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Windows7 End of Life

Windows 7 will reach the end of its supported life on Jan 14, 2020 and if you aren’t in the process of upgrading or replacing your current Windows 7 computers, you should be. After that date, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates and patches for the OS, making it increasingly more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Don’t give your email password to spammers

We get a lot of calls from customers who are, correctly, concerned that they have received an email that is asking them to compromise their email credentials. The bad guys don’t come right out and ask you to comply with their nefarious objective, instead they employ skilled trickery and misdirection.

Windows 10 vs Your Privacy

We like Windows 10 and we’re extremely happy with it as an upgrade from Windows 8.1. That said, it’s not without its faults, with the biggest being the way it treats your privacy. Microsoft wants to know all about you.

Email Simplified

The email experience from 10 years ago isn’t good enough for today’s mobile users. Today, many users depend on their phones and tablets to receive and send email, manage their calendars and keep track of their contacts.

MS Office: Buy or Subscribe

With Office 2010 reaching the end of its supported life in October 2020, you may be wondering what upgrade choices are available. Here are your choices.

Windows 10 Tips

Windows 10 has been out a while now and we still get a lot of questions on how to change things or make it more accommodating. This month we thought we’d start with some tips on how to customize your Start button. So here are 5 tips for Windows 10 on how to modify the Start menu.

Using a PassWord Manager

It’s getting more and more difficult to keep up with all the passwords required to live in a web-based society. Gone are the days when you could use your dog’s name or your childhood nickname to access your online banking or email.

Microsoft is killing off SMB1 in Windows 10

The Server Message Block Protocol (SMB protocol) is a client-server communication protocol used for sharing access to files, printers, serial ports and other resources on a network. The original SMB1 protocol is nearly 30 years old,

Archiving your Outlook mail, calendar and contacts
  • What are the pros and cons of the various email types, Exchange, IMAP and POP3

  • What type of email account do I have

  • Archiving in Outlook

  • Archiving strategy

  • Appending your archive

  • Restoring archived files to the server

  • Rearranging archived files

Office 365 Other Business Services

Many of our clients can tell you they have Office 365 installed on their systems, but if pressed, few would be able to tell you what that means for sure. There are so many O365 plans, it’s hard to keep track of what they all do. If your company manages O365 for you, it’s unlikely you know the actual type of plan you have or what its advantages and limitations are, but it’s easy to find out.

How Windows update works on Windows 10

In previous versions of Windows, we had service packs and critical / non-critical updates. But Microsoft changed all of that with Windows 10. To better understand Windows 10 updates, we need to take a closer look.

Dropbox Security

Many of our clients use Dropbox to store their files so their files will be available from all their devices. It works very nicely. Just put a file in your Dropbox folder and shazam! Dropbox puts a copy on all your computers.

Microsoft Word Tip

If you work with tables in Word, you’ve probably encountered this problem. When you insert a table as the first thing in a document, you are unable to set the insertion point (I beam) above the table.

Protecting Your Critical Systems

In every office, there are always one or more computers that, should they break, would bring company productivity to a grinding halt. Until these mission-critical systems can be repaired quickly, they can represent lost revenue or lost productivity.

Screen mirroring: Getting the images from your device to your TV

The desire to proudly display our drawings, plans and designs to others has been around as long as mankind. Cavemen drew on cave walls, people in the industrial age drew on backboards, late 20th century people used expensive projectors and screens. Today we use screen mirroring. Or we would if we could figure out how to do it.

How to manage your browser’s stored passwords

Each web browser has its own way of storing passwords so you don’t have to remember them. Seeing that list of stored passwords, or deleting them is a little more complicated than saving them, and each browser has its own way of managing them.

Untangling Microsoft Office

Buying Microsoft office used to be pretty simple. You drove to Best Buy, plunked down your cash and walked out with a nice box containing an installation CD and little else. Your purchase options were pretty much limited to whether or not you wanted Office with Microsoft Access and Outlook or if you just needed the basics like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Fast forward to 2016 where there are now more than 12 versions of Office from which to choose.

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