In This April Issue:
WHAT DOES WINDOWS 7 END OF LIFE MEAN FOR YOU?

All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10.
 
You've all heard the panic. Windows is cutting off support for its widely popular version 7 software. January 14, 2020 will officially mark Windows 7 End of Life. Many companies have used Windows 7 since its onset in 2009 and are still actively using it today. That means you will need to migrate every single device. It's possible you'll need to upgrade your hardware as well. So, what's the big deal? Can you just stick with Windows 7 or will your computer self-destruct?  


The hack started small, in 7th grade, when they bypassed their middle school's internet filters to watch YouTube during lunch.

But by the time Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens were caught, more than two years later, their exploits had given them extraordinary reign over the computer network of the Rochester Community Schools, a well-to-do suburban district about 45 minutes outside Detroit.

The teens had access to the logins, passwords, phone numbers, locker combinations, lunch balances, and grades of all 15,000 of their classmates.  They could view teachers' tests, answer keys, and email messages.

They could control the district's security cameras and remotely operate its desktop computers via their phones.

BLOCK THOSE SPAM CALLS ONCE AND FOR ALL
  
Yes, robocalls continue to increase - and there's no sign of them slowing down. In 2017, such automated communications accounted for barely 5% of all cell phone calls; in 2018, that number rose to nearly 30%. And 2019 is on track to top 50%.
 
Such calls fall into a number of different categories, from callers claiming to be with charitable organizations to supposed customer service communications from the IRS and Microsoft. 

Other familiar covers for robocalls include credit card companies, student debt lenders, utility companies, and even foreign governments.

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WILLIS DADY HOPS FOR HOUSING EVENT
  
It was a beautiful Spring day to gather in New Bo to sample some great beers and learn more about the services that Willis Dady offers.
 
This organization is close to our hearts since our President/CEO Jim Koch serves on it's board of directors. They fulfill a huge need in our community to provide shelter and prevention services to the homeless and near-homeless.
 
This is always a fun event and each year it increases in size. We're proud of our partnership with Willis Dady and are excited about what the future holds for them. 

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