Archive | November, 2011

APPLE iTunes Phishing Email Alert

The subject of this particular apple phishing email reads “Account Info Change,” the phishing email appears to look like it comes from APPLE, but the email address shows it came from do not reply@itunes.comvia smtp.com,”. This means this email did not really come from apple and instead came from a fraudulent third party email service provider. (Real APPLE emails will show “id.apple.com” as the address. If you are unsure if the email you receive is real or bogus then it’s a good idea to call your network administrator of a qualified computer consultant to look at the email for you.

The fake emails look identical to real emails from APPLE which makes it dangerous for unsuspecting victims of fraud.

The bogus email informs email recipients that their Apple ID was “updated” and includes a link users can click on “to review and update their APPLE account security settings”. The fake link tricks users into believing the link goes to the real apple website but in fact the link takes users to a fake webpage that is cloned to look like the real apple web page.

The bogus APPLE page asks for users to log in with their APPLE ID and password, which of course ais sent to cyber criminals which then take your user name and password and access your real APPLE account and steal your credit card information along with your home or business address, your phone numbers and this quickly turns you into a victim of identity theft.

This kind of cyber crime is blooming up all over the internet and is very popular in Orlando Florida.

It is also important for APPLE users to understand that APPLE laptops, computers, iPhones and Ipads, which are thought to be safer and more secure then Microsoft computing platforms are not immune from online cyber crime and cyber attacks. A long list of new malware and computer viruses have recently emerged targeting and crippling APPLE computers – Macs. Rather than hoping your Apple product will be safe it is best for users to install commercial quality anti-virus software and better yet to use a high quality firewall designed to filter malware and computer viruses.

Of course, there is no substitute for knowledge and common sense. No antivirus software, firewall or other product can completely protect you from cyber crime like this. If you ever receive an unsolicited email like this, pick up the phone and call your network administrator and computer consultant and have him or her look at the email and whatever you do not click on any links in the email as this can open up a serious threat to your computer and your network. A good Managed Services Provider will proactively monitor your computer and network safety and will filter content so you do not have to worry about doing so but it is not always possible to detect and block these kinds of emails because of the never ending trends of technology and trickery.

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GOOGLE+ used as a Business Tool

If you thought Google+ is just for personal use you may be in for a surprise.

Google+ is now available on Google Apps, the online suite of Google tools used by millions of businesses and universities worldwide.

When Google+ was released this year to the general public, its practical uses for businesses were still unclear. One of the setbacks was this social media tool was not available on Google Apps which is Google’s suite of online office tools used by many businesses and universities. Google recently announced that Google Apps users would now be able to use Google+.

Google stated that over 4 million businesses in a wide range of industries are using Google Apps for common day to day tasks. If an organization has chosen to automatically enable the new Google services, Google+ will become available to employees almost immediately. Otherwise, network administrators can now enable Google+ for their organizations.

While Google Apps users will have access to all of the standard features of Google+, there are other elements your network administrator can add. Users will have the option to share with other Google+ enabled users in their organization.  Google+ already boasts over 50 million users worldwide, and adoptions like this are sure to bring more business users to the light. The business possibilities for Google’s new site seem endless, from online staff business meetings to document collaboration.

Google’s easy to use filtering tools means fast segregation of work related material, not to mention personal material. Google also announced an easy to use migration tool for users that already have a personal Google+ account.  For users that have already started using Google+ with their personal Google accountants, Google is already building a tool to help users move over. With the tool Google is building, users will not have to rebuild their circles, and the people that have already added you to their circles will automatically be connected to your new Google profile.

The integration of Google+ with Google Apps sounds like it is the beginning of Google’s push for the social media website to be a business tool.  Does your company or organization plan on using Google+ as a business collaboration tool in the near future? How do you envision Google’s role for your business or organization?

To learn more about Google+ visit the Google+ website.

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E-commerce Order Entry Software

A few days ago a business in Orlando Florida contacted us and asked us for information about an Order entry software at www.Netsuite.com which is a software package that would be an alternatives solution to common off the shelf accounting software that can be integrated into their E-commerce web site for more advanced reporting options. After a brief discussion with the accounting department and the owner of this business we learned the company’s requirements are pretty deep and they want a web based order entry software package that includes Enterprise Resource Planning also known as (ERP), advanced accounting features and modules, Customer Relationship Management also known as CRM, that can function with their E-commerce website.  Of course when planning to jump into deep water a small business must consider cost to implement, deploy and maintain such a high end solution and the business better be serious about doing business on the internet to justify the cost associated with running a truly customized back office system.  We wound up recommending a customized software package using software from a company we are familiar with based out of San Mateo California. The software vendor is NetSuite and they do develop some pretty impressive order enter software packages that can be custom tailored to any E commerce web based back office system.

We decided to review the software hands on and this stuff is very feature rich and here are our thoughts.

NetSuite is an online accounting and business management software package that is very useful for larger E-commerce web sites and it can be customized and modified providing you have access to an experienced and reliable computer programmer and a web-master. We reviewed the demo version of the small business accounting software and found that it offers extensive financial reporting and covers many needs beyond basic accounting. This software package without modification can track sales, marketing, projects and even customer service tasks. The possibilities are really endless if you have access to a well versed information technology firm to work with you to help you achieve your technical goals.

This E-commerce business solution is very flexible and user friendly. It really is everything a business needs, from tracking phone calls, emails,  to managing employees and even outside business consultants. However, it may be too much for small businesses of only a few employees and way too much for freelancers or consultants that do not need much beyond basic invoicing where QuickBooks will fit the needs better. But a mid sized company of about 30 or more employees  may find that a customized NetSuite system can help them become more organized and efficient and ultimately more profitable.

 

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