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!
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!
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!
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!
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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!
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!
The recent flooding in South Carolina has brought the issues of disaster recovery back to the minds of many business owners. Disaster recovery it is not a one size fits all scenario. Most businesses have core data and functionality that needs to be back online quickly while other data and functionality may not be critical. When designing a disaster recovery plan it is important to consider data survivability and business continuity as well as insurance. Data survivability is the process of installing backup systems that will house data inactively while a business works to restore operations. This planning should include an offsite backup to one or more data centers preferably not in the same geographic region as the business. When this type of backup is in place the business data is stored periodically so that it may be retrieved if a physical machine or building is damaged. Companies such as… Read more!
2006 was the last time construction was booming, banks were lending and low voltage wiring was of any concern. In 2006 the cloud existed in very few lives. The trendiest mobile phone of the year was the Sony Ericsson Z610i, the LG Chocolate was the most innovative phone and the biggest improvements to mobile phones were based on cameras and GPS. During the nine years since the last real estate boom technology has done anything except slow down, and as technology continues to progress the need to outfit buildings for data is drastically changing. The need for a high speed network has also increased due to the size of the data being brought into buildings through music and video streaming services, as well as the changes to telephone services. Because of these changes contractors need to understand how the specifications they require will drastically affect the end user of the… Read more!
For a business to be successful in applying technology to fix a problem with automation or to increase productivity, it must be able to correctly identify the issue, isolate the issue, determine how the issue could be corrected, locate the correct IT solution and successfully implement the solution. Successfully identifying and isolating an issue requires a business to understand how and why the issue occurred. Determining a path to correct an issue does not require knowledge of IT, in fact it often requires removing IT from the equation altogether. Finally, locating and implementing an IT solution that is successful requires diligence, patience, and a team approach. Identifying and isolating issues requires a business to look at its past and determine why the issue arose in the first place. Small- and medium-sized businesses face many of the same problems during the initial growth of the company. Businesses that do not start… Read more!