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3 Rules of Thumb to consider when looking at new Internet Service

March 10, 2017

We have been in the IT space for over 27 years and have worked or "dealt" with just about any ISP. Throughout these years there are always a few pieces of the puzzle that the ISP leaves out of the order or gets lost in the provisioning of service or the install. Here's a quick list to consider prior to ordering or installing Internet Service from a new provider.

1. If have or plan to use a network firewall, please request to the ISP prior to install that you want a static IP and the modem needs to be setup in Passthrough or Bridge mode. This will ensure that all traffic is passing directly though the ISP's modem to your network firewall or wireless router. It will also ensure that any rules that are currently setup in your firewall and/or router will not be blocked by the ISP's modem.

2. If you have a local exchange server/mail server you will need to request a reverse DNS record or PTR (Point To Record) for your mail. address for the new Static IP address the ISP is issuing for your new interne service. This will ensure that your mail doesn't end up on a blacklist or greylist.

3. Ensure your IT support contact or company is listed on the ISP account as a technical contact. This will ensure that any communications for the new service are received by your IT support. Any changes needed prior to the delivery of your new internet service can be caught ahead of time to ensure a smooth day of install and transition. This will also allow for quicker response time from the ISP to your IT support and vice versa in the event of an outage or interruption after the installation. Read More »

Top 5 Best Practices to Prevent against Ransomware

March 06, 2017


  1. Current Anti-virus with Advanced Threat Protection & Web-Filtering

    • It is not enough to just have anti-virus running on your machines. Please ensure the AV is regularly getting Virus definition updates for known viruses as well as Advanced Heuristics to look for odd software coding and/or unknown variants of previous virus signatures known as “zero-day” malware. This can also be referred to as Advanced Threat Protection or APT blocker.





  1. A Business-Grade Firewall with Unified Threat Management

    • Home Wireless routers are seen far too often in today’s SMB environments are an easy gateway to pass through for Ransomware as well as various other malware and viruses. A true business-grade firewall should have the following services available to help prevent against malware, ransomware, and viruses: Anti-virus Gateway, Intrusion Prevention, Application Control, Web Reputation, WebBlocker, SpamBlocker, Network Discovery, Data Loss Prevention, and/or Advanced Threat Protection.





  1. Current Microsoft and 3rd party software patching policies

    • Regular Operating System updates and commonly used application updates are part of a best practices effort to shore-up known vulnerabilities.





  1. Spam Filtering Service for any email

    • One of the main entry points for ransomware is via email. Most Spam filtering services contain variations of Anti-virus that will quarantine known anomalies and ensure that the known variants don’t make it to your user’s inboxes.





  1. Hybrid Data Backup Solution

    • Ensure you have a local and cloud data backup of your whole system and not just the necessary files. There are many products in the market that perform a local and cloud backup.




5*. Ongoing Cyber training for employees.

  • Ensure your employees are aware of certain threats that may be prevalent and what to look for before clicking on an email attachment or a mysterious link.


For any questions or IT needs please don’t hesitate to reach out to:


Brian Gorenflo @ 614-568-2109 or bgorenflo@accu.comRead More »

Dynamics SL is the Best Accounting System for Cloud or On Premise

December 17, 2015

This is a bold statement, I know, but let me tell you why. I have been in the financial systems business for over 30 years, I have worked intimately with over 500 businesses to translate their business processes and goals into financial and operational systems to manage their businesses. I have implemented Peachtree, Quickbooks, Dynamics SL, Dynamics GP, Dynamics CRM, Goldmine, Deltek and Acumatica. I have also evaluated the shortcomings of the systems my company replaced and we have replaced almost every financial system you can name, from small and homegrown to Oracle and IBM mainframe systems. I know the pros and cons.
Let’s start with new generation web or cloud based financial systems. The most dangerous word in that last statement is “new”. New has the benefit of new technology and is not bound by thousands of lines of old code, so if designed and written well, it should be able to avoid design limitations that hold back older financials systems and deliver some new exciting features and a friendly user experience. In my mind, a financial system is “new” until ten years after they have a complete product line that includes financials, distribution and project management. It takes that long for applications to mature and get deep market support and experience.
The downside of “new” is what I call the “dumb blonde” rule. These new systems often look pretty, but they are not very deep. Sure, they produce financials, can write checks and create invoices while you are using it from your cell phone, but they do not handle the odd issues that all businesses have. It will be 10% of the issues that keep your people doing manual/spreadsheet work to handle the exceptions. It could be special billing rules, government contract rules, compliance, price checks, audit control, special allocations, intercompany rollups, commissions, vendor rebates, investor equity rules, credit card purchases, employee incentives, and the list goes on. All businesses have these special needs and only a financial system that has been around for 30 years has solved most of them. The new systems will say, “We can program that feature!” And they can, but the cost of programming a one off change for your business is far more expensive that having that feature standard or as an off the shelf add on that typically costs $595 to $2595. It is hard to get a programmer, or more likely a development company, excited about doing a customization for $2595. Development firms like to think in 10, 25, and 50k increments.
The other downside of “new” is frequent updates, new releases and bugs. Because they are new, they are improving, learning, fixing and changing their system. Each of those changes, which come frequently, impacts your business with new bugs, new process changes, and downtime. To put salt in the wound, their new changes may break the customization that you purchased to solve a 10% issue that I mentioned above.
Finally, another downside of “new” is experience implementing and solving your business’s special needs the first time. Since the package is new, most of the experience, tricks and tools are being created the first time, and on your nickel. The consultants can be very skilled but you cannot compare the experience of implementing a couple of “new” systems with the experience of a consultant who has implemented a hundred or more. You cannot compare the customer base of a new system with 500 or 1000 businesses to a time tested system like SL with 10’s of thousands of businesses. The pool of knowledge, resources, consultants, trained employees, tools, utilities, integrations, and add ons for Dynamics SL dwarfs a new web based financial system.
Dynamics SL has several structural advantages that other legacy systems do not share and some new technology that puts it on par with the “new” web based systems that have come onto the market in the last five years.
The first core structural advantage of Dynamics SL is that is has used Microsoft SQL as the database for decades. Microsoft SQL has grown into a powerhouse, low maintenance database system that supports the business world and is used by all the fortune 500 businesses.
Second, Dynamics SL was rewritten from the ground up for Windows in 1993 and unified with one programming language in the early 2000’s with .Net. Although SL has been around a long time, it has been rebuilt with today’s technology and does not have any legacy code to hold it back like many other financial systems do.
Third, Dynamics SL has had web based, time and expense and project management apps called Business Portal for over a decade. In just the last two years, it has replaced the old Business Portal apps with .Net and HTML apps that support all browsers, smart phones and even Macs. Microsoft has expanded the web based apps from six to over forty five, with the goal of web enabling all SL features in the next four years. SL is even available on a subscription basis of $95 per user, per month, if you would like to buy it that way.
SL is not for everyone, but if you do not consider it, you would be making a big mistake. SL is feature rich, backed by Microsoft, integrates out of the box with many Microsoft products and other industry software solutions, has a rich library of add ons, and has web access for all the common uses. Dynamics SL has a powerful database, large customer base, experienced implementation teams, web services and can be purchased on site or hosted as a cloud solution.
If you are considering upgrading or making changes to your current system, we have a discovery process that can quickly point to whether SL is a good match for your business. Make a free call to Michael Milligan 614-568-2119, I am more than happy to talk financial systems and process improvement.
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ACA compliance reporting required with 1099s!

December 14, 2015

ACA (Obamacare) or Affordable Care Act compliance reporting may surprise you on January 31, 2016. Government reporting is required on healthcare benefits and employee hours at the same time your 1099s are due out.
ACA reporting looks at W2 employees for work any time during the year, whether part time or full time. So the 50 employee reporting limit is easier to hit than you might think.
AccuNet has partnered with Integrity Data (web based, subscription software) and Plumbline Solutions (an SL add on) to enable ACA compliance reporting. Both software options, work with SL Payroll, ADP, Paychex and other payroll services. Contact mmilligan@accu.com today to get information about these options and your potential liability.
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The Rocky Road from FRX to MR…

December 14, 2015

Microsoft has replaced FRx with Management Reporter or MR for short, in all their ERP systems; AX, SL, GP and NAV. FRx has been around for decades, is generally reliable, but could crash, pop up odd connection errors, and depending on the number of trees and complex accounts, could be slow.
Microsoft MR promised to be better integrated with the SQL backend of the financial system, faster, include an FRx conversion utility and to quickly surpass the features of FRx. So far, MR results have been mixed but are improving. Initial users have generally experienced slower performance compared to FRx, and the conversion utility for FRx to MR has been only partially successful. However, Microsoft has committed to - and is delivering - a steady flow of releases containing patches and performance improvements.
There are positives in this story however that are making MR the best option for many of our Dynamics SL customers. First, it is included with SL at no charge and will be enhanced and integrated with future features that Microsoft releases. Additionally, if you have complex trees, MR’s data warehouse is faster than FRx when generating reports. Finally, MR offers a web link publishing feature and includes the ability to detect and warn if you have gaps in your accounts preventing errors in your financial reports.
Here is a pro and con comparison from one of our consultants, Beck Kukis:

So what should your business do when it comes time to upgrade to MR from FRx?

For the smaller segment of our Dynamics SL customers, Management Reporter has one requirement that may be an issue. MR requires a domain, it expects you to be on a network. If you are a single workstation installation, then you have two options, you can elect to host your ERP system in the Cloud to provide the domain environment, or you can replace MR with an Excel based report writer. These include solutions such as JET, Power Pivot, F9, BI 360, Full Circle Budget and others.
If, like most of our customers, you are already on a network or are in the Cloud, then you should weigh the cost and benefits of the MR upgrade compared to starting fresh with an Excel based report writer. I generally ask if you consider yourself an Excel power user. If so, you will like the Excel report writers. If not, then MR maybe a safer bet and offers the more economical long term solution.
If you want to do more than just financial reporting, then the Excel based systems start to look better, F9, BI 360 and Full Circle Budget come with enhanced budgeting features. If you want to get into more business intelligence, combining data from CRM, HR, operations systems and other disparate systems, then BI360 checks all the boxes, but you pay extra for those features.
I see MR going through the typical Microsoft product release process. The first MR release, with SL 2011, had lots of promise but also a few bugs and performance problems. The second release that works with SL 2015, contains fixes, a data mart for performance and additional features making it a better solution for most SL customers. There have also been several additional MR releases independent of the SL releases. Based on prior Microsoft products, MR will continue to get better and a couple of years down the road, will be the dominant, market leading solution. The question is, can you handle the bumps in the road until the product feels like a freshly paved expressway?
Each business has unique needs, on top of the day to day work we all do. Call or drop me a note and we can discuss the options that best fit your business. mmilligan@accu.com 614-568-2119
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Dynamics SL Payroll and 1099 updates… coming soon!

December 14, 2015

Payroll and 1099 updates are scheduled to be released the week of 12/21/2015. Since W2s and 1099s are not due until the end of January, you do have some time to apply these updates. Like last year, we are focusing all the year-end updates through one person, Michael Coman so he gets very good at the task. If you would like to schedule Michael Coman to apply the updates for you or to give you instructions on how to download the files, call or e-mail Michael at 614-568-2108 or mcoman@accu.com.
Here are the major changes on 1099s and W2s this year:
Changes
These year-end updates include the following changes.
Accounts Payable 1099s
• 1099-MISC Form Changes
– FATCA filing requirement – Foreign tax paid is no longer used to report foreign tax paid on payments. The form layout remains the same. However, Box 11 is now dimmed and no longer used.
• Filing 1099 Forms: You can file 1099 forms electronically or on paper. For more information, see “Filing Information Returns Electronically (FIRE)” on page 15.
• 1099 Electronic File Changes
– Payer “B” Record Changes:
o Box FATCA filing Requirement – Added field position 548. 1 if checked, space if not checked.
Payroll W-2s
• No changes were required for the layout of the W-2 form or the W-3 form.
• Filing W-2 Forms: You can file W-2 forms electronically or on paper. For more information about filing electronically, see “Business Services Online (BSO)” on page 15.
• W-2 Electronic File Changes
– RA Submitter Record Changes:
o Location Address in positions 274 – 295 is no longer a required entry field

If you have any questions on Dynamics SL, AccuNet, integrations, or process improvements, please contact Michael Milligan, 614-568-2119 or mmilligan@accu.com.

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AccuNet Office 365 Trial

June 30, 2015

You can now launch an Office 365 Trial from AccuNet's site. Read More »

Microsoft bumps up security on IE after it earns title of “most exploited browser”

August 11, 2014

Last month, International Business Times reported that a study from Bromium Labs found that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the web browser most often targeted by attackers during the first half of this year – which really comes as no surprise.

After all, versions 8-11 of Internet Explorer, taken together, make up 53.66 percent of the web browser market, according to the July statistics from NetMarketShare.com. That doesn’t even count the 3.52% of people who are still using IE 6.0 despite the fact that even Microsoft itself has told users to stop using it.

More troubling is the stat showing more than twice as many discovered vulnerabilities in IE when compared to Chrome and Firefox. Of course this makes sense when you think about it; if more people are focusing on looking for vulnerabilities in IE so they can attack it, more will be found. Either way, it’s not good news for Microsoft.

The company is well aware of this and has incorporated many new security mechanisms into each subsequent release of the browser. It also regularly releases security updates to patch the vulnerabilities that come to light. This month’s Patch Tuesday is expected to bring us more than just patches; Microsoft is actually adding a new security feature to Internet Explorer. It’s called Out-of-date ActiveX Control Blocking.

ActiveX was developed by Microsoft way back in the 1990s to display animations and other enhanced content through the installation of small programs (controls). Some web sites require that you install certain controls to display their content properly. Many ActiveX controls are created by third parties. The problem is that since these are executable programs, attackers can create malicious controls or exploit vulnerabilities in existing controls.

Even legitimate ActiveX controls can have security flaws like any other software. That means they need to be updated regularly like other software – but many ActiveX controls are outdated. That’s where this new feature, Out-of-date ActiveX Control Blocking, comes in. When a page tries to load an ActiveX control in IE 8 through 11 running on Windows 7 SP1 and later operating systems, the feature will notify you if the control is outdated and let you update the control. Meanwhile you can still use the parts of the web page that don’t use the outdated control.

For consumers, the new feature doesn’t take away your ability to override and run the control as is if you want to. When you get the notice that the control was blocked, you’ll have two options: you can update the control at this time, or you can run it this one time. If you select update (which you should generally do unless you have some good reason not to), you’ll be taken to the control’s web site where you can download the latest version. In a business environment, IT pros will be able to configure the feature to always block outdated controls and not allow users to run them.

This new feature will be configured through four new Group Policy settings. These include:

Turn on ActiveX control logging in Internet Explorer
Remove “Run this time” button for outdated ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer
Turn off blocking of outdated ActiveX controls for Internet Explorer on specific domains
Turn off blocking of outdated ActiveX controls for Internet Explorer (turns the feature off completely).
Because exploits of controls represent a large percentage of the exploits that are detected, this new feature should be an important step in making Internet Explorer a more secure browser. You can read more about the new feature in the IE blog on the MSDN web site.

Update: “The feature and related Group Policies will still be available on August 12, but no out-of-date ActiveX controls will be blocked until Tuesday, September 9.” Read More »

Year End Processing For Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011

January 13, 2014

1. Apply year end updates from Microsoft. You can get this from Microsoft Customer Source.


- This upload will include and current year reports or resolutions that Microsoft has made, including changes to 1099 or W2 form changes.

2. Payroll calculations and W-2 printing.


- Verify all batches have been posted.
- Go to the W2 calculations page (02.510.00)
- Select calendar year and pay groups to process.
You can use plain paper to print the w-2’s to verify spacing
W-2 history can be used to verify the employees receiving w-2s.
Use this time to verify wages and deductions.
You can use initialize mode to correct wages in employee history.
- Printing w-2’s using copy A (IRS required), or copy b formats. SL will also support 4 up printing of w-2s.
- The Magnetic Media screen will generate the media needed to send to the IRS. The screen will ask you for the information the IRS provided you, i.e. Transmitter PIN number, company Identification number and your contact person.
These fields can be changed on the Company Maintenance screen.
File formats can be checked by using the free AccuWage Program.
Follow the instructions provided by IRS and SSA to submit your forms.

3. Payroll Closing REMEMBER PAYROLL CANNOT BE RUN IN 2014 UNTIL YOU HAVE CLOSED PAYROLL FOR 2013.


- December period will always be closed on the GL Module Closing Screen using the closing type YEAR.
- Closing will cycle Payroll to calendar year 2014 and create new deductions history records.

4. Closing Project Controller.


- Controller must be closed at the end of a fiscal period. Use Year End on screen PA.CLO.00.
Verify that all sub modules have been posted to projects.
Accounting module is closed for additional entries.
All project batches are posted.
Review project maintenance records for open projects.
Verify Balance Forward and Year End options are appropriate.
Timecards have been reviewed and warning messages have been addresses.
- In the Project Controller Module, review the Fiscal Period Maintenance to verify fiscal periods for the next year.
- In the Time and Expense Module, review Week Maintenance to set up the Week Ending dates for the New Year.

5. 1099 Processing.


- In Accounts Payable go to the Reports and run 1099 forms report. You can use the Preview to review forms and verify amounts. Preview shows all 1099 vendors regardless of limits. Forms will only print vendors over the limits.
- Only two years of 1099s can be open at any one time. After printing the 2012 1099s you will purge the prior year (2012) 1099s. The prior year stays open to allow you void checks in the prior period, once you purge 2012, you will no longer be able to void checks written in 2012.
- Use the options tab on the 1099 forms tab if 2013 is not the current year.
- 1099 Calendar Year Control is where you will purge the prior year’s 1099s. THIS IS CONTROL FORM ONLY PRESS BEGIN PROCESSING ONE TIME, THERE WILL BE A FEW SECONDS BEFORE THE SCREEN UPDATES. If you accidently push the Begin Processing button more than once, you will lose the current year’s (2013) records. Call AccuNet to help you recover them.
- 1099 Editing. If you need to edit 1099s you need Initialize Access Rights to the Vendor Maintenance screen. Updates can be made to the necessary box on this screen.
- 1099 Magnetic Media. This is done in the Generate 1099 Electronic File screen. You are able to generate two years of Data, 2012 and 2013. Verify you generating the correct year.
You will need the required PIN and contact information to generate the media.
Control codes will be sent by the IRS
Changes to this information will be made on the Company Maintenance screen.
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Introducing Michael Mattox!

March 29, 2013

Michael Mattox joined our team in mid 2012 as a Network IT Consultant. Michael spent 10 years in the US Army as a Systems Administrator and Production Control specialist stationed in Germany for much of that time. Read More »

Congratulations Brian!

March 19, 2013

As many of you know by now, Brian Gorenflo is now the Network Services Manager for AccuNet. Brian has spent over 12 years in the technology sector meeting with Small & Mid-Sized Businesses to solve technology issues. Read More »

What to Do After You’ve Been Hacked

March 14, 2013

Evernote became the latest member of the “we’ve been hacked” club. And the thing is, what was once a pretty exclusive club now lets just about everyone in these days. I’m a member too. Read More »

Is Your Patient Data Protected?

March 08, 2013

One of the most import issues we see in dental office computer technology relates to virus attacks. They happen when the employee or doctor innocently clicks on a friends email link. Read More »

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