Time to bid Microsoft Windows 7 – 8.1 farewell

JohnMHoyt Computer Sales, Microsoft, Sales, Windows Leave a Comment

It’s out with the old and in with the new, again! Microsoft has announced a firm date for our OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to stop building machines that have Windows 7  Home (Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate) pre-loaded on them. That date is October 31, 2016 for Windows 7 and 8.1 (and June 31, 2016 for Windows 8) After that …

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Watch out for fake Microsoft Windows 10 update email – Malware Warning!

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows Leave a Comment

With all the excitement about Microsoft Windows 10 being a FREE update, some people signed up for the “Get Windows 10” promotion as prompted in their taskbar, to be put on a waiting list. So it’s not surprising that when an email comes in that looks legit, that someone might follow the link and attempt to install it.   Unfortunately for …

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Adobe out of band patch fixes flash vulnerability (Windows / Mac / Linux)

JohnMHoyt Apple, Computer Security, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

Adobe has released an out of band patch that corrects a flaw in Flash player which could permit an attacker to take control of an exploited system. This is actively being exploited by hackers and we recommend that the patch be applied immediately. More information about this security issue can be found on Adobe’s security website. If you require any …

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Upgrade paths for Microsoft Windows 10

JohnMHoyt Microsoft, Technology, Windows Leave a Comment

It was announced recently that the Microsoft Windows 10 release will feature several upgrade paths and licensing options…   Here’s a summary of what was posted on the Microsoft Australia Partner Network site a couple days ago: The new Microsoft Windows 10 editions are Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, Mobile, and Mobile Enterprise.   Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows …

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A Plethora of Patches for Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday – March 2015

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

On Monday 2015-03-09, Apple released a slew of updates to address security issues, and on the regularly scheduled “Patch Tuesday” 2015-03-10, Microsoft made a rather large bundle of security updates available. Many security experts did not believe Microsoft would correct the FREAK vulnerability during this batch of patches, however it appears that they did. It is estimated that the FREAK …

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Is your business ready for Microsoft Server 2003 End of Support?

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Sales, Computer Security, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Licensing, Microsoft, Sales, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

Windows Server 2003 Support Ends in: Windows Server 2003 End of Support Microsoft has scheduled the End of Support for their Server 2003 product to for July 14th, 2015, after which, there will be no support, no updates, and no patches to help protect your business from security issues. That’s right, any of your line-of-business systems which are running on …

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Business desktop computer pricing for end of 2014

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Sales, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, Nexlink, Sales, Windows Leave a Comment

As the year draws to a close, many of the businesses here in Greenville SC and around the Upstate are making last minute purchases. Some are to use up the budget they have remaining, and some want to get purchases in on the 2014 tax year. Almost all of them want something new! Below you will find two of the …

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday should be taken seriously this time (Sept 2014)

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, Computer Service, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows Leave a Comment

FORTY-ONE vulnerabilities have been addressed in this edition of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday. There are 37 security flaws in Microsoft Internet Explorer alone which are being corrected. These range from “Important” all the way up to the “Critical” level, and include one fix for a “zero day vulnerability” that attackers have been exploiting. It is recommended that you apply the patches …

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Stolen computer from Greenwood hospital may contain unencrypted patient data

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows Leave a Comment

Here we are in 2014, with operating systems which feature built-in data encryption, and in the news today over on WYFF’s site is a story titled “Hospital: Patient info at risk after laptop is stolen“.  It was just a couple years ago that I wrote on this blog about a similar incident HERE. The long and short of today’s story …

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Microsoft FixIt for Word / Office should be applied without hesitation

JohnMHoyt Apple, Computer Security, Computer Support, Mac, Microsoft, Office, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security Leave a Comment

Yesterday’s Microsoft Security Advisory announced a vulnerability in Microsoft Word which could permit remote code execution. The summary of this advisory simply states that people are being exploited due to a vulnerability. It happens when someone opens, or even previews an RTF in email using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. While Microsoft has not released a full patch at …

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