[m365weekly] #31

💻 What’s on my mind

I had an interesting case this week. Some nasty folks decided to hijack someone’s email address to try to do a phishing attack. Microsoft 365 account was not compromised. All they could do was spoof an email address. And it’s funny that in 2021 virtually nothing can be done to prevent spoofing email addresses. Of course, you can protect the ones that are using adequate spam filtering by implementing SPF, DKIM, and DMARC. I would recommend you implement all three as well.

And while you’re doing that take a look at your security score in the Security admin console. It should be as high as possible. If you’re below 20% you have a problem.

Have a nice week.
Matic Z.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

A Beginners Guide To Microsoft Teams. This huge post is the perfect guide to distribute to new Microsoft Teams users.

Teams Boasts New Capabilities for Meeting Polls. Organizers of Teams meetings can create polls to use during their event. The polls now boast some AI capabilities to help organizers choose the right questions. Organizers can also create and launch polls using the Teams mobile client.

How to Drag and Drop Messages from Outlook to Teams Channels. Teams supports several methods to import email. Outlook for Windows can drag and drop messages into Teams conversations. It’s a quick and easy way to move the focus of a conversation, but there are some downsides to be aware of.

Teams Gets Expanded Emoji Set. Enterprise Users are So Pleased. The Teams developers are very proud that the new emoji picker expands the set of available emojis from 85 to over 800.

Top 12 PowerPoint New Features. Great Youtube video showing new features in PowerPoint.

Microsoft Teams will soon let you lock meetings. An upcoming feature for Microsoft Teams will let you lock meetings. Once a meeting is locked, organizers won’t have to deal with any requests to join the meeting.

5 things every Site Owner must configure on their SharePoint sites. There are so many settings for Site Owners to worry about in SharePoint. The top 5 things every Site Owner must configure on their SharePoint sites.

Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams meeting has a new look and tools. More intuitive than before with subtle changes a heavy user will appreciate.

Microsoft Teams will soon allow you to schedule meetings for automatic recording. Microsoft Teams is working on a new, community-requested feature. It’ll give you the ability to schedule a meeting for automatic recording, in case you’re worried about forgetting to manually initiate it.

💻 Sysadmin Stuff

Send email using alias in Exchange Online. A step-by-step tutorial with instructions on what you need to do to make this work.

New cross tenant migration available with Exchange Online. Another big thing for sysadmins. Finally, you can do tenant to tenant migration of mailboxes.

Announcing General Availability of the new Exchange admin center. The new Exchange admin center (EAC) is a modern, accessible, web-based management portal for managing Exchange Online that is based on the Microsoft 365 admin center experience.

Enable External Email Warning Tag in Exchange Online. Microsoft introduced a native method to identify external emails through the ‘External’ tag. External email tag protects against spam and phishing. Here’s how you enable this.

💻 Security

Malicious Office 365 Apps Are the Ultimate Insiders. Special malicious M365 apps are on the rise. Read on to learn how easy it is to circumvent MFA.

Microsoft Secure Score should be your security benchmark. Have you ever looked at your security score in your M365 tenant? Is it barely in the 2-digit range? Then by all means do something about it. Are you above 70%? Then you’re fairly ok.

Automating threat actor tracking: Understanding attacker behavior for intelligence and contextual alerting. As seen in recent sophisticated cyberattacks, especially human-operated campaigns, it’s critical to detect an attack as early as possible and rapidly determine the compromise’s scope and predict how it will progress.

💻 Upcoming Webinars

May 12, 2021. Teams Nation Community Conference. Free conference for Teams fans and users.

May 28, 2021. The Microsoft 365 Ecosystem: What You Should Know. Free community pass.

💻 Noteworthy (long)reads

Getting Started with Backing up Data in Microsoft 365, Understanding the Limitations. Or in other words: what are backup vendors not telling you.

😂 On a Less Serious Note


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