November 24, 2020

2021 is shaping up to be a big year for Windows 10

Time 5-6 minute read

Windows 10 has some interesting possibilities in the future with updates possibly coming out in 2021. According to this article, we could be seeing probably one of the most anticipated changes come to windows. That would be Windows 10 Cloud. Your OS would be streamed to your device and backed up and updated without any need for your involvement in theory. If one thing is certain, Techniqol will be there for our Kansas businesses and non-profits to guide them through the ever-changing landscape.

 

 

 

 

November 19, 2020

Yes, people are still using '123456' and 'password' as their password

Alisha Ebrahimji | CNN | November 19, 2020

Time 2-3 minute read

So, are you still using the password 123456? I would sure hope not, and if you are, please change it. This article brings to light the fact that people are still out there using simple passwords. We have also been reminding others not to reuse passwords for multiple sites. Another suggestion to consider, along with creating more challenging passwords and not reusing them, is to use multifactor authentication. Be sure to contact us for more advice and ideas and possible training to reinforce your small business or non-profits password policy.

 

 

November 17, 2020

Meet the Microsoft Pluton processor – The security chip designed for the future of Windows PCs - Microsoft Security

David Weston | Microsoft | November 17, 2020

Time 9-12 minute read

Microsoft has made an exciting announcement today about its role in developing a new processor called Pluton. This processor will help make your whole computer safer, from your Windows computer to the cloud. This development would make sense as Microsoft focuses more on cloud technology, and attacks on users' computers become more common, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many users to work from home. If you would help to stay up to date on the latest product offerings from Microsoft, please contact us so we can help.

 

November 12, 2020

New 'Ghimob' malware can spy on 153 Android mobile applications

Catalin Cimpanu | ZDnet | November 10, 2020

Time 3-4 minute read

Is your Android phone vulnerable to attack? Well, according to this article there are some android apps that people are downloading from websites (Not the google play store) in which change the redirect login page for 153 different apps on your phone. This little trick allows hackers to steal your username and password so they can have access to your sensitive data. It’s important to make sure your phone is secure, but also important to have backup countermeasures in place such as multifactor authentication in order to alleviate problems like this. It’s also important to make sure your Kansas business or nonprofit has policies and tools available to your employees to ensure the safety of your sensitive data. If you have further questions or concerns always feel free to contact us.

 

 

November 10, 2020

IT Priorities 2020: Covid-19 Consolidates Storage Push To Cloud

Antony Adshead | Computer Weekly | November 10, 2020

Time 4-5 minute read

An interesting article highlighting the fact that respondents of a new survey said that moving their company's documents to the cloud became easier to justify. Much of that justification is because of COVID-19, but new challenges lead to new changes. Ahead of moving to the cloud was getting setup to work remotely and the other to increase security and risk management. However, one thing of interest here, is both of these other two projects are actually made easier by moving to the cloud.  Moving to the cloud has many benefits for many Kansas small businesses as well as nonprofits in the state. If this is something you would like more information about contact us so we can help you with this transition.

 

November 5, 2020

Microsoft Teams is Getting A Killer Feature Zoom Can't Match

By Richard Priday | Tom's Guide | November 05, 2020

Time 2-3 minute read

Rumors are flying around the internet that Microsoft Teams will be getting an update with the ability to use multiple accounts simultaneously. This article calls this a possible Zoom killer, which has been fraught with security issues since its popularity has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. This update will be a welcomed addition to Teams for many people. If you are unsure about the benefits of using Microsoft Teams for your business or nonprofit organization in Kansas, please contact us. We can help you to find out if Teams would be a good fit for your workplace.

 

November 3, 2020

New Chrome Zero-Day Under Active Attacks – Update Your Browser

By Ravie Lakshmanan | The Hacker News | November 03, 2020

Time: 2-3 minute read

Imagine you're in a classroom, and your classmates are laughing about something and pointing at you. Then one of your friends comes over to tell you your zipper is down. You are met with embarrassment because you had a flaw. Your classmates exploited that flaw by tarnishing your reputation. You quickly turn around and zip those pants up.

Similarly, a zero-day threat is a flaw in software that others exploit at the software companies and their users' expense. When the issue becomes known, it must try to remedy that flaw as quickly as possible in the form of an update or patch. This article summarizes what this flaw that is found in the chrome browser is. However, if you get anything out of this article, it should be to update your chrome browser on your computer. Sometimes these types of issues may seem complicated. Even worse, sometimes patches and updates cause other problems with your computer. However, ignoring these updates and patches can cause you and your customers great pain if their personal information is made public. To ensure your small business or nonprofit is running smoothly, please contact us for more information to help you.

 

October 29, 2020

Windows 10 Update Removes Adobe Flash Player for Good

By Alison DeNisco Rayome | cnet | October 28, 2020

Time: 3-4 minute read

If you haven’t heard yet, Microsoft is ending support for Adobe Flash on its windows computers. Don’t think you can get around this by having an older version of windows, either. According to this article, Microsoft will also disable it on Windows 8.1, which is still currently receiving updates, unlike other Windows OS before it. While there will be workarounds to this change, we don’t recommend that you try them as it leads to security vulnerabilities. If you aren’t sure if you are prepared for this change or are still using a legacy site that requires flash, contact us for alternatives, so you stay protected.

 

October 27, 2020

Assess Current Cybersecurity Protocols

By SolarWinds Passportal| October 3, 2019

Time: 3-4 minute read

As part of Cybersecurity, Month Solarwinds has published its eight tips to protect yourself from cyberattacks. In this tip, managed service providers are focused on an overlooked source when it comes to protecting your small business or nonprofit organization. Instances like MSP's failing to safeguard your organization's client data occurs much too often. This article gives insight on which protocols should be followed and how to assess your cyber-resilience. For many people, these steps may seem like a challenge. Still, we can provide our customers with the help they need to ensure they have an MSP the proper protocols to protect your organization and its clients. If you need help navigating these security challenges, please contact us to help your small business or nonprofit in Kansas.

 

October 22, 2020

8 Tips for Better Cybersecurity during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

By SolarWinds Passportal| October 20, 2020

Time: 6-7 minute read

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This article does a great job explaining what you can do to improve your Kansas company or nonprofit organization's cybersecurity.  Some of the more basic suggestions in this article are to make sure your passwords are tough, safeguarding client data, and maintain updates. One thing they don't go into detail about in their steps in detail was using multifactor authentication for services such as Microsoft 365. Following these guidelines can go a long way in securing your Kansas company or nonprofit organization. If you would like help getting your company or nonprofit organization secure, please contact us.

 

October 20, 2020

Disastrous Windows 10 update is reportedly breaking some PCs

By  Matt Hanson | Techradar | October 13, 2020

Time: 3-4 minute read

In this article, it describes a bug that has been introduced through a Microsoft Update. This bug is related to two updates that have been pushed out to fix some other bugs and vulnerabilities in Windows. We have seen many issues like this take place over the years with Windows, which is why we have options to help mitigate issues like this. Problems like this may be difficult to troubleshoot if you’re a small business or nonprofit organization in Kansas. Still, we can help you with issues like this. If you need help, please contact us to discuss ways to alleviate these types of problems.

 

October 20, 2020

Keeping Up With Digital Demands Challenges Nonprofits

By  Stacy  Palmer, Dan Parks | Philanthropy | October 17, 2020

Time: 15-19 minute read

This article covers a study that was done by Hopelab. This study covers how nonprofits cannot handle the changing technology landscape brought about by COVID-19, requiring many or all to work remotely. Interestingly it shows that only 26% of nonprofits have a senior ranking official in charge of technology. The article also covers some of the challenges for nonprofits in funding for technology in their office. While this article discusses many of the other nontechnological challenges, it points out something else of significance. Technology is crucial in meeting the needs of those you are supporting as a nonprofit. If you are part of the 74% of Kansas nonprofit without a senior ranking official in charge of technology, please contact us to help you connect with those you serve.

 

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