Windows 7 & Server 2008 End-Of-Life, So What’s Next!

Let Captain IT Help You With A FREE Microsoft Risk Assessment & Migration Plan! 

 

This Will Show You The Easiest, Most Budget-Friendly Way To Upgrade Your Windows 7 And Windows Server 2008 Machines. 

     As a local Microsoft Certified Partner, my company has committed to helping businesses in the         Inland Empire by offering a FREE Microsoft Risk Assessment and Migration Plan.

At no cost to you, we’ll come to your office and conduct our proprietary 101-Point Risk Assessment — a process that’s taken us over 15 years to perfect — to not only determine what specific computers and servers will be affected by this announcement, but also to assess other security, backup and efficiency factors that could be costing you in productivity and hard dollars.

After performing this Assessment for hundreds of companies like yours, we’re confident that we will not only be able to expose several security risks and issues that you weren’t aware of but also find ways to make your business FAR more efficient and productive. We’ll also put together a customized Migration Plan and show you how to painlessly upgrade your old Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 machines while simultaneously: 

  1. Eliminating the need for you to spend a small fortune on new hardware and software.
    • We’ve developed a unique, little-known way for businesses like yours to get a completely new, upgraded network with full help-desk support and services for a very affordable, flat monthly payment. This plan has been extremely popular with our small business clients because it gives them everything they need without the huge hit to cash flow.
  2. Giving you instant disaster recovery and the peace of mind that comes with it.
    • You’ll never lose data or be down more than a few hours 
  3. Lowering your IT support and maintenance costs.
    • We can typically save our clients between $5,000 and $50,000 while giving you and your employees the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere, anytime, on any device, thanks to new cloud solutions we have available.

If nothing else, you’ll gain a 3rd-party review of your computer network’s security for FREE.

 To claim your Free Risk Assessment and Migration Plan, simply complete the form on this page.

 

 

Happy Halloween From Captain IT to You!

Happy Halloween From Captain IT to You!

We are excited for all of the children who celebrate the Ghostly season this year!

Just a few tips to be aware of this year:

  • Wear bright colors
  • Trick or Treat before it gets too dark
  • Have reflective clothing and Lights or glowsticks
  • Treat every piece of candy as a potential threat
    • have your parents inspect the candy before you dig in
  • Trick or Treat in groups or with a buddy if possible
  • Be careful crossing the street
  • Always be polite and say Thank you!

But no matter what have fun and be safe!

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Did You Say “Ransomware at School”?

San Bernardino City Unified School District computer servers remain down after ransomware attack! This is exactly why we at CaptainIT offers Tech-Tips and valuable Information on how to prevent such Ransom Attacks! Check us out online to learn more: http://bit.ly/cyber-securitytips

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San Bernardino City Unified School District computer servers remain down after ransomware attack

  • Richard K. De Atley
  • PUBLISHED: October 21, 2019 at 4:38 pm | UPDATED: October 22, 2019 at 7:33 am
  • Categories:Crime + Public SafetyNews

A ransomware attack over the weekend left San Bernardino City Unified School District computer servers inaccessible, with no estimate for restoration.

Officials on Monday, Oct. 21, declined to disclose the ransom demands to unlock the system.

The district said it was working “with law enforcement and a third-party expert to restore the network. ” district spokeswoman Corina Borsuk wrote in an email.

The district announced Sunday that faculty and staff were locked out of their emails and classes would have to proceed without Wi-Fi and other tech-based tools when classes resumed Monday. SBCUSD has 72 schools with some 53,000 students.

Student and related family data were safe. That content is hosted on a third-party platform with its own servers, which were not affected, the district said in a statement.

Ransomware invasions allow hackers to gain control and access to computers and their stored data. The attackers then demand a ransom to release control of the devices. The district was first alerted to the attack early Saturday, officials said.

“It’s true that there are significant challenges to access the district network because the district systems are down,”  District Safety/Emergency Manager Eric Vetere said. “However, student data has not been compromised.”

Functioning Monday were school phones and student meal service, as well as lighting and air conditioning systems, the district said.

The telephone system for the district’s Transportation Department, which coordinate school buses were “briefly affected,” the district said, but bus operator Durham School Services transported students without interruption and that system has since been restored, Borsuk wrote.

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“We are committed to doing all we can to continue serving our families and to strengthening our systems so something like this doesn’t happen again,” Superintendent Dale Marsden said in a statement.

“As part of the ongoing investigation, SBCUSD cannot disclose the ransom demands,” Borsuk wrote.

While the district’s email system is down, officials recommend students and their families follow the district on Twitter @SB_CitySchools, on Instagram @sbcusd, and at www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoUSD for updates.

Barracuda Email SPAM Blocker

What is happening with my emails?

 You may have noticed that things are looking a little different in your email inbox. Captain IT recently implemented a new SPAM Filtering system called Barracuda.

 This decision was made to ensure that your email accounts have the latest protection. There is no additional charge to our valued clients.

Anthony from Captain IT announcing the new email Spam filtering system called Barracuda. Now our client emails will be even more secure and prevent phishing and other online cyber attacks at no additional cost to our clients.

Google Adds Several New Password Features To Help Users

Google is taking additional steps to provide a safer and more secure environment for their massive user base.  Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world. In recent months, Google has made moves to provide better password security. Most recently, they released a Chrome Extension called Password Checkup that scans all of your stored login credentials to see if they’ve been found in data breaches. If they have been breached, it prompts you to change them.

As good and helpful as that is, the company has taken an additional step and has now integrated the Password Checkup tool directly into Google’s Password Manager.

Here’s how it works:

  • Open your Google Password Manager, which you can access via https://passwords.google.com.
  • When the page displays, you’ll see a new link labelled “Check Passwords.” Click that.
  • Google will then proceed to check your stored login credentials to see:
    • If any of your passwords have been exposed via a third-party data breach
    • If the password in question is being reused among multiple sites
    • Assess the relative strength of all of your stored passwords.

Once this check is complete, it will display the results in different categories that show you exactly which passwords are at risk, and why they were flagged.  From there, you’ll be able to change any problematic passwords and re-run the check to give yourself a clean bill of health.

This is a fantastic move, but the company isn’t stopping there.  Ultimately, the company plans to have Chrome automatically alert you when your saved passwords were discovered in a breach and allow you to act immediately to change them and keep your accounts safe.

When the plan is fully realized, Google’s password security feature built into Chrome will rival the capabilities of many paid password management offerings, and that’s a very good thing indeed.  Kudos to Google for raising the bar.

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