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.

As always, if you think this information is helpful please spread the word by forwarding this message to others.

The Best Security is an Educated Employee

Cyber Security Awareness Month is coming to an end, but your vigilance does not have to. 

Systems are great, but the best security is an educated employee. That’s why we want to share what could be the most important email you read all year.

$3.5B was lost to Cybercrime in 2019. It’s not slowing down, either. Cybercrime is up 600% this year

91% of attacks start with a phishing email. Hackers learned it’s easier to “hack” humans. They’re getting good at it, too.

99% of email attacks rely on the victim clicking a link. A link that typically points to a hackers website but looks exactly like your email account. When you enter your username and password… boom. They know your credentials.

Don’t worry. Be vigilant. 

Insource IT has your back. We put enterprise grade systems in place. Your job is to question everything. 

How can you protect yourself?

By reading this email you’re already more educated than most. 

Assume every email might be malicious. 

Use a good password.

Here’s a bad password = Password123

Here’s a good password = tlR*2$5JRg4E

Set up Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication is where you type in a code during login. The code is often sent to you via text message. With multi-factor authentication, even if a hacker guesses your username and password they won’t they won’t be able to log in without knowing your randomized code. 

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid. Insource IT is here to help.

As always, if you think this information is helpful feel free to forward it to someone you know.

MS Word Tips; Backups

Here’s another update with useful information you can use at home or work.

Learn Something New 

Check out these handy tips for using Microsoft Word more efficiently. I use #1 all the time.

Be Aware

There is a big surge in ‘Emotet’ malware campaigns throughout the world right now. It’s spreading via email phishing. Be extra vigilant and don’t open emails that look suspicious. Links are especially concerning, as are unusual requests for you to log into other services.

Something Helpful

Backup, backup, backup. Insource IT has fully developed backup solutions in place for our customers but what do you do to backup your home computer? Thankfully it doesn’t have to be complicated. Use our preferred home backup solution and rest easy.

Something Fun

“It’s inappropriate to make a ‘dad joke’ if you’re not a dad. It’s a faux pa.”

As always, if you think this information is helpful feel free to forward it to someone you know.