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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Mobility and BYOD
February 20, 2019

There are a lot of advantages to mobility in today’s workforce, but the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) movement has also brought its share of headaches as well.

How SMBs Can Utilize the Cloud To Build Their Business
February 11, 2019

There has been a lot of talk lately about the cloud and its ability to put small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and startups on a level playing field with large global enterprises.

Why More SMBs are Turning to the Cloud to Reduce TCO
February 5, 2019

More small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) seem to be taking the initiative to learn more about the benefits of the cloud.

Why Hybrid Clouds are More Than Just Another Trend
January 31, 2019

It should come as no surprise that many small to midsize business owners take pride in overseeing every aspect of their startup business.

Cloud Monitoring Can Be the Difference Maker for SMBs
January 22, 2019

It’s a fast-paced world. Not only do people want things, they want things right now.

Stay Secure My Friend... More Hackers Targeting SMBs
January 17, 2019

Many SMBs don’t realize it, but the path to some grand cybercrime score of a lifetime may go right through their backdoor.

Just Because You're Not a Big Target, Doesn't Mean You're Safe
January 9, 2019

Not too long ago, the New York Time's website experienced a well-publicized attack, which raises the question – how can this happen to such a world-renowned corporation?

Four Key Components of a Robust Security Plan Every SMB Must Know
January 4, 2019

Most businesses are now technology dependent. This means security concerns aren’t just worrisome to large corporate enterprises anymore, but also the neighborhood sandwich shop, the main street tax advisor, and the local non-profit.

5 Ways SMBs Can Save Money on Security
December 27, 2018

Small-to-medium sized businesses and large enterprises may seem worlds apart, but they face many of the same cyber-security threats.

VoIP: A New Dimension in Communication for SMBs
December 21, 2018

Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP is about a decade old technology that is gaining popularity among individual subscribers and businesses.


BYOD: Why is This Concept So Attractive to Employees?
December 12, 2018

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, to work was an idea a few years ago that is becoming a reality very fast.

Improve employee morale with this simple tip.
December 11, 2018

Improve employee morale and reduce network problems with this simple tip.

Benefits of Using VoIP Technology
December 6, 2018

More and more businesses are implementing Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP technology because of its versatility, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

It is Heaven! Using the Cloud to Challenge Big Business
November 28, 2018

Has anyone suggested you begin moving your business to the cloud?

Traverse City businesses need enhanced security to protect their customers
November 6, 2018

We at ACS recently had our credit card stolen. Everyone knows that this is a hassle, but for us it’s a costly hassle. This card is primarily used to pay recurring payments to close to a dozen vendors. This means that when the card is stolen it takes hours of staff time to setup our payments with our vendors. What is interesting about this situation is that we had the card stolen shortly after doing something we rarely do, using the card at a local vendor.

What is the Cloud: A Simple Analogy
November 5, 2018

You use the cloud and don't even know it.

Run your Business, not an IT Company
October 31, 2018

You went into business because you have an interest and expertise in some particular product or service.

Outsourcing? Really. Its OK: How it can save time and money
October 26, 2018

Almost by definition, small business owners and entrepreneurs cringe at the concept of outsourcing.

Why Small Businesses Shouldn't Avoid Making Disaster Recovery Plans.
October 17, 2018

Entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially ones that are fairly new, often don't think about making plans to recover in case of a disaster.

Preventing Online Fraud—Always Verify Information Requests
October 12, 2018

In Traverse City, and Northern Michigan, we live in a very trusting culture. For most of us, the idea of impersonating someone for fraud or financial gain isn’t something that would enter our wildest dreams. However, in the rest of the world, impersonation is a strong tool that can be used to defraud you. 

Disaster Recovery Plans: Do You Have One?
October 11, 2018

Disaster recovery and business continuity plans are issues that almost all small businesses fail to think about.

Heads in the Sand—Owning a Mac, a PC, an iPhone, or an Android does NOT Make You SAFE from Online Attackers.
October 3, 2018

No computer or device is perfect. No company gets its security 100% right. If you deal in important data, you had better take steps to protect it. Antivirus, patching, security training, and solid cloud backup are all important tools to protecting your business. Cyber attacks happen all the time and on many fronts.  

Everyday Human Error Can Affect Data Protection
October 2, 2018

Are you under the impression that data loss is all about putting up firewalls to protect against evil cyber attacks?

Data Protection and Bring Your Own Device to Work
September 28, 2018

BYOD refers to a firm's policy of allowing employees to use their own personal phones, tablets and laptops for all their work applications.

Business Disaster: What Threatens Small Businesses the Most?
September 18, 2018

There are many threats to the integrity of a small business, and not all of them are as dramatic as a cyberattack or a hurricane.

SMBs: It is Hackers v. You - Don't Let Them Score
September 12, 2018

Selling stolen IDs and other personal data is a lucrative trade for hackers.


BYOD: Why is This Concept So Attractive to Employees?
September 6, 2018

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, to work was an idea a few years ago that is becoming a reality very fast.


Look at Links Before You Click
September 6, 2018

One of the most popular ways the bad guys use to trick people is by embedding links into websites that bring the user to web pages that are designed get the user to expose important information, or to install harmful software. It’s important for users to aware, and work to review what they click on, and not blindly follow links.

Penetration Testing vs Vulnerability Testing Your Business Network
August 31, 2018

Hearing “all of your confidential information is extremely vulnerable, we know this because...” is bad news, but whatever follows the ellipses determines just how bad.

Data Breaches are a Question of When, Not if
August 22, 2018

You hear on the news all of the time about big cyber attacks on large corporations, and even government agencies.


What is Ransomware and How Can it Affect your Business?
August 17, 2018

This cyberattack scheme hasn't garnered nearly as much attention as the usual "break-in-and-steal-data-to-sell-on-the-Internet version," but it can be even more debilitating.


Data Security: A People Problem
August 8, 2018



Phishing Scams – A People Problem. There are some things that only people can fix.




IT Defense in Depth Part II
July 31, 2018

In our last blog we started talking about the different layers of security necessary to fully defend your data and business integrity. Today we will look at the human aspect of it, and network defenses.


IT Defense in Depth Part I
July 24, 2018

In the 1930s, France built a trench network called the Maginot Line to rebuff any invasion. The philosophy was simple: if you map out all the places an enemy can attack, and lay down a lot of men and fortifications at those places, you can rebuff any attack. 


You're Fired! Now Give Me Your Passwrd
July 19, 2018

"You're FIRED!" ( now give me your password)

Losing an employee is not usually a good experience.


How much does downtime cost your business?
July 16, 2018

Business owners must make a lot of decisions. One of the most important decision is how much do I need to invest in my business to keep it at maximum profitability. It’s very difficult to make good decisions if we don’t have good data.

60% Of Business Fail After Ransomware Infection
July 13, 2018

Ransomware (or cryptolocker) are the most dangerous viruses ever created for small businesses.

Password Basics That Are still Ignored
July 11, 2018

You can have all the locks on your data center and have all the network security available, but nothing will keep your data safe if your employees are sloppy with passwords.


Is Your Website Mobile Optimized
July 6, 2018

Smaller firms often struggle just to keep up with maintaining a website.


Business Trade Shows Part III: After the Event
June 27, 2018

So, you made it back home from the show. You're exhausted and work has backed up in your absence. Here is where the entire investment in the show can go down the drain.


Business Trade Shows Part II: During the Event
June 20, 2018

We're back. In the last post, we talked about building momentum toward a trade show exhibition. Today, let's look at your efforts during the show itself.


Busines Trade Shows Part I: Before the Event
June 13, 2018

Going to a tradeshow for the first time? Don't make the mistake of viewing this as a 1-2 day discreet marketing event.


Password basics people still ignore
June 7, 2018

You can have all the locks on your data center and have all the network security available, but nothing will keep your data safe if your employees are careless with passwords.


Government regulations
May 25, 2018

Any business that stores customer payment information must comply with a number of state and federal regulations.

Cyber Crime and Security for SMB's
May 16, 2018

Did you know the illicit trading of personal data was worth $3.88 billion last year?

NPO's and volunteer security nightmare
May 4, 2018

Not-for-profits have an unusual issue regarding security. Firms that have trained, paid full-time employees have a strong level of control over the actions of their workers.


Your front door is talking
April 24, 2018

If you've been following the news, the Internet of Things is getting increasing attention.

The cloud means no more stormy weather
April 18, 2018

Many small firms are pretty busy handling their own business, and don’t give much thought to what they would do if a natural disaster from a bad snowstorm to much worse hit their physical location and cut power, or physical access to the building.



What the cloud means for you-Part II
April 13, 2018

Recently, we talked about ways the cloud brings value, business protection, and economies of scale to the smaller firm that they could never achieve by themselves.

The Could: what do you get?
April 5, 2018

The cloud refers to using off site computing resources and storage to supplement or even replace the use of on-site/in-house resources.


The most borning topic Ever
March 28, 2018

Yes, today’s blog is about office phone systems.


Data regulation and our business: You are probably regulated these laws
March 14, 2018

Small firms are probably aware that there are laws regulating the handling of data, but they probably assume that these apply only to larger firms and that they are too small to have any data that is worthwhile or protected under state/provincial or federal laws.


How the cloud saves smaller firms money
March 8, 2018

You pay someone to store all of your data in the cloud, as opposed to keeping it on your own server and backing it up.


The value of your businesses data.
June 12, 2017

Today I want to talk about the value of your data.

13 Stats that should concern you about Cyber Security awareness.
May 29, 2017

The Pew Research Center, located in Washington D.C., is an organization that studies many issues facing Americans to provide information that informs us on topics such as politics, policy, Internet, science, technology, religion, and more. Recently they released a report titled: “What the public knows about cyber security.”

Small Business Software Tips
May 19, 2017

Learn about the software ACS uses to run its business!

So, you’re thinking of managing your own network security.
May 16, 2017

Many business owners wear more hats than can usually be considered safe. They are often managers, supervisors, trainers, accountants, bookkeepers, maintenance, drivers, and all too often IT support. There’s an old adage that goes: “he who is a Jack of all trades is a master of none” and that holds especially true in the IT support and security world.

Does Your Network Security Provide Peace of Mind?
April 7, 2017

Data breach continues to be a major topic of concern for business owners in all industries.  In 2016 the number of reported data breaches grew from about 600 million to a startling 4 billion according to IBM Security’s X-Force Threat Intelligence Index.  This is more than the total number of breaches from the previous two years.

The quest to find the businesses who need me
September 13, 2016

I look at sales as a process by which I try my hardest to communicate with people who need my services. I'm not really selling anything other than a way to fix someone's problem. With that said, it's a real challenge to get before everyone when they need you. That's why I'm working really hard at getting better at putting my business in front of the right people, at the right time.

Ransomware!!! Run for the hills! (not really, but you should concern yourself about this.)
September 6, 2016

Having your business data, all of your business data, become worthless over night is a real problem. Ransomware does just that. This problem however is becoming more of a problem. The BBC reports "'Alarming' rise in ransoware tracked".


Security and your smart device
July 5, 2016

Often I get asked, “I use my phone/tablet/smart device to do much of my banking, can’t I just do that?” To which I respond, “If you are using an apple product.” 

Ransomware is a constant threat
May 27, 2016

Ransomware is a real threat to both businesses and consumers.

Why do we recommend managed security for everyone?
May 26, 2016

I can hear you saying it "I only check my email, do some banking and read the New York Times, the free virus protection I have on my computer should work just fine!" I'm here to tell you, YOUR WRONG.

Essentials for Working from Mobile Devices
April 16, 2015


While working with a mobile device means you can get work done from anywhere, there is always a little set up that needs to be done to be able to do that.   Here are 5 tips for being able to work from your mobile device.

Social Media Shares - Best of 2014 For Medical Practices
October 28, 2014

We have found some awesome articles about how technology can help improve your medical practice.  Did you know we share the best articles about your business and technology on social media every day?   Check out the awesome that we've shared so far this year!

Social Media Shares - Best of 2014 for Small Businesses
October 23, 2014

I realized that it had been so long since I told you about some of the awesome business articles that we share on social media, that I decided to break it up.  These articles are great for all businesses, big or small, no matter WHAT you do.   Check them out below!

Social Media Shares - Best of 2014 for Law Firms
October 16, 2014

Did you know that we find the best information about running your law firm share them on social media?   Think of it as your own personal super efficient MBA taylored to your business :).

3 Reasons You Should Do a Computer Audit
September 29, 2014

Everyone has a computer at their business.  It's nearly impossible to work without one!   Do you know what is on your computers?  Are you sure?  Here are three reasons to do an audit on all of the computers at your business.

Best of November - Social Media
December 12, 2013

Do you follow us on social media?   If not, you are missing some great articles from all over the web that will help you with technology and running your business.

October 23, 2013

In my most recent newsletter from David Allen at Getting Things Done, I noticed that they releas

What Does Free REALLY Cost?
October 11, 2013

The other day, I read an article on FutureLawyer that I read to see if it was worth sharing -- The Frugal Lawyer- Free Software That You Can Use.   In it, he links to an article in PC World article listing free software for everything from malware & antivirus to recording software.  

Getting Back to Getting Things Done (GTD)
September 25, 2013

So you've been on vacation. Or maternity leave (ahem). Or maybe just out sick for a few days without notice. You've been accustomed to having a mind like water and now that you are back to work, you are in over your head -- pun intended. So how do you get back to getting things done?  

15 of the Most Used Tech Tools by Entrepreneurs
September 6, 2013

I recently found this great infographic on 15 of the most used tech tools by Entrepreneurs covering Sales, Technology,  Marketing, Accounting, and legal.   

4 Ways to Set Up GTD
August 29, 2013

There are several different ways to set up a GTD system that works for you.  Since the whole premise behind GTD is that its a very fluid and very personal system, there are almost infinaite possibilities.

Opening A New Office - Software in the Cloud
July 16, 2013

When opening a new office, it seems obvious that you need software.  But, do you really?   Do you really need to go to Staples and buy a bunch of CD's to install on your machine?   How will you keep track of all th0se CD's and license codes?   And what if you are not at the office? 

Opening A New Office - Postage & Faxes
June 25, 2013

Of all the things that are considered when setting up a new office, postage and faxing are probably near the bottom of the list of things to think about.  So why am I mentioning it?   Well, there are more efficient and technology-based ways to handle all both of these common tasks.

Opening A New Office - Computers & Mobile Devices
May 9, 2013

Among the least forgotten items to consider when opening a new office, are computers and mobile devices.   While they are the easiest to remember because they are used daily, it is a component that is often overlooked as to its importance.   Buying a new computer is not as easy as running down to the nearest big box store and picking one off the shelf.  

Opening Your New Office - Your Minimum Online Presence - Web & Email Hosting
April 23, 2013

Whenever you are opening a new office or business, it is essential that you remember to include your online presence when planning your business needs.   The two most important pieces of your online presence are a website and email account. 

Great Articles We've Shared on Twitter & Facebook - February & March 2013
April 4, 2013

Every week, we share the best articles around the web that relate to your small business, legal technology and cloud computing on Twitter and Facebook.   In February & March, these were your favorites: 

Opening Your New Office - Phone, Internet & Security Systems
March 19, 2013

Over the years, we have opened a new office multiple times and there are always three things that get lined up first - our internet service, our phone service and a security system.   We truly cannot function without the first two and the last is another step in securing our data.

Technology for Lawyers - 2013 Conferences
March 5, 2013

We have been looking into several legal conferences that center around technology and running your business better. 

Small Business & The Cloud
February 26, 2013

I found this gorgeous infographic from Microsoft Office365 & Jess3 about small business and cloud computing.

Top Business Technologies of 2012
January 3, 2013

 The past year has been quite a year for technology and it's no surprise.   Technology permeates nearly aspect of our lives -- and our businesses! 

Opening a New Office - What Do You REALLY Want?
December 5, 2012

One of the great things about opening a new office is the ability to start from scratch.   You are no longer limited by the way things have always been done!    Here are some things to consider when researching your technology needs for your new office.

How Can Cloud Computing Improve YOUR Business?
October 10, 2012

I read a great article on Five Ways Cloud Computing Can Speed Up Your Projects last week and it got me thinking...

The trouble with Email Newsletters
May 14, 2012

As a person who has fought spam for his entire adult life, I really have trouble creating email news letters. Its not that it is actually spam, it really isn't. It just doesn't feel right putting more email into peoples in-boxes without having a REALLY good reason. 

Grit and Success
May 7, 2012

I found this article and the enclosed video to be very fascinating. The people who get stuff done, who do great things are a treasure for our society. Learning about the traits that make people accomplish great things is extremely important for societies further growth.