Multi-Factor Authentication and Office 365 – Better protection, better security

MFA is easy and simple to enable for Office 365 accounts. Time to change?
I've avoided using multi-factor authentication (MFA) for too long. Not because I didn't want to secure my personal information but rather because MFA seemed to be too much hassle to configure and live with. Waiting for an SMS text to arrive when I need to read a new message in my mailbox or need to access an important document was boring and irritating. But because that information is important, it needs to be protected against hackers and others who enjoy cracking accounts that only rely on passwords.The good news is that the latest batch of applications and Microsoft's cloud technologies make MFA easier to configure and use, so perhaps it's time to change. I have!

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The not so boring version of how Exchange Online satisfies SEC rule 17A-4

November 10 brought a Microsoft announcement that Office 365 Online Archiving now meets the requirements of SEC Rule 17a-4. You might be unfamiliar with SEC 17A-4, as I know it’s not a topic of interest for many outside the legal and financial community. Basically, this deals with the record keeping requirements for financial companies trading in the U.S. market under the aegis of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Microsoft reduces price for Office 365 Import Service

At the start of October 2015, I wrote about a document that had been circulated to Microsoft partners to publicize the pricing for the Office 365 Import Service. The price point was $8 per gigabyte ingested into Office 365, a level that caused me to choke when some simple math determined that Microsoft apparently wanted to send customers a $32K invoice for the privilege of processing a 4 TB drive stuffed full of PSTs to be imported into Office 365.

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