If you'd rather not have your Web History shared with other Google services, you can turn it off before the new policy comes into effect on March 1st, 2012.
Is Public Wi-Fi Safe?
We have come to expect Public Wi-Fi to be available almost everywhere, often connecting blindly to any unsecured network claiming "Free Public Wi-Fi".
But is it safe to do so? SciShow has produced a short video explaining some of the risks and things you should be aware of.
2017 Operating Hours Adjustment
As per our email to our customers on November 21, 2016, our operating hours for 2017 will be adjusted slightly in alignment with our vision for proactive, intentional, I.T. excellence.
We've encluded the entirety of the bulletin within (click Read More). If you would like to be included in future email bulletins of this nature, please let us know.
What's in a password?
It seems data breaches are continually in the news. How can you protect yourself? Often, when attackers breach one website, they are able to move laterally to other, more secure sites because users re-use their password.
Common advice is to use a strong, unique password for every service you use. Is this possible, what constitutes a strong password?
CEO Email Scams
A key component of security in the digital age is awareness. Often, it is not the technology that presents the biggest vulnerabilities to scammers and criminals, it is users. This is the principle that the classes of attacks known as "phishing" and "social engineering" are based on.
A keystone of "social engineering" attacks is the exploitation of trust. The attacker will pose as someone in a position of authority, or posessing some knowledge that grants them credibility. They will then use this false credibility to gain access and information from others who are deceived by their trick.
The "CEO Email Scam" is an example of this.
Windows 10: What you Should Know
Windows 10 is gradually being released to the public. Some users, who have pre-registered already have it. We've compiled some things to know when considering the upgrade.
The Personality of an I.T. Department
When you think of the I.T. department, what comes to mind? Is it a group of people you'd like to spend time with?
Establishing a relationship with our customers is key to our success at Stratum. In order to be your I.T. department, we need to integrate with your team, and calling I.T. can't be a chore. Our staff is the personality of our company.
No Compromises: Our commitment to Quality
When it comes to the essential technologies that your business processes depend on, there can be no compromises. Failed hardware means downtime, and downtime means lost productivity.
We are committed to providing the highest quality hardware available. Our recipe for reliability has three key ingredients.
A Place to Grow
In a competitive marketplace, technology cannot be an afterthought. Your technology infrastructure must grow with your business, and we want to be there for the long haul. We will help you plan for growth, and we will be there to make sure your technology keeps pace with your business.
We are Moving!
Stratum Systems is moving to a new location. Don't worry, it's not far away. We will be operating from the new office as of May 5, 2014.
Our new location is more visible from the road and easier to access.
#5 2345 Windsor Street
Windows XP and Server 2003 End-of-Life
Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP in April of this year, and for Windows Server 2003 in July of 2015. What does this mean for you?
Tips for Writing Business Content for the Web
We are often asked about how best to optimize a website for high search engine rankings online. This is commonly called "SEO". We'll often warn those who ask that while there are certain measures you can take, many "SEO Companies" employ techniques that do more harm than good. Look for an SEO company that focuses on generating useful content rather than applying the SEO snake oil of the day.
Along those lines, Smashing Magazine posted an excellent article with tips about optimizing your business website's content.
Stratum Systems Online Backups
Every business should have off-site backups. We are happy to announce that we are now offering automatic online backups to our customers for as little as $10 per month.
Automatic Online Backups eliminate the hassle of manually taking tapes or external drives home. Stratum’s online backups automatically back your data up to our servers nightly. Data is encrypted prior to transmission, and remains encrypted even while stored on our servers.
We also offer the option of assured storage on a Canadian server, if the sensitivity of your data requires that.
Stratum Systems and Prism PC have Merged!
We’re excited to announce that Stratum Systems and Prism PC have merged! Both companies have been serving customers in the Lower Mainland since 2007.
The new company will be operating as Stratum Systems.
Efficient health I.T. could save $408 million
What role could information technology and online health services (Health IT) play in our healthcare system? A recent study done by The Conference Board of Canada and Canada Health Infoway (CHI) indicates the Health IT's role could be larger than we think. It estimated that Canadians could boost economic output by $408 million and save more than 70 million man hours per year by incorporating and properly integrating Health IT into Canada’s healthcare system.
Where can we find more friends like you?
At Stratum, we have grown almost exclusively through word-of-mouth and referrals. To those of you who have already referred us to your friends and associates, we can’t thank you enough! Going forward, we want to make sure we’re expressing our thanks to everyone who spreads the word.
Stratum Systems is a proud supporter of Abbotsford’s "City of Character" Initiative
Stratum Systems supports the City of Abbotsford ‘City of Character’ Initiative. We believe sticking to our values we, as a community, will improve our city and we will develop into a City of Character.
Leveraging Technology to Increase Your Competitive Advantage
Many businesses want to use technology to boost their effectiveness, efficiency and profitability and give them a competitive edge in the market. However, they don’t know what technology they should get, or how they will use it. When upgrading your business with new technology there are a few things to consider: what are your current competitive advantages, and what you need to be able to do your job better, faster and more effectively.
Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) Beta Release
Many of our customers are using Cobian Backup as a low-cost, easy to manage backup solution. Cobiansoft has recently released a beta version of Cobain Backup 11. A key enhancement that we're excited about is the option to force full backups to occur on a particular week day (a feature that was conspicuously missing in previous versions).
New Look Online
Finally, a refreshed look for the Stratum Website! The old design was getting a little dated. We hope the new site will be an effective vehicle for communication about news, alerts and updates that are important to our customers.
Let us know what you think of the new layout.
Are you considering moving to Electronic Medical Records? We have successfully transitioned dozens of doctors to EMR, and worked with many systems including Intrahealth Profile, Osler Systems, EMIS (now aquired by QHR), Optimed Accuro EMR, Wolf Medical Systems, Klinix and more.
Beware of "Rogue" Anti-Virus
The most common infections we see these days are those caused by fake or "rogue" anti-virus applications. Also known as "scareware", these programs will try to scare you into giving up credit card information by displaying fake virus alerts and claiming that you must purchase some software to clean up your computer.
Phone Scam Warning
There has been a recent trend of telephone scams targeting computer users. This scam is known to target both home and business users.
To help you protect yourself from this threat we have compiled some information on how the scammers operate.