual Machine (VM)

A virtual machine is a computer application or file (typically called an image) that behaves like an actual computer. It runs on your current operating system in a window on your desktop to allow you to experiment with different operating systems, just like you would...

How To Change Office 365 App Passwords

1 – Log into the Office 365 portal (http://portal.office.com) and click your photo in the top-right of the page 2 – Click View Account 3 – Click the Security and Privacy menu to the left or the Manage Security and Privacy link on the main area of the...

Office 365 Hits 100 Million Users

The last time Microsoft commented formally, they claimed 85 million active monthly Office 365 users in October 2016. On their April 27 analyst call to discuss Q3 FY17 results, CEO Satya Nadella said that the new number is “more than 100 million monthly active users.”...

Office 365 – Advanced Threat Protection Update

According to a recent Ponemon Institute study,* the average cost of a data breach has risen to $4 million, with costs incurred for litigation, brand or reputation damage, lost sales and in some cases—complete business closure. Staying ahead of threats has never been...

Microsoft launches Azure postal service in UK

Microsoft has launched its Azure Import/Export service allowing Azure customers to post their hard drives to the vendor and have their data moved to Microsoft’s cloud. For a flat fee, £59.63, customers struggling to upload large amounts of data to...

Microsoft StaffHub

If you work within the travel, retail, hospitality, restaurant, healthcare, construction or another service related business sector take a look at ‘StaffHub’. It’s a new Office 365 application designed to help employees who do not have their own office, desk or...

Microsoft Adds Visio Online to Office 365

Most commercial Office 365 subscribers now have access to the Visio Online process-mapping service. Visio is used to illustrate business processes and organizational hierarchies, or even generate network maps. The Visio Online service, which lets users share diagrams,...

Windows 10 Cumulative Update Available Now

After missing February’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is back on schedule and today released its normal batch of patches for Windows 10 version 1607. Cumulative update KB4013429 for the Anniversary Edition that most people are currently running. For a complete list of...

Microsoft Teams is about to arrive on Office 365

Microsoft Teams, the software giant’s answer to Slack, is going to be released to Office 365 users across the globe next week. The service will be made available Tuesday 14th, complete with an online launch event hosted by Corporate VP Kirk Koenigsbauer, who will talk...

YouTube launches its own streaming TV service

Today Google has announced YouTube TV, its own streaming TV service in the US. The offering will mix live-streams of broadcast and cable television programming with the wealth of online video found on YouTube. The service provides the following for $35 per month:...

BT forced to cut landline-only prices by £5

Ofcom is forcing BT to slash bills by at least £5 a month for customers who only have a landline service. The move, which will see bills made cheaper for more than two million Brits, comes after an Ofcom review showed that BT’s landline-only customers were...

Office 365 Introducing Outlook Customer Manager

Microsoft is rolling out a new tool for business owners using Office 365 and Outlook called Outlook Customer Manager, a lightweight Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) tool for companies that need to track their customer interactions and history, but aren’t yet ready...

iOS version of Microsoft Outlook update

Microsoft have released a major update to the iOS version of ‘Outlook’. New features include the ability to now create and edit recurring events and support for ‘Passbook’ the iOS wallet app. ‘Passbook’ can also be used to store coupons, event tickets, store cards and...