We thought we’d do something different this month. We found some fun and interesting tech news and links over the last couple weeks that we thought we’d share with you (and add our few cents). Some are tech-related, some are not, all are worth a read for you and your business.
- Microsoft, attempting to compete with Chromebooks, is giving away a free year of Office 365 with their “Bingbooks”.
- Some of your biggest business security risks have nothing to do with your technology, but everything to do with your employees.
- Microsoft has ended mainstream support of Windows 7, but there’s no reason to panic: Security updates and bug fixes will continue until at least 2020.
- Facebook at Work is a new business-focused app for the social media site, allowing employees to connect to each other and not the outside world. This is intended to compete with Yammer, the enterprise social network that can be purchased stand-alone or as part of Office 365.
- The worst passwords of 2014 are just as bad as you can imagine. Maybe it’s time for a password manager?
- What happens when you type google.com into your browser and press enter? Here’s the answer to that question in as much technical detail as possible. It gets very nerdy, but is quite a fascinating read.
- Tech support scams have been around for years. A caller purporting to be from Microsoft will call and tell you that your computer is infected and they need remote access. Microsoft is going after one of these companies in a lawsuit filed late last year. Speaking as somebody who has had to clean up a computer after one of these companies has wreaked havoc on it, I hope Micrsoft shuts them down.