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Strong Passwords are an Easy Start towards a Strong Cyber Security Footing

Your cyber security is more in your control than you think. I’ve seen too many people simply get overwhelmed by the words “cyber security” that it ends up paralyzing them to the point that nothing’s done about it.  So, to get you going, and as is ...

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Really, Really...

So it happened. The dreaded "aha" moment for one of our clients who didn't jump when we said jump and now they're paying for it. We've been working with this client for what seems like forever trying to get them to act on the needed server ...

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Cyber Security is All About Who You Know!

Every year we look back and say last year was the biggest year in cyber security breaches ever!  And now this year looks to be no different.  The media continues to report the fallout from breaches for months.  They’re so prevalent that the names ...

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Warning: 7ev3n is the Latest Ransomware

7ev3n Ransomware is the latest computer infection running amuk. After it enters your system, it immediately prevents good programs from running, kills the main process explorer.exe, and locks the screen. No different from any previous ransomware, ...

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Good vs. Evil

In one of our early training classes here at FPA, we have a section called "Good vs. Evil".  In it we explore some of the more blatant differences between how we operate (Good) vs. how many of our competitors operate (Evil).  Things like - "being on ...

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5 Ways to Leverage Microsoft OneNote to Organize Your Life

After Outlook, Microsoft OneNote is the MVP of software applications.  I don’t simply mean that it’s second to Outlook in usage (although it certainly is for me), by this I do mean that it’s the Most Valuable Platform. And without a doubt, I’d have ...

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Apples and Oranges: Trusted Advisor vs. Salesman

I've been noticing a trend lately that, at its core, can really be reduced down to why we do what we do. Unfortunately, it seems that not everyone in our industry is about being a true Trusted Advisor. To our advantage, we're "stuck" competing in ...

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5 Ways LA CPAs Should Prepare Their IT for Tax Season

As Tax Season approaches, every Certified Public Accountant (CPA), including those based in Los Angeles, should be drawing up their to-do-lists. And at the top of this list should be reviewing and solidifying their computer hardware and software as ...

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Is Your Data in the Cloud Really Yours?

As more and more companies look to the cloud to store their information, the era of being able to mindlessly click “OK” or “Agree” on the terms of usage may be over. When your information is stored on your network, you (or one of your IT minions) ...

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Security Updates Stopping for IE

After today (January 12, 2016), Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer (anything below IE 11). Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping ...

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IT Factors for Los Angeles CPAs to Consider When Moving

Whether your Los Angeles CPA firm is moving to a new floor in your building (like we did) or across town, the key to making the move a success is investing significant amount of time ahead of time into careful planning. One of the first steps in the ...

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