February 2, 2021

Reduce background noise in Microsoft Teams meetings with AI-based noise suppression

Robert Aichner | Microsoft | December 16, 2020

Time 5-6 minute read

Microsoft sent out the news today to customers that Teams has gained support for artificial intelligent noise-canceling for meetings and calls. Teams users can go to settings -> Devices -> and choose “High” from the Noise Suppression dropdown to access this feature. This article from back in December gives information about the feature to come. Still, as of today, Teams users should have the function available to them. Hopefully, this feature will help all of those Kansas businesses and non-profits who have had to send so many workers home because of COVID and quarantines be able to filter out those dogs barking and kids screaming in the background, and possibly even the noisy copier in the background.

 

January 28, 2021

How to Recover a Deleted File From Microsoft Teams

Rob Woodgate | How-To Geek | January 28, 2021

Time 2-3 minute read

Have you ever deleted a document from Microsoft Teams? Well, if you did so, then How-To Geek has provided an excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to recover those documents. They did a very excellent job explaining how to do this. Many businesses and non-profit organizations may use Microsoft Teams but had no idea that teams could browse our organization's files in SharePoint. Teams have many features, and this is just one of them that is meant to make your life a bit easier. If you Kansas business or non-profit would like to begin using Teams or would like training on how to use its features, please contact us for more information.

 

January 26, 2021

Cyberattacks on Remote Workers on the Rise: How to Defend Your Business

Donna Fuscaldo | Business News Daily | January 25, 2021

Time 8-10 minute read

This article is very blunt and to the point when stating that small businesses are large targets for hackers because of their lack of security. Too many small businesses and even non-profits make cybersecurity in their organization a low priority. However, many business owners are more motivated by the bottom line and ROI. Let's look at it from an ROI perspective. On average, small businesses are unwilling to spend a few thousand dollars a year on security software and hardware, while the average cost of a data breach can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000, depending on your organization's size. Having a good MSP working to help protect your workplace and train employees is an excellent start to protecting your organization. If you are a small business or non-profit in the state of Kansas. In that case, please contact us for help in protecting your organization.

 

January 21, 2021

Hacker blunder leaves stolen passwords exposed via Google search

Ionut Ilascu | Bleeping Computer | January 21, 2021

Time 3-4 minute read

While this article is mainly about some hackers' mistakes, the article is of interest more because it shows pictures of the scam that the attackers used to gain so many unexpecting Office 365 users' credentials. As the article states, this attack takes advantage of users by baiting them into typing their password into what looks like 365 online password block. However, once you type in your password, your data is stored in the hacker's database. They then accidentally shared that data with the world because Google crawled it with their servers. Suppose you encounter a login prompt like the one shown in this article. In that case, it is essential to change your password as quickly as possible. If you used that password for multiple different site logins, it is necessary to change those passwords. For more information on how to protect your Kansas non-profit or business, please contact us for help.

 

January 12, 2021

Microsoft Teams is getting a new feature — and Zoom should be worried

Brittany Vincent| Tom’s Guide | January 10, 2021

Time 2-3 minute read

Microsoft Teams has many features, including chatting with office members, making phone calls, and organizing your calendar. For corporate users, it syncs with Outlook. However, there is also a video conferencing feature in this software that has been competing for market share with Zoom. In an attempt to continue to increase their market share, Teams has added a “Dynamic View” option that will let you organize whom you want to see during a presentation and where you want to see them. Teams offer a feature-packed video conferencing solution that works seamlessly with existing Microsoft 365 products. If your Kansas non-profit or small business already utilizes Teams but requires more training, please contact us for training designed specifically for your organization. If your Kansas non-profit or small business is interested in how Teams would work for your business, please contact us to share more information with you.

 

January 8, 2021

How to Spot a Phishing Email (and What to Do if You Took the Bait)

Mallika Mitra | Money | January 7, 2021

Time 9-11 minute read

What does a real phishing email look like, and what should you do if you get one, or even worse, you click on the link? This article does an excellent job at simply introducing users to the challenges of determining if an email is legitimate or trying to phish or gain information about your or, even worse, your credentials. Unfortunately, cybercrime increased substantially in 2020, and there is no evidence that this trend will decrease in 2021. Keep your data and the data of those on your network and office safe by following these helpful tips and tricks to detecting phishing emails. If you click on a phishing email and want to make sure your computer and accounts at your Kansas business or non-profit are safe, contact us to ensure your safety.

 

January 4, 2021

Microsoft to replace its many mail variants with 'One Outlook.'

Mary Jo Foley | ZDNet | January 4, 2021

Time 4-5-minute read

Have you ever been confused about the naming of Microsoft products? It seems Microsoft has tried to ease some of that confusion in recent years and consolidate some of its applications, such as Internet Explorer, Media player, and others. Now it's planning to alleviate the confusion that may be caused by its many different outlook products and settling on a product called "One Outlook." Much of this change is most likely motivated by Microsoft's future aspirations to make their operating system available on the cloud, similar to a Chrome OS model. Optimistically, this change will lead to less confusion by end-users. Still, in the end, these changes are hopefully being made by Microsoft to gain more control over their systems and apps security to thwart would-be hackers and bad guys. If you are having trouble keeping your Kansas small business or non-profit up to date with all Microsoft's changes, please contact us for help.

 

December 24, 2020

Microsoft Editor Receiving Handy Feature Update for Office Insiders

Gavin Phillips | Make Use Of | December 23, 2020

Time 4-5-minute read

Once called spell check, Microsoft has since changed its name to Editor and has also increased its functionality to be smarter. The editor now can intelligently check your grammar and spelling in context to your writing. While not perfect, it has dramatically improved over the years. Microsoft is improving this function again to make it easier to use within its different apps, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, among others.

 

 

 

December 18, 2020

5 Ways To Lock Down Your Microsoft 365 Account and Keep Hackers Out

Alison DeNisco Rayome| CNET | December 17, 2020

Time 6-7 minute read

This article is an excellent read with detailed steps on how to set up multifactor authentication on your M365 account, which is the first suggestion in this article on locking down your M365 account. The other tips given are protecting your password, avoiding phishing scams, protecting your apps, and lastly make it easy to recover your account. Suppose you're a Kansas business or nonprofit. In that case, the first two tips given in this article may be things you can have your employees begin doing now without much trouble. However, with our help, we can set policies for your entire organization that would force users to follow multifactor authentication and password policies as determined by your organization. The last three ways to protect lock down your account are things that might require more learning and training, which Techniqol is willing to provide. Security is important to us, so please contact us for more information to help you protect your organization's data.

December 15, 2020

Phishing Campaign Uses Outlook Migration Message

Akshaya Asokan | Information Security Media Group | December 14, 2020

Time 4-5 minute read

This article is a good reminder that hackers are continually changing their tactics to trick you into giving them your credentials. In this scam, hackers are using a website designed after the old outlook web interface. I am not sure how long it has been since Microsoft has even used this interface. Attackers using these attacks combined with using COVID-19 as an excuse to do something is the reason why these types of attacks have increased by 35% since 2019. Read the full article for more information.

 

December 10, 2020

Adobe Just Released the Last Flash Update Ever

Adi Robertson | The Verge | December 9, 2020

Time 3-4 minute read

A good reminder that Adobe will end updates to their Flash software at the end of December. A few short days later, Adobe will begin to block flash content altogether. Flash is considered to have many security vulnerabilities. Operating systems and software such as macOS and Chrome have disallowed flash content for years. If you’re a Kansas business or nonprofit and you still require flash, please contact us for more information.

 

December 8, 2020

Philly Hunger Relief Group Philabundance Lost Nearly $1 Million In Cyberattack

Harold Brubaker | The Philadelphia Inquirer | December 1, 2020

Time 5-6 minute read

It's horrible to see articles like this one in which a nonprofit group doing great work for their community has nearly $1 million stolen from it due to a cyber attack. It seems the common theme between everyone involved was that it's a shame they have to divert funds to cybersecurity as if cybercriminals wouldn't choose a nonprofit to attack. Unfortunately, in today's world, cybercriminals don't care if you are a nonprofit feeding the hungry or you are a hospital trying to save someone's life. Their main goal is to make money by either having you divert funds from your bank account, bitcoin or by stealing your customer data and selling it on the dark web. The positive of this story is the steps this nonprofit has taken to protect itself against future attacks. These are the same steps we would recommend anyone take to defend themselves. If you want more information on protecting your Kansas nonprofit please contact us for more details.

 

December 4, 2020

Remote Desktop Protocol Remains One Of “Top Attacked Protocols”

Benjamin Freed | Statescoop| November 30, 2020

Time 4-5 minute read

Are you using Windows Remote Desktop to access your computer from home or outside the office? Are you using a secure VPN to access that connection? If not, you aren't alone. According to this article, you are using one of the 3.5 million internet-connected devices using a public-facing RDP connection. If this is you, you should begin looking into securing your network to stop bad guys from taking your company data. One of the many dangers of having this protocol open to the public is the increasing chance that trojans will be allowed onto your systems. After they are on your systems, they will lock down all your files and demand a ransom paid to an untrackable account. Don't hesitate to contact us to ensure your Kansas business or non-profit is protected from these vulnerabilities.

 

December 1, 2020

Microsoft Teams support for Internet Explorer 11 ends, Microsoft 365 apps support to end by mid-August 2021- Technology News, Firstpost

FT Trending | December 1, 2020

Time 2-3 minute read

It may not be a surprise to any of our readers, but yes, Microsoft is working on discontinuing Internet Explorer 11. To this point, Microsoft has been rolling out updates to the browser but has since released the Microsoft Edge browser. Then again, Microsoft has rolled out an even newer Edge browser based on the Chromium project. What it all comes down to is Microsoft is finally discontinuing the support of its own products in the near future. According to the attached article, Microsoft has already ended Teams support. Hopefully, your business or non-profit doesn’t rely on software or third-party apps that use IE11 to function.

 

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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