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Internet Explorer 8 second demos

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Have you seen the Microsoft 8 second demos adverts on TV recently? (you can see them here if you haven't!)

Some of these adverts are intended to highlight the security features in Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 8 recently came top in tests to see how the major browsers protect against social engineering based threats.

A social engineering based threat is dangerous software that attempts to install itself by manipulating people rather than infection by technical means.

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This could be a website designed to look like your bank so that it can steal your login details which is known as phishing. Everytime you browse to a website using Internet Explorer 8, the SmartScreen feature checks the site and blocks it if it's been highlighted as a dangerous site.

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 While this isn't a substitue for anti-virus software the fact your browser is looking out for you is a good thing!

You can see the full analysis of the tests on the NSS Labs website.

If you'd like us to examine your network for potential security threats please contact us for a no obligation assessment.

 

Office Suite - Format Painter

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An often over looked tool, the format painter is available across the whole office suite and can save you lots of time when setting up the visual aspect of your document.

Imagine you've created a proposal in Microsoft Word.

There is a specific paragraph that you want to stand out so spend some time choosing the right font, size, colour and line spacing so that it looks just right.  

As you're proof reading the document you think there are a couple of other areas of text that would look great if they looked the same as the previous block of text you formatted previously.

This is where the format painter comes in.

Instead of going back and re-creating every single area of the style you created you can reuse the formatting as easily as you would copy and paste a block of text.

To do this,

Highlight the area of text that contains the formatting you need.

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Click the format painter icon

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Click or highlight the area you want to apply the text to

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Done!

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As a final tip, it's not immediately obvious but you can apply your formatting in multiple places without needing to constantly click the format painter icon.

Follow the same procedure as above but instead of clicking the format painter icon double click it.

This allows you to click multiple areas of your document to paste your formatting. Once you're done click the format painter icon again or press the escape key on your keyboard.

You can use the format painter tool across the entire office suite with a wide variety of items.

Cell formats in Excel, auto shapes in Powerpoint, table elements in Word, etc, etc!

Try it out for yourself!

 

 

Office 2010 - Screen Grabbing

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One of the new features in the Office suite is actually quite a simple thing. After you've used it you'll wonder why it's only appeared in this release!

Many companies have procedure documents and training manuals that invariably involves software. Providing a screenshot of the various steps is a massive help. A picture is worth a thousand words of course!

Previously the only way to get a screenshot into your document/email/presentation without the aid of external software was to leave your Office application, grab the image, then go back to your Office application and insert it. 

Sounds simple enough but when you are doing lots of screenshots those precious seconds add up!

Now on the tool bar in Office 2010 you have a screenshot button on the insert tab

Clicking the drop down menu gives you a preview of all your currently open applications so you can grab the entire window straight away, or you can manually clip just the section you want

 

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Sounds pretty simple right?

That's because it is! 

The amount of mouse clicks and steps required is vastly reduced meaning your valuable time can be used elsewhere!

 

Delay Email Sending

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Did you know that when you press the send button you can choose not to have the message delivered straight away?

The first question you are probably asking is “why would you do that”?

A good example is bulk email, sending a message to a large number of recipients can take a long time cause messages from other people on your system to be delayed. It might be better to schedule the sending of your newsletter until after hours

This is actually quite simple to do and there are instructions for all the recent versions of Outlook below

Select your version

Outlook 2010

Outlook 2007

Outlook 2003

 

 

Outlook 2007 / Outlook 2010

Once you have created your email

Click the OPTIONS tab in the ribbon at the top of your message

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Select the Delay Delivery option to display the message option dialog

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About half way down you'll see the "Do not deliver before:" option

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Enter the date and time you'll like the message to go out and click the close button

Send your message in the normal way by clicking Send

The message will sit in your outbox waiting to go out at the specified time

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 That's it!

The important thing to remember though is that you MUST have Outlook open at the time the message is due to go out

This is because the delay is controlled by Outlook

Try it for yourself by sending a message to your own email address

 

 

Outlook 2003

 Once you have created your email

 Click the OPTIONS tab one the toobar at the top of your message and click the OPTIONS item on the menu

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This will display the message options dialog

About halfway down are the message delivery options

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Enter the date and time you'll like the message to go out and click the close button

Send your message in the normal way by clicking Send

The message will sit in your outbox waiting to go out at the specified time

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 That's it!

The important thing to remember though is that you MUST have Outlook open at the time the message is due to go out

This is because the delay is controlled by Outlook

Try it for yourself by sending a message to your own email address

 

Useful Website – Motorway traffic planning

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There are lots of useful resources on the Internet for checking to see what traffic is like before you travel. The highways agency recently released a great resource for checking traffic between two motorway junctions. You can even look at the traffic cameras!

The website is http://www.trafficengland.co.uk/motorwayflow.aspx

When you visit the page you'll be presented with a search form

From here you can select a motorway, a starting junction and and end junction

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 You can also select what information you'd like to see including speed signs and traffic cameras

Once the search results are returned you'll be able to see exactly what is currently going on at each junction, in both directions

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You can print the results off or refresh the results so that are up to date

If you have selected to display traffic cameras you can click on the camera icon to get a view of the motorway

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Again you can refresh this image to get the current view 

A very useful resource, here at IBIT we've added it into the favourite links section on our SharePoint front page for easy access to the site

 

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