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!

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!

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!

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity


Ryan Bush

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!

Real Estate Agents and their Contacts


Ryan Bush

Over the past few months we have seen an upward trend in the real estate market as residential and commercial properties have begun to move. The increase in sales has prompted many agencies to begin investing in customer relationship management (CRM) systems or tools. Two of the most popular CRM systems are Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics. The common goal of CRM systems is to help realtors drive more sales by staying organized and staying relevant with their contacts. In order to accomplish this the realtor inputs their contacts’ information into the system and then tracks correspondence and engagement over time. These systems are great until it is time for a relator to move to a new agency and the realtor realizes they do not own, or do not have access to, their data. A real estate agent’s well-being is determined by how many sales they are able to close each… Read more!

Big things are happening in the Microsoft Cloud


Ryan Bush

Microsoft developed a cloud platform meant to provide scalable IT infrastructure designed to handle the needs of enterprise business operations. However, the same cloud platform that was designed for enterprise clients is now available for use by businesses of all sizes. The most important services directly affecting small and medium sized businesses are Office 365, Hosted Exchange and Microsoft Azure. Office 365 offers clients the traditional Microsoft Office suite of applications inside a cloud environment which expands the collaboration capability. Office 365 improves collaboration within an organization through SharePoint and OneDrive. These additions to the Office suite make it easy for businesses to develop solutions tailored to their needs outside of any management software they are currently using. SharePoint can help automate business processes while OneDrive provides anytime access to documents and allow users to share documents with people inside and outside their organization. Hosted Exchange offers businesses the opportunity… Read more!

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP April 8, 2014


Ryan Bush

Microsoft will end support for Windows XP tomorrow, marking the end of a twelve year era for the operating system. Many people have been wondering how the end of XP support will affect their current IT systems, so here are a few things to be aware of in the coming months. The end of support does not mean computers with Windows XP will crash, or fail to turn on, after April 8, 2014. In fact, barring an external event, the operating system will continue to run as long as the hardware that is running it continues to work. Outside events that will ultimately affect many machines running XP are viruses. The end of support means the end of updates for the operating system. The most important updates for any operating system are the virus definitions that keep the antivirus software up to date in order to protect against new viruses…. Read more!