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FEI Posts PwC PowerPoint on Risk Management

The Financial Executives Institute has published a presentation by PricewaterhouseCoopers addressing issues related to risk management and e-business privacy. The presentation is being offered in conjuction with a teleconference on August 10.The presentation is available for download.
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Microsoft's .NET Strategy Boosts Service Approach

While the Department of Justice waits to deliver its final decision to Microsoft regarding the software giant's fate as one or more companies, the company has unveiled its .NET strategy, a new effort at delivering services through a bundled approach to doing business.A general manager for one of the districts says that the company's number one priority for the .NET strategy is ensuring the privacy of all users is kept strictly confidential.
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It’s a Woman’s Web

Jupiter Communications and Media Metrix released the results of a new study and it shows that women have passed men as the dominant users of the web. 50.4 percent of users are female which just edges the men out of the running.It seems that site selection is the same across the board in all the adult age groups. In fact, the list of top sites for women was very similar to the entire population with America Online’s Web properties being the most popular for women over 18. Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc.
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Employers Who Read Employees’ E-Mail Face Risks

Employees have a right to e-mail privacy, as long as “there is a subjective expectation of privacy and that expectation is objectively reasonable,” or if the employee commits “an unreasonable intrusion upon the seclusion of another,” according to Dr. Steven Abraham, J.D., Ph.D., university professor, and legal advisor.
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Netscape Users Vulnerable to New Security Breach

A new hole has been dug and Netscape users are falling in. A little java applet called Brown Orifice, named for a hacker utility called Back Orifice, is out there lurking in cyberspace. The applet can reside on any web site and you can’t see it if it’s there. If you access a web site containing the applet, the applet will run in the background, providing access to the files on your hard drive.The applet was created by, Dam Brumleve, a security expert who chanced on the programming code last week. Brown Orifice is not all bad.
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D&T Resigns after Dotcom Difficulties

The Big Five firm told its client, Financialweb that its "lack of adequate systems, controls, and personnel necessary to timely prepare internal and external financial statements" for the past three years was a reportable condition, and it was resigning immediately.The auditors also recommended that the firm conduct an internal investigation into allegations that its stock was the target of manipulation, as raised in a federal indictment concerning a shareholder and consultant connected with the Internet firm.Financialweb
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AICPA Portal, CPA2Biz, Names Management Team

The new Internet portal created and now run as a separate company by AICPA--CPA2Biz--is closer to opening for business.Information on the management team was posted on the web site this week, which includes Chair of the Board Barry Melancon, CPA; Chief Executive Officer Brett L. Prager, Senior Vice President, Strategy & New Product Development John F. Hudson, CPA; Senior Vice President, CPAs and State Societies Gideon Malherbe; and Director of Business Development Wayne Harding, CPA.The team includes some AICPA staff, along with outside consultants.
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Palm Reaches new Market With M100

In an effort to expand its ever-growing market share and perhaps appeal even more to younger audiences, Palm has just released its M100 model to replace the best-selling Palm IIIe.Analysts say Palm's appeal to a younger sector is evident through the M100 and its fashion color, interchangeable color covers.There are several other major differences in the new model, too. The screen is smaller than any other Palm devices. However, a Hotsync cradle no longer is needed because the Palm connects directly to a PC for syncing with a serial port cable.
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AICPA, Other Countries Discuss Online Privacy

Officials from the AICPA traveled last week to the city of lights to meet with representatives of 12 other countries and discuss the foreboding issue of online privacy and risks associated with e-Commerce.AICPA chairman Robert Elliott commented that 'As the representative of over 335,000 individual members of the accounting profession who deal with confidential information on behalf of both individuals and businesses, we feel strongly about the need to protect private information.
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10 Steps Towards Protecting Your Privacy on the Internet

The AICPA's Bob Elliott joined representatives of other global accounting professional bodies in Paris this week to discuss the opportunities and risks inherent in e-business.The group issued the following guidelines for protecting your privacy on the Web:Be cautious about giving personal informationUse a secure Internet browser Make sure the merchant site is secure and review its privacy policyPay by credit or charge cardBeware of "Trojan Horse" programs - downloading programs off of the Internet from an unknown sourceNever give your passw
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MS Word: How to Place Borders Around Text

You may already be familiar with how to place a border around a paragraph using the options in the Borders and Shading dialog box.Sometimes, however, you may want to use a border to emphasize one or more words of text for a specific reason. For example, you may want to highlight some words that should be recognized at a glance.To do place a border around specific words, select the text around which you'd like to create a border. Then choose Format/Borders And Shading from the menu bar.
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Internet Tip: Find Home Prices

Here's a great site for you if you're interested in finding out about the price that homes have sold for in your neighborhood.
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Have You Implemented SysTrust with Your Clients?

Erin Mackler, CPA, oversees the AICPA's Systems Reliability Task Force in the development and implementation of the new CPA SysTrust service. SysTrust is the name for a service that tests and verifies a system's reliability.
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Airlines, Rental Cars Reach out to Small Business

Let's face it: you're not an Arthur Andersen or MobilExxon, and you'll never be in the big leagues when it comes to purchasing power. Nevertheless, the small business traveler may go on just as many trips or rent just as many cars as the big guys, so why should they get all the perks?Changes are very much in the works across all vertical travel industries. For example, several airlines, like Delta and Northwest, have revamped their Web sites to aid the small business traveler in make all arrangements through a one-stop shopping portal.
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Web-Based Accounting Services Rated and Reviewed

The Ziff-Davis Smart Business Labs rated and ranked Web-Based accounting software as part of a longer article examining the ins and outs of companies outsourcing accounting functions to a Web-based service.Accounting services reviewed include NetLedger, Flagship, Sage's MAS 90 and Intacct.
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A Focus on the Secret Service Cyber-Crimes Unit

With more and more CPAs and their staffs specializing in fraud-related engagements, especially forensic accounting investigations, a look inside the Secret Services' cyber crime fighting division is a fascinating study in high-tech surveillance.Known as the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP), the division itself has grown over 900 percent in the last three years.
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Columbia Law Professor Offers Auditor/SEC Compromise

"The contemporary auditing firm has moved from providing a single service at relatively modest cost to becoming a multi-faceted vendor of business advisory services," according to Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. of the Columbia Law School who testified today in the auditor independence hearings before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Clear the Decks! I've got too Much Email!

Employees in companies, those working from home or anyone ... anywhere else for that matter, are screaming in protest of too much email!All of us agree technology is a good invention, but sometimes, too much email is a real time-waster, and a way to remain truly unproductive. You think you've got it bad? Take a look at a few examples. The Washington, D.C.
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Is That a New Hat, or a Computer that You’re Wearing?

The desktop computer on which you are probably reading this story may soon become an unwieldy artifact of the past as computer developers are coming up with more and more ideas for changing the way in which we look at and use computers today.Handheld computers are only the beginning. Look for computers to appear in the guise of mobile phones, watches, in the guts of cars and household appliances, and even as an add-on to your wardrobe. Not only will computers be everywhere, but they will be networked.
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Tips for Maximizing Home Office Phone Lines

Telecommuting and the home office are popular staples in today's business marketplace, but how wisely are you using your telephone lines? Chances are, you're not being as productive as you could be when it comes to the ins and outs of home wiring and line details.Here are some tips for productivity: ISDN is Possible - ISDN isn't only for the standard office environment. However, you'll need two lines to make an ISDN connection to the Internet.

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