April 2014
In This Issue:

Brian's Blog
Business Referral Program
Cleaning Out the Closet: Why Small Businesses Need Modern Technology
Maintaining mobile safety on your smartphone
Taking the Sting out of Password Pains
Business Continuity Tip
Quote and Cartoon


Business Continuity Tip

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to the Centers for Disease Control, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning sends nearly 20,000 people to the emergency room each year. Here are some tips and guidelines to keep you safe:

♦ Install carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms & other living areas. Replace batteries regularly.
♦ Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
♦ If using a generator after a power outage, keep at least 25 feet or farther away from your house.
♦ Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, dizziness, headache, nausea, or loss of consciousness.

For more tips and information, watch this short video from the CDC on carbon monoxide poisoning and prevention.


 

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Brian's Blog
by Brian Gregory, President

Well that didnít take long. We didnít make it out of April and there is already a serious vulnerability that wonít be patched for Windows XP Ė a serious Internet Explorer flaw. US-CERT, a division of the Department of Homeland Security has advised US citizens to stop using Internet Explorer until it is fixed, as they could find no practical workaround.

I try to be neutral about such things, but I gave up Internet Explorer long ago for Google Chrome. Itís faster and more stable, and I wouldnít go back for anything. There are very few sites that wonít work with Chrome so I recommend you check it out.

Itís been a busy month as I also sent out an advisory a couple of weeks ago about the Heartbleed vulnerability which affected secure websites.

With Heartbleed, itís important to note that there have still been no confirmed instances where the vulnerability was successfully exploited, so while a very serious issue, it seems maybe it was caught before real damage was done. However, there are two important steps you should take just to be safe:

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Business Referral Program

Send your referrals to www.netinn.com/referral
or e-mail sales@netinn.com

Your personal referrals are the greatest compliment we can receive. Referrals are one of the primary reasons we have been successful for over 20 years. Our business referral program thanks you for assisting us in finding new clients in need of IT resources. If one of your referrals engages with us for projects or services, you may be eligible to receive a $50 Visa gift card. For more information, visit www.netinn.com/referral or give us a call!


Cleaning Out the Closet: Why Small Businesses Need Modern Technology
used with permission from MSFT for Work

Upgrading your technology is a lot like buying yourself new clothes. What you wear affects everything from your health to how you feel, and even what people think of you. The same can be said for technology: old technology can seem like tie-dye and bell bottoms to your customers. More than 90 percent of consumers say they would consider taking their business somewhere else rather than work with a company using outdated technology. When itís up-to-date it can better protect your business, help attract and retain customers and talent, and scale alongside your growing business. Being up-to-date isnít just cool-looking, itís critical. Hereís why:

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Maintaining mobile safety on your smartphone
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Our phones play an integral part in both our everyday and business lives. But as more of us use these portable wonders, the potential for more problems increases as well.

Because cybercriminals are actively targeting mobile devices that lack sufficient protection,  keeping your smartphone safe is extremely important. This includes protecting both your software and hardware.

According to a 2013 report from Londonís Metropolitan Police, a staggering 70% of all personal crime is phone theft.* And if someone isnít trying to lift your device, it seems as if everyone else is trying to hack into it and steal your files.

Taking the Sting out of Password Pains
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Too many passwords, so many devices ó how can you keep them all straight?

Password pain is spreading. Just look around and youíll see evidence everywhere: Post-it notes on desks, cryptic scribbles in wallets and purses, password-reset emails, and more. Isnít there a better way to remember the passwords we need to access the online sites we visit every day?

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