September 2015
In this issue:

How serious is the end of support for Windows Server 2003?

Making the move to Windows 10

13 Must-Take Steps to Combat Physical and Digital Theft While Traveling

Monthly Trivia

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13 Must-Take Steps to Combat Physical and Digital Theft While Traveling
used with permission from Microsoft for Work
by Rieva Lesonsky

Whether you're traveling for business or leisure this summer, chances are that as a small business owner, you'll be working on your trip. But with unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots and the potential for physical theft, among other risks, there are several steps you need to take to ensure security issues don't interrupt your productivity.

Use these tips to keep your devices and data safe on the road.

Before you go

  • Back up your devices before you leave, and make sure current, updated security software is installed—including on your phone and tablet.

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How serious is the end of support for Windows Server 2003?

After so many warnings about the end of support Windows Server 2003 (and last year, end of support for Windows XP), it might be easy to think that IT professionals are alarmists. How can end of support for Server 2003 be that serious? Unfortunately, it is as dramatic as it sounds. It is, literally, the end of support for this Microsoft product: if something goes wrong, there is no help.

Now that support for Server 2003 is over, as of July 14, 2015, these are the three major issues businesses and organizations face if they continue to use Server 2003. 
  1. Security vulnerabilities.

    Businesses that fail to migrate to a new version of Windows Server are opening the door to cybercriminals and welcoming hackers. Businesses running Server 2003 are sitting ducks without protection from future attacks, and cybercriminals know it. Microsoft will no longer provide security patches or critical fixes. There is no doubt hackers are already at work preparing attacks.
     
  2. Non-compliance.

    Small businesses running Server 2003 are no longer compliant with numerous privacy and protection statues, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). HIPAA and other compliance standards require frequent updates to operating systems and infrastructure meet requirements—but Server 2003 is now stagnant and will become increasingly unprotected. All small businesses in the healthcare industry need to understand the ramifications of being non-compliant.
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Making the move to Windows 10
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

When Microsoft ended support of Windows XP in April 2014, many businesses understandably dreaded the process of moving from one operating system to another. Just how reluctant were businesses to switch? Despite no longer receiving support, Windows XP is still used by 16.9% of PC users—making it currently more popular than Windows 8 and 8.1 combined.1 That doesn't mean everyone is hanging on to Windows XP, though. Windows 7 currently holds the top spot with a 58% share among PC users.[1]

The good news is that Microsoft took businesses' concerns into consideration while it was developing its new Windows 10 OS—ensuring that businesses could make the transition as smoothly and as simply as possible. But while ease of upgrades is important, are the benefits of Windows 10 truly worth it for your business? Let's take a look.

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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) What word was commonly used before the 16th century to refer to the autumn season?

2) What English Romantic poet wrote the poem "To Autumn", which describes the season as a time of 'mellow fruitfulness' but also evokes a sense of melancholy?

3) In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins in September. When does it begin in the Southern Hemisphere?

4) What term refers to the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox?

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