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How to disable legacy authentication in Microsoft Exchange to enable MFA

Microsoft recommends enabling multi-factor authentication for Office 365. To do so, you must also disable basic or legacy authentication on Microsoft Exchange Server.

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How to avoid using RDP on Windows

Several new vulnerability disclosures in Windows Remote Desktop Protocol suggest it’s time to stop using it where possible. Here’s how.

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More critical Remote Desktop flaws expose Windows systems to hacking

Microsoft finds and fixes multiple RDS and RDP vulnerabilities in Windows, but new research on BlueKeep patch rates suggests many machines could remain exposed.

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How to check Privileged Identity management settings for Office 365

Microsoft Azure Privileged Identity Management (PIM) allows you to set administrative rights for roles on an as-needed basis, reducing risk.

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Know your Edge Chromium security options

Microsoft's upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser will give Edge- and Chrome-like web security features to older versions of Microsoft Windows. Here's what you need to know.

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Review: How Nyotron Paranoid puts endpoint security worries to rest

Adding an extra layer of endpoint protection isn't just for the overly cautious.

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How to set up Microsoft Azure AD Identity Protection to spot risky users

Whichever license of Azure Active Directory you own, you have options to set up alerts and automate actions to risky user behavior.

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How to manage Microsoft's BitLocker encryption feature

Enterprises with many Windows devices might struggle to know which have BitLocker enabled or where to find BitLocker recovery keys. These techniques can help.

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How to set up Microsoft Cloud App Security

Microsoft's Cloud App Security add-on will alert you to suspicious sign-in activity in Office 365, Azure and other cloud apps using standard templates or custom policies.

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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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