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Posted 5/22/14 at 1:03 AM | Sylvie Simms

Social Media Surveillance

Do you know how you can use social media to spy on your loved one who may be cheating? Find out what you should know by referring to the infographic by MCM Investigations.

Posted 5/20/14 at 7:47 AM | Sylvie Simms

Benefits of a Decorated Outdoor Space

No matter how many square feet your home has, it never seems like enough. You might not have enough room to entertain company and you might not have that little corner you can curl up in and relax. Having an outdoor oasis can help you gain more space without adding on to your home.

More Space

When you decorate an outdoor space, you’re creating a space you can use for many things. You will be able to use this space to have family gatherings and you’ll even be able to use the space to throw dinner parties and entertain guests. This outdoor space can include such features as patio furniture and an outdoor table. You can even gain extra storage with a multi-use storage bench.

A Place to Relax

In addition to giving you some extra room for family gatherings and dinner guests, a decorated outdoor space can prove to be a relaxing oasis where you can escape. Add some decor and furniture you know you’ll use like a lounging chaise or a fire pit. Incorporate nature into your outdoor space with decorative bricks displaying a small garden.

A Selling Point

Not only will you gain more space for both entertaining and relaxing, decorating an outdoor space can add value to your home. If you’re planning on selling your home eventually, a well-decorated outdoor space can prove to be a selling point that attracts more buyers. This can increase the value of your home, allowing you to gain back some of your investment in the outdoor decor. FULL POST

Posted 5/20/14 at 12:20 AM | Sylvie Simms

Knowledge Based Authentication Infographic: The Difference between Static, Dynamic & Enhanced KBA

Knowledge based authentication, also known as KBA, is a type of authentication which looks to prove that the person providing identity information truly is that exact person. As its name suggests, KBA is based on some sort of knowledge the individual has. Knowledge based authentication continues to get more sophisticated in order to keep information and access in the right hands.

There are three different forms of KBA – static, dynamic and enhanced KBA.

Static and Dynamic KBA

Static KBA methods allow users to select security questions and provide answers that are stored by a company and accessed later, usually when a password needs to be retrieved or reset. Dynamic KBA, on the other hand, goes a step further by generating questions that apply only to the intended end user and do not require a previous relationship with the customer. These types of questions have also been called “out-of-wallet” as the content is generated from information within a person’s credit history or public records. Therefore, the answers could not be found in a wallet or purse, making it difficult for anyone other than the actual person to know the answer.

Increase Protection with Enhanced Dynamic KBA FULL POST

Posted 5/19/14 at 10:40 AM | John Dillard

Saying Abreast of Strategic Tax Issues: Anticipating the Future Needs of Your Business

Anticipating the Future Needs of Your Business

“Your CPA needs to be a business partner looking out for your business interests while focusing on profit maximization and tax mitigation with. Using the wisdom of taxes and business management your CPA can help you look to the future while managing your present. Too many focus on what has transpired rather than what will leaving business unprepared for staffing, management and cash flow issues.” John Dillard CPA, a Duluth/Atlanta CPA firm Taking Christianity into the World


Posted 5/16/14 at 3:52 PM | John Dillard

Atlanta CPA: Keep Your Tax Bill As Low as Legally Possible Only YOU Can Prevent Undue Tax Burdens

Keep Your Tax Bill As Low as Legally Possible Only YOU Can Prevent Undue Tax Burdens

Reading the pulse of your business is essential to understanding you business information. Raw data, managed properly can do much to create relevant management financial information that a business owner can use to make corrective decisions, maximize efforts/efficiencies and to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The below is a sample of the correspondence that we might utilize to assist business owners in ensuring that good financial information is both procured and utilized.


Posted 5/16/14 at 1:56 AM | Sylvie Simms

Improving Your Local Business

Check out this infographic to find out how you can improve your local business!

Posted 5/15/14 at 1:05 PM | John Dillard

How Can You Tell if Your CPA Can Also Serve as a Virtual CFO?

Using a Virtual CFO Can Help You “Anticipate the Unexpected”

“We ALL Know When You Better Plan for the Future You are Better Prepared for It. True successful entrepreneurs are plain and simply well-prepared! Being able to well estimate ‘what’s next’ is an essential component of business planning, profit maximization and tax mitigation. Be sure you work with a CPA who is more than just a tax preparer. A Virtual CFO can help you plan and roadmap you business future success.” – Duluth CPA, John Dillard CPA


Posted 5/15/14 at 5:53 AM | Sylvie Simms

How to detect and stop DDoS attacks from the NTP AMP toolkit

"As the security community scrambles to reduce the number of vulnerable NTP servers, attackers find ways to hit harder with fewer servers.

Fueled by the availability of new DDoS toolkits that make it simple from malicious actors to generate high-bandwidth, high-volume DDoS attacks against online targets, the NTP amplification attack method has surged in popularity.

With only a handful of vulnerable NTP servers, the current batch of NTP amplification attack toolkits enable malicious actors to launch 100 Gbps attacks – or larger. The most recent toolkit uses an NTP server’s own list of recent server connections – as many as 600 IP addresses – as the payload to create malicious traffic at the target site.

This DDoS threat advisory includes:

Indicators of the use of the NTP Amplification toolkit
Analysis of the source code
Use of monlist as the payload
The SNORT rule and target mitigation using ACL entries for attack targets
Mitigation instructions for vulnerable NTP servers
Statistics and payloads from two observed NTP Amplification DDoS attack campaigns

Register to download the full DDoS threat advisory >>> FULL POST

Posted 5/14/14 at 6:55 AM | Sylvie Simms

What’s Next For The LA Lakers?

With the NCAA basketball season ending and the NBA basketball season in its home stretch, basketball fans are already making predictions for the next season. Once March Madness is complete and the 2014 NBA draft lineup is set, NBA general managers are starting to decide who will make the cut for the next season. Some existing NBA contracts will be renewed while others will be traded. In addition to existing NBA players being signed, new players will also be picked up from college teams.

With their current win versus loss ratio, the L.A. Lakers are hoping to use the NBA Draft in order to sign some new players. Since the L.A. Lakers will have a lottery pick for the 2014 NBA Draft, the team should be able to pick up talent that will improve the team. This is good news since there are a lot of potentially great players ready to start their professional basketball career. In addition to signing some top picks from the 2014 NBA Draft, the L.A. Lakers are also hoping to sign some free agents. A few strong players have contracts that will expire after the 2013-2014 season and the L.A. Lakers are interested in offering these players contracts. By signing strong draft picks and free agents, the L.A. Lakers should have a great 2014-2015 season. FULL POST

Posted 5/14/14 at 5:40 AM | Sylvie Simms

What’s the Value of your Trade-In?

There are many details to take care of when it comes to buying a new or used car. First, you need to research the cars you’re interested in buying and then you need to find that car at the dealership. You also have to think about financing and if you’ll pay cash or if you’ll get a car loan through the bank or the dealership. You’ll also have to work out the details of a trade-in if you have an existing vehicle to get rid of.
Before Going to the Dealership
If you’re going to trade-in your old vehicle, there are a few things you need to take care of before you go to the dealership. Of course, you’ll want to get the most for your trade-in, which means you’ll need to prepare your car. Before going to the dealership, clean out your car, washing and vacuuming it so it’s in better condition. In addition to cleaning out your car, you’ll also want to research it to get a general idea for what the car is worth.
At the Dealership
Once you’re at the dealership, you can talk to a sales associate about the value of your trade-in. If you have it, bring any receipts or details outlining the care and maintenance of your car. If the dealership knows you’ve taken care of your car, you’re more likely to get more out of your trade-in. FULL POST

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