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Chadwell Coppus Technologies has been serving the Ohio area since 2018, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Partnership Agreement with Centracomm

CCT is pleased to announce we have signed a strategic partnership agreement with Centracomm of Findlay Ohio. The agreement allows CCT to resell Centracomm products and services. Centracomm offers high-end networking and security products. They can do risk assessments to ensure your environment is safe as well as providing cloud based network security and management.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how CCT and Centracomm can work together to assist your organization with its IT network and security challenges.

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Windows 2008 End of Support info

The following information regarding Windows 2008 was obtained from Microsoft:

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are approaching the end of their support lifecycle. This means that as of the dates in the table below there will be no additional:

  • Free security updates on-premises
  • Non-security updates
  • Free support options
  • Online technical content update

Customers who use Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 products and services should migrate to Microsoft Azure to take advantage of 3 additional years of Critical and Important security updates at no additional charge and modernize when ready. For environments other than Azure, we recommend customers upgrade to the latest version before the deadline. For customers who cannot meet the end-of-support deadline may purchase Extended Security Updates to keep server workloads protected until they upgrade (some restrictions apply).

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The following Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 products are approaching End of Support:

Product

End of Extended Support

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 Foundation

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 Standard

1/14/2020

Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V

1/14/2020

We recommend that you migrate to Azure or upgrade to the current product versions before the support end dates. This lets you take advantage of the latest product innovations and make sure you have uninterrupted support from Microsoft.

Note The following Server products are NOT eligible for Extended Security Updates:

Product

End of Extended Support

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

1/14/2020

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

1/14/2020

Windows HPC Server 2008

4/14/2020

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

4/14/2020

Windows HPC Server 2008 without Hyper-V

4/14/2020

Windows Server Update Services 3.0

7/14/2009

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1

10/12/2010

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Basic

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Basic 32-bit

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Basic Embedded

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Basic Embedded 32-bit

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Enterprise

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Enterprise Embedded

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Embedded

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Workgroup

1/14/2020

Windows Storage Server 2008 Workgroup Embedded

1/14/2020

Also keep in mind that Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates as of 1/14/2020 as well so you need to make plans to upgrade to Windows 10 or but a new machine with Windows 10 if your computer can’t support the new OS

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Office 365 vs. Office 2019

There are two versions of Office today, Office 365 and Office 2019. Office 365 is a cloud based version that you pay for monthly or on an annual basis. Office 2019 is a desktop (perpetual) version you pay for one time up front.

Office 365 is cloud based but you don’t have to be connected to the internet to use it. It uses the cloud for updates and additional features like OneDrive which gives you 1 TB of free online storage and email access. There are Office 365 plans for home and personal use, as well as for small and midsize businesses, large enterprises, schools, and non-profits. Home allows up to 6 users to share the subscription on PC’s and mobile devices while personal is for a single user.

Office 2019 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs. However, there are no upgrade options which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you'll have to buy it at full price.

Office Online is a free version of Office that you can use in a web browser. All you need is to sign up for a Microsoft Account with a new or existing email address. Try the Office Online apps.

One note for all versions whether online on desktop is that none of them include backup even for email so make sure you plan to backup your information in case of a hardware failure, virus or ransomware. CCT does offer a backup program where we will set up the backup for you. Just call us at (419)379-1412 for more details. We also offer Office 365 if you would like to purchase it.

One of the big differences between the two is that Office 365 will keep you updated with the latest version of  Office apps as long as you connect to the internet. That's why it doesn't have a year designation. As long as you maintain your subscription you will have the latest version of software. It also adds new features as they become available and web based features not available on the desktop version. You won't get those features until the next time you buy the latest desktop version. Also technical support is included as long as you have your Office 365 subscription while only installation assistance is provided for the desktop version. It's clearly the case of “pay me now or pay me later”.

Articles with more details:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/what-s-the-difference-between-office-365-and-office-2019-ed447ebf-6060-46f9-9e90-a239bd27eb96

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/office-365/176224/office-2019-vs-office-365-whats-really-happening

https://www.windowscentral.com/office-2019-or-office-365-which-one-you-should-get

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3205968/what-are-the-differences-between-office-2016-office-2019-and-office-365.html
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Preparation for Windows 7 End of Support

You have probably heard that Microsoft is dropping free ongoing support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. That’s important because at that time you will have to upgrade to Windows 10 or risk not getting updates like security patches which could put your computer’s data at risk. You may have to even get a new computer because your old machine may not have the capability to run Windows 10.

Something equally important is doing the latest update for Windows 7 by the end of March. If you don’t have the latest update Microsoft won’t support your computer starting in April.

Some people have their computer update Windows automatically. To make sure if your computer has the latest update, do the following:

To see your PC’s update history, select the Start button, then select Control Panel > Programs. Under Programs and Features, select View installed updates. The latest version is KB4489885 as of March 12, 2019.

The best way to keep Windows 7 up to date is to turn on automatic updates. With automatic updates, you don’t have to search for updates online or worry about missing critical fixes or device drivers for your PC. Instead, Windows Update automatically installs important updates as they become available. 

To turn on automatic updates: 

  1. Select the Start button . Type Update in the search box, and select Windows Update from the list of results. 
  2. In the left pane, select Change settings, and then under Important updates, select Install updates automatically (recommended)
  3. Under Recommended updates, turn on Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates, and then select OK

To update manually do the following:

  • · Select Start > Control Panel >  Windows Update.

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  • · In the Windows Update window, select either important updates are available or optional updates are available. The system will automatically check if there's any update that need to be installed, and display the updates that can be installed onto your computer. Please note the update number that you can download.

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  • · Select the Download Center link, type the update number in the [Search] box

(e.g. KB2286198) and then click on the search icon or press the Enter key on your keyboard.

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· Microsoft Download Center will automatically search for all contents related to the update number you provided. Based on you operating system, select the Security Update for Windows 7.

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  • · Select Download in the download page for KB2286198. A window showing File Download appears, select Open to install the file automatically after downloading.

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The file will install automatically once you hit the open button.

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The Momo Challenge

The “Momo Challenge” is a recurring social media media hoax that started in July 2018 and has recently surfaced again. It started as messages on the WhatsApp App telling the recipient to perform a series of tasks (or challenges). Refusal to do so being met with threats. There have been media social media posts and news articles claiming that children have committed suicide in doing these challenges. As of this post, there have been no suicides directly attributed to the Momo challenge. The recent concern over the “Momo challenge” has sparked many questions on what parents can do to protect their children.

This is really a form of Cyberbullying and first and foremost is to have a discussion with your children about this. They need to know this is not real and your are there to help them. It is also a great time to discuss social media posting. Let them know that what they post will be out there FOREVER. Many employers now check an applicants social media before hiring them. Even if you delete the post there can be copies still hanging out there in different forms. This not only applies to children but adults as well. It may be great to vent on a day when something upsets you but you don't know who will see it and how they will react.

If you want the ability to monitor and/or control what your children do online, an article that lists the top software/hardware is located at: The Best Parental Control Software for 2019

Other articles of interest:

Good digital parenting: https://www.fosi.org/good-digital-parenting/

Parental Controls: Parental Controls - Stay Safe Online

Cyber security for Children: Cyber Security for Children

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