In the Spring of 2014, Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, Server 2003 and Office 2003.  While the programs will still run, no security updates will be isssued.  Furthermore, the security architecture of these products are now four generations dated (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1).

Most will chose to replace the hardware running these products.  This presents opportunities to do things in a different way.  We are helping customers move toward the cloud, Windows 7 or 8, and thin clients with Remote Desktop Servers.  

Contact us to find out how these new approaches can save you money and improve your business.

"So economical that it will pay for itself in energy savings"  That claim is often made in one form or another.  Is it true in the IT world?

 So what does it cost to run some common IT devices?

Device Watts Cost
Wyse thin client device, 2013 6 1.20
PC mini tower, vintage 2008 55  13.77
     
     

 

Usage determined by running device through Kill-A-Watt device, dividing KWh used by hours in use.  That rate is then multiplied by  9 hours per day, 250 days per year, 11 cents per Kilowatt-Hour.

Is this a super scientific test - no.  But the cost of a $300 thin client would take 24 years to recover on energy saving alone. 

Bottom line, there are some saving to realize by turning the computers off a the end of the day.  But for most small-medium sized businesses, a huge investment in power savings probably won't pay back fast enough.

Organizations large and small, those with sloppy and with sophisticated IT security are having trouble preventing exposure of your information.  A typical use of that leaked information is to open new credit accounts with your credentials.

Credit decisions are made usually by obtaining a report from one of the three major credit reporting companies (TransUnion, Experian and Equifax). 

Fortunately, you can now place a security freeze at each of the big three credit reporting agencies   This prevents new credit inquiries about you, but permits existing credit accounts to maintain and collect your account.  The process and fees vary by state, but its usually about $10, free for persons over 65 or if you are a victim of identity theft with a police report.

If you need to unfreeze it to apply for credit, you can do so over the phone, mail or online with a PIN.  There may be a $10 fee for the unfreeze.  So this means a little planning on your part if you need to buy a new car or house, rent an apartment, or apply for some jobs (ask about this, do not give up your social security number until they are serious about you).

It may seem inconvenient to have to unfreeze your credit, but really, do you need to say yes to some extra discount at a department store if you sign up for a credit card?  The peace of mind that you have closed a major door to identity theft is reward in itself.

1. Learn more - click on the links below.  This must be done at all 3 agencies.

2. Make a decision to move from fear of other's mishandling of your information to taking control.

3. Move on it soon.  Not some day when you get around to it - set a date to complete this.

4. Don't do it online if you think your computer has a virus.

5. Store the PIN's somewhere secure. In your wallet or purse is a bad idea. Have a spare copy with someone you trust. house in an envelope, etc.

Transunion

Experian 

Equifax

Note - the links may shift around, so it may require a bit of navigating.

You've seen the news story - how a data breach exposed confidential information.  Now the company is facing fines, bad press.  And those impacted may be suffering identity theft.

It all started by replacing those old PC's.  One of them was the accounting computer used for payroll.  Because most companies do not destroy the data on the computer's hard disk, the information is available for others.  You were careful at your office, but now the data is leaked.


This can be solved with Data Destruction Services from Tech Escalate.  We utilize secure erase and media destruction techniques that will help you sleep better.

 

You need more than just someone to fix your PC.  Nick the Network Geek has been fair to OK, but you have outgrown him.  Call us and get a team of seasoned professionals with sound judgement and experience that can move your business forward.

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