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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...

How the cloud makes scheduling meetings outside your organization simple

Everyone who uses Microsoft Outlook at their company knows scheduling a meeting is simple. You click the calendar icon, add the names of your co-workers, and you can pick the best time and room for your meeting or even get Outlook to automatically choose. While most people think it is difficult scheduling meetings with those outside of your organi...

Amaxra Consultant Spotlight: Robin Warren

Robin has been with the Amaxra team since 2014 and has had nothing but positive feedback from clients she has worked with over the years. She has created a fabulous reputation as a graphic designer among Amaxra clients that always meets or exceeds our clients' expectations. Robin took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions to...

Insider Tips to Build a Compelling Contractor Resume

Living in the Seattle area offers unique opportunities to work at the corporate headquarters for Microsoft, Amazon, and other world-class technology companies. Amaxra often helps consultants find project-related "contractor" or "vendor" work at many disparate groups inside Microsoft. Contract work at Microsoft is often a great way to transition in...

These are the five ways the cloud changes everything for your business

The key value cloud technologies provide to entrepreneurs is the ability to get more done, from anywhere, and at a lower cost. Think about how many so-called "micro-businesses" are run using a smartphone thanks to cloud-based services—an unheard of scenario just a few years ago. Accessing everything needed to get work done from anywhere they...