Microsoft has ceased support for the Windows 7 operating system. Windows 7 devices will still function, but will no longer receive security patches or updates.
If you have a PC that runs on Window 7, the best choice is to upgrade to a newer device with Windows 8 or later. If not, make certain to have high-quality antivirus software installed and running. Note, however, that antivirus software may not be sufficient to protect your device. Many software developers will soon stop supporting Windows 7, meaning that your antivirus may turn obsolete.
Several Mac users on campus have contacted our office in concern due to a recurring message from their Outlook for Desktop app. Because Outlook is undergoing a server upgrade, Mac users will be prompted to allow the new server (called autodiscover-s.outlook.com) to configure their email settings. The pop-up prompt will look like the one pictured above. A few users have selected “Allow”, but haven’t checked the box for “Always use my response for this server”. If this box is left unchecked, the same prompt will return regularly, which can be inconvenient and confusing.
Small businesses should be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. Employers hold sensitive tax data on their employees – such as Form W-2 data – which is highly valued by identity thieves.