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Hackers use Ads to Capture your Clicks

Beyond email phishing to trick unsuspecting email users, hackers have also been buying online ads on popular websites to capture your clicks and infect your computers.

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We've all seen ads with images on websites that look very interesting and almost impossible to ignore, such as "adorable kittens you've got to see" or "watch Grandma open new iPad on Christmas morning video".

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Many of these ads are displayed on HuffingtonPost, CBSsports, Match.com and other popular websites.  The ads are published online, frequently without the knowledge of the website company owner.  This happens because websites sell their ad space the same way radio stations, billboard companies, and some newspapers do, through ad networks.  It's more efficient to sell ad space this way, and also more efficient to buy ad space in larger quantities.
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The problem is that hackers can buy ads on ad networks also, and they can attract unsuspecting clickers with "impossible to resist" images and headlines.  Once a person clicks on the ad, their computer is directed to a fake website landing page which hosts the malicious program that gets installed on their computer and it's game over.
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How to Prevent this ?

Use AdBlocker or similar tools on each computer and browser to block the ads completely. Or use a centrally managed UTM or proxy to block ads for the whole company network.  
Backup each and every computer, not just the servers.  People don't follow instructions to only store their critical data in certain places, With so many mobile workers using laptops outside of the office for days or weeks at a time, more data is being lost due to lack of user-based backups.  
Hackers are also using every cyber security breach incident to trick and attack more people, under the auspices of helping them.  Read more about this on our LinkedIN page, such as the recent Anthem breach hack.

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Powerful protection for data on the edge

Protect your data on the edge: enable productivity without putting your organization at risk.

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Let's face it. The work that matters is conducted and stored on your colleagues' laptops, tablets and phones. Most of it doesn't get back to the server or external drives - even if daily or weekly backup is "mandated". But those colleagues still want their data backed up and available - should the need arise - on whatever device they choose.

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It's not a matter of when, it's a matter of how you plan to give your mobile workforce the tools they need to enable productivity - while protecting the data they're creating - for the good of the organization.

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  • CrashPlan runs silently and continuously, using minuscule network bandwidth and requiring no intervention from users

  • It works across platforms and provides end-to-end data security—at the source, in transit and at rest

  • It lets you choose where to store your data—on your own hardware or on Code42’s secure cloud (with encryption keys behind your firewall)

  • CrashPlan empowers end users with easy, self-service access to protected files from any 
computer or mobile device 
Code42 can help protect your data from edge to edge.

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Understand the SkyDrive offering

Written by Julien Peigne, ZAG Technical Services

From Consumers to Businesses

Microsoft SkyDrive has been in the consumer market for a few years, as a competitor of Dropbox and more recently Google Drive. With the release of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft introduced SkyDrive Pro - a replacement of the My Site features along with the Newsfeed. This article provides an overview of the global SkyDrive offering to better understand the brand and the products.

Debuts

SkyDrive debuted in 2005 when Microsoft acquired FolderShare, a file synchronization technology. This product became Windows Live Mesh a few years later. In the meantime, the Windows Live team was working on an online storage product named Windows Live SkyDrive. Microsoft SkyDrive is the merging of these two technologies.

The Windows Live brand disappeared with the release of Windows 8 in an effort of simplification. But the goal of the new Windows services remains the same: extend the Windows user experience to the cloud, as part of the Software + Services strategy.

What is SkyDrive?

SkyDrive keeps your files synchronized and up-to-date on all your devices. It includes:

  • A service, with personal storage and the Office Web Apps (the web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote).
  • Apps, to access and synchronize your files.

SkyDrive started as a consumer product and is now also available for businesses with SkyDrive Pro. Note that SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro are two different products and technologies. They both carry the SkyDrive brand because they share the same goal: provide personal storage and keep your files in sync.

Products

Consumers

Businesses

Product

  SkyDrive

  SkyDrive Pro Part of SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online

  Default Storage 

  7 GB

  SharePoint Server 2013: Managed by admins SharePoint Online: 7 GB per user

  Get More Storage

  Yes, up to 100GB

  SharePoint Server 2013: managed by admins SharePoint Online: admins can't buy more storage for now

  Office Web Apps

  Yes

  Yes

Web Portal

  Yes

  Yes

Desktop Synchronization

  Yes, with the SkyDrive desktop app for Windows

  Yes, with SkyDrive Pro 2013 (part of the new Office, also coming this summer as a standalone client)

Other Apps

  Windows 8/RT

Windows Phone

OS X

iOS

Android

Xbox

 Windows 8/RT (coming this summer)

Windows Phone (with the Office hub)

iOS (coming this summer)

In a word

Whether you are at home, at work, or on the go, SkyDrive keeps your personal and business files synchronized. Please refer to skydrive.com, office.com, or contact us for more information.

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Understand the new Office offering

  Written by Julien Peigne, ZAG Technical Services

Overview of the subscription business model

Microsoft officially launched the new Office on January 29th, unveiling two new offerings with Office 365 University and Office 365 Home Premium. Office 365 has been in the business market for a few years, and the introduction of these new suites for consumers brings the subscription model to everyone. To better understand the differences between the brand, the apps, and the suites, let's have a deep look at the new Office business model.

Brand and products

Office is the master brand that includes all of the productivity products from Microsoft. As a brand, it is timeless and does not indicate a version. That is why Microsoft refers to "the new Office".

However, products do have versions and can be suites or apps:

  • Main suites are Office Home & Student 2013, Office Home & Business 2013, Office Professional 2013, Office for Mac Home & Business 2011, Office 365

Small Business, Office 365 Enterprise, etc.

  • Apps are Access 2013, Excel 2013, Lync 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, and Word 2013.

Suites are available in two different ways:

  • Perpetual: Pay one time for a specific product (e.g. Office Professional 2013). This does not include services or upgrade to the next version.
  • Subscription: Pay every month for software, services, and future updates (e.g. Office 365 Enterprise).

With the new Office, Microsoft introduces the subscription model (Office 365) for everyone - home, school, and business. And you can always buy Office as you used to do before if you prefer.

New subscription plans

Office 365 is a user-based subscription that combines the full version of the Office apps with communication and collaboration services. This is the exact implementation of the Software + Services strategy that Microsoft unveiled a few years ago.

The new Office 365 plans available are:

Plan

Target

  Office 365 University

   Students

  Office 365 Home Premium

   Consumers

  Office 365 Small Business

  Office 365 Small Business Premium  

   Businesses with 1 to 10 users

  Office 365 Midsize Business

   Businesses with 11 to 250 users

  Office 365 Enterprise

  Office 365 Education

  Office 365 Government

   Businesses, schools, and government with 250+ users

Note that the services provided with Office 365 vary depending of the usage:

Usage

    Communication and

 Collaboration

Services

  Personal

  Outlook.com

  Skype

  SkyDrive

  Professional 

  Exchange Online

  Lync Online

  SharePoint Online 

And the Office Web Apps - the browser-based versions of the Office apps - are available with all these services.

In a word

Whether you are at home, at school, or at the office, Office 365 brings your productivity software and services together, accessible anywhere, anytime. For more information, please visit office.com  or contact us.





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