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The Monthly Download—November 2023

Three cyber security threats your team MUST know about

Your employees are your first line of defence in cyber security, and their training is as crucial as the cutting-edge tools you’ve invested in. Are you overlooking this vital element?

We strongly advise you to make an ongoing commitment to regular cyber security
training for every single one of your team. That means keeping them up to date on the latest cyber threats, the warning signs to lookout for, and of course, what to do should situations arise.

If you’re not already doing that, arrange something now (we can help).

While you wait, here are three urgent cyberthreats to address right away:

Admin attack:
Email addresses like “info@” or “admin@” are often less protected due to perceived low risk. However, several teams may require access to these accounts, making them an easy target. Multi-factor authentication (MFA), as simple as using a smartphone, can double your security. Don’t neglect it.

MFA fatigue attacks:
MFA can feel intrusive, leading employees to approve requests without scrutiny. Cybercriminals exploit this complacency with a flood of fake notifications. Encourage your team to meticulously verify all MFA requests.

Phishing bait:
Phishing remains a top threat. Cyber criminals mimic trusted sources with deceptive emails. Teach your team to inspect email addresses closely. Implementing a sender policy framework can also enhance your protection.

Cyber security training doesn’t have to be tedious. Try simulated attacks and think of them like an escape room challenge—fun yet enlightening. It’s about identifying vulnerabilities, not fault finding. Don’t exclude your leadership team. They need to understand the response plan incase of a breach, much like a fire drill.

Training your staff is not just smart —it’s crucial. If you need help getting started, get in touch.

What's happening at RCT this month?

Our sister partner, Lunar Voice, is teaming up with Saskatoon DogRescue to assist in finding loving homes for dogs! Let us know if you would like to receive a monthly newsletter (like this one) to learn more about LunarVoice and see our monthly puppy features!

Business gadget of the month

Full HD laptop screen extender: Work on a laptop but love the functionality of multiple monitors? Here’s a handy portable solution that will keep you productive wherever you choose to work.

This KEFEYA laptop screen extender plugs and plays, leaving you free from fiddling with cables or stressing over setting up complicated software. It means you can work across a range of apps at the same time or even share your screen with customers more easily.

$389.99 from Amazon.

Technology Update

New battery-saving features coming to Windows 11

Microsoft has introduced a new Windows 11 preview build with some exciting features.

The Snipping Tool has a combined capture bar for easy screenshot and video switching, including voiceovers. Notepad gets an auto-save feature, eliminating prompts and restoring content when you reopen it.

These updates aim to improve usability and battery life for people using Windows 11. Whilst they’re in preview right now, we expect to see a general release after testing.

Tech facts

  • The LG KE850 was the first phone to introduce a complete touchscreen to the mobile phone market, debuting in December 2006 – a whole month ahead of the Apple iPhone.
  • The record of the largest data breach involved Yahoo. Back in 2013, the birth dates, phone numbers and security questions of approximately 3 billion Yahoo account holders were hacked.
  • The “save” icon in most software applications, which looks like a floppy disk, is a totally outdated symbol. Many people today have never used or even seen a physical floppy.

Inspirational quote of the month

“You don’t have to be a genius
or a visionary or even a college
graduate to be successful. You just
need a framework and a dream.”

—Michael Dell,
founder, and CEO of Dell Technologies

A New Month, A New Tech Quiz

1) Mozilla Firefox originally launched under what name?

2) What is Google’s Android mascot officially known as?

3) A “platform upgrade” involves swapping which core PC components?

4) When was the first SMS text message sent?

5) Who coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” (AI)?

The answers are below.

  1. Mozilla Phoenix. The name was changed to avoid trademark conflicts. Initially, it was going to be Firebird, then
    was changed to Firefox.
  2. Bugdroid. It was apparently created in just 5 minutes, inspired by the silhouettes on airport bathroom signs.
  3. There are many that can be changed, but typically the SSD (the hard drive), CPU, RAM and motherboard.
  4. 3rd December 1992. And the contents of that first SMS, sent as a test? “Merry Christmas”.
  5. John McCarthy, an American computer scientist, in 1956.

New to Microsoft 365

New features are coming to Microsoft 365 on Android

Microsoft has updated its Android interface, adding features to promote Bing Chat, Edge, and Microsoft 365. You can now access options like ‘Search in Edge,’ ‘Bing Search,’ and a new ‘Microsoft 365 Note’ feature when selecting text in apps like Gmail.

However, this update has hidden some essential features like ‘copy’ and ‘select,’ particularly on Samsung phones. You can work around this by selecting ‘copy’ in the extended menu.

For any help or advice, get in touch. It’s what we do.

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