February 2014
      In this issue:
Windows XP... it was nice
      knowing you
Lock Down: Our Top 5 Security
      Takeaways
Choosing Between Windows
      7 or 8.1
Business Continuity Tip
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Windows XP. . .it was nice knowing you
 

One of the most popular and longest lived Microsoft operating systems that we all know and love, Windows XP, has almost run its course. Microsoft has announced that they will end support for XP on April 8, 2014.

What does this mean if you have a Windows XP machine?

You will no longer be able to receive tech support from Microsoft if your computer has an issue and most retail outlets (Best Buy for example) will likely discontinue support for XP as well.

Acropolis will continue to provide support on a very basic level, with no guarantees that we’ll be able to resolve issues. Without being able to reach out to Microsoft for assistance, we may not be able to solve more complex problems.

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Lock Down: Our Top 5 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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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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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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