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Have You Made the Transition to Windows 10?

Posted by Tim Stanley on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 @ 05:56 PM


Many businesses have already made the successful transition to the latest version of Windows. This upgrade offers performance enhancements, new tools to boost productivity and greater flexibility with newer apps and technologies.  A Windows 10 platform also allows users to leverage multiple devices and share applications on desktops, laptops, tablets and even smartphones.

Before you make the leap to Windows 10, be sure to consider these points:

  • There are minimum hardware requirements for all devices – these minimum requirements include a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM exclusively for the operating system, 16GB disk storage, and a Windows DirectX 9 graphics card.
  • Driver updates may be required – be sure to check the drivers of printers, scanners or other devices. 
  • Business software applications – your accounting, sales management, point of sale or other systems should be checked to make sure they are compatible with Windows 10.
  • Certain features will no longer be available – Windows Media Center and Windows 7 desktop gadgets are among some features that will no longer be available with Windows 10.

To make sure your transition to Windows 10 is smooth and seamless, work with a knowledgeable systems integration partner that can help to evaluate your current infrastructure and plan the upgrade with you.

Tags: IT support, TDSIT, IT services, Windows 10

Six Areas To Consider When Drafting Your IT Security Policy

Posted by Tim Stanley on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 02:32 PM

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In today’s hi-tech world, IT security is an issue every company needs to address. An IT Security Policy can help mitigate threats and reduce the impact of a breach. The result can be increased productivity, less IT downtime and the ability to reassure customers and vendors that any personal or financial information is safe and secure in your hands.

Many larger businesses draft IT security policies using in-house IT management and legal staff. Smaller companies without such resources may find it beneficial to work with a Managed IT Services provider to help create an effective policy.

Here are six areas to consider when drafting your company’s IT security policy.

1.  Acceptable Use - Misuse of digital assets can be a major security issue. You need to have a plan; make it plain, simple and easy to understand. Your policy should outline what’s allowed, what’s not allowed and the consequences of any violations.

2.  Passwords - A strong password is one of the best security measures you can implement. Create guidelines for your employees and explain the dangers thoroughly. Weak passwords are a common cause of compromise.

3.  Use Real World Scenarios - Real world scenarios are an effective way to train and prepare your employees and can help make recovery quicker. Spell out the different types of breaches that may occur and how to combat them. Identify common employee behaviors that can increase risk such as transferring data from an unsecure device to your office network. 

4.  Have a Plan - Taking a proactive stance can lessen the impact of any breach. Make sure employees know their role in the event of an attack and are prepared to take swift and effective countermeasures.

5.  Training - Have a training policy. It should include ongoing training to keep up with rapid technological changes.

6.  Enforcement - Employees should be clear on what’s expected and the consequences of policy violations. Brief new employees upon hiring and have them sign a statement of understanding regarding your policy. Penalties should address everything from unintentional breach or willful violation, to malicious acts like data theft.

A solid security policy can protect your business against unnecessary threats and potential liabilities, prepare staff to move quickly when disaster strikes, and train your employees to help make your business more secure!

Tags: password security, security, IT support, Small Medium business, IT Security Policy

Windows XP Expiration - is Ready, Are You?

Posted by Tim Stanley on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

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Everyone in the business world loved Windows XP. Its streamlined productivity, saved wear and tear on the office PC, and generally made business run faster and smoother than ever before. If you are a CIO, Office Manager or Purchasing Manager, you really loved how Windows XP made your life easier in all aspects of your job—including your Managed Print Services.

Well, it’s time to say goodbye to Windows XP—it expires on April 8th, 2014. That means on that fateful date, Microsoft will no longer be offering support for Windows XP. No more security. No more updates. No more quick and easy patches when a glitch occurs. It was a good ride while it lasted, but as of April 8, any business that is held to compliance regulations (like HIPAA and others) will no longer be in compliance of the law.

Don’t Put Yourself at Risk of Viruses and More.

With no more security support or updates, anyone who continues to run Windows XP will no longer have protection from viruses and other dangers. It’s important to realize this so that no one puts vital business systems, software or hardware at risk.

It’s Time to Take Action.

If you run Windows XP and are wondering what to do for the future, don’t panic. The April 8 deadline simply means it’s time to take action now so that you don’t get left behind. If your computer system meets the system requirements, you can easily download a higher version of Windows (7, 8 or 8.1) and you will once again be serviced and protected by Microsoft.

If your system doesn’t meet the requirements, however, it is time to upgrade to a newer system that does.  Any new system you purchase will have a current Windows operating system and should be good to go. (Just remember that you will need to back up all of your critical business files and transfer them into your new system once it is installed.)

We hate to see Windows XP go away, but progress marches on. You’ll soon have another, more advanced operating system to help boost your business and your bottom line. If you need any assistance with the Windows XP transition or perhaps you would like a “no obligation” 3rd party evaluation of your current IT infrastructure, then contact your local representative today.

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Tags: office pc, security, Windows XP, microsoft, IT support, TDSIT