January 2015
In this issue:

Adding Security to the Internet of Everything

Hits and misses

Remove and cleanup formatting in Microsoft Word

Are You Ready for the New Year? Here's a 2015 Checklist

Monthly Trivia

Quote and Cartoon

Are You Ready for the New Year? Here's a 2015 Checklist

It's time to start thinking, planning, and budgeting for the New Year. We have a short checklist of four key areas we think you should consider when making your plan.

■  Outdated Software: Are you running programs or hardware that are out of date and unsupported? Are you still running Windows XP, which lost support by Microsoft in April 2014? Is your network still running on Windows Server 2003, which will hit end of life in July 2015? It�s important for your company�s security and productivity to upgrade, and we recommend making the move now. Upgrading from Server 2003 is not a quick process!

■  Backup: Is your data backup device and process current and adequate for 2015? Do you know if your backup is working properly? Have you tried successfully restoring a backup?

■  Anti-virus & Firewall: Is your Anti-Virus software and firewall all that it should be to protect your business?

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Adding Security to the Internet of Everything
Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com

The Internet of Everything heralds a new kind of world for everyone. But it also requires a new way of thinking about IT security.

Don't panic just yet: but in a few years, your fridge could become a target for cybercriminals. As the number of devices in the Internet of Everything grows, so does the likelihood that connecting these devices and networking them together could increase the number and type of attack vectors we will see in the future. And that means we need to think differently about IT security and the levels of protection needed for this new, connected world. Protecting all of IoE interactions is crucial in enabling people and organizations to benefit from these advances.

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Hits and misses
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

It happens every January. As one year ends, so begins the onslaught of predictions for the coming 12 months. The fast-paced, ever-changing nature of technology makes it an especially fun and easy topic to address in this way, and the tech trend predictions for businesses came fast and furious at the beginning of 2014. So what happened? Did they come true? Let's take a look and see just how accurate those predictions were—and how they can benefit your business into 2015.

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Remove and cleanup formatting in Microsoft Word

Sometimes the simplest features are the most helpful! Have you ever struggled with a Word document filled with crazy formatting that changes from one section to another? Have you copied text from a webpage to a document, but could never remove the bad line spacing?

Microsoft Word�s Clear Formatting option comes to the rescue! 
  1. Highlight all the text you want to remove formatting from. If you want to clean up an entire document, hit Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all.
  2. On the Home tab of the Ribbon, look for the Styles group on the right side.
  3. Click the down arrow button next to the styles.
  4. Choose Clear Formatting.

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Monthly Trivia

First person to submit the correct answers by email to anorton@osgusa.com will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card!

Entries are judged by date/time received and correctness. Include your name and phone number, the question number and the answer.

1) Where is the first place in the world New Year�s arrives?

2) Why do the Chinese celebrate the New Year by Letting off Firecrackers?

3) How long ago was New Year�s first celebrated?

In what year was the first New Year�s Ball drop in New York�s Time Square?

Cartoon of the Month

Quote of the Month

"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."

 - Nelson Mandela


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