April 2014
In this issue

> Server Virtualization
> Taking the Sting out of Password Pains
> Heartbleed Security Flaw
> Removing Email Background Color in Outlook 2013
> Maintaining Mobile Safety on Your Smartphone
> Cartoon/Quote

Maintaining Mobile Safety on Your Smartphone
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Our phones play an integral part in both our everyday and business lives. But as more of us use these portable wonders, the potential for more problems increases as well.

Because cybercriminals are actively targeting mobile devices that lack sufficient protection,  keeping your smartphone safe is extremely important. This includes protecting both your software and hardware.

According to a 2013 report from London€s Metropolitan Police, a staggering 70% of all personal crime is phone theft.*

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Server Virtualization
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Small businesses€more than larger corporations€have long recognized the importance of doing more with less in order to maximize profitability in highly competitive markets. Improving operational efficiencies goes far beyond eliminating wasteful or unnecessary practices. It also includes gaining the right knowledge to adopt products, solutions and strategies that deliver the greatest business benefits.

This isn€t always easy. To make the best choices, owners and administrators must navigate through a dizzying array of impressive technologies that may contribute little to no value to the bottom line. But this process is highly worthwhile. The SMB Group€s Top 10 SMB Technology Trends for 2014 report notes that €progressive€ businesses that invest in and view technology as a business enabler are more likely to achieve revenue growth than their more conservative peers [1].

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Taking the Sting out of Password Pains
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Too many passwords, so many devices € how can you keep them all straight?

Password pain is spreading. Just look around and you€ll see evidence everywhere: Post-it notes on desks, cryptic scribbles in wallets and purses, password-reset emails, and more. Isn€t there a better way to remember the passwords we need to access the online sites we visit every day?

In today€s digitized world, the amount and complexity of passwords is on the rise. With social media, gaming, shopping, entertainment, and banking almost exclusively conducted online, it€s fast becoming a major headache to remember all the user names and passwords that keep us connected € especially for sites that aren€t frequented daily. Add in the fact that we€re also connecting with keyboard-less smartphones and tablets that have to be synched with our PCs, and that many accounts now require longer passwords with special characters for extra security, and it€s no wonder we can€t keep track.

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Heartbleed Security Flaw

On April 7th, Google's security team issued a press release concerning a security bug that is found in many websites around the world. This bug could potentially expose user information, passwords, credit card info, etc. While a fix has already been released in order to remedy this bug, please be vigilant when using websites that have access to your billing and personal info. Web service providers are hurrying to plug this security hole, but there is no way to know what information was stolen in the meantime.

It is important to understand that this is not a local machine issue. The security flaw is found in many websites online. Because the bug is isolated to websites and does not affect your servers & workstations, it is unlikely that it will affect your business network. In order to ensure your peace of mind, we have a few recommendations to ensure your personal data security at home.

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Removing Email Background Color in Outlook 2013

Here's a really quick tip on how to deal with replying to emails that have an annoying background color.

Don't change your font-color to white so it shows up on that black background. Just remove the background color! (This works for Outlook 2013 and 2010.)   Read more

Quote of the Month

"To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say."

- Will Durant (Historian)

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