Upgrading from Windows 7! Getting it Done!

We've been discussing, licensing, installing, upgrading, and implementing, new Winodws 10 Operating Systems to replace Windows 7 systems most of this year.  However, there are many systems that haven't been upgraded or replaced. It's not too late to get it done, but time is running short.

It’s still coming whether we like it or not: Windows 7 End of Life. If your organization is still running Windows 7, what can you expect? Is this truly the end of Windows 7, and should you upgrade?

The answer, realistically, is yes. It’s a smart move to upgrade now, for security and stability.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in 2015. Extended support ends on January 14, 2020. Windows 7 is now end-of-life. It will not be supported, nor will it receive regular patches and security updates.

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Deploying Two-Factor Authentication!

 how to deploy two factor authentication

 

Put those passwords in their place!

Cybercrime is constantly on the rise. It seems like every quarter there is a new breach of a major website, with hackers stealing the online credentials of hundreds of thousands to millions of unwitting users, including small businesses. A Poneman Institute study showed that the average cost of a data breach increased from $7.91 million in 2018 to $8.19 million in 2019 which is the highest cost globally.
 
Passwords offer one level of protection. But for a deeper level of protection, you also need two-factor authentication.

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HP Partners with WWF!

 

HP partners with World Wildlife Fund

 

HP has announced a new partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that supports its efforts to create a forest positive future for printing. Through this five-year, $11 million initiative, HP and WWF will help protect a combined area of 200,000 acres by restoring part of Brazil’s threatened Atlantic Forest and increasing sustainable management of state-owned farms and forest plantations in China.

These two major projects mark the first within HP’s Sustainable Forests Cooperative, which is designed to drive action and inspire others to preserve and improve forest ecosystems for future generations.

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Is Private Browsing Really Private?

A lot of people get confused with private browsing thinking it's something that it is not. This is a good explanation of what it is and how to get want you likely "really want"!

You probably expect your “private” browser to be private. It’s not. So-called private browsers are a standard feature of several web browsers, and have private-sounding names like Private Browsing, Private Tab, and Private Window. Using a private browsing mode can help you to do a lot of things, but maintaining total privacy isn’t one of them.

That doesn’t mean they’re not useful.

It’s important to understand what a private browser does, and does not, do. For instance, do you know that browsing history can still be accessed in most browsers when you browse in private mode? Chances are, you want privacy and safety when you go online. So how do you get it?

Hint: Think VPN or virtual private network.

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How to Stop Robocalls

Robocalls - we all seem to get them these days. And locally, with our large student population from China and Taiwan, Ithaca has its own special kind of madness; robocalls in Chinese! The technology and cost to create and make these kinds of calls is simple and incredibly cheap - hence all the calls at all hours. Here, Hewlett Packard provides some of the basics in attempting to reduce this annoying part of everyones day.
 
How often do you find yourself at your desk in the middle of a critical, time-sensitive project only to have your concentration shattered by the ear-piercing ring of your mobile phone?
 
You look down and see your friend, “Scam Likely,” calling once again. He must be a good friend because you hear from him at work at least twice a day, and he seems relaxed enough to call at the most inopportune times. You want to end your connection with him – given his rude interruptions – but you’re not quite sure how to do it.
 
The first thing you need to know is that you’re most likely dealing with isn’t a person at all but a robocall. What is that? Well, if you answer your mobile phone and hear what sounds like it might be a previously recorded message, it is most likely a robocall.
 
And it could very well be an unlawful attempt to reach you.

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