April 2013
In this issue

> Windows 8
> Data Growing Pains?
> Spring Cleaning?
> Voice and Conferencing
> What to Do If You're a Victim
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

What to Do If You're a Victim
used with permission from Norton by Symantec


There is a nonstop flood of Trojan horses, bots, and phishing attacks assaulting the Internet every day. Crimeware attacks and identity theft can happen to anyone. If you believe you have been a victim of crimeware or online fraud, there are a series of steps you can take in each instance to respond to and recover from the incident.

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Business Continuity Tip

Stay Afloat

The Midwest was hammered with yet another snow storm recently. And with winter weather on everyone€s mind, it€s hard to believe that it's officially spring.

As the snow melts and temperatures rise, flooding becomes a major issue in many parts of the country. According to FEMA, floods are one of the most common and expensive natural disasters. All it takes is a few inches of water to cause thousands of dollars of damage. So what can you do to protect yourself, your family and your business?

Please forward this newsletter to anyone else in your organization who might be interested!

Windows 8 € Fast and Fluid Touch Technology
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Ever wondered why you can download a song instantly to your smartphone but then have to wait hours, even days, to install new computer software in the office? With the new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has broken the barrier between our professional and private worlds and produced an operating system that offers instant access to exactly the apps we need, both in and out of the office, at the touch of a fingertip.

Want to log in? Just swipe the screen. Enter your password? Touch the picture. You can do everything you want, instantly. No wonder Microsoft€s CEO Steven Ballmer has described 2012 as an €epic year€.

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Data Growing Pains?
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Virtualization. Like other technology buzzwords, some users work this term into business conversations without really understanding its meaning or how its strategic application can streamline operational efficiencies, improve resource allocation, enhance network security and reduce costs.

It€s worth learning. Careful evaluation of existing non-virtualized environments is the most vital first step toward choosing the best virtual server and storage solutions for any given environment. This evaluation should be done with an eye on present and anticipated computing and power requirements, as well as the number of existing and future users.

Growing data storage requirements are always a major concern of large corporations and institutions. But "big data" has become an issue for small businesses, too. Varying operating systems, a growing number of applications and the increased use of mobile, BYOD and other technologies threaten to overwhelm existing physical server and storage solution capacities.

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Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget Your PC
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

With the hint of spring in the air, your energy level is up and so is your productivity. You€re on a roll at work and suddenly€it starts freezing. And we€re not talking about the weather.

PC users have at least one thing in common€we€ve all experienced the distracting error messages, load time lagging, buzzing and whirring that alert us to double-check our backup system just in case the dreaded €blue screen of death€ appears. While these signs don€t necessarily mean your PC is going to quit on you anytime soon, they are symptoms of a straining hard drive and an overworked machine.

But it is spring after all€ why not extend your spring cleaning regimen to include your PC as well? Follow these simple tips to organize your files, purge unnecessary data and back up important information so your PC is working efficiently and smoothly€and so are you.

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What You Need to Know about Voice and Conferencing
used with permission from Cisco

Combining your company's voice and data systems makes it easier to keep in touch and share information. By unifying your business' phone and computer network, team members can easily find each other, wherever they are, and customers and prospects can be quickly routed to the best resources.

As your business grows, IP based communications technology lets you add new employees, remote offices and teleworkers with minimal effort and expense. At each step, your team has the communications tools it needs to help your business succeed.

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Quote of the Month

"No winter lasts forever;
no spring skips its turn."

- Hal Borland

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