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Firms Must Also Look Internally to Keep Their IT Systems Secure

While you might think your IT systems are safe and secure, think again. One of the greatest security threats comes from a firm's own staff. Learn five ways your staff can wreck your IT systems and cost your business in lost productivity.
Technology

Overcome a Nuance of Excel's Subtotal Feature

Many users rely on the Subtotal feature in Excel to instantly insert totals, averages, counts, or other statistics into a list. As you'll see, the feature is easy to use – until you want to copy or format just the total rows.
Technology

Apple Has Been Accused of Large-Scale Tax Avoidance

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to defend his company's tax practices, including a 2 percent corporation tax rate deal it struck with the Irish government on two of its subsidiaries.
Technology

Social Media: Ten Things Accountants Should Never Do

If you're an accountant who has been experimenting with social media, this article is for you. It will be of particular interest if you've been disappointed by your social media experiences. And you're not alone if you started out with unrealistic expectations or misunderstood how social media works.
Technology

Farewell, Lotus 1-2-3

IBM recently announced that Lotus 1-2-3 will no longer be available for purchase. Most readers of this article will likely have one of two reactions: "What is Lotus 1-2-3?" or "Lotus 1-2-3 was still on the market?"
Technology

Are Mobile Devices Causing a Digital Divide in the Workplace?

Each day when Bill Walter hops on the elevator in the building that houses his CPA firm, a majority of the people riding with him have their smartphones in hand – checking e-mails or surfing the Internet – before arriving at their particular floors.
Technology

Excel Tip: Determining the Remaining Length of a Loan Using NPER

Learn how to use the NPER function in Excel to determine just how long it will take you to payoff that credit card bill on which you’re making monthly payments..
Technology

AICPA/CPA Canada Survey: Managing Data Tops List of 2013 Tech Initiatives

According to the 2013 North American Top Technology Initiatives Survey conducted by AICPA and CPA Canada, managing and retaining data topped the list of ten technology initiatives for accounting firms in the United States and Canada.
Technology

The End Is Near for Windows XP

Despite three subsequent Windows releases, Windows XP remains the second most popular operating system version. Regardless, the 38 percent of computer users currently relying on Windows XP will soon need to move to a modern operating system, or risk exposure to malware.
Technology

LinkedIn Tips Part 5: Groups

The groups likely to be most valuable to start-up practices will be those groups your client prospects belong to. You can find these by looking at the profiles of prospective clients on LinkedIn and scrolling down to see their groups.
Technology

Keynote Speakers Announced for Boomer Technology Circles and Talent Development Advantage

Rebecca Ryan, Founder, Next Generation Consulting, Inc., and Rick Richardson, managing partner of Richardson Media & Technologies LLC, will be the keynote speakers at the 2013 Boomer Technology Circles Summit and Talent Development Advantage August 19-20, 2013.
Technology

Announcing CCH Axcess: New Modular Tax, Compliance, and Management Tool

CCH has announced the launch of CCH Axcess – a Cloud-based modular tax preparation, compliance, and firm management solution built from the ground up, offering the accounting profession a powerful solution for complete firm management.
Technology

Resetting the Last Cell in an Excel Worksheet

It's frustrating when Excel acts as if the active area of a worksheet is significantly larger than the actual area where you have data. Suddenly your scroll bars move you into uncharted areas, such as column TX or row 5,000.
Technology

Excel Tip: Use Conditional Formatting to Identify Unlocked Cells

Excel expert David Ringstrom explains how you can use conditional formatting to identify all unlocked cells within a worksheet range.
Tax

IRS Backs Down on E-mail Snooping but Not Posts or Tweets

The IRS is changing its controversial policy of accessing taxpayer e-mails without first obtaining a warrant, but it’s not making any promises regarding social media postings on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Technology

What Small Business Owners Don't Understand Could Be Holding Them Back

Sage North America announced April 18, 2013, the availability of Sage 50 Accounting 2014-US Edition for small businesses. The 2014 release coincides with National Financial Capability Month.
Technology

Should Social Media Be Regulated?

In the world of social media, bogus social media accounts abound. Anyone can create or even buy a fake account and use it for a variety of reasons – to make themselves appear more popular than they are, to send span, or for malicious reasons.
Technology

Sticker Shock Awaits Sage 50/Peachtree Payroll Service Users

The 2014 version of Sage 50, formerly known as Peachtree Accounting, is available for purchase now. As a result, certain users who rely on the payroll subscription are going to experience sticker shock in the near future.
Practice

Implementing Social Media and Networking Strategies to Market Your Firm

Exposure is vital to the growth of your firm, but the different channels can be intimidating. With endless social media avenues, websites, and networking events, it's easy to get overwhelmed.
Tax

Can the IRS Snoop into Personal E-mail?

It's not likely that taxpayers are "blind copying" the IRS on their e-mails to friends or sharing their posts on social media sites with the IRS. But the IRS may be reading those messages anyway.

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