Main Street Practitioner Blog

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  • On Data Privacy Day, start encrypting your documents and communications! Using secure communications platforms, document sharing, and client portals, are an absolute necessity. Phishers, hackers, and cybercriminals of all kinds are eager to get their hands-on identifying information belonging ...

  • Cybersecurity and office security go hand in hand because a guest in your office only needs a few minutes alone to photograph documents or information that’s laying around, and use it for their own gain. Identifying information is very useful for a cybercriminal! What if a criminal copied your ...

  • WiFi at the coffee shop is so convenient. It’s great when your favorite restaurant has it, too. It’s a great convenience, but using it is not in your best interest for secure communication or anything that involves logging into websites. Why? You can’t be guaranteed of the security of their WiFi. ...

  • When you write your passwords down, someone can steal your notes. Recording them in a text document on your computer or phone gives hackers a treasure trove if you get hacked or your devices are stolen. You can do better than that. Passwords need to be super-secret, so use a secure password management ...

  • Backing up your data is an important best practice. It is unpleasant to think about computers crashing, power surges, viruses that lock down your machines, and calamities that might befall your office, but they do happen. Without data back-ups, your business is in trouble. There are many ways to ...

  • Regularly (weekly) check your antivirus software and apps for updates and install them. Without updates, your software can’t protect you from the latest threats. Don’t leave yourself open to attack! To get the most out of your antivirus programs, set them to update automatically or to notify you ...

  • Don't fall for phishing emails! Here’s a general rule of thumb: if an email looks suspicious, it probably is. Do not click on any links in the strange email and don’t respond to it.  If the email seems to have come from a client or someone you do business with, you can always call them to verify ...

  • Dealing with your business cybersecurity starts with a simple step: ask yourself if you’re using best practices.  Do you?   YES NO Encrypt all hard drives on all machines that store confidential data     Use secure offsite data storage ...

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  • On January 2, 2020, Kiplinger's Retirement Report published A New Tax Break for Rental Income featuring an interview with NSA's President Joel Grandon. ... The QBI rules are one of the hardest provisions in the 2017 tax law to navigate, according to Joel Grandon, enrolled agent and president ...

  • Today, December 5, 2019, the IRS released the finalized version of the Form W-4 for 2020. The new form incorporates changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which are designed to make withholding estimates easier. It also features minor edits, and revised language in "Your Privacy." Other changes ...

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