Using Outlook 2007? Time to upgrade!

Office 2007 reached end of Life On Oct 10th 2017, meaning no patches, security updates, upgrades, new features etc.  We have had many clients already experiencing problems in outlook 2007 which now we know 100% are not going to be fixed or addressed. On top of that, Microsoft Office 2007 will no longer work with office365 (our email of choice) starting November 1st (like 10 days!) if you know you have a machine running Outlook 2007, please reach out to us for other options.  Outlook 365 isn’t going to allow the old authentication starting November 1st that outlook 2007 uses, to connect to mail servers.  The newer security that is required by office365 (MAPI) actually helps with connections issues, lag, and slower sync times.  So there are benefits to you immediately if you are using outlook 2007!  For your reading pleasure HERE is the documentation about Microsoft office 2007 end of life.  And HERE is the link explaining about Office365 no longer working with outlook 2007....
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Yesterday US-CERT released information on a new vulnerability with the catchy name of “Krack” (Key Reinstallation AttaCK) that could allow an attacker to take control of a wireless (Wi-Fi) device and intercept your confidential data. This link HERE further explains the vulnerability and provides steps to protect your devices: Here is the latest status on patches:
  1. Windows issued a patch last Tuesday ahead of the official news release yesterday. If you allow automatic updates to your Windows devices, you are already patched.
  2. Linux and FreeBSD systems have patches available.  This is often used in entertainment systems and printers, so If you allow automatic updates, you may already be patched.
  3. Apple macOS and iOS has yet to release a patch, but one is expected in the next couple of weeks.
  4. Android devices which rarely see updates anyway, need patches developed, so check for updates from your device manufacturer.
  5. IoT (Internet of Things) devices like smart thermostats, doorbells, locks, cameras, security sensors, appliances, etc. are rarely if ever updated.  It’s unclear at this...
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STOP Windows 10 Auto-Upgrade

You may remember our blog post about waiting to upgrade to Windows 10 back in September 2015. However, oh HAPPY day! Microsoft has changed the Windows 10 update from "Optional" to "Recommended". And by "Recommended" it means “We know what is best for you, and what is best for you is Windows 10!” If your Windows 7 or 8.1 PC is set to install recommended updates automatically, (which by default they are, for security concerns!) Then Microsoft will forcefully download the Windows 10 and start the installation for you. Now here is how to stop it. First of all, Windows 10 won't install on your PC unless you're at the computer to OK the install (though it will download Windows 10 taking up a LOT of room around 3.5-6GB). And if the installation process starts you’ll be able to cancel it. Also you will be able to roll back to your previous OS for 31 days after installing it. That is the good news. However maybe you KNOW you...
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Think Twice about upgrading to Windows 10 immediately

Continuing Privacy fears

Sure, an argument could be made that Windows (and therefore Microsoft) needs access to all your data to give you the ease of life you are demanding from technology. For example their virtual assistant (Cortana) needs to scan all of your email, and calendar to apply the information in different settings. To remind you when a shipment is coming, to bug you 15 minutes before a phone call. However, this tradeoff between privacy concerns and accessibility is still up for debate (more…)...
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Payment Networks’ Liability Shift October 1st

October 2015 is when the Payment Networks’ Liability Shift takes effect in the USA. To understand what this is and what it means first we need to understand the technology. As credit card fraud increases a global way to combat it has become required. Credit Card typically use magnetic stripe to send run a transaction. I personally have seen someone clone the credit card without even touching it. (more…)...
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