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Introducing the Office 365 Secure Score

Ever wonder how secure your Office 365 organization really is? Time to stop wondering – the Office 365 Secure Score is here to help. Secure Score analyzes your Office 365 organization’s security based on your regular activities and security settings and assigns a score. Think of it as a credit score for security.

How do I get to Secure Score?

Anyone who has admin permissions (global admin or a custom admin role) for an Office 365 Business Premium or Enterprise subscription can access the Secure Score at https://securescore.office.com. Users who aren’t assigned an admin role won’t be able to access Secure Score. However, admins can use the tool to share their results with other people in their organization.

How does it work?

Secure Score figures out what Office 365 services you’re using (like OneDrive, SharePoint, and Exchange) then looks at your settings and activities and compares them to a baseline established by Microsoft. You’ll get a score based on how aligned you are with best security practices.

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If you want to improve your score, review the action queue to see what you can do to help increase security and reduce risks.

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Expand an action to learn about what threats it’ll help protect you from and how you’ll get the job done.

To see the impact of your actions on your organization’s security, go to the Score Analyzer page and review your history.

Click any data point to see a breakdown of your score for that day. You can scroll down to see which controls were enabled and how many points you earned that day for each control.

How will it help me?

Using Secure Score helps increase your organization’s security by encouraging you to use the built-in security features in Office 365 (many of which you already purchased but might not be aware of). Learning more about these features as you use the tool will help give you piece of mind that you’re taking the right steps to protect your organization from threats.

But don’t just take our word for it. Customers who are using Secure Score have seen their score increase 5 times more than customers who aren’t using it. (The increase in score corresponds with the security features being used in their organizations.)

Check out this Microsoft blog post to learn more.

Microsoft enhances troubleshooting support for Office365

There’s a new tool from Microsoft for Office365 that scans files for headache-inducing problems in OneDrive for Business

It appears that last week Microsoft added a new and largely unheralded capability to the Office 365 checker tool.

A change to Microsoft’s main troubleshooting article for OneDrive for Business, KB 3125202, added a reference to an option in the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 tool that can be used to scan for files that are too big, file and folder names that have invalid characters, for path names that exceed the length limit, and several other headache-inducing problems. This appears to be a new capability for the Office 365 checker tool.

Here’s what the new information says:

Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365

The Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 is a tool that can diagnose and fix many common Office 365 problems. The OneDrive for Business option “I’m having a problem with OneDrive for Business” now scans for the following issues:

  • Checks the option to manually or automatically update the NGSC+B to its latest version.
  • Reports all files that have sizes exceeding the limit.
  • Reports all files that have invalid characters in the names.
  • Reports all folders that have invalid characters or strings in the names.
  • Reports all paths exceeding the limit and provides a link to this KB article.

The tool is available from http://diagnostics.outlook.com. When you run this tool, the initial page will display several options, including the new option for OneDrive for Business: “I’m having a problem with OneDrive for Business.”

This looks like an excellent tool for anyone troubleshooting OneDrive for Business problems.

 


This is a repost from InfoWorld

Office 2013 Activation error of death solved!

O365 Office 2013 Activation error code 0x8004FC12

This is something that has been annoying me for a while.  It only happens on my home computer and will not go away.  I’ve tried reinstalling setting up new profiles, un-associating my personal O365 account, repairing Office.  I even gave up and started using Office 2010.

The problem doesn’t occur on any of my other Windows 10 machines, yet a search on the Internet shows I’m not alone.  All the forums show frustrated people trying everything, only to end up being told to reinstall a clean copy of Windows 10 (uhh…no).

Luckily, on a tangent day, I decided to check up on the error messages.  To my surprise, I found a promising Microsoft article:

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 – Briefing

Backgrounder:

Like everything Microsoft, downloading and applying updates and patches are the key to keeping your computer running efficiently.  Today, we are focusing on Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2.

It has been more than a year (December 2007) since Microsoft has released a single service pack to keep computers up-to-date without having to download a bunch of little patches.  This significantly reduces deployment times for any oganization.  Furthermore, while most service packs are just a compilation of previous released patches and fixes (through February 2009), Office 2007 SP2 will also include feature enhancements and performance enhancements.  Will the PDF support mean the end of downloading Acrobat Reader?  We’ll see…

Release Date:

End of April 2009.

Changes, Fixes, Patches, Enhancements:

  • Support for Open Document Format (ODF), XML Paper Specification (XPS) and Portable Document Format (PDF).
  • Improved Outlook Calendaring reliability.
  • Improved Outlook performance.
  • Enabling Object Model support for Charts in Microsoft Ofice PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft Office Word 2007.
  • Improved cryptographic functionality by supporting all cryptographic algorithms offered by the operating system.
  • Improved functionality in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 charting mechanism.
  • Ability to ungroup SmartArt graphics (and as a result, the ability to add animations to them in PowerPoint 2007).
  • Ability for Visio 2007 to export UML models to an XML file compliant with the XMI standard.
  • Tool that enables the uninstallation of Office client Service Packs

Where can you get it?

Direct File Download Link

Downloads page link

Release info link