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Yahoo Hacked: 1 Billion User Accounts Compromised

In the wake of criticism and security concerns over Yahoo’s 2014 breach, the internet giant came forward in a statement yesterday revealing that they had been victims of an aparent hack that impacted over 1 billion user accounts. They go on to state that,


For potentially affected accounts, the stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

Microsoft at It Again: Forced Office Upgrades

Microsoft will be ending support for Office 2013 through Office 365 ProPlus on February 28th, 2017. According to their TechNet article, “We recommend that you upgrade to the Office 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus as soon as possible.”. While Microsoft will force users to upgrade their Office installation this does not include Office installations through Professional Plus, Professional, and Standard editions. So basically, if you are leveraging Office licensing via Office 365 you will be forced to upgrade. 

Apple Stops Support for PPTP VPN on MacOS Sierra & iOS 10

Apple has stopped support for PPTP VPN on MacOS Sierra & iOS 10 as of the September release. While adding many great features (like Siri, Universal Clipboard for cross-device copying and pasting, auto unlock) the out-of-the-box functionality for PPTP VPN was removed. There are solutions available to configure and use your existing PPTP VPN but they all require installing a 3rd party application. The most main stream solution is a 3rd party application called Shimo. The major downside is having to pay $50 because Apple decided to pull support for this VPN type. The free alternative to Shimo is another application called FlowVPN, just be sure to overwrite the default VPN server address when setting up your VPN connection. 

Microsoft Stream for Office 365

Microsoft has released a new Office 365 video product called Stream. Microsoft Stream is a video sharing app for companies that resembles YouTube. You can add videos, organized by channel and hashtags, and share them with your coworkers.  Stream would be useful for sharing training videos, clips for collaborating on company videos such as advertisements, or informational videos for blog writers. Anyone in your organization can upload videos. Stream gives you the ability share videos across your entire organization, with a select group, or keep the them private for yourself.

New Windows Update Model for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Coming this October Microsoft will change the model in which windows updates are provided to PC users. This is, in my opinion, an attempt to push people to Windows 10. Updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will now be cumulative updates. An info world blog states that Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012R2 will also be switched to the same update model. This means you will have no choice in which updates you want to apply to your PC.

Microsoft Bookings: A Publicly Available Scheduling Web App
What is Microsoft Bookings?

Microsoft has released a new Office 365 web application to allow your customers to schedule appointments with your business. This new product is simple to use and let’s your customers select the service they want. Once selected, they can choose a date and time based on availability you provide. The benefit is that you don’t have to email and call back and forth to get a meeting scheduled. Microsoft Bookings will then add the appointment to your employees calendar accordingly. As well, anyone can access your bookings page without the need for an Office 365 account. The publically available URL looks great on any device to make it easy to get things done.

Join Systech at the CRCA Emerging Leaders Event
What is the CRCA Emerging Leaders Event?

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) is hosting a 3 hour event for roofing companies at Level 257 in Schaumburg. This event will feature technology vendors from the Chicagoland area to help you grow your business. Systech will be attending this event on August 25th from 6pm-9pm. Stop by and join in the conversation and find out how we can help you leverage technology to grow your business. We will be raffling off a retail copy of Microsoft Office to 1 lucky winner! We will also be featuring, “The Modern Desktop” which will give you a hands-on experience with a pre-configured environment. You will get to try all the latest and greatest software and applications that allow you and your employees to be productive and to get the most out of your IT investments.

SQL 2005 End of Support


Dear Customer,2014 Systech Black
If you are using any SQL Server versions earlier than SQL Server 2014, it????????s time to consider upgrading to take advantage of groundbreaking improvements in performance. Support for the following versions of SQL Server has either ended or will end soon, which means no more security updates, increased maintenance costs, and potential compliance concerns.
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