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How Small Businesses Should Budget for IT Expenses

A question that seems to come up a lot lately with clients, in some form or fashion, is “How should I properly budget for IT expenses?”  While this is a great question, there are a lot of variables that determine the answer, so I can’t provide a “one-size-fits-all,” simple answer.

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8

Windows 8 looks quite a bit different from Windows 7. Besides the look, there are a couple of other differences.

When you login to Windows 8, the first screen you see is the new ‘Start Screen’ also known as ‘Metro’.
Instead of Icons, the new Start screen has ‘Tiles’. You click on the tiles to open the applications.

The End of Windows XP Support What it Really Means for Businesses

April 2014 sees the end of support for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Small Business Server 2003 and Office 2003.

By then, the 2003 wave of products will be 11 years old, and Windows XP will be 13. Office XP ran out of support in December 2011, but Windows XP’s lifecycle was extended a couple of times because people stubbornly refused to move away from it.

An URGENT Security Warning for Businesses Running Microsoft XP and Office 2003

Microsoft has officially announced that it will retire support on the XP operating system and Office 2003 software suite on April 8, 2014. That means any computer or server with these software programs installed will be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at taking control of your network, stealing data, crashing your system and inflicting a host of other business-crippling problems you do NOT want to have to deal with.

Why your Business NEEDS Social Media

No matter what your business is, you need to be connecting with your customers or clients via social media to maintain a strong marketing relationship with them throughout the year.

If you are looking to get a slice of the social-networking pie, but not sure where to start, don’t panic.

Gone Phishing: The Season for Scams

‘Tis the season for phishing scams. A phishing e-mail is an e-mail sent by a hacker designed to fool the recipient into downloading a virus, giving up their credit card number, personal information (like a social security number), or account or login information to a particular web site.

Why Do You NEED Antivirus Software?

For as long as computers have been and will be in existence, whether connected to the Internet or not, there will always be a need for antivirus software. There will never be a time when people, will stop looking to find ways to commit fraud, cause widespread damage, or just experience the rush of breaking into a computer.

The 4 Lethal Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch

If you think the most common cyber scam still involves deposed Nigerian royalty prompting your help to remove fortunes from African banks, your time machine has stalled. Cyber criminals have become far more creative, sophisticated and unreadable. With that in mind, here are five links you should never, ever click.