September 2014
In this issue

> Windows Server 2003 is End of Support in July 2015
> New Server or Move to the Cloud?
> Office 365: A More Cost-Effective Option for Business
> Russian Hackers Collect 1.2 Billion Passwords In A Mega Breach
> Customize Your PowerPoint Presentation With Slide Masters
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

Business Continuity Tip

8 Tips to Put Your
Plan in Action

Preparing for disasters can seem like a daunting task, often causing many to walk away from the planning process altogether. In fact, 82% of Americans agree "If someone could make it easy for me to be prepared, I'd do it."

In an effort to bring simplicity back to preparedness, we've broken down the facts into a free infographic that highlights the importance of having a disaster recovery plan and the steps you can take today to put your plan into action. You'll learn how to rate your risk, tips for creating a crisis communications plan, creating emergency wallet cards, and conducting a simple disaster recovery test.

Download 8 Tips For Putting Your Disaster Recovery Plan Into Action!

Click here to learn more about Databranch Disaster and Back-up Recovery Services or call us at 716-373-4467 to speak with an Account Manager today!

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Windows Server 2003 is End of Support in July 2015

Over the past year the tech world has been flooded with talk about Windows XP, which went out of support this past April. Recently, Microsoft has announced Windows Server 2003 will experience the same fate as XP and on July 14th, 2015 this highly used server operating system will no longer be supported.

The primary concern when a software product becomes end of life is security. Microsoft will no longer be creating or releasing updates for Server 2003 leaving your business vulnerable to security threats. In 2013 thirty-seven critical updates were released for Server 2003, without these patches you leave your network and company data exposed. If you�ve been watching the news lately you know hackers have been having some success, think Home Depot or Target. It is predicted these attacks will become even more prevalent as companies fail to upgrade outdated technology. As a business, you also need to be concerned about staying in compliance with your industries standards and regulations. Many times software that is no longer supported will not measure up.

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New Server or Move to the Cloud?
used with permission from HTS

Many organizations we talk to are starting to think about their next server upgrade. Here are some common questions we get. 
  • Do I need a server?
  • What about the cloud?
  • Is there a less expensive way?
These are all good questions and the answers can really depend on your needs.

Do I need a server?

The general purpose of a server is to deliver functionality to users, typically in the local office.

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Office 365: A More Cost-Effective Option for Business
used with permission from HTS

As you know, moving to the cloud is a popular solution that many small businesses have decided to take action on. If you aren�t a �tech� person, then it can be scary to think of all of your programs or files saved in the cloud, floating in �outer space� where you can�t physically touch it. Believe me, I�ve been there! But, if you start to research your options, moving to the cloud, especially with Office 365 is a smart option that is more cost-effective than the traditional on-premise option for small businesses with more than 1 PC.

When you break it down, for small and medium businesses, Office 365 is an easy choice. I�m sure there are some exceptions, but Office 365 is a great option for most SMBs.

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Russian Hackers Collect 1.2 Billion Passwords In A
Mega Breach

used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Solange Desc

The New York Times has reported the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials by a Russian crime ring. These hackers reportedly amassed 1.2 billion username and password combinations, and more than 500 million email addresses from 420,000 websites through botnets (computers that have been infected with and controlled by a computer virus). The sites ranged from small sites to larger household names. Many of the targeted sites are still vulnerable.

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Customize Your PowerPoint Presentation With Slide Masters

If you�re wasting time laboriously updating the background image, fonts, colors, and more on every slide of your lengthy PowerPoint presentation, you�re probably saying, �There must be a better way to do this!�

And there is. Enter the power of slide masters!

A slide master is a part of a PowerPoint template that controls how slides appear throughout your presentation. When you make changes to a slide master, they�re applied universally to the presentation. Make a change once � and it�ll appear everywhere it�s supposed to!

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Quote of the Month

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."

- L.P. Hartley (Author)

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