Keeping Our Edge


Conferences help SAMSA continue to offer the newest and most secure technologies to our clients.

phpworld2015Lead developers Josh and Steve recently attended a conference in Washington D.C. to learn about new programs and techniques for web development.. During the week long conference they had the opportunity to attend sessions on various topics, including

  • Object Orientated Programming Advanced Techniques: Magic Methods.
  • WordPress API
  • Zend Skeleton: Aapplication
  • Application Security Using Expose Intrusion Detection
  • PHP Standard Recommendations,  Tools & Application
  • Building Testable Extensions
  • Modernizing WordPress Development
  • Debugging Effectively
  • WordPress Hooks, Actions, and Filters

Midland Cancer Services Fundraiser

Representatives from SAMSA attended today’s 24th Annual Holiday Luncheon & Style Show, a fundraising event for Cancer Services of Midland. Over 300 attendees included survivors, volunteers, staff, friends and family at the Midland Country Club. Proceeds from ticket sales, raffle prizes and a silent auction will help local families dealing with cancer. What a great cause!

Pros and Cons of Upgrading to Windows 10

Check out this great article in WSJ, which identifies some pros and cons of upgrading to Windows 10.  Here is a summary of what we found:

  • The “Start Menu” is back!
  • There is no hurry to update.  Windows 10 is free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users for one year (updating more than a year from now will cost you $120)
  • Upgrading won’t negatively impact your data
  • Gamers need not worry about upgrading, DirectX 12 is included in Windows 10
  • Performance improvements including faster start up time and better battery life for mobile devices
  •  Media Center is no longer supported, and will be removed
  • Microsoft may share some of your usage preference data
  • Microsoft is still working out bugs for some hardware drivers

For those computer users who can wait to upgrade, SAMSA’s advice is to let the dust settle a bit.  For those who are chomping at the bit and can’t wait, just be aware that there may be some bumps in the road initially, although we expect Windows 10 to smooth out in the next 90 days or so.

For our clients in Michigan’s Tri Cities region, SAMSA will be offering free Windows 10 training classes – dates to be announced shortly.

SAMSA Continues to Support CAN Council Annual Golf Outing

17th Annual Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Golf Outing

SAMSA is proud to help sponsor the 17th Annual Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Golf Outing for the second year running. Join us and the CAN Council on Monday, July 20th at the Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course (formerly Bay City Country Club) for golfing, food, prizes and more!

The event will contribute to the continued success of the Children’s Advocacy Centers in Bay & Saginaw counties where law enforcement, child protection, mental health, medical, victim advocacy and law professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal, and hold offenders accountable.

SAMSA is the dinner sponsor and volunteering at the event. We encourage our vendors and patrons to support the outing by golfing or sponsoring a hole, or both!

For more information or to register, call CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region at (989) 752-7226, email Cindy Morley at CMORLEY@CANCOUNCIL.ORG or visit CANCOUNCIL.ORG.

For more information about SAMSA’s involvement, call (989) 790-0507 or email INFO@SAMSA.COM.

High-tech thieves target keyless entry cars


Your new vehicle’s security may be truly high-tech, but thieves are exploiting a feature that might make you rethink where you’re putting your key fob. Car keys may one day become a thing of the past. More and more car manufacturers are equipping their new rides with keyless entry technology.

Juan Olivarez, who drives a 2014 Chevy Impala, never has to pull his key fob from his pocket.

“Push to start, you know, only way to go,” Olivarez said.

But as technology makes life easier, take note: Thieves are out there to mess life up.

All they need is some tech know-how and a radio amplifier to trick your car into believing they have the fob.

Keyless cars broadcast a low-frequency signal to recognize when the key is nearby, and when it is, the car will unlock and start. But power amplifier devices can amplify the distance the signal searches. So if your car’s outdoors and your key fob is in your home, crooks can break in and take what’s inside.

Saginaw County Undersheriff Phil Hart said it’s happened in Mid-Michigan.

“There was no sign of forced entry. They didn’t know how anybody got in. We checked with the owners. They still had possession of the key itself, the fob, so this is the only way it potentially could have happened,” Hart said.

Power amplifiers can be purchased for as little as $20. Eric Richards is a tech expert who works for SAMSA in Midland and said there’s not much you can do about it.

“The only way to stop that is to shut the device off. There’s no way to shut that off without removing the battery and taking your key fob apart,” Richards said.

So next time you push to start, remember high-tech thieves always have their engines running.

“It’s pretty crazy out there this time and age,” Olivarez said.

Experts add if you’d like an added layer of protection, you can store your key fob in your microwave or refrigerator, and the metal casing typically stops the signal.

But maybe in a more practical note, the undersheriff said just make sure not to leave any valuables in your car at night.


Concern Grows Over Home Depot Security Breach

With Home Depot added to the growing list of major companies who’ve experienced data breaches, customers are becoming more uneasy about their security. Jeff Alles, Network Consultant at SAMSA, speaks with WNEM News about Home Depot’s security breach and what individuals can do to protect themselves.

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SAMSA & CAN Council Tee Off For Charity

As part of our year long celebration of 25 years in business, SAMSA is proud to help sponsor the 16th Annual Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Golf Outing. Join us and the CAN Council on Monday, July 21st at the Bay City Country Club for golfing, food, prizes and more!

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SAMSA Celebrates 25 Years In Business!

25th Anniversary

2014 promises to be a big year at SAMSA! We’ve got lots of ideas to thank our customers and the community that have helped to make the last quarter-century a success. Be sure to take part in each opportunity to help us commemorate our 25th throughout the upcoming year, including a charity golf outing and the March WakeUp! Midland event at the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce.

SAMSA was founded in 1989, focusing on programming. After 25 years, SAMSA has expanded to three Michigan locations which offer both commercial and residential services. We’ve also expanded our website services to include Internet Marketing and e-commerce development. We are looking forward  to even more growth in the next 25 years!