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Week of August 10, 2015

Windows 10 "Free" Upgrade
We have all read and heard about the new Windows 10 release from Microsoft. Yes it is a free upgrade for all current Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users, but should you do it? The answer is a definite MAYBE.

First of all, if your PC does not have the horsepower to run Windows 10, the free upgrade will come to you at a cost... namely wasted time and frustration. Secondly, being so new, many applications and peripherals will not work properly under Windows 10. If you rely on local or web applications that have not yet been tested, you should take a "wait and see" approach. Likewise, if your printers, scanners, and other peripherals have not been purchased recently, waiting will likely save you a lot of unproductive time.

If you do choose to upgrade, plan on spending some time resetting your default programs. One of the reasons that Microsoft is "giving" you their new OS is to bring users back to Microsoft platforms. Did you know that a mere 5 years ago, Internet Explorer had more than a 50% market share of web browser usage? Today, it is approximately 15%. In an effort to bring you back to Microsoft's browser, Windows 10 automatically changes your default browser to Microsoft's new Edge browser (same "e" logo, but new app). If you don't want all of the hyperlinks you click on to open up in Microsoft's Edge, you will need to manually change it back.

If you would like to discuss the pros and cons of a Windows 10 upgrade for your organization, please email us at blog@letternine.net

Hacking Your MAC?
Everyone knows that while Windows PCs are prone to malware, MACs are virus-free... right? Wrong!

Security researcher Stefan Esser, uncovered a new vulnerability that lets hackers install adware without ever asking for your password. This is nasty malware that hijacks your MAC with pop-up ads and redirects you to a different search engine when you try to use Google. What's worse is that reloading your MAC may not solve the problem. It seems that this and other MAC hacks actually affect the firmware of your MAC, rendering an OS reload useless. Apple is working on a fix in their next OS release, but watch what you are clicking on in the meantime!

Whether you are using a MAC or PC, never click on a link or open an attachment unless you are 100% sure that you know what it is and where it came from. Hackers are pretty sneaky when disguising emails that look authentic. Remember, no financial or government organization will ever send you a .zip file as an attachment. If you receive an email that looks suspicious or you are unsure of, please forward it to itsupport@letternine.net and we will figure it out.

How can we help?
As always, if we can help resolve any of your IT issues, please don't hesitate to email us at blog@letternine.net.

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