Encrypted Email, Secure Messaging and Secure File Transfer

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“Encrypted Email”, “Secure Messaging” and “Secure File Transfer” are three terms that most people doing business online should know about today. This seems like a good time to review the options as we begin the tax filing season. While these security measures are probably not needed for most people most of the time, I include […]

Manage these five key relationships for a happier 2018

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Recently there’s been a media blitz about the power and influence of what the New York Times calls the “Frightful Five”: Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. Despite this media blitz I suspect that most of us know little about this topic. The more we learn, the more we are likely to know why they […]

The Paperless Office

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I began the move toward a paperless office more than 20 years ago. Back then I operated a 5 person inter-discipline office with technology dominated by cables running from one machine to another. I was the the firm owner as well as the ‘technology guy’ by virtue of my early adoption of PC technologies1. By […]

Rant against desktop accounting

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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 […]

It’s time for a fresh look at computer backup

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Data Management, Security, Small Business

I revisit this topic of data backup occasionally and I think you should too. The simple question is ‘What’s the best way to keep my digital data safe from disaster?‘ The conversation involves several steps. First, it is important to recognize the range of risks. It does no good to have a backup system that […]

Keep the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Independent

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Banking, Data Management, government, News and Politics

In 2008 the United States suffered a previously unimaginable financial blow stemming from negligence, scandal and fraud at multiple levels of banking, Wall Street investment firms and government. We suffered but survived it by coming together, accepting the major financial setback to our lives, and taking steps to ensure that it did not happen again. One […]

Short review of Windows Fax and Scan

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Windows Fax and Scan is a utility program built into all modern versions of Windows operating software. I did not use this utility program until recently when I became discouraged by my lack of ability to maintain my earlier version of an Abobe Acrobat program in a Windows 10 operating system without switching to a […]

Soaring cellular data costs

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I live and work in an area 50 miles south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 20 miles east of Dover, Delaware in a rural part of New Jersey not served by cables or phone wires. We used to have regular telephone wires that were used for basic internet in the 1990s but service was always spotty and […]

Nonprofits and small businesses lack security measures

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I started the week by reviewing IRS’s publication about guarding taxpayer data. The publication is meant for tax firms but the concepts apply to all organizations that handle sensitive data. Last week I reviewed an accounting firm’s operations and, for the second time this year, declined to work with a service provider solely on the […]