Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life Notification

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life is coming, July 14, 2015. Microsoft will no longer support, or update, Server 2003, including bug fixes and patches against malicious threats.

You need to upgrade now!

If you are in the health care industry, heed this warning, because Microsoft will stop offering security updates and anti-virus software for Windows Server 2003 systems. Therefore, you will no longer be HIPAA compliant and in violation of the law.

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For everyone else, the same reasons still apply:

  1. Tons of viruses.
  2. Server 2003 is Out-Dated and Old
  3. Least Secure Server Operating System (By Far!)
  4. Built for a Simpler Time. The IT industry looked very different 12 years ago.
  5. No More Support
  6. Lots of Malware built for Server 2003. They’ve had 12 years.
  7. Once again, no more HIPAA Compliance as of July 14, 2015

Don’t wait until July 14, 2015! Server OS’s take lots of planning and preparation for upgrades!

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The Exchange 2003 support cycle ended April 8, 2014. If you are still on Exchange 2003, please contact us to move your email to a more recent system. We recommend Office 365 to keep your company up-to-date and to provide you with the same great features, plus many new ones too!

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Lets Do This! Use the hashtags #OneNationOneTeam and #LetsDoThis to show your support for the US Mens National Team in the 2014 World Cup. They will advance to The Round of 16 with a Win or Draw today against Germany. USA! USA! USA!

Letter of Approval from the USMT soccer coach, and Joe says we are watching the game.

Too Much Sitting Linked to Disabilities

As your go-to IT consultants, we have a greater responsibility to not only bring you up-to-date products and increase your businesses productivity, but also to make sure you and your employees don’t develop bad habits at the computer. Articles about sitting too long in front of the computer have been around, but have you ever read them? If not, start with this one from the Baptist Health News Blog.

Sitting at the computer, watching television and playing video games are habits at both the workplace and at home that contribute to a sedentary lifestyle — or simply too much sitting.

New research suggests that this “sitting disease” increases the likelihood of developing physical disabilities after the age of 60 that include conditions affecting mobility and coordination.

The evils of a sedentary lifestyle have been well chronicled. But this recent research delves deeper into “too much sitting” as its own risk factor. This means that even individuals who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight can feel the detrimental impact of too much sitting over the years.

READ MORE HERE

We also circulated through our ranks Heal@Google: Deskbound by Kelly Starrett. With this mandatory video viewing/training requirement, we’ve all learned how sitting too long is a real problem.

Heartbleed Explained

There has been a lot of media attention given to a new computer exploit, nicknamed “Heartbleed”.

Heartbleed is not a security flaw of a business network, or a users workstation, but of a website. Heartbleed is a security flaw discovered in OpenSSL, used by a vast majority of websites on the internet, including Google (including Gmail), Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, & Yahoo (http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/). Many more effected sites are surfacing every hour, and the ramifications of this security issue will be around for a long time. But, this is a server side issue, and can only be dealt with at the server level. There is no update for a user’s machine to fix this, thus nothing for a user to do but wait.

Most of our clients servers do not have a web interface, and thus are not effected. Microsoft Exchange, including Office 365, Sharepoint, and Remote Desktop Services all use IIS, which uses Microsoft’s SChannel technology, which is not effected (http://blogs.technet.com/b/erezs_iis_blog/archive/2014/04/09/information-about-heartbleed-and-iis.aspx).

As per usual, St. Aubin Technologies is committed to supplying accurate and relevant information to our customers and clients, as well as providing excellent and timely service. If you are a client, and have further questions about the Heartbleed security flaw, please don’t hesitate to call us.