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“It is not often that you get asked to do a favor and you actually enjoy doing it. You have asked me to share my experiences working with your organization and it is my distinct pleasure to do so.
Binswanger Management Corporation established a relationship with ITData three years ago. At the time, Binswanger was struggling with a number of IT initiatives that had stalled as well as an IT infrastructure that had not kept pace with the needs of the business and technology. After a very brief integration period, you and your colleagues became an integral part of the IT operations of Binswanger. ITData provided Binswanger with staffing, systems and an IT project plan to upgrade the Company’s IT Infrastructure, protect data integrity and implement best practices. Additionally, ITData took ownership of the uncompleted IT initiatives and was instrumental in seeing them through to completion.
ITData is now positioned as a business critical resource in the operations of Binswanger. Throughout the tenure of the relationship, you have provided the Company with both best in class systems design and configuration, as well as policies and procedures to effectively execute the strategic plan you have created for the Company’s IT function. You and your colleagues are very responsive and thorough and have added tremendous depth to many facets of the operations of Binswanger.”
Peter D. Miller
Executive Vice President, Binswanger

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Omnipotent Windows 10 Management Feature
Millions of people have now taken advantage of Microsoft’s free upgrade and are running the Windows 10 OS. Windows has some new features that make management an easier process. Windows now has a hidden feature called “GodMode” that allows for easier management. In GodMode a user can view and manage over 262 different settings all in one view. Add printers, uninstall programs, schedule de-frags, customize your layout and restore to a backup all in one place.
To set up this folder for yourself just right click the desktop and select “new folder” and rename the folder GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The folder will take on the appearance of the control panel icon and you can now manage your PC from a central location. Enjoy the easy access to all of the built in management tools in one view.
Contact ITDATA today if you need help managing your Windows environment.

Zachery Albeitawi
Help Desk Technician, ITDATA, Inc.

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The Good, The Bad and the Browser Extension
GHOSTERY
When downloading files from the internet, many of us have a healthy suspicion of what we are downloading. We can check the file name and run scans on downloads to ensure integrity of the download. However, these healthy habits do not translate over to browser extensions for many of us. Extensions are very easy to add on, and seem safe enough. Unfortunately many companies have been exposed to be pre-loading their extensions with tracking software. These companies then sell your browsing history to the highest bidder. The website “How to Geek” exposed multiple extensions and add-ons that have known trackers built in, check out the somewhat outdated list here. If you are using an extension that is on the list, delete it.
If you would like to download a beneficial add on that lists and blocks all trackers on any website you visit, join the 2 million people already using Ghostery. Ghostery will show you every tracker, including Google, attempting to mine your data. Keep your browsing history and personal data safe and secure with these quick solutions.
Contact ITDATA today if you are in need of higher level internet security.
Zachery Albeitawi
Help Desk Technician, ITDATA, Inc.

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An Attempt to Capture Credentials

If you receive an email with the subject “VALIDATION Required for” with a “Continue with Verification” link that redirects you to what appears to be a Google Sign In page, do not click on the embedded link or enter your information.
A member of our team recently received a phishing email appearing to be from Google, requesting verification.
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This is an attempt to harvest log in credentials.  Take note of the “From” line in the phishing email.  Both Google and gmail in the email address are spelled incorrectly.  The salutation is from “The Adrnin tearn” instead of “The Admin Team.”
Noticing these small details can be helpful in spotting phishing emails and avoiding being scammed.
Please share this alert with your business colleagues that you think could be affected. If you are unsure of how this email phishing tactic pertains to your company, feel free to contact us to receive more information.

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Having Trouble Viewing Streams in Internet Explorer?
If you have experienced issues with streaming video in Internet Explorer 11 in Youtube or elsewhere on the internet, you are not alone. If you have to be in Internet Explorer to run a certain application for work, this can be a frustrating issue to deal with. One quick fix is to enable ActiveX Filtering. This will block certain apps and content from loading in the browser. By default ActiveX filtering is turned off. Enable it by going to tools- scroll down to the ActiveX filtering tab and release to enable. Restart Internet Explorer and hopefully your stream now works.
If you can pinpoint when the issue started occurring you may be able to narrow it down to an Adobe Flash upgrade. Before you revert back to an older version of Flash that you know worked, first make sure there is not a newer update that you need to install first. Adobe usually catches these issues and will release a patched version so check to make sure before you revert back. If you end up needing to revert back, check out Adobe’s guide here.  To see which version you have installed click the gear icon a the top right and scroll down to “Manage Add-ons”. Click on “ Toolbar and Extensions and click on “Shockwave Flash Object”. You should be able to see the version listed at the bottom.
Another solution is to turn off Enhanced protected Mode in Internet Options. Go to the gear icon in the upper right hand corner and click on Internet options. Click on the Advanced tab and then scroll down to the Enable Enhanced protected Mode check box.
The last option is to add the website you are having problems with to the Compatibility View Settings list. To do this go back to the gear icon and choose Compatibility view settings. Add the website you are using. If you are stuck using IE for a specific application and are not able to use it, try these solutions to be able to view your stream.
For more information about how we setup networks to avoid small glitches like this  Contact ITDATA today.
Zachery Albeitawi
Help Desk Technician, ITDATA, Inc.

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