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Jon, is this going to be a problem?

A customer just wrote me to ask about the email Google sent out to admins everywhere warning them that they are about to turn off access to “Less Secure Apps,” Google-speak for anything that uses a regular username and password.

If your organization uses G Suite in some specific ways

Yes, this is going to be a problem.

  1. If you use Outlook 2013 or very specific versions of Outlook 2016 to access your Google Mail it is going to stop working with Google
  2. Virtually every copier/scanner/fax that sends to email using a Google address is going to stop working with Google
  3. Old applications that use a regular username and password to send out of Google are going to stop working with Google (typically these are line of business or custom applications)
  4. Your iPhones and Androids from the Precambrian eras will not work with Google anymore.

So, what do you do?

Talk to your IT company. If you have had applications custom developed for you that send out using Google talk to the developer and have them switch you over to an API based email-application (they will know what those words are. If they don’t fire them and call us.)

If you are lucky enough to have a managed IT services provider ask them at your regular business meeting how they plan to handle this for you.

And, as always, you can call us and ask if/how/when it is going to affect you.

Every year massive fraud is committed around taxes. A lot of the fraud involves stealing your identity, filing a fake return on your behalf that shows a refund and then collecting that refund on your behalf.

This year Ars Technica is reporting that other phishing emails are on the rise right now.

  1. Remember that IRS uses snail mail, not email to get ahold of you
  2. Educate your employees on phishing, all the time
  3. You can protect your business from these types of scams using artificial intelligence phishing filters that are capable of catching these emails.

You can expect that these types of attacks will grow more common and more sophisticated as criminals continue to learn how to make more money off of… sending emails.

Managed Services can help prevent phishing fraud

A university just paid $12m to a fraudster. Prevention would have been easy. Read more