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Laptop protection : Although LoJack won’t protect your laptop from being stolen, it can help retrieve it. When you install LoJack software it is programmed to hide in the laptop’s memory. When someone turns on the computer without also entering a code, LoJack silently goes into the detective mode. Then, when the user connects to a network, the software surreptitiously dials an 800 number and silently broadcasts its location, alerting the police. LoJack costs $50 for one year or $100 for three years. Go to for more information.

Of course, if the thief downloads your valuable data and finds ways to profit from them before connecting to a network, the use of LoJack is like closing the barn door after the horses have bolted. It hardly helps if you’ve retrieved your computer and the thief is arrested. So the questions you should be addressing are: Do you regularly encrypt sensitive data, and do you back up files in another location?


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.