The Windows 10 security guide: How to protect your business

It is tempting to think that the process of securing a Windows 10 device can be reduced to a simple checklist. Install some security software, adjust a few settings, hold a training session or two, and you can move on to the next item on your to-do list.

Alas, the real world is far more complicated than that.

There is no software magic bullet, and your initial setup simply establishes a security baseline. After that initial configuration is complete, security requires continued vigilance and ongoing effort. Much of the work of securing a Windows 10 device happens away from the device itself. A well-planned security policy pays attention to network traffic, email accounts, authentication mechanisms, management servers, and other external connections.

This guide covers a broad spectrum of business use cases, with each heading discussing an issue that decision makers must consider when deploying Windows 10 PCs. And although it

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Bye-bye, Chrome: 10 steps to help you switch to Microsoft’s new Edge browser

For years, Microsoft has made the browsers that choosy web users loved to hate. First there was Internet Explorer, with an endless supply of security and compatibility issues. Then there was the original version of Microsoft Edge, which shipped with early releases of Windows 10. It was significantly better than Internet Explorer (granted, that’s a pretty low bar), but there were just enough problems to make it unacceptable for everyday usage. That’s why Google’s Chrome browser is hands-down the most popular software on the web.

But all that changed with the release of the new Microsoft Edge (same name, new logo), which is now widely available on every major desktop and mobile platform. Because it’s built on the same open source Chromium Project code base that Google uses for Chrome, it’s almost a perfect clone of Chrome for things that matter, like rendering web pages and working with third-party code.

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Microsoft 365 is big and getting bigger fast


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Microsoft trumpeted last week that it had surpassed $50 billion in “commercial cloud” revenues in FY’20. As usual, officials didn’t share publicly during the disclosure of its fiscal results how much its various services, including Azure, contributed to that total. But officials did provide a bit more of a breakout privately to some employees and partners.

Among a few of the additional data points Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood discussed during a session at Microsoft’s internal Ready conference, according to my contacts, who asked not to be named:

  • Microsoft 365 — its Windows/Office 365/Enterprise Mobility + Security bundles — contributed $20 billion in billed revenues to Microsoft’s FY’20 $143 billion total, Hood told Ready attendees, my contact said. That was up more than 50% over the $13.2 billion that Microsoft garnered from Microsoft 365 in FY’19.
  • Demand for Microsoft 365 E5/Office 365 E5, Microsoft’s highest priced
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Revisiting the conversation about tech diversity and inclusion in Australia

For decades, minorities have long advocated for equality. Some of the most recent examples have been Hollywood’s Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests.

In fact, the BLM movement has been so significant that even leaders of some of the world’s largest technology companies have been involved in the conversation, addressing issues around racism and police brutality.

There was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who vowed to review ideas around specific policies on the social media platform and the decision-making within the company, including making sure “the right groups and voices are at the table”, as well as taking initiatives to advance racial justice after it received backlash for the handling of US President Donald Trump’s posts that glorified violence.

IBM, meanwhile, announced it would exit its facial recognition business in fear its technology could be used to promote racial discrimination and injustice.

“IBM firmly

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Microsoft told employees to work from home. One consequence was brutal

Learning a lot. And IMing a lot.


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Many people are now far more familiar with their walls than they thought they would be.

The walls in their homes, that is.

Every day, they stare at them, hoping for an idea — or, perhaps a miracle — to come through those walls and return them to (a better) normal.

Working from home is something many weren’t prepared for. It was sprung upon them by circumstance. 

Microsoft was proactive in sending many of its employees home. It’s also been proactive in studying the consequences. The results of this study were recently published in the Harvard Business Review and, as if it were possible, they’ve elevated my concerns for the future of humankind.

We’re supposed to believe that tech makes us more efficient and makes our lives easier and better. In some areas, that’s surely true.

Yet one overarching result

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Microsoft’s Remote Web Access feature is down for small-business users working from home


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Starting on the evening of July 23, there have been reports of connectivity issues by a variety of small businesses, managed solution providers, and users of Microsoft’s Remote Web Access feature. This morning (10am ET), the number of reports is growing and there’s been no official response from Microsoft.

Some speculated that Microsoft may have lost control of the remotewebaccess.com domain. But as Luke Roberts (@LukeRobertsNL on Twitter) noted that he sees the domain changed DNS servers, resulting in the service being completely broken for his client’s employees who are all working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jim Reid (@reidjim76) on Twitter posted screenshots from the WhoIs.com site showing that the nameservers for remotewebaccess.com were changed on July 24 to a new host in the UK, NSGBR.COMLAUDE.CO.UK. However, the IPs of the new nameservers which are pointing to remotewebaccess.com do seem to belong to Microsoft,

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