Top Reasons to Try Microsoft Exchange Server

by Vincent Sammons 2. January 2010 01:23

·Reduced deployment cost

Exchange Server 2010 helps you reduce costs by addressing common infrastructure requirements such as backup, e-mail archiving, mobile e-mail access, and voice mailwith no need for third-party tools.

·Simplified high availability and disaster recovery

Exchange Server 2010 introduces a simplified approach to high availability and disaster recovery to help you achieve new levels of reliability and reduce the complexity of delivering business continuity.

·Easier administration and decreased dependence on the help desk

Exchange Server 2010 provides new self-service capabilities to help users perform common tasks without calling the help desk.

·Greater mobility and flexible access

Exchange Server 2010 offers an enhanced universal inbox experience, which provides your users with access to all of their business communications from a single location.

·Decreased inbox overload and increased productivity

Exchange Server 2010 adds new productivity features which help your users organize and prioritize the communications in their inboxes efficiently.

·Transformed voice mail

With Exchange Server 2010, users can receive their voice mailmessages in their inbox with text preview.

·Simplified compliance

Exchange Server 2010 delivers new integrated archiving functionality to help simplify compliance and discovery.

·Safeguards for sensitive information

With centrally managed and enforced information protection and controlcapabilities, Exchange Server 2010 makes it easy to encrypt, control, and moderate your company's communications.

·Reduced risk of malware and spam

Exchange Server 2010 actively helps protect your communications through built-in defenses against junk e-mail and support for an array of third party security products.

For more information on Exchange Server 2010 capabilities, see technologies section.



Top five reasons to upgrade your PCs

by Vincent Sammons 9. December 2009 01:25

In 2010, we will be giving you tangible reasons why refreshing your hardware in 2010 can affect your bottom line. For now, know that new HP PCs with Windows® 7 Professional will bring you up-to-date with the latest technology, enabling you to truly get more done with less. Here's how:

HP PCs with Windows 7 Professional feature things like Quicklook 3 and Quickweb, making it possible to access vital information on your desktop or the web in a matter of seconds, without having to boot up.¹

Get more done
A new HP desktop with an Intel® Core™2 Duo processor & Windows 7 Professional can run nearly 3 times faster than your old PC while using half the electricity.² Also, compared to an older laptop with Windows XP, a new HP business laptop with Windows 7 can deliver up to 68% increase in performance power.³

Reduce costs
A new HP desktop can consume up to 55% less energy than an older desktop.¹

Maximize uptime
PCs older than three years can experience much more downtime than new ones. With new PC's, you can experience much more uptime, which in turn means more productive work-time and more profitability for your business.

Improve your return on technology
Gain maximum value from HP. HP Access gives you over $1,000 in FREE offers with every hardware purchase while services like HP's Trade-In Program that gives you cash back for your old PC's – up to $100 when you trade-in and upgrade your notebook* and 0% financing** make transitioning to new PCs easy and affordable.



McAfee’s Twelve Scams of Christmas

by Vincent Sammons 7. December 2009 01:26

McAfee’s Twelve Scams of Christmas

Scam I: Charity Phishing Scams – Be Careful Who You Give To

During the holiday season, hackers take advantage of citizens’ generosity by sending e-mails that appear to be from legitimate charitable organizations. In reality, they are fake Web sites designed to steal donations, credit card information and the identities of donors.

Scam II: Fake Invoices from Delivery Services to Steal Your Money

During the holidays, cybercriminals often send fake invoices and delivery notifications appearing to be from Federal Express, UPS or the U.S. Customs Service. They e-mail consumers asking for credit card details to credit back the account, or require users to open an online invoice or customs form to receive the package. Once completed, the person’s information is stolen or malware is automatically installed on their computer.

Scam III: Social Networking – A Cybercriminal “Wants to be Your Friend”

Cybercriminals take advantage of this social time of the year by sending authentic-looking “New Friend Request” e-mails from social networking sites. Internet users should beware that clicking on links in these e-mails can automatically install malware on computers and steal personal information.

Scam IV: The Dangers of Holiday E-Cards

Cyber thieves cash in on consumers who send holiday e-cards in an effort to be environmentally conscious. Last holiday season, McAfee Labs discovered a worm masked as Hallmark e-cards and McDonald’s and Coca-Cola holiday promotions. Holiday-themed PowerPoint e-mail attachments are also popular among cybercriminals. Be careful what you click on.

Scam V: “Luxury” Holiday Jewelry Comes at a High Price

McAfee Labs recently uncovered a new holiday campaign that leads shoppers to malware-ridden sites offering “discounted” luxury gifts from Cartier, Gucci, and Tag Heuer. Cybercriminals even use fraudulent logos of the Better Business Bureau to trick shoppers into buying products they never receive.

Scam VI: Practice Safe Holiday Shopping – Online Identity Theft on the Rise

Forrester Research Inc. predicts online holiday sales will increase this year, as more bargain hunters turn to the Web for deals. While users shop and surf on open hotspots, hackers can spy on their activity in an attempt to steal their personal information. McAfee tells users never to shop online from a public computer or on an open Wi-Fi network.

Scam VII: Christmas Carol Lyrics Can Be Dangerous – Risky Holiday Searches

During the holidays, hackers create fraudulent holiday-related Web sites for people searching for a holiday ringtone or wallpaper, Christmas carol lyrics or a festive screensaver. Downloading holiday-themed files may infect one’s computer with spyware, adware or other malware. McAfee found one Christmas carol download site that led searchers to adware, spyware and other potentially unwanted programs.

Scam VIII: Out of Work – Job-Related E-mail Scams

The U.S. unemployment rate recently spiked to 10.2 per cent, the highest level since 1983. Scammers are preying on desperate job-seekers in the poor economy, with the promise of high-paying jobs and work-from-home moneymaking opportunities. Once interested persons submit their information and pay their “set-up” fee, hackers steal their money instead of following through on the promised employment opportunity.

Scam IX: Outbidding for Crime – Auction Site Fraud

Scammers often lurk on auction sites during the holiday season. Buyers should beware of auction deals that appear too good to be true, because often times these purchases never reach their new owner.

Scam X: Password Stealing Scams

Password theft is rampant during the holidays, as thieves use low-cost tools to uncover a person’s password and send out malware to record keystrokes, called keylogging. Once criminals have access to one or more passwords, they gain vast access to consumers’ bank and credit card details and clean out accounts within minutes. They also commonly send out spam from a user’s account to their contacts.

Scam XI: E-Mail Banking Scams

Cybercriminals trick consumers into divulging their bank details by sending official-looking e-mails from financial institutions. They ask users to confirm their account information, including a user name and password, with a warning that their account will become invalid if they do not comply. Then they often sell this information through an underground online black market.

McAfee Labs believes cybercriminals are more actively scamming consumers with this tactic during the holidays since people are monitoring their purchases closely.

Scam XII: Your Files for Ransom – Ransomware Scams

Hackers gain control of people’s computers through several of these holiday scams. They then act as virtual kidnappers to hijack computer files and encrypt them, making them unreadable and inaccessible. The scammer holds the user’s files ransom by demanding payment in exchange for getting them back.

McAfee advises Internet users to follow these five tips to protect their computers and personal information:

1. Never Click on Links in E-Mails: Go directly to a company or charity’s Web site by typing in the address or using a search engine. Never click on a link in an e-mail.

2. Use Updated Security Software: Protect your computer from malware, spyware, viruses and other threats with updated security suites. McAfee® Total Protection software provides fully-featured protection from current and emerging threats. It also comes built in with McAfee SiteAdvisor® technology, a safe search toolbar to warn consumers of a Web site’s safety rating as well as phishing protection. It uses intuitive red, yellow and green checkmarks to rate potentially dangerous Web sites when searched on Google, Yahoo! or Bing.

3. Shop and Bank on Secure Networks: Only check bank accounts or shop online on secure networks at home or work, wired or wireless. Wi-Fi networks should always be password-protected so hackers cannot gain access to them and spy on online activity.

Also, remember to only shop on Web sites that begin with https://, instead of http://, and seek out Web sites with security trustmarks, like McAfee SECURE.

4. Use Different Passwords: Never use the same passwords for several online accounts. Diversify passwords and use a complex combination of letters, numbers and symbols.

5. Use Common Sense: If you are ever in doubt that an offer or product is not legitimate, do not click on it. Cybercriminals are behind many of the seemingly “good” deals on the Web, so exercise caution when searching and buying.

If you think you may be a victim of cybercrime, visit McAfee’s Cybercrime Response Unit to assess your risks and learn what to do next at

About McAfee, Inc.

McAfee, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee is relentlessly committed to tackling the world's toughest security challenges. The company delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems and networks around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the web more securely. Backed by an award-winning research team, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security.


General | Technical

Automation - Marketing

by Vincent Sammons 30. January 2009 01:28

Imagine having a resource that is always working 24-7 for your business. Many companies have these type of resources in the form of a "Smart Website". These "Smarter Websites" help promote thier products and / or services 24 hours a day as most website do and has the ability to automate processes such as customer newsletter email database, ecommerce, and many other propriatory back end funtions that may be needed to help automate business processes.

VSS Business Solutions is a company that can help with all aspects of these type of "Smarter Websites". We will work with you to understand your business model and help come up with an automation process that will help streamline your business.

We have currently been working with local townships in our area in order to help facilitate information to and from the community in a timley cost effective manner. We can do this for other townships and businesses even if they are not local as well.

Please contact us for more information:
VSS Business Solutions
(610) 910-4018


General | Technical

Understanding SD Card Speeds

by Vincent Sammons 1. January 2009 01:33

While the first SD cards were very similar between brands, each brand now offers cards in several different speeds for each capacity. To make things more confusing, SD card speeds are measured in two different ways: in kilobytes or megabytes per second (KB/s or MB/s) and in an “x” rating similar to that of CD-ROMS. The “x” is the minimum CD-ROM speed of 150KB/s, so here’s a table of equivalent speeds:

  • 4x: 600 KB/s
  • 16x: 2.4 MB/s
  • 40x: 6.0 MB/s
  • 66x: 10MB/s
  • 133x: 20MB/s

Understanding available options

While this varies between manufacturers, most offer two or three categories of speed. At this writing, here’s a summary of what each category means:

  • Basic SD cards (Sandisk, Lexar, etc.) are the cheapest models. They generally have a speed of 1x to 16x, but often don’t guarantee a particular speed, so you won’t find anything about speed listed on the package.
  • “Pro” SD cards (Sandisk Ultra, Lexar High Speed, etc.) list a speed of 32X or higher. Some have speeds up to 66x (10Mbps).
  • High-end SD cards (Sandisk Extreme, Lexar Professional, etc.) have a speed of at least 66x. The latest models (i.e. Sandisk Extreme III) have a speed of 133x.

Since these categories are vague, and not always meaningful—for example, Sandisk’s “Ultra II” and “Extreme” cards are the same speed, but “Extreme III” is a higher speed—you should always compare based on the actual speed listed on the package. If it isn’t listed, assume you’re looking at one of the slowest cards.

Which one do you need?

Which speed you need depends on your camera. While even the fastest cameras can make do with a slow SD card, they’ll be at their best with a card that keeps up with the camera. Here are some general rules for choosing a card:

  • If your camera is a consumer point-and-shoot model ($400 or less) chances are it works fine with any SD card. Some of the newest models can benefit from a 66x card for burst (multiple picture) or movie modes.
  • If your camera is a “prosumer” model or a digial SLR ($400 to $3000) choose the fastest card you can get for a good price, a 66x card if at all possible. These cameras are fast, and a fast card will improve their response time.

Note that I haven’t recommended 133x cards for any camera. The SD card specification (version 1.0) is limited to 66x, so the 133x cards work in a “double speed” mode available in version 1.1 of the specification. At this writing, no cameras take advantage of the full speed of these cards, but you may want to consider one anyway—there’s a good chance you’ll still have the card when you upgrade to the next camera. However this faster speed is really great for Windows Vista SpeedBoost! A lot of laptops now have the SD slot built-in them and works well with Vista SpeedBoost.


If you want the final word on which card to choose, check your camera’s manual or specification for speed requirements. Note that “burst” or movie modes may require higher speeds than still photo modes. Another tip: find a review of your camera at a site like, which does timing tests on cameras to determine their speed with different cards.

Another thing to consider is getting pictures from your camera to your computer. If you have a fast card and a fast card reader, you’ll enjoy the faster transfer speeds even if your camera doesn’t need them. Most USB 2.0 card readers (available for $10 to $20) can handle very high speeds. In fact, this is the one area where the 133x cards actually live up to their promise.

One more tip: definitely choose one of the good name-brand cards over the cheaper generics. With potentially 500 or more photos at stake, you don’t want to take chances. Sandisk, Lexar, Viking, Verbatim, and Crucial are good brands.





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