March 2016
 In this issue. . .


Current Cyber Threats

Cyber Security Best Practices for Employees

Email is still important. Here's how to use it to your advantage.

Everything you need to know about text boxes in Publisher: Using Drawing Tools

Business Continuity Tip

iPhone and iPad App of the Month

Cartoon & Quote

  Business Continuity Tip

Never Too Early to Prepare for Spring

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow—prompting chatter that an early spring is in the forecast. And while the accuracy of Phil's predictions may be questionable, the fact always remains: it's never too early to plan for what's ahead.

As we've seen over the years, the best time to prepare for severe weather—and any disaster for that matter — is always before they occur.

Use these next few weeks before spring arrives to get a head start by checking out 9 Ways to Prepare for Spring Weather, for things you can do right now to ensure your employees and organization are ready for spring!

  iPhone and iPad
    Apps of the Month

Microsoft Office Lens - this free app has been updated to include a business card mode. This is the best free mobile scanner!

Just for Laughs

Quote of the Month

"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him." 

- Audrey Hepburn


Hello Subscribers and welcome to our March 2016 edition. And here we are nearly at the end of Q1!

 With tax season in full swing we are seeing new cyber threats. Please take a minute to read the article below on current threats. Education is our first level of defense and please spread the word, share this with your friends and family!


  Current Cyber Threats

Ransomware is on the rise. We have received this alert from many organizations including the FBI. These are typically distributed through spoofed email with an attachment that contains malicious code. Remember these three things:

  1. Treat attachments as suspect until are certain it is genuine.
  2. Be certain the message is truly from the person you expect. (Try clicking reply to the message as see if the actual address changes to one you do not recognize).
  3. Are you expecting to receive an attachment from this person? Is it supposed to be a Word file or PDF?

Generally consider the attachment is a threat until you have verified it is from the person you expect and in the file type expected. If uncertain, simply call the person to verify.

Phishing campaigns run with the seasons. We see fake shipping notices over the holidays and now with tax season upon us there are many fraudulent requests for PI (personal information). There a fake emails circulating that appear to represent the IRS and others with spoofed email addresses requesting your W-2. Be cautious and always make certain you verify the sender.

This is especially the case in personal email since those accounts typically do not have the enterprise level pre-screening as we provide for corporate email accounts.

  • The IRS recently disabled their online PIN retrieval system due to a high number of fraudulent tax returns.
  • Landry's released information regarding a breach in the point of sale systems and at Neiman Marcus reported a breach of their online sites.

Spread the word and inform your friends and family to also exercise caution especially when dealing with your own personal information!

  Cyber Security Best Practices for Employees
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Nadia Kovacs

Employees are on the front lines of information security. The more that can be done to regularly educate yourself of the small things you can do can go a long way towards protecting your organization.

Since it is the beginning of the year, many people are returning to work and trying to get out of "vacation mode."

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  Email is still important. Here's how to use it to your advantage.
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Direct mail, social media, and print advertising all serve a purpose, but nothing beats email when it comes to speaking directly to your customers. Whether you're sending offers tailored specifically to previous purchases, or simply reaching out to remind people about your new services, email can be an effective way to develop a dialogue.

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  Everything you need to know about text boxes in Publisher: Using Drawing Tools

In this series of tips for Publisher, we're going to tell you everything you need to know about text boxes in Publisher! Text boxes are used to lay out all text on pages in Publisher, so if you're putting together a document, you'll be using them.

In this tech tip, we'll cover how to add a text box and modify it using the Drawing Tools on the Ribbon.

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