Windows XP and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8, 2014
2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer
feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for
Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer
products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10
years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support),
at the supported service pack level.
Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If
your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you
are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average
enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through
full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and
Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately
to ensure you deploy before end of support.
means you should take action, now! After April 8, 2014, there will be no
new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support
options or online technical content updates.
Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of
support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:
& Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are
vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized
control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to
suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the
organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support:
A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests “many independent
software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of
applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common.” And it
may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes
that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows
XP on the majority of their new PC models.
current with Windows and Office. This option has upside well beyond keeping
you supported. It offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more
productive, while increasing operational efficiency through improved PC security
and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of
latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.
are many options for small and medium businesses considering moving to a
modern PC with the latest productivity and collaboration tools. Small
to mid-size organizations should contact INFO-TEK, a Microsoft Certified
Partner, to understand the best options to meet their business needs.
Three new ways
malware infects systems
As a business owner or manager you likely have many
different things on your mind at any given time. One issue that many owners
fret over is whether their networks, computers and the data stored within
are secure enough. The vast majority of businesses do utilize anti-virus
scanners, however, there is still a chance their systems may be attacked.
Finding out how may help find a solution.
There are several ways in which malware
can be introduced to your systems, even those protected by anti-virus
scanners or other security measures. Here are three you might need to know
1. Attacking remote users
Traditionally, business was carried out in
a physical office. This means that companies only had to protect internal
networks and systems. However, businesses are increasingly going mobile and
relying on off-site workers. Problems can arise though when steps are not
taken to ensure the security of these endpoints - laptops, tablets, mobile
Attackers know this, and have started to
attack remote workers who may not be as secure as the company's internal
systems. This becomes an even bigger issue when the infected device is
brought back to the office and connected to the network - thus likely
introducing the malware into your systems. It's necessary to ensure that
all remote employees and devices are secure in order to protect your core
systems and that they are also following the same security protocols used
on-site and in-house..
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computer has many important components, with one of the most vital being
your hard drive. Because you store all of your data and programs on this
device there is a space limit. One way to add more space is to use an
external hard drive. While these drives are popular, some business users
wonder whether they should be using them or not.
drives are separate drives that you can connect to almost every computer.
The vast majority of drives use a USB cable, while some are Apple specific
and use the Thunderbolt cable. Because computers, by default, don't rely on
these drives in order to operate, they can usually be connected to other
devices as long as they have the correct formatting.
numerous ways these hard drives can be used in the office. The most obvious
is to back up data. Because many of these drives now come with a large
amount of storage, you can easily fit computer backups and even systems
onto a drive. Add in the fact that they are relatively cheap to purchase,
and you can see how they can be a useful tool, especially when combined
with other backup solutions.
5 tips to
CryptoLocker is the latest in a long line of destructive
malware programs that have businesses worried. While this is one of the
more destructive to come around, you can actually prevent this virus from
infecting your systems. One of the best ways to do this is to educate
yourself and your employees on steps you can take to reduce the chances of
Here are five tips you can share with your
employees about how to keep systems free from malware.
1. Don't turn off or stop your anti-virus
scanner There is little doubt as to the usefulness of your anti-virus scanners.
These are installed specifically by companies and IT departments the world
over in an effort to keep systems free from viruses and malware. Because
there are always new pieces of malware being developed and released, the
companies that run the antivirus scanners often keep an up-to-date as
possible database that is consulted when the scanner is running.
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