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Micro Focus has released Filr 4.0

Micro Focus has released Filr 4.0,
the latest iteration of its powerful Enterprise File Sync-and-Share solution.

 

 

Highlights include:

  • Revamped Look and Feel (in Tech Preview): The end-user experience has been completely revamped to remove friction, increase ease-of-use, and create better, more intuitive interactions with Web client users.
  • Updated base platform/SLES/Tomcat/Java: Powerful architecture updates to the base platform to increase speed and performance.
  • Changed default database from MySQL to PostgreSQL
  • The new KevView-based html renderer: A newer, quicker HTML rendering engine to replace the former Oracle Stellent engine.
  • Lucene has been updated to version 7.3
  • Single channel registration key for Filr:  (SLES12 SP3 base), Lucene (SLES12 SP3 base) and PostgreSQL (SLES 15 base) appliances
  • 300+ Internal defects resolved
  • …And more!

For any questions concerning the new features, the update or how to set up and use Filr, please contact us. We are happy to help you.

Micro Focus Vibe 4.0.6 – Patch 1 is released and available for download

Micro Focus has released Patch 1 for Vibe 4.0.6.
The patch is now available in the Micro Focus Patch Finder.

Vibe 4.0.6  – Patch 1

 

Overview: Patch 1 addresses the following issues:

1127386 -Unable to delete specific task.

1129788 -“HTTP Status 403 – Forbidden” when setting an entry as Wiki Home Page.

1129789 -Setting the “file status” does not work any more

1129791 -Survey questions are not saved when creating and saving a survey

1129799 -Stopping a workflow shows invalid CSRF

1129800 -Cannot Edit Descriptions on Discussion & Team Workspaces

1130363 -HTTP 403 error when trying to set/unset the Reserve Entry flag.

1130439 -Blank Guest login page occurs after an update from Vibe 4.0.5 to 4.0.6

 

Feel free to contact us for more information about the fixed issues and in case you need support with the application of this update. We are looking forward to helping you with planning, installing and keeping your Vibe installation up to date.

Micro Focus Vibe 4.0.6 is released and available for download

The Micro Focus Vibe development team has listened to the Vibe crowd and finished the new version Vibe 4.0.6 including some great new features and a couple of important updates.

Also available are updates for the Vibe Desktop Client, the Vibe Add-in for Office and the Vibe Edit-In-Place-Feature.

Changes in Vibe 4.0.6

Here’s our TOP 3:

  1. TinyMCE 4.9.2 (Hooray!)
  2. A re-sizable navigation panel (Hooray! Hooray!)
  3. Faster Tomcat startup (6 times faster! Hooray, once more! 🙂 )

Along with fixes for customer-reported bugs and Library Changes, Vibe 4.0.6 includes the following:

  • Architecture component updates and changes:
    • KeyView 12.1
    • OpenJDK 11
    • TinyMCE 4.9.2
  • A Refurbished Android app that must be newly installed
  • The iOS app is also refurbished but does not require a new installation.
  • Workflow viewer refinements.
  • A sizable navigation panel
  • Manage-database script enhancements that automate setting the JAVA Path.
  • Improvements to Edit-in-Place so that it now works with the MS Office Add-in.
  • Faster Tomcat startup
  • Guest user’s default language is now set based on the browser being used.
  • Vibe video streaming now works in the Safari browser.

Bug Fixes in Vibe 4.0.6

  • 1077185 Copy calendar entry does not generate new uid
  • 1104253 Single State with Looping transition not displayed correctly in the viewer
  • 1106475 Cannot Create Workspace by Copying Existing Workspace for specific Vibe Implementation
  • 1107868 Workflow Design Viewer not longer supports Zoom in/out
  • 1107907 Parallel Workflow arrows not showing
  • 1108798 Unable to view video files on any iOS based device
  • 1110327 Errors during upgrade process
  • 1111650 The migration process from kablink 4.0.1 to Vibe 4.0.1 does not work
  • 1112414 Unable to reset Form/View Designers
  • 1116769 Can’t change fonts with IE when creating/modifying a blog
  • 1119071 Close button not visible when editing entries or files
  • 1119446 MSURI/Edit this File does not work with NAM Integration after upgrade to 4.0.5
  • 1119712 Internet Explorer and Edge do not display the arrows in the Workflow Preview screen
  • 1121088 Vibe 4.0.5 customer has a problem with JSP’s talking to Vibe and getting a code page cp1256 error
  • 1123396 Adding JDK path to manage-database scripts
  • 1123397 Cannot Expand Workspace Tree under WS or Folder Form/View Designer
  • 1123409 Single State Workflow Loop needs adjusting

Feel free to contact us to assist you with planning and applying this update. We are looking forward to helping you.

Code and Concept – Monthly update November `18

Code and Concept – Monthly update November `18

It’s come a little late, but still: with one foot already in December – our monthly update for November! There is quite a bit to talk about – a possible issue with upgrading the Filr 3.4.2 Desktop Client has been found, but has already been given a remedy, there was an interesting talk about the psychological background of „being phished“  by our own Werner Degenhardt at the “netzblicke” – series of events, and this month’s Use Case Spotlight sheds light on the subject of „Distribution Lists and Vibe“: how can distribution lists be managed in the best way to enable recipients to filter out unwanted  noise, but to provide all the important information to all the relevant people?

Filr Client for Windows issue after upgrading to Filr 3.4.2. The problem and the solution:

A problem was found on some client machines, where the contents of the Filr folder did not show up or seemed broken after the upgrade to Filr 3.4.2 under Windows. After an upgrade or installation of the Filr Desktop Client using the MSI-version of the installation program, either manually or through a desktop management solution, the data in the Filr merged view did sometimes appear as “$DATA” or as “Zone.Identifier”. Also, in some cases, the error message “Filr Service is not working” could be seen – then with the Filr folder showing up completely empty. All other clients of Filr in version 3.4.x (mobile applications, web and macOS) are functioning perfectly. The solution to this issue is to either reinstall the Filr 3.4.2 desktop client using the EXE installer file, or to update the workstations Microsoft .NET Framework to version 4.6.2 (or higher). Also, if a desktop management system like ZENWorks is managing the clients, then Microsoft .NET 4.6.2 or higher should be set as a dependency of the Filr client package! The cause of this problem is a rather simple one – if the .msi file is used in unattended mode, Microsoft .NET is not installed in or upgraded to version 4.6.2 automatically, as it is with the EXE installer – and Filr 3.4.2 needs .NET 4.6.2 or higher to function properly. The MSI installer per se is often meant ot be used by professionals in controlled enviroments, so this behaviour was not caught in testing beforehand. More information about the issue and the solution can be found in TID #7023516 (link: https://support.microfocus.com/kb/doc.php?id=7023516

Human Factors in Information Security: Lecture at “Netzblicke”

As we already announced in our last blog post, Dr. Werner Degenhardt – our specialist for Human Factors in Information Security – gave an interesting and well-attended talk titled “Why we fall for phishing and what you can do about it” at the event series “netzblicke” of the Chamber of Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria. The focus of the talk was placed around questions about the structure and inner workings of a malware attack using phishing emails on humans, the „weakest link“. The talk covered the human way of handling such a situation, the human being‘s cognitive and social heuristics, and last but not least, the question of why , in certain circumstances, people make not only wrong decisions, but bad decisions.The event series “netzblicke” leverages strong partners of the Munich Chamber of Commerce to  inform attendees in a a general fashion on topics from the fields of Internet, online and media. This was the final event for this year, before taking a winter break – in February 2019, however, more events are already schedule!

Use Case Spotlight: Micro Focus Vibe and Email – Session Two

In one of our recent Use Case Spotlights, titled “Micro Focus Vibe and Email – Session One”, we used Micro Focus Vibe as an email archive to keep distribution list contents available and searchable in one place for a long time. This „Session Two“  deals with replacing a distribution list altogether using a Vibe folder with ist e-mail functionality.

The Challenge

Email distribution lists are one of the standard means of enterprise broadcast communication, and have followed seamlessly in the footsteps the of postal distribution lists. There are distribution lists for teams, distribution lists for departments, distribution lists for security bulletins, distribution lists forcafeteria menus, distribution lists for facilty management information and many more. Back in „paper times“, only a consciously selected group of people was included in a postal distribution list, because an increase in the number of people caused a lot more work and cost. In times of “free” and fast e-mail, a much larger number of people is aded to a distribution lists – sometimes even at a whim – , and someimes an individual is a member of so many lists that even important information posted to a list can produce the same emotional reaction as a SPAM email. But don’t despair – Vibe has a remedy to this affliction of modern communication.

The Solution

Every folder in Vibe offers the fucntionality of “subscribing” to it, meaning  to receive emails when changes in that folder happen. It’s up to the subscriber whether the email received is a 140-character email, an email with or without attachments, or just a daily digest of all changes, reducing email volume greatly. But not only the user can subscribe to a folder, a person managing a Vibe folder has the ability to „subscribe others“ to the folder, with the same granularity of control. That is what we will use to our benefit, here. The first goal is to replace distribution lists that have content classified as “for your information” only. This is done by creating a Vibe folder with a nice, descriptive name and then use “subscribe others” to inform all former distribution list  members via “push” at set times. So every participant still gets emails (no change for the user to get used to, at first), but there are a lot of advantages:

* The time of delivery is easier to control

* The emails have a consistent design, powered by Vibe email templates

* The contents are, as already described in Session One, already archived and ubiquitously available

* Each recipient can use the “subscribe to this folder” function to change the preferences regarding the type of email and email timing  to fit their needs

* Each recipient can even block the subscription, e.g. if they visit  the folder regularly anyway. This is a proper “opt-out” functionality.

These are just the largest and most immediate benefits – you can achieve even more improvements of the status quo by clever organisation of folders to leverage multi-folder subscriptions.As you can see, Vibe helps with making life easier in any organization. Even in the area “Vibe and E-Mail”, there is still much to cover – but more about that in the future, in Session Three on this topic. This is all for our Monthly Blog Post of November 2018. Of course, we will keep you up to date and deliver valuable news and information here on the site. And as always: if you have any questions, remarks, or comments: feel free to get in touch.

Code and Concept Monthly – October `18

We have, once again, carried together important and interesting news for you this October. Now that summer holidays are over and we have managed the first wave of colds and flu season, the time for events and webinars has started. Also, a new version of mobile Apps for Filr has been released, which triples the choice of supported management solutions. Finally, we have written another interesting Use Case Spotlight about Micro Focus Vibe for you. Enjoy reading!

“netzblicke”

We have already mentioned it in the announcement of this event here in the blog , and here’s a friendly reminder: at the “netzblicke” event „Sicherheit im Netz – so geht´s“ (Security on the Internet – How To) hosted by the IHK Academy in Munich at October, 25th 2018 Dr. Werner Degenhardt from Code and Concept will be giving a talk about psychological factors of IT security. The topic is „Psychologie der IT-Sicherheit: Warum wir auf Phishing hereinfallen und was man dagegen tun kann“ (Psychology of IT Security: Why we fall for Phishing Mails and what we can do about it).

TTP Conference

In November, the TTP Technology Conference takes place again in Bangalore. We have already reported about it in our September Monthly blog post. Registration is still open, and remember that the TTP APAC is not only addressed to TTP members exclusively, but also to interested partners and customers.

TTP Education Fund

The TTP Education Fund has reached its first goal! The first student financially sponsored by the TTP Education Fund has enrolled at the University of Bangalore and is studying “Computer Science Engineering” now. We do wish her all the best and success for her studies and congratulate the TTP Education Fund, and we are proud to have helped reaching this goal with our contribution. Get yourself informed and do also support the TTP Education Fund to help young people in India reaching a higher education, which enables them and their families to take the first step out of poverty.

New version of the Filr app

Having access to necessary files anywhere and anytime on the mobile device can be an immense advantage. However, this advantage for the administration – in particular with the BYOD concept – is associated with increased administrative effort. At the point where the overhead and hassle begin, mobile device management (MDM) or enterprise mobility management (EMM) is often used. Mobilelron support has been integrated into Filr Mobile Apps for some time, which has improved the security of mobile device data access for customers using MobileIron. However, for customers using a different MDM / EMM, there is good news: the Micro Focus Filr mobile apps now also support AppConfig and ZENWorks Configuration Management. This makes it possible to integrate the Filr app into the central device management even better and more flexibly, and in the best case it can even save license costs! Update your mobile apps and your Filr system! If you need support, we are here for you!

Use Case Spotlight – practical: cost and resource conservation.

Order food with Micro Focus Vibe in a canteen over a vibe form.

In cafeterias and company restaurants, a lot of food is prepared unnecessarily – from each menu variant should finally be enough for the employees in stock. The problem: Nobody knows in advance, who chooses what food – so a lot of food is thrown away and so wasted. A menu plan –   a pre-selection per week per employee – solves the problem of excess preparation. Using a simple vibe form, this planning is easy, sustainable and cost-cutting.

Challenge

Particularly in small and medium-sized enterprises – especially where the cost of catering in the canteen or the company restaurant is borne by the AG – the preparation of large amounts of food is a not inconsiderable cost factor. The unpredictability of the purchase quantities complicates the work of the kitchen staff and the purchasing planning – it must always be paid with a variation in the diet always very much, which new court “arrives” – some new food is sold out after half an hour, some become the counter-custodian.This inefficiency is a waste of valuable resources and, not least, a burden on the environment – “sustainability” looks different, so what is needed is to pre-order next week’s menus as simply as possible, which will not only make the kitchen better Planning, but gives employees the ability to view absences (“no canteen today”) and thus waste even less food Such a pre-order should be easy to access and easy to manage.

Solution

With Micro Focus Vibe, this use case can be implemented easily and efficiently. For this purpose, a simple form is created, which contains a selection field for each day of the week in which, for example, the options “Menu1”, “Menu2”, “Menu3” and “No food” are available.Employees are embedded on a landing page with the next week’s menu, along with a link to fill out the form – so they can make informed decisions and fill in their order for the entire next week, up to a deadline. On the deadline the kitchen evaluates the orders and carries out their corresponding planning. In the planned week is then every day almost exactly the right amount of food for all available and prepared. The costs for the company and the environment can be reduced so much because surplus is hardly produced any more. In addition, the whole thing can be further optimized by the employees also specify the approximate time of their lunch break – so preparation times can be planned and the food spends less time in unhealthy keeping warm.This makes it easy to improve for everyone involved, thanks to the flexibility and easy-to-use capabilities of Micro Focus Vibe.

Good Appetite!

Code and Concept Monthly – September ’18

In our September Monthly we mention new versions and updates of the Micro Focus Collaboration and File Management Solutions Vibe and Filr.
Also, you are invited to join the Micro Focus Customer Roundtable in October.
On top of that, the TTP Technical Conference in Bangalore, India is opening its doors for Non-TTP-Members such as partners and customers (on invitation) this November. This is a unique chance to take part in in-depth, technical sessions from an admin’s and user’s perspective as well as in discussions with Micro Focus representatives and to gather information on the products and their future directly from product management.


Vibe 4.0.5 has been released

The Micro Focus Vibe development team has done a great job and finished the new version Vibe 4.0.5. Que Mangus from Micro Focus talks about this version’s new features in his latest Cool Solutions Article.
You can also find details about the new functionalities on the Micro Focus Vibe product page.

Also available in the Micro Focus download area are new versions of Vibe Desktop, the Vibe Add-in for Office and Vibe Edit-In-Place. More information on their installation is available in the Vibe documentation.

Read more


Register now for the Micro Focus Customer Roundtable from October, 8th-17th 2018

The Micro Focus and Open Horizons Customer Roundtable – happening from October 8th – 17th 2018 in different European locations – is focusing exclusively on products and solutions of the former Novell brand.

Seize the opportunity to meet with some of the Micro Focus Product Management and Support team experts and register here now. Attending the Roundtable is free of charge.

Read more


Filr 3.4.1 Update is released

Micro Focus has released the Filr 3.4.1 Update. This update provides an updated Filr Desktop client for Mac to update the FUSE version to accommodate Mac 10.14.
You can update to Filr 3.4.1 via the Online Update Channel.

Read more


TTP Bangalore Technical Conference – November, 17th-23rd 2018

The TTP Conference, a unique event by Micro Focus‘ Academic Community the TTP (Technology Transfer Partners), is going to Bangalore, India this upcoming November. Attendees will have the opportunity to get together with developers as well as product management of the applications they use and to directly discuss important features and product roadmaps.

This year, for the first time, a small number of Micro Focus Partners and individuals from large corporate and government customers from around the world will have the opportunity to join the event on invitation and take part in in-depth technical sessions, unique workshops on the weekend before the event and in product discussions, round tables and futures sessions.

As always, there will be no charge for TTP members for the conference itself (only travel and hotel costs). Non-TTP members will be charged a small fee of $300 for the event including the weekend training course.

If you are interested, please contact us for further information and a personal invitation.

Filr 3.4.1 Update is released

Micro Focus has released the Filr 3.4.1 Update. This update provides an updated Filr Desktop client for Mac to update the FUSE version to accommodate Mac 10.14.

You can update to Filr 3.4.1 via the Online Update Channel.

This update is intended to address the issues outlined in the following TID:
TID 7023368 – Filr Mac Client error: The installed version of FUSE is too old for the operating system.

In case there are any questions regarding the update or any other question around Micro Focus Filr, please contact us. We are happy to help you.

Micro Focus Customer Roundtable from October, 8th – 17th 2018

Micro Focus Customer Roundtable 2018

The Micro Focus and Open Horizons Customer Roundtable – happening from October 8th – 17th 2018 in different European locations – is focusing exclusively on products and solutions of the former Novell brand.

Seize the opportunity to meet with some of the Micro Focus Product Management and Support team experts and register here now. Attending the Roundtable is free of charge.

Mike Bills (Product Management Collaboration), Vikram Goyal (Product Manager ZENworks), Ed Shropshire (Product Management File & Print Services) and Tarik Baki, responsible for customer support, will share insights into the product roadmaps and strategy across

  • ZENworks® Endpoint Management
  • Open Enterprise Server (OES)
  • File Governance, iPrint and Filr
  • GroupWise®, Vibe, Enterprise Messaging and more.

More information, agenda and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/customer-roundtable-registration-48325268178

Vibe 4.0.5 is released and now available in the Micro Focus Customer Center

The Micro Focus Vibe development team has done a great job and finished the new version Vibe 4.0.5. Que Mangus from Micro Focus talks about this version’s new features in his latest Cool Solutions Article.

You can also find details about the new functionalities on the Micro Focus Vibe product page.

Also available in the Micro Focus download area are new versions of Vibe Desktop, the Vibe Add-in for Office and Vibe Edit-In-Place. More information on their installation is available in the Vibe documentation.

Changes in Vibe 4.0.5

  • A redesigned and enhanced download page for user applications
  • Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) protection is now enabled by default
  • The Edit-in-Place Java Applet has been replaced with platform-specific executables
  • The File Upload Applet has been upgraded to HTML5-based functionality
  • OpenJDK replaces other Java installations for Vibe
  • Oracle Stellent has been replaced by Micro Focus KeyView for HTML-viewing and text-filtering functionality
  • The Workflow Designer applet has been replaced with HTML5-based functionality
  • SLES 15 Support

Bug Fixes in Vibe 4.0.5

  • 998173 Wiki and Photo Albums Add Files still uses the applet uploader
  • 998854 Profile Pictues, with COSMOGIAI, are shown broken for external users who do not have COSMOGIAI
  • 1028519 Firefox 52 disables applets – workflow viewer and file upload fail silently!
  • 1031603 Cannot add files to “My Workspace > Photo Album” folder from Vibe Web Client (Mac+Safari)
  • 1032033 Enable Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) protection
  • 1073970 Deleting an entry fails with an unknown error
  • 1074173 HTML attachments are missing on entries created by inbound mail
  • 1075662 User not seen in user list. Reindex returns with one error
  • 1076061 Copying a discussion entry from one folder to another results in a second copy of entry in source folder and nothing in destination
  • 1077434 Thrashing on a folder containing workflow-controlled file entries
  • 1078029 Issues with MSURI edit
  • 1085100 Followup to previous CSIR database issues using Oracle DB
  • 1089896 When there are two survey questions on a landing page, only one answer works
  • 1093164 After Upgrade to 4.0.4 from 4.0.3 Edit This File opens garbled login page on workstation in Office (excel, word, etc…)
  • 1095149 Error registering external user
  • 1095968 Wrong document updated with Vibe plugin for MS Office
  • 1096278 AD ‘Password Expiry Policy’ calculation issue
  • 1097399 Users with extended characters in password cannot login
  • 1099385 When importing iCal from URL, iCal Module treats events with a DTSTART not having a time zone as All Day
  • 1101963 Database problems with MS SQL Server 2008R2
  • 1104222 Unable to save word or excel files using latest Windows Add In
  • 1104861 Need Documentation on Installing JDK 9 or later for Remote Database Installation

Of course, we’ll be happy  to assist in keeping your Vibe installation up to date.

The edit-in-place functionality for “Edit this file” using MSURI (for Microsoft Office 2010 or later) or VibeURI (for Open Office, Libre Office or older versions of Microsoft Office) may show unexpected behaviour after this upgrade if precautions are not taken. Feel free to contact us for more information on this.

Feel free to contact us in case you need support with planning and applying this update. We are looking forward to helping you.


Register now – Vibe 4.0.5 Release Webinar

On Thursday, September 27th 2018, 6:00 pm (CEST) you can attend a webinar to get to know Vibe 4.0.5 and its new features. Register now here.

Code and Concept Monthly – August ’18

This month, our Code and Concept Monthly is arriving a little later than usual – this is done mainly so that this post does not get lost in the holiday-pile up that is your attention-inbox. And on top of that it means there is even more interesting content for our readers. This time, we not only have some fresh patches for Micro Focus Vibe and Micro Focus Filr for you, but we are throwing a glance current events in IT security, we give you some news about Micro Focus Filr as a product and about upcoming webinars, and naturally we shine a light on how to get the most out of your favourite tools in a new Use Case Spotlight.

Patches for Micro Focus Vibe and Micro Focus Filr

Vibe Java Applets: Updates for Expired Certificates are available

Java Applets and WebStart-Components are used in Micro Focus Vibe to present you an easy way of uploading folders full of content by drag-and-drop, they simplify the direct editing of files through the edit-in-place functions, and they enable the graphical view of workflow designs with the Workflow-Viewer.

Since August 1st, 2018, end users of  Micro Focus Vibe 4.0.4 or Novell Vibe 3.4  can experience a Java Warning message, notifiying them of the expiration of a signature on the code, which makes the Java Runtime see the code as untrustworthy, so the code will not run. As a result, files cannot be added via the applet-based Drag-and-drop feature (Ctrl-Click on “Add Files..”), “Edit this File” becomes unusable, and the Workflow Designer as well as the workflow history do not show the Workflow Preview any more. But also since the 1st of August, there are updates available for Vibe that replace the applet and WebStart components wit freshly signed files, that have a signature validity well into 2021.

The majority of our customers – all affected ones, that is – have installed the updates with us already. You can find the Java Applets Patch here, as well as via the Novell Patch Finder. Depending on your installation, the installation may come with a small obstacle, which is overcome easily. If you would like our assistance when installing the Applet Update, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Filr and L1TF/ForeShadow: A Patch is available

For all Filr 3 – systems, the „Filr 3.0 Security Update 5“ is available via the Filr Patch Channel. It contains patches for the security issues recently published under the monikers  „L1 Terminal Fault“ and  „Foreshadow“, which affect modern CPUs. More information on the patch can be found here. As usual, this patch is applied via the Filr Appliance Update Channel – on release of the patch, in some instances there were delays in patch visibility when refreshing the list of available updates in the appliance configuration interface – updates on that are posted here. For questions and in case of issues, we are – as always – here for you.

Sextortion: “We have recorded what you did in front of the computer”!

The tag-alongs in the multi-billion business of internet pron have come up with an especially devious plot – they are sending emails that may give many people a little jump-scare.
The mail start somethink like this:

„I’m aware that XXXXXXX is your password.
You don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?
Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.
What exactly did I do?
I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).

Even smartphone users are being targeted by this sextortion scam, and the messages there start like this:

„It seems that, +1-951-xxx-xx01, is your phone number. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e mail, right?“

The email contains a threat to send the video to all contacts found on the phone or the PC, and the scammer demands the transfer of a not insubstantial sum in Bitcoin to a given Bitcoin address, together with getting-started information on BitCoin ans well as an ultimatum.

The sad fact is: there are recipients of these scam mails who do pay money to the scammers. This can easily be seen by following the transactions of the target address via the public Bitcoin blockchain. Since the phone number looks “real enough”, and since the passwords given are real passwords (although maybe older ones), for some there is  enough reason to believe the scammers.

Bu wait a minute: where did the scammer get the password or the telephone number? Phone numbers are easy, of course, they are available all over the internet. But the password? Well, the password is on the internet, too. A large number of hacked accounts are in circulation, which have been compromised by one of the big account leaks in recent years. If you want to check for yourself, just go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ , a page that shows if the password from the scam email has been affected. The emails are a bluff, of course, and are probably created using a script that uses a large dataset of stolen personal data. There are no recordings, and no malware was installed. There is no reason to pay any amount of any currency, whatsoever.

But still, these scam mails are a warning shot. Is the password given one that you used on other accounts, too? At Amazon, Facebook, Google? is it used on more seldom-used accounts like public library access, or your account on a family members PC? It might be time to think about ways of creating, using and managing safe and secure passwords.

If you want to talk about your requirements in IT security, especially the human facotrs in that area, we are there for you!

Filr Update

Implementing Customer Ideas in Filr 3.4

When planning the development efforts for the current version 3.4 of Micro Focus Filr, product and development managers at Micro Focus have listened to customers, partners and users, and have implemented another 24 ideas drom the Ideas Portal, shich brings the total of customer requests that wew realised to 83! This Cool Solutions post has the information and links: https://www.novell.com/communities/coolsolutions/filr-3-4-listened/ .

Of course, for future product development, user feedback will have the same level of importance for the Micro Focus Filr team, and everyones input is welcome and appreciated.  Version 3.4.1 is already in the beta phase, and brings new improvements once more. So, naturally, ideas for new features, or ideas on how to improve the functionality or ease of use for existing features, can and should be posted on the  Filr Idas Portal continually, and if you do not want to put out your own ideas, vote for the ones that are there and help the product team prioritise ideas! Take part in the future of the products you use: join in!

Filr Advanced for OES / NOWS Customers

Since mid-June of 2018, Micro Focus customers who are current on maintenance for OES or NOWS – and thus are entitled to use Micro Focus Filr – have the opportunity to upgrade to the Advanced Edition of Micro Focus Filr at a very competitive price point. They do, however, need to license all OES/NOWS users for Filr Advanced, and must stay under active maintenance to be valid.

We can only recommend this great offer to any and all OES and NOWS customers who are under maintenance, so they can take advantage of the host of features that the Micro Focus Filr Advanced Edition offers – like the extended security features, sharing of Folders from Net Folders, mobile and desktop app branding and the integration tools for Microsoft Office! And if you are an OES or NOWS customer, but you are not yet using Filr: what are you waiting for? You have an entitlement to use a secure, stable, and scalable file access and sharing platform that will stop your users from using the likes of dropbox and OneDrive! More information on the featres you get extra if you go with the Advanced edition can be found at https://www.microfocus.com/products/filr/features/#version.

We are available for any questions around Micro Focus Filr or on the transition to the Advanced Edition – just get in contact!

Webinars

Micro Focus is making an on-demand Webinar zu den Neuerungen in Filr 3.4 available. The webinar shows you how to use the new features to get users be more productive, and to make the administrators’ life easier.
The webinar is a recording of a webinar from July 2018, so you can view it whenever you like, and as often as you like.

Additionally, there will be a webinar on September 26th, 2018, from 16:30h-17:30h CEST, covering „An early look at OES 2018 SP1“. That webinar will not only inform about the improved performance in the whole stack of NSS/CIFS/NCP and the improvements in Domain Services for Windows, but also cover the advancements made in the area of cloud-integrated storage, which enables customers to have policy-controlled shifting of content and data into the storage system that is best for the data, or that simply offers the best price for the byte – be it on prem, private cloud or even public cloud. All while keeping data safety and data security levels where you’ve come to expect them with enterprise-grade proucts from Micro Focus (and Novell before). Registration and info on the webinar can be found here.

Use Case Spotlight: Micro Focus Vibe and Email – Session One

The many of features and possibilites offered by Micro Focus Vibe often do not jump out at you, so sometimes they seem more hidden than they really are. We will demonstrate in this Use Case Spotlight how easy and pactical it is, still, to generate added value with simple measures and configuration options. In future spotlights aound the topic “Vibe and Email”, we will cover more facets of this feature set – this time we cover the use of Micro Focus Vibe as a mail archive for distribution lists.

The Challenge

New email, old emails – whenever a new recipient is added to a distribution list or mailing list, they have no access to older emails ehich were sent to the list previously. Discussion start “somewhere in the middle”, and questions to the list are sometimes answered by referencing old mail threads. It somehow feels like joining a week-long workshop two days late. So one asks colleagues and with a little luck one of them has a collection of old list mails that is presentable or even exportable. The same problem exists for lists that are used for regular department or team bulletins. Even for the administrators, getting a proper overview on list contents can be hampered by technical or by legal road blocks. Often, the call is made for a mail archiving solution, but an “offical” mail archiving tool is geared toward legal requirements for archival and does not fit the bill, here.

The Solution

A solution is simple when using Micro Focus Vibe: use MIcro Focus Vibe as an email archive. To do that, a folder is created in a reasonable or meaningful place – meaning one that is found easily by participants, like a department workspace, a team workspace, or even a personal or public area. As folder type, the Discussion Folder fits the use case very well, since its folder listing gives a good overview of its contents. Next, the folder is configured as per the documentation to have a “Simple URL” and to allow emails to be sent into the folder – this lets the folder have an email address that accepts emails from all users who have the right to create entries in the folder.
Inbound emails are shown in the folder as Micro Focus Vibe entries: the entry title receives the email subject, the entry description field gets the email body, and any attachments on the email will be added to the entry as attachments.
Micro Focus Vibe‘s powerful access control is used to control who can send emails into the archive and who can read it. By default, only the members of the distribution list get access – a setting that is extremely easy if you manage your lists in an LDAP-aware system like GroupWise or (if properly configured) MS Exchange. When set up this way, every new member of the distribution list only needs to be sent the link to the Vibe folder, and they can immediately browse the list archives and then take part in the discussion using the knowledge passed to the list in the past.

You can find more Use Case Spotlights in our regular Code and Concept Monthly updates – feel free to browwse the archives. If you have any questions, or if you want your own use case to be presented, just get in touch!