Posted on Aug 02, 2012
Does anybody even use Hotmail anymore? Well, Microsoft does not think so. Lookout Gmail and Yahoo, Outlook.com is here to compete. Outlook is a very familiar email tool since most of us are currently using Outlook or have been using it for years since it was introduced with Microsoft Office long ago. Outlook.com will be a convenient tool for IT departments to support and easily incorporate into their environments since Outlook has been supported for a long period of time.
Outlook.com features a rare social networking integration directly via the user’s email inbox. Users will have the ability to view status updates and content from social media sites, such as Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Another cool feature is Microsoft’s ability to include Outlook.com with Skype, which is similar to Google’s Talk features embedded in Gmail. I would be curious to know what security features are in place to protect users from viruses and malware since all these social sites will be accessible to users via one platform?
Posted on Jul 13, 2012
D33DS Company – who, or rather what is that, you are probably asking right now? That was my sentiment exactly when hearing about this new hacker group — a group that has apparently published over 450,000 passwords of Yahoo Voice users. Yahoo Voice, you may recall, is Yahoo’s voice over internet-protocol service (VOIP), which runs on their Yahoo Chat service.
These new breeds of hackers have been able to breach an “unknown” subdomain of Yahoo’s website, where they were able to obtain unencrypted account details. Clearly, this was just a wakeup call to demonstrate Yahoo’s security vulnerability and apparently not a direct threat to Yahoo.
Posted on Jun 08, 2012
After the major breach from LinkedIn.com passwords being released to the public, about 6.5 million users accounts were are at potential risk from Hackers.
Whomever, LinkedIn’s IT support is they were definitely late to admit the major breach until several hours later in the day, when hackers already had published the information for download earlier in the morning. IT security is so vital to all websites and networks, not to mention, having unique passwords on the users end.
An alternative solution is out there from just changing your password, “A New York-based web developer and his colleagues have built a web-based application for people to see if their LinkedIn password hash is among 6.5 million released on a Russian hacker forum”.
You might want to download this app and check whether you’re among the accounts released that could be potentially hacked.
Read about LinkedIn security breach from our blog.
PCworld.com has some more information regarding the LinkedIn app:
Posted on Jun 06, 2012
There is much speculation about the leak of millions of LinkedIn passwords. IT support is warning their clients and users to change their passwords and avoid any breaches to their accounts.
Hackers posted a file containing encrypted passwords onto a Russian web forum. They have invited the hacking community to help with decryption.
LinkedIn, which has over 150 million users, has not released a formal statement, but tweeted: “Our team is currently looking into reports.”
Password security could not be more important than right now. It’s a good time to change all your passwords for all accounts and make sure their unique and difficult to guess. Hackers and Cybercriminals remain very active to get your bank account information to vital company information to be leaked out to the public.
Check out our latest blog on Password security!
Nakedsecurity.sophos.com reports more on the potential password security breach from LinkedIn’s site:
Posted on Jun 04, 2012
Social Media is changing the look of company handbook policies. You words are vital to a company’s online reputation and could come back to hurt you or even worse…your JOB.
IT departments can only do so much with blocking users from certain social websites when employees are in the office. It’s now pertinent to implement a Social Media policy and share those responsibilities with your employees. They should also be a part of the process to make those guidelines so they don’t feel as they it’s the organization against them.
Security is a huge component to running a business and having responsible employees understand those guidelines is essential to being successful.
It is expected that “60 percent expected to watch workers’ social media use for security breaches by 2015, according to a new report from Gartner.”
Infoworld.com talks more about security breaches with social media:
Posted on Dec 05, 2011
In today’s world we have so many means of communication. Things such as Social Media, with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and so much more.
Let’s not forget about email. Emails definition comes in so many flavors.
Work email using Outlook, or maybe it’s Google Apps
Personal email using Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and so many other options.
Put this all together and what do you get. Information overload. You are connected whether you like it or not.
Today we hear that a Tech firm located in France implements Zero Email Policy.
Here are the facts:
10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive per day are useful and 18 percent is spam.
This company has over 74,000 employees and this initiative should be in full implemented in 18 months.
Today’s younger generations aren’t using email, but relying on IM, Facebook, Twitter to name a few.
So how are they going to communicate?
Instant messaging & Facebook style interface!
You may be asking yourself, is this the beginning of a new wave of communication for businesses?
Probably not, but it’s definitely a start.
Companies rely very heavily on email, especially with Microsoft Outlook and Google Apps. Now with the capabilities of Cloud options, it allows clients to streamline with out the heavy costs of on site infrastructure. No server cost, lower IT help desk support and much more.
If you’re considering making any moves with your companies email, give FedSolutions a call. We are the leading provider of IT Management and Consulting. We can help streamline your business adding more value to the bottom line