Are you running Windows XP in your business?

Windows XP logo Are you ready for when Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6, and Office 2003 go unsupported next April 8, 2014?

You will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for these products from Microsoft.

It is important to note that after this date, customers running Windows XP will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its “end of life” will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft.

The very first month that Windows XP goes out of support, attackers will have the advantage. The first month that security updates for supported versions of Windows are released, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities, and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities. If it does, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities on Windows XP. Since security updates will no longer be available for Windows XP to address such vulnerabilities, Windows XP will essentially have a “zero day” vulnerability forever.

Tim Rains – Microsoft

Microsoft Security blog: The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends April 2014

It’s estimated 40% of business PCs are running Windows XP. The security and privacy implications of end of support could have significant impacts on your business.

We can, with your permission of course, audit your office network(s) for all PCs and laptops running Windows XP and/or Office 2003 (and we really hope none of you are using IE6) and help you upgrade ahead of time.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more.

Update 9/3/2013: According to pcworld.com Microsoft will still patch Windows XP for a select group, from an estimated $50-200 per PC per year, and/or/may continue patching the aged OS with free fixes for critical vulnerabilities, maybe even those rated important.

Mobile updates and a new API for using Google+ at work

(Cross-posted from the Google Official Enterprise Blog)

Posted by Joël Kalmanowicz, Product Manager, Google Apps Team

If you’re a Google Apps for Business, Government or Education customer, today we’re releasing a few new features designed to make it even easier for you to get things done with Google+. Over the next few days new business-focused features for the Google+ app on Android and general availability of the Google+ Domains API will be rolling out.

Share with coworkers on the go
First, the Google+ app on Android now supports multiple accounts, so you can log in to both a personal and a work account, and easily switch between them as you can in other apps such as Gmail.

screenshot Andriod multi-logon

Next, you can now create restricted posts from the Google+ app on Android. Restricted posts can’t be shared outside your organization, so your private conversations are only visible to your coworkers.

screenshot Android post restrictions

Finally, new domain labels in both the mobile app and on the web help you quickly identify your coworkers’ profiles so you’re connecting and sharing with the right people.

screenshot domain labels

Develop business apps that integrate with Google+
At Google I/O in May we announced a limited preview of the Google+ Domains API. Starting today the Google+ Domains API is available to all Google Apps customers. The API allows Apps customers to integrate Google+ into their existing tools and processes, and allows enterprise software vendors to access Google+ from their products.

For example Ocado, a Google Apps customer, is using the Google+ Domains API to sync Active Directory teams with employees’ circles. This will ensure that every employee always has an up-to-date circle containing all the other members of their team.

Cloudlock, an enterprise software vendor in the Google Apps Marketplace, is using the Google+ Domains API to add support for Google+ to its suite of data loss prevention, governance and compliance applications.

screenshot Cloudlock example

Learn more about the Google+ Domains API on the Google Apps Developer Blog and read the documentation on the Google+ developers site.

To use the new mobile features, download the Google+ app from the Google Play Store.

Email alerts for Google Apps admins

(Cross-posted from the Google Official Enterprise Blog)

Posted by Rishi Dhand, Product Manager, Google Apps

If you’re a Google Apps for Business administrator—or if you know one—you know it’s not just about managing users, services and devices.

It’s also about keeping users secure and productive—and, after receiving some great feedback from our customers, we’ve found a way to make that easier.

Now, admins can elect to receive customizable email alerts when certain events of interest occur. By subscribing to alerts, admins can stay informed and, when needed, take prompt corrective action. These alerts are also helpful when multiple admins work together and want to stay informed on these changes.

There are two kind of alerts:

  • User Alerts: Generated when our systems detect suspicious or unusual login events as well as on user-level administrator actions such as additions, deletions or suspensions. Real-time alerts allow admins to review the changes and take corrective action.
  • Settings Alerts: These alerts are automatically generated when any change by administrators to applications, device management or service settings is detected.
google apps screenshot

Google Apps admin alerts

To see the latest alerts – and to subscribe to emailed alerts – simply login to your Admin console (admin.google.com) and go to Reports > Alerts.

Questions? To learn more, visit the help center.

Recently gone Google

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the organizations that have recently gone Google:

Douglas Omaha Technology Commission, Nebraska
City of Omaha and Douglas County join forces to move government workers to Google Apps

Fidelity Bank Ghana
Fidelity Bank Ghana Saves Time, Reduces Meetings and Improves Security With Google Apps

JUST EAT
Google Apps keeps JUST EAT employees around the world connected

Standard Parking
Standard Parking Adds Capacity with Google Apps

Globe Telecom
Globe Telecom connects in the cloud

Nobel Biocare
Head for the Cloud: Nobel Biocare, manufacturer of dental implants, moves to Google Apps for Business

Contact us if you’d like to find out how your company can benefit by going Google.

VyprVPN for Business now available

vyprVPN for business VPN (virtual private network) technology can be used for various reasons.

From a security and privacy perspective a VPN can protect the information your browser or email client sends and receives, by encrypting it.

In this example, if your data is ever intercepted and captured (for example, potentially easy to do on public wi-fi) it would appear as gibberish to any would-be attacker.

VyprVPN makes this easy to accomplish. Previously, the service has been available to individual users. Golden Frog (the makers of VyprVPN) have today announced that business accounts are now available.

We’ll be posting more about how VPN can enhance your businesses security and privacy in a future post.

Git Push to Deploy to App Engine

Git logo Git is a popular tool for many developers.

Now you can deploy your PHP and Python apps to App Engine without leaving the comfort of your own Git command line.

With the Push-to-Deploy feature you can get your code onto App Engine using Git and bypassing the SDK.

More info > googlecloudplatform.blogspot.com/2013/07/google-app-engine-hello-world-using.html