Everybody Loves a Parade!

Did you know that the tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started as a Christmas parade? It started in 1924, ran 6 miles from 145th street all the way down to the Macy’s store at 34th and Broadway.

The entire parade consisted of three horse-drawn floats including Mother Goose, Little Miss Muffet, four bands, a variety of animals from the Central Park Zoo and, of course, Santa Claus was the last one in the lineup.

Let’s Talk Turkey About End of Life

We are well aware of the late November tradition when the nation’s Chief Executive pardons a turkey presented by the National Turkey Federation. The turkey’s life is spared allowing him to happily live out his days on a nearby farm. The ceremony traces its origins to 1863 when Lincoln’s son, Tad, apparently pleaded with his father to spare the life of a turkey brought to the White House for Christmas dinner.

Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams

Stay safe while shopping online this season! Here are a few tips:

Shop Securely
When shopping online, confirm that your browser’s padlock icon is active and that the website is secure by looking for an “s” after the “http” at the beginning of the website’s URL address.

Bookmark the LEGITIMATE Websites You Frequently Visit

Quick Tip: Create a bookmark for the websites you visit often.

Why: Sneaky hackers purchase and set up fraudulent websites that are a close misspelling of legitimate ones.

For example, a hacker might use "" instead of "". All you have to do is accidentally fat-finger ONE letter in the URL and up pops a very legitimate-looking, fake copy of the site you were trying to get to--and the login and links are full of keylogger malware and virus landmines waiting for you to click on them.

Cathy’s Corner – November 2019

From the desk of: Cathy Coloff
Subject: Thankful for Our Friends and Clients!

What does tradition mean to you? For many, traditions are something to look forward to, a way to become closer to family or friends, a way to bridge generational gaps or even create a sense of identity.

How to Spot a Phishing Email

Quick Tip: Type website names directly into your browser for any “phishy” offer delivered by email. That way you do not give away your log in information or download a virus.

Why: A phishing email is a bogus email carefully designed to look like a legitimate request (or attached file) from a site you trust in an effort to get you to willingly give up your login information to a particular web site or to click and download a virus.

October 2019 Trivia Challenge

Congratulations to our trivia winner, Pamela Hoff of Murphy Partners LLP, the lucky recipient of an Amazon gift card!

QUESTION:  What popular fall festival activity did the Romans bring to Britain when they invaded?

ANSWER: Bobbing for Apples

The Benefits of Outsourcing IT Projects

What are the benefits of outsourcing IT projects?  You might be surprised to learn that even companies with full-time, in-house IT staff sometimes choose to outsource specific projects.  Perhaps it’s a large-scale undertaking with a short turnaround time that would simply be too taxing for the internal team to complete while performing their day-to-day jobs.