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Can I trust the wifi in public places?

In a business world where organizations expect you to be connected and productive at all times of all days, the convenience of having publicly available wireless networks wherever you are is fantastic!  Or is it?  The answer is, it depends. The availability of an internet connection can cut both ways.  While it can give you Read more about Can I trust the wifi in public places?[…]

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What do I need to know about the recently released Connecticut cyber security strategy?

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy recently released his strategy for protecting the state from cyber security attacks.  The strategy document discusses steps that the government should to take in order to be prepared for an attack and how to mitigate some of the damage that could be done by one when it happens.  He also looks Read more about What do I need to know about the recently released Connecticut cyber security strategy?[…]

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Is it OK to change the subject line in an email conversation after it is started?

Since email is not only used for communication but also for documentation, the subject line of an email is an important piece of the puzzle when filing and searching for information.  Often times, an email chain starts as one thing but morphs into something completely different once it gets rolling.  While I don’t usually recommend Read more about Is it OK to change the subject line in an email conversation after it is started?[…]

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Is cyber liability insurance necessary for my business?

The latest statistics show that 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses and 60% of those organizations attacked go out of business within 6 months of the attack.  With the growing number of cyber attacks every day, the general thinking is not if you will will get breached, but when and how bad will it Read more about Is cyber liability insurance necessary for my business?[…]

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How do I avoid these latest cyber attacks?

With all of the press about the latest Petya attack on the heels of the WannaCry attack businesses are scrambling to figure out how they can avoid getting hit next.  The latest statistics show that 43% of cyber attacks happen against small businesses and 60% of those attacked go out of business within 6 months.  Read more about How do I avoid these latest cyber attacks?[…]

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What is next generation endpoint protection?

Once malicious content became a “thing”, antivirus software for your computer or endpoint became a necessary investment.  Then viruses evolved to “malware”, and you needed to add anti-malware to your endpoints.  Now as hackers continuously modernize, improve and evolve their attack methodologies it requires an even higher level of protection to avoid having your computer Read more about What is next generation endpoint protection?[…]

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Seriously?!?! Get me off of this email chain!

I’m guessing everyone reading this has thought or said that at least once in their lifetime.  This is what I like to call the “Reply-All-itis” syndrome.  Particularly in business situations, it is important to know when to reply to all and when not to.  Here are some basic guidelines you can use: When Reply All Read more about Seriously?!?! Get me off of this email chain![…]

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What is the difference between accrual and cash basis accounting?

For many small businesses, the consideration of whether to use cash or accrual basis accounting never even comes up as the difference between them is unclear and they leave it up to their tax accountant to decide.  However there are significant advantages and disadvantages to each which should be considered not just for tax purposes Read more about What is the difference between accrual and cash basis accounting?[…]

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To be safer, take a layered approach to network security

Network security is a topic that never seems to “get old” as there are new threats and stories we hear every day in the news and from local businesses about a breach or other security challenge that we need to be vigilant about.  Threats are everywhere, even in places that we might not consider such Read more about To be safer, take a layered approach to network security[…]

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How do I get the information I need out of Quickbooks?

QuickBooks can be a great accounting tool for a small business.   It quickly allows you to get started up for tracking your income and expenses without having to be an expert in accounting.  It even allows you to start with template charts of accounts for different types of businesses so that you don’t have Read more about How do I get the information I need out of Quickbooks?[…]