October 2013
In This Issue:

Brian's Blog
Business Referral Program
Introducing the New Windows 8.1
Facebook Privacy Settings
Safety is an Active Verb
Business Continuity Tip
Quote and Cartoon


Business Continuity Tip

Preparing for the Unthinkable

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and the Washington, DC community after the tragic shooting on September 16. It's always shocking to to hear of events like this and to think that a place you considered safe and secure could turn life-threatening. Although infrequent, the impact of these events has far reaching effects.

So what can you do to prepare yourself, your office, and your employees? Download the Department of Homeland Security's Active Shooter Poster. Share it with your employees, hang it in your office, and openly talk about your response plan should a situation like this occur.


 

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happiness cannot.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 

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Brian's Blog
by Brian Gregory, President

Are you ready for the end of Windows XP support? The upcoming deadline of April 8, 2014 is not a trivial matter – please take a minute to read below to learn more. If you have any questions, we are happy to help!

The background: Windows XP was released in 2001 – 12 years go. Sales were ended in 2008, and mainstream support ended in 2009. End of extended support is April 8, 2014 – meaning there will be no more security patches.

I am a big proponent of getting the most for your investment, and I don’t make recommendations to upgrade to the latest thing just for the sake of upgrading. The end of support for XP is a serious concern for any business. The lack of fixes for security vulnerabilities will mean that your computer will be a sitting duck on the Internet. Viruses and malware will quickly spiral out of control.

Further, XP has been a hindrance to 3rd parties (think anti-virus, printer drivers, websites, etc.). I expect these companies will also end all support for XP in April or very soon thereafter. Websites will not display properly, new printers won’t work, etc. Already, the current generation of Intel processors will not run XP! All of this adds up to a headache you don’t need in your business. If your business requires some level of compliance (healthcare, banks, law firms, CPAs), you simply have no choice, and would be exposing your business to significant liability with XP.

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For more of my rambling thoughts, check out my blog.


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!


Introducing the New Windows 8.1: Frequently Asked Questions
used with permission from Microsoft

What is the difference between Windows 8 and
Windows 8.1?


Windows 8.1 provides the best user experience on
all types of devices:
  • Personalize your Start screen with the people, apps, and information that matter most to you and with unique designs, colors, photos, and live tiles that give
    you instant information.

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Facebook Privacy Settings Got Your Down?
Here's a Guide!


Rik Ferguson: Making the Most Out of Facebook's Privacy Settings


Facebook’s privacy settings – opaque at best to even the savviest users and constantly changing – can seem like a hurdle even when you’re strongly motivated to lock your account down. Rik Ferguson, Vice President of Security Research at Trend Micro, has written a helpful guide on how to configure your Facebook account’s privacy settings. His tips include
  • keeping snoopers out of your account
  • controlling which people and apps can see and use your content
  • safeguarding your data from advertisements
  • restricting who can post to your timeline
  • dividing your friends into lists for different access levels
  • managing followers and events

Safety is an active verb
used with permission from Microsoft
by Kim Sanchez


When we are young, we are taught to brush our teeth in order to develop healthy and preventative habits. Hopefully by the time we reach adulthood, the act of brushing every morning has become second nature. Yet, when we go online, we don’t always take the same preventative measures with our personal information. Perhaps it’s because we haven’t placed enough importance on developing this healthy habit? Microsoft released the
US results of the third Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI). Designed to gauge consumer online safety habits and behaviors, the Index reveals that the US score has decreased year-after-year since it was first launched in 2011.

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