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All good things come to an end – even Windows 7

Windows 7 officially launched in July of 2009, but only made a commitment to provide 10 years of product service. Ten years has come and gone, and now Windows 7 has reached its end. Microsoft has finally announced the official date for Windows 7 end of life: January 14, 2020.

So, what does this mean for you? What it means is that Microsoft will no longer be updating or supporting the operating system after that date.

Cybersecurity & Charles IT – We Do It Right

You have probably by now heard the story of Lake City, Florida, as most in the IT industry have.

Lake City, FL paid out a ransom of $460,000 in Bitcoins to hackers just a few weeks ago. It was determined that an employee downloaded an infected document that they had received via email.

How to test for network vulnerabilities in 5 critical steps

Losing a few thousand dollars in a ransomware event might represent nothing more than a rounding error to large enterprises, but that same few thousand can be devastating to an individual. In response, governments around the world have strengthened their efforts to protect said individuals (a.k.a., end-consumers) through the promulgation of stringent data regulations.

How to Foil Cybervillains: A Capsule Summary of Cybersecurity Assessments

What are the leading types of cybersecurity assessments? And why do they matter?

As one professional put it, “Just because you haven’t been gotten yet doesn’t mean they’re still not out to get you.”

The fact is, even in the face of dramatically increased spending on information security worldwide, businesses like yours are more susceptible to data breaches and other threats than ever.

How to build a data-breach recovery plan

Target. Home Depot. LinkedIn. Neiman Marcus.

All giants of corporate America. All victims in recent years of massive data breaches.

Besides the fact that in these and other high-profile cases millions of accounts and payment-card details were compromised, what we’ve learned about data breaches is that they can happen to any business, at any time.