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Microsoft Ending Windows XP Support

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, 12 years after its debut.  Cal.net wants our customers to understand what this means for the security of their computers and their personal information.

 

What does “end of support” mean?

  1. Microsoft will no longer patch security holes in the Operating System and related programs.
    • This means the security holes in the operating system hackers and criminals use to gain access to your computer will no longer be patched. Leaving your system permanently vulnerable to these exploits.
    • Office 2003 and older will no longer be supported either, again, leaving security holes un-patched.
    • Internet Explorer 8 is the last version of IE that works on XP. It will not be updated either, leaving you vulnerable when surfing the internet.
  2. Many Software and Hardware Vendors will no longer offer support 
    • This means your new phone, camera, printer, or other device likely will not work with your computer.
    • You will not be able to get phone or other support for your devices or software.
    • New versions of your favorite software will not work on your computer.

What it does not mean…

Your PC will continue to work, and you will still be able to access the internet, email, programs and  documents.

Will my Anti-Virus continue to work?

Below is information provided by av-test.org about popular AV Software vendor support.

Note: Anti virus software is very important, but it will not protect you from all possible exploits.
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Anti Virus Support by Vendor

Manufacturer Support Information
Agnitum No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
AVG No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Avast No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Avira Support will end on 8th April 2015 – further details…
Bitdefender Support for home-user products available until January 2016; support for corporate products available until January 2017 (2)
Bullguard No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Check Point / ZoneAlarm No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1) – further details…
Comodo No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Emsisoft Support available until at least April 2016 (2)
ESET Support available until at least April 2017 (2)
Fortinet No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
F-Secure No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
G Data Support available until at least April 2016 (2)
Ikarus No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
K7 Computing No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Kaspersky Lab support will continue at least until 2018 for consumer and at least until 2nd part of 2016 for business products (2)
Kingsoft No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
McAfee No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Microsoft (Security Essentials) Support will end on 14th July 2015 – further details…
Microworld No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Norman Support available until at least January 2016 (2)
Panda Security No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Qihoo 360 Support available until at least January 2018 (2)
Quickheal No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
Sophos Support will continue at least until 30th September 2015 (2) – further details…
Symantec / Norton Products support Windows XP, no end-of-life decision has been made yet
Tencent No end of support announced; support available for at least 2 more years (1)
ThreatTrack / Vipre Support available until at least April 2015 (2)
Trend Micro Support will end on 30th January 2017 – further details…
Webroot Support available until at least April 2019 (2)

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What Browsers will be supported?

Some browser makers will continue to support updates for  Windows XP for a period of time. Below is the list of the most current information at the time of writing.

Internet Explorer 11 Not Supported
Internet Explorer 10 Not Supported
Internet Explorer 9 Not Supported
Internet Explorer 8 No Updates or Patches
Google Chrome Supported until April 2015
Firefox No Plans to discontinue support, although Service Pack 3 is required for updates

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Cal.net Support Policy for Windows XP

Cal.net will extend Windows XP Support for 90 days, until July 8th, 2014. This includes Office XP, and Office 2003. After that date we will no longer support these products.

The Bottom Line

All major software and hardware vendors, security experts, and Internet Service Providers agree that the machines running Windows XP present a security risk to their owners, and the the internet eco-system as a whole. Therefore, Cal.net advises that those running Windows XP take the computer offline for use, or replace or upgrade the operating systems on their computers.
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FREE Internet Access!~

As we prepare to deploy the latest in wireless Internet technology, Cal.net is working to increase its visibility in Placerville, Lotus, Coloma, Cameron Park, and throughout El Dorado County.  As a part of this effort, we want to remind our customers about our referral program.

The program is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1.  You tell your friends and family about Cal.net’s Internet Service and remind them to mention you when they sign up.

2. Our highly professional staff will check their home for service availability and schedule a FREE survey and install.

3. Our trained technicians will come to their home and confirm wireless internet service is available.  If it is available, then the technician will install new high speed wireless Internet on the spot!

Once service is connected to your referral, your account will be credited for $39.95.  That’s it!  No contracts or annual plans.  Just old fashioned customer service and the latest in wireless Internet technology.  Cal.net has no caps on its referral program, and so the opportunity exists to fund our entire Internet experience by referring friends and neighbors.

Feel free to give us a call if you would like to hear more about our promotions, programs, or to learn about upgrading your own Internet service.

 

Configuring Outlook 2010 for your Cal.net E-mail Address

 

These instructions will work for @cal.net and @directcon.net e-mail addresses. The only difference will be the name of the Incoming and Outgoing servers.

1) Open your Outlook 2010

2) On the top-left menu click on File > Add Account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Select “E-mail Account” and click Next (Some of you may not get this screen; You can skip to next step).

4) Select “Manually configure server settings” and click Next

 

5) Select “Internet E-mail” and click Next. (Some of you may not get this screen; You can skip to next step)

6) Type your full name and e-mail address. Change “Account Type” to “POP3″, if necessary.
If your e-mail address ends with @cal.net, enter mail.cal.net for both Incoming and Outgoing mail servers.
For @directcon.net addresses, enter mail.directcon.net for both.
Enter your username and password and then click on the “More Settings …” button on the bottom right.

7) Click on the “Outgoing Server” tab and make sure “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” is checked. You don’t need to change anything else on this screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Next you want to click on the “Advanced” tab. Change your incoming server port to 995 and check “This server requires an encrypted connction (SSL)”.
For the Outgoing server, make sure it uses port 587 and TLS for encrypted connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9) You may now click OK to go back to the same screen seen in step 6 and click on “Test Account Settings” to make sure all settings are working. Here you may see a screen like the one below. This is a certificate warning that will create the encrypted transfer of data between your computer and the e-mail server. Click “Yes” to accept and you should be good to go!

Configuring Mac Mail for your Cal.net Email Address

This is a short guide to configuring your Cal.net or directcon.net Email Account In Apple OSX Mail.

The steps in this guide apply to both @cal.net and @directcon.net email addresses. If you have a directcon.net email address, be sure to use directcon.net instead of cal.net wherever you see cal.net in the guide!

1) Open Apple Mail

 

 

 

 

 

2) Click on the Mail Icon in the Toolbar at the top left of the screen, and then choose preferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Click on the ‘+’ in the bottom left corner of the screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)  Fill in the fields. Full name is your full name. (be sure to use YOUR email address, not the one in the image). Then click continue. Mail will then try to find the mail server on it’s own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Choose “POP” for the Account Type, Give The Account a description, and fill in the fields as you see them in the picture, using your username and password. Then Click continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Check the “Use Secure Socket Layer”, this will encrypt your login information before it is sent to the server. Choose “Password” for the Authentication type. Click continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Choose a description for the outgoing server. Fill in the fields as you see them in the picture. Be sure to check “Use Authentication”, and use your username and password. Then Click Continue. Mail will verify the server. If you get error messages, check your network connection, and verify the settings on the previous pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Verify that all the info in the summary appears correct. Then click “Create”

9) You may get a pop up like the one below. Click on “Show Certificate”, and check the “Always trust panda.cal.net when connecting to pop.cal.net” checkbox. Then Click “connect”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10) You will then be asked for your computers password to store your choice on your computer securely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat the last two steps when prompted about the outgoing server certificate.

This was tested and Verified on Mac OSX Snow Leopard

 

How Do I Set Up E-Mail on my computer?

There are several ways to access your Cal.net or directcon.net E-Mail accounts.

1) Log into your Cal.net or Directcon.net Webmail through your browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox for example). Just go to http://www.cal.net , and click on the webmail login for your email account type as pictured below.

2) Set up your E-Mail account in an email client on your computer or on your phone. Just choose your email client from the list below. (these are not all yet completed, but will be soon)

Windows Based E-Mail Clients Mac Based E-Mail Clients
Outlook Express
Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2010
Thunderbird
Mac Mail
Eudora
Opera Email
Thunderbird
Phones
iPhone
Android Phones