Covid-19 and Working RemotelyA How-To Technology Resource
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IT Security Tip #39:Is This Request Really From The Boss?
A common scam going around requires everyone to be on their toes. Here’s the situation… An e-mail comes in from the boss asking you to e-mail a copy of employee pay stubs, tax information, and files with confidential data such as social security numbers in them. In another example, the boss asks for a transfer or ACH payment to a vendor or a different bank account. The problem: even though it has the boss’s e-mail address and name, and appears to come from the big guy…it is still a scam. To compound problems, a lot of bosses DO legitimately send these types of e-mails.
If you get a request relating to personal, confidential information or a request for banking transactions from someone in your organization, you must double-check that it really came from that person. In lots of cases, a quick text message is an easy confirmation. And even if it’s a legitimate request, never send confidential information like social security numbers (or attachments with this information inside of them) without taking precautions to password-protect and encrypt the message first. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not right.
Microsoft Tips for Office
Add 3D Objects to Your Office Files
Open Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook. Select Insert > 3D Models. Select From a File… to insert a 3D model saved to your device, or select From Online Sources… and search or browse for a model.
Shortcut of the Week
Take Advantage of Mouse Buttons and Wheels
Many computer users already use the left mouse button. Did you know that you can also use the right mouse button to access the context menu? For example, if you highlight text and then right-click on that text, it brings up a menu that allows you to copy, cut, and perform other functions on that text. Similar functions are available when right-clicking on files.
Although most users already use the mouse wheel to scroll up and down, this wheel can also be used as a third-button by pressing down on the wheel. For example, using the wheel as a button you can click any link to open that link in a new tab. Some computer mice also allow the wheel to be pushed right-and-left to perform additional features, such as moving forward and back on a web page.
Finally, many computer mice also have side buttons (thumb buttons), that can be programmed to perform an action, such as going back to a previous web page.
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