Irritating = Extremely Useful – The “Enable Editing” button

Since Office 2013, you will often see a yellow bar at the top asking you to Enable Editing. Unless you press this button, you cannot type anything or format any content. This may sound irritating, but it is a very useful feature. It safeguards your interests.

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The reason is simple. Even today, many viruses travel through Office documents – as macros. These files arrive either through email, downloaded from Internet or copied from USB drives. In these cases, there is a great danger of the file infecting your PC. To prevent this from happening, these files are now opened in a special way. Here you can read the file but not edit it.

If you trust the source, you will have to click the Enable Editing button. Unless you want to edit it, don’t Enable Editing. Just read and take the required action.

SharePoint – Part 3: Secure Document Sharing

You can learn how to decide WHO can do WHAT with the documents (or other content) which you have shared. If you are using OneDrive for Business, by default, all documents can only be viewed and edited by YOU – and nobody else.

This video contains SPS 2010 screenshots. However, the concepts are still the same as of Feb 2015.

Immediate Action Required: Apply Internet Explorer security issue patch

Using Internet Explorer was very risky for the last few days due to the recently discovered bug.

Unless you solve this problem, please do not use Internet Explorer.

To solve the problem, just go to Windows Update in Control Panel and Check for updates – apply all critical (recommended) updates NOW.

For details see this article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/01/internet_explorer_patch/

This patch is available for Windows XP as well.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2014/05/01/updating-internet-explorer-and-driving-security.aspx

Windows Update settings

Go to Control Panel – Windows Update and make sure it is set to automatic checking and installing updates.

You may temporarily want to disable this setting when you are in very low bandwidth places. But remember to put it to automatic whenever you are back to home or office.

Are you applying updates to Windows and Office?

I have never talked about patching and updates on this blog before. But I though I must address this because it is a very important security lacuna which must be plugged.

Follow the instructions in this article to ensure your PC / Laptop is being updated with the latest security patches. In the context of security, you don’t trust anyone – including yourself! You have to assume that everything will go wrong and then protect against those risks proactively. No choice.

This article is written for non-technical users.
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Action: Change your passwords NOW

Just think of all the critical passwords and change them now. It takes 15 minutes to do so. But it is absolutely worth it. All of us are very lazy about protecting our passwords and hackers are extremely talented and smart.
The combination is a guaranteed disaster.

50% of IT security breaches happen in-house. Remember that!

Security is not convenient. It is a bitter pill we have to swallow so that we can PREVENT the disease!

Remember… Safety = Efficiency Smile

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