October 2014
In this issue

> Don't risk sticking with XP
> Basic Networking: What You Need to Know
> Encryption in Office 365
> Social Media Scams Based on Current Events
> Russian hackers may have your info. Now what?
> Gmail or Exchange?
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

Business Continuity Tip

Shellshock Security Breach

In the last week of September, a serious software vulnerability called Shellshock was discovered, threatening users of Unix based operating systems including Linux and Mac Os. The bug allows attackers to perform the same commands as a legitimate user on a server, giving them the ability to do nearly anything that a user can do.

It's still unclear exactly how many systems are vulnerable to this new bug, however, some experts are predicting the number impacted to be in the millions. You can learn more about the Shellshock bug by clicking here.

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Don't risk sticking with XP
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Maybe you've been busy. Maybe you've been waiting for the right time. Maybe you didn't think it was necessary. Whatever your reason for not migrating your business off of Windows� XP and on to Windows 7 or 8.1, it's officially time to stop procrastinating.

When Microsoft� stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8 of this year, they also stopped security updates for the venerable operating system. The simple truth is that if your business is still running Windows XP, you're putting your sensitive data�and your employees�at risk of serious security threats.

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Basic Networking: What You Need to Know
used with permission from Cisco

Basic networking consists of two essential pieces of equipment: switches and routers. If you know how this hardware works, you'll have a fundamental understanding of basic networking as well. Knowing more about basic networking can help you make better decisions about the network design, services, and features your business needs to implement in order to thrive.

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Encryption in Office 365
used with permission from Microsoft

Office 365 Message Encryption is an easy-to-use service that lets email users send encrypted messages to people inside or outside their organization. Designated recipients can easily view their encrypted messages and return encrypted replies. Regardless of the destination email service�whether it�s Outlook.com, Yahoo, Gmail, or another service�email users can send confidential business communications with an added level of protection against unauthorized access.

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Social Media Scams Based on Current Events
used with permission from Norton Protection Blog

by Nadia Kovacs

We are sure you've seen them lurking in your news feeds- breaking news reporting a celebrity's death, photos of natural disasters striking major cities, video footage of riots and outrage over an accidental shooting- all seemingly legitimate news stories. However, this �news� may not be what it seems.

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Russian hackers may have your info. Now what?
used with permission from FTC Business Center Blog
by Amy Hebert

You may have heard about it in the news: reports that Russian hackers have stolen more than a billion unique username and password combinations, and more than 500 million email addresses, grabbed from thousands of websites. What steps should you take?

First, gather your tech team to make sure security procedures are in place and up to date at your business. Next, your family, friends, employees, and customers may be looking to you for advice. We asked our resident expert, Maneesha Mithal, director of the FTC�s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, to answer some of the questions you�re likely to hear.

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Gmail or Exchange?
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

When it comes to business email, change is in the air.

Web-based platforms have all but taken over the personal email market�Gmail alone has over 425 million active users worldwide and counting [1]. With Microsoft� also ending extended product support for Exchange Server 2003, now could easily seem like the perfect time to switch your office desktop email client and server to an online solution.

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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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