Microsoft retiring basic authentication

Beginning on October 1st Microsoft will begin retiring the basic authentication procedure for Exchange Online. This will include anyone using Microsoft 365 for Exchange email. The reason for the change is that Basic Authentication is quickly becoming a target for attackers, and Modern Authentication methods are more secure. Here’s an update from Microsoft regarding this.

To answer some common questions you may have:

  • No. App passwords will no longer work.
  • No, this does not mean MFA must be configured (Although it’s 2022. If you don’t have MFA configured now….)
  • No, Basic authentication won’t be disabled for everyone in one go. It’s a phased thing that lasts October until December. By Jan 1, all tenants are disabled.
  • Yes, if Outlook is currently using Basic Authentication you have configured it yourself using registry keys.
  • Yes, SMTP Auth will also be disabled later on, but only if it’s currently not in use in the tenant. You will have the option to reenable that.

You can read more details about it from Microsoft here.

If you are unsure how this affects your organization then contact us for more information.

Should I upgrade to Windows 11?

Since the release of Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system, there has been much mystery surrounding whether users will be able to upgrade their current PC or need to purchase a new system. Even though Windows 11 has been out for almost a year, many users are still hesitant to make the switch. Some PCs currently running Windows 10 will not qualify to run Windows 11, depending on hardware specifications. To see if your PC can run Windows 11 download and install the PC Health Check app from this site. Keep in mind that not all PCs will meet the hardware requirements and that means you’ll have to stick with Windows 10 until the PC is retired.

Windows 11

Apple users should update their devices

Apple has released an urgent security update for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Watch users after researchers with Citizen Lab discovered a zero-day, zero-click exploit from mercenary spyware company NSO Group that gives attackers full access to a device’s camera, microphone, messages, texts, emails, calls and more.

Read the full story by clicking the link below.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-releases-update-fixing-nso-spyware-vulnerability-affecting-macs-iphones-ipads-and-watches/?ftag=TRE49e8aa0&bhid=%7B%24external_id%7D&mid=%7B%24MESSAGE_ID%7D&cid=%7B%24contact_id%7D&eh=%7B%24CF_emailHash%7D

Windows 11 is coming soon. Will your current PC support it?

Microsoft will be rolling out Windows 11 in October and the hardware requirements are quite stringent. The article below from Computer World outlines options on how to check your PC for compatibility.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3631575/how-to-check-if-your-pc-can-run-windows-11.html

Contact us for help in determining if your current PCs can run the new version of Windows.

Work remotely and securely

During these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critical to stay connected when working from home or on the road. DuLac Networks provides complete solutions for your remote workforce including secure VPN access to your office from anywhere in the world, collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams, and cloud base storage solutions such as Microsoft SharePoint.

Computers and mobile devices connected to the cloud.

Contact us today to find out how you can start working remotely.

Russian hacker arrested while attempting to recruit an employee of a Nevada company.

Following a series of events starting in mid-July, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, a 27-year-old Russian was arrested after traveling to the US in order to recruit and convince an employee of a Nevada company to install malware on their employer’s network in exchange for $1,000,000. The FBI filed charges on Monday against Kriuchkov who faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

According to ZDNet the FBI had begun monitoring Kriuchkov after being notified by the employee of the target company. The employee was initially offered $500,000 in exchange for installing malware on the company’s computers. Working with the FBI the employee then negotiated with the hackers up to $1,000,000 with an up front payment of 1 bitcoin.

Read the full article here.

Why businesses are turning to managed IT services.

More and more businesses are turning to managed IT services in response to changes in the technology industry. What are some of these changes? Notably the migration to cloud-based services and the need to outsource technical support services has caused this shift.

Read the article below from CIO to learn more.

https://www.cio.com/article/2930498/why-businesses-are-turning-to-managed-it-services.html

Critical Vulnerability Found in RDP and Crypto API

Windows 10 is vulnerable

Microsoft released software fixes on January 14th to shore up issues with Windows Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway), Windows Remote Desktop Client, and Windows CryptoAPI. These vulnerabilities affect Windows machines running 32bit or 64bit versions of Windows 7 and newer, and Windows Server 2012 and newer. Microsoft strongly encourages all users of these versions of Windows to install the latest updates available to address these vulnerabilities.

For more information click the link below.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-014a

Seasons Greetings

2019 was a good year and as a result we are looking forward to 2020.

With Christmas around the corner and New Year’s right after it’s easy to forget about taking care of your computers and technology. That’s why DuLac Networks takes pride in continuing to provide top quality maintenance and support for all your technology needs.

We offer the following services:

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year

From all of us at DuLac Networks to all of you. Have a happy and blessed holiday season.