Technology


Beginning July 1, accountants and other professionals who had registered a trademark or service mark before September 30, 2002, can secure a .pro domain name, or Internet address suffix, that exactly matches their registered mark. For example, a firm with a trademark such as Smith & Jones, CPAs, would qualify for a Web address of www.smith&jonescpas.pro. Through the use of digital certificates—information packets that confirm the identity of participants in online transactions—such Web addresses will provide greater security and confidentiality for electronic commerce and communications. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, www.icann.org ) added .pro to the existing list of approved domain names, such as .com, .org, .gov and .edu, and designated RegistryPro ( www.registrypro.com ) as the operator for the registry. ICANN is the nonprofit corporation responsible for Internet address allocation and domain name system management.

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Cybersecurity threats proliferating for midsize and smaller businesses

This report details how SMBs can properly protect private information from breaches, design and implement a cybersecurity policy, and create safeguards for training and education.

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Being responsive to clients

CPAs and their firms have daily pressures and hectic schedules, but being responsive is crucial to client satisfaction. Leaders in the profession offer advice for CPA firms that want to be responsive to clients.

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Test yourself on these often confused words

The spelling checker on your word processing program can do only so much to flag problems. Your best insurance is to learn the troublesome words that trip up writers and use them correctly by the standards of formal, written English.