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October is Small Business Month in Canada

technology_bannerCisco is offering a series of seminars in October to promote Small Business Month in Canada.  As small business owners ourselves, RDC Networks has partnered with Cisco Systems and Cisco Capital to make sure your small business has the ‘right-sized’ technology for your business, and at the right price.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out about the technology that Cisco makes available to your small business during these upcoming free webinars.

Who should attend?  Any small business owner or employee.

What are you waiting for?

To find out more, check out the free webinar schedule here or download it here

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How Computer Savvy Are You?

scam alert triangle signSo you think your computer is protected do you? Think you can spot a fake anti-virus program on your pc?

Users that lack awareness of potential threats can put themselves and their employers at risk without realizing it.

This is an excerpt of an article recently released by Microsoft Security. Why not test your SPAM awareness?

One of the most popular deception tactics cybercriminals use today is to trick users into installing fake antivirus software, commonly known as “rogue security software” or “scareware.” This tactic has successfully compromised millions of systems over the years and is one of the reasons we (Microsoft) developed the “Real vs. Rogue” challenge.

The Real vs. Rogue challenge is an interactive quiz that uses images of actual rogue security software to test whether you can tell the difference between legitimate antivirus software and rogue security software. Together with the how-to videos we (Microsoft) have published on rogue security software, viruses, spam, and other threats, this challenge is a great resource for organizations looking to educate their users on the common security pitfalls found on the Internet today.

PS – I scored a perfect 100% 🙂

Recent Increase in Email Spam from Yahoo, LinkedIn and Online Payments

Over the past couple of days, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the amount of spam that has been able to infiltrate our once highly effective and secure email server.  We’re seeing emails that look like they are coming from Facebook friends, which are being sent from Yahoo email accounts that our Facebook friends don’t even own.

Then there’s those old prescription emails and the ones about payments I received or payments I owe from banks and companies I don’t do business with the occasional lovely Russian lady that is lonely and looking to me for a good time 🙂

Today, we are receiving emails that look like they are from individuals that want to connect on LinkedIn, but if you look closely at the SENT FROM email address, it’s a fake!

Here is what to look for and NOT TO CLICK ON!

Fake LinkedIN

Just in case you’re curious, when you hover your cursor over the GoToInbox link, it takes you to weight loss website.

There may indeed be someone named Steve Mudrick on LinkedIn, but it’s certainly not where this email originated from, nor did it come from LinkedIn.  If you look closely at the Return Path (where the email originated from), you’ll see it originated from montevideogas.com.uy.  Likely a bot so the next time I receive it, it will come from a different email address.    The key is, don’t fall for this scam.  Take a double look at anything coming to you from LinkedIn right now.  It does look slightly different in colour and content so pay attention.  If you receive it in your email, log into your LinkedIn account and see if the same message resides there.  If it doesn’t, the email version is spam.

Message Options

The best way to keep these messages out of your email, is to make sure your anti-virus and windows updates are done.  Eventually, Microsoft will catch up to these and stop them from entering your inbox.

RDCNetworks and HalTech present the Halton Windows 8 Launch Party – October 26th

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Join us October 26th, 2012 at 7pm in Burlington for an evening of tech, as Mitch Garvis and Ruth Morton of Microsoft Canada, walk us through a demo with the unveiling of the new Windows 8 Operating system. There may even be some Windows 8 devices to play with!

You don’t have to be a geek to attend. Whether you’re a home user, student, or seasoned I.T. professional, there is something for everyone.

What if there was a faster, simpler, and better way to do it all? What if one solution, could help meet the needs of your business? What if it could deliver more productivity, security, control, flexibility, and balance. What if it was a better way to connect. A faster way to work. A simpler way to manage.

These are the demands your business faces. And those demands are all about to be met.

Mitch Garvis is a Renaissance Man of the IT world. He is a partner with SWMI Consulting Group, in addition to being a Virtual Technology Advisor – Windows Infrastructure for Microsoft Canada. Among his numerous certifications are several MCITPs, as well as the new MCSE: Private Cloud. He lectures and trains on a variety of topics including System Center, server virtualization, desktop deployment, and security. You can read his blog at www.garvis.ca, or follow him on Twitter as @MGarvis. In his spare time he likes to break things, and has recently earned his Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. He makes his home in Oakville where he has one wife, two kids, two dogs, and two minutes to himself per day.

Ruth Morton is a Technology Advisor for Microsoft Canada. Based in Guelph, Ontario, Ruth travels across Canada building relationships with IT managers and professionals, and talking about the latest in technology. She is a host for the AlignIT Manager Tech Talk series (www.microsoft.ca/alignitshow) and writes on the Canadian IT Manager and Canadian IT Pro blogs (blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers & blogs.technet.com/canitpro). Ruth is known for her authenticity, her ability to build trust and her knack for facilitating the connections and dialogue that matter most to those with whom she speaks. She gets inspired by the opportunity to open up people’s minds to the possibilities of Microsoft, to their own potential, and how technology can impact the world. Before joining Microsoft, Ruth worked as an IT professional for over 12 years implementing enterprise technologies and formulating IT strategies for organizations in Canada, Europe and the US.

Space is limited so register early!  RSVP on Eventbrite http://windows8halton.eventbrite.com/

Windows 8 Preview at Silicon Halton Oct. 9

Silicon Halton Meetup #36 – Windows 8

Microsoft is releasing Windows 8 in late October 2012, and is promising that it will be a game changer. Windows 8 focuses on people and apps, and gives powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with people. It’s Windows reimagined.

Join us on October 9 at Emma’s Back Porch in Burlington, ON to see what’s new and what it means for your business. You’ll learn:

Windows 8 – Mitch Garvis

  • Tour of Windows 8 – What is new, what is the same, and what just looks different
  • Editions of Windows 8
  • Using Windows – Touch versus keyboard & mouse
  • Logon Options
  • Integration with cloud – Microsoft Account, SkyDrive
  • Windows To Go

An End User’s Perspective – Robert Duvall

  • Content is on the PC and in the cloud
  • People, not files, are the center of activity
  • Touch isn’t a requirement for Windows 8
  • The days of remembering lots of login passwords are gone with gesture logins

Presenters / Panelists

Mitch Garvis is a Renaissance Man of the IT world. He is a partner with SWMI Consulting Group, in addition to being a Virtual Technology Advisor – Windows Infrastructure for Microsoft Canada. Among his numerous certifications are several MCITPs, as well as the new MCSE: Private Cloud. He lectures and trains on a variety of topics including System Center, server virtualization, desktop deployment, and security. You can read his blog at www.garvis.ca, or follow him on Twitter as @MGarvis. In his spare time he likes to break things, and has recently earned his Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. He makes his home in Oakville where he has one wife, two kids, two dogs, and two minutes to himself per day.

Robert Duvall – President – RDC Networks. Robert is the President of RDC Networks. He specializes in: Windows Server technologies; Exchange Server; Cisco Unified Communications; and Blackberry Enterprise Server. Robert currently holds several certifications including Small Business Specialist, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and CCNA. Prior to, RDC, Robert was a trainer for the Compumaster division of Skillpath Seminars for 13 years, training business individuals on Windows Server, Linux, Windows Operating Systems and Cisco.

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Windows 8 – Take The Tour
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Technology Innovation
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 @ 7pm
Location: Emma’s Back Porch. 2084 Old Lakeshore Rd, Burlington | Google Map
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
Pre-Event Q&A Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the organizers and facilitator in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

Registration is FREE at the Silicon Halton LinkedIN Group site

Sneak Peak at Windows 8

Rob Duvall will be presenting a sneak peak at Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system at an upcoming Milton Chamber of Commerce Springboard morning seminar session, before the official public availability on October 26, 2012.

Space is limited so register early.

Where:  Milton Chamber of Commerce, 251 Main Street E., Milton, Ontario

When:  Wednesday. September 26, 2012
8:30am – 9:30am

Cost:  Free to Milton Chamber of Commerce members, $10 non-members

Register here