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2nd Quarter 2018 - Shiloh Sound

The Importance of Data Migration

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Keeping Your Data Around with New Devices and New Software

It’s inevitable, you will be getting a new computer, a new server, a new laptop or tablet. In the case of electronics, the joy of having something new is often dulled by how unfamiliar things can seem.

Whether it is a new computer or a new piece of software, part of the pain we often experience is losing touch with old information. Where are the contacts and phone numbers you need? What about those emails you wrote last year, and those documents you had on your desktop?

Making sure that information you count on stays with you is a job for data migration.

Whenever new machines and new programs come along, you don’t have to start over, or be inconvenienced by losing touch with files that were on an older machine. Even if your old machine suffered a malfunction or died while you were typing one day, don’t despair. The data, the information you need, may still be there!

At Shiloh Service, we can check out the situation and recover your files, contacts, spreadsheets, pictures, documents, and more.

  • Data MigrationBring your old, familiar files from your aging PC or Laptop to your new one.
  • Minimal disruption to your business; we want you back up and running fast!
  • We can help reorganize that old information, making it easier to use.
  • Cloud Storage can help make your old data available to you anywhere, from many Internet enabled devices.
  • Reliable Backups make sure you never lose the information you rely on to get work done.

What About Changing File Formats?

Most updated programs will recognize your old file formats and use older file types without complaint. This is certainly true for programs in the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Changing File FormatsMany programs will automatically update your files or offer options to save them into more modern formats.

Sometimes, data migrations can be more complex, even involving the work of software engineers to program automated data extraction and data loading applications.

Trust Shiloh Service to evaluate your situation and recommend the right solution. We can make sure your old files are easily accessible on your new devices, or we can bring in 3rd party experts when needed to extract data from outdated systems and load it into your new software.

Call us today at 1-888-374-4564, or visit our Contact Us page online.

Ransomware Relies on Failed Backup Systems

RansomwareRansomware attacks rose 250 percent in 2017, hitting the U.S. the hardest according to an article in Newsweek magazine. In the first quarter of 2018, the city of Atlanta was crippled for more than a week by a ransomware attack. It’s big business (or big crime), with over $5 billion in damages in 2017 alone.

What is ransomware? That is when a virus or piece of malware locks up your data – the information you rely on to run your business – and gives it back only after you pay a ransom. No business or computer network is immune, and because ransomware relies on human fallibility, anti-virus programs offer only partial protection.

How does ransomware get on your computer? Email is the number one delivery channel. That email that looks like it’s from your bank, asking you to open the attached document – that’s a malware program you are about to activate. Or perhaps you clicked on an ad or a link on a website you were visiting. Unknown to you, that website had been hacked, and the item you just clicked on has infected your computer.

We’ve seen one statistic claiming that a company is hit with ransomware every 40 seconds, and another that 60% of businesses fail to protect their data on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, any backup system or backup drive connected directly to your network suffers the same attack and is quickly locked up before you have a chance to recover a single file.

What does establishing a better backup system have to do with ransomware?

Ransomware is good at spreading and infecting all connected systems, but if your IT team has setup daily backups that either save company data off-site (like a properly established cloud backup) or your backup drives are physically removed from the premises daily, then ransomware becomes a limited threat.

When disaster strikes, whether it comes in the form of fire and flood or a skull popping up on your computer screen to demand you pay up big, a properly established backup is your best defense.

When you need backup services that are complete, reliable, and 100% ready to go in the event of disaster, contact Shiloh Service. Call our expert backup team at 1-888-374-4564 for a free evaluation of your company’s vulnerability to attack and data loss.

The experts at Shiloh Service know exactly what backup precautions you should take to get the most life-time value out of your computers, network, and other electronics.

Microsoft End of Life Products

2018 is a big year for Microsoft products reaching end of life, with 50 pieces of software reaching their last date of support.

What does End of Life mean? When a product reaches the end of its maximum or extended support, it means Microsoft provides no more updates, no more patches, and no more product support of any kind.

That’s why it was such a big deal when Microsoft’s popular Windows XP operating system reached the end of its days in 2014. If people kept on using it, they would open themselves up to hacking, viruses, and vulnerabilities that no one would be able to prevent.

This year’s list includes Microsoft Expression web development software, Windows Web Server 2008, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, all editions. You can scroll through a full list of Products Reaching End of Support for 2018 at Microsoft Support.

What should you do if you have out-of-date programs or suspect your network might be vulnerable after Microsoft has moved on from supporting the software you use every day? Call Shiloh Service at 1-888-374-4564, or visit our Contact Us page today.

Shiloh Service Area

Shiloh Service, Inc. provides computer solutions, including network support, computer sales, and computer repair services in the Pittsburgh region.

Call us at 1-888-374-4564 or contact us today to review your IT systems; we can help arrange your technologies in ways that boost efficiency, minimize risk of downtime, and ensure maximum security.

At Shiloh Service, it’s our job to help your business succeed!

Our service area includes but is not limited to: Pittsburgh, Monroeville, McKeesport, Greensburg, Jeannette, Irwin, North Huntingdon, Latrobe, Murrysville, Ligonier, and more.

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