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About cbslee

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  1. Win 10 Update on Tuesday

    Read a lengthy IT security article yesterday, which said that a security flaw has been found in one of the predominant chips used in many encryption devices. In conclusion, the article said, "There is no way to participate in and use modern technology without the risk of being hacked."
  2. From the recent Security Summit: "In 2018, a new Verification Code box will appear on all official W-2 forms for the first time. Many taxpayers will see a 16-character code on approximately 66 million Forms W-2 to help authenticate the W-2. Taxpayers preparing their own returns and tax professionals will be urged to enter the code if the box contains the 16-digit number." 1. I notice the entry of the code is not mandatory. Until it is ??? 2. How will the small businessperson buying their W-2 forms at Staples and preparing them manually ever comply ?
  3. 2018 PTIN

    I believe they will send another email when they are actually ready to process renewals ?
  4. Win 10 Update on Tuesday

    Just to clarify, these steps as I understand them do not disable the Windows Autoupdate. What they do is to allow you to temporarily delay the update until a time convenient to you.
  5. Win 10 Update on Tuesday

    If you google "Windows Autoupdate" you will find more than one or two sites that will lead you through the process. It takes a bit more work than just unchecking a box.
  6. For those of you running your network over wifi...

    I just checked the news on KRACK attacks on Wi FI transmissions. All operating systems i.e., MacOS, IOS, Windows, Android and Linux are vulnerable. Android and Linux supposedly are the most vulnerable. Google is not going to release the first patches until November 6th. Be safe, minimize your use of Wi Fi in the meantime !
  7. Win 10 Update on Tuesday

    The PRO version allows you to turn off auto update. The less costly versions have autoupdate hard coded in.
  8. Win 10 Update on Tuesday

    Win 10's 4th major update is being released on this Tuesday, October 17th. If you are busy and have auto update turned on , be aware !
  9. New eservices phishing scam

    Another IRS scam announcement: "Tax professionals and their clients should be aware of a fake insurance tax form scam that is being used to access annuity and life insurance accounts. Cybercriminals currently are combining several tactics to create a complex scheme through which both tax professionals and taxpayers have been victimized."
  10. Idle property (Expenses & Depre)

    Perhaps the property changed from rental property to investment property in the interim, ultimately changing back to rental property ?
  11. Minimal Depreciation

    Perhaps some of this equipment hasn' t been actually placed service ? Perhaps some of the equipment has mostly been used on land improvement projects that should be capitalized ?
  12. ATX Website Board Problems

    These problems have been ongoing for 5 or 6 weeks now. I wonder where it ranks on their "to do" list ? "We are still working to resolve the issues with the Community Board. At this time, we do not know how long it will take to correct them. If you need further assistance, please contact our customer support department at 1-800-638-8291. Thank you for using our products!! " Sean M. Lewis Wolters Kluwer ATX, CCH Small Firms Services 225 Chastain Meadows Court, NW Suite 200 Kennesaw, Georgia. 30144
  13. SAN FRANCISCO — Equifax says its systems were not breached and blamed a third party vendor for running malicious code. On Thursday a security analyst reported a link on the Equifax website redirected him to a third-party site that encouraged him to download malware. "The issue involves a third-party vendor that Equifax uses to collect website performance data, and that vendor’s code running on an Equifax website was serving malicious content," Equifax said in a statement. "Since we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the web page and we have taken the web page offline to conduct further analysis." Security analyst Randy Abrams said he encountered the malicious link when downloading his credit report. A link on the Equifax site directs users to an announcement that the credit report assistance page is down for maintenance. Shares dropped as much as 3.5% Thursday. "This incident should serve as a warning for any website operator to know and control vendor risk in the digital world – all website code, both first and third party, should be continuously monitored to avoid these scenarios," Chris Olson, CEO of cybersecurity firm The Media Trust said in an emailed statement. Be careful everywhere !
  14. ATX Update Released Today

    Interesting, there aren't any new updates listed in the download center ?
  15. ATX Update Released Today

    It's probably the setup for the tax organizer.