TOPThe Mendelson Solutions Digest
Technology News YOU CAN USE! November 2009
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QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
From the desk of...
IT Corner
QuickBooks Solutions

QuickBooks Tip

Did you know that QuickBooks 2010 allows you to store receipts, contracts, loan documents, agreements and any other paper document electronically.  Additionally, these documents can be attached to customers, vendors, transactions, accounts and other locations within QuickBooks.  This feature is called QuickBooks Document Management.


> Mario Nowogrodzki to speak at these UPCOMING EVENTS:

 - The Sleeter Group's Next Generation Accounting Solutions Conference - Orlando, FL; Nov 9-12, 2009
- Alpha Kappa Psi Fall Seminar, Nov 13, 2009 (Hollywood, FL)

- 2010 What's New from QuickBooks seminar - Ft Lauderdale, FL; Nov 17, 2009 (click here to register...)
Quotable Quotes

Don't be a blueprint.   Be an original.
-Roy Acuff 

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing. 
 -Emo Philips
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins:  cash and experience.  Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
 -Harold S. Geneen
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Mario Nowogrodzki to present at The Sleeter Group's "Next Generation Accounting Solutions Conference"

November 2009 - Orlando, FL:
Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA/CITP to facilitate several sessions at this year's national conference of Accounting Software Consultants.  Topics to be covered include:
- Successful Remote Consulting Services
- How to Select the Right IT Consultant for Your Firm and Your Clients (joint session with Randy Johnston)

Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA/CITP
From the Desk of...
Founder and Principal

Individuals and small businesses face the same online threats as large corporations. Whenever you or someone in your entity is online, you and your organization are exposed to security threats. By implementing these recommended practices, you can help protect your information.

1 - Use antivirus software on all computers and servers. There are numerous vendors out there, but the most important thing is to maintain a current subscription for antivirus updates.
2 - Keep current with operating system and software updates. Windows software can be set for automatic updates, so be sure to enable this feature. This also goes for the above-mentioned antivirus software; maintain it on automatic updates.
3 - Use email responsibly. Never open attachments from unknown senders. Clicking on unknown links or opening unexpected attachments are sure causes of bad things, including viruses and phishing email. Be smart when handling unknown email. The ultimate responsibility is yours.
4 - Create "strong" passwords. The best passwords contain at least seven characters and one of each of the following: upper and lowercase characters, numbers, and special characters (such as %, $, #, etc). Bottom line, make up a password that does not mean anything -- so do not use any person's name or dates as passwords. Passwords are like toothbrushes... they're best when fresh and should not be shared.
5 - Back up important data regularly and store extra copies offsite. This is so important that I will dedicate an entire article to this topic in a coming newsletter.
6 - Secure wireless connections. Whether you use wireless connectivity at home or work, the wireless access point or router must be protected. This is a common area of susceptibility and weakness that allows strangers to roam freely into your wireless equipment just by being in the vicinity. This is a very typical weakness where we find a lot of people needing help. And luckily it is usually a very simple setting that can protect you.

By adhering to these half-dozen steps, you decrease your chances of being affected by the common security risks-malicious code (viruses, worms), hackers (privacy violations, software vulnerabilities, phishing), or time wasters (spam, spyware/adware, popup ads).  If everyone would practice safe computing by adhering to these simple rules, the just-mentioned risks would be greatly diminished or eliminated.  It's simple and inexpensive to be safe -- it's extremely costly and dangerous not to be so.

Safe computing everyone!
IT Corner:  New Malware Alert
In an effort to keep your systems safe, we are passing on information that you may find helpful in combating destructive malware and computer viruses.  Recently, you may have received emails such as referenced below.  Please be aware that clicking on any attachments or links within these emails may potentially cause damage to your systems or cause a security breach.
1.  The Facebook Scam - An email disguised as a message from Facebook prompting you to click a link and change your account information. Delete immediately. Facebook will never send you an email requesting a change in account username and password unless you request a change first. The email will resemble the one below:
Dear Facebook user,

In an effort to make your online experience safer and more enjoyable, Facebook will be implementing a new login system that will affect all Facebook users. These changes will offer new features and increased account security.
Before you are able to use the new login system, you will be required to update your account.
Click here to update your account online now.
If you have any questions, reference our New User Guide.
The Facebook Team 
2.  IRS, UPS, or Microsoft Support Scam - If you receive an email from IRS, UPS or Microsoft Support, just delete the message. Do not click on the link or open the attachment.

The email can have the following subject lines: "A new setting file for the your e-mail mailbox", "Notice of Underreported Income", "Install Update for Microsoft Outlook" or "Install Critical Update for Microsoft Outlook", or any other mention of IRS, UPS or Microsoft and purports to come from the "Internal Revenue Service", "United Parcel Service", "Microsoft Customer Support" or "Microsoft Official Update Center." The links / attachments are not from the IRS, UPS or Microsoft, but rather malware. These entities never distribute updates or ask information via email.

Now more than ever, it is imperative to abide by the rule of DO NOT OPEN ANY UNKNOWN EMAIL ATTACHMENTS OR CLICK ON ANY SUCH LINKS. As with any suspicious e-mail, it is better to err on the safe side and not open or click on something that you are not certain of. Play it safe, do not click on any link or email attachment that looks suspicious. 

Founded in 1992, Mendelson Consulting specializes in QuickBooks Solutions and Information Technology consulting services.  In 2008, Mendelson Consulting was recognized with two prestigious distinctions awarded by Accounting Technology magazine: 'Killer VAR', acknowledging our commitment and character as a value-added-reselling (VAR) organization, and 'Technology Pacesetter', recognizing our reputation among peers and participation on advisory boards and speaker panels at industry events.

We were the first charter member of the Intuit Solutions Provider Program.  Mario Nowogrodzki currently serves on the Intuit Solutions Provider Program Advisory Council--the only consultant in the nation to serve since program inception, for three consecutive terms.