Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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.

February 2015 Newsletter

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.

February 2015 Newsletter

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.

December 2014 NewsletterWhats is Your New Year's Resolution?

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!

December 2014 NewsletterBLACKMAIL - Pure and simple

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!

October 2014 NewsletterMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life!

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.

October 2014 NewsletterTrick or Treat? Don't fall victim to a scam!

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?

September 2014 NewsletterOne Tech's Reflection: Why CCS?

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looking at an outdated server on its last leg.

August 2014 NewsletterSome of our Favorite Apps!

Our technicians compile a short list of neat and inexpensive website services we think our customers might like to try!

CryptoLocker... are you prepared?

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.

June 2014 NewsletterI Still Have XP: Now What?!

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.

May 2014 NewsletterChange your passwords! Change your passwords!

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.

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!