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Microsoft 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.
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looking at an outdated server on its last leg.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!
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.
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 Continue reading...
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. Continue reading...