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Don’t Run Out and Get Windows 8

The new version of Windows – Windows 8 – is officially available to consumers as of today.  There are some great additions to Windows 8, such as a “one-click” system reset, built-in support for ISO files (I know all of you consignment software users are just DYING for that feature!), and faster boot times.

One of the most controversial changes to Windows 8, is the lack of the Start button/menu:

OMG! Where's the Start button!?
OMG! Where’s the Start button!? | Click to Enlarge

Many feel that Microsoft are attempting to make a “bold” move and push consumers to something they don’t know they want yet – the touch/tablet interface.  With no Start button, once you get to the traditional Desktop, you’re seemingly trapped.  How to you launch a new program?  How do you shut down the computer?  There are invisible “hot spots” in the corner of the screen, which is where Microsoft anticipates YOU will be able to find quite intuitively.  Checkout our post,  Shutting Down Windows 8 | The Long and Winding Road… to see just how “intuitive” it is.

Windows 8’s UI is clearly more touch friendly and similar to Apple, Microsoft is attempting to unify their operating system across multiple devices – e.g. Windows Phone, Windows Surface, etc.

Windows 8 | Click to Enlarge

With many people still running Windows XP, which is now 11 years old and reaches its end of life in 2013, Windows 8 is not the version of Windows we recommend running out and buying.

Windows 7 is a huge leap above Windows XP in terms of security and for business systems – even personal systems – I can’t faithfully recommend Windows 8 just yet.  Windows 7 is slated for end of life in 2020, so we have plenty of time.

Another big problem is consignment software compatibility.  We’ve tested each of the major consignment programs on Windows 8 and we’ve found that Liberty’s database management system, MS SQL Server 2008 Express Edition, is not compatible with Windows 8:

Liberty4 Consignment & Windows 8
Liberty’s Database, MS SQL Server 2008, Is Incompatible With Windows 8

So for anyone running Liberty, as of right now Liberty is not compatible with Windows 8.

The way it’s looking, it might not be a bad idea to skip every other version of Windows.  🙂  Windows ME – problem ridden.  Windows XP – solid.  Windows Vista – not as horrible as some think, but still not an OS I would recommend for my worst enemy.  Windows 7 – fantastic improvement.  Windows 8 – let’s see.  Windows 9…

If anyone has any questions, let us know!

New Zeus Botnet Worm Posing As “FacebookPhoto_ADD_album.jpeg.exe”

BotnetCareful, folks, there’s a new Worm that is posing as a “Facebook Photo Album” executable.  A .zip file is being emailed and if you install the program within, you’re likely to infect your system.  Currently only 8% of antivirus scanners are detecting this worm, so this one is fresh.

You should never open any attachments from people you do not recognize.  Even if the message is from someone you recognize, think twice before opening a .zip or .exe file.  There really is absolutely no reason to install any software sent to you via email.  If a friend or family member are trying to tell you about a new program, they can send you

Now is also a good time to mention email providers.  We strongly recommend switching to Google Apps, which is free Gmail for businesses.  You are not going to see any messages get through with a .zip attachment while using Gmail.

As always, if anyone has any questions, just let us know!

ANOTHER Zero-Day Exploit for Internet Explorer

Please stop using Internet Explorer!THN is reporting yet another Zero-Day exploit for Internet Explorer.  This appears to only affect Windows XP SP3 with Internet Explorer 7 or 8.  Even with a fully-patched system, you are still vulnerable.

Remember though, last time it seemed like it was just IE9 and then it ended up being all versions of IE across all versions of Windows.

If you haven’t switched to Firefox or Chrome, switch today.  Firefox 16 is lightning fast and offers the recommended NoScript and AdBlock plugins.  Chrome is fast and safer than Internet Explorer.

Take this one seriously, folks.  I know a lot of you out there still run Windows XP and even systems in the last 3 years were shipping with XP.  Also, if you’re still utilizing the AOL Desktop Software, now is time to stop.  AOL’s browser is just Internet Explorer.  If you are running Windows XP and you are using the AOL Desktop Software, your system is ripe for the pickin’; even if it’s fully-patched and protected with antivirus.

If anyone has any questions, let us know!

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