Verizon is ending it’s residential email service…

Verizon ending email servicePSA: Verizon ending email service for residential customers.

While we do not directly support Verizon email services for our clients, we figured a PSA about the impending shutdown of Verizon’s email service was worth posting.

If you are a Verizon residential email customer, newsflash: Verizon is ending it’s residential email service and migrating user email to AOL email services.

“You’ve Got Mail!”

Yes, you heard that right.  AOL email does still exist!  However, due to AOL’s nearly non-existent spam filters and anti-virus controls, Advantage does not  recommend using the AOL mail service.

We would instead recommend that users move to either Outlook.com (Office 365) or Gmail.  You can get more information about Outlook/Office 365 Email at https://outlook.live.com/owa or view information about Gmail mail service at https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?hl=en-GB

Verizon is notifying customers on a rolling basis, with a 30 day notification term.  You should receive an email notification from Verizon when your email account is due for shutdown and migration over to AOL email services.

Please find additional information about how Verizon is migrating it’s residential email services here: https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/email/migrations.htm and here: https://help.aol.com/articles/verizon-move-to-aol-mail-faq

Office 365 Personal Email

Advantage Industries is a Microsoft Silver Partner and over the last 12 months, we have been successfully migrating business email to the new Microsoft Office 365 cloud.  However, if you need a new personal email address, we would encourage you to review Office 365 email capabilities.  New technology can allow you to keep your email in sync across a multitude of personal devices, such as a workstation/laptop, tablet or your smartphone.  Plus, productivity tools like MS Word, MS Excel and other collaborative applications can help you manage your email and documents more efficiently.  Check out Microsoft Office 365 information here: https://products.office.com/en-us/office-365-personal

A New Type Of Malware

You have by now noticed the continued news about cyber attacks on businesses, governments and individuals across the globe. The attacks and consequences vary, from stolen identities, to forged documents or encrypted files. Depending upon the ultimate motives of the attacking cyber criminal, your passwords, usernames, personal data or business network can be completely compromised.

In the attached article, a new type of malware (malicious software), can infect your computer simply from clicking on a banner ad within an infected web site. By using sophisticated techniques to hide within the pixels of the banner, the ultimate consequence can be stolen credentials (passwords), key logging, file theft and ransomware. Ransomware is the encryption of your files on a workstation or across your entire network. Ransomware is extortion and requires a payment to the cyber attackers to decrypt your files. It has generated profits in the 100’s of millions of dollars in the last several years.

It might get technical at times, but the following article is an interesting read:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/12/millions-exposed-to-malvertising-that-hid-attack-code-in-banner-pixels/

Your business should take the preventative steps necessary to harden your personal and business data defense.  Please contact us to start the conversation.