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CPA Firms can Rely on "SAVE" to Advise E-tailers

Many CPAs have firms as clients who conduct business over the Internet, especially retailers and others fully engaged in E-Commerce, but how equipped are small- to medium-size CPA firms in helping their clients evaluate an online strategy?KPMG has developed its new SAVED!
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Internet Tip: Check Your Computer's Security Vulnerability

Cyber-security is a big issue these days. But just how vulnerable is your computer to a possible security breach? Get a quick, free and easy security diagnostic through www.antionline.com by providing nothing more than an email address. One of their systems will scan your computer remotely, and report back any potential vulnerabilities and how to fix them. Hopefully your analysis will come back without too much to report!
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Oregon Town Becomes a Dot-Com

It was only a matter of time.Individuals and businesses have been flocking to the Internet in record numbers over the past couple of years, so why not an entire town?Yesterday, the town of Halfway, Oregon officially changed it's name to Half.com, prompted by a successful lobbying effort by a dot-com company of the same name.Half.com, a business that sells half-priced books and movies over the Internet, approached the town leadership last month asking if they would be interested in changing the name of
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Just $260K to Corner The Market on Online Tax Prep

Is having the right domain name the key to success in online tax preparation?If you think the answer is "yes," and if you're willing to invest at least $260,000, then at this time next week you might be well on your way to cornering the market for online tax preparation services.How?The domain name WWW.TAXES.COM is being auctioned off this week by domain name broker GreatDomains.com.According to the promotion:"In the area of taxes, no other name confers the instant credibility and recognition rep
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Free Online Tax Prep Now Available To Consumers

Financial broker H.D. Vest today announced a new service which offers US taxpayers free web-prepared e-filed tax returns, regardless of salary of form requirements.The new service, available at H. D. Vest Online, is expected to draw one million users in its first tax preparation season.
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Online Credit Card Hackers Have a Field Day

Many CPAs and accounting professionals rely on the Internet to transfer client files and sensitive information, but sometimes high security just doesn't work.Such was the case as MSNBC was able to hack through files, using a common database tool, to view the records of seven e-commerce Web sites, including personal information about cardholders.
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EY Uses Online Testing to Screen Applicants

Testing for skills and aptitude before hiring is nothing new, but doing it over the Internet has become one of the new trends because of the immense savings in time.Ernst & Young has contracted with Virginia-based Brainbench to use the company's skills assessment tests to screen applicants for 500 IT professionals who will work on EY's Sprint contract.According to EY, using online testing sources like Brainbench reduces the hiring time from weeks to a matter of hours.
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Manage Multiple Passwords With This Handy Tool

If you use the Web, chances are you're accumulating many user Ids and passwords that are getting increasingly more difficult to manage. For obvious security reasons, you DON'T want to use the same login information for each site. So what to do? PassKeeper is a free Windows utility that allows you to keep a list of accounts with usernames, passwords, and even notes on the sites you visit -- a handy feature if you frequent multiple locations.
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Big 5 Executives Transition to E-Business Companies

CPAs have always been at the top of the list of advisors in providing value-added knowledge.
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Andersen Virtual Network Provides Business Acumen

Options in continuing professional education abound, and certainly the Internet has become a prime source of educational opportunities through various providers.One of the largest efforts to date is the one produced by Arthur Andersen with its Virtual Learning Network.
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Database Integration Tips

Thanks to Steve Sanchez for a record-breaking workshop session on Making Database Integration Work For You! As a partner with InfoSolve, Inc., Steve understands the challenge of converting data into useful information.
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More pivot table secrets revealed

Pivot tables return by popular demand! Consultant David Carter is back at AccountingWEB with another of his vital guides to using pivot tables in Excel. David's previous tutorial on this invaluable Excel tool was the most visited part of AccountingWEB last year, and this second rundown, on sales analysis, should prove to be just as much of a hit.David's second tutorial lets you analyze complicated sales data quickly and easily from accounting packages such as Sage, Pegasus, SunAccount, Navision etc.
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Internet Sales Tax Solution Proposed

TAXWARE International, Inc., the leading developer of transaction based, worldwide commercial tax software, is currently developing software for service providers that will enable taxes to be tabulated for anyone in the United States. The new software will even automatically report those taxes to the proper authority.Although the feds have halted government bodies from taxing online sales until 2001, that doesn’t prevent some states from imposing a usage tax. These states require residents to report out-of-state purchases.
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Internet Utility - "Live" Dictionary/Thesaurus For Web Pages

Here's an interesting twist: Go to www.voycabulary.com and you can link any web page you want to a live dictionary and a thesaurus, allowing you to click on any word on your requested web page and get both a dictionary definition as well as a thesaurus suggestion for the word. Why would you need this? You may not, but it sure could be a useful teaching tool for your kids! Try it out and let us know what you think.
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Tips for E-mail When Traveling Abroad

All of us who travel and check e-mail on a regular basis have encountered poor connections--or perhaps no connection at all--in remote locations. This can put the kabosh on even the most experience traveler!Traveling overseas may be even more tenuous.
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Donating old PCs Leads to Privacy Woes

It's the beginning of the new year and companies traditionally update their systems with new servers and PCs to outfit their offices. While it may seem warm and fuzzy to give the PCs to a charity, be forewarned: you may be giving away personal information embedded within the PCs unless you take the proper precautions.While companies think they are fulfilling this task by simply deleting or getting rid of files, this isn't nearly enough. Just deleting files "hides" the information rather than getting rid of it completely.
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Navigating the Newsgroup Maze

Newsgroups may still be one of the mysteries left to solve based on the sheer number of groups (30,000+), daily messages (more than 1 million each day) and how a group benefits you firm or business.Those who think Newsgroups are simply a source of the latest gossip are wrong; they can a powerful ally in business, especially for owners and partners who seek credible resources and information.Finding the appropriate newsgroup(s) and figuring out how to use them to your advantage is the challenge. Most specialize by subject, but where do you begin and what do you say?
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SEC Pursues Reporting Glitches in Silicon Valley

Companies who specialize in providing Internet services and applications are one in a million, but one mark that distinguishes them from many companies is a potential lack of reporting practices.On the West coast, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it is investigating auditors and those who work in financial services for any reporting mishaps because the agency believes these specialists are the primary ones to blame.For example, the SEC reports that they believe auditors and others have purposely misapplied GAAP, and instead,
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A Great Story To End The Year With

Microsoft's free Hotmail email system was crippled over Christmas weekend because the $600 billion giant forgot to pay a $35 bill.The shutdown of the system came after Microsoft failed to pay the annual $35 fee for it's registered passport.com domain name, which verifies user names and passwords for the Hotmail system. The mistake was discovered by Michael Chaney, a programmer who works with Linux, a competing system to Microsoft's Windows.
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Internet Tip: Using a Picture of a Web Page in Communications

If you are working in a Word document (or PowerPoint or other graphics package) and would like to add an image of an Internet page, do the following: (1) Bring the page up in your browser. (2) Get rid of as many of the toolbars on the top & bottom of the browser as possible so you can maximize the size of the page on the screen (put your cursor at the edge of the toolbar frame just above the web page and click and drag up). (3) Copy what's on the screen by holding down the WINDOW button (the Microsoft Windows logo) and the PRINT SCREEN button simultaneously.

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