December News:

 
On The Calendar December's been hustle-bustle around The Fulcrum Group.  New additions to our team, volunteering around our community, and getting ready for what the new year holds what we've been about this month. Be on the lookout for your holiday e-greeting, featuring fun times we are excited to share with you! Be sure to follow us on social media and you'll be alerted to dates & times of helpful webinars, events and good stuff to know this month. Quick links to our social media pages are accessible right from our website and in every monthly newsletter email you receive from us!If you're new to our newsletter and you'd like to subscribe, let us know.  
Fulcrum Favorite Tech Things With so much new technology flooding the pipe, you can bet the Fulcrum IT gang's gears have been turning all year! Here's what we've been coveting: Looks like Steve Meek has been anticipating a seasonal mix of rest, relaxation and both physical and mental work in his typical multi-tasking style, with hopes to unwrap Call of Duty: Black Ops III for PS4, a Fit Bit Aria scale and some updated audiovisual tools for The Fulcrum Group conference room. Maurice Estrello has sights set on a musical Christmas with hopes for the following under his tree: Black Lion Audio Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP Modification, Akai MPC 4000, AKG c314 microphone and Event 20/20 BAS studio monitors. A new standing desk has been dancing like a sugarplum in Jerry Craven's head, while Don Roger's aspirations push the limits of geekdom with the Altwork Station! Tyson Rasanen's letter to Santa went a little something like this: Dear Santa, I know you may have forgotten to leave me my VRTX so I'm reminding you.  I would also love... If you're looking to add a dash of tech to anyone's new year, be sure to check these great guides:  
 
Internet Explorer End of Life in January We'll remind you throughout the upcoming month, but the upshot is this...

As of January 12, 2016, IE 11 will be the only version of Internet Explorer that Microsoft will support and supply updates and fixes for. Running older versions of Internet Explorer after January 12, 2016 may expose you to potential risks, such as:

Security

Without critical browser security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information.

Compliance

Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA should conduct due diligence to assess whether they are still able to satisfy compliance requirements using unsupported software.

Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support

Many software vendors no longer support older versions of Internet Explorer. For example, Office 365 takes advantage of modern web standards and runs best with the latest browser.

It is important you inventory your web-based applications if you're running older versions of Internet Explorer.  We want to help you make sure your application vendors have a path of sustainability for IE10 or older.  We'll be communicating more with you throughout the month on this topic, but talk to us if you have a question!    
SPOTlight On: SPOT ProtectThe Fulcrum Group - Dallas Fort Worth IT Experts If you are involved in IT (and even if you’re not), you’ve probably heard of Cryptolocker ransomware viruses and malware.  This malware has been one of the most destructive in the history of computing, and it has amplified the need for a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plan and solution. SPOT Protect Backup & Disaster Recovery solution from The Fulcrum Group is a completely automated backup and recovery solution that allows you to easily recover from any disaster, whether natural or man-made, malware, or simple human error.  Ask your Fulcrum Group Account Manager how SPOT Protect can help you start the new year with peace of mind, knowing you're well-guarded against Cryptolocker and other threats to your business.  
 
  Tech TipTech Tips from The Fulcrum Group, Dallas Fort Worth IT Managed Services Providers: Do More With These Tips From Google Wow the kiddos while they're home for winter break, by utilizing any of these 159 tips from Google!          
 
  Did You Know...Office 365 Special Offer The Fulcrum Group Dallas Fort Worth IT ExpertsSpecial Offer: Signup for Office 365 before the end of the year and get your first month FREE!  Contact your Fulcrum Group Account Manager right now!