If you’re like me you’ll find yourself browsing the web on multiple devices. During the day and at work I use my laptop and then in the evening I’ll use my phone. Wouldn’t it be great though if you could start reading an article on one device and finish it on another?
Recently (or recently to me) on my laptop there’s been a new icon on my Google Chrome address bar, on the right hand site. Send to your devices. Click the icon and a popup shows up displaying your other devices. I can now send websites from my laptop to my phone! Useful if you start researching in the office and have a long commute on the train/ferry/coach and want to carry on where you left off.
Sending the other way from phone to laptop is just as easy, and has been around for ages. Click in the address bar, and select the share icon (highlighted in the red box).
Then select the Send to your devices button, simple!
There’ll be more in depth posts following shortly. I thought i’d ease myself back into it with a quick and simple post as it’s been almost a year since my last post!
Display Name Spoofing / Impersonation is a simple but effective way hackers will try and obtain information, divert funds, and defraud you and your staff.
The hackers will look for executives within your company and then create valid email addresses with their display names on common mailing platforms, and then send requests through requesting funds transferred, bank details etc.
In a busy workplace with only a glance at the display name it would be easy to action these requests without further thought.
The problem is this type of spoofing uses valid email addresses from valid domains, but with the same display name as executives, so mechanisms like SPF, DKIM and DMARC won’t pick them up.
However, by implementing a simple mail-flow rule, you can easily add a warning to this type of message which should prompt the end use to proceed with caution.
In this post we’ll look at how to enable SharePoint auditing. Recently I’ve been investigating some mysterious folder moves which the end users couldn’t explain, but folders were disappearing and reappearing elsewhere.
My first thought was that they have been dragged and dropped by mistake with a touchpad, it’s so easy to do if you aren’t careful.
My second thought was to check the SharePoint audit logs. Read on to learn how to enable SharePoint Auditing and view the available reports.
By default SharePoint Auditing isn’t enabled in Office 365.
BitLocker Drive Encryption is the technology in Windows 10 which can encrypt your hard disk drive and keep your data safe. It will usually require you to enter a pin/usb key/certificate to allow access to the encrypted hard disk drive.
Your Windows administrators are able to manage many of the settings in Active Directory, which helps in getting consistent settings across all end user computers. If you try and turn on BitLocker and you get the following error read on how to fix it.
“Your Active Directory Domain Services schema isn’t configured to run BitLocker Drive Encryption. Contact your system administrator.”Continue reading →
The Meltdown and Spectre are two new vulnerabilities in Intel, AMD and ARM processors which will effect everyone.
There is a very good technical article that the Sophos team have put together explaining in detail the issue, you can read it here, as well as many other websites which are covering the story so I won’t go into much detail, just type Meltdown/Spectre into your favourite search engine.
Instead below is a list of the major vendors which we and customers use and links to any articles they have regarding Meltdown and Spectre and their products.
Keep checking back as I will update this as more details from vendors become available.
If you know of any other Vendor statements regarding the Meltdown/Spectre bugs please add a comment below, and I will incorporate it into the post. Continue reading →
In 2017 the OxfordSBSGuy.com blog has gone from strength to strength, with 26 posts and 863,000 views. In 2017 I implemented SSL and been working on some tweaks here and there to improve performance. This year I’m considering a redesign and new hosting is in the pipeline to improve performance further. Thank you for your support.
Looking forward to 2018, the industry recently has been focusing on security so I’ll be brushing up on some Security Skills with Sophos and WatchGuard, and with more and more clients moving to Office 365, I intend to write a few more PowerShell scripting to help manage end users and computers in the cloud.
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