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Latest security news: Vista reaches End of Life / Local DVRs and camera are getting hacked
Windows Vista has been around for about 10 years and officially reaches its End of Life on April 11, 2017. In unrelated news, millions of Network Attached smart devices were hijacked by using the default password and then used to attack Dyn (one of the world’s largest Internet infrastructure companies) taking out Amazon, Twitter, Netflix and others. Read on to find out more about these two specific security issues.
2017: What to Expect
What trends, will you see for this coming year? Where is Information Technology headed? Let's dust off the CCS Technologies Crystal Ball.
Winds are Blowing: The Only Constant is Change
This article describes changes and updates for three products: Avast for Business, SharePoint and Office 365. We've been helping customers work with software vendors for 40 years and one thing has remained constant in technology: change. Read on to see how these may affect you and your business.
If You Have a Business, Do You Have Business-Class E-mail?
Does your "free" email protect you against viruses? Spam? Can your employees remain productive on multiple devices? Read more to find out what hosted Exchange from AppRiver can do for your company.
40 Years of Computer History
It seems like 1976 was just yesterday. In four decades we've gone from punch cards to flash drives, from dial-up modems to wifi enabled smartphones. One thing has remained constant, CCS Technologies' commitment to local support and personal service. Thank you for allowing us to be your IT solution provider and we hope to be there for you for 40 more years!
An Ounce of Prevention...
Concerned about security? Would you like the convenience of managing multiple computers on your network while knowing the overall condition of all your computers and servers at any given time? If the answer is yes to any of these wait til you meet ProVent, our newest product!
Microsoft Security Essentials - Essentially Useless
For years, CCS Technologies has recommended Microsoft Security Essentials for individual PC protection, if a current subscription with another antivirus product was not available. There have been reports that some with Microsoft themselves now say that its own product does not work any longer. Read on to see how you can stay protected and up to date.
Peeling away the layers of Protection
Firewall? Antivirus? Anything else? Security for your organization can be broken down into four layers. Each of these layers is not foolproof in and of itself, but when properly implemented together, it is an effective strategy.
Keeping your "stuff" safe!
You lock up your house when you’re away; you take your keys with you after parking your car; you may even have a home security alarm system. You do this to protect your “stuff”, whatever valuables you have. What about your computer/network? You have valuable “stuff” there, too!
Yes, Updates. We Have to Talk About Updates
Why does it seem like we’re always talking about keeping your systems up to date? The reason is quite simple, we see people and businesses getting hurt and want to help prevent further harm.
Windows Vista: End of Life
Windows Vista was released in early 2007 and is known as one of Microsoft’s least successful and least used operating systems. That being said, Vista is still being used on large number of computers around the world and CCS Technologies has some important news for anyone using it. On April 11, 2017 Windows Vista will reach its End of Life. Read on to learn what this means for you and your computer.
Hack the User: Don't be the Next Victim
The truth is that we live in a world that has become increasingly connected. This brings convenience. (Yay, my car can play music from my phone!) This also brings real risk. (Yes, someone learned how to hack the controls of a Jeep, forcing Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles. Not good.) One aspect of hacking that has remained steady since the beginning of hacking is that criminals will always exploit the most vulnerable part of the system. Read on for tips on how to stay safe out there!
Three Cool Things about Windows 10
So you upgraded to Windows 10 and you are wondering how it’s different from Windows 7 or 8. Let me give you a quick breakdown of some of the differences and how we got to Windows 10 in the first place.
A New Lease on Life!
Are you one of those businesses that enjoy making New Year’s resolutions? Let’s try this one: “We will invest in some protection for our company against a catastrophic data event like the theft of a server or a fire in the building.” Read on to see what kind of affordable technology you might employ this year.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
Merry Christmas! The holiday season is upon us which brings us joy, peace, happiness, and hacking, malicious web links and online scams. Read how to keep yourself safe this year!
We will use the word "free" 4 times in this article!
Right now CCS Technologies is offering to test your current backup solution by restoring a file from your backups. This will help give you some peace of mind about your data and your business. The best part about this backup restore test is that it is completely free.
Old firewalls - Are You Getting the Speed You are Paying For?
Firewalls are not the same as a router, and a router is not the same as a firewall. We get asked question about this all the time. Here are the simple facts.
Yes! The Red 'X' is Important! Keeping Your Anti-Virus up to Date and Other Important Tips!
Just like last year’s flu shot does almost nothing except leave you with a hole in your arm, out of date security software could be like having no security at all against current attacks. Your antivirus program is only as good as its last update. Stay informed and stay safe with the following tips from your friendly neighborhood technology company!
Under the Umbrella: Beating the Bad Guys Before They Even Get to You
CCS Technologies now has a new cutting-edge tool to add to our (and your) arsenal called OpenDNS Umbrella. This service effectively predicts and prevents attacks before they even get to your network or on your computer.
Stay Alive: Strive for Five
Would you like to learn how to protect your network from hackers, viruses and even your own employees? How about finding out if you really are covered in the event of a catastrophic emergency? What if you could learn all this and not have to pay for it?
Server 2003...Last Call
Microsoft will be dropping support for the Windows Server 2003 product line on July 14, 2015. On that day, Microsoft will be removing support for Server 2003 and those servers will no longer receive updates. Call CCS Technologies now and let us help you through this transition so your business continues to operate smoothly.
Keep an Eye on Your Business! Surveillance Cameras Now Within Reach
Adding a surveillance system for any size business can feel daunting and financially out of reach. If you are looking to monitor multiple locations without spending a fortune, we can help.
Free Stuff on the Internet!!!
We all know “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” That is mostly true as far as getting “free” utilities or other such software on the Internet..
The time to upgrade your 2003 Server is now… because Microsoft is forcing you to.
July 14, 2015 is an important date for any business that has a Windows 2003 Server. On that day, Microsoft will be removing support for that product and those servers will no longer receive updates.
Cryptowall Takes Aim at Business Data
We wanted you to understand just exactly how simple it is for a hacker to trick one of your users into downloading this virus and how simple it is to protect your files from this attack.
2015. This will be the year. I can feel it already. Get in shape. Learn that foreign language. Tis the season… to make resolutions. Here are some of our top suggestions for making the new year a bright and prosperous one when it comes to your computer and your critical business data!
There’s a new virus going around known by several names: CryptoWall, CryptoLocker, etc. Whatever it’s called, it means only one thing to your business – DANGER!
Didn’t we just go through this?! Last Spring users lost support for Windows XP which is a workstation operating system. Now Microsoft has scheduled to end support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015.
It happens all the time: You’re peacefully browsing the web, checking your email or trying to get some work finished… when out of nowhere something strange happens with the PC! Is it something normal that you’ve just never witnessed?
This is the kind of phone call I like to make. Recently we were asked to perform one of our free initial business network consultations and we found ourselves
looking at an outdated server on its last leg.
Our technicians compile a short list of neat and inexpensive website services we think our customers might like to try!
In today’s business world, the most important asset a company has is its data. Criminals looking to profit through cybercrime have not let this go unnoticed.
April 8, 2014. A day that will live in infamy. Ok, perhaps not, but we have already been seeing tangible effects of 30% of the world’s PCs not getting security updates. A few of our customers are reporting that their XP computers are simply bogging down and becoming unusable.
Like the street heralds of old shouting the local news so all could hear, we have heard “change your passwords” many times in the last month due to the now infamous “Heartbleed bug” vulnerability that has been recently reported.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Another important part of protecting your computer and information is using strong and UNIQUE passwords. A strong password has several characteristics
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!