October 2013
In this issue:

Windows XP

Business Continuity Plan

How to Protect Against Phishing

Tips for Stree-free Travel

Services/Quick Links

Monthly Trivia

Quote and Cartoon

5 tips for stress-free traveling with your notebook
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

As a frequent traveler, your notebook must be able to withstand the stresses of mobility. Bumps and bruises, minor spills and high reliance on battery power are all conditions that you’ll want your notebook to handle with ease. But it’s not all up to your notebook—there are a couple techniques, some helpful products and some buying advice that’ll help make your business travel more stress-free.

1. Stress-free screening: Make going through the x-ray machine less stressful by choosing a carrying case that enables airport officials to scan your notebook without you having to remove it from the bag. The HP Evolution Checkpoint Friendly Case zips down the middle to allow clear x-ray scanning by isolating the notebook to one side. Designed to accommodate notebooks with up to a 16-inch screen, the case also features the SafePort Air Cushion System for notebook protection.

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Windows XP. . .it was nice knowing you

One of the most popular and longest lived Microsoft operating systems that we all know and love, Windows XP, has almost run its course. Microsoft has announced that they will end support for XP on April 8, 2014.

What does this mean if you have a Windows XP machine?

You will no longer be able to receive tech support from Microsoft if your computer has an issue and most retail outlets (Best Buy for example) will likely discontinue support for XP as well.

Outsource Solutions Group will continue to provide support on a very basic level, with no guarantees that we’ll be able to resolve issues. Without being able to reach out to Microsoft for assistance, we may not be able to solve more complex problems.

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A business continuity plan gives you one less thing to worry about
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

When a business’s data is compromised, it’s just a matter of time before things begin to fall apart. As a result, the importance of having a business continuity plan in place is never clearer than during times like these. Sometimes known as a disaster recovery plan, a business continuity plan not only prepares your business for how to protect its data, but also how to prepare itself in the event of a catastrophic power failure or natural disaster.

As far as protecting your business is concerned, a business continuity plan is also the least expensive option for small companies because it costs virtually nothing to produce. Utilizing tools such as HP Business Continuity and Recovery Services, and putting the plan into practice, will dramatically improve your chances of continuing operations during a significant event.

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How to Protect Against Phishing
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Phishing is an online con game, and phishers are nothing more than tech-savvy con artists. In a typical phishing scam, phishers send out emails, which appear to come from a legitimate company, in an attempt to scam users into providing private information that will be used for identity theft.

Phishers use a variety of sophisticated devices to steal information—including pop-up windows, URL masks which simulate real Web addresses, and keystroke loggers that capture account names and passwords.

To protect yourself against phishing, follow these basic guidelines:

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Services/Quick Links

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� Hardware & Software Sales
� Internet Bandwidth Security
� Cloud Computing
� Virus Detection & Removal

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Monthly Trivia

First person to submit the correct answers by email to anorton@osgusa.com will receive a $25 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) What is Arnold Palmer's middle name?

2) What's the top number of a fraction called?

3) What do you call a group of Frogs?

4) Which is the smallest breed of dog?

Cartoon of the Month


Quote of the Month

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool."

 - Richard Feynman


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