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Aug
24

Wolters Kluwer will be ending support for Taxprep running on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 as of August 31, 2016.  Connected Technologies Managed Infrastructure and Cloud customers are already running fully supported versions of these workstation and Server operating systems and no changes will be required in your environments.

Additional details on this notice can be found on the Wolters Kluwer website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.


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Jun
2
Wolters Kluwer ending support for Windows Vista & Server 2008
Posted by William Shilson on 02 June 2016 04:50 AM

Attention Wolters Kluwer Taxprep, Cantax and AliForm customers, Wolters Kluwer has made a change to their system requirements. As of July 15, 2016 Wolters Kluwer will be ending support for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Wolters Kluwer will continue providing support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2.


Why is Wolters Kluwer ending the support of Vista and Server 2008?

Microsoft announced that, beginning on January 12, 2016, the only Internet Explorer version for which it would provide full support would be Internet Explorer 11.0. Microsoft no longer provides security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer and these may not be protected from malicious attacks. This is not only affecting our products, but potentially all applications used on the computer if a security breach occurs.

Since Internet Explorer 11.0 is not provided under Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008,* Wolters Kluwer Canada will end support for products under these operating systems as of July 15, 2016.


Why is it important for customers to update their OS?

  • To make sure that your firms’ and customers’ data benefit from the highest protection possible, and ultimately to allow them to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

  • Not making these updates on your computer systems could prevent printing, EFILING data or adequately using a portal.


Currently competing products such as TaxCycle, Profile and DT Max do not support Vista or Server 2008.


Connected Technologies Powered Firms

Already a Connected Technologies customer? All of our Managed IT, Managed On-Premises & Cloud Servers run at least Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 and no action is required.


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Mar
8
Office 365 Message Encryption
Posted by William Shilson on 08 March 2016 09:13 AM

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Office 365 Message Encryption, a service that lets you send encrypted emails to people outside your organization. No matter what the destination-Outlook.com, Yahoo, Gmail, Exchange Server, Lotus Notes, you name it-you can send sensitive business communications with an additional level of protection against unauthorized access.

Here's the added good news: Office 365 Enterprise users will get Office 365 Message Encryption at not extra cost. Office 365 Business users can add-on message encryption for $3.50 per user per month and will get a complete solution for internal and external information protection: traditional Rights Management capabilities like Do Not Forward for internal users, plus the new ability to encrypt outbound messages to any recipient.

Office 365 Message Encryption is designed to help you send confidential messages to people outside your company simply and securely.

Interested in adding Office 365 Message Encryption features to your account, please open a support ticket with your request and we'll take care of the rest!


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Feb
22
New ‘Locky’ Ransomware virus alert
Posted by William Shilson on 22 February 2016 02:42 PM

The Locky virus, a new ransomware infection that encrypts users’ files and demands bitcoin payments to decrypt them. The ransomware attack, which was first sent to recipients in the form of a Word document with a malicious macro in it. Targets are sent an infected document via email, which leads them to believe the document is an invoice requiring payment. When the document is opened, it requests permission to run a Macro. The infected macro then installs the ransomware and begin scrambling any files the user has access to.

WHAT TO DO?

Don’t enable macros in document attachments received via email.
Microsoft deliberately turned off auto-execution of macros by default many years ago as a security measure. A lot of malware infections rely on persuading you to turn macros back on, so don’t do it!

Be cautious about unsolicited attachments.
The crooks are relying on the dilemma that you shouldn’t open a document until you are sure it’s one you want, but you can’t tell if it’s one you want until you open it. If in doubt, leave it out.


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Feb
11
Connected Technologies partners with Microsoft to deliver enhanced cloud services
Posted by William Shilson on 11 February 2016 09:18 AM

At Connected Technologies we have been actively developing and delivering Cloud solutions for over 5 years for our customers. Our Cloud infrastructure spans multiple data centers across Canada and we are building upon this with our latest Microsoft partnership.

Today we are excited to announce we are now a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider. As an authorized Cloud Solution Provider, Connected Technologies can further deliver and support a suite of solutions, including Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics, and others that are offered as part of the Microsoft Cloud.

We are committed to helping our customers and businesses obtain and utilize the very best Cloud technologies available; this new partnership with Microsoft will allow us to provide additional cost-saving opportunities and further expand our Cloud service-offering while leveraging Microsoft's vast Cloud infrastructure.


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