Over ninety percent of businesses users around the world rely on a computer infrastructure built on the Microsoft Windows operating system. In the past few years, IT Services Group has helped dozens of companies in the Philadelphia region update their computer systems to Microsoft Windows 7, currently the most popular software platform from Microsoft. Before Windows 7 was released in October 2009, the most widely used Microsoft operating system was Windows XP, released all the way back in 2001. Last year, Microsoft announced that it would no longer support Windows XP, beginning on April 8, 2014. What does that mean for your business and your computer infrastructure if you’re still dependent on the retiring XP? The most obvious change is that Microsoft technicians will no longer be able to troubleshoot software errors that occur on your computer network and will no longer provide updates for compatibility with new industry software… Read more »
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Despite the real threat of hacking and online thievery, a lot of small businesses do not consider themselves affected by it, says a report by StaySafeOnline.org. While dependent on their computer systems for data storage, few realize that all it takes is one breach to destroy a cultivated relationship with clients and the company’s own financial status. StaySafeOnline.org, a website of the National Cyber Security Alliance, has recently released a study that chronicles the cyber security practices and attitudes of small businesses. Conducted in partnership with Visa, the study shows some interesting, if not disturbing, results. It turns out that many small businesses (about 65% of the respondents) are highly dependent on their computer / IT / data systems, where they store important information, from sensitive company financial records to personal client information such as credit card info, addresses and phone numbers, and more. However, as many as 85% believe… Read more »
Do you prefer Bing over Google but like Google’s sparse but fast loading page better? With this tip you can get the best of both worlds. As users of Bing know, when you visit the home page of Bing, a page with a featured photo as the background is displayed by default, which increases the load time of the page. This can be distracting or annoying—especially if you have a slow connection. Disable this photo from loading by simply bookmarking this URL (http://www.bing.com/?rb=0). The next time you visit Bing, the photo will not appear. Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org.