Microsoft is Increasing the Price of Office/Microsoft 365

Microsoft is Increasing the Price of Office/Microsoft 365

We want to put this out there so you’re not surprised when it happens: Microsoft is planning to increase the price of its Microsoft 365 and Office 365 offerings. If you use these tools for your business, you will see your costs increase, no matter where they are sourced. Thankfully, you have us to help ensure that you are getting the most out of these solutions, and maybe even some you didn’t know you had capabilities for.

Nasty Vulnerability Found in Microsoft Azure’s Managed Database Service

Some vulnerabilities can fly under the radar for quite some time, some for months or even years. This is the case with a recently discovered Microsoft Azure database vulnerability. The exploit, discovered by cloud security provider Wiz, is found in Cosmos DB, Microsoft Azure’s managed database service, and it’s a real nasty one at that. Let’s dive into the details and see what we can learn from the incident.

Tip of the Week: Activating Two-Step Verification on a Microsoft Account

What is Two-Step Verification? This security measure compounds the traditional password with a second proof of identity, which Microsoft calls the user’s security info. Microsoft’s approach is to reach out to the user each time a device is used to access the account that hasn’t yet been designated as a trusted device. Via a phone call, email, or an authenticator application, two-step verification asks the user to confirm that yes, the current attempt to access the account is legitimate. Turning on Two-Step Verification for Your Microsoft Account The process to activate two-step verification is simple: Sign into the Security basics page for your Microsoft account Access More security options Locate Two-step verification, and select Set up two-step verification Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process You have the option of selecting a phone number, an email address, or an authentication app to use. If you choose to use an application, but not the Microsoft Authenticator app, you will have to follow the provided on-screen instructions to link your account to the app of your choice. Setting up two-step verification on any account you use can greatly benefit your security. To learn more ways to secure your work-essential technology, reach out to the IT professionals at SRS Networks by calling (831) 758-3636.

Tip of the Week: Controlling Your Text in Microsoft Word

Before we begin, a word of warning: these tips feature some changes to settings. Make sure you check with your organization’s IT resource to confirm that these changes are okay to make, and for assistance in making them if necessary. First, let’s discuss Word’s tendency to reformat what you’ve typed, as it does with everything from websites (adding a hyperlink) to changing the kind of list you just typed as soon as you press Enter. This is caused by the AutoFormat As You Type setting. While some may be helpful, others are likely to trip you up. However, you can edit these options through a pretty simple process: Choose File > Options In the Proofing category, pick AutoCorrect Options Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab From there, you can deselect the options that you no longer want to take effect, and leave the ones that you still want in place. Secondly, there’s the tendency for Microsoft Word to automatically wrap text (which is a fancy term for simply moving down to the next line when space runs out). However, there are some phrases that it is better to keep on one line – like dates, names, telephone numbers, and hyphenated phrases. For example, typing in “All-you-can-eat” might end up putting the phrase on two lines, when you want it to always be stuck together and treated like a single word. The best way to fix these issues is to use non-breaking spaces/characters, rather than the typical ones. These are effectively the same, except that the non-breaking ones will connect the text, and if needed, move it all down as a group to the next line. Non-breaking space: Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar Non-breaking hyphen: Ctrl+Shift+Hyphen Hopefully, these tips will make your use of Word that much less frustrating. For more tips, subscribe to our blog!