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!
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!
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!
It is official: 109 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 2-B is the new address for e-vos HQ! Now that the lease has been negotiated and the space is secure the real fun begins… Time for logistics planning!! During this phase it is easy to overlook a lot of seemingly small details that have a major impact on your business. Let’s start with the telephone calls: Call a contractor and schedule a time to walk through the new space to evaluate what work, if any, needs to be completed. (Note: Get ready for what can only be called The Great Paint Color Debate—I selfishly recommend making this a solo project. Just trust me on this one.) Call utility companies and schedule the date your service needs changed. INTERNET PROVIDER. (Your internet service provider may need you to schedule this several weeks before you move in…it is not like residential service. Forget this… 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!
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!