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3 Reasons Why Office 365 is the Smart Choice for Secure Business Productivity

Every successful business today is online. Unfortunately, this means that every successful business must deal with online criminals wanting to steal valuable business data stored in the cloud. From viruses to ransomware and phishing scams, the threats to your business are legion and it's vital to protect your internet-connected devices and data fr...

6 Ways Amaxra Can Supercharge Your Business Productivity

For over a decade, Amaxra has continually looked for ways to help our customers become productive. Like many other companies, we chose to invest in cloud-based services like Microsoft Office 365, Dynamics 365 Customer Relationship Management (CRM), SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, and Teams. These are the essential business productiv...

How Office 365 helps your business be GDPR compliant

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new privacy law that applies to the digital data shared with citizens in the European Union (EU). The GDPR law is designed to protect EU citizens' personal data, wherever it is stored, and applies to any organization responsible for controlling or processing that data. That means starting on the 2...

Don't fall for this email quota limit phishing scam

Have you ever received an email with "Microsoft Outlook 365: Your email quota almost exceeded limit" in the subject line? I recently received one of these emails to my business email address. The email warned that not only I was not only in danger of exceeding my Outlook mailbox limit but that I needed to "review recent activity" in the interest o...

Protecting your business from Meltdown and Spectre attacks

For the past week, the news has been filled with mentions of Meltdown and Spectre. These ominous names were given to two separate hardware vulnerabilities discovered in millions of the processors used not only in personal devices (e.g. laptops and tablets) but also in the servers behind business-critical cloud services.  While the situa...

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...

Phishing for Corporate Gold with Social Engineering Attacks

Completing our look at the 7 common-sense cyber protections with #5 and #6: #5 DO NOT open emails, links, or attachments from strangers – especially if the email demands urgent action from you. Stop and think, that email could be a "phishing" email from a cyber attacker #6 DO NOT give any of your usernames, passwords, or other computer...

Instant Efficiency Gains With Updated Active Directory Data

Millions of businesses around the world either have used or are using Microsoft Active Directory (AD) services on their corporate networks. Used to identify and manage authorized network users, AD has been around for over fifteen years. However, few companies take full advantage of AD's capabilities in the social media age. With a few simple tweak...

Just what is a complex password (and how do I create one)?

In a previous blog, I discussed seven common-sense cyber protections you can do that immediately and inexpensively make you, your business, and your family safer from cyber attack. So far, I've covered #1 – Keep your software patches up to date and #7 – Do not give your primary user account administrator privileges, and #3 – Back up your computer ...

Which is worse: #ransomware or hard drive failure?

It’s a trick question. Both impact your business the same way – you lose access to your valuable business data when you are not expecting it. One of the most important things you can do about cybersecurity is to stop thinking about it like a mysterious disease whose only cure is to buy specialized protection software. To be sure, some businesses that...

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