This weekend we had a DDoS Attack on a client's website. Prior to this I had only read about such attacks on large corporations or governments as a form of christian louboutin sneakers protest so the idea that an attack could be launched against a small business was a foreign concept. A Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attack is a very basic concept of bombard a website with so many requests for information that you overload the bandwidth or server capacity of the website so that no one else can click on the site and view it. In simple terms line up hundreds or thousands of computers and send them all to the same website then click refresh christian louboutin sneakers uk every few milliseconds. This type of attack on a website is not an attempt to steal data, it is simply a way This or other natural viagra muskier… Read more!
For most businesses expenses are simply the money attributed to the business that makes it operate from day to day. Common expenses include utilities, rent, meals and entertainment, and depending on the good or service the business sells there are expenses customized for the business. Managing expenses can be as simple as coding debit entries inside of QuickBooks, but as a business starts to grow two of the most difficult elements to keep control of are expenses that should be billed to a client and the problem is compounded by additional credit cards and bank accounts. Clients often want a business to purchase any goods necessary for their service in advance and then be billed for them later. For a service provider these expenses are essentially a cost of goods sold. There are tax consequences associated with these types of transactions so be sure to consult a tax professional before… Read more!
Email security has become an increasingly important issue since the recent developments about government security. When Edward Snowden explained to the world the existence of the NSA program known as PRISM he changed the way people view data and security forever. The NSA monitors phone calls and emails sent everyday throughout the United States and the world. While this may seem like a broad issue better suited for a Constitutional law class than a small business there are ramifications that business owners need to understand. Many businesses fall under third party regulatory groups that are concerned with the security of email and the content of the emails. For doctors it is HIPAA, for CPAs it is SSAE 16 and for lawyers it is their state Bar association. These regulatory bodies are concerned with protecting the information and confidentiality associated with the relationship these businesses have with their clients. Business owners… Read more!
One of the most expensive aspects of an IT setup for any office is the workstations. These computers are the end user devices for the employees and the people who make a business productive. In a traditional IT model these devices have to communicate with central printers and scanners as well as a server. In a cloud IT model there is no server to connect these devices. So what is the difference in expense for workstations after the server is gone? The first expense is the purchase and setup of the device. Most computers that act as workstations with an in-house server range in price from $1,500-$3,000 depending on the exact specifications. After the initial CAPEX the setup time is longer because connecting the computer to the server and configuring it is time consuming which means billable hours. After the initial setup comes the maintenance. When a workstation is connected… Read more!