Last summer, I started receiving notifications on my desktop computer that Microsoft would no longer provide updates for Windows 7 after the first of the year. When I clicked on the link for “more information,” Microsoft recommended that rather than install Windows 10 on my old PC, I purchase a new one to keep my files secure.
Knowing that I would no longer receive updates for my operating system, I was scared straight. You don’t have to tell me more than once about security vulnerabilities. With security threats as pervasive as they are, I wasn’t taking any chances. In December, I reluctantly bought a new Windows 10 PC to complement my Windows 10 laptop that I bought three years ago.
Even though I stopped using my old PC for work or email since my 2017 laptop purchase, I didn’t want to buy a new desktop PC because I dreaded the task of moving my iTunes files to another computer.
My first task was to move 97,000 music files and dozens of playlists. My big fear was that I would lose my music and the playlists that took me so long to create. I educated myself about how to do it by reading online articles and watching YouTube videos. It’s still too soon to know for sure, but it seems I successfully moved all music files and playlists to my new PC.
In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge baseball geek and play Strat-O-Matic, a legendary computer baseball game (I first played it in 1977 when it was a board game). My biggest challenge now is to move my Strat-O-Matic baseball season files to the new PC. It’s a tedious process that requires copying each season individually onto a thumb drive if I want to keep the statistics for all games played, remove the game authorization for each season on my old PC, and then reinstall it on the new one. I’m talking every season from 1900–2018, a handful of seasons from the 19th century, and various Japanese and Negro League seasons. It’s going to take some time for this endeavor.
Admittedly, I bought a new Windows 10 PC for one reason and one reason alone. The peace of mind of having a more secure system—which brings us to this month’s theme, security. In this issue, you’ll learn about the latest in print security, network security basics, and physical security, all of which represent opportunities for every dealer whether they offer managed services or not.