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Employee Internet Abuse Climbs

The many problems facing employers supplying unlimited, unmonitored Internet access are making them wonder if this is the way to conduct business. Productivity losses, liability risks and security issues are just a few of the problems employers deal with. According to esniff.com, Inc., shopping online, viewing pornography, sending inappropriate e-mail correspondence and checking personal stock performance are just a few of the issues managers face today.
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Windows 2000--What's in it for CPAs?

Thursday marked the debut for the new Windows 2000 operating system, and according to a report, Bill Gates himself said the new OS is much more "reliable" than previous Windows releases.Windows 2000 is complex, with more than 35 million lines of code, and ran one year later in its release than expected ... but what does the release mean for CPA firms and businesses running the software?Actually, firms and companies in the NT environment will benefit the most from Windows 2000.
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Tax-Cut Creators Open Divorce Site

How's this for a change of heart? The creators of the first do-it-yourself tax preparing software, Kiplinger's popular Tax-Cut, have opened up a new Web site devoted to anyone seeking information and assistance for a divorce.The new site by Daniel Caine and Wendell Smith is called Split-Up.com.
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AICPA's Top Ten Tips for Secured Web Sites

Many CPAs and accounting professionals are knee-deep in e-Commerce activities with clients and customers, while others are on the fence waiting for the next "big" reason to join the bandwagon.In response to last week's e-hackers at popular sites like Yahoo!, E-trade and Amazon.com, the AICPA has released its own "top ten list" of tools to help secure Web sites.Here is the AICPA's List of how toprotect yourself and your clients: Conduct a risk assessment of your online business Develop security standards, policies and procedures so employees will first, unders
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Powerful PowerPoint Presentations Made Easy

Run, don’t walk to your computer to blast your boring PowerPoint presentations out of the way. If you are bored by the same old designs, imagine how your audience feels. Today’s professionals see lots of presentations and it’s not hard to spot a Microsoft template, if you know what I mean.Animate it. Bring your charts to life by animating them. To animate an existing chart, select it and choose Slide Show, then Custom Animation.
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Free Daily Computer Software Tips

When it comes to getting tips that you can really use, look no further. ZD Journals has a tip page just for you! Simply, click on this article’s link and daily tips will fill your e-mail in box within 24 hours. All you have to do is complete a quick online registration and it’s free. It just doesn’t get any simpler!Word processing packages supported by this freebie include: Corel WordPerfect and Microsoft Word.
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EY Reports Status of Online Valentine Purchases

Flowers, fragrances, jewelry and electronic well-wishes are among the gifts that will be bought on Valentines Day, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young.The Big 5 firm found that about 1/3 of online shoppers will shop the Internet for their purchases this year, and that 38 percent had bought flowers and cosmetics for other occasions on online, while 29 percent had previously purchased flowers.The survey also found that of online shoppers, the majority of buyers will be married men.
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Windows Tip: A Shortcut to Shortcuts

If you have several Windows open and can't quickly locate a shortcut on your desktop, click on START in the lower left corner of your screen, then RUN, and simply type a period in the space and click OK. A display of all your desktop icons is displayed.
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Hacker Attack Focuses on College, Business Venues

This week’s hacker attack that forced some of the world’s most popular and most lucrative Web sites to temporarily shut down has the FBI investigating leads that colleges and businesses as possible sources for where hackers reside.Justice officials also report that these “cyber-attackers” may reside overseas.The FBI feels colleges and businesses are ideal environments because of the quantity of computer systems hackers used to send their denial-of-service messages.Some of the sites that shut down included Yahoo!, E-Trade and Amazon.com.
Practice Management

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Web Site Development

Because I have helped develop a couple of Web sites – one large in scale and the other pretty small – I have a sense of how frustrating and confusing Web site development can be. Not only are you working with another "language," but the variables are unlimited and the costs can be, too. Web developers can charge anywhere from $500 to hundreds of thousands of dollars to build your Web site. Use these ideas to make your next Web site development project run smoothly.The key to Web site development is planning.
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Results of CPA/Technology Partnerships

Yesterday, AccountingWeb broke a story about KPMG's alliance with Microsoft to provide consulting services on the Windows 2000 operating system, and recently, Deloitte Consulting followed suit with a technology venture involving Chase Manhattan Corporation.What are the inherent benefits in such a partnership, and why would CPA firms form such alliances?It's all about tapping the knowledge of experts who specialize in various technology arenas, according to industry experts.
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KPMG/Microsoft Partner for Win 2000 Rollout

It was announced today that KPMG and Microsoft will team up to provide consulting services and programs based on the Windows 2000 operating system. The new venture is called the "Microsoft Dot.com Practice."The two giants have partnered before, and this time, KPMG will employ 500 new consultants over the next 18 months to offer a variety of services, including branding, marketing, Web design and other technology related activities.Microsoft plans to release Windows 2000 for use next week.
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Andersen Consulting Opens Dot.Com Offices

Andersen Consulting is bringing its brand of consulting to 17 locations nationwide as it opens offices to focus on transitioning young, Internet start-ups to initial public offerings or IPOs. The first office will open in Chicago.The endeavor will cost Andersen more than $1.2 billion in equity during the next three years as it secures locations, consultants and opens offices.
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Hack-Proof Your Web Site

Cyber villian, Maxus, hacked through CD Universe’s Web site and stole thousands of credit card numbers. Although hackers often target the big buys like Microsoft, experts say that small- and medium-sized businesses are at risk and usually are not as security-savvy.While increased Web site security may sound like a huge undertaking; it doesn’t have to be.
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"Mock" Traffic Shuts Down Yahoo!

Conspiracy theories sometimes are true. Yesterday, Yahoo! had to shut down operations for three hours in the middle of the day due to "mock" traffic. What seems to be users to the site is, in reality, a computer hacking through the Internet, making Yahoo! so busy that regular visitors cannot access the site.The attack came from multiple locations all at the same time, and because of the breadth of activity, the company could not prevent a shut down.Yahoo!
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Internet Tip: Start Your Intranet Right With Intranet.com

If you are a small organization and want to explore the benefits of an Intranet system, one of the best places to start is with intranet.com, a free intranet provider offering standard features including members, contacts, calendars, documents and announcements. They make their money through advertisers on the sites, so you can get the service for free.
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CCH Offers Low-Cost Online Filing Solution

Well-known tax knowledge provider CCH has developed an online tax filing solution designed exclusively for the small business and consumer markets.
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Six Hot Intranet Tips

Intranets are hot. Companies are realizing that they are great for posting phone lists, sharing files, and getting employees connected. If you want to go live on the Web, which is hassle-free, try Intranets.com or HotOffice.Now, let’s get onto tips that will help you get a handle on simple Web-based intranets! Remember big bandwidth. With externally-hosted intranets, your biggest problem is going to be sluggish speed of the Internet over traditional analog modem dial-up accounts.
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Treadway Commission Committee Unveils Web site

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) of the Treadway Commission has just opened its new Web site at www.coso.org.The site is designed to assist internal auditors by running articles and information on topics of interest, including the new report, Internal Control - Integrated Framework.COSO is a 15-year-old organization dedicated to improving the quality of internal controls and related systems by the National Commission on Fraudulent Financial Reporting, otherwise known as the Treadway Commission.
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Internet Surfing: Coming To A Gas Pump Near You?

Did you ever find yourself mindlessly wandering, wondering what to do during the long three minutes it takes to fill your car up with gas? Well, idle no more. Starting soon, you'll be able to surf Internet-enabled gas pumps at BP/Amoco and check your email, your stocks or your news online while inhaling those fumes. And these days it might make sense to also go on the Web and search for a gas station whose prices haven't risen 20% in the past week...

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