Should your File Server Be In The Cloud?

Should your File Server Be In The Cloud?

In a recent article I discussed using Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive for Business as your company's "file server" replacement, along with how the OneDrive sync client with "Files on Demand" makes the experience of using cloud file storage very similar to the experience of using mapped drives on a file server.

Cloud File Sharing Made Easy

Cloud File Sharing Made Easy

We are often asked by clients what cloud app or service we recommend for sharing files, and for most of the companies we work with, the answer is easy: the ones you already have as part of your Office 365 subscription, namely OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

Multi-Factor Authentication Part II: No Passwords?

Multi-Factor Authentication Part II: No Passwords?

Last time in this space, I discussed why businesses should be looking at Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to protect themselves, and why MFA is a far better protector of your online identity than just a password. I also promised to report on a new type of "password-less" MFA that Microsoft is now rolling out to its business Office 365 customers.

August 2018 – Looking for Some New Ideas?

August 2018 – Looking for Some New Ideas?

As the summer draws to a close and as the kids head back to school with new supplies, new books and new teachers, it might be an opportune time to look at some new ways of doing things at work, too. I came across a blog post from Microsoft about some of the new developments they've been working on for their Office 365 subscribers.

Backing up the Cloud

Backing up the Cloud

When I first started working in IT, I would occasionally hear someone refer to their mirrored hard drive in their server as a "backup". I would explain to them that backups are a very different thing from hardware redundancy. A mirror will protect you if one of the hard drives fails, but offers no protection from accidental deletions, or file system corruption, or any number of problems that can destroy your data, such as ransomware, for example.

Explaining the Spectre and Meltdown Security Flaws

Explaining the Spectre and Meltdown Security Flaws

The New Year's Eve confetti had barely been swept up when the first headline-grabbing computer security problem of 2018 made the news. As you may have seen, on January 3rd of this year, it was revealed that a set of security flaws affects nearly every processor made by Intel, AMD, ARM, and Qualcomm over the past 20 years.