Cybersecurity Blog

8 min read

How to Clear Your Outlook Cache

By Julia Chester on Dec 25, 2020 5:45:00 AM

Everyone loves a speedy email experience, right? Of course. There's nothing worse than watching your email update or waiting for messages to load. Cache files to the rescue! Sort of...Outlook creates and saves cache files to your computer in order to create a speedy service. However, these saved files aren't always speed demons, in fact, sometimes they step on the brakes. How? Read along to find out why you might want to clear your Outlook cache and most importantly, how to do it!

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

Your Top 8 Office 365 Migration Questions, Answered (+ Pricing)

By Bruno Lecoq on Nov 20, 2020 3:10:54 PM

If the words "Email Migration" strike fear into your heart, you're not alone. Many of our customers find email migrations to be, at best, nerve-wracking, at worst, daunting enough to avoid for years before coming to us. We get it. Your emails, files, calendars and contacts are the lifeline of your business. You can't lose them, nor can you afford for your systems to be down for days on end while you migrate. The only problem is, you also don't want to stay on your current platform. What's a guy or gal to do?

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Step-by-Step Guide Migration
9 min read

How to Migrate Your Gmail, G Suite or IMAP Contacts and Calendars to Office 365: A Step-By-Step Guide

By Bruno Lecoq on Nov 13, 2020 1:59:29 PM

At BEMO, migrations are our expertise. Every day, we perform assessments and migrations and we take great pleasure in helping our customers transition from an ill-fitting solution to one that fits like a finely tailored suit. While migrations are no small feat, we want to empower our customers and DIYers alike to do just that: Do It Yourself (if you want). If you have a little know-how and a helping hand (this guide, straight from the BEMO Implementation Team vault), migrations of all levels are possible. So, let us show you how to migrate your Gmail, G Suite or IMAP contacts and calendars to Office 365.

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Gmail Migration
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
5 min read

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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