How to lock down your Microsoft account and keep it safe from outside attackers

What’s your most valuable online account, the one most deserving of protection? If you use a Microsoft account to sign in to a Windows PC, that account and its associated email address should be the one you guard most jealously. That’s especially true if you use that Microsoft account for OneDrive storage and Office 365 documents.

In this post, I list seven steps you can take to help you lock that account down so it’s safe from online attacks. As always, there’s a balancing act between convenience and security, so I’ve divided the steps into three groups, based on how tightly you want to lock down your Microsoft account. (It’s worth noting that this article is about consumer Microsoft accounts used with Home and Personal editions of Office 365, Microsoft 365, and OneDrive. Security settings for business and enterprise Microsoft 365 accounts are managed by domain administrators through Azure Active

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The year ahead in DevOps and agile: time to instill a sense of urgency

Let’s face it — we’ve been talking about agile for two decades, and about DevOps since 2009. Everybody wants to embrace these business-paced approaches to software development and delivery, but confusion and disappointment has been the rule for many enterprises. In a year which will be marked by rebuilding in a post-pandemic environment, accompanied by ever-accelerating digital competition, guess who will be under enormous pressure to deliver software with little or even reduced budgets? Yes, IT managers and professionals can expect an intense time ahead.  

In this next of a series on the year before us, I canvassed industry leaders about the prospects for DevOps and agile, and find there are just as many interpretations of these philosophies as there are enterprises implementing them. The challenge is getting everyone in the same page — and to see the urgency, and demonstrate the benefits to the business. In the year 2021,

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A brief look at the evolution of video chat during 2020, as Zoom, Microsoft, and others added features to make the medium more interactive and easier to use (Ann-Marie Alcántara/Wall Street Journal)


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A brief look at the evolution of video chat during 2020, as Zoom, Microsoft, and others added features to make the medium more interactive and easier to use  —  Software innovations made the medium more lively and easier to use as the pandemic pressed on  —  When Claire Cheng … … Read More