April 2020

Microsoft Office 365 Multi Factor Authentication Activation

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) is one of the many tools available to you to protect yourself from identity theft and compromised credentials.

The principle behind MFA is simple: a service verifies your identity against a known quantity (cell phone, landline, alternative email) before you are able to log into your account. You are probably familiar with this concept through the services you already use online everyday – Amazon will send an MFA email to you when you attempt to log on through a new device, Google may text you a code to check that it’s really you trying to change your password.

This simple tool is one of the very best ways to ensure that nobody can access your important business accounts except the authorized users.

Microsoft Office 365 has announced that as of August 2020 it is going to be mandatory for all Office 365 users to have working Multi Factor Authentication to log into their Office 365 accounts. Microsoft is providing a free authentication service that can be installed as an app on your computer or cellphone so that all user logins can be immediately verified with a few simple clicks.

At PMCS all of our technicians have been trained to help you with this simple process and are available to assist with getting your users ready to use MFA well before the August deadline.

Please call today to schedule an appointment for one of our technicians to activate MFA for your Office 365 and keep your business safe.

COVID-19 Scams: How to Protect Yourself

The FTC is warning consumers to beware of spam and phishing attacks centered around COVID-19 fears.

Scammers will always try to take advantage of times of confusion and this crisis is no exception. Standard scam-avoidance advice still applies: don’t open attachments from unknown sources, don’t share your sensitive information with unknown actors, and verify information before acting on it.

Some COVID-19 scams you might see include:

  • Someone claiming to be a government official who needs your information to issue a relief check.
  • Sellers claiming to have large stocks of hard-to-find supplies available at suspiciously low prices.
  • A charity asking for donations to be wired to them, paid in cash, or paid in gift cards.

The FCC recommends that you hang up on all robocalls and ignore any email or text messages about COVID-19 that come from unknown sources.

Aside from the standard, common-sense advice of not clicking strange links or answering strange calls you can protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Secure your online identity; setting up multi-factor authentication on your online accounts can protect you from illegitimate access.
  • Use a password manager or at least use strong usernames and passwords and don’t re-use passwords across accounts.
  • Make sure your antivirus and operating system are up-to-date. If you need help with upgrading your operating system or installing an antivirus PMCS can help.

To get good, up-to-date information on COVID-19 check the CDC Website or visit your county information page.

To see what a COVID-19 phishing email looks like so you know what to avoid see the examples on Norton.Com.

Stay safe!