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Windows Server 2003 Support

Recently, Microsoft released seven security bulletins for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. After July 14, 2015, there will be no more security updates for Windows Server 2003. This means if you’re running Windows Server 2003 on July 15, 2015, you will be immediately vulnerable to any and all security vulnerabilities that may be found that affect Windows Server 2003 from then on. There will not be any security patches for Windows Server 2003 after this date.

Windows Server 2003 SupportA year ago, Windows XP finally went out of support 13+ years after its release. And while Windows Server 2003 isn’t quite as old as Windows XP was (clocking in at 12, rather than 13), this is as big a deal on the server side as Windows XP was on the client side.

Just like we saw a staggering number of people running Windows XP on the eve of its retirement, we’re also seeing a shocking number of people on Windows Server 2003 even now. A recent survey by The Enterprise Strategy Group shows 82 percent of respondents have Windows Server 2003 present in their organization. And 25% of these respondents say their plan for dealing with the end of security support is to “Continue to run Windows Server 2003 without support and maintenance.”

Running an unsupported operating system is something that should be viewed as an operational vulnerability. It’s inherently dangerous and ill-advised. But realistically, if you’re running Windows Server 2003 as you read this, you’re likely not in a position to migrate off of it quickly. Odds are that you’re on this older operating system out of necessity and so may not be able to migrate off of it anytime soon. Click here to checkout the supported upgrade paths from Windows.

Social Media Security

Social networking has changed the way we interact with family and friends. While social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp & Google+, play a significant role in our lives, they are also a high risk for security threats.Here are some suggestions to help keep your personal information private:

  1. Never give more information than is necessary to operate an account. Usually this includes:
    • An email: (Never use a work email address)
    • Username
    • Password
    • Birthday (Consider using a fake birth date like January 1st 1904)
  2. Make sure that your posts are not indexed into search engines. Each social media site handles this in a different way. For example, you can use your Facebook settings to block search engine indexing, or on Twitter you can make your posts visible to people who follow you only
  3. Remember to set all your posts private on Instagram
  4. Make sure that mobile apps are not using personal data or sharing additional private information. You should also use caution when linking together different apps like Facebook and Twitter or news apps like Flipboard and Facebook
  5. Social media are always refining and changing their privacy settings. Make sure to stay up-to-date with any privacy changes and continue to monitor what information you are sharing.

Using these four tips can help insure your privacy online and make social media a safer place.

Social Media Security

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Essentially, mobile payments are faster and more secure than conventional payments. All you need is a payment app to launch a transaction, and because you don’t need to use your card, the risk of point-of-sale (PoS) attacks such as card skimmers are eliminated. Mobile payments are also protected by security measures. However, since it has become a popular payment alternative, attackers could use Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks via fake or malicious apps and data breaches to take advantage of the new payment methods. The app itself could also have coding or process flaws, which can lead to leaked banking information. Additionally, if the device is lost or stolen, the stored financial data could be whisked for malicious purposes. If you’re not careful, your data and credentials could end up in the wrong hands.

Read the full article here!

The Security of Mobile Payment Options

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Microsoft plan to package the Spartan browser with its new Window 10 operating system. This radical overhaul will include new features not found in other competing web browsers. The Windows 10 browser allows users to annotate a web page with a stylus and send the notes and annotations to a friend or colleague. The web note service will be powered by Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage, meaning notes will be stored on a copy of a web page that can be accessed by any browser across multiple platforms. As annotations are shared, multiple users can doodle on a web page and share edits and annotations between groups. Other features include Microsoft Cortana integration and the ability to group tabs for better organization.

Click here to learn more about the new Windows 10 Browser.

Interested in learning more about Windows 10? Watch the video below: