Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

Ian Marlow HeadshotBy Ian M. Marlow
August 1, 2016

Everyone uses a mobile phone or a tablet these days. You see it everywhere—people using their mobile devices while walking down the street, eating in a fancy restaurant, even in an important work meeting. In fact, studies show that mobile usage accounts for about 65 percent of digital media time.

Google has changed their algorithm, meaning that if your site isn’t mobile friendly, it may leave you off of searches. That means when people are searching for what you do, if they can’t see your site clearly on their mobile devices, they won’t see you at all.

What’s the difference? Why doesn’t your site display the same way on a mobile device as a desktop?
Many of the common reasons why a website isn’t mobile-friendly is because:

  • The content is too wide: This means that users need to scroll side-to-side to read the page.
  • The text too small: Readers will have to zoom in to see the content, and then move around too much to read from line to line. They won’t want to be bothered to do all that.
  • The links too close together: If your links are too close together, they will be too hard to tap on. Again, readers won’t bother. They will go to another site.

So how can you check this out?

Enter your website’s URL into Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test and it will let you know if your site meets the requirements of a mobile friendly site. If the website you entered passes, Google will display a green banner indicating the website is mobile-friendly. If the website does not pass, Google will let you know the page is not mobile-friendly and give some reasons why.
FITECH can make your website responsive
Here are some things you can do to make your site mobile-friendly:

  • The first thing you should do is check with your web developer. That person/company should be fully versed in how to make your site mobile friendly.
  • Your font size and button sizes matter mobile devices. Font size should be at least 14px. While it seems big, it will be easier for users to read on a mobile device. Make your buttons bigger too. This will cut back on the chance that the user hit the wrong button.
  • Test, test, and test some more. Once you have gotten your site mobile friendly, test it on an iPhone, an Android, a Windows phone, and different tablets. You want to be sure everyone who comes to your site on a mobile device will be able to see it clearly.

If you want to know more about how to get your site up to Google standards, contact FITECH today at (212) 223-TECH (8324), email info@fitechllc.com or visit www.fitechllc.com. You can also find us on these social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.

Could Multiple Passwords Be a Thing of the Past?

Ian Marlow HeadshotBy Ian M. Marlow
June 13, 2016

How annoying is it to try and remember every single password to every account you have? Every bank account, social media app, online shopping site, and all the countless other places that require passwords—it’s nearly impossible to memorize all those passwords. To combat that, maybe you save them to your phone, so that when you open the app your password will be there and you don’t have to type it in. That’s not very secure. What if your phone gets lost or stolen? Anyone could have access to a lot of personal information. Or maybe you use very easy-to-guess passwords, like “LinkedIn” for your LinkedIn account or “password” for all your accounts. These are far too simple for hackers and hacking programs to guess, leaving your information wide open for all to see.

Now you have options. There are ways to keep your personal information safe from hackers, with little to no memorization on your part.

Google is looking to use biometrics rather than passwords with its Project Abacus, which will eliminate passwords in favor of systems that take into account a number of factors, including the user’s typing patterns, walking patterns, current location, facial recognition, voice patterns, and more. Google will use this information to devise a “trust score” for users, which basically means that you are who you say you are, the owner of your phone. Project Abacus will run continually in the background on your phone collecting data on you. These cumulative trust scores can be used so that you can get into apps on your phone without having to type in a password. Different apps could potentially require different trust scores. For example, you would have to have a higher trust score to get into your bank account than you would for Candy Crush. If your trust score isn’t high enough, then apps will have the prerogative to ask for a password.

Google will be testing the product later this month with several financial institutions. As long as all goes well, Abacus will be available to Android developers by year-end.

You could also choose a program like LastPass, which requires you to remember only one master password. LastPass generates strong passwords for every one of your accounts. Once you log in with your master password, LastPass will remember the login information for all of your accounts, and will allow you to enter the account you choose. It is available for use across all of your devices. LastPass is also available for companies. If someone leaves, only one password will have to be changed.

Would you like to know more about how to keep your information secure? Contact FITECH today at (212) 223-TECH (8324), email info@fitechllc.com or visit www.fitechllc.com. You can also find us on these social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.

Fitech Founder Talks Facebook

Ian Marlow HeadshotBy Ian M. Marlow
May 20, 2016

Fitech founder Ian Marlow was a guest on Unfiltered with Dennis Michael Lynch to discuss allegations that Facebook is intentionally preventing conservative topics from trending on the social media site. Check out the whole interview here.

http://www.newsmaxtv.com/shows/unfiltered/archive/vid/JtZjBtMzE6XqrdhVEitqGEIj34YJ57HU/

Why You Need to Automate Your Payables

Ian Marlow HeadshotBy Ian M. Marlow
May 8, 2016

Long gone are the days of huge, dusty accounting ledgers where an employee tediously entered credits, debits, bills received, payments received, payments made, in tiny columns, with red ink and black ink and parentheses around negative numbers. Even though that type of system is completely antiquated, there are still companies that keep more paper records than they need to. It’s time to automate Here’s why:

  1. Automating your AP process eliminates a great deal of human error. When your entire system, from process through payment, is managed online, there are fewer ways that your employees can make a mistake, transpose a number, or otherwise make something go wrong in the system.
  2. Automating your payables saves time. When you can get your daily AP tasks done with a few keystrokes rather than shuffling through piles of papers each day, you’ll have more time for other tasks that will help your business grow and prosper. Automation also gives you immediate access to any information you may need for any aspect of your system, from purchase orders to invoices to comprehensive reports.
  3. Automating your AP system saves money. With an online AP system, the time you save will also result in a savings of dollars. Your employees won’t spend as much time doing the labor intensive tasks associated with AP, so they can work on other tasks. In addition, an automated system to pay your bills will save you the money that you may have had to pay in late fees for past due payments.
  4. An automated payable system gives you access to endless information. With an automated payables system, you can get access a variety of reports, including electronic invoices and data; budget forecast reports; purchase order and invoice tracking. Any and all information you may need is right at your fingertips.
  5. Automation gives you instant access to your AP information, no matter where you are. Even if you are out of the office, mobile accessibility will allow you to see what’s going on with your accounting system.
  6. Automating your system protects you from risks. With a paper system, if your office gets destroyed by fire or flood, all your records are gone. With automated payables, that would be one less thing to worry about. In addition, an automated payable system greatly reduces the risk for fraud. You can have fraud detection built into your system so you’ll be instantly alerted to a duplicate request for payment.

Overall, automated payables are far superior to paper systems. It’s time to explore an automated system for your company.

If you have any questions about automated payables , contact FITECH today at (212) 223-TECH (8324), email info@fitechllc.com or visit www.fitechllc.com. You can also find us on these social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.

FITECH to be a sponsor at AvidXchange’s REVOLUTION 2016 user conference

Ian Marlow HeadshotBy Ian M. Marlow
May 6, 2016

AvidXchange, leading provider of Accounts Payable and Payment Automation, is pleased to announce that FITECH, LLC is one of a remarkable lineup of sponsors for its annual User Conference, REVOLUTION, to be held in Austin, Texas, May 10-11.

Connecting customers who face similar business challenges, AvidXchange’s REVOLUTION 2016 will provide valuable takeaways from dynamic industry speakers, informative breakouts, hands-on software sessions, the ability to attain up to 15 CEP educational hours, and plenty of networking opportunities. MRI Software LLC, a leading global developer of innovative property management software, is the platinum sponsor.

FITECH is a consulting and technology firm that provides ERP design and implementation, people and process restructure, corporate assessment, network and private cloud support, help desk services, real estate technology and web/portal design and integration. FITECH is a Partner Connect Partner of MRI Software and a member of Yardi®’s Independent Consultant’s Network.

About AvidXchange

AvidXchange revolutionizes the way companies pay their bills. Serving more than 5,500 clients throughout North America, AvidXchange is an industry leader in automating invoice and payment processes for midmarket companies spanning multiple industries including Real Estate, Financial Services, Energy, and Construction. AvidXchange has been recognized as one of the 50 fastest-growing private companies in the Charlotte area for four consecutive years, ranked among Deloitte’s Fast 500 this past year, and recently was named of the top 100 technology companies in North America by Red Herring. In the midst of record growth, AvidXchange has remained true to its most valued competitive advantage—its people. AvidXchange has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Charlotte for seven consecutive years. For more information, contact us at 800.560.9305 or info@AvidXchange.com.

Is the latest Windows the Perfect 10?

Ian Marlow HeadshotBy Ian M. Marlow
April 20, 2016

Windows 10 has been available for just under a year now, and one major update was already released in November 2015. Now that it has been around for a while, does it make sense for your business to upgrade? Let’s look at some of the best features of Windows 10, as well as the cons.

Pros

  1. It’s free. There’s not much more information needed here. There is no cost to upgrade your system until July 29, 2016. At that point, you will have to purchase a new license or upgrade license to get Windows 10.
  2. Increased Security. Windows 10 provides beefed up security to its users in the form of Active Directory (which eliminates the need for extra passwords when moving between devices); Windows Hello, offering biometric authentication; Passport, which offers two-step authentication; and Device Guard to improve defenses against advanced persistent threats.
  3. It’s not Windows 8. Windows 10 fixes many of the issues made in Windows 8. Users complained loud and long about Windows 8 and 8.1, which took away the start button, and forced users to deal with live tiles, whether they wanted them or not. Live tiles may have worked for touch screen tablet devices, but not necessarily for desktops or older laptops. Windows 10 brings back the Start button, which makes users happy, thereby making them more productive.
  4. Internet Explorer is gone. Windows 10 features Edge, the new alternative to Internet Explorer, which boasts a better search feature. Cortana, a virtual personal assistant to rival Apple’s Siri, comes to the desktop for the first time in Windows 10.

Cons

  1. Cost. While the upgrade is free, there are still financial issues to consider when upgrading, especially for a corporation. There are costs involved with application migration, upgraded hardware that could be necessary to accommodate the advanced software, and staff training to learn the new features of Windows 10.
  2. Compatibility issues. Other applications that a company may be using may not be compatible with Windows 10, which can cause problems with lost or corrupted data. Any applications that are Internet Explorer based will become problematic when the change to Edge takes place.
  3. Not enough changes. Besides enhanced security, there may not be enough changes between Windows 10 and Windows 7 to make the change worthwhile for many companies, especially those who are cash-strapped.

If you want to find out more about Windows 10 or need help deciding if you should switch, contact FITECH today at (212) 223-TECH (8324), email info@fitechllc.com or visit www.fitechllc.com. You can also find us on these social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.

Ransomware

Ian Marlow HeadshotBy Ian M. Marlow
March 31, 2016

We’ve all heard of cases in the news, or on an episode of Law & Order, where a person is kidnapped and held for ransom. Someone wants money before they will return the person. Now, it’s happening with computer files as well. Hackers are getting into computers, planting viruses that render the files on your computer virtually useless, and demanding money to unlock your files so they are usable again. It’s called ransomware, and it’s just the latest in the countless scams that can wreak havoc on your business. Don’t fall prey to it.

Here’s how it works: You get an email with an attachment that looks like something interesting that you may want to read. But the email hasn’t come from a source you know or trust. If you open the email, it could very well plant a virus in your system. And then you’ll get the notification that to unencrypt your files, you’ll have to pay, usually through some crazy scheme like wiring money or buying a product, as ransom to get your files back to normal.

Another instance: you’re browsing for something, like a pretty beach scene to put up as your computer wallpaper. You’ll find one you like and click to download it, only to have the same problem.

Sometimes hackers may break into your system in one of these ways just to prove that they can, and then demand money to avoid an attack. Or they may do something that will embarrass you, like post adult content on your business website, to get you to pay quickly.

Ransomware attacks are equal opportunity—neither PCs nor Macs are safe. Therefore, you need to be very careful about what you open. If you don’t recognize the incoming address on a piece of email, don’t open it! In addition, if an email is masked, meaning you can’t tell who it is from, don’t open that either. If it turns out you delete something that you should have kept, the sender will reach out to you via phone or regular mail eventually. Better to delete something you need than open something you don’t need that will give you the huge headache of a computer disaster.

The good news is that you don’t need to install any special products to protect your computers from these issues. Just be sure that you have a firewall in place, you are using the most updated anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and you have a pop-up blocker. Also, watch what you download—software that doesn’t come from a trusted source can be the thing that brings your system down.

The key is awareness. Don’t be in such a rush that you don’t pay close enough attention to what you’re doing. That’s when you might hit accept when you should have hit delete. And if you’re not sure if something is safe, stop what you’re doing and ask someone who knows.

If you have any questions about ransomware, contact FITECH today at (212) 223-TECH (8324), email info@fitechllc.com or visit www.fitechllc.com. You can also find us on these social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.