Monthly Archives: February 2014

Beanstalk Computing Partners with Effortless Office to Offer Best in Class Virtual Desktop Solutions

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How would you like to be able to access your desktop from any device anywhere with an internet connection?  Explore a solution that provides you the mobility, security, and support necessary to grow your business.  Call us for more details at 800-813-0926

effortless office
effortless office provides a cloud solution designed to meet all of your security, support, and mobility needs for a fixed monthly price.

effortless security
Your data is stored at the Switch SuperNAP, one of the most secure data storage facilities in the USA. Full redundancy, anti-virus, and spam filtering services are all included in your EO package. With hardware and software that is HIPAA and PCI compliant you can be assured we work hard to ensure you meet industry regulations.

effortless support
24X7X365 tech support is available to all EO users to ensure all their needs are met in a timely manner. Our tiered ticketing system allows us to answer your most pressing questions in less than two hours.

effortless mobility
Access your virtual desktop from almost any device in any location with an internet connection. We currently support Windows, iOS, and Android devices. With anytime, anywhere access to your desktop you are able to work when and where you choose.

effortless savings
effortless office provides a fixed monthly billing system, giving you the peace of mind knowing what your expenses will be each month. Do not waste time and money sourcing services from multiple companies, let effortless office be your one stop shop for all your IT needs.

Please contact us to further discuss your private cloud solution. We offer free no commitment IT audits to show you how you can benefit from a cloud solution.

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Microsoft has announced as of April 8, 2014, Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange Server 2003 will no longer be actively supported by Microsoft.

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What this means to you:

These older versions of Windows and Exchange were developed in a time before the Internet played such a critical role in the life of your average business.  The result is that these systems cannot be trusted to handle the wide variety of threats to your data and computers that are ever present in our Internet-connected world.  Without the continued availability of critical security and software updates,  the Microsoft software that you rely on to help run your business will be under ever increasing threat, exposing you to malicious software and may result in a failure to comply to updated industry compliance standards.

Getting current with the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office helps you modernize your business and dramatically simplify everyday tasks

    If you are ready to upgrade your Microsoft Software, or have any questions/concerns regarding the end of support by Microsoft for these versions of software please Contact Us.

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CryptoLocker Virus

This is a Security Advisory sent to all Beanstalk Computing clients, partners, and contacts. Recently a ransom-ware virus known as the CryptoLocker Virus has been infecting computers and causing extreme damage to businesses internationally that can result in the permanent loss of data. This CryptoLocker is the worst strain of virus that we have seen, which is why we felt it necessary to send this email and bring this to your attention. The CryptoLocker is a new breed of virus that is able to encrypt most important files on your computers including files on any mapped network drive to which you are connected with write access. Once encrypted, your company files will be inaccessible unless you agree to pay the ransom demanded (via online payment, typically via MoneyPAK) by the sender of the virus, or recover your data from backup.  The encryption is currently unbreakable. Once you are presented with the ransom notice the damage has been done. This ransom-ware virus concept is not new, but this is the first time that a such a virus has been capable of doing widespread damage of the type that CryptoLocker has been responsible for. For this reason, we felt it important to remind clients and friends of some best security practices that they can take: 1.)  Back up your data. The importance of a reliable data backup is imperative. There are a number of factors to consider but your backup system should support file revisions as well as offsite data storage. 2.) Run effective Antivirus software. All computers should be protected by an up to date antivirus client. 3.) Do not open attached files via email. This is the most common infection vector for this and many common viruses. Many viruses will attempt to convince you that a file attachment containing the virus is something you really want to read. Be skeptical and careful!  ***Do not click on links within emails you were not expecting. For example: FedEx package, BBB complaint, domain expiring, etc. 4.) Use a spam filtering service. More than 80% of the email traffic on a daily basis is unwanted Spam email. A spam filtering service can prevent the vast majority of spam email making it to your inbox and can be particularly helpful in preventing the spread of viruses via infected attachments. 5.) Additional software solutions. These can include web content filtering, Firewall security services and software restriction policies put in place on your network. Limiting your exposure to security threats is the key and there are many options available in the type layered approach that Beanstalk Computing recommends to our clients.For any more information on CryptoLocker and safeguards please feel free to contact our team direct by emailing support@beanstalkcomputing.com or calling (800) 813-0926. For more information please see the links below: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/cryptolocker.asp http://www.informationweek.in/informationweek/news-analysis/285827/beware-ransomware-cryptolocker-quick-heal What you will see if you are infected! malware warning
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