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Tech Terms Explained: Modem, Router, Firewall

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ConfusedTechnology can be confusing. You’re just trying to run your business, but sometimes it helps tremendously to know some of the tech terms that are being thrown about to help in troubleshooting what might be wrong. We’re thinking about adding this as a semi-regular feature to our newsletter and blog, so let us know what kinds of terms you want explained. This month, we explain the devices that get the internet safely and securely into your office: Your modem, router, and firewall.

We mentioned a while back our new Food-for-Feedback program that gives an incentive (doughnuts) to companies that review our service. This month's winner is the crew at Tri-County Paving, who provide asphalt paving and maintenance services throughout Central Oregon. Thanks for providing valuable feedback, and we look forward to seeing who next month's winner will be!

OneNote LogoMicrosoft is being a slow phase out of their OneNote 2016 Desktop app. Not the end of the world as the app will still be supported with security patches for several more years, but with the release of Office 2019 later this year, OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience for Office 365 and Office 2019 (which makes sense considering that Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10). Microsoft will continue to provide bug fixes for a few more years (until October 2020) and security fixes until October 2025.

New Breach Notification Laws May Affect You

Posted by on in Security

hipaaThe State of Oregon (where our main office is based, though we do serve Anchorage and Spokane, as well) has updated its data breach notification laws. If you live in Oregon and your personal information is exposed in a data breach (defined as “an unauthorized acquisition of computerized data that materially compromises the security, confidentiality or integrity of personal information that a person maintains”), notifications now have to be done with 45 days instead of the 60-days required by the federal government in the HIPAA Breach Notification Rules.

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Windows 10 Editions Explained

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windows 10While things aren’t nearly as confusing as they used to be with the multiple editions Windows XP and Windows 7, there are still more than a few editions of Windows 10 and it can be confusing as to which version you need. Here’s what you need to know about the various Windows 10 editions that matter to you and your business.

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