February 2014
In This Issue:

Brian's Blog
Business Referral Program
Lock Down: Our Top 6 Security Takeaways
Choosing between Windows 7 or 8.1
Splitting columns in Excel 2013
Business Continuity Tip
Quote and Cartoon


Business Continuity Tip

The Importance of Water

Clean water. It's an essential element to survival. Yet - it's something we often and so easily take for granted.

The recent chemical spill in West Virginia, which prompted a State of Emergency and a 5 day water-use ban for nearly 300,000 residents, illustrated the severity of water contamination and the importance of including water in your emergency kit.

Make sure you're adequately prepared by reviewing these water supply tips from ready.gov.


 

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George Saunders
 

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Brian's Blog
by Brian Gregory, President

The Target data breach keeps coming up in the headlines and I have a few thoughts I would like to share on that subject. Publicly, the breach has been blamed on an HVAC company. I’m here to tell you, if the login for an HVAC subcontractor was able to access the information that was obtained, the fault for this breach still solidly belongs with Target and their network management team.

This incident brings up a lot of important issues to consider and lessons to learn. If your employees have access to the networks of clients vendors or other partners, or if you allow others to access your network, we should all be asking ourselves the following questions:

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Business Referral Program

Send your referrals to www.netinn.com/referral
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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!


Lock Down: Our Top 5 Security Takeaways
used with permission from Cisco
 

If you’re reading this right now, you’re on the internet. You appreciate the ability to work, surf and shop on the world wide web without having your information exploited, and you think you know the basics: use secure sites, don’t store your credit card information, and don’t open sketchy emails. In 2014, that may not be enough.

 The sophistication of the technology and tactics used by online criminals—and their nonstop attempts to breach networks and steal data—have outpaced the ability of IT and security professionals to address these threats. With the rush of new technology, new threats were detected every day in 2013- up 14% from 2012. Here are some of our guidelines for staying safe in 2014.

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Choosing between Windows 7 or 8.1
used with permission from HP Technology at Work
 

It may be the dead of winter, but harbingers of spring abound, including increasing daylight hours and the start of baseball’s spring training. Like the crack of the bat and the season’s first daffodils, April 8th—the day on which Microsoft® officially stops supporting its third-generation technology Windows XP operating system—will also be here before you know it.

As we’ve previously discussed, businesses that put off upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will not only miss out on powerful new features, they’ll also waste time and money on custom Microsoft or third party services to support an obsolete system prone to cyber attack. The question then isn’t whether to replace XP, but rather what to replace it with.


Splitting columns in Excel 2013
 

Do you have a list in Excel, perhaps of contact data? Do you have multiple pieces of information in a single column, but need it in two or more? This is most common with names: your report lists names in a single column, but you need the first name and last name separate.

There's an easy feature in Excel to handle this! You start with a column like this:

Select the column or cells you want to split, then go to Data > Text to Columns on the Ribbon.

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