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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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Y2K Security Issues Should Not Be Overlooked

It's a couple of days away, but it's not too late to give your computer system a once-over for Y2K. And we're not talking about system anomalies -- no, the issue is security breaches and what you can do about them."Most companies have done a really good job preparing their computer code for Y2K," says Mike Higgins, CEO and President of Para-Protect, the foremost authority on e-commerce and network security.
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Internet Tip: Backup Your Bookmarks!!

Avoid the perils of a frustrating and disastrous system crash by backing up your Internet bookmarks as faithfully as you do (or should do) your computer's hard drive. If you use Internet Explorer 4.x and 5.x, hit [Ctrl+B] to open the "Organize Favorites" window. Right click on a "favorites" folder and choose "Send to" and save the folder to a backup disk. If you use Netscape Navigator 4.x, hit [Ctrl+B] to open the "Bookmarks" window. Select the "File" menu and choose "Save as." Save the bookmark.htm file to a backup disk.
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E-Resumes are Prime for Recruiters and Job Seekers

Whether you are in a firm/company and on the recruiting side, or initiating a job search on your own, be advised that snail-mailing a resume is a thing of the past.As more and more companies go online to process daily busines activites, they, too, are using online capabiliites to scan resumes into the HR systems, search for keywords related to specific jobs and "virtually" eliminating paper.No wonder ... it is estimated that large companies spend up to $100,000 or more annually in staff time just sorting through resumes that are mailed.
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Anti-Virus Software 101

How long has it been since you've taken a look at your software to fight off any viruses? Then again, perhaps you don't have any software at all installed on your computer to take care of any nasty bugs!It's time to turn your attention to the subject even if you feel you are ready.
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Online Tax Prep Available To The Public For $7.50

While tax laws continue to get more complicated, the process to complete and file a tax return is getting easier and easier.A new online service, www.completetax.com is offering taxpayers a fully integrated, interactive and customized tax processing service for just $7.50. CompleteTax offers full service "print-your-own" or electronic filing options (federal and twenty six states), and provides taxpayers with a mechanism to track refunds of electronically filed returns.
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Excel Tip: Secrets Revealed in Pivot Table Tutorial

Consultant David Carter has created an exclusive tutorial for AccountingWEB showing how Excel pivot tables can be used to create budgets.The tutorials are a new breakthrough in online learning on AccountingWEB and can be downloaded here to let users work through them at their own pace.To launch his series of pivot table tutorials, David Carter discussed in a recent workshop how pivot tables applied to all manner of financial reporting tasks
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PWC Creates Online Product Marketplace

What's this? A Big 5 firm entering the online stampede to the product marketplace?It's true. PricewaterhouseCoopers has unveiled its new "e-conomy" site dedicated to providing business-to-business products at a discount price.Members would be other businesses who want to obtain anything from office supplies to staffing services and software to travel deals.Why?
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It's a Buggy Time for Internet Browsers

Security still is one of the hottest topics related to Internet operations, and the latest news from the world of browsers finds that both Microsoft and Netscape's browsers have bugs related to security and privacy issues.Just recently, Microsoft presented users three bug patches and is reportedly about to issue another patch.
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Andersen Consulting Invests Heavily in Online Ventures

In an effort to entrench itself even deeper in the lucrative world of dot.coms and related consulting, Andersen Consulting has announced that it will invest as much as $1 billion over the next five years to to create Internet and electronic-oriented companies.The new company, known as Andersen Consulting Ventures, will start with $500 million in funding from Andersen Consulting.
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Eudora Now "Free" With Advertising Commitment

Sometimes the other guy needs some attention, too.Qualcomm, makers of the popular e-mail program Eudora, has announced it will waive the purchase fee of $50 for its "Pro" version in exchange for a commitment to view advertising alongside the e-mail browser.A lesser version called Eudora Light has been available free for some time over the Internet, but this is the first time the Pro version is available at no cost.
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PWC Develops its own Web Seal Program

Following on the heels of continuously beefing up its technology consulting program, PricewaterhouseCoopers has created its own Web certification program called "BetterWeb."The Big 5 firm is offering e-commerce sites the opportunity for a third-party to measure how a site discloses sales terms, protects customer privacy and handles customer complaints.If a site measures up to the firm's standards, PWC will license a seal that companies can post on their sites. The annual fee is $15,000.
Practice Management

Business Card Manager

I’m running, not walking, to the nearest store so I can check out the latest tool I found. The new specialized scanner and software combo, the Corex CardScan Executive, Version 5.0 ($250), is designed to help me put all the business cards I collect into electronic format. A quick calculation of the time involved to enter business cards tells me this is going to be well worth the green.The CardScan 500 scanner has a convenient tray for catching scanned cards and the companion software, CardScan 5.0, now better recognizes international business cards.
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Neat Must-Have Toy: C-Pen Scanner

I was sitting on an airplane last week next to someone who was using a handheld portable scanner no larger than your traditional yellow highlighter. She was effortlessly scrolling through text in an article from Inc. magazine to be stored and shared later with her staff. I came home and looked up the website of C-Pen (http://www.cpen.com) and was amazed to learn that you can store up to 3000 pages of text in the C-Pen, which can then be transferred to any computer documents using infra-red technology.
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Candidates Prefer Dot Com Companies Over Firms

Finding qualified employees is getting tougher and tougher, thanks to the rash of online companies. Job candidates are literally lining up to work for high-tech companies with concerns on the Internet and avoiding the brick & mortar routine.What does this mean to CPA firms and companies hiring CPAs? More accounting professionals, especially risk-takers in the younger ages, will go to work for online companies rather than firms.The result?
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Internet Service Offers Expert Financial Advice

Experts knew it would eventually happen, and now the Web is talking the talk and walking the walk as a virtual source for expert advice on various financial matters.Exp.com is a Web site company that has assembled a network of qualified, degreed experts to provide fee-based consulting services to participants in a totally virtual environment.Users can either post requests directly on the site, or contact the company and negotiate with an expert directly for his or her services.

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