Your Monthly Biz Tech Roundup from Seeto

As the nights get longer and we open the door to October, it’s treats all around in the first edition of Seeto’s monthly biz tech roundup. Bringing you news and views from business technology and beyond, the Seeto team keep an eye on emerging business tech trends so you don’t have to.

October is Cyber Security Awareness month, so we’re helping to raise awareness of the importance of your staff in combatting cyber threats. Your staff are your organisation’s first line of defence and providing effective training is the best way to equip them for this important job. This month’s articles and featured solution can help your organisation be better prepared and raise awareness.

In the Seeto Take, with Apple and Microsoft unveiling big updates to their operating systems, we’re asking when is the right time to upgrade?

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Are you suffering MFA fatigue?

While multifactor authentication (MFA) makes us safer, bad actors are working hard to find ways to exploit MFA to try to steal information. The newest attack is called “MFA fatigue” and it involves sending so many push notifications that a person accepts one and lets the bad actor into their account.

This is not a problem we can fully solve with technology. Although restricting access based on geographical location and automated blocking of user accounts after failed attempts can help avoid this attack, user training is always the best solution!

Read more at Bleeping Computer

Password protection warnings come to Windows

Windows 11 22H2 was just released and with it comes a great new security feature called Enhanced Phishing Protection. This warns users when they enter their Windows password in insecure applications or on websites, to help educate users on better password hygiene.

Read more on The Register

UK is a top three ransomware target

The UK ranks third for businesses suffering the most ransomware attacks. Small UK firms are at the highest risk, accounting for 62% of all attacks. NordLocker CTO Tomas Smalakys said ransomware gangs often base their choice of victim on two criteria:

“The first one is how likely the targeted company is to pay up, which is weighed by looking at variables such as the company’s importance in supply chains, the quantity of confidential information that it handles, and other factors that, in the case of an attack, put pressure on the company to get operations back up and running.”

“The second criteria is more straightforward and primarily deals with the depth of the company’s pockets and how lacking in cyber defences their business is.”

Read more at Computing (Requires free registration)

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The Seeto Take

Windows 10 is still loved, but is it time to upgrade to 11?

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In September, it was confirmed that Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until 2025 (that’s a long time, right!), while also confirming that its much-loved OS will also receive a major 2022 update. In fact, version 22H2 is due for release this month.

For many, this begs the question, when is a good time to consider upgrading to Windows 11 and is it worth it? Despite Windows 10 receiving a major update, for end users, there won’t be much to see in the way of improved features or a new look.  You should expect bug fixes and minor refinements, but no significant changes. If you’re content with what you’ve got, that’s great, but if your business is looking for more and you want to avoid missing out on Microsoft’s great new features, then Windows 11 is your answer.

To answer the question of when, Seeto recommends now is as good a time as any: take the leap and upgrade.

Is it worth it?

Since its launch in October 2021, Windows 11 has had its ups and downs, but after various patches to iron out the cracks, the Seeto Team has been running the OS for a while now and so far, they like it. So, is it worth it? The answer is, yes, it’s worth it for most users and we’re about to tell you why. Add to that, that there is very little risk in upgrading now, particularly for organisations that rely predominantly on web-based applications. Microsoft also makes it easy to roll back to Windows 10 and with the support from Seeto, it’s a no-brainer.

What we like about Windows 11 and the features it offers

We asked the Seeto team what they like about Windows 11 and here’s what they had to say:

Aline: “​​I feel it’s more user-friendly and intuitive. I’ve used various Windows operating systems and some I’ve liked more than others but this feels futuristic, new and it’s easy to get around. Whether you’re new to Windows or an old hand, you’ll have no trouble using 11”.

Rob: “I like that Microsoft simplified the interface, which makes it easy to use and clean. I use the multitasking features which have improved since previous versions. Snap Assist is easier to use and is a prominent feature”.

And thanks to CNET, here are some Windows 11 features that will transform the way you use the operating system: The Windows 11 2022 Update Refreshes Your Favorite Features

What are the requirements?

Most recent computers will support Windows 11, certainly any PC purchased in the last two years will meet the minimum requirements, which you can see below:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

The easiest way to check if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 is by downloading the free PC health check app.

How can Seeto help? 

If you are an existing Seeto customer and are interested in upgrading your business to Windows 11, talk to your dedicated Tech Support Engineer or Tech Ops Manager today!

Recent OS Updates

Last updated 4 April 2024

Windows

Microsoft currently supports Windows 10 and Windows 11.

  • Windows 10 version 22H2 (10.0.19045)
  • Windows 11 version 22H2 (10.0.22621) and version 23H2 (10.0.22631)

macOS

Apple officially supports the following Mac operating systems:

  • macOS Sonoma 14.4.1
  • macOS Ventura 13.6.6
  • macOS Monterey 12.7.4

iOS and iPadOS

The supported iPhone and iPad operating systems are:

  • iOS 17.4.1
  • iPadOS 17.4.1

Android

Google supports the following Android operating systems:

  • Android 14
  • Android 13
  • Android 12
  • Android 11

Note that your device manufacturer may not support every version that Google produces security fixes for.

Learn how to check and update your Android version here.