Technology news March 2009

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Conficker virus confounds computer users

Depending upon who you believe, Wednesday, April 1, 2009 will either be a dark day for Windows computer users everywhere, or else we'll all be quoting Marvin the Martian, saying, "Where's the kaboom?" Well, hardly anything computer security related is that black-and-white, but make no mistake, this is a real virus. Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those that created the malicious program.
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Small businesses are using technology to cut costs and grow business

Microsoft Corporation has released a study of the business challenges and technology priorities that small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are facing in the year ahead. The first "Microsoft SMB Insight Report," which will be published annually, identified virtualization, IT consolidation, business intelligence, software as a service and support of remote workers as the top technology investment priorities for SMBs in 2009.
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Do you need search engine optimization (SEO) for your Web site?

It depends. SEO is used by companies that want to get prospects through their Web site and convert them into new clients. If you have a full practice and don't want new clients, SEO is not necessary!However, if you are looking to build your practice, SEO is a great resource that will only become more and more relevant in the future.
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Working on the road: Avoid these slipups

How many times have you had to work from a hotel room or someone else's office only to find that the mobile device you need is nowhere to be found? Off you go to borrow or buy one, wasting time, money and possibly your sanity.Mobile office consultant Catherine Roseberry suggests ways to be prepared without packing the entire office.
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Provisioning Your Home Accounting Office

As the economy continues to contract, more and more accountants are considering striking out on their own. A benefit to providing accounting services is that you can often ease your way into your own business, as long as you don't run afoul of any non-compete agreements with your primary employer. I'm sure you've read a million articles about how to establish a separate workspace that's all your own and how to organize your files, so instead I'm going to focus on elements of my own home office that I've found particularly effective.
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Scrub data before getting rid of old computers

Company officials know that they must properly dispose of computers to protect personal information as well as the environment.Here are some tips for companies and for individuals who are looking to upgrade old computers without unwittingly making the hard drives available to identity thieves. Think of all the passwords, account numbers, addresses, phone numbers, tax returns, medical information, registration numbers for software programs and other information that's available.
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Flying around CPA Island with Tom Hood

AccountingWEB Managing Editor Gail Perry recently took a tour of CPA Island, the community in Second Life founded by the Maryland Association of CPAs. Tom Hood, executive director of the MACPA, founder of CPA Island, and recent recipient of the AccountingWEB CPA Association Employee of the Year, was her tour guide.Take a step into the virtual world of Second Life and plan on losing all sense of time. I went "in world" recently with Tom Hood as my guide.
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Financial literacy moves to Second Life

By Spencer Elliott, Ohio University Outlook Ohio University and credit union industry leaders have launched a new educational video game that uses the virtual world Second Life to teach financial skills to young people. The game, Credit Union Island, is designed for high school students. Based in the teen grid of Second Life, a simulated world with millions of users, the game enables players to guide their avatars through real-life financial decisions such as taking out a college loan, making car payments and buying a home.
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News from the Cloud: Don't make assumptions about SaaS, says Gartner

A round-up of stories about web-based applications from our new sister site, BusinessCloud9.com.Coghead passes onCritics of Software as a Service (SaaS) sometimes play the FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) card of asking what happens if your SaaS provider goes bust? Do you lose your applications, your service, your data?
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Why should your site have a File Exchange Portal?

As an increasing number of tax and accounting professionals begin to develop a Web presence, they may be overlooking the inclusion of a simple and valuable Web-based tool - secure file exchange. Sometimes referred to as an "online file cabinet," a file exchange portal is of particular interest in our current time of economic difficulty as it's an inexpensive technology investment that improves productivity, client service, and saves time and money.

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