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08-04-2020
vSphere can supercharge your IT efficiency. This $59 course breaks it down

Efficiency is the name of the game in every business, no matter how big or small it may be; and the IT department isn’t immune from this pretty basic fact. That means knowing how to minimize things like equipment costs and downtime while improving accessibility should be of extreme importance to you ― especially if you need your IT career to extend beyond the here and now.That said, if you're not already familiar with vSphere, you owe it to yourself to start learning. The IT Professional’s VMware vSphere Deep Dive Course can give you the introduction you need, and it's on sale for only $59 today.To read this article in full, please click here

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08-04-2020
Videoconferencing vendors meet demands with free versions

As COVID-19 forces workers to remote offices, videoconferencing is becoming a lifeblood of business. These free videoconferencing offerings can help you meet the demand of the new work-at-home norm.

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08-04-2020
Five steps Microsoft should take RIGHT NOW to help us through the pandemic

Microsoft’s response to the COVID-19 threat has been admirable. From free six-month subscriptions to Teams and Bing’s COVID-19 tracker to enormous computing power for immunotherapy research to a joint project with the CDC on an assessment bot, Microsoft has more than lived up to its reputation for pitching in when times are bad.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-04-2020
How to stay motivated when you work from home

I think it's fair to say that most humans are stressed out at the moment. In most countries, life has changed almost overnight and no matter how strong you think you are, managing transformation is challenging at the best of times.I’ve identified a few solutions that may help you push through that growing sense of fatigue to get things done.Take work home It seems that fewer than 50% of pupils in some U.S. schools are taking part in online learning sessions. This means they aren’t logging in, they aren’t completing assignments and they aren’t learning. This is particularly the case among low-income students for whom access to technology may be difficult.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-04-2020
7 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app

Let's face it: Email is inherently a bit of a pain. And while Google's Gmail service is generally pretty pleasant to use, it certainly has some room for improvement — especially on the mobile front.But as is so often the case with Google products, what you see isn't entirely what you get. The Gmail Android app has some super-useful hidden touches you've probably never noticed lurking beneath its surface — easily overlooked features that can make your mobile email experience more powerful, efficient, and effective.Here are seven such options worth uncovering — or maybe just remembering.1. Advanced email formatting commands The Gmail Android app's email composing screen seems like a pretty bare-bones affair, but long-press on any open space whilst writing a new email — and by golly, goodness goshness, look what you'll find:To read this article in full, please click here

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07-04-2020
Do’s and don’ts of videoconferencing security

When any technology sees its popularity increase quickly, the number of bad actors taking advantage of new and untrained users also grows. The world is seeing this now with videoconferencing services and applications, as reports about the popular Zoom app being hijacked — known as “Zoom-bombing” — have surfaced.With multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language, the FBI’s Boston office recently issued a warning for users of videoconferencing platforms about the incidents. Security expert and investigative journalist Brian Krebs provided details on Zoom’s password problems and how hackers were able to use “war dialing” methods to discover meeting IDs and passwords for Zoom meetings.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-04-2020
Dumb luck?

This pilot fish is an engineer setting up control systems for power plants, and one day he has a disagreement with an IT manager at one of his clients. Topic: complex passwords. There’s a push on throughout the IT world to make passwords more complex.  But fish’s point is that that advice isn’t valid when you have an air gap between the control systems and any other network. In fact, fish tells the manager, when it comes to internal hacking, complex passwords are more risky than no password at all because people never remember complex passwords and have to write then down on sticky notes. The manager says that would never happen at his plant — people know better.To read this article in full, please click here

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07-04-2020
Zoom clamps down further on security weaknesses

Zoom, which on Friday stopped development of new product features so it could focus on fixing various privacy and security issues, clamped down even further on security weaknesses over the weekend.The company on Saturday switched on default password settings and waiting rooms for users of its Free Basic tier and those with a single account on its cheapest paid tier, such as K-12 eduction accounts. All meetings that use a Personal Meeting ID (PMI) will now need a password, and password settings that had been disabled will be re-enabled. As a result, passwords will be required for instant meetings, for participants joining by phone and when a new meeting is scheduled.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-04-2020
12 Zoom alternatives for secure video collaboration

If your enterprise demands a more secure video collaboration system than Zoom seems to provide you may want to take a look at these.Group Facetime If you use Apple products you can use Group FaceTime to replace Zoom meetings. This supports up to 30 callers and has some intelligent features, such as placing the window belonging to the person currently speaking at the front. It’s also highly secure with end-to-end encryption. The big problem is that it is not cross-platform, which makes it a fairly ineffective choice much of the time.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-04-2020
BrandPost: How business email services can help your company grow

Whether you have an office, a storefront, a restaurant or an online-only business, chances are good that you use email. In fact, according to The Radicati Group, by the end of 2019, we, as a global society, were expected to send 246 billion emails per day – of which 52% (or roughly 128.8 billion) are expected to be business email. In a field that crowded, it's important that your messaging not only be targeted, accurate and on brand, but that the email client you use allows you to put your best foot forward – presenting a professional, trustworthy image.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-04-2020
We need to social-distance from the scammers

For hackers who target Windows, the coronavirus pandemic is like Christmas come early. But what’s good news for them is bad news for you, piled onto all the other bad news wrought by the pandemic. Undeterred by the crisis — indeed, spurred to new heights by it — hackers have been coming up with a host of devious ways to use your natural fears in order to infect your Windows PC with malware and ransomware.How bad is it? The security company Malwarebytes calls the pandemic “a golden opportunity for threat actors to capitalize on fear, spread misinformation, and generate mass hysteria — all while compromising victims with scams or malware campaigns.”To read this article in full, please click here

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06-04-2020
Memory-Lane Monday: And he’s still on Windows 7 to this day

It’s back in the … never mind; you’ll figure out the time frame soon enough.This third-tier support pilot fish is used to getting the really difficult cases, and he suspects that why a ticket has been routed to him. A user would like to have Windows 7 installed on his PC. He’s close to retirement, and he’s a nice enough guy. But he also has a son in IT who provides him with tips and tricks to make his job easier.Today's tip from sonny: Get Windows 7 at work in order to be more productive.Fish explains to the user that Windows 7 isn't yet supported by IT. There are plans to roll it out, but not this year.“He protests and throws his hands up and goes back to work,” fish says. The ticket is closed.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-04-2020
22 free screen-sharing apps for work-at-home collaboration

The flood of employees working from home due to the Covid-19 outbreak has caused many companies to explore different ways for people to communicate and collaborate, with apps and services replacing in-person meetings or gather-around-a-desk sessions.Screen sharing, where one person shares their computer’s desktop or a single application with one or more people, generally serves one of three purposes: Quick collaboration and meetings between co-workers. Client communications, such as sharing a presentation or other application. Technical support for IT staffers (or any tech-savvy individual) looking to solve a remote worker’s computer issue. Because of these different purposes, screen sharing is seen as a feature in different types of applications and services, from web conferencing and video chat services to remote access apps. In addition, there are a number of tools that just do screen sharing as their main functionality.To read this article in full, please click here

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06-04-2020
BrandPost: How to boost technology adoption – and productivity

Upgrading to new applications and tools can do so much for a business. Up-to-date software can improve efficiencies and boost productivity, leading to both top-line and bottom-line gains. But getting that payoff means getting people on board with the change and comfortable with the new systems.Unfortunately, a lot of companies struggle with this critical step.Consider a PwC study in which 90% of executives believe their company pays attention to people’s needs when introducing new technology, but only 53% of staff members agree. Additionally, only 50% of staff members say they’re satisfied with the resources available at their company to learn how to use new technology.To read this article in full, please click here

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04-04-2020
Browser makers cite coronavirus, restore support for obsolete TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption

Google, Microsoft and Mozilla have each issued reprieves to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1, aged encryption protocols that were to be bounced from browser support in March, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.By common agreement, Google's Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge, and Mozilla's Firefox were to disable support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 early in 2020. They, along with Apple - which produces Safari - announced the move a year and a half ago, noting then that the protocols had been made obsolete by TLS 1.2 and 1.3.To read this article in full, please click here

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CyberLink Vol.138 Mar 2020

Cyberport launches FinTech Training Programme to better equip financial practitioners

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CyberLink Vol.137 Feb 2020

MAD Gaze raises US$18M to ramp up product R&D and 5G applications

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CyberLink Vol.136 Jan 2020

Cyberport spotlights digital trade finance and virtual banking at AFF 2020

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