Memo From IT Department
Q1, 2011 

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In This Issue
Cyber-Squatting - Don't Be Fooled
Disaster Recovery - It's Not Just for I.T.
Remember The Bag Phone?
Office 2010: This Is Not Your Father's Office!
What is Cyber-Squatting?


Trick or TreatCybercriminals sometimes register web addresses (also called "domain names" or "URLs") that are similar to the web addresses of popular websites or are common misspellings of popular websites.

For example, instead of, cybercriminals might create a web page with the address:




Scammers register these web addresses in order to compete with popular sites or to earn money through advertisements. If you enter an incorrect web address, you might be taken to a place where you'll see an ad for the site you really wanted. But if you click that ad, you might get to where you want to go, but you might also help scammers earn money, which in turn might increase the cost of merchandise from the scammed company.

In addition to getting others to make money for them, typosquatters and cybersquatters can download malicious software programs and spyware onto the unprotected computers of people who visit their sites.

The United States and other countries have passed legislation to help challenge cybersquatting registration. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has also made efforts to remedy the situation, but cybersquatters are still out there.



To read the rest of the article and learn how the latest version of Internet Explorer can help protect you from this threat click here.



A Full Business Continuity Plan: Preparing for the Worst

Snowed InYou've set up a data backup and recovery plan for your business. Great! After you've made sure your critical business information is secure in the event of a disruption, what other things should you do to prepare your business for a disaster or crisis? Here's a list of some good questions to ask and steps to take.

What Possibilities Could You Face?

 A good first step is to try to predict what kind of business disruptions you are most likely to face. For instance, any office could be damaged by fire, but is your business more likely to experience a hurricane than a tornado? Are you in an area that is subject to blizzards, flooding, or other weather damage? How could this disrupt your business? Once you have identified the threats, it's easier to determine the best steps to take.

Who Needs to Be Notified?

Next, put together a list of people both inside and outside your organization who need to be involved (or at least notified) in the event of an emergency. What employees, clients, vendors, and associates would need to be informed? Could products or services be supplied directly by a manufacturer for a short period while you regroup? Make a call list of everyone who needs to be included in your communication, with copies both inside and outside the office, and go over it with your staff so that expectations and responsibilities are clear to everyone. Keeping in contact with your customers and suppliers about your status will go a long way as you get up and running again.

What About Power?

With a natural disaster such as a tornado or flood, you need to plan for long-term power outages.  Consider how long your business could survive without power and determine whether your office needs a simple UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) or a back-up generator.  A UPS can keep your computers running for a limited time and then allow them to power down safely.  A generator is designed to supply power during a black-out, the right generator can keep your entire business running as long as fuel is available.  These are just a few key steps in keeping your business running after a crisis or disaster. 


For more tips on preparing a complete plan, check out this pdf document from the American Red Cross:

Android's Law: Why Your New SmartPhone Is Already Old 

Cell PhonesChances are that if you bought a new smartphone in the past year (along with most of your colleagues and friends), you've noticed that something is amiss - your hip new cell phone is already old. Within a few short months, newer, faster, and more app-laden phones have made yours obsolete. How did this happen?

Enter Android's Law

The phenomenon is something has dubbed "Android's law." New smartphone manufacturers are now constantly trying to out-perform one another and are appearing online and in stores at an incredibly fast pace. The phenomenon was described by CNN like this:

"...if you picked up the Motorola (MMI) Droid when it went on sale in November 2009, you had the best Android device on the market. But then the twice-as-fast Nexus One went on sale in January 2010. Then the HTC Droid Incredible hit the market in April. Then in June, the Evo 4G put the Droid Incredible to shame. The Samsung Galaxy S came out later that month. Then the Nexus S... You get the point."

It used to be that a new phone had a lifespan of three years. According to HTC, one of the fastest-growing companies in the mobile sector, the lifespan of a new smartphone is now just six to nine months.

Will The Trend Continue?

Experts predict that the pace will eventually slow down. One major reason is that in the U.S., most people sign two-year contracts at the time they get a smartphone. This means that most customers are stuck in their contracts while several generations of phones pass by, since new models are now coming out six to nine months after the original's release date. Major U.S. carriers work hard to keep customers in their contracts (usually charging hefty fees for getting out early), so eventually the rate of change will start to slow.

Despite the fact that the pace will slow down, it's wise for consumers to take a close look at what features and functions are really important when making a phone purchase; if you're just trying to keep up with Joneses, you're going to be spending a lot of money on a regular basis!

To read the full article, click here:
 Microsoft Office 2010 Has The Power to Wow



Impressed with Office 2010!Network Source One presented a 'Modernize Your Business PC' presentation for Microsoft to a local Chamber of Commerce last week.  The advantages of upgrading to Windows 7 on your PC's were reviewed, but the part of the presentation that got ooh's and awe's from the crowd was the demonstration of features in the Office 2010 line-up.  Marketing Pro's were excited about what can be done (easily!) now with Word and PowerPoint 2010.  CFO's were equally intrigued with new capabilities in Excel that can help them interactively see data and learn more about their business.

If you would like a demo or to learn more about Office 2010, please contact us at


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Thank you.

 Your I.T. Team
Network Source One, Inc.
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