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Support for Windows Vista Ending April 2017

Princeton, NJ - March 17, 2017  - Microsoft Windows Vista EOL
Microsoft is Ending Support for Windows Vista
All software products have a lifecycle.  After April 11, 2017, Microsoft will end support for their Windows Vista Operating System. Post April 2017, Windows Vista will no longer receive:

Security updates
Non-security hotfixes
Free or paid assisted support options
Online technical content updates from Microsoft

Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends.

Amazon Web Services S3 Outage | February 28 2017

Princeton, NJ - February 27, 2017  - AWS S3 Down
Amazon Web Service (AWS) S3 Storage Services Interruption
Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 having issues today, February 28, 2017 affecting many thousands of websites and portals.  Widespread service outages on the AWS S3 service led to partially or fully broken websites, apps and devices that rely on the service.

FBI Warns rise of Internet Romance Scams

Princeton, NJ - February 14, 2017  - Online Romance Scams
Internet Romance Scams on the Rise
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released an notice addressing and increase of online “romance scams”.  A Romance Scam generally involves cyber criminals who target victims, gain their confidence, and trick them into sending money.

Massive Cyber Attack | DDoS DNS Server Attack

Princeton, NJ - October 21, 2016  - Large scale DDoS attack to US DNS Servers
Today there were numerous reports of websites, services, machines, and phone systems working slow, incorrectly, or not at all.   The problem appears to have stemmed from a large-scale DDoS attack.

Office 365 Down | Is Office 365 Email Not Working

Princeton, NJ - June 30, 2016 (11:57AM EST | Updated below) - Microsoft Office 365 customers having issues.
We have received several reports of Office 365 email issues.  Blueclone clients who have hosted email through Blueclone are put on Hosted Exchange Servers, not Office 365 so your service is not directly affected.

Ransomware Risk Increasing for Business & Individuals

Princeton, NJ - February 12, 2016  - Ransomware (aka crypto-ransomware or crypto locker) risks and exposure expected to grow.

What is Ransomware?  Ransomware is what most people put under the same umbrella as virus.  It’s a piece of software that is installed on your computer which stops you from using your computer.

Microsoft Ended Support – Windows 8 AND Internet Explorer 8, 9 & 10

Princeton, NJ - January 14, 2016  - Microsoft Windows 8 End of Life Reached.

As of Tuesday, 01/12/16 Microsoft will no longer release bug fixes, enhancements or security patches for Windows 8 and IE (Internet Explorer) versions 8, 9, and 10. Microsoft recommends users of those products to advance to the latest version of Windows (Win 10), which includes a new built-in browser replacing Internet Explorer, named Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Update Crashes Outlook & Causes Sign-In Black Screen

Princeton, NJ - November 12, 2015  - Microsoft Update (KB 3097877) causing Outlook Crashing and login-errors.

On November 11 Microsoft released KB 3097877 which was part of Security Bulletin MS15-115.  Unfortunately for many users installing the update caused Outlook crashing when opening certain emails and a black screen when trying to login to a domain (corporate network).    Outlook freezing and restarting, Asus DX Xonar driver issues, NVidia driver errors, and Windows 7 sidebar crashing are some of the issues that users are complaining of after installing the update on Nov 11.

Microsoft has not acknowledged the issue at this time but did re-release the KB update with the same number sometime early this morning.