February 2015
In this issue

> What is the Cloud and How Can it Benefit You?
> How to Detect Malware Symptoms
> Revealed: Hidden Costs
> How to Remove Duplicates in Excel 2013
> A Preview of Windows 10
> Five Actions of a Risk Aware Organization
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

Five Actions of a Risk Aware Organization
used with permission from IBM ForwardView

The business opportunities in cloud and mobile are increasing our connectivity´┐Żboosting the number of devices on our network and increasing access to data. Yet, on any given day, the front page headlines scream about the latest data security breach; thieves stealing valuable business assets, including confidential intellectual property as well as personal information about customers and employees.

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Business Continuity Tip

Don't Get Caught in the Cold

As millions break out their heavy coats and bundle up for the cold temperatures, one thing is clear - winter is officially here.

And with the arrival of bone chilling temperatures, so comes the increased risk to your organization and your home including:

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What is the Cloud and How Can it Benefit You?

As a kid, I used to make a tin can telephone by tying a string to each of two soup cans. When two tin cans are connected, you can send and receive sound waves. Imagine, for a moment, that this tin can string spans the width of your office. Two of your employees need to communicate through the tin cans, so they build the connection. A third employee is invited to "join the call", so he ties his tin can to the string of the first two cans. Then a fourth employee ties his string, then a fifth, and so on. This concept is the very foundation on which the Internet works: sending and receiving information over a wire (in the tin can example, sound waves).

The Internet is essentially one giant connection through copper, fiber optics, and telephone lines, separated by networking devices. These networking devices may be routers, modems, or switches, among others. The difference between the Internet and the tin can example is that there is not one main wire that everyone connects to - instead, using the metaphor, the first employee may have a direct connection to the fourth, and the second employee may have a direct connection to the third. Imagine two companies connecting together, and you can see where things get tricky. The connections become entangled and form a web, thus bringing light to the term "World Wide Web".

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How to Detect Malware Symptoms
used with permission from Microsoft Safety & Security Center

If your computer starts to behave strangely, you might be experiencing spyware symptoms or have other unwanted software installed on your computer. Here are a few tips on how to detect malicious software:
  • I see pop-up advertisements all the time. Some unwanted software will bombard you with pop-up ads that aren't related to a particular website you're visiting. These ads are often for adult or other websites you may find objectionable. If you see pop-up ads as soon as you turn on your computer or when you're not even browsing the web, you might have spyware or other unwanted software on your computer.
  • My settings have changed and I can't change them back to the way they were. Some unwanted software can change your home page or search page settings. Even if you adjust these settings, you might find that they revert back every time you restart your computer.

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Revealed: Hidden Costs
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

In today's era of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, mobility is a high priority´┐Żmaking small businesses more dynamic and responsive in an on-the-go world.

That reality, however, should not detract from the important role desktop PCs still play in today's business environment, delivering more power, more robust upgrade options, and more functionality compared to their portable counterparts.

While large enterprises typically refresh their desktop PCs once every three years, small businesses tend to hold on to their PCs for five to seven years [1]. Older hardware, however, often slows operations and sparks hidden costs. In fact, PCs more than four-and-a-half years old are estimated to cost 50 percent more to support and take 50 percent longer to perform many tasks [2].

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How to Remove Duplicates in Excel 2013

Very commonly you may be dealing with a spreadsheet of data, with many duplicates that you want to remove quickly. This happens often if you are dealing with mailing lists with repeated information (names, email addresses, zipcodes, etc.), an export of data from a system, or a report.

Instead of manually deleting duplicated data to trim down your spreadsheet, use the Remove Duplicates feature!

To demonstrate this feature, we have a simple two column spreadsheet.

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A Preview of Windows 10

Windows 10 is the next generation of Microsoft's device OS that adapts to the devices you're on and what you're trying to get done, with a consistent, familiar, and compatible experience that enables you to be more productive.

Future Features

Here is a quick introduction to the first highlighted key features of Windows 10 that are included in the released Technical Preview. This is a sneak peak, and not an exhaustive list of final product features. But what might we be looking forward to?

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Quote of the Month

"Don't cry because it's over,
smile because it happened."

- Dr. Seuss

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