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Processes Managed Outside of ERP can Put Your Business at Risk Post by: Pat Lacouture May 8, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Most businesses using an entry level accounting system or legacy ERP application manage many of their processes outside of the system, usually with spreadsheets. These workarounds as their called may even keep the business running pretty smoothly. They are easier than replacing the system and less expensive than a custom application.

The risk of spreadsheets

Workarounds may have become a comfortable way of doing business in your organization. Excel spreadsheets that hold customer and inventory information are stored in shared folders and carefully managed. But there are risks associated with those spreadsheets that put company assets in jeopardy.

Questions to consider include:

Are all the folders housing spreadsheets backed up regularly?

If a salesperson was hired by a competitor, could he make a copy of the customer spreadsheet and take it with him?

Can you pass an audit by your industry regulatory agency based on your spreadsheets?

Are you sure that the equations in your calculated...

Microsoft Issues Advisory on Targeted Attacks Exploiting Internet Explorer Vulnerability Post by: Lynne Rooney May 5, 2014 | 3:48 PM

UPDATE: May 1, 2014 - Microsoft Issues Update for Internet Explorer, Includes Windows XP

A vulnerability has been detected in Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6,7,8,9,10, and 11.  The vulnerability, detected by security firm FireEye, could be exploited by an attacker to gain user rights and take over your PC. 

 The attacker takes advantage of this vulnerability by getting users to visit a website and click on a link which installs malware on the user’s system.  Once the malware is on the computer, the attacker can take over the whole system.  They could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

That’s the tip of the iceberg.  The attacker could also get a hold of any personal information stored on the computer such as financial information, passwords, and email addresses.  And, there are ATMs and point of sale systems that are run on Windows of which Internet Explorer is the default browser.   

Microsoft is...

5 Easy Ways to Speed Up a Slow PC Post by: Lynne Rooney April 24, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Why does it always seem that your PC slows down at the most inopportune times?  It’s 5:00 on a Friday and you need to make one more edit to the budget before sending it off to your manager.  You go to open it and the dreaded “not responding” comes up.  There are many reasons this can happen such as a virus infection, low memory, low disk space and many others. 

Below are 5 common ways to make your PC run faster:

Remove unwanted programs

Computers come with pre-installed programs that you may not need. They use system resources like memory and often run in the background when you start up your PC. Freeing up these resources can give you more space, therefore improving
your computer’s speed. Here’s how:

Click the start button.

Go to control panel.

Click the program you don’t use and click uninstall.

Repeat with all the applications that you don’t need.

Be careful not to remove applications that may be crucial for your PC to run
properly. If you’re not sure about a certain program...