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How to tell which Microsoft Office patching process to use

How you download and deploy Microsoft Office patches depends on the version and license type you have. Here's how to determine which process to use.

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How to use the new Microsoft 365 Business Conditional Access feature

Microsoft 365 Conditional Access lets you automate conditional access controls for cloud applications. If you haven't enabled it yet, you should.

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8 steps to make sure Microsoft Windows 10 1903 is ready for deployment

Follow these steps to identify problems that might crop up when you update to the Windows 10 1903 release.

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How to disable basic authentication in Microsoft Office 365

If you've implemented multi-factor authentication, you should disable the default basic authentication to make sure attackers can't exploit it.

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How to use Azure Automation to issue Let's Encrypt certificates

Use Azure Automation with the Let's Encrypt free certificate authority to create, validate and install certificates on a firewall.

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How to set up password policies in Azure AD Password Protection

When was the last time you reviewed your password policy? It's probably time to update, and Microsoft Azure has a good tool to set up and manage that policy.

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How to update your Spectre, Meltdown mitigations for the Retpoline mitigation

Intel recently released a new mitigation for Spectre and Meltdown and some of their variants. Called Retpoline, it might not be enabled with the Windows 10 1809 update. Here's how to find out and implement.

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How to isolate a Windows 7 machine from your network

If you have a business reason to keep a Windows 7 system active past its 2020 end-of-life date, here's how to keep it from being a security liability on your network.

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5 tips for better backups with Azure Backup Agent

Both on-premises and cloud networks need backup solutions that allow you to recover from ransomware attacks quickly. One option is to use the Azure Backup Agent.

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Microsoft urges Windows customers to patch wormable RDP flaw

A newly found vulnerability allows remote exploits using the Remote Desktop Protocol to gain full access to systems with no authentication.

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How to outwit attackers using two Windows registry settings

These Microsoft Windows registry settings will prevent attackers from scheduling tasks that will hide their activities or gain unauthorized access.

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How to enable the Windows Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) feature

Turning on the PUA setting helps avoid users falling prey to malicious drive-by downloads.

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How to prep legacy Windows systems for the switch to SHA-2

Install these patches on Windows 7 and other legacy platforms now so you can continue to receive security updates.

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Microsoft Office now the most targeted platform, as browser security improves

The number of attacks carried out using the popular suite has increased in the past two years, Kaspersky Lab researchers say.

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How to protect yourself from PC hardware and hardware driver vulnerabilities

Attackers have hijacked PC motherboard update software and hardware drivers to install malware. Here's how to identify vulnerable systems and prevent driver-delivered malware.

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How and when to set Windows logging to UTC time

As networks become more distributed and cloud-based, you should consider changing servers to UTC time to ensure proper syncing. This will help with forensics investigations.

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How to prepare for the Microsoft Windows 10 1903 security feature update

Microsoft is changing the way it does Windows 10 feature updates, and that will affect how you schedule update deferrals. Here's what you need to know.

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How to time-sync Windows systems

Incorrect time on a Windows device or server can prevent security updates or user authentication, and it can interfere with a forensics investigation.

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