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Major Digital Agent Web and Audio Conferencing Upgrade!!

We are pleased to announce a major upgrade in DA conferencing calling technology for both web conferences and audio only conference calls.Schedule recurring conferences via web portal and send invitations by Microsoft Outlook or iCalander with either dial-in meet me, or dial-out to a predetermined group conference. Moderators view all the participants of the audio conference either by name or caller Id. Desktop sharing, presentation sharing, white board and much more.

Choosing between Windows 7 or 8.1
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

It may be the dead of winter, but harbingers of spring abound, including increasing daylight hours and the start of baseball’s spring training. Like the crack of the bat and the season’s first daffodils, April 8th—the day on which Microsoft® officially stops supporting its third-generation technology Windows XP operating system—will also be here before you know it.

As we’ve previously discussed, businesses that put off upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will not only miss out on powerful new features, they’ll also waste time and money on custom Microsoft or third party services to support an obsolete system prone to cyber attack. The question then isn’t whether to replace XP, but rather what to replace it with.

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FFIEC Issues Statement on End of Microsoft Support for Windows XP

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council agencies have issued the following statement for financial institutions about the end of support for Windows XP and regulatory guidance for addressing the risk from its continued use.

PURPOSE

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) agencies (“agencies”) are jointly issuing this statement to alert financial institutions that the discontinuation of support for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system (XP) could present operational risks to financial institutions, technology service providers (TSPs), and to activities supported by other third parties. The agencies expect financial institutions and TSPs to identify, assess, and manage these risks to ensure that safety, soundness, and the ability to deliver products and services are not compromised. 

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Scan, file, get organized
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Breaking out of old routines can be challenging. For proof, take one look at the rows of filing cabinets still used in many offices these days. Those cabinets are most likely full of unorganized files that date back so far that it’s hard to know where to even start organizing them. The truth is, there really is very little need for storing hard copies of documents anymore. The inherent security risks of keeping business-confidential information out in the open, and the inconvenience of storing information at offsite locations, make digital file management an attractive option for business.

This isn’t about going paperless, though. There will always be certain type of documents that you’ll need to keep hard copies of in your files. Digitizing your files is about creating a more efficient, more secure, and more organized way to archive your business-critical records. The good news is that the solution is not only simple—it’s probably already a part of your office.

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Splitting columns in Excel 2013

Do you have a list in Excel, perhaps of contact data? Do you have multiple pieces of information in a single column, but need it in two or more? This is most common with names: your report lists names in a single column, but you need the first name and last name separate.

There's an easy feature in Excel to handle this! You start with a column like this:

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February Newsletter
In this issue:

Major Digital Agent Web and Audio Conferencing Upgrade!

Choosing between Windows 7 or 8.1

FFIEC Issues Statement on End of Microsoft Support for Windows XP

Scan, file, get organized

Splitting columns in Excel 2013

Lock Down: Our Top 6 Security Takeaways

Business Continuity Tip


Lock Down: Our Top 6 Security Takeaways
used with permission from Cisco

If you’re reading this right now, you’re on the internet. You appreciate the ability to work, surf and shop on the world wide web without having your information exploited, and you think you know the basics: use secure sites, don’t store your credit card information, and don’t open sketchy emails. In 2014, that may not be enough.

 The sophistication of the technology and tactics used by online criminals—and their nonstop attempts to breach networks and steal data—have outpaced the ability of IT and security professionals to address these threats. With the rush of new technology, new threats were detected every day in 2013- up 14% from 2012. Here are some of our guidelines for staying safe in 2014.

 
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Business Continuity Tip

The Importance of Water

Clean water. It's an essential element to survival. Yet - it's something we often and so easily take for granted.

The recent chemical spill in West Virginia, which prompted a State of Emergency and a 5 day water-use ban for nearly 300,000 residents, illustrated the severity of water contamination and the importance of including water in your emergency kit.

Make sure you're adequately prepared by reviewing these water supply tips from ready.gov.



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