Sunday, April 20, 2014

Newsletters and Latest News

This page is where you can find all of our current and many archived newsletters. Simply click on the PDF icon in front of the newsletter text to download in PDF format. Can't open the file or don't have a PDF reader? Click here to download it from Adobe's site.

April 2014 NewsletterUp in the Clouds

Hopefully you are backing up your PCs and Macs so you don’t lose any of your irreplaceable data. Likewise with the power and functionality of today’s modern smartphones, you must make sure to back up these devices as well.

March 2014 NewsletterOne Month to Go!

“What is the best approach, replace a Windows XP computer or upgrade it?” This is actually pretty simple to answer. Assuming your computer is more than 3-4 years old, it is almost invariably a better idea to replace it and here’s why.

February 2014 NewsletterWindows XP End of Life Warning

On April 8, 2014 Windows will no longer receive updates via Microsoft and this could put your network at risk. Before that happens, here are some things you can do to prepare for the upcoming changes.

January 2014 Newsletter1oz. of Prevention > 1lb of Cure

A backup system is only as good as its last restore. You do not want the first time you try to get a file back to be when you are looking at a lifeless brick that used to be your computer. You want to have done it a couple of times before.

December 2013 NewsletterOh Humbug! They Stole My Password?!

We strongly recommend that you change the passwords to your social media and web email accounts as a precaution as soon as you can. Great, here comes the question, change it to what? What follows is a spirited discussion between two of our techs on exactly that.

November 2013 newsletterThe USER is Now Under Attack!

Someone calls you and says they are a Microsoft support technician. They tell you Microsoft has been receiving some error messages from your computer and they would like you to assist them in the troubleshooting and repair of the problem causing these errors.

October 2013 NewsletterUpdates Updates Updates!

What can you do to make your computer more secure? Jeff Verry discusses best practices to protect you and your data. Also, Gary Slager retires!

September 2013 NewsletterHow to Protect Your Computer from Hackers and Malware -
Part 2

Another important part of protecting your computer and information is using strong and UNIQUE passwords. A strong password has several characteristics

August 2013 NewsletterHow to Protect Your Computer from Hackers and Malware -
Part 1

In today's world computers permeate almost every facet of our lives. it seems just about everything we do requires the use of computers in some way, shape or form.

July 2013 NewsletterA Successful Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

About 40 were in attendance for our ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 25th as we celebrated the Grand Opening of our third location in West Michigan: Hudsonville!

June 2013 newsletterTips and Traps - Computer Add-On Programs

At CCS Technologies our stores have busy Computer Repair Centers. Every day we have customers bringing in computers for repair that have slowed down and some will not even start up. Many of those come to us with malicious software installed.

May 2013 newsletterIt's Time to Move On from Exchange 2003

If you are hosting your own email using Exchange Server 2003 (whether as a stand alone server or as part of Small Business Server 2003), it is time to move on. This is for a number of reasons, with the most
pressing one being that the new Microsoft Outlook 2013 email client (part of the Office suite) is not compatible with Exchange 2003.

April 2013 NewsletterSpring 2013: Don't Get Caught Without Protection!

As we remind our customers every year, taking the concept of Spring Cleaning and applying it to your IT tasks, assets and procedures is a good idea. The biggest threat you will encounter this Spring is weather related. Also: FREE Recycling of your electronic equipment April 26-28!

March 2013 newsletterWindows 8 - Part 3

Last month we took a look at the new interface in Windows 8 including the new tiles and the new Desktop of Windows 8. This month, we continue with our 3rd and final installment of Windows 8 features.

February 2013 NewsletterWindows 8 - Part 2

Last month we took a look at some of the best features of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8. Now it is time to examine some of the not-so-great features

January 2013 NewsletterWindows 8 - Part 1: The Best Features of Windows 8

With the recent release of Microsoft’s newest operating system we thought it would be helpful to outline some of the best features of Windows 8.

December 2012 NewsletterEnd of a Great Year!

As the days get shorter and our phones become busier, we recognize that it is once again time to remind all of our business clients that now might be the best time to get your new equipment before the tax year is over!

November 2012 NewsletterExciting News! CCS Technologies Expands! Now located in Coopersville, Grand Haven & now HUDSONVILLE!

We are looking forward to the opportunity to meet many more businesses through our Hudsonville store.

October 2012 NewsletterThree Apps for your Smart Phone you can't (shouldn't) live without

We have included QR codes to scan into your cell phone (if you know how to do that) so you can learn more about each of these amazing products. Or, don’t forget. You can still schedule some one‐on‐one training with a CCS Technologies Technician and learn even more to help you with your day‐to‐day activities!

September 2012 NewsletterWhy do I need a Battery Backup?

We get this question from clients all the time when we make the suggestion that they need a battery backup. The first thing we do is usually ask them if they have ever been working on their computer when the power went out. If so, what happened?