CIO Solutions
March 2015 - Issue 50  
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What's New at CIO: Chili Cook-off
App of the Month: Venmo
Tech Tip: Watch Out For False Security Messages!
What's Happening at CIO: Engineers took a Field Trip!
Employee Spotlight: Vanessa Santillan


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 CIO Birthdays 

Mike Shinn - March 7

CIO Anniversaries 

Burt Ribet - 5yr. - 3/8

Greg Goulart - 2yr. - 3/13

Jordan Rainey - 1yr. - 3/1




March is

Women's History Month! 



Daylight Savings Begins

March 8


Saint Patrick's Day
March 17


Spring Equinox
March 20 

Looking Toward Spring

Every March local news website ed hat runs a competition known as March Edness. During March Edness, ed hat shows a picture of a different Santa Barbara locale and invites readers to guess where it is. The pictures are small and they feel obscure, yet every day the site features multiple winners. I think this competition and its' many winners is a testament to the tight knit local community that is Santa Barbara. We know our neighbors, we know our landmarks, and we even know the nooks and crannies of our town. Santa Barbara is an amazing mixture of cosmopolitan and small town life. The unique, close-knit feeling of Santa Barbara is a huge part of what helps CIO thrive. We love the relationships that we're able to cultivate with our clients, and we love knowing that we serve this community. Who knows, we may see you around town this weekend!


John Petote 

CEO, CIO Solutions  

What's New at CIO: Chili Cook-off



CIO Solution's next Client Appreciation Event is happening this Spring on Friday, April 17th from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Come join us as some of your favorite CIO staff battle it out for the title of Chili Cook-off Champion. 


You and a guest are invited to join us at our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off!


Come judge delicious chili & cornbread entries and enjoy refreshing beverages while mingling with the CIO crew!

We try and get all of our clients on our contact list but sometimes we miss a few, feel free to forward this out to your co-workers! Everyone is invited!!


Please let us know before Friday, April 10th if you will be able to make it: 


Register Now!


App of the Month: Venmo


Need to split a lunch check? Or split a cab fare? There is now an app for that called, Venmo.


This app allows users to exchange exact payments within their social circles via their smartphone. After downloading the app, users simply need to link their bank account or debit card to the app. This app will then link users' Facebook friends and email contacts so that users can transfer or receive payments to or from specific friends. Transactions can process as quickly as over night on business days.


The great thing about the Venmo app is that it does not charge transaction fees for transferring through bank accounts or debit cards, like many of its competitors. Though it does charge a 3 percent transaction fee if users are using a credit card as a form of payment.


Of course, questions about how secure this app is will emerge. The Venmo app makes sure that transaction processes are as secure as possible. All data is sent over the same encryption method that is used to protect classified government information and the transactions are protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.


The Venmo app is trustworthy, convenient, and very easy to use. For most people who do not tend to carry around change, an extact payment for $3.49 to a friend for buying coffee can now be so simple. Make life easier by downloading the Venmo app.



The Venmo app is available for FREE for both Android and iOS users!


Send your favorite free app to and it may find its way into next month's newsletter!  

Tech Tip: Watch Out for False Security Messages!


Watch out for security messages from seemingly-reputable sources! Google mail, Microsoft, Amazon.  You may get an email like the one below saying that your account has recently been accessed and it's time to reset your password. They ask you for your old account information or even provide a link to a seemingly-legitimate-looking website. Once you have entered in your credentials, your password may even be properly reset. Unfortunately, someone has also retrieved your credentials to do with what they will. They potentially have access to everything in your account. Often they will use this information to send out a similar fake message to your friends and harvest their information. If your friends email you to verify strange emails from you with "is this really you?" they will receive a short message back from the attacker saying "yes, this is real!" Beware of emails asking you to reset your password. If you see them, don't click on the link to reset your password but instead go to the direct password reset site of the client itself. Be safe out there!



Mike Shinn - New



Central Support Supervisor

Mike Shinn

805-692-6700 x122 


What's Happening at CIO: Engineers took a Field Trip!


The engineers took a field trip to the South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta for off-site training!



Employee Spotlight: Vanessa Santillan, CHS Help Desk


Full Name:

Vanessa Ramirez Santillan


Where did you grow up?



What do you like best about the Santa Barbara area?

The community


When did you start working at CIO?

October 2014


What do you like best about working at CIO?

I love working with such witty, enthusiastic, and talented individuals.



I would like to study at UCSB and get a bachelor's degree in computer engineering.


What would you do if you won the lottery?

I would invest money in emerging technologies and buy a house in the area.


Favorite color:



Favorite food:



Favorite book:

Ender's Game



"Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself."


Anything else that is interesting about yourself:

I like birds, art, retro electronics, bowling, and new technologies. On my free time, I like to work on my Raspberry Pi, go for long runs, and listen to music. I have a large collection of video games, mainly classic Nintendo games and consoles. I have four cockatiels named Wellington, Emmett, Ms. Albino, Spitfire, and a turtle named Bleubb.


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