Internet

Technology

How to Keep Your Website Healthy

If your website is in ill health, or if your online presence is fading fast, a "health check" might be just what you need to revive your site. A health check opens up your website and looks at just how healthy it really is and what you can do to improve its prognosis.
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.
Tax

Online Sales Tax Court Decision Could Set Stage for Supreme Court Showdown

A court ruling last week that upholds a decision to force online retailers to collect New York State sales tax may force a Supreme Court battle or action by Congress to allow states to claim tax revenues they've lost to online purchases.
Technology

Establish Your Business Presence Using the Web

Internet-based tools have become so varied and easy to use that almost all firms can take advantage of them to build a professional presence using their websites, e-mail, social media, blogs, videos, and SEO.
Tax

Amazon Collecting Sales Taxes in Texas

Amazon.com began collecting taxes on its online sales in Texas on July 1, prompting an "it's about time" reaction from state retailers who believe the online giant has enjoyed an unfair advantage for too long.
Practice

New Website Links Sellers/Buyers of Accounting Firms

An online marketplace for accounting practices, launched June 28, offers sellers a place to expose their firm to a national audience and for buyers to search for new opportunities.
Technology

Google Chrome Breaks into Top Spot for Web Browsers

A much-discussed development in the browser world is the recent breakout performance by Google Chrome, which averaged the highest traffic share for a full seven days for the first time.
Practice

Quick Steps to Take in Advance of Google's Privacy Policy Changes

If you use Google products - Gmail, Google, YouTube, etc. - on or after March 1, you'll give them implicit permission to aggregate your web search history and other information Google has gleaned about you into a single mega-dossier.
Tax

Cyber-Shopping: 10 Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Internet Retailer reports that 72 percent of U.S. online consumers expect to shop online this holiday season. The Oklahoma Society of CPAs has some advice for those of you who want to avoid walking the aisles and lugging bags at the local shopping mall.
Technology

Gone Phishing: Dealing with Internet Thugs

Members of the legal and financial community have received a phishing message in the past week purportedly from AccountingWEB. As with the other phishing schemes, this message is not a legitimate message, it should be deleted, and any attachments should be ignored.
Practice Development

Resilience Planning is Step One for Migration to Cloud

There remains a lingering lack confidence in the resilience of many Cloud solutions. The CIO must look at moving the Cloud computing discussion past technology and economics and onto the major benefits such as business agility, time to market, and competitive positioning
Technology

CPA.com: New e-Mail Service for AICPA Members

CPA2Biz, the technology subsidiary of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), will offer a CPA-branded email service for members on CPA2Biz’s new umbrella brand, CPA.com in coming weeks.
Practice

Unlimited access: Client portals revolutionize business practices

Accountants will tell you that client portal technology is no longer an accessory for accounting firms – it is a necessity for firms that want to do business in the ever-expanding world of wired commerce.
Education & Careers

A social life: When employees and applicants take to Facebook

Imagine one of your employees bashes your company or their coworkers on Facebook. You might think that you could fire that employee. But you would probably be wrong.
AccountingWEB Life

Top tech etiquette offenders; guide helps prevent blunders

In the days when tweets were bird sounds and a text was a book, workplace blunders had a limited audience. Now, however, these missteps can receive broad exposure with unhappy consequences.
Practice Development

Creating a memorable 'About Us' page for your site

It is tax season again, which means that people are shopping for accountants. When potential clients are researching and evaluating your firm, the first step will be to do a quick Google search and find your web site.
Practice

Six reasons why CPA firms should consider SEO

Getting noticed in the right place during an Internet search is what search engine optimization is all about. A developing technology, SEO increases the likelihood your company will be easily found by prospects.
AccountingWEB Life

Social networking site for Canadian accountants launches

BeansTalk is a new online community designed to offer unique content and opportunities for Canadian accountants, financial planners, tax experts, and bookkeepers.
Technology

Mint.com personal finance service launches in Canada

Mint.com, an online personal finance service from Intuit Inc., is now available to Canadians at mint.com/Canada. Canada is the first country outside of the United States to have a unique version of Mint.
Tax

IRS Doghouse Web site enables consumers to rate IRS employees

Consumers with a bone to pick with the IRS have the opportunity to share their experiences. Originally designed as an IRS profile database, IRSDoghouse.com has evolved into a free and anonymous Web site where anyone can rate agency employees.

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