02 Jul 2020

Pig Latin Will Remain a Legal form of Encryption

As today’s technological and political environments are becoming ever more polarized, it is useful once again the think about these trends in the context of America’s foundation—i.e. the reason for celebrating Independence Day in America. Privacy and constitutional rights continue to be debated publicly, which most would agree is healthy, and with today’s political, health, security, and economic challenges, technological tinkering is once... Read more...

19 Jun 2020

Prevails and Pitfalls of Running a Virtual Conference – Insights From the Field

With ‘real’ conferences now moving virtual, many will experience a variety of experimental formats. Tech Essentials heard overwhelming praise for Optimize!2020 E-Sign & E-Security, the global RMail & RSign user conference (the conference center, by the way, has been kept open by popular request – click here to enter). We thought we would share five insights gathered from organizers and attendees. 1. Replicate the successful mega-conference... Read more...

14 Jun 2020

Minor Adjustments, Major Benefit — Preview of Optimize!2020 Session on June 18

For the brave, this Coronavirus season has created opportunity to try “old” things in new ways. These minor adjustments can have major benefit. Here is one that is easy to try: Use emojis in your business email (yes, even you lawyers and bankers). The image of the human face with a smile or ruffled brow of concern can have a profound subconscious impact on the viewer. In our remote work world, without the human interaction of in-person client... Read more...

05 Jun 2020

What is a “virtual conference” anyway? Is it a webinar? What about the receptions?

April and May introduced the world to the growing potential of video web meetings. Some of the daring, agile businesses that had a slew of cancelled in-person conferences in Las Vegas, Orlando, and other conference cities have transitioned to virtual conferences. But what really is a virtual conference? Is it just a series of long webinars strung together over a few days with speakers droning on, doing live demos, and speaking to PowerPoints? Can... Read more...

29 May 2020

Practicing Fake Eye Contact in Video Meetings

There are some positive changes in human behavior accelerated by this current health crisis. One is easily being able to identify what a 6-foot distance looks like – or the measurements used in Canada (one hockey stick length) and in Florida (one alligator length). Another is the realization that video meetings really do have an intangible benefit of subconsciously creating a human connection among participants. But there are still things we need... Read more...

26 May 2020

Email Impostor Trickiness Lures HR Staff to Change ADP Payroll Direct Deposits

In these strange economic times, impostors have identified an overworked company department. With Human Resource (HR) departments handling a new onslaught of employee concerns and issues, staffing changes, and remote work policies, email imposters have inserted themselves stealthily into their world. And, they have struck gold! CAUTION: This is complex trickery that usually results in $8-$10K mis-wired. It may be too complex for Friday afternoon reading,... Read more...

15 May 2020

Will You Be Working from Home ‘Forever’?

A lot has been made recently about the Twitter CEO telling his employees that they can work from home ‘forever’ if they see fit. This past Tuesday, the Twitter CEO sent out a much-talked-about email (funny he didn’t use his company’s namesake product for this). The email states, “if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever [emphasis added], we will make that... Read more...

08 May 2020

Home Email, the New Normal for Millions of Americans

Today the Labor Department released a report that showed over 20 million jobs were lost in April alone, boosting the unemployment rate to nearly 15%. These are levels perhaps never seen by any living American. Even as people start to venture out to beaches and parks that are opening up, most people are still remaining inside — spending more time in their home email (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook.com, Outlook Online, and other mobile and browser... Read more...

01 May 2020

“You’re Fired!” Fake Termination Emails Proliferate in this Climate of Job Insecurity

It was only a matter of time. Fresh off their latest exploits at trying to phish for sensitive financial account information, scammers have set their sights on people’s actual jobs. With jobless claims now topping 30 million and the unemployment rate headed for new highs, cyber criminals now have fertile ground for a brazen new scam. It goes like this: You receive an email with an unsettling subject line, “Your accounts have been terminated”... Read more...

24 Apr 2020

Anatomy of Phishing in this Pandemic – Spearphising is Great, Whaling Best

If you have money, savvy phisherman and whalers will find you. With most of the world hunkered down working from home, normal processes are disrupted, so this is a target-rich environment for scammers. They are lurking. Beware! There are many people all over the world falling for these phishing lures. With the US Government doling out trillions of dollars, these phisherman see dollar signs, thinking about all of the money transfers that they can intercept... Read more...