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Is it for We or Me? When to choose OneDrive or SharePoint

Where do you save your work documents? For most Microsoft Windows users, the default location is the My Documents folder. But in our increasingly cloud-powered workplaces, many are using Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive for Business online storage. The obvious advantage to storing documents in the cloud enables working from anywhere and instant c...

Map Charts: The best feature in Excel you're not using

A recent update to Microsoft Office 365 subscribers added 3D models and boosted the overall performance of Excel 2016. If you're like me and work in complex workbooks with multiple sheets, you noticed that everything from crunching formulae with large ranges to simple copy-and-paste functions is quicker after the update. But while experimenting w...

The 3 things businesses get wrong with their digital marketing—and how to fix them

For all the pronouncements that “email is dead” over the past couple of years, we all still get a lot of it. Email is not going away, it is not a bad thing, and it can be an effective marketing tool for businesses— when done properly. But just in the past few days, I’ve seen some examples of what I call the three most shameful things that bu...

Find out if your personal information has been stolen

How can you hope to protect the login and password information to your banking, credit card, and other crucial websites when your personal data is being stolen wholesale from big corporate and Government databases you have no control over? With the Equifax hack still in the news, many of us are wondering “how can I tell if my personal info has bee...

How to protect yourself from the Equifax hack

According to Equifax, hackers exploited a weakness in its customer-facing website from mid-May to July 29, 2017 to steal the personal information (including Social Security Number, driver’s license number, and credit-card numbers) of 143 million U.S. citizens. That's the personal information of more than half of the adults in the United States today. ...

These three tips will help you transition from consultant to FTE

A consultant recently converted their vendor contract though Amaxra into a full-time job at Microsoft. For a significant portion of consultants in our area, becoming a full-time employee (FTE) at large employers like Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Amazon is a career goal. As much as Amaxra would love to keep our consultants with us forever, we know that so...

What the new sign-in page for Office 365 means for your business

Last month, users of Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365 were given the option to try a new sign-in experience. At Amaxra we opted into this new sign-in on our own Office 365 deployment since the new sign-in is planned to go live as the default experience for all users the last week of September. We wanted to be able to advise our customer...

We just avoided a Phishing attack (and you can, too)

When discussing cybersecurity with companies, we are often asked about phishing attacks and how successful they are. Phishing attacks are cyberattacks carried out against businesses by sending emails that install malware/ransomware/spyware on the victim’s computer if a malicious attachment is opened or a link in the email is clicked. In our previ...

Having issues with OneDrive? These three easy steps will fix it

If you recently had trouble updating OneDrive on your Windows 10 computer, you’re not the only one. More than a few users of Microsoft’s Office 365 have reported issues accessing their files on OneDrive that previously were working just fine. Some proposed solutions included creating a new user account, copying a profile from another PC and more. ...

Is your cell phone calling to ask for your Social Security number? That's Vishing.

Remember Social Engineering Attacks? The big one is Phishing (cyber-attacks sent in email) that try to get you to click a link or open an attached document. Then there is Smishing where you get a text or instant message that tries to get you worried enough to tap on an embedded link in order to prevent something bad like your bank account bein...