Skype wont logout or showing online when you believe you are offline on other devices

Do people say you are online with Skype when in fact you are offline?
After some research, I have found some commands that will Log you out of all places and also Show you where you are logged in.

  1. Sign out on all devices. (that you know of)
  2. Log in on one device (PC in my case).
  3. Open a chat windows and type /showplaces to see if I’m still logged in on other devices\sessions.
  4. /remotelogout to close all sessions (I had none, but I did this anyway).
  5. Set Skype to not log in automatically (auto sign-in) on any device.

The final step of disabling the auto sign-in into Skype did the trick.  I signed off and wasn’t showing online anymore.

I did verify that my Skype account is not linked with my Microsoft account before starting this process.  I know some steps are redundant but better to be prudent with the current state of Skype.

I was able to recreate the ‘always-on’ issue when I re-enabled the auto sign-in on my PC.  As soon as I disabled it and signed out I was once again showing offline.

Enjoy

Mark Pace

Downgrading Outlook and backwards compatibility

There can be various reasons which will require you to downgrade to a previous version of Outlook such as the current trial/beta version expiring or compatibility issues with some needed add-ins or business software. This guide provides solutions to various problems you may encounter when trying to downgrade Outlook or when you need to remain compatible with previous versions of Outlook.

We found a really good article explaining this at https://www.howto-outlook.com

For full details, click here

Regards

Mark

www.sterlingit.com.au

New Australian Privacy Act 2014 and how will it affect many

The amendments to the Act are scheduled to come into force on 12 March and will enforce tougher security and privacy requirements on all organisations with an annual turnover of more than $3 million, along with government agencies.

Notable in the changes is the requirement for businesses to go beyond check box compliance where security tools were merely switched on without regard to proper configuration and monitoring; Federal Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has stated organisations that fail to detect a breach will fall foul of the amended Act and risk penalty through the courts.

Exactly how far the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) would require organisations to go in purchasing, configuring and monitoring systems is described only as reasonable steps. (pdf Download from Govt Site)

The Privacy Commissioner could impose financial penalties of $1.7 million on serious or repeatedly breached organisations and could compel them to notify national or state newspapers.

CRN spoke to dozens of security and IT managers and engineers, under condition of anonymity. The lack of clarity around the requirement of reasonable steps was a consistent theme.

Only chief security officers at some of the largest Australian organisations claimed the reforms would mean little to them, given their existing strict compliance requirements and large security budgets.

Matt Ramsay, APAC regional director of security vendor Centrify, warned organisations that the uncertainty of the Act was similar to the US Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) legislation enacted in 2002 to shore up the accuracy of financial reporting.

“While SOX has raised the compliance bar for corporate reporting, it has had the unintended impact of creating a lot of uncertainty because of its lack of precision,” Ramsay said in a statement.

“SOX compliance costs and complexity have run out of control in the US during the past decade. The SOX legislation is prescriptive without being descriptive: It tells you to jump, but not how high. As a result, US corporations need to jump a very high bar indeed to avoid the threat of non-compliance.”

Robson urged caution about conflating the experience of SOX in the US with the new requirements of the Privacy Act.

“The most helpful approach that Privacy Act and security specialists can take in relation to assisting organisations with their new Privacy Act requirements is to provide a sober assessment of what could be reasonably expected of them,” he said.

Source: Darren Pauli CRN 28.1.14

Security systems with a difference – also for OH&S, tracking and safety with and without physical internet

Wondered how to get some surveillance happening without an internet connection?

We have the answer… An example of this might be a construction site which is a mobile container and moves site to site. Security on these premises is paramount not only for theft, but health, safety and tracking. With the ability to have internet on 3G/4G, wired infrastructure is a thing of the past.

Surveillance made simple

Having security cameras in your business is one thing, but storing and retrieving the data, is another. So many clients find that when it comes time to actually reviewing the video and/or audio footage, it is either too hard to find or isn’t there.

Let us work with you in giving you a demo on how this technology works. Going to a retail store and buying a kit may not be enough in a court of law.

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How to manually connect Outlook to Office 365 Hosted Exchange

Hooking Outlook to Office 365 or Hosted Exchange is a little different to a local server.

In this article we will explain step by step, how to manually connect Microsoft Outlook to Office 365.

 

Part 1

Before we begin we need to gather a bit of information.

1. Go to testexchangeconnectivity.com
2. Select the Office 365 tab.
3. Under Microsoft Office Outlook Connectivity Tests click on Outlook Autodiscover.
4. Fill in the information: Email address and Microsoft Account are your Office 365 Username.
5. Password, is your Office 365 password.
6. Check “I understand the terms and conditions…” and continue.
7. When the test is done hit Expand All.
8. On your keyboard press Ctrl+F and type “Server” within the Find tool. Copy this information within “<Server>” and “</Server>” as you will need it later.

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Note: It is highly recommended that you change your Office 365 password after using the above website.
Note: If you are doing this for multiple Users, please be reminded that their mailbox may not be within the same Server as your other Users. It is recommended that you use this tool each time you wish to find your Users Server.

Part 2

Now on your computer.

1. Next click on Start.
2. Click on Control Panel.
3. Navigate over to Mail.
4. Select Show Profiles.
5. And click New.
6. Enter a new Profile Name.
7. Within Add Account : Select Manual Setup of Addition Server Types.
8. Select Microsoft Exchange Server Or Compatible Service.
9. Within “Server:” Paste your Server Name from Part 1. Step 8.
10. Within “UserName:” type your Office 365 Account Username (User@mydomain.com).

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11. Click More Settings.
12. Under the Security Tab, uncheck “Encrypt Data between Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange“.
13. From the “Logon Network Security” drop down box select Anonymous Authentication.
14. Click on the Connections Tab.
15. Check Connect to Microsoft Exchange Using HTTP.
16. Click on Exchange Proxy Settings….
17. On the right of “Https://” type outlook.office365.com
18. Check “Only connect to proxy servers that have this principal name in their certificate:” and type msstd:outlook.com
19. Check “On Fast Networks, connect using HTTP first, then connect using TCP/IP
20. Under Proxy Authentication click the drop down box and select Basic Authentication.

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21. Hit Okay twice and continue with your setup.