October 2015
In this issue

> Ransomware: 5 Do's And Don'ts
> How can virtualization save your business?
> The best way to prepare for disasters and security breaches
> Change Automatic "Read" Status for Previewed Emails in Outlook 2013
> Cartoon/Quote

Change Automatic "Read" Status for Previewed Emails in Outlook 2013

By default, when you preview emails in Outlook, they quickly change to "read" status. If you are using default settings in Outlook 2013, this means the email line will go from bold to not bold. But because simply previewing emails quickly can set them to "unread", you might overlook it later.

Here's a quick tip to change the number of seconds you can preview an email before it's marked as "Read"!

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Ransomware: 5 Do's And Don'ts
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
By Kevin Haley, Director, Symantec Security Response

I despise all forms of bullying. Perhaps the one I hate most of all is where the bully takes a personal item, snatching it from you, and refuses to give it back. It's dangled right in front of you, but held just out of reach. You'll only get it back after doing whatever the bully wants.

Ransomware is an on-line form of the bully's game of keep-away. Here, the bully gets on your computer and takes your personal files -words documents, photos, financial information, all the things you care about. Those files are still on your computer, dangling in from of you, but they are encrypted now, useless to you. In order to get them unencrypted, you'll need to pay the bully 300-500 dollars.

This is the fastest growing crime on the Internet. It grew by 4500% in 2014, and shows no signs of stopping, its just too profitable for the bullies. How do you stop the bullies? There are five things that will make a tremendous difference.

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How can virtualization save your business?
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Winter is a time when Mother Nature reminds us that even the best laid plans can go wrong. Protect your small or midsized business from the unexpected by implementing virtualization technologies to optimize resources, improve application availability, and reduce downtime.

Virtualization saves. Pooling server, storage, and network resources takes advantage of spare capacity and saves money on space, utility costs, and administrative effort. At the same time, virtualization provides opportunities for failover and load-balancing, resulting in greater application and data availability.

Unfortunately, small and midsized businesses (SMBs) often forgo technology investments that dramatically reduce operational costs and improve IT efficiency because they are perceived to be too complex or expensive. But affordable servers, storage, and networking products with virtualization features are now available to your business.

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The best way to prepare for disasters and security breaches
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

What would happen if your company lost your critical business data? Whether your application is email, your website, accounts receivable or any other critical application, your IT infrastructure is vital to protecting your data´┐Żand to your business overall. If critical data is corrupted or lost due to disaster or security breaches, immediate business consequences may result. Decreased profitability, a blemished reputation, or loss of customers may cost you your business. Think of your IT infrastructure as the first line of defense. Arm that defense with technology that is designed to be resilient, highly available, and secure.

Do you need to be more proactive when it comes to securing and protecting your data? Start with understanding your exposure that results from incomplete protection. Consider your infrastructure and the following:

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Quote of the Month

"The common question that gets asked in business is, 'why?' That's a good question, but an equally valid question is, 'why not?'."

Jeff Bezos

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