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Greetings!                                                                                                        Volume 5, Number 1

We hope you enjoy and benefit from these technology tips and news for busy professionals.  We bring this to you because we are committed to bridging the gap between people and their technology.

 

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Do you know who has system admin access?

 

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Do you delete or archive emails?

 

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Do you know who has system admin access?

 

 

One common feature found across all operating systems is the ability to have different user accounts on the same computer. These users can be assigned different statuses and some can download programs while others cannot. Most of these systems have an administrator account which gives unrestricted access to the computer. It makes sense that companies limit who has admin rights, however, a recent survey reveals many professionals don’t do this.

According to the survey, conducted by Viewfinity, 68% of the 600 IT professionals surveyed don’t know who has administrative access to computers in their office. While this survey looks at the numbers from the IT viewpoint, it’s highly likely that many managers don’t know who has what access rights to computers.

The survey also found that 20% of all respondents noted that between 15% and 30% of users in their company had administrative rights. Is this a bad thing? Yes and no. Some users need to have full access to their systems, especially if they manage other systems, while others don’t.

Is this a big deal?

One of the biggest drawbacks of unnecessary access privileges is security. If users have more access than they need, the chance of a security breach is higher. For example, malware on a locked down system likely won’t spread to other systems in the network without direct transmission. Similarly, if a user can’t install programs because they lack the administration privileges, malware, for the most part, won’t be downloaded and installed.

If a user with full administrative privileges and downloads a piece of malware, chances are high that they won’t even notice it’s been installed and it will be transmitted to other systems with ease. In fact, one of the main ways hackers gain access to networks is through exploitation of administrative rights. They first look for an unsecured computer with administrative rights, hack it and then follow the chain up to more vital network systems.

What can we do?
While the survey was largely centered on IT professionals, business owners can learn from these findings too. They should take steps to audit their network and figure out who has access to what. Then they need to validate the findings and ensure that users have an appropriate level of access privileges. If some employees have no need to download and install programs, then they likely don’t need administrative access privileges.

 

If this sounds like a chore, it’s a good idea to work with a service provider who can help determine not only the type of access employees should have, but also the appropriate security and management that’s needed to ensure a more secure organization. If you’re unsure of who has access to what, please contact us, we may be able to help.

 

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Buying technology made less overwhelming

 

The holiday season is upon us; many companies are winding down for the year and looking forward to 2013. Employees on the other hand are looking forward to spending time with their families. For many companies this is also the time of year to replace aging technology; the issue with this is that there is so much technology available that issuing a desktop computer isn’t going to cut it anymore. So what can a company that wants to update do?

 

 

 

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Do you delete or archive emails?

 

The most common goal amongst most business owners and managers is to stay organized. One way in which this tidying up is evident is with emails. With the high amount of email we receive, our inboxes can become more than cluttered. This barrage of messages leads to users trying to reach the seemingly mythical ‘Inbox 0′. Many users delete emails in hopes of reaching the elusive 0, something which can cause trouble in the future.

 

 

 

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At the end of each year, archive all your old emails to a separate PST file…  Especially if you’re an email hoard like me.  This will keep your emails organized and prevent your mailbox from reaching the 2 GB limit.  If you let your mailbox grow larger than 2 GB, you stand the risk of corrupting it and losing email.

 

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NEWS:  Facebook's new 'Graph Search' could be social game changer

 

 

Facebook today took the wraps off a new search tool that could be a game changer for social networking, according to one analyst.

 

Basically, Facebook is unleashing the collective knowledge and opinions of its one billion users around the world.

 

"Facebook Graph Search has the potential to really change the game over time," said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. "The power of Graph Search comes from Facebook's sheer size. The more data there is to search and map, the more valuable the results. It can make Facebook a much more valuable tool."

 

Earlier today, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at the company's Menlo Park, Calif. offices for a press event that had been preceded by nearly a week of increasing speculation about the company's plans. While most rumors had the company prepping a smartphone or new mobile strategy, Zuckerberg said its focus is on search.

 

So far, there have been two major pillars of Facebook, the Newsfeed and Timeline, Zuckerberg told about 150 reporters at the event. Now Facebook is adding a third pillar: Graph Search.

 

The feature, which will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page, is designed offer up an answer after combing through Facebook's own massive store of user information.

 

Want to find a great seafood restaurant in San Francisco, for example? Graph Search will find out what restaurants your friends, and even their friends, have tried and liked.

 

If two people ask the same question, they're very likely to get different results because the results will be based on their individual set of friends and contacts.

 

Facebook has a massive collection of information about what restaurants, sneakers, appliances and bicycles its users have tried. It also has a similar amount of data on who has attended a certain college and now works at a certain company in a particular city.

 

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