Archive | February 2015

Firefox 36: 17 Security fixes

Firefox 36 was released on Tuesday and a number of security fixes have been included, some deemed critical. Users should ensure they are running the latest version.

Source: Firefox

Surface Pro 3 $100 off at the Microsoft Store

Until the end of the Month you can save $100 on the Surface pro 3 from Microsoft. This is a very popular device that makes even most Ultrabooks feel like a chore to carry around all day.

Source: Microsoft Store

Superfish removal tool released by Lenovo

Lenovo has announced the release of a tool to remove Superfish. An adware program pre-installed on Lenovo’s consumer PCs, it leaves users vulnerable to attack. We have been contacting clients and removing the software, now users can remove it themselves with the download below:

Source: Lenovo

Outlook for iOS and Android updated

Outlook PINOutlook implements password enforcement using Exchange ActiveSync. If your company email policy requires that devices have a password in order to sync mail, Outlook will enforce this at the device level.

On iOS devices, Outlook will check to make sure a passcode is properly set. In the event a passcode is not set, it will prompt users to set one up in iOS settings.

On Android devices, Outlook will enforce screen lock rules. Further, Google provides controls that allow Outlook to honor additional Office 365 and Exchange policies regarding password length and complexity requirements and the number of allowable screen-unlock attempts before wiping the phone. It will also encourage storage encryption if it is not enabled.

Devices that do not support these security settings will not be able to connect to an account.

In addition to this security enhancement several new features have been added:

Outlook for iOS: You can now disable the app’s default Conversation view, which groups all messages from the same thread together.

Outlook for Android: You can now customize what happens when you swipe left or right on an email message or other item. To customize these gestures, visit Settings, Swipe Options.

Handwriting comes to OneNote for iPad

While OneNote is available on virtually every platform only some tablets have had one of its best features: Handwriting. Microsoft has now released an update to the iPad version to allow handwriting and drawing within your notes.


Considering the iPad is among the most popular tablets this feature is overdue.

Source: Office Blogs

Upgrade to OneNote 2013 on your PC

Many companies and users are still on Office 2010 with no immediate  plans to go to Office 2013. This means they are missing out on the improvements made to OneNote 2013. Until recently the free download version of OneNote 2013 was missing several key features. This has been resolved and we are not suggesting users of Office 2010 migrate to OneNote 2013 which can be donwloaded below. Some of the unlocked features include:

  • Password protected sections—Add a password to protect sensitive information.
  • Page history—Easily see or go back to prior versions of a page.
  • Audio and video recording—Take notes while recording, and easily jump to the relevant section later.
  • Audio search—Search for a word in a voice or video recording.
  • Embedded files—Insert Office documents or other files directly in your notebook.

Source: OneNote Download

Phishing email circulating claiming to be from Microsoft Volume Licensing

A post on the Cisco Managed Threat Defense blog reports Emails that purport to come from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center are circulating

This email will have a custom subject line and will look very similar to a real email from Microsoft. Clients should be very careful when receiving any VLSC emails while this is circulating.

Source: Cisco

Outlook released for iOS and Android

We have been recommending Accompli as an email/contacts/cal solution on iOs and Android for some time now. While not perfect they gave business users a closer approximation of the experience most of our clients have with Microsoft Outlook.

It turns out we were not the only ones to see the similarities as Microsoft has purchased the company that produced Accompli and released a re-branded version named unsurprisingly Outlook.


While this version is virtually if not identical to Accompli it is a separate build and you will want to be using this version as it will be the one receiving new features moving forward. Outlook can downloaded from the links below:

Android Version

iOs Version


Anthem warning of Phishing campaigns targeting exposed account holders

Last week Anthem Inc. warned that a breach of its network exposed the personal information of as many as 80 million people. This week they have posted a bulliten warning that scammers are sending phishing e-mailsto people whos onformation was stolen.

How to protect yourself against phishing:

  1. Be wary of emails asking for confidential information – especially information of a financial nature. Legitimate organizations will never request sensitive information via email
  2. Make sure you familiarise yourself with a website’s privacy policy. The majority of commercial websites have a privacy policy, which is usually accessible at the foot of the page. The most useful thing to look for is the website’s policy on whether it will or will not sell its mailing list.
  3. Watch out for generic-looking requests for information. Fraudulent emails are often not personalised, while authentic emails from your bank often reference an account you have with them. Many phishing emails begin with “Dear Sir/Madam”, and some come from a bank with which you don’t even have an account.

Source: Anthem

Skype 5.2 for Android released, photo sharing enhanced

Microsoft seems to be positioning Skype as an all purpose communication app with frequent updates over the last six month that have added support for features outside of its traditional use as VoIP application. Added today is support for sending photos to Skype contacts who are not online.

Source: Skype Blog