• September 20, 2018

    Windows Server 2008 – End of Life in January 2020

    Windows 2008 R2, the most popular server operating system for small to medium businesses, will be end-of-life in January 2020.  What does ‘end-of-life’ mean? Microsoft will no longer issue patches or updates to this OS, making it vulnerable to hackers, creating a security risk. Newer software may not be compatible with this older OS (it […]

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  • September 14, 2018

    Top 4 Ways Hackers Will Attack Your Network

     Most small and midsize business (SMB) owners exist in a bubble of blissful ignorance. They focus on the day-to-day operations of their organization, driving growth, facilitating hiring, and guiding marketing, without a single thought given to the security of the computer networks these processes depend on. After all, they’re just the little guy – […]

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  • September 07, 2018

    Windows 7 – End-of-Life January 2020

    Yes, it’s official. Windows 7 Operating System will be end-of-life in January 2020. So what does that mean? When an operating system hits end-of-life, Microsoft will stop issuing security updates, which means that any security loop holes that are found will not be patched or addressed; a significant security concern for any business. There are […]

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  • August 03, 2018

    Never Split the Difference, by Chris Voss

    Earlier this year I had the chance to hear Chris Voss speak at an industry event. He shared some FBI American hostage stories and his negotiation efforts; really eye-opening. He then went on to talk about the science of negotiating and how it has transformed in recent decades. For Chris Voss and the families in […]

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  • July 24, 2018

    Microsoft Surface Pro 4’s; Flickering Screens

    Turns out that these units may have flickering screens. The blogs were lit up with extraordinary efforts to stop this annoying problem. Some advocated putting the Surface in the freezer; others said to use a hair dryer. The good news is that Microsoft now acknowledges the problem. According to, anyone with this issue can […]

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  • July 20, 2018

    Captain Picard, the Borg, and your Network Security

    I love the Star Trek series. A specific episode came to mind when we got the call from a client in IL that their corporate office’s systems had been hacked. But let’s start with the story… Captain Picard has been assimilated by the Borg and is ‘resisting.’ The crew have somehow got him back to […]

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  • July 13, 2018

    Will Google Flag Your Website as ‘Not Secure’?

     In an official announcement on February 8th this year, Google posted the following comment: ‘Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure.”’ When they get to your website, it will say ‘Not Secure’ and they might leave. You’ve probably heard about HTTP versus […]

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  • July 11, 2018

    Sage 100 Contractor version 21 – What’s New?

    Sage 100 Contractor version 21 – What’s New? Version 21.1 is here! On May 31st, Sage released version 21. Here are a few highlights. Ability to create recurring salaried payroll records Ability to send Direct Deposit stubs at a later date – be careful on this one; when I checked for more specifics, it’s really […]

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  • July 06, 2018

    You’re Only as Safe as Your Weakest Link

    Here’s a good one the techs found. In Vegas, hackers got into a Casino through the fish tank thermometer; really! This is a low-level device that connects back to the network for updates and to regulate the temperature. A hacker figured out that the security on this simple device was pretty weak. He got into […]

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  • June 29, 2018

    The Ultimate Question 2.0 by Fred Reichheld

    So what is this ‘ultimate question’? You might have heard it called the Net Promoter Score, or NPS for short. This idea came out in 2003 and got a lot of companies thinking about their customer loyalty. There was such a following that there’s even a user group called the NPS Loyalty Forum; and they […]

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