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The importance of strong iPhone passcodes

April 30th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april30apple_a, alphanumeric, apple, cellebrite, face id, graykey, grayshift, ios, iphone, touch id 2018april30apple_a, alphanumeric, apple, cellebrite, face id, graykey, grayshift, ios, iphone, touch id

Now is the right time to shift to a stronger passcode for iPhone users, with police departments, federal agencies, and possible criminals, lining up to buy technology that can bypass your phone’s security. Experts say technology for unlocking iPhones is very much in circulation, so here’s everything you need to know.

Chrome, Edge, Firefox to Support Biometrics

April 27th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april27webandcloud_a, biometrics, chrome, edge, firefox, google, microsoft, mozilla, Web & Cloud, windows 10 2018april27webandcloud_a, biometrics, chrome, edge, firefox, google, microsoft, mozilla, Web & Cloud, windows 10

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox will soon support web-based biometric authentication. The leading internet browsers are expected to allow users to sign into online profiles through fingerprint scanners, voice authentication, facial recognition, and the like. Online biometric authentication through these browsers requires no...

Mobile devices in the field

April 25th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april25business_a, business, gps, mobile performance management, performance analytics, troubleshooting, wifi 2018april25business_a, business, gps, mobile performance management, performance analytics, troubleshooting, wifi

Field workers. You see them every day. And you notice that they, too, use mobile devices, as now more than ever do they need to stay connected with their organizations to stay in business. This is where mobile performance management, a critical factor for any field worker to perform and finish tasks on time, comes in. Here’s how to ensure...

Android phones miss vital security patches

April 24th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april24android_a, android, google, huawei, nokia, patch, samsung, security, smartphone, update 2018april24android_a, android, google, huawei, nokia, patch, samsung, security, smartphone, update

Android manufacturers routinely update their products with the latest security patches to keep users safe from all manner of threats. Or so they would have you believe. According to recent reports, Android phone manufacturers may have accidentally missed a few critical patches. Here’s everything you need to know.

4 things to do before deploying Skype

April 20th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april20voip_a, network, qos, skype for business, video call, voice call, voip 2018april20voip_a, network, qos, skype for business, video call, voice call, voip

From instant messaging to video conferencing, Skype for Business offers many communication features many companies need to be productive. But before you start making calls on Skype, there are four things you should do to ensure crystal-clear quality.

Office 365: New security updates

April 19th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april19office_a, email encryption, microsoft, office, office 365 home, onedrive, outlook, security, windows 2018april19office_a, email encryption, microsoft, office, office 365 home, onedrive, outlook, security, windows

Microsoft recently rolled out security updates to Office 365 for business and home users. These enhancements aim to increase safety when sending or receiving an email in Outlook, sharing links in OneDrive, and alerting users of possible malware infection.

The top 4 new features in the Windows 10 update

April 18th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april18windows_a, bluetooth, document sharing, feature updates, microsoft, operating system, privacy, windows, windows 10, windows update 2018april18windows_a, bluetooth, document sharing, feature updates, microsoft, operating system, privacy, windows, windows 10, windows update

Microsoft has claimed that Windows 10 will be the final version of the world’s most popular operating system. Instead of bundling new features into a new Windows release, Microsoft has been issuing free updates to the current version since 2015. The latest update is almost here, and it comes with some exciting improvements.

Beware of watering hole attacks!

April 17th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april17security_a, cyberattack, intrusion prevention system, Security, security, update, vpn, watering hole attack 2018april17security_a, cyberattack, intrusion prevention system, Security, security, update, vpn, watering hole attack

Hackers have plenty of ways to breach your systems. They can use complex programs to exploit software bugs, send emails to dupe you into downloading malware, or insert a malware-infected USB drive directly into your computer. However, another increasingly popular hacking method is a watering hole attack.

Back up your files with Apple Time Machine

April 13th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april13apple_a, apple, backup, data recovery, mac, system backup, time machine 2018april13apple_a, apple, backup, data recovery, mac, system backup, time machine

There’s a popular belief that Macs are the most reliable computer brand because they are less likely to get viruses or crash often – but they do. And like any other computer, Macs aren’t invulnerable to coffee spills, theft, and crashes. When these happen, the Time Machine is your friend to restore your data.

How to enjoy real cloud cost-savings

April 12th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april12webandcloud_a, account, backup, cloud, cost savings, deprovision, integration, standalone service, Web & Cloud 2018april12webandcloud_a, account, backup, cloud, cost savings, deprovision, integration, standalone service, Web & Cloud

If you want to increase collaboration, productivity, and security all while keeping costs down, the cloud is the perfect solution. But if you’re not careful, hidden charges can creep up on your monthly bill, preventing you from truly reaping the benefits of the cloud. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to bring these costs down.

3 Surprising applications of blockchain

April 10th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april10business_a, agriculture, bitcoin, blockchain, business, business value, decentralized, law, real estate, security 2018april10business_a, agriculture, bitcoin, blockchain, business, business value, decentralized, law, real estate, security

Most people associate blockchain technology with Bitcoin, the infamous digital currency that rose to fame in 2017. But blockchain technology is not tied to financial transactions, and it’s creating all sorts of exciting opportunities for faster, more secure information exchange -- see for yourself!

Did Facebook secretly collect Android data?

April 6th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april6android_a, android, contacts data, data privacy, facebook, mobile security 2018april6android_a, android, contacts data, data privacy, facebook, mobile security

It was recently exposed that Facebook has been collecting Android phone users’ call history and SMS data for years. This may be alarming to many users, but Facebook has assured us that it was collected with consent. Here’s everything you need to know.

Windows Server 2019 announced

April 5th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april5virtualization_a, advanced threat protection, containers, microsoft, virtual machines, virtualization, windows, windows server, windows server 2019 2018april5virtualization_a, advanced threat protection, containers, microsoft, virtual machines, virtualization, windows, windows server, windows server 2019

If Microsoft’s latest server software is any indication, the virtualization trend shows no signs of slowing down. The first preview of Windows Server 2019 was released in March and includes a number of features focused on IT efficiency. Let’s take a look at the most valuable updates for small businesses.

How to calculate the TCO of VoIP

April 4th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april4voip_a, costs, implementation, operational, phone system, total cost of ownership, upfront, upgrade, voip 2018april4voip_a, costs, implementation, operational, phone system, total cost of ownership, upfront, upgrade, voip

Choosing whether or not to deploy VoIP phone systems is an easy decision. But choosing a system that works for your business can be difficult, with all the products, vendors, features, and data plans available. Oftentimes, however, selecting a VoIP system comes down to calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Microsoft announces new features for Teams

April 3rd, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april3office_a, cloud recording, cortana, meeting, microsoft, microsoft teams, office, video call 2018april3office_a, cloud recording, cortana, meeting, microsoft, microsoft teams, office, video call

Microsoft has recently announced new features for Microsoft Teams. These features are expected to bring users greater convenience and improved communication, and ultimately increase its appeal to a wider market.

Cybersecurity approaches to keep PHI safe

April 2nd, 2018 Imagine IT 2018april2healthcare_a, access, breaches, data, encryption, health, Healthcare, information, security 2018april2healthcare_a, access, breaches, data, encryption, health, Healthcare, information, security

Healthcare organizations have always kept the possibility of data breaches in mind, especially since 2017 witnessed the biggest and most expensive data breach to date. To counter this, more businesses have hired certified technicians, but that’s not enough. They also need to implement the most advanced systems and protocols to reinforce their...