Cybersecurity Blog

13 min read

The Top 5 Add-Ons Your Microsoft 365 Licensing Needs to Make Your Business Thrive

By Josh Franklin on Oct 23, 2020 3:21:28 PM

Imagine for a minute that you just purchased Microsoft 365 Business Premium for your company. You install the desktop apps, get loaded in, and start exploring. You open up Teams and see that you are able to chat with your co-workers. You can even call them with video! As you explore the app a bit more, you notice that there’s no dial pad. “What the heck? I thought Teams could make outgoing calls?!” you think. Well, you’re right. Teams CAN make outgoing calls. But what you didn’t realize, is that you need an add-on called Microsoft Business Voice in order to do so. 

In this blog, we will discuss the top 5 add-ons we see used the most often and help you to decipher which add-ons you need and which you can go without. 

Topics: Office 365 Cybersecurity
23 min read

The 12 Best Business Books That Made BEMO 3X Revenue in 2020

By Brandon Lecoq on Oct 16, 2020 3:06:31 PM

I'm a voracious consumer of books, whether it be reading them or listening to them, I probably consume 2-3 books per month and have done so for several years. I have consumed every popular business book ranging from startups, management, sales, marketing, etc. You name it I've probably read it. Most of these books have one or two key takeaways and the rest is fluff. However, there are 12 books that I keep returning to. 12 books that I've added umpteen sticky notes to, and have dogeared the pages and written comments in the columns. 12 books I often revisit. So, let's revisit them together!

Topics: Company success updates
9 min read

Getting Started with OneDrive for Business: 6 Tips and Tricks

By Josh Franklin on Oct 9, 2020 7:04:12 PM

OneDrive for Business is one of the best cloud-based storage solutions out there. It enables us to securely store our data in the cloud, and also allows us to access that data from anywhere there’s an internet connection. Still, while Microsoft is a household name, many people feel less familiar with OneDrive for Business. Chances are, however, even if you're not familiar with its innerworkings, you've encountered it. If you or your work have any sort of Office 365 subscription, you already have OneDrive for Business. So, let's get to fully utilizing it, shall we?

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 OneDrive
8 min read

Microsoft Business Voice, Part I: What Is It and Do I Really Need It?

By Joel Lachance on Oct 2, 2020 6:45:31 PM

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last six months, chances are you've noticed that a lot of businesses are changing the way they do, well, business. Companies are shifting the way they operate and very often, that means moving, in some capacity, to the cloud. The same goes for business phone systems and Microsoft is making it easier (and more economical) than ever for small and midsize businesses to keep up with the shift via Microsoft Business Voice. Curious if it's right for you? Read along to learn all the ins and outs.

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams
3 min read

Customer Interviews, Phase I: We Asked, You Answered

By Julia Chester on Sep 25, 2020 6:24:09 PM

When I joined BEMO, six months ago now (!), I was curious about our customers. Working in Marketing, I spent very little time actually interacting with them, yet our blog, our vision, everything we do is meant to revolve around them. You see the disconnect, right? Certainly my comrades at BEMO could tell me about our customers and advise me, but talking about swimming and catapulting off the high dive are two different things. So, I dove right in.

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
14 min read

G Suite to Office 365 Migration: A Step-By-Step Guide from Our Pros

By Bruno Lecoq on Sep 25, 2020 12:19:25 PM

If you've ever done it, you know that migrating from one offering to another is never an easy feat. Beyond the "should I really press 'OK'?!" at every step to the sheer time suck it can be, migrations are not for the faint of heart. Yet faint of heart you are not, because you've found yourself here. In this article, we will describe the step-by-step process you will follow when migrating from G Suite to Office 365. Have a snack, maybe do some jumping jacks and dive on in! 

Topics: Office 365 Step-by-Step Guide Migration
2 min read

Welcome Sakshi Tomar, BEMO's Sixth Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on Sep 18, 2020 12:25:04 PM

We are happy to announce that Sakshi Tomar has joined the BEMO team! Sakshi will be our first hire solely dedicated to Technical Support. She will help our customers navigate issues and utilize the full potential of their tools. She will work both with the Implementation and the Customer Success teams!

A little to share about Sakshi:

Sakshi hails from India where she lives just ten minutes from one of our other team members, Harpreet Singh, who is a good friend of hers. 

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
3 min read

Buying GoDaddy Office 365: Why It's A Trap!

By Brandon Lecoq on Sep 18, 2020 12:13:32 PM

So, you're an entrepreneur or small business of fewer than 10 people and you're ready to get started. What's the first thing you do to make it official? You buy a domain name for your website! And many of use GoDaddy, the largest domain provider in the United States! And while you're at check out you get this little pop up that says "Hey, while you're here, why don't you get Office 365 so that you get email, word, excel... since you're going to need that too". Why not? You're already buying the domain name, you might as well make it super official and get an email as well! And everything is swell...

Topics: GoDaddy Office 365
6 min read

Our 23 Employee Benefits: The Final Outcome

By Julia Chester on Sep 11, 2020 5:02:28 PM

We started our BEMO benefits discussion earlier this summer and now, come early fall, the votes are in, the revisions have been made and...

It's time for to reveal the final outcome.

So, what are our BEMO benefits now? Read along to find out.

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
17 min read

Life After Microsoft: What It’s Like to Work For a Microsoft Partner

By Josh Franklin on Sep 4, 2020 11:19:48 AM

Three months ago, I transitioned from my job as a Cloud Technical Expert at Microsoft, into a role as a Cloud Solutions Specialist with BEMOGoing from one side of Microsoft cloud sales to the other has been a very interesting experience, enough so, that I thought it worth sharing. So, in this blog, I’ll compare the various aspects of working for a giant corporation versus working for a much smaller company, so that anyone (maybe you?) who is looking to make the same type of change has a better idea of what to expect.

Topics: Microsoft Teams Life at BEMO
3 min read

We Ranked The 23 Team Member Benefits As A Company

By Julia Chester on Sep 4, 2020 11:09:23 AM

Earlier this summer, our CEO and CFO asked all of our BEMO employees to participate in a week-long brainstorm. "A week-long brainstorm? About what?" you might wonder. Our employee benefits. So, brainstorm we did. This blog will discuss the next step we endeavored upon as a team: voting on the brainstormed benefits. 

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
2 min read

Welcome Domonic Lastoria, BEMO's Fifth Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on Sep 2, 2020 12:05:43 PM

Domonic is the newest addition to our BEMO team. He will be joining us as our Customer Success Manager in order to build long-term relationship with our current customers and keep them delighted! Domonic will work closely with Brandon, Julia and Josh.

Topics: Company success updates
47 min read

Your Complete Guide to Microsoft Email Security

By Julia Chester on Aug 28, 2020 1:15:15 PM

Technology is ever-evolving. Every day there are new ways to interact online and with those many points of access, open many doors for security issues. So, how does one stay on top of new tech while simultaneously protecting it? Just as tech is ever-evolving, so is our learning. In this guide, we will teach you the five steps you need to take to fully secure your email though Microsoft.

Topics: Microsoft 365 Step-by-Step Guide
6 min read

Our 23 Future Team Member Benefits (To Be Implemented by December 2023)

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 21, 2020 8:26:33 AM

"Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first." Simon Sinek

Topics: Company success updates
16 min read

What is the Cloud? Plus: Cloud Pros & Cons

By Josh Franklin on Aug 14, 2020 2:58:58 PM

Cloud computing has been around for a while now, but it’s only more recently that it has become a major focus of businesses worldwide. More and more, companies are expected to make the move to the cloud. The touted benefits range from increased productivity to improved efficiency, higher employee satisfaction, less operating expenses, and increased data security. Still, the knowledge that one should move to the cloud often precedes a clear understanding of what the cloud actually is. So, what exactly is the cloud? Read along to learn all about the cloud and why it will or won't work for you.

Topics: Office 365 Azure Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams
2 min read

Welcome Carol Bubar, BEMO's Fourth Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on Jul 31, 2020 7:30:02 PM

Welcome to BEMO, Carol! Carol Bubar has joined BEMO as our newest team member and we couldn't be happier. Carol works as our Operational Excellence Manager, ensuring that BEMO runs as beautifully as a Swiss watch. Carol will be working closely with the entire team, optimizing sales and engineering operations to ensure that our customers are happy and we achieve all of our long and short-term initiatives.

Topics: Company success updates
13 min read

9 Tips for Meeting with Microsoft Teams

By Julia Chester on Jul 24, 2020 3:27:49 PM

If you’re using Teams and you’re like me, you’re discovering new things about it every day. Microsoft has been a busy bee since the release of Teams and even more so since 2020 became the year of working from home. While there is certainly shiny and new goodness coming our way all the time, there are a few Teams staples everyone should master to have the best meetings possible. Let’s explore 9 tips for meeting with Teams (including one shiny newbie to look forward to).

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams
9 min read

SharePoint vs. OneDrive (What's the Difference Again?)

By Josh Franklin on Jul 17, 2020 6:18:57 PM

Cloud computing is becoming more and more common. Everywhere we look it's cloud this and cloud that, and understandably so, because with the cloud, access is unlimited. When you use the cloud, you can access your data and work on documents from ANYWHERE instead of being beholden to your desk. Yet, as businesses and users make the switch to the cloud, one of the most common questions I get is “OK, so I have OneDrive and SharePoint...what's the difference again? They both seem to do the same thing, so which one should I use?” Here, we'll tackle all your SharePoint vs. OneDrive quandaries.

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365
11 min read

10 Challenges of Managing Your Virtual Team (and 10 WFH Solutions)

By Brandon Lecoq on Jul 12, 2020 7:32:20 AM

Whether you're starting a remote company from scratch or you're trying to transform your current business into running more smoothly while people work from home, you'll find that operating a remote company has different challenges than a traditional office operation. In the list below we outline some of the most common challenges of remote companies with solutions that we use. Why care about what we have to say? BEMO is a 100% remote company since 2010, so this work from home stuff hasn't changed a thing for us.
 
Topics: Company success updates
13 min read

Slack vs. Teams

By Catalin Alaci on Jun 26, 2020 2:00:00 PM

In this post, we'll take a look at Slack vs. Teams. More likely than not, you've heard of both, maybe you've even used one or the other but what do you know about how the two compare? Which one should you use for your company? In this blog, we'll bring you all we know about the similarities and differences between Slack and Teams so you can choose the platform that works best for you. 

Let's take a look, shall we?

Topics: Office 365
13 min read

How to Set Up Office Message Encryption (OME)

By Harpreet Singh Wasu on Jun 19, 2020 2:51:50 PM

In this blog post, we'll be giving you the step-by-step instructions for configuring Office Message Encryption. I have to say they aren't for the faint at heart! Enabling OME is much more difficult than the other Microsoft email security products such as Office 365 ATP, Exchange Online Protection, or configuring DKIM, DMARC, and SPF.

Topics: Office 365 Cybersecurity Step-by-Step Guide
10 min read

10 Benefits of Microsoft Teams (To Make Life a Whole Lot Better)

By Julia Chester on Jun 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM

A few months ago, upon starting up with BEMO, they upgraded my setup from my  laptop to a new laptop and two monitors. It was an outright command station, if I'd ever seen one. At first I thought “Is this overkill?” but now I couldn’t imagine using anything else. My eyes thank me for it and so does my productivity, I couldn't imagine reverting to my old setup. When you taste the good life, there's no going back. Such is life with Microsoft Teams. Haven’t noticed? Let’s take a stroll through Teams and I’ll show you just how much better your life has become (perhaps without you even realizing it).

Topics: Microsoft 365
7 min read

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Plan 1 vs Plan 2

By Julia Chester on Jun 5, 2020 5:37:12 PM

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) protects you by preventing dangerous links and malicious attachments from entering your organization via email and other tools (like SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams). In the rare occasion that Office 365 ATP somehow fails to intercept these dangers, the automated investigation and response feature will kick in and remediate the breach. 

Security is essential but it isn't one size fits all. In this blog post we'll go over the differences between the features and pricing for Office 365 ATP Plan 1 and Plan 2 (aka P1 and P2) so you can decide which option best fits your security needs. Already have the license and just looking to implement ATP? Read our blog post How to Set Up Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection.

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Cybersecurity
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Welcome Josh Franklin, BEMO's Third Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on May 29, 2020 6:45:10 PM

Josh is our newest BEMO team member and comes to us by way of Houston, Texas! Josh will join us as a Cloud Solutions Specialist, providing full-scope cloud consultations to our small and midsize businesses as well as to our education, government and non-profit customers. He'll be working closely with Brandon and Julia.

Topics: Company success updates
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Microsoft Authenticator App (MFA the easy way)

By Julia Chester on May 21, 2020 2:41:47 PM

I am busy. I have a sneaking suspicion that you are too. However, until recently, I donated precious time, multiple times a day, to getting out my phone and typing in a six digit code to authenticate my accounts. I get that we need security, but does Multi-Factor Authentication have to be this annoying?

Topics: Cybersecurity
4 min read

How to Set Up Exchange Online Protection

By Catalin Alaci on May 17, 2020 7:10:26 PM

In this blog post, we're going to walk you through the step-by-step process for setting up Exchange Online Protection (EOP). Although setting up Exchange Online Protection is important, it is only one portion of a comprehensive email security strategy. This blog is the 2nd post of a 5 post series titled Your Complete Guide to Microsoft Email Security. The 5 steps to email security are:

  1. Configure DKIM, DMARC, SPF
  2. Deploy EOP (Exchange Online Protection) - this post
  3. Set up Office Message Encryption
  4. Enable Office 365 ATP (Advanced Threat Protection)
  5. Enable Office 365 MFA with Authenticator App
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Topics: Office 365 Cybersecurity Step-by-Step Guide
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How to Set Up Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

By Harpreet Singh Wasu on May 17, 2020 4:46:03 PM

In this blog post, we're going to walk you through the step-by-step process for setting up Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Although setting up ATP is a great move, it is only one portion (though an important one) of a comprehensive email security strategy.

This blog is the 4th post of a 5 post series titled Your Complete Guide to Microsoft Email Security. The 5 steps to email security are:

  1. Configure DKIM, DMARC, SPF
  2. Deploy EOP (Exchange Online Protection)
  3. Set up Office Message Encryption
  4. Enable Office 365 ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) - this blog
  5. Enable Office 365 MFA with Authenticator App
Topics: Office 365 Cybersecurity Step-by-Step Guide
10 min read

Spear Phishing vs. Phishing: The Difference And How To Prevent It

By Julia Chester on Apr 17, 2020 1:23:05 PM

As many companies shift their operations online (and their employees shift into their “daytime jammies”) so too must their attention shift to cybersecurity. In our current COVID-19 conundrum many companies are moving strictly online. With these moves, data protection is more important than ever. Small and Midsize Businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Despite the fact that 67 percent of SMBs experienced a cyberattack last year (according to Keeper Security’s report of 500 senior SMB decision makers) 66 percent still believe that a cyberattack is unlikely and 60 percent do not have a cyberattack prevention plan in place. No company is too big or too small to be hacked and the results can be devastating. The average cost of a cyberattack on SMBs is $200,000, after which most companies must close shop. Phishing is an issue we all face. So, let’s face it, shall we?

Topics: Office 365 Cybersecurity Step-by-Step Guide
2 min read

Welcome Julia Chester, BEMO's Second Hire of 2020!

By Brandon Lecoq on Apr 6, 2020 1:09:58 PM

Julia is our latest addition to the BEMO team by way of Alaska! She will work closely with Brandon as an Inbound Marketer, bringing fresh content to your fingertips!

Topics: Company success updates
1 min read

Welcome Mohamed Sekrane, BEMO's First Hire of 2020!

By Brandon Lecoq on Jan 30, 2020 5:49:58 PM

Mohamed is our newest addition to BEMO! He is joining our team as an Implementation and Support Engineer and will work closely with Cata, Harpreet, and Bruno. He is very customer-centric, so we're especially happy to have him!

Topics: Company success updates
10 min read

How Do I Buy Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU)?

By Joel Lachance on Dec 20, 2019 11:27:39 AM

We are getting an unprecedented volume of phone calls and online inquiries from IT Professional who thought they would have updated their PCs to Windows 10 Pro by now, but are now asking - where can I get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU)? I need it now!!!

Topics: Windows 7
9 min read

SQL Server 2008 End Of Life

By Brandon Lecoq on Nov 26, 2019 9:05:15 AM

Microsoft will no longer release security updates for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 after July 9, 2019. Remaining on legacy infrastructure exposes your business to security threats, makes you non-compliant with regulations, and is more costly to operate.

Topics: SQL Server
13 min read

Microsoft 365 vs Office 365

By Brandon Lecoq on Nov 21, 2019 1:15:31 PM

Microsoft 365 is a bundle of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). Microsoft 365 is the parent product of Office 365 and was created to bundle all of Microsoft's 'a-la-cart' productivity, mobility, and security tools into one, so that as a customer you only have to think about buying one tool instead of educating yourself on the hundreds of different tools and features so you can choose between them. 

In this blog, we will discuss the following:

4 min read

Azure AD Connect: Step-By-Step Instructions

By Catalin Alaci on Nov 21, 2019 7:26:59 AM

Azure AD Connect is a Microsoft tool designed to meet and accomplish your hybrid identity goals. It lets you connect your on-premise Active Directory to Azure Active Directory, providing the following features:

Topics: Azure Step-by-Step Guide Azure AD Connect
8 min read

Office 365: Business Premium vs E3

By Brandon Lecoq on Nov 20, 2019 2:06:39 PM

Microsoft 365 Business Standard (formerly known as Office 365 Business Premium) is by far the most common product among SMBs while Office 365 E3 has become the standard for enterprises, which Microsoft describes a 300+ employees. In this article, we will discuss the following 9 additional features included with Office 365 E3:

  1. Maximum number of users
  2. Exchange Online Inbox Size
  3. OneDrive for Business Storage Size
  4. Shared Computer Activation
  5. Office 365 Data Loss Prevention
  6. Office 365 Calling Plan + Phone System Compatibility
  7. Unlimited Email Archiving
  8. Office 365 Cloud App Security
  9. Office 365 Message Encryption
Topics: Office 365
3 min read

The Office 365 for Government Buyers Journey

By Brandon Lecoq on Oct 24, 2019 4:45:26 PM

Most of our customers and partners ask us about the approval process for government organizations wanting to be on Microsoft Government Community Cloud (GCC). It's hard to find any reading materials online and even when you call Microsoft's sales number the reps aren't equipped with the knowledge either, so I'm writing this to clear the air!

Topics: Office 365 Government
23 min read

Azure AD Identity Protection: 17 Best Practices

By Bruno Lecoq on Oct 22, 2019 12:29:29 PM

A successful Zero Trust strategy requires seamless and flexible access to applications, systems, and data while maintaining security for both users and the resources they need to do their jobs. It requires being cloud-ready, starting with identity, and then taking steps that will help secure all areas of your environment. Here's what you need to implement for Azure AD Identity Protection:

Topics: Azure Cybersecurity Step-by-Step Guide
13 min read

Windows Autopilot Overview

By Catalin Alaci on Oct 21, 2019 10:35:07 AM

When you bring on a new hire does your IT team spend time having to configure that person's computer and then does the new hire has to spend the next 7 days setting up their accounts and apps? Isn't this frustrating? Not with Windows Autopilot. Welcome to onboarding made easy.

Topics: Windows 10 Windows Autopilot
12 min read

Microsoft EMS E3 vs E5

By Joel Lachance on Oct 11, 2019 7:00:55 AM

In our last blog post, What is Microsoft EMS? we gave an overview of the 6 tools that make up the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite. In this post we'll dive into the 13 specific differences between the Microsoft EMS E3 and E5 licenses, so that you can best decide which version fits your needs.

Topics: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)
8 min read

What is Microsoft EMS?

By Joel Lachance on Oct 10, 2019 9:16:07 AM

Microsoft launched the Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) in March 2014, in an effort to transition from 'bolted-on' security to 'built-in' security. It was a huge bet at the time, as EMS was meant to bring enterprise-level security that Fortune 500 companies were using to small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Topics: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)

Will Your Business Get Hacked? (Quiz)

By Brandon Lecoq on Sep 24, 2019 9:35:04 AM

The team at BEMO came up with the most important questions to ask any business owner or company executive when determining their risk of a data breach. These questions (which take 5 minutes or less to answer) illuminate whether a business has the infrastructure to identify, classify, prevent, and remediate the most common cyber-attacks.
Click on the survey to begin. 

Topics: Cybersecurity
5 min read

Office 365 MFA Setup: Step-by-Step Instructions

By Bruno Lecoq on Sep 16, 2019 1:55:00 PM

With 81 percent of data breaches being due to weak, reused, or stolen passwords, turning on Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all of your apps is necessary. In this article, we'll show you how to setup MFA for your Office 365 account paired with the Microsoft Authenticator smartphone app.

While setting up MFA is an essential step, it is only one portion of a five step comprehensive email security strategy. This blog is the 5th post of a 5 post series titled Your Complete Guide to Microsoft Email Security. The 5 steps to email security are:

  1. Configure DKIM, DMARC, SPF
  2. Deploy EOP (Exchange Online Protection)
  3. Set up Office Message Encryption
  4. Enable Office 365 ATP (Advanced Threat Protection)
  5. Enable Office 365 MFA with Authenticator App (this post)
Topics: Office 365 Cybersecurity
7 min read

Azure AD: Premium P1 vs P2

By Catalin Alaci on Sep 11, 2019 2:19:44 PM

A few weeks ago we wrote about the 4 types of Microsoft Active Directory, Azure Active Directory being one of those four. In this article, we'll explore the 3 licenses that you need to know about within Azure AD exclusively. The three Azure Active Directory licenses are: Office 365 edition, P1, and P2. 

Topics: Azure
8 min read

Office 365 for Education: Everything You Need To Know

By Brandon Lecoq on Sep 4, 2019 2:45:11 PM

No company on the planet can beat Microsoft's value to schools and education organizations. Between school-specific applications, heavily discounted pricing, and free on-site training from the Microsoft Retail staff, schools nowadays receive technology and help that none of us had growing up ask kids. In this post we'll go over everything school's should know about Microsoft and how they'll revolutionize your school.

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Schools / Education
2 min read

Azure MFA Loophole: Why am I still under attack?

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 28, 2019 9:11:05 AM

I was approached by the Head of IT for a 70-something person company via LinkedIn, wanting an independent review of their environment. I thought sure, let's schedule a call to go over the details. This guy's company had an IT infrastructure of the future; the most well-prepared lead I had ever dealt with! Everyone in the company worked from home, connecting through a remote desktop, multi-factor authentication (MFA) was turned on for everyone, and they were all managed by Azure Active Directory (AD). On top of all that they already had tools to monitor their environment. This was going to be the quickest and easiest penetration test we had ever done! 😁

Topics: Azure Cybersecurity
4 min read

What are the 4 types of Microsoft Active Directory?

By Bruno Lecoq on Aug 25, 2019 12:26:11 PM

For the last six months at BEMO we have been migrating a lot of Domain Controllers to Azure. During our discovery calls with the customers, it's obvious there's a lot of confusion about all the different options around Active Directory (AD), Azure Active Directory (AAD), Hybrid Azure Active Directory (Hybrid AAD), and Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AADDS). Below we'll explain their differences in order to help you decide what you need.

Topics: Azure
8 min read

Office 365 Calling Plan: Ditch Your Phone Company!

By Joel Lachance on Aug 14, 2019 10:27:56 PM

Most people are still unaware that Microsoft provides domestic and international calling plans for businesses through Office 365's Microsoft Teams. What's the benefit of moving your business's phone to Microsoft? How much does it cost? Let's dig into it below!

Topics: Office 365
25 min read

What is Microsoft 365?

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 9, 2019 9:09:38 PM

Microsoft is now pushing companies to adopt the Microsoft 365 product line, which bundles Office 365 with Windows 10 and their cybersecurity tools dubbed Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). There are 3 versions, Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly Microsoft 365 Business), Microsoft 365 E3, and Microsoft 365 E5. This post describes every feature to help you determine which version you need for you business.

Topics: Microsoft 365
1 min read

Welcome Catalin Alaci, BEMO's latest hire!

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 1, 2019 3:35:19 PM

Cata is our newest addition to BEMO. He is joining Bruno and Harpreet on the implementation team as a Cybersecurity Engineer. Cata has known the founders, Joel and Bruno for a very long time; having worked together in Microsoft's Hardware division in the late 1990's. In fact here's a picture I dug up of them below in 1998!

Topics: Company success updates
5 min read

How to Setup Self-Service Password Reset for Azure and Office 365

By Harpreet Singh Wasu on Jul 25, 2019 9:13:23 PM

Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) for Office 365 and Azure is a great solution created by Microsoft to enable users to change and reset their passwords by themselves, saving IT a lot of time. Self-Service Password Reset allows users to both change their existing passwords or their forgotten ones. This feature works both with Azure Active Directory and On-Premises Active Directory synced using AD Connect.

Topics: Office 365 Azure Step-by-Step Guide
4 min read

Windows 7 End of Life: Should I care?

By Joel Lachance on Jul 17, 2019 10:36:45 AM

Microsoft will stop providing mainstream support for the Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. From that day on, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows 7. Companies that remain on Windows 7 will instantly become non-compliant and subject to cyber-attacks from the list of common Windows 7 vulnerabilities.

Topics: Windows 7 Windows 10
8 min read

Office 365 E3 vs E5: Which one is better for my company?

By Brandon Lecoq on Jul 9, 2019 4:28:18 PM

Office 365 E3 is $20 per user/month and Office 365 E5 is $35 per user/month, so is it worth the extra $15 per user/month? In this article we dive into the specific features you get for the extra money so that you can decide whether it makes sense for your company to upgrade from Office 365 E3 to Office 365 E5.

Topics: Office 365
12 min read

MxToolbox: How to Enable SPF, DMARC, and DKIM

By Bruno Lecoq on Jun 28, 2019 9:49:45 AM

In this blog post, we're going to walk you through configuring SPF, DMARC, and DKIM. While this is an essential step, it is only one portion of a comprehensive email security strategy. This blog is the 1st post of a 5 post series titled Your Complete Guide to Microsoft Email Security. The 5 steps to email security are:

  1. Configure DKIM, DMARC, SPF (this post)
  2. Deploy EOP (Exchange Online Protection)
  3. Set up Office Message Encryption
  4. Enable Office 365 ATP (Advanced Threat Protection)
  5. Enable Office 365 MFA with Authenticator App

MxToolbox is an indispensable (free!) tool every IT and security team should have. We use it as part of our arsenal of tools for protecting our clients’ emails, ensuring we have enabled Sender Policy Framework (SPF), DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM), and Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC). Don’t know what this gibberish means? No worries, we’ll explain what they mean, why they’re important, and how to enable them. Let’s get started!

Topics: Cybersecurity Step-by-Step Guide
13 min read

How to Migrate from GoDaddy to Office 365: Step-By-Step Guide

By Brandon Lecoq on Jun 18, 2019 1:45:30 PM

Besides using GoDaddy as our DNS provider, we're not really fans of their email service or the way they lock people into long-term contracts when they bundle Office 365. GoDaddy, for whatever reason, will restrict global admin privileges and restrict the apps that can be used, really inconveniencing customers. So here's a step by step guide to migrate from Godaddy to Office 365.

This article is continuously being updated as steps change. Last updated: August 22, 2020

Topics: GoDaddy Office 365 Step-by-Step Guide
24 min read

Migrate From Gmail to Office 365: Step-By-Step Guide

By Brandon Lecoq on Jun 18, 2019 1:24:37 PM

Most people that come to us to migrate their email to Office 365 are under the impression that it's a really easy process. You have no idea how many times I've heard, "you're just copying and pasting a bunch of .pst files". So I'm publishing my step-by-step guide for migrating Gmail to Office 365 to show everyone how to do it themselves. 

This article is continuously being updated as steps change. Last updated: June 18, 2019. 

Topics: Office 365 Step-by-Step Guide Gmail
11 min read

Windows Server 2008 End of Life

By Brandon Lecoq on Jun 11, 2019 9:14:43 AM

Microsoft will no longer release security for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 starting January 14, 2020. Remaining on legacy infrastructure exposes your business to security threats, makes you non-compliant with regulations, and is more costly to operate.

Topics: Windows Server