STAY SAFE FROM PHISING. 5 Ways to Stay Safe

Phishing attacks are getting more sophisticated.  Use this post to arm yourself with 5 tips to spot a fake email.

  1. Check the Sender
    • Make sure the organization name in the “From” field matches the address between the brackets. Watch out for addresses that contain typos in the organization name (think amaz0n.com).
  2. Check the salutation
    • If you do business with an organization, the first line of the email should always contain your name. Don’t trust impersonal introductions like “Dear Customer.”
  3. Use your mouse to hover over links
    • Hover over an email link to see the full URL it will direct you to. Do NOT click the link—just hover. If the address isn’t where you’d expect to go, don’t click it. Check all the links—if the URLs are all the same, it’s likely a phishing email.
  4. Examine the footer
    • The footer of any legitimate email should contain, at minimum:
    • • A physical address for the brand or institution
    • • An unsubscribe button
    • If either of these items are missing, it’s probably fake.
  5. If it’s doubtful don’t click on it.  Delete it.
    • If you don’t know the sender, or even if something seems off, delete the email. If it’s not fake, the sender will contact you another way or send the message again.

Thanks to WebRoot for the information.

Microsoft Non-Profit Pricing and Ordering Process is Changing

For non-profit Microsoft customers, beginning April 1st your process for ordering software and services from Microsoft will be changing.  In some cases just the authorization and purchasing method will change.  In others, the prices will go up.

If you order through TechSoup and you work with a Microsoft Partner, you should have a discussion with your Microsoft Partner about what the new plans will mean to your organization.  If you do not work with a Microsoft Partner (and are not big enough to have an Enterprise Agreement – over 500 users), you should find a partner that can help you navigate the new system.

If you want JDB Consultants to help you understand the new system please contact us.

 

Meltdown-Spectre Threat: Microsoft Develops New Tools for Security

Microsoft delivers free Meltdown-Spectre assessment tool for IT pros – ZD Net Article

“Protecting an organization from attacks based on two widespread and potentially deadly security vulnerabilities requires monitoring software, firmware, and antivirus updates. New capabilities in Microsoft’s Windows Analytics service display that status on a single dashboard.”

If your worried about security of your network (especially with Meltdown-Spectre), Microsoft’s new tools offer protection.  If you are using Office 365 your a setup up already as the backbone for the tool is already in place.  If you have the EMS add on and you have deployed Intune, your almost there already.

JDB Consultants “Gold Service” Maintenance Contract customers have the services built in to their systems.  Contact sales@jdb.net if you want to know more about how we actively protect our customers from security threats. 

 

Don’t just prepare for GDPR, embrace it!

With the GDPR deadline of May 2018 approaching, many organizations are preparing simply because they are required to. But those who “embrace GDPR compliance will have a great opportunity to advance their business”, according to Elena Elkina, Partner and Co-Founder of Aleada Consulting.

This month’s Modern Workplace episode focuses on GDPR’s impact, where compliance experts Elkina and David Kemp of Micro Focus discuss the challenges of GDPR compliance, along with answering how and why it’s important to be ready. The experts discuss the effects of GDPR on data privacy, ethics, and its business impact. Kemp highlights his 5 steps on how to get started with GDPR compliance.

  • Create a steering committee
  • Appoint a data protection officer, if required
  • Get a legal opinion
  • Do data discovery
  • Perform a risk and gap analysis

Plus a hands-on demo of Office 365 Message Encryption to help organizations protect their sensitive emails. Watch now and understand how you can be better prepared for GDPR compliance.

Office 365: Goodbye FindTime – Hello FindTime!!!

Goodbye FindTime

In October Microsoft canceled FindTime and replaced it with another tool for scheduling meetings.  A poll was created on Microsoft’s UserVoice and support was overwhelming for the features that were removed when FindTime was shutdown.

I also panned the new solution as nearly unusable on this site.

Hello FindTime

I am happy to report that if you have Office 365, FindTime is back!  I’ve tested it and all the features that were no longer availabe are back.  You can signup for this tool at the FindTime site.   The web only “Poll for a Time to Meet” is still in the Office 365 Calendar if you want to use that.  But if you have Outlook 2016 and Office 365, I highly recommend that you install the FindTime it’s a much better tool.

If you want to know why I loved FindTime and I’m so happy it’s back, take a look at the old article: Office 365: Goodbye FindTime.

Thank you Microsoft for listening to your users and putting this great tool back in our hands!

New Cars: What’s the Impact of EVs and AVs?

“By 2050, there may be one billion electric vehicles (EVs) on the road worldwide, bringing opportunities—and challenges—for automakers and the supply chain. ” – Morgan Stanley Article

EVs will make a big impact but this writer believes they will be small compared to fully automated vehicles (AVs).   More on that in later.

EVs

Gas Stations will need to adapt as more and more cars don’t use gas.  Will we start to see it get harder to find a gas station?  That’s really hard to predict but certainly not for awhile.  Maybe in 10-20 years.

Car parts manufactures are likely to have big impacts.  For example, EV’s don’t need spark plugs, exhaust systems or air filters.  Battery, Electric Motor and Auto Automation (computers) are clear winners as EVs will shift heavily to these technologies.

AVs

What happens if EVs also include driverless systems?  I love driving but would be happy to enjoy the scenery or get some work done instead of sitting in a traffic jam (I’m located in Los Angeles). Suddenly the impacts affect lots of other things.  If Uber has it’s way they will replace lots of people making a living on driving with these cars.  Will it even make sense to own a car?  My research says that for many it will not.  As for me, I like using Uber and Lyft and if it became cheaper than owning a car I’m quite likely forgo car ownership.  That impacts insurance, parking lots, cities that rely on parking violations.  Auto manufactures in working hard on these technologies.  Ford, Tesla, and most of the others are working on this.

Totally driverless cars could be allowed on California roads by June 2018” – LA Times

If you think that will take many years you might be suppressed.  According to the LA Times there are almost 300 driverless cars in operation in California.  Cars are also operating in states with looser standards like Arizona and Florida.  That head line is a bit misleading as the driverless car is already here.  Just in limited numbers.  As a billion new EVs, according to Morgan Stanley, hit the road by 2050, we will see a lot of changes.  I’m guessing that many of the EVs sold in 5 years will also be AVs.

I think we will see changes no one can predict as EVs and AVs take over the roads.  Big job displacements similar to the introduction of automated factories and robotics are, in my opinion, going to take place.  EVs are “driving” the trend but AVs are actually more disruptive to how people lead their lives.   I just went with a Mustang Convertible because I live close to Pacific Coast Highway and I think it will be the last car I will ever drive.  But that’s to be seen.

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