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Why your business will not benefit from Windows 7 extended support

Our recent blog about the Windows 7 upgrade situation is quickly become one of our most popular. And for good reason since many businesses and individuals are still using machines with Microsoft's aging but venerable operating system. The news this week that Microsoft would be extending delivery of crucial security updates past the January 14, 2020...

How Microsoft 365 enables your business to ditch passwords

You run a cloud first, all digital business. That means you think of cybersecurity as a must rather than an afterthought for your company's IT. And it also means a lot of your employees are frustrated by your insistence on strong passwords. Not only are eight to twelve random alphanumeric characters difficult for hackers to guess, they are also ha...

Microsoft 365 is your business' secret cybersecurity weapon

Security is hard for all businesses large and small. We've all seen antivirus alerts pop up on our screens or received emails with obvious malware attached, and the problems are only getting worse. Organizations as diverse as a global auto parts manufacturer, a real estate software vendor, and the digital operations of multiple American cities hav...

How to set up multi-factor authentication and protect your business

Modern, productive people live in an always-connected, multi-device, and multi-platform world. You probably use an iMac desktop or HP laptop when you are in your office. When you're at the airport or watching your child's soccer game, you're periodically checking work emails from smartphone. And you likely have documents and emails stored in the cloud so ...

Protect your business with these 8 essential cybersecurity strategies

In 2017, the Australian government laid out cybersecurity guidelines for all public and private sector agencies. Their eight cybersecurity attack mitigation strategies, called "The Essential 8," provide an excellent blueprint for security best practices for organizations worldwide. When implemented correctly, the Essential 8 provide every company ...

What nobody tells you about deploying Microsoft 365

Nobody likes to be told one thing but then sold something completely different. Businesses don't last when they overpromise and underdeliver to their customers. We believe it's important for buyers to get the straight story about products and services before doing business with a company. That's why Amaxra wants everyone who is considering a Micro...

Easily protect your Microsoft Teams users from phishing and malware

It wasn't that long ago that Amaxra consultants heard Microsoft SharePoint was a little too secure. To some of our business clients, Slack seemed easier to collaborate with external vendors because it would enable sharing from the corporate network with just a valid email address. SharePoint, on the other hand, was locked down; requiring external ...

How to spot FAKE virus alerts in Windows (and how to get past them)

Virus alert from Microsoft, blares from the pop-up window in your web browser. All you did was place an innocuous search for an item or some other research on your work computer. But now your screen is full of warnings such as: "A harmful virus has been detected on your computer" or some other such "suspicious activity." According to everything yo...

Enterprise Mobility & Security = Peace of mind for your business

Many IT departments large and small increasingly must support a more diverse and geographically-dispersed workforce that works using any device. This presents a new challenge for both the small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) and the large enterprises with traditional IT departments. How can you keep your employees' devices secure on the corporate netwo...

Drop Dropbox to optimize online business collaboration

Some new Office 365 customers have asked us for advice on ditching their old consumer Dropbox accounts and using OneDrive For Business as an integrated enterprise-grade shared file collaboration solution for their company. While we have blogged in the past about typical OneDrive For Business and SharePoint Online storage usage scenarios, this is an ex...

How hackers use impulse buying techniques to steal your corporate data

Amaxra consultants were recently targeted by a criminal hacker. Key members of our team, all of whom are daily users of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications and cloud services, received the following scam email: Everyone on the Amaxra executive team who received this scam email knew it was a phishing attempt for various business-relat...

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