The Best Products & Services for Small Business

This post will be fairly brief, just a list of the products and services that I use and implement for customers. Everyone has favorite brands, and reasons for them. As I've worked in the small office environment for a long time, these are the brands that I have found reliable and deliver the best price/performance in a business office. If…

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Old Computers – False Economy?

Here at ComputAssist, my mission is to remove technological barriers that stand in the way of you doing your mission. One barrier to accomplishing your mission may surprise you—old computers! Typical computer lifecycles in large enterprises run as little as three years! Before the warranty expires, the machine is replaced. In small business, however, the norm is more like, “run…

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Using Windows 7 after Jan 14th 2020

The Windows 7 operating system is reaching end of support. Microsoft will soon begin displaying a warning on your computers that still run this OS: I strongly recommend that you replace your Windows 7 PCs. Older PCs should be recycled, newer Win 7 PCs can be upgraded to Windows 10. But if, for whatever reason, you must keep using Windows…

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Creating Distinction

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is often a time for reflection and setting personal goals. As a business owner, manager or staff, it's a good time to set some business goals as well. I've been reading quite a few books lately and want to share two excellent ones. This post will cover the first.…

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Small Business Services That Save You Money

So far, the articles on this page have been about security issues that are important to small businesses. So for a little change this week, let's talk about how you can save money by finding good but inexpensive business services. I'll cover three this week. Mobile Mobile phone service is something almost every office needs, for C-levels, managers, sales, and…

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Phishing – part 2

Last time we looked at the reasons one needs to distrust all email. Here we continue with two more methods you can use to make sure you don't get phished. Digging deeper Email servers use standardized ways to relay and deliver mail. Every time a server acts on a message, it adds a header to the message describing what it…

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Looks Legit–How To Not Get Phished

An accountant in a small business office receives an email from her boss: "Please purchase (locally) some gift cards, scratch off the numbers, photocopy and send them to me by email. They are for giving to a person in need. I need this done immediately." Everything looks believable including the salutation and the signature. But the request is unusual. The…

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Who wants one more password?

Passwords, ugh! Who wants one more password to remember? Passwords are probably the best example of the tug-of-war between security and convenience. "You need long, complicated passwords!" "No, I need passwords that are easy to remember and quick to type!" Good Passwords ...are just one layer in what should be a defense-in-depth. But bad passwords are, well, a wide open…

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Protecting your business information

The most important step you can take to proactively protect your business is backing up your files. Before securing your network, before improving password security, before user education, if you don't currently have a backup, take one now! Don't even finish reading this update. Got that done? Great! Now, there are best practices to doing backups right. Here is why…

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