Cybersecurity Awareness: Protect Connected Devices – Tech Tip for October 20, 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness: Protect Connected Devices – Tech Tip for October 20, 2021

  Cybersecurity Awareness: Protect Connected Devices - Tech Tip for October 20, 2021 As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month and continuing to help you and your organization to “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”, this week’s TechTip addresses the importance of protecting Internet connected devices… “If you connect it, protect it”. What Is a Connected Device? A connected device is anything that is connected to the Internet, via wire, wireless or cell mobile connectivity. It could be your laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile phone or even your smart TV. How to Protect a Connected Device…

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Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing And Smishing – Tech Tip for October 12, 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing And Smishing – Tech Tip for October 12, 2021

  Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing And Smishing - Tech Tip for October 12, 2021 We continue to provide cybersecurity awareness content during October as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month to help you and your organization to “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”  Individual awareness is a big part of being “CyberSmart”. This week, we’re covering how to help users recognize phishing attacks, including those from SMS messages - sometimes referred to as “smishing”. What is Phishing? Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone…

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Cybersecurity Awareness: Multifactor Authentication (MFA) – Tech Tip for October 5, 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness: Multifactor Authentication (MFA) – Tech Tip for October 5, 2021

  Cybersecurity Awareness: Multifactor Authentication (MFA) - Tech Tip for October 5, 2021 October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now in its 18th year, cybersecurity and technology focused organizations use this month to continue to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. One of the goals of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is ensuring that all technology users have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. That's why the following theme is used to promote Cybersecurity Awareness Month: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Being CyberSmart requires both proactive security measures…

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New Devices & Form Factors: Microsoft Duo 2 – Tech Tip for September 28, 2021

New Devices & Form Factors: Microsoft Duo 2 – Tech Tip for September 28, 2021

  New Devices & Form Factors: Microsoft Duo 2 - Tech Tip for September 28, 2021 To finish up this month’s look at interesting hardware, we could not pass up the chance to talk about the newly released Microsoft Duo 2. The Duo 2 is the successor to the Surface Duo, which was criticized due to issues with subpar hardware and software. With the Duo 2, Microsoft has taken criticism to heart and revamped it with flagship-level hardware and promises of an improved software experience. The Duo 2 now joins other foldable…

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New Devices & Form Factors: Microsoft Modern Devices – Tech Tip for September 21, 2021

New Devices & Form Factors: Microsoft Modern Devices – Tech Tip for September 21, 2021

  New Devices & Form Factors: Microsoft Modern Devices - Tech Tip for September 21, 2021 We’re always on the lookout for new devices to enable us to work remotely and get more from Microsoft Teams. As part of this month’s review of new devices and form factors, we wanted to highlight a few of these. Microsoft has launched a number of affordable and portable Microsoft Teams Certified devices under the Microsoft Modern banner. The devices include: HD Webcam with 1080p video and expansive 78° field of view. USB-C speaker…

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New Devices & Form Factors: Logitech Scribe – Tech Tip for September 14, 2021

New Devices & Form Factors: Logitech Scribe – Tech Tip for September 14, 2021

  New Devices & Form Factors: Logitech Scribe - Tech Tip for September 14, 2021 As we continue our September review of new devices and form factors, let’s take a look at a new device for sharing hand drawn information on whiteboards. Logitech has just launched Logitech Scribe. Scribe allows a presenter to share whiteboard drawings in video meetings and integrates with Microsoft Teams. We were intrigued by the Scribe because it enables a very natural way of collaborating - drawing on a traditional whiteboard. In addition, it is fairly…

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New Devices & Form Factors: Samsung Z Fold3 – Tech Tip for September 8, 2021

New Devices & Form Factors: Samsung Z Fold3 – Tech Tip for September 8, 2021

  New Devices & Form Factors: Samsung Z Fold3 - Tech Tip for September 8, 2021 Happy September! You may have been out shopping for tech for back to school or looking for something for yourself. You might have noticed a few new devices and form factors out on the market. This month we’re going to take a look at a few of these things. First up, is the new Samsung Z Fold3 phone. While folding phones aren’t completely new to the market, Samsung has made a major push with…

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Windows 11: Taskbar Features – Tech Tip for August 24, 2021

Windows 11: Taskbar Features – Tech Tip for August 24, 2021

  Windows 11: Taskbar Features - Tech Tip for August 24, 2021 ​​To wrap up our August theme of Windows 11’s new and enhanced features, this week we’re looking at the Windows 11 taskbar. Microsoft has added new taskbar features designed to make it easier to connect and communicate with others. Chat from Microsoft Teams The integration of Microsoft Teams in the Windows 11 taskbar allows users to chat or text their personal contacts (or connect with voice or video) regardless of what platform (Windows, Android, iOS) or device the…

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Windows 11: Virtual Desktops – Tech Tip for August 17, 2021

Windows 11: Virtual Desktops – Tech Tip for August 17, 2021

  Windows 11: Virtual Desktops - Tech Tip for August 17, 2021 As we continue our look at new and enhanced features in Windows 11, it’s time to take a deeper look at Virtual Desktops. Windows 11’s Virtual Desktops were created with the idea that users have one computer that they use at different places and for different groups of tasks, for example business and home. Create and Access Virtual Desktops To access virtual desktops, hover the cursor over the Task View icon, the currently active desktop called Desktop 1…

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Windows 11: Start Menu Updates – Tech Tip for August 10, 2021

Windows 11: Start Menu Updates – Tech Tip for August 10, 2021

  Windows 11: Start Menu Updates - Tech Tip for August 10, 2021 Windows 11 includes enhancements to many existing features and also introduces a number of new features and updates. What better place to get started at looking at these changes than with the Start Menu? Microsoft has changed its Start Menu position from left to center. The reasoning behind the move is to assist with accessibility. Of course, it is customizable and if you want to move it back to the left, that is an option. Some key features…

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Windows 11: Hardware Requirements – Tech Tip for August 3, 2021

Windows 11: Hardware Requirements – Tech Tip for August 3, 2021

  Windows 11: Hardware Requirements - Tech Tip for August 3, 2021 Windows 11 is in Public Beta. With the official release coming in a few months, it’s time to take a look at what to expect. The first thing you need to know about Windows 11 is that there are some stringent hardware requirements that must be met for your machines to be able to even run it. If you’re wondering why, the main driver behind these hardware changes is security. This includes hardware that allows for a more…

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Microsoft Teams Voice: Enabled Devices – Tech Tip for July 27, 2021

Microsoft Teams Voice: Enabled Devices – Tech Tip for July 27, 2021

  Microsoft Teams Voice: Enabled Devices - Tech Tip for July 27, 2021 To wrap up our look at Microsoft Teams Voice, let’s talk about Teams enabled devices. One of the best things about Microsoft Teams Voice is that you don’t really need any special devices or a new desk phone to use it. Once you have your phone number assigned, the soft phone features on the desktop or mobile app make it possible to call from your PC, mobile phone or tablet provided you have speakers and a mic.…

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Microsoft Teams Voice: Unique Features – Tech Tip for July 20, 2021

Microsoft Teams Voice: Unique Features – Tech Tip for July 20, 2021

  Microsoft Teams Voice: Unique Features - Tech Tip for July 20, 2021 This week we are looking at some of the unique features of Microsoft Teams Voice. Specifically, we’re sharing information about Voice-Enabled Channels as well as the Walkie Talkie app. Voice-Enabled Channels Voice-Enabled Channels enables a call queue to be connected to a channel in Microsoft Teams. Users can collaborate and share information within the channel while taking calls in the queue. This feature is ideal for scenarios such as an IT help desk or HR hotline. IT…

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Teams Voice: Calling Experience On PC – Tech Tip for July 13, 2021

Teams Voice: Calling Experience On PC – Tech Tip for July 13, 2021

  Teams Voice: Calling Experience On PC - Tech Tip for July 13, 2021 As part of our monthly theme exploring Voice options for Microsoft Teams for both Business and Enterprise users, this week we are taking a closer look at the Teams calling experience on the PC. Recent Teams updates have improved the experience. New Calling Experience The calling experience has been streamlined with a view that shows contacts, voicemail, and calling history together. Previously, each of these features was on an individual tab. Now, all three are consolidated…

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Teams Voice Option: Microsoft 365 Business Voice – Tech Tip for July 6, 2021

Teams Voice Option: Microsoft 365 Business Voice – Tech Tip for July 6, 2021

  Teams Voice Option: Microsoft 365 Business Voice - Tech Tip for July 6, 2021 Microsoft has proclaimed FY 2022 “Year of the Phone”. In our opinion, a more accurate description would have been “The End of the Phone as We Know It”. With so many companies moving to remote and hybrid work models, the traditional desk phone and phone system has quickly gone the way of the dinosaur. Some organizations have adopted Microsoft Teams as a replacement for legacy phone systems. Our July Tech Tips will focus on Voice…

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Travel Tips: Vacation Cyber Safety – Tech Tip for June 22, 2021

Travel Tips: Vacation Cyber Safety – Tech Tip for June 22, 2021

  Travel Tips: Vacation Cyber Safety - Tech Tip for June 22, 2021 Are you finally traveling again this summer? Do you have a big trip planned or just a few days away? While fun and relaxation is the goal, a recent study from TurnKey indicated that 70% of respondents admitted to checking in with their workplace from vacation at least occasionally. Meanwhile, in a Forbes survey 92% of respondents admitted to doing some work on dedicated leisure vacations. With that in mind, here are a few safety tips to…

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Vacation Fun: Teams Out Of Office Message – Tech Tip for June 15, 2021

Vacation Fun: Teams Out Of Office Message – Tech Tip for June 15, 2021

  Vacation Fun: Teams Out Of Office Message - Tech Tip for June 15, 2021 Getting ready to take a vacation this summer? You’ll want to set up an out of office status message to let your teammates know you’re away. When teammates send you a chat message, they'll see your out of office reply and know you're unavailable. Your out of office status will also sync with automatic replies in your Outlook calendar. 1. Go to your profile picture at the top of Teams and selectSet status message. 2. Select Schedule out of office at…

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May 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter This month's Newsletter covers a ton of great material! As cyber threats continue to increase in both frequency and magnitude, it’s important to take a fresh look at the security of your website. To support that effort, this month’s Tech Tips are focused on a few important things that you (or your website provider) should be doing to increase your website’s security posture. Specifically, we’re sharing information on website security headers, multi-factor authentication (MFA), malware scans and web application firewall (WAF) protection. Please click here to read…

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Graduation Fun: Tech Gifts for Grads – Tech Tip for June 8, 2021

Graduation Fun: Tech Gifts for Grads – Tech Tip for June 8, 2021

  Graduation Fun: Tech Gifts for Grads - Tech Tip for June 8, 2021 Graduation season is in full swing, so it's a good time to be looking for that perfect tech gift for the graduates in your life. Continuing with our summer fun theme, here are some gift ideas to help high school grads who are heading off to college get their classwork done: Laptops Your college bound student is going to need a reliable laptop. There are quite a few excellent Windows 10 laptop options out there. Whichever…

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Travel Fun: Tech Safety – Tech Tip for June 1, 2021

Travel Fun: Tech Safety – Tech Tip for June 1, 2021

    Travel Fun: Tech Safety - Tech Tip for June 1, 2021 With so many folks getting vaccinated and COVID rates on the decline, this June is starting to look and feel a bit more normal than last year. Many of us are looking forward to graduations and a little bit of travel, so we thought it would be fun to share some tech travel tips this month as well as gifts and gadgets to add some tech fun and safety to your summer. Safety first! Here are some…

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Website Security: Web Application Firewall Protection – Tech Tip for May 25, 2021

Website Security: Web Application Firewall Protection – Tech Tip for May 25, 2021

    Website Security: Web Application Firewall Protection - Tech Tip for May 25, 2021 To wrap up our monthly theme of website security, this week we're covering web application firewall (WAF) protection. WAFs, such as Microsoft Azure, provide an important layer of security to keep your website and network secure from cyber threats. What is a Web Application Firewall? Unlike a traditional firewall that blocks traffic from certain IP addresses or ports, a WAF intercepts all inbound and outbound web application traffic, searches for malicious requests and then blocks…

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Website Security: Malware Scans – Tech Tip for May 18, 2021

Website Security: Malware Scans – Tech Tip for May 18, 2021

    Website Security: Malware Scans - Tech Tip for May 18, 2021 You’re probably very vigilant about keeping your laptop and email protected against malware. But, did you know that malware can pose a threat for your website as well? This week, as part of our monthly website security theme, we’re delving into website malware scans. Why Malware Scans are Important for Your Website Website malware detection is essential for keeping your data secure and preventing cyber criminals from gaining access to your site. Additionally, a hacked site can…

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Website Security: Website Multi-Factor Authentication – Tech Tip for May 11, 2021

Website Security: Website Multi-Factor Authentication – Tech Tip for May 11, 2021

    Website Security: Website Multi-Factor Authentication - Tech Tip for May 11, 2021 Continuing our monthly theme of website security, this week we're covering website multi-factor authentication (MFA). You probably use multi-factor authentication when logging into your banking app or when accessing your social media accounts from a different device. MFA is also very important for securing your website. What is Multi-Factor Authentication? MFA is a method that strengthens access security by requiring multiple factors to confirm a user’s identity. Often these factors will include something the user knows…

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Website Security: HTTP Security Headers – Tech Tip for May 4, 2021

Website Security: HTTP Security Headers – Tech Tip for May 4, 2021

    Website Security: HTTP Security Headers - Tech Tip for May 4, 2021 We often talk about securing our passwords, using multi-factor authentication (MFA) and keeping our laptops and email protected against malware. However, did you know that your website can be a target for security issues as well? This month, our Tech Tips are focused on a few important things that you (or your website provider) should be doing to secure your website: website security headers, website 2-factor authentication, malware scans and web application firewall (WAF) protection. Our…

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