Archive for March, 2012
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
Companies who reimburse their employees business expenses can end up spending countless hours and file space dealing with employee expense reports. They have to go through and make sure all the claims being filed are legitimate and that their business isn’t paying for an employee’s personal expenses, which can end up being a fairly arduous task. They also don’t want to lose good employees because they aren’t being reimbursed in a timely manner. Since travel expenses are a large portion of expense reports, it stands to reason that these employees are often out of town and need some way to file these reports remotely. To meet this demand several web technologies have been developed that employers can use to quickly and efficiently go file their expense reports.
- ExpensePoint – Globalpoint Technologies has developed an online expense reporting system called ExpensePoint. The reporting process is fully automated with company credit card purchases imported directly into the system. Review, approval and accounting are all done in an instant.
- Concur Premier – This web based technology takes the expense reporting to a new level by also providing corporate travel bookings in conjunction to basic expense reports. This streamlines the reporting process since the expenses are uploaded automatically into their paperless transaction process.
- Verian – An online accounting software provider, Verian has the capabilities for employees to submit their expense reports from any computer or smart phone. Expenses are automatically posted to the proper accounts and employees can get reimbursed through direct deposit.
- SmartDoc – This free iPad app is a fully functioning expense report application. Employees can keep track of their expenses with SmartDoc while they travel and have a full report ready to submit when they return.
- Chrome River – Another online accounting and expense reporting system, Chrome River offers a user friendly and painless way for company personnel to submit their reports in a timely manner. Approvers and finance managers enjoy a flexible system that can be customized to their specific needs.
- ExpenseNet – Developed by InterplX, this is the first web-based reporting software built to conform to the Sarbanes/Oxley legislation. ExpenseNet has the sophisticated capabilities to handle the most complex businesses with a diverse workforce.
- ExpenseWatch – Employers who want to manage their expense reports online can use ExpenseWatch to track their travel and entertainment costs from anywhere. This software integrates with existing business workflows while also providing added flexibility.
- Paybackable – This simple online application tracks employee mileage and expenses and is integrated with QuickBooks accounting software. Paybackable is an easy way to keep track of and submit out-of-pocket expenses.
- Expensify – Employees can submit their expense reports online by importing directly from their credit card or bank account or by scanning their receipts. Expensify has free mobile apps and flexible reporting and reimbursement options.
- Certify – Making expense reporting painless and simple, Certify has revolutionized the game of corporate expense management. Business travelers and their employers have a comprehensive system to handle global contingencies.
All of these web technologies help to free up employees from the hassle of keeping track of paper receipts and filling out tedious reports. Tracking and verifying expenses can be done more efficiently, thus reducing any time-consuming errors and verification processes. The risks of fraud and waste are greatly minimized because the expense approval is much less cumbersome. Many of these technologies integrate directly with accounting programs to eliminate data entry errors. Submitting travel expenses online has revolutionized the corporate world.
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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
There’s an old saying that the three quickest ways to spread news are telephone, television, and tell a friend. Of course that saying predates the internet by about four decades, and now there’s really no hope for keeping a secret. In fact, there are so many ways to ruin a secret online that we’re going to share a list. It’s what we do, after all. Here are 10 ways that secrets told online don’t stay secret:
- Shared Computer – One of the most common ways to compromise confidential info is when a computer or terminal has multiple users. Strong password protection and a screen-saver time-out setting are keys to safeguarding your secrets.
- Joint Accounts – As in the above scenario, you share access with another user. Email, social network, or blog access for someone other than you means your secrets are not your own. You may want to look into creating an independent account.
- Privacy Settings – It is not uncommon for social network users to leave their privacy settings open for non-friends to see their messages. This won’t jeopardize the really secret stuff you share only via private messaging, but it can give other users access to your Facebook wall, where they can get info you may not want just anyone to see.
- Mobile Hackers – We’ve all seen examples of celebrity accounts being hacked in order to gain access to private date and photos. It can be done to just about anyone’s mobile device, so use adequate security and privacy settings on your browser and wireless network.
- Screenshots – Remember, deleting a comment or an update doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. You never know who may be saving something you wish you hadn’t shared. Screenshots are a common way for information to say live forever.
- Skype – A 21st century version of the aforementioned telephone, Skype can dish your dirt worldwide in a heartbeat. Mind who you’re sharing your business with, girlfriend. And watch out what is going on behind you. It’s not a blank screen.
- Hijacked Accounts – It’s rare, but it does happen. Social media and email servers provide multiple layers of security, but it’s a cat-and-mouse game that even the best measures only keep you one step ahead of the hackers. Change your passwords often, and make them strong. By the way …
- Compromised Password – Many people choose passwords that are easy for them to remember, making them easy to decode in the process. Don’t use obvious number sequences like birth dates and anniversaries. Use a mix of special characters, numerals, large and small case letters, with a minimum of 8 total characters.
- Friend of a Friend of a Friend … – Social networks like Facebook have a way of expanding beyond what you may be comfortable with, before you know it. Often times, users will gain access to others’ profiles by friending their way in, one layer at a time. Choose your friends carefully. It’s your network, after all.
- Unfriending Friends – You may have justification in deleting someone from your circle of friends; but that doesn’t mean they will keep your secrets, secret. Remember, once it’s out there on the web, it’s out there for keeps. So keep that in mind before spilling your beans online.
Always remember that what you put online stays online. Forever. So think before you post anything, even if it is marked private. It is hard to argue that you kept a secret when it is typed out in black and white for the world to see.
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Sunday, March 4th, 2012
Betting on the spread can be one of the toughest bets in sports gambling; it’s also one of the most popular when it comes to online betting. When oddsmakers place the spread, they predict the winner of the game. Here are ten of the most popular and trusted sites for point spreads on the internet.
- Point-Spreads – From the site: “Established in 1997, Point-Spreads.com was one of the first sports information websites on the internet and quickly became the preeminent provider of sports editorial news, free sports picks and information services for the professional and novice sports enthusiast.”
- Vegas – The official Las Vegas, Nevada travel site Vegas offers, in addition to travel information, point spreads that are constantly updated throughout the day. The line is only provided for informational purposes; there is no gambling on the website.
- Vegas Insider – Known as the “global leader in sports gaming information,” Vegas Insider is a clearinghouse for all things gambling. In addition to professional sports, there are also options for betting on awards show results.
- America’s Line – Filled with sports betting information in addition to the spreads, America’s Line is a can’t-miss resource for dedicated gamblers and sports bettors.
- Doc’s Sports Service – With a live lines and odds that are updated every five minutes, Doc’s Sports Service is also a handicapping advice service owned and operated by the same proprietor since 1971. With offices in both Wisconsin and Las Vegas, Doc’s also employs a full staff.
- Armchair Analysis – The owner of Armchair Analysis states, “This site is run by a true NFL fan with a passion for neat statistics that can be leveraged to beat the point spread. My hope is that you’ll find it to be a refreshing change from the industry norm.”
- Vegas-Spreads – Established in 1997, Vegas Spreads has made quite a name for itself in the online sports betting world. According to their About Us, “Vegas-Spreads.com plays host to an advanced, integrated software system which delivers real-time sports betting odds and live Vegas point spreads from the world’s largest and most respected online sportsbooks. From a single web browser window, Vegas-Spreads.com readers are able to monitor streaming betting odds from several of the internet’s best online sportsbooks completely FREE.”
- Sports Betting Lines – In addition to providing spread information, Sports Betting Lines also offers an extensive selection of online betting information, explanations and advice. An ideal choice for beginners, SBL provides concise information.
- Football Locks – Another sports betting handicapping service that features points spread information, Football Locks staff considers the site to be the go-to resource for “NFL picks, predictions, point spreads and odds.”
- The Spread – According to their About Us section, The Spread “…has been an industry leader in the publishing and delivery of sports and sports wagering information. Our dedicated staff of sports writers, editors, publishers and statisticians work 365 days a year to provide our visitors and partners the very best unique and accurate sports and wagering information available anywhere online.” Established in 1999, this site is a favorite of seasoned sports gamblers everywhere.
No need to call your ‘bookie,’ as seen in the films of yesteryear, to get the odds on the coming game. Just go online and a check a few of these sites to find out who the favorites are and how big of spread is being shown.
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