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 ...

10 Ways to Create Customer Evangelists with Social Media

by Rich Wagoner, CITP.CPA | Principal, Manager, Information Technology Services Group I have had a number of conversations about social media lately with our employees and with a number of clients. I typically hear that they think its important but its just one more thing they have to do. I believe that social media is here to stay and will only ...

Excel Text Functions

by Rich Wagoner, CITP.CPA | Principal, Director of Technology How many times have you received a spreadsheet and one of the columns needs split up into separate cells or maybe you need to combine a few cells into one cell. Excel has a number of text functions that can help with these tasks and reduce your time fixing the spreadsheet.

Still Using the iPad?

I have had my iPad for awhile now and use it almost every day. One of the biggest advantages for me is the size and convenience of the device. For example, when I am out at the out at the softball diamond with my daughters I can easily pack the iPad and rely on it instead of packing my laptop. I would like to share with you a couple of examples of how ...