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Microsoft Office Upload Center is going away. Should you be worried?

For almost ten years, Microsoft Office users have seen the orange "Upload Center" icon in their system tray (the technical term for those notifications in the lower-right corner of Windows). It is an essential tool for business users who keep most of their documents in the cloud. But a recent email sent to all Office 365 early access users in the ...

These are your 5 options for the inevitable Windows 7-to-10 upgrade

Do you still have Windows 7 PCs in your organization? You now have less than five months to decide on what you're going to do about those PCs. Microsoft has made it clear that on January 14, 2020 there will be no more cybersecurity updates to Windows 7—a subtle hint that businesses should move to Windows 10. But what exactly are your options...

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...

7 things you should know about Microsoft Teams

FlexJobs reveals in its State of the Remote Job Marketplace report there are now 3.9 million Americans (or 2.9% of the total US workforce) who work from home at least half the time. And it’s a trend that is growing. Fifteen years ago, remote workers were just that - remote. Silent, sometimes-forgotten employees.  However, advancements in comm...

The scary reason why every business needs their Office 365 to be partner-managed

Thanks to digital technologies and the cloud, there are more opportunities than ever for smart people to be their own bosses. Leaving the corporate world as an employee and working as a small business owner has never been easier. For many small to midsized business (SMB) owners, Microsoft Office 365 is an essential upgrade for their company's produ...

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 ...

Can your company thrive as a "cloud only" workplace?

A new client for Amaxra told me about how a recent power outage resulted in his business losing an entire day for all employees across the company. But this company isn't a factory dependent on electricity to manufacture tons of perfectly-machined widgets; it's an office where employees do all of their very expensive and hourly-billed work on comp...

Why email backups are crucial for your business

Does your business archive data for audit and regulation purposes? You might believe that because you're a small business that doesn't have an industry or governmental regulatory regime, there's no good reason to archive data such as emails sent to, from, or between your employees. But even if your business isn't subject to specific data-retention...

How to rescue your business from the Windows 7 EOL

Every product has a life cycle. For example, the software product life cycle starts with initial development, goes to general availability, and ends with a final stage where product support ends and the software is retired. This retirement or "end of life" (EOL) is the point where the software developer can no longer bear the increasing costs for ...

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 ...

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