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Are You Prepared for Windows 2008 Server’s EOL?

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Ten years ago, Microsoft first released Windows Server 2008. Now, the countdown to its official end-of-support (EOS) date has begun. If you haven’t already done so, it is time to start planning your migration so you are upgraded before January 14, 2020 - the sooner you start, the better.

Why? Simple - after that date, Microsoft will no longer offer security patches and other critical support for the Windows Server 2008 operating system. As a result, any servers still running Windows Server 2008 will be left vulnerable to any new issues that arise after that point - leaving your business’ other technology equally exposed to threats.

What end of support means:

  • No Security
  • No Updates
  • No Compliance

You Need to Ensure Your Business is Prepared

You don’t want your business to be exposed to threats at any point, which means you need to migrate from Windows Server 2008. We strongly recommend planning your migration as soon as you can to avoid placing your business, users and customers at risk.

The experts at Final Source can help you stay ahead of the curve. Our consultants will assist you in planning and migrating your systems from Windows Server 2008. To learn more, or to schedule your migration, reach out to us by calling 901-737-6140, or by emailing us at [email protected]

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End of Life for Windows 7.

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 If you’re like a lot of businesses, then your computers may still be running on the Windows 7 operating system. If yours are, do you know that as of January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will no longer receive extended support or software updates from Microsoft? This means that any machine still running it past that date will be susceptible to security vulnerabilities.

Though January seems to be a while away, it’s not really. The longer you wait to upgrade, the less time you have to plan and budget for this change. As well as if everyone has this thought of waiting, there may be a delay in your upgrades from getting scheduled.

If your business is still using Windows 7, it’s time to begin planning for its end of life date. Final Source can assist you in that planning and help you create a schedule for the transition. Contact us today at [email protected] or 901-737-6140





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Scam of the Week: That Free Avengers: Endgame Download You Found Online? It’s a Scam!

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If you’re looking to stream or download blockbuster movies when they’re still in theaters, you probably shouldn’t. Why not? Well, first and foremost, this is called piracy and it is illegal. Secondly, any “free downloads” you do find will likely be a scam.

Recently, a popular search engine result for Avengers: Endgame claims to offer either a download or a full viewing of the blockbuster hit. The movie even begins streaming automatically, but you’re prompted to make an account shortly after. Creating an account is free, but you soon find that you must “validate” your account using your credit card details.

Don’t be fooled! If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Remember the following to stay safe when browsing online:

  • Never download anything from an unfamiliar or questionable website. Especially if the download could be stolen, and therefore illegal, material.
  • Never give information to a website you can’t trust. Even if you don’t enter credit card data, simply creating an account makes your email address more vulnerable to future scams–especially phishing attacks.
  • Never reuse passwords. If you create an account on a dangerous site, scammers will try to use your email and password combination to break into your other accounts.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.

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Scam of the Week: Watch Out for Robocall Scams

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Scam of the Week: Watch Out for Robocall Scams

The bad guys are automating robocall scams worldwide. Recently, there has been a rise in this type of fraud. They have a variety of attacks that you should watch out for. Here are a few examples:

  1. Bank account and credit card scams where the bad guy claims to be an official from your bank or card company
  2. Extortion scams where they request payment for a kidnapped friend or family member
  3. Callback Scams where you are tricked into calling back a very expensive international number
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Scam of the Week: Watch out for Tech Support Scams

Scam of the Week: Watch out for Tech Support Scams

Nowadays, you should be on high alert whenever you’re browsing the web. The cyber scammers are counting on you to have an average (or below-average) level of knowledge about cybersecurity threats so they can trick you into downloading malicious applications.

The attack usually goes like this: First, you receive a fake Windows Alert pop-up message claiming “Your PC might be infected” and to “click OK to do a quick 10-second scan”.

When you click OK, a very realistic-looking–but very fake–”system scan” runs within your browser. The scan looks almost identical to your antivirus software’s real system scans.

Once the “scan” ends, you’re told that your PC is indeed infected and that you need to download and install an update to the antivirus software. Don’t do it! This “update” is actually an unwanted application that will install onto your computer.

Consider the following to protect yourself from this type of scam:

  • Never trust internet pop-ups. They often use scare tactics to get you to call a number for tech support or download an application to "fix" the problem.
  • Go to your IT administrator (if at work) or a reputable computer repair company (if at home) if you think something is wrong with your computer.

Stay safe out there! Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.

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