When you are a small one-person home-based web design company like I am, the concern with fraud in your company is not a focus. But if you expand your business, it can become an issue that should be looked at. For that reason, the following guest article may be of interest to some and not others. But certainly worth consideration.
— Jim Smith
By Guest Author: Mike Greaves
Many small and medium sized companies do not pay much attention to the fraud and corruption practices taking place in their organizations. Technically speaking, they are just not aware of any of them at first place. This not only makes the whole business suffer from huge losses, but also affect the overall productivity and efficiency of employees in the long run.
As a matter of fact, with easy accessibility of technology fraud has become an integral part of every business. Unfortunately, not many people realize the significance of preventing frauds on time and suffer from huge losses. Most companies do not even have a strong support to detect and prevent fraud, while some of them only have tools to detect them, which do not provide any solutions thereof. The first step to protect a business environment from fraud and corruption activities is to develop effective strategies and put efficient Risq group Fraud and corruption control measures. Here we will discuss some of the effective measures that you can take as a business owner and protect your business from unfavorable consequences.
Encourage the Right Culture: The company’s policies and conditions should be made clear to all employees and staff of the organization. The policies must speak about serious actions against dishonesty, corruption, fraud, and theft. This will be a great step to warn potential fraudulent and will leave them thinking about the consequences they may have to suffer. The main motive behind taking such actions is to deter potential wrongdoers.
Alternatively, as a policy maker you can also encourage people to come forward and speak out their guts about any fraud or corruption activities taking place in an organization. This is a great way to spot such activities as early as possible to prevent any huge loss and damage to the business in the long run. Give employees assurance of not being involved in any further course of action.
Recruit Right People: It is very important to conduct a third party check on potential employees. Companies often do not follow this practice and have to suffer from various problems in the long run. There are chances that you have recruited an employee who is working for your rival firm and passing all the important information to them. Thus, it is very important to keep a thorough check on your new employees, especially those who have been assigned senior posts as they will be having the maximum access to important details and customer data of the business.
Awareness To Identify The Risks: You can take several measures to educate your company’s staff members on how to identify the risks in a business environment. Without having the knowledge of practices that are termed as fraud in business terms, they may not be able to take the necessary actions. It is very important to create awareness on general fraud through various modules such as presentation of case studies, periodic publishing on awareness articles on the intranet and company magazines, sessions from Risq group Fraud and corruption control and many more.
About The Author:
Mike is a freelance writer who writes on different topics such as business, marketing and social media. He holds bachelor’s degree in electronics. He has published more than 500 articles about various topics, including role of guest blogs and social media role in daily life. His famous article on Risq group Fraud and corruption control. He loves to travel and make new friends.
It might be worth warning your clients of a phishing spam going around with tax season approaching. I got a dozen of them this morning that sneaked past all my spam filters. These are supposedly from Intuit and here is the gist of it (without the link):
In our continuing effort to assure that precise information is being maintained on our systems, and to be able to grant you better quality of service; INTUIT INC. has taken part in the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] Name and TIN Matching Program.
For some reason your name and/or Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number, that is indicated on your account does not correspond to the data on file with the Social Security Administration.
In order to enable INTUIT INC. to update your account, please enter the secure section.
2632 Marine Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
The words, “enter the secure section” has a link (disabled on my example) that is obviously not related to Intuit so make sure your clients understand not to click that link.
Normally I just delete those but since so many of them slipped through my spam/phishing system, I figure others might have similar results. It is a good opportunity to have a discussion with your clients about not clicking on any links that seem to be trying to get confidential information. Now I need to add that to my filters.
When designing websites you should always try to use updated HTML code. Using the outdated FONT tag is one example of a tag that should be removed from your work since it represent outdated coding. When you are hired to build a website the assumption is that you will use the most updated technology. The use of FONT tags shows that you are falling back on old coding rather than updating your work with newer cascading style sheets (CSS).
It is not very difficult to master the use of a cascading style sheet (CSS) and once you understand styles, you won’t ever want to go back to the “old fashion” method.
If you still use FONT tags instead of using styles, you might question why you should change to CSS just because it is newer. There are other benefits other than just to modernize your work to moving up to style sheets.
For example, modifying the appearance of a website that uses FONT tags instead of styles can take a substantial amount of time. For instance, if your customer wants their font to be a brown color instead of black, by using cascading styles, you just change a couple of styles and it cascades throughout the entire website. On the other hand, if the website has FONT tags embedded throughout it, you will need to go through each FONT tag to adjust it. Of course when your customer then decides that the brown color should be a bit darker, you will need to go back through all those FONT tags again! (And trust me… your client will change their mind in ways like that <grin>).
Modifying styles in a website should be a quick task. Let your client know that you can easily make the adjustment, let them ponder the change, and then if desired, continue to tweak it until it is just what the client wants. As a web design business pro, you shouldn’t be wasting your valuable time tinkering with old FONT tags (unless it is to get rid of them!). Become proficient at cascading style sheets and you can compete in the market as a professional for top dollar against the slow guys still using the old FONT tags.
One organization I have a soft spot for is American Lab Rescue. They rescue orphaned Labrador Retrievers and find them good homes (we have welcomed two of the dogs into our home). I can’t understand why anyone would abandon those wonderful dogs. My point? Some web designers and web hosts do the same thing… to their clients. Continue reading
If you are a web designer or in a related industry, you may be targeted for the latest Internet scam. When thought through, it seems obvious but if you are struggling to get your business going, this may be a tempting offer. Don’t be fooled! Yesterday, I got two emails asking me to help an artist in England with “with my two kids, one dog and the love of my life.“. The emails sounded very sincere in their plea for help. Continue reading
We’ve all talked about outsourcing jobs overseas and how it impacts those people losing jobs because of it. However, there is another consideration to be made. How safe is it to have your programming work completed elsewhere? There is a thought-provoking article written by Marcus J. Ranum (see article). In the article, Marcus makes several good points. Continue reading
A client of mine just got a demand notification from Getty Images that a photo on his web site was one of Getty’s copyrighted photos. The client was told to remove the photo immediately PLUS to pay $1000 settlement to avoid a copyright infringement suit. Naturally the first reaction when my client sent it to me (after removing the offending photo) was this being a scam to squeeze some money.
But after Googling this, I found that this appears to be a collection agency hired by Getty threatening litigation. It clearly states that removing the offending photo is not enough and they expect payment as well. This client is a small company that sells electronics. It appears that they got an image from what they assumed was a legit source 3-4 years ago. I searched the Internet and found numerous other sites (including Amazon) with the same photo so it appears that it has been used extensively. Continue reading