Rant against desktop accounting

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Computers and Internet, Data Management

I’ve been critical of accountants and business managers who have not adapted to online hosted accounting platforms. Their logic in using local desktop-based accounting software programs just does not make sense to me because almost all the sources of accounting data are already hosted online and almost all the output of accounting data are already hosted online. Why […]

Small business online security update

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Computers and Internet, Security, Small Business

I attended another online security program last week at the New Jersey CPA convention. This remains a topic of major concern for all types of technology users. My focus is on practical solutions for small business user issues. Yesterday an alarming show on National Public Radio reinforced the conclusion that these online security problem issues […]

The latest on internet security

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Computers and Internet, Security, Small Business

I’m disappointed with the reporting of internet security issues this week. This divisive world of fake news the latest political action and public reaction only muddies the core issues. It appears that few news reporters and even fewer readers have an understanding of the issue. Overall, it seems fair to say that there has been […]

Microsoft security issue: unusual activity report

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I recently worked through a security issue with my Microsoft account and am now sharing this story and information that might be useful to others. Also, by writing a blog post I have an easy record of the issue for when I need to recall the details later. I conclude that the security features worked as […]

Contact and calendar management

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revisiting issues with Outlook, Gmail, LinkedIn, iPhone  I spent some time this morning reviewing the most basic technology tools for a business person: contact manager and calendar. I’ve gone back and forth between Google and Microsoft several times and finally settled on a Microsoft Office environment using Outlook last year for the reasons outlined in […]

Security upgrade for WordPress hosted small business web site

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This week I noticed an apparent attempted brute force attack on this web site with over 10,000 blocked log-in attempts. This caused me to question and re-evaluate my data management plan and Privacy and Security protocols. This review is for my own satisfaction only, these is no indication that any of my systems or data have […]

Easy Button for Small Business Accounting

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Computers and Internet, Small Business

Forty percent of small business owners said that dealing with bookkeeping and taxes are the single worst parts of owning a company according to a survey conducted by SCORE. Yesterday I spent two  hours showing a small business client how to automate most bookkeeping tasks and save thousands of dollars on bookkeeping costs. I introduced our session […]

Drive encryption (or file encryption) revisited

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I just read a pretty good article written for attorneys recommending drive encryption on laptop PCs and mobile devices. The basis of the recommendation is the assumption that attorneys have sensitive private information on those devices that is at risk when they are working “on the go”. This prompted me to read a few more articles […]