March 2014
      In this issue:
Support is ending for Windows XP
      and Office 2003
How to gracefully stop a
      chatterbox so you can get
      back to work
Clean out your inbox with improved
      Sweep and Search
Business Continuity Tip

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Support is ending for Windows XP and Office 2003

Keeping your technology up-to-date is good for your productivity and securityóas well as your bottom line. 

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will be reaching end of support in April 2014. We want to help you avoid the risk of running an unsupported version of Windows & Office, and to assist with your IT planning for 2012. The objective of this letter is to highlight the potential risks involved with the upcoming end of support of these products and to outline the options available to mitigate these risks.   

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How to gracefully stop a chatterbox so you can
get back to work

by Joe Serio,

"I have a coworker whoís always coming in to my office to talk. I have work to do, but itís so hard for me to tell that person to go away. I donít want to be mean and come across as rude. What can I do?"

This is a very common situation and a tough one to be in. Dealing with a heavy talker creates a lot of tension, frustration, and even fear. It can feel impossible to tell someone to leave you alone without hurting them, and you may fear the repercussion of a hostile working environment. At the same time, itís not fair for you to be looked down on by your superiors for wasting time when you donít want to.

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Clean out your inbox with improved Sweep and Search
used with permission from Microsoft
by Mike Schackwitz

If youíre like the average customer, youíll receive over 10,000 personal emails over the next 12 months, and 80% of that will be the newsletters, offers and updates that often clutter your inbox. Thatís a lot of email to deal with. Itís why the team spends much of our energy on giving you tools that make it easy to get to the email you care about. We hear from a lot of you that you love the tools weíve built, like Sweep, that help address a lot of the commercial email. But we also hear, even among the savviest customers, that there are still a few tools and advanced features you havenít tried.

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Business Continuity Tip
Mobile Cybercrime

With the recent uptick of in-store data-breaches, it's important to also remember the vulnerabilities associated with mobile devices, and social media platforms.

According to Nortonís Cybercrime Report, 1 in 4 adults have been a victim of mobile and social cybercrime. So what can we do to protect our mobile devices and guard our personal information?

♦ Regularly update your operating system for security patches.
♦ When you enter a website (especially financial) make sure that "https" appears in the address bar, which means connection is secure.
♦ Turn the Bluetooth function off after using it. It is another way unknown applications or viruses can access your cell phone.
♦ Know how to perform a remote wipe to remove data from your device if lost or stolen.

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