April 2024

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Your Greatest Cyber Security Risk May Surprise You

Jesse Gibson

When it comes to cyber security, employees are a company’s greatest asset while simultaneously being their greatest risk.  This is why at M Cubed we are strong proponents of doing continued education on cyber security.  We want to provide your staff with the knowledge to spot a phishing email or a risky website.  While these training courses are incredibly valuable, we believe they are the bare minimum.  How do you know the knowledge is being retained?  Maybe a user is in the middle of a busy day and has a lapse in judgment or is simply moving too fast.  How do you help correct or even identify these behaviors and drive home the importance of being safe online?

The simple answer to these questions is to try and hack them!  Running a phishing campaign against your staff is a great and easy way to identify where your security flaws exist at the user level.  It is also a great way to empower your employees with useful knowledge that not only applies to their work life, but also their home life.  Essentially, we try and entice end users to click on links and input sensitive information.  If a user does this then they are directed to watch a short video on cyber security and take a quick test.  By running these campaigns across a yearlong period, it makes your staff stay much more alert and they are much less likely to have cyber security incidents.  This type of training is becoming more and more prevalent and is even being required by some cyber liability insurance carriers.  If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to reach out to us and we can set up a custom campaign just for your business.

Passwords 101

Logan Cerutti

In today’s online world, keeping your accounts safe with strong passwords is super important. We’re here to give you some easy tips to help you create and manage your passwords better. First off, make sure your passwords are long and complicated, using a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using things that are easy to guess, like your birthday or your pet’s name. And it’s a good idea to use different passwords for each of your accounts just in case one of them becomes compromised.

If remembering lots of different passwords sounds tricky, don’t worry! There are tools called password managers that can help. They keep your passwords safe and can even make strong passwords for you. At M Cubed Technologies, we’re all about keeping you safe online. If you ever need a hand with your passwords or anything else tech-related, just give us a shout. Let’s work together to keep your accounts safe and your information secure.

Why You Need to Reboot

Written by Chad Sinclair

Imagine your computer as a busy workspace. Throughout the day, programs pile up like papers, temporary files linger like coffee mugs, and background processes hum like forgotten printers. No wonder things get sluggish by morning! That’s why a daily restart is like a magic reset button. It sweeps away those digital leftovers, freeing up memory and resources.

M Cubed schedules a restart to your computer once a week, like a weekly housekeeper, making sure your computer gets any updates, but if you notice your computer is running a little sluggish, give it a restart! It’s just a few minutes for a smoother, faster, and more secure morning – like starting your day with a tidy desk and a fresh cup of coffee!

Copilot: Microsoft’s new 365 AI Assistant

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Get ready to ditch the tedious tasks and embrace lightning speed with Microsoft’s game-changing AI Assistant, Copilot, now available to ALL 365 users! Imagine:

  • Effortless Document Creation: Brainstorm killer content, breeze through edits, and craft emails that resonate – all with Copilot’s intelligent guidance at your side.
  • Streamlined Workflows: Eliminate repetitive tasks and automate complex processes across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more. Focus on what matters most, while Copilot handles the heavy lifting.
  • Time-Saving Efficiency: Cut your workload in half! Copilot anticipates your needs, suggests intelligent solutions, and helps you achieve more in less time.
  • Unmatched Personalization: Copilot learns your unique style and preferences, adapting its assistance to deliver a truly seamless experience.

Ready to unlock the power of Copilot? Contact your Account Manager today to discuss implementation today!

Is your device at risk?

Written by Bill Brown

A second layer of security can protect against common hacker attacks.

MFA works by providing a 2nd layer of security in the form of sending you a code via an authentication application such as Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator and even by text message. Now you might be asking yourself how hackers bypass this if they aren’t being sent the code or don’t have access to the authenticator app. This is where we come across a term used in the security industry called MFA Fatigue. MFA Fatigue is caused by sending a request for an MFA code being sent to a user so many times that they eventually accept it. You probably have noticed that when we turn on MFA, we have it send you a code that requires you to put the code in or verify it with the application. MFA has another method where it just sends you a link stating something like “Hey did you recently try to sign into this site?” Those are the types that generally fall into the category of being able to be cracked by MFA Fatigue.

Difficulty Reading Text in Your Web Browser?

Written by Anthony Choza

You can quickly change the text size of any web page by taking these easy steps.

Finding it hard to read text in your web browser? You can quickly change text size of any web page by holding down Ctrl and the mouse wheel up or down OR Ctrl and +/-. This will also work on your desktop to change the size of your desktop icons and the icons in your folders.