Uptick in Phishing Scams


Ryan Bush

Over the past few weeks we have seen an increased number of phishing scams being attempted. Some of them are trying to get money wired while others are trying to obtain personal data by requesting tax information. Unfortunately, there is no computer program that can prevent scams like these from being attempted. A few things to remember: Never enter credentials for any account based on a link you click from an email. Banks and valid websites will not request personal information, passwords or credentials through emails. Create internal company policies that money, human resource files and employee tax information will not be requested or shared by email. Always check the links in an email by hovering over the image or the link. If the link you see does not match the icon or link you believe it to be then do not click on it. If you have any reason… Read more!

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here!!


Ryan Bush

MAJOR NERD ALERT!!! The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is being released today to the more than 350 MILLION devices now running Windows 10, and it is full of new and improved features!! (Can you tell we are really excited?? I mean, we are nerds after all) Below is a short bullet list of some of the improvements…and don’t be shy…call us if you have any questions (843) 410-0050. On the Start Menu the All apps option has now been replaced with an alphabetical list of all of your apps. Your time zone will now be set automatically (similar to iOS). Windows Hello now lets your camera use facial recognition to log you into Windows without using a password. Project to PC (similar to Remote Desktop) allows you to find a PC to project to from a phone or another PC (and use that devices keyboard or mouse). A new and… Read more!

Change your passwords regularly to keep information safe online


Ryan Bush

How often do you change your online passwords? Do you have one password that you use for everything? Is it your dog’s name, or your nickname followed by the number 1? We have all been guilty at one time or another of choosing an easy password. However, now that so much sensitive and identifying information is stored online it is important to keep that information as safe as possible. Trying to create and then remember a long, complicated password just so you can order something from Amazon is annoying, right? I agree. Unfortunately, it is also completely necessary. Did you hear about the LinkedIn hack where more than 6.5 million usernames (emails) and passwords were released onto the internet? Or worse, did you hear about the hack because your username (let’s call it what it is—your email address) and password was one of the ones released? What did you do?… Read more!

Images: Finding and using online images


Ryan Bush

Images are easier than ever to locate, download, and reuse, but the ease of access has started to raise many legal concerns about intellectual property law and the rights to ownership. Clients often go to Google or Bing to start looking for images when they begin to generate ideas for their website or products. These two search engines provide instant access to amazing images with high quality resolution which can easily be downloaded and reused. However, cutting corners is often a recipe for disaster and in the case of using images without permission the disaster can be in the form of a lawsuit for use of an image without licensing rights from the owner. Images on the internet are becoming easier to follow which allows their owners to easily track their use and location. In the past, tracking them was difficult and proving ownership was even more difficult. Today many… Read more!

Necessary Advice for Startups


Ryan Bush

Startups seem glamorous and fun to the outside world, but the truth is they can be tedious and extremely exhausting. While we do not claim to know it all, there are a few lessons that have been learned along the way…   Have a plan in advance. A startup requires you to make difficult decisions based on time and capital. You do not always have time to think through every decision and possible consequence when the issues arise. The only way to guarantee you will make the best decision possible when the time comes is to have a plan in advance and not to second guess that plan in the moment. Plans must be flexible enough to change at a moment’s notice but strong enough to weather the short term setbacks and delays that occur in startups. Focus on your customer’s experience. The best way to differentiate your brand and… Read more!

Not all (Microsoft) Offices are created equal


Ryan Bush

Have you ever wondered why one Office 365 license can be used on up to five devices and is priced between $12-$20 a month, but to purchase the Microsoft Office software in a store only works on one device and costs around $399?? No, you have not ever wondered about that? Really? Ok. I hope you are wondering about it now, because I am about to explain… Before I begin, what do you think about my view yesterday? Not bad, right? Back to Microsoft, Office 365 and Office 2016. First, I will begin by listing some of the features: Price:                    $12-$20 per month Installations:     5 (can be installed on PC, Mac, tablet, phone) Apps:                     Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, email, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Skype for Business, Sway, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, Office… Read more!

Choosing a Credit Card Processor


Ryan Bush

Choosing a credit card processor is a daunting task for small business owners. The number of card classes and rates is designed to be overwhelming, and the pricing can be very confusing. In the past the sales pitch for selecting a merchant services company has centered on price comparison based on rates and fees. Merchant services companies took a copy of the current rates and almost always returned with a proposal reflecting the rates and fees were somehow reduced. The problem was the rates would be reduced on certain classes of cards to make the quote look better, but the reality of the quote was the classes may or may not match so the savings may or may not occur. This left consumers feeling mislead or cheated. Over the last 18 months many banks have joined the merchant services space, and the conversation has shifted from being a pure rate… Read more!

Upgrade to Office 2016 with your Office 365 account


Ryan Bush

Have you upgraded to Office 2016 with your Office 365 account yet? I finally upgraded my account last week (I know I should have done this a few months ago, but better late than never…I suppose. At least the Cloud Service Team did this when it was released). A few things to mention before we really get into this topic: If you are an Office 365 subscriber (Business or Home) the 2016 upgrade is included in your monthly license fee, as it is with all Office upgrades. Microsoft makes upgrading pretty simple (however, if you have any problems or just do not want to do it yourself our Cloud Services Team is available to help…just give us a call to schedule an appointment (843) 410-0050). The speed at which the upgrade occurs depends on your internet speed, so the best time to start this is just before leaving for lunch,… Read more!

Our Office has Moved!


Ryan Bush

In case you missed our office move announcement on Instagram, facebook or Twitter, it is official…the e-vos HQ has moved to James Island! Come by and check out our new digs at 109 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 2-B! (Call (843) 410-0050 if you need directions, but we are conveniently located on your right if you are driving down to the Crab House on the Wappoo Cut.) Our conference room is set up and ready for you to come in and discuss your cloud computing, bookkeeping and website design needs with us!