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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro this week. It’s available for pre-order now with availability expected 6/15/2017. The new Surface Pro continues the iconic look and feel of previous Surface Pros, but has been completely redesigned from the inside out.

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Preview our latest newsletter which features articles about Cyber Security, Power BI User Security, Diagnosing your Surface, Upcoming Events, and much more!

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The WannaCry cyber-attack has been in the forefront of the news headlines worldwide. WannaCry has infected over 200,000 machines to date. Over 150 Countries and organizations such as FedEX, Nissan and Renault were infected.

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At this point, everyone has probably heard the term “zero-day” exploit or virus. But what does it actually mean? A zero-day exploit is a flaw in an operating system or software that no one has discovered yet. This means that there aren’t patches or ways to stop the virus once it has been released. Most brand-new ransomware, viruses or malware fall under this category.

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The Surface Diagnostic Toolkit makes it easy to run a number of hardware tests on your Surface computer. At less than 3MB it’s extremely portable and it doesn’t require installation. It can also be run using a USB stick or over the network. The tool provides a clean, simple GUI and allows you to run all tests at once or individually. These tests are interactive and several of them will require you to observe the outcome and then mark whether the test passed or failed.

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Power BI is a tool that allows companies to display visuals of their data from multiple applications.  For this reason, it would be difficult for the service to attempt to understand the underlying security structure behind each source.  So how do you secure your data?  Like other applications, Power BI offers its own security features which you can easily apply to the entire dashboard and datasets.  As previously mentioned, you can select which users to share your Dashboards to.  Most noteworthy, it offers a feature called Row Level Security, or “RLS”, which can be applied to each dataset.

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Microsoft Windows 7 and 10, includes a rather robust global search engine, both of which work on the backbone of a service called “Windows Search”. While wonderful in scope with newer processors, it could drag down the performance in older hardware by continually updating and causing disk utilization issues.

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