Cyber Security Reminders

Welcome back to another Insource IT Newsletter!

It’s been busy the last few months in terms of cybersecurity. With foreign actors hacking into various US technology systems it’s been reported they’ve gained a foothold in a number of major US companies. At Insource IT we’ve been watching closely and taking efforts to keep our customers ahead of this risk. While we’re incredibly happy with the track record of our protection systems, we’re even more thrilled by you. We know the best defense lies with you. You use technology every day to do your jobs and question things that don’t look right. We want to help you stay ahead of threats in the world:

  • Don’t click suspicious links. If you don’t know if a link is suspicious, ask.
  • Don’t install any software on your PC or phone unless it comes from the operating system’s built-in software store.
  • Don’t install browser add-ons unless they are sanctioned by your company.
  • Don’t visit websites that seem dodgy. What is a dodgy website? Products advertised on social media, sites that advertise products or services that sound too good to be true, sites that want to install applications on your computer, or any domain found on a list like the Fake Sites Database.
  • If you absolutely must visit a dodgy site (say you’re doing research for your marketing department and want to know why a product is listed as must have), do it on a tablet that can easily be reset to factory default and doesn’t contain company data.
  • Update your passwords with really strong ones that you can’t memorize. I know that’s a pain, but there’s a solution: Ask your IT staff about how to use a password manager.
  • Don’t open email attachments that haven’t been checked by your antivirus.
  • Don’t open text messages from unknown senders.

This list might seem daunting so just remember, “When in doubt, don’t do it.”

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Keyboard Shortcuts; Scams

Welcome back to another Insource IT Newsletter where we share tips and recommendations for using your technology. If you have anything useful you’d like to share with us please let us know!

Something To Learn 

You already know this but you can learn virtually anything through Youtube videos. So if your grandpa didn’t teach you, you can still learn how to chop wood. Use these Youtube keyboard shortcuts to make life easier:

Pause: spacebar or K

Forward 10 sec: L

Backward 10 sec: J
Mute: M

Something To Be Aware Of

Be aware of Amazon gift card scams targeting people through email. If you get an email mentioning a gift card you should consider it a scam until you can verify it offline. Don’t click links or follow instructions within the email. The malicious actors hope you’ll click a link and install their malware on your computer and network.

Something Helpful

Reminder: If you don’t yet use a password manager, set yourself a resolution this year to do so. Get all your passwords saved in a password manager like Lastpass, 1Password, or Keepass. Use a very secure master password and save it in a secure place so you do not forget it. Create a disaster recovery plan that allows important people access in the event you cannot. 

Something Fun

What do you know? It’s another Youtube video teaching you how to juggle.

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Continual Improvement; Government Breaches

Welcome back to another Insource IT Newsletter where we share tips and recommendations for using your technology. If you have anything useful you’d like to share with us please let us know!

Something To Learn 

We believe in continual improvement, not just in our work lives but at home, too. Here are a few of the resources we use to learn new things.

Masterclass – While pricey, the quality of the classes here are nothing short of amazing.

Instructables – This is our favorite, and it’s free! Once you start looking at all the projects you start to realize you just might be able to find anything here.

Something To Be Aware Of

Did you hear about the cybersecurity breach of multiple government agencies? It goes to show that a cybersecurity breach should be treated as inevitable for a very important reason: 

Be Prepared. 

When we act as though we will get hacked and prepare appropriately for it, we reduce the severity of an event should it happen. That’s why Insource IT has systems in place to mitigate risk as well as processes to handle when a breach occurs. 

Something Helpful

WindowsKey + Shift + S

This keyboard shortcut allows you to take a screenshot of your screen for saving. Controls at the top of the screen allow you to pick the type of snip you want.

Something Fun

I like cookies. I also have kids. So when the holidays come around we preheat the oven and get to work making cookies to spend family time together. This year, why not try a classic gingerbread man cookie? 

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Recover Outlook Messages; iPads To Buy

Welcome back to another Insource IT Newsletter where we share tips and recommendations for using your technology. If you have anything useful you’d like to share with us please let us know!

Learn Something New 

In many cases you can recover deleted messages in Outlook on the web? While you may not use it often it really helps knowing it’s there.

Something To Be Aware Of

Now that we’ve entered the holiday season be careful of scam emails and texts. Especially shipping confirmation texts with links in them. Never open them.

– Avoid deals too good to be true. They often are.

– Always review the URL in an email and confirm it will direct you to where you expect.

– Check for errors.

– Avoid attachments (mainly from unknown senders).

Something Helpful

I often get asked “Which iPad should I buy?” For most, the current iPad at $329 is the best deal (unless you have a specific need). Check for deals at all the major retailers this holiday season. 

Something Fun

Be careful with toner! 

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Windows 10 Tips; Email Scams

Welcome back to another Insource IT Newsletter where we share tips and recommendations for using your technology better. If you have anything useful you think I should share please let me know!

Learn Something New 

How about a quick tip on Windows 10? See how you can quickly change settings (like WiFi, Bluetooth, and VPN) in Action Center.

Something To Be Aware Of

Increased cyber attacks are being carried out this week against businesses (especially hospitals)

Keep an eye out for malicious emails and question/verify everything.

Something Helpful

If you have an iPhone or iPad, the latest security vulnerabilities mean you should update ASAP.

If you use Google Chrome, you should update to the latest version ASAP. (Insource IT has done this for it’s customers already).

Something Fun

Want to hear a pizza joke? Nevermind, it’s too cheesy.

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