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11Sep2018

Windows 7 Support Ends in January 2020

Here’s our first warning: Microsoft will end technical support of its Windows 7 operating system in January 2020. That means there will be no more security patches and bug fixes. Is that bad news? Probably not. Performance-wise, the operating system has outlived its usefulness, and all the special applications and hardware you run off it
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • end of life, Microsoft, performance, risk management, win7, windows 7,
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11Sep2018

Refreshing Devices Re-Energizes Them – Up to a Point

Refreshing your computers, peripherals and devices requires you to take a long pause, but in the end, it still might leave you thirsting for better results. If you’re hanging onto old equipment, Tech Data reports a few facts that might make you change your mind. First of all, the report says, some 46 million small
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, Microsoft, new hardware, performance, risk management, small business, win7, Windows 10,
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11Sep2018

Password Agony; No Ecstasy

Passwords are a total pain. Upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters in one password are likely unbreakable over the course of a lifetime. But just to be safe, you’re required to change them periodically – without repeating one you’ve previously used for a website. And if you go to extremes, well, it is
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, online safety, privacy, risk management, security, spoofing, strong passwords,
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14Aug2018

Pick up the Phone

Until we better develop telepathic technology and autonomous vehicles, my IT service colleagues and I agree that picking up the telephone is the fastest way to get emergency help for tech issues. Problems that can be resolved in minutes can take hours when you text instead of talk. One issue with one of our clients
  • 14 Aug, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • customer service, emergency support, phone support, urgent support,
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14Aug2018

Airports, Wi-Fi and VPNs

Since most of us fly in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport, you might want to know that it’s ranked fifth on one list of airports where your phone is mostly likely to be hacked. Setting up a VPN (virtual private network) might not be your answer, either, because they are not always as
  • 14 Aug, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, online safety, privacy, risk management, security,
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14Aug2018

Tech Preps for Trips

For all the acclaim that Israel gets for technology, I was shocked at how slow the wi-fi service was while we visited there. With all the advanced security systems in place and all the tech startups and established R&D places there, I was expecting blazing internet service. Instead, I found internet service was based on
  • 14 Aug, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Android, Apple, iPhone, online safety, risk management,
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12Jun2018

IoT and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

At a recent technology conference in Las Vegas, I was overwhelmed by how far technology has advanced in such a short time – and by how much faster the impact of technology on our lives will grow. We are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Where are we headed? We’re headed for the clouds – the
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cloud computing, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, IoT, risk management, security,
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12Jun2018

SSL Certificates for Websites

When it comes to the security of your business website, size does NOT matter. Your business most likely either houses some bit of information about clients or customers or has access to information. That makes you a target for hackers. It also makes you a target for a Google search engine flag to warn that
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • https:, online safety, secure sites, security, ssl,
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12Jun2018

Advice from the FBI

If you’re a longtime client or reader of Technology Update, you can say the FBI has either listened to us or validated us with its recent call to restart your routers. Our national law enforcement agency says that routers can be vulnerable to hackers, and one of your best defenses is to restart them. There’s
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, Malware, online safety, privacy, risk management, security,
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12Jun2018

Save Your Vacation with Additional Storage Capacity

OK, I’m as the frugal as the next guy – maybe even more frugal than most. But not spending a buck or three per month to store all your vacation images in the cloud can be penny wise and pound foolish. Let’s begin this discussion with one certainty: No matter how much your vacation costs,
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • back-up, dropbox, Google Drive, Google Photos, icloud, OneDrive, storage,
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