Friday, January 31, 2014

Support for Windows XP Nearing the End

Come April 8, 2014, when Microsoft ends their support for XP, any machine still using this operating system will be at risk for malicious attacks.  Although ending their support means technical assistance will no longer be provided, more importantly it means Microsoft will not release any future patches or service packs to protect against newly developed intrusions.  In essence, those pesky, greedy hackers developing viruses and other means of attack know that Microsoft is no longer supporting XP and can now, more confidently, exploit these machines knowing their efforts won't be thwarted.

Lack of Microsoft support is not the only concern. Eventually, software vendors will no longer be concerned about updating for XP users, which will increase vulnerability and inefficiencies. Additionally, Anti-virus vendors will soon exclude XP from their list of supported operating systems.

Although SSD Technology Partners will continue to support our clients with IT security using XP beyond April 2014, we are encouraging any business currently using XP to develop a plan over the next few months for moving to more modern operating system.  Over the past 3 years, knowing this change was coming, our engineers have migrated most of our clients away from XP onto Windows 7 or newer operating systems.  If you are currently being held back from migrating to a newer Windows Operating System due to incompatibility with a business software, please contact us.

There are options available to reduce your risk while also protecting your business. Schedule a free no-obligation consultation today!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bump & Flock Retires on January 31, 2014

The development team at BUMP and FLOCK, the mobile apps for sharing photos and contacts via iPhone and Android devices has decided to join Google. After January 31, 2014, these apps will not work and according to their website, all data will be deleted. The relationship with Google was originally announced in September 2013, but the shutdown announcement came on January 1, 2014 released by their CEO and co-founder David Lieb.

Be sure to open your BUMP and FLOCK app and follow the instructions for exporting your data BEFORE January 31, 2014. Mark your calendar or do it now so you don't lose that special picture or contact info. According to their websites, users who do this will also receive an email with a link to all of your data.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How To Choose a Technology Partner

Where are you headed in 2014?

Start the year off right by making the best strategic decision for your business. IT outsourcing has evolved over the past decade, and it is imperative to understand the differences in what is available and how to choose the right vendor.

Do you know which questions to ask when talking to an IT support vendor?

Download our Free Whitepaper on How To Choose a Technology Partner so you will be prepared to discuss your business needs.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Malicious Sites

Within the last 30 days, the Commtouch Security Lab (CSL) detected 343,927 new malicious websites.

Cybercriminals contribute an average of 11,500 new threats every day. Businesses and end users become victims of malware, including password and identity theft, hacked PCs used as bots for spam, denial of service attacks, and encrypting with ransoming critical data.

To learn more, read Commtouch's article about the new malicious sites.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of all of us at SSD Technology Partners, we wish you a very Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Small cheer and great welcome make a merry feast.
- William Shakespeare

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

38 Million Accounts Affected by the Adobe Hack Attack

Adobe's recent security breach exposed customer IDs, encrypted passwords, credit and debit card information. During the sophisticated attack on their network, hackers gained illegal access to customer information for 38 million active accounts, as well as source code for numerous Adobe products. Adobe's security team are working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement to address the incident.

If you think your Adobe ID and password were involved, please review Adobe's Customer Security Alert.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Getting to the Pink of IT!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The statistics tell us that about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early with a mammogram screening test.

We are fortunate in the Delaware Valley Area to have a local resource for early detection, support and education through the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The DBCC website hosts a wealth of information regarding breast cancer detection, risk factors and survival. Be sure to visit DBCC for more information.

Download some of the best Apps for Breast Cancer Awareness here!