Is it time to consider a phone system upgrade?

How old is your phone system? If you’re like a lot of business owners you have a phone system that’s been around for quite a long time, maybe since you upgraded to avoid Y2K issues! Phone systems typically don’t really need upgraded if they are doing what they are intended to do; allow you to communicate with customers. If you have not upgraded ...

Safeguard Your Information in 4 Steps

In the wake of the Anthem and Sony hacking incidents, how can companies reduce the chance of their electronic and hard-copy records being compromised? Hackers can infiltrate your organization within the office or across the globe. Help your organization reduce the likelihood of an attack and its debilitating effects by taking both proven and emerging ...

I’m Lovin’ It

No it’s not McDonalds! What I am lovin’ today is Office 365. We have migrated a number of clients to this over the last year and recently migrated our office to the service. There were a few hiccups along the way but those do not outweigh the benefits. What we have gained far exceeds those hiccups. Listed below are three key benefits we feel you ...

Heartbleed SSL Vulnerability

By Rich Wagoner, CITP.CPA | Principal, Technology Services Group By now, I am sure you have heard the local news and global coverage related to the SSL Heartbleed Bug (heartbleed.com).  Many of the popular sites you regularly use were susceptible to this vulnerability.  This vulnerability could allow an attacker to read sensitive personal ...

If You are Still Using Windows XP and Office 2003, You Need to Take Action Now

by Rich Wagoner, CITP.CPA | Director of Technology Services Are you still running Windows XP or Office 2003? If so, here is some information from Microsoft about its end or life/support. Windows 7 has proven to be a reliable business operating system and Windows 8 is beginning to gain momentum in the business world as well. What is end of support? After ...

Older PCs Diminish Employee Productivity

By Rich Wagoner, CITP.CPA | Principal, Director of Technology When improving employee productivity is among the top business priorities of a small business, it is natural to assume that the businesses explore all options to achieve their priorities. However, in the daily grind of work sometimes cost reduction solutions staring in their face get ...

Third Party Spam Filters…Not Just About Spam Mail

by Rich Wagoner, CITP.CPA | Principal, Director of Technology If you have your own internal email server (Exchange or another comparable one), we would highly recommend that you implement a third party spam filter. Third party spam filters are those that will pre-analyze your mail before it’s delivered to your server and filter out the junk before ...

Do You Need Antivirus Software on Your PC?

By Rich Wagoner, CITP.CPA | Principal, Technology Services Group Yes, but that is only part of the entire PC health and security environment. Here are a couple of thoughts to help you understand why there is much more to it than just antivirus software. No one PC type or brand is exempt from attacks. Every platform can be exploited by an attacker. Some ...

Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn

By Rich Wagoner, CITP.CPA | Principal, Director of Technology LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for making business connections, but its effectiveness is up to you and is dependent on the effort you are willing to put into presenting your information and keeping the data current. If you haven’t taken the time to review your profile lately, now would ...

How an iPad or PC Tablet can Boost Productivity on the Jobsite

by Brian Enright, CPA and Tim Ayler, CPA | Team Members of the Construction Services Group By most accounts an iPad (or any PC tablet) is considered an entertainment device or simply a convenient, portable way to check email on a business trip. However, with new construction-based applications and tough protection cases, the iPad is showing that ...