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Employers Beware: Identity Theft and W-2 Scam Alert or Phishing

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Jan 4, 2019

The 2019 tax season is quickly approaching and with it an increase in identity theft and W-2 scams. Small business identity theft is big business for identity thieves. Just like individuals, businesses may have their identities stolen, and their sensitive information used to open credit card accounts or used to file fraudulent tax returns for bogus refunds.

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Topics: Small Business Ideas, Small Business Accounting, Taxes in Oregon, Taxes, Cyber Security Awareness

Handling Fraud with QuickBooks Desktop  | Cyber Security

Posted by Lester San Jose on Oct 9, 2018

Whether your accounting tasks are done on a single PC or you have multiple users working on different screens, it's critical you make use of all that QuickBooks offers in terms of internal controls to tighten data security.

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Topics: QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Desktop, Cyber Security Awareness, QuickBooks Reporting, QuickBooks Company File, Small Business Ideas

What are Account Security and MFA Best Practices?

Posted by Lester San Jose on Jul 23, 2018

One of the many challenges businesses need to stay ahead of is cyber security. Many service providers and their products have added stricter requirements during the account creation and product acquisition stages. However, there are still service providers not having adapted their requirements to growing trends in Internet Security.

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Topics: Cyber Security Awareness, Small Business Ideas, QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Company File, QuickBooks Settings, New QuickBooks Features

How to Keep Your QuickBooks Data Safe

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Jun 5, 2017

You work hard to make sure your QuickBooks data is accurate. Make sure it’s safe, too.

Your QuickBooks company file contains some of the most sensitive information on your computer. You may have your customers’ credit card numbers and employees’ Social Security numbers saved inside. An intruder who captured all that data could create tremendous problems for you and a lot of other people.

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Topics: QuickBooks Upgrades, Small Business Ideas, QuickBooks Company File, QuickBooks Desktop, Customer Relationship Management, Vendor Management, Payroll Setup, Cyber Security Awareness, Cloud Hosting

Beware: Change Request Phishing Scam | QuickBooks Support

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Jan 27, 2017

A few customers have recently reported receiving suspicious and unexpected emails appearing to be from Intuit’s QuickBooks Support.  Specifically, the subject line has read, “QuickBooks Support: Change Request” or “Important Notification”.  We encourage you to call us at (888) 232-4758 to discuss your QuickBooks account if you receive any email or phone call that seems suspicious or you think could be an attempt to gain access to your QuickBooks account.

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Topics: QuickBooks Software, Cyber Security Awareness, Customer Relationship Management, Small Business Ideas

Into the Cloud: A QuickBooks for Mac Case Study

Posted by Kelli on Oct 1, 2014

How one organization was able to successfully move from an older version of QuickBooks for Mac to QuickBooks Online


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Topics: QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Mac, QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Reconciliation, Cyber Security Awareness, QuickBooks Company File, QuickBooks Reporting

ebs Associates Helps Clients Move QuickBooks To The Cloud

Posted by Kelli on Jul 17, 2014

One of the common things you hear about desktop versions of QuickBooks (Pro, Premier & Enterprise) is that people wish it was cloud-based. From Amazon Customer Reviews to PC Magazine Editorials, the common desire to be able to access the software online can be heard. The fact is, with the use of a hosting provider, QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Enterprise can in fact be accessed and used in the cloud.

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Topics: QuickBooks Warehouse Inventory Management, QuickBooks Software, Cyber Security Awareness, Cloud Hosting, Fishbowl Inventory Management, QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions, QuickBooks Company File, Avalara

Zeus Malware Continues Putting Financial Information At Risk

Posted by Kelli on Jul 14, 2014

When the Zeus (or "Zbot") source code was made public back in 2011, we began seeing variations of the malware pop up across the internet. With the ability to easily adjust and alter the program to remain undetected for longer and longer periods of time, cyber criminal groups are able to continue teaching this old dog nasty new tricks. The latest of these tricks is a combining of Zeus with another Trojan called Carberp, to form what is known as the "Zberp Trojan". And it is currently targeting banks, financial institutions and businesses all over.

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Topics: Cyber Security Awareness, Small Business Ideas



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