January 2015
In this issue

> Windows Server 2003 End-Of-Life Support Approaching Rapidly
> Are You Prepared for Disaster?
> Hits and Misses
> Remove and Cleanup Formatting in Microsoft Word
> How to Counterattack Mobile App Security Risks and Stay Protected
> Cartoon/Quote

How to Counterattack Mobile App Security Risks and Stay Protected
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Melissa Segura

There really is an app for anything and everything, and, let's admit it, we all want to join in the fun and download the latest app innovation. However, the mobile apps we use can provide other parties access to our information and everything on our devices. In addition, our smart devices are powerful computers, containing valuable information, such as passwords, contacts, phone numbers, photos, videos, and maybe even banking details.

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Windows Server 2003 End-Of-Life Support Approaching Rapidly: Do You Have a Plan?
used with permission from HTS

It's hard to believe Windows Server 2003 was originally released almost 10 years ago and is now quickly approaching its end-of-life. Microsoft has announced the official date for end-of-life support as July 14, 2015. While many businesses are well aware of this fact and have started planning, there are still a large number that haven't given it much thought yet.

Even if your Windows 2003 server is stable at this time, do you want to risk running your business applications on a server that will never again be supported after July 15, 2015?  Also, concerning is that many of these servers are running applications and use device drivers originally developed for a 32-bit operating system. (64-bit is now the standard.)

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Are You Prepared for Disaster?
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

It's a scene every business hopes to never see: the office walls sagging and blackened by soot, the ceiling collapsed, the floor covered in dark, stagnant water. And the network, servers, and data essential to running your business? Reduced to scrap metal in the blink of an eye.

The numbers are stark. To survive disaster and ensure a quick and affordable restoration, businesses need to have an IT recovery plan in place. Forty three percent of businesses that close after a natural disaster never reopen, and of those that do, more than 29 percent close within two years [1]. Yet nearly half of all employers either don't have a disaster recovery plan, or don't know if they do [2]. There's no better time than now to start, so here are five things to keep in mind as you're preparing for whatever comes your way.

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Hits and Misses
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

It happens every January. As one year ends, so begins the onslaught of predictions for the coming 12 months. The fast-paced, ever-changing nature of technology makes it an especially fun and easy topic to address in this way, and the tech trend predictions for businesses came fast and furious at the beginning of 2014. So what happened? Did they come true? Let's take a look and see just how accurate those predictions were -- and how they can benefit your business into 2015.

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Remove and cleanup formatting in Microsoft Word

Sometimes the simplest features are the most helpful! Have you ever struggled with a Word document filled with crazy formatting that changes from one section to another? Have you copied text from a webpage to a document, but could never remove the bad line spacing?

Microsoft Word's Clear Formatting option comes to the rescue! 
  1. Highlight all the text you want to remove formatting from. If you want to clean up an entire document, hit Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all.
  2. On the Home tab of the Ribbon, look for the Styles group on the right side.
  3. Click the down arrow button next to the styles.
  4. Choose Clear Formatting.
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- Nelson Mandela

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