Lots of security issues with computers.

There can be a lot of security issues with computers. Windows XP is at its end of life, and Windows 7 or higher has problems with Internet Explorer’s security. Make sure to do your Windows updates. Also go to adobe.com to update flash player and java.com to update your java. If you need help feel free to call.

Time’s up. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft is ending security updates and patches for Windows XP and Office 2003. Just having a Windows XP computer on your network will be an automatic HIPAA violation— which makes you non-compliant.

What to update and what not to update. I usually tell people windows updates will install themselves. If a java or adobe update pops up,  those are safe to install. For any other popups you see that are not any of the above, you can call me if you don’t know what they are or need advice.

Internet Explorer seems to always have a problem. Run your windows update and it should install any security updates. Click START – PROGRAMS  and WINDOWS UPDATES. Click EXPRESS and install all important updates.

Windows XP support comes to an end April 8th. This does not mean it will stop working. It means Microsoft will not put out any updates anymore for XP. Eventually 3rd party software providers like Adobe and Java will do the same so eventually your computer will not work or display web pages properly.  The same thing goes for your virus program. Most older computers with XP are too old to be upgraded. We can still build Windows 7 computers and towers. If you want Windows 8, we can also do that and show you how to use it also.

The Heartbleed vulnerability allows an attacker to read the memory of systems using certain versions of OpenSSL. This does not infect your computer, rather it takes advantage of a vulnerability on some secure websites. The only thing you can do is change your passwords which is something you should do occasionally anyway.

Time Warner Cable – Customers nationwide without email service

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Time Warner Cable says it is working to resolve an issue that has left customers nationwide without email service.

This week several people have contacted News 4, saying their Road Runner email has been down for several days. News 4 reached out to Time Warner for more information. In an email reply, the company apologized to subscribers and called this an “intermittent issue.”

“Customers in multiple markets are affected but the issue is intermittent and the vast majority of our internet customers weren’t affected at all,” said Public Relations Director Scott Pryzwansky. “The issue affects less than 10 percent of email users.”

The issue is not limited to the Buffalo market. Time Warner has 15 million users across 29 states.

Pryzwansky says the outage only affects customers’ Road Runner email accounts and has no affect on Business Class internet customers or any other email service.

“Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and we are sorry for any inconvenience,” Pryzwansky said.