8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts More PhishingDespite the reassurances that email addresses and names were all that were stolen, many security experts are still concerned about the implications. Even though no financial data were disclosed, just by knowing someone’s email address and their spending habits – or at least the brands with which they have some sort of relationship – it may be easy to craft a targeted and sophisticated phishing attack.If scammers know that you have a credit card with Capital One, for example, they may send emails asking you to log into a website and provide credentials that will give them access to more data, including financial information. People do fall for these targeted “spear-phishing” attacks, because they appear to come from a site they have a relationship with.What Can You Do About It?Phishing attacks are not uncommon, and as always, if you keep your guard up about where you click and what information you give up, you’ll probaby be safe. But phishing attacks do work, even if it’s just for a small percentage of recipients. And as the breach at Epsilon has exposed tens of millions of email addresses, even that small percentage could prove to be a sizable number.When you receive an email from a company now, make sure you scrutinize it fully. Look at the email address and verify the sender. Look for typos and strange URLs. But don’t click on those links. If you do get a suspicious email – particularly one with an urgent tone asking you to update your personal information – pick up the phone and call the company in question. Remember: most companies aren’t going to ask for sensitive information via email. Chances are you’ve received an email this week notifying you that your email address was stolen. On Friday, Epsilon, one of the largest email marketing companies, announced that its database had been breached, and “a subset of Epsilon clients’ customer data were exposed.” Epsilon says the breach was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only, and no other personal identifiable information was at risk. However the scope of the breach along with that list of Epsilon clientele, make this one of the largest security breaches of it kind.Epsilon says that only 2% of its clients were affected – only about 50. But those 50 include Citigroup, Capital One, Walgreen, Best Buy, Target, Hilton, Kroger, Tivo, Disney, The College Board, and Marriott. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#security#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Way back when I was a contractor, I always found it useful to develop well-organized systems to use in running our business. Whenever I was asked the same question twice, it was time to create standards and procedures for employees and trade contractors to refer to.I called these the gifts that kept on giving: once you had them you could stop trying to remember what you said the last time and just refer people to the appropriate documents. Eventually they learn, and the questions become less frequent.Now, these gifts don’t come easily. They almost always take time to put together, troubleshoot, revise, implement, and then, most importantly, make sure that everyone uses them properly and consistently. There is nothing worse that putting together a great program only to have it ignored and abandoned. Procedures must be effective, efficient, and usedAs a manager, it is your job to create effective policies and procedures – ones that work and produce measurable results – and to enforce compliance with them throughout the company. Company policies and procedures that don’t improve your productivity, comply with legal requirements, or provide you with information you can use are busy work and should be scrapped. Good policies and procedures that are ignored deprive you of increased productivity and data that you need to run your business better.One of the best procedures we developed at my firm, SawHorse, Inc., was a trade contractor management program. At the time we put this together, we were running about 25 to 30 projects at any one time with six project managers and a small field staff of carpenters and laborers, the majority of our work being performed by trade contractors.We needed a way to get both consistent quality work and manage the flow of information from proposals to invoices to payments smoothly. We already had in place good policies for invoicing and payments – invoices were due by a specific day and time every two weeks and checks were issued the week following receipt of invoices. We had moved from weekly payments to bi-monthly, saving our accounting department a lot of time and effort in the process. Click here to read the next article in this series RELATED ARTICLES Trade Contractor Management — Part 2Trade Contractor Management — Part 3Trade Contractor Management — Part 4Trade Contractor Management — Part 5 Deciding to decideWhat we didn’t have, however, was as good, consistent set of specifications for our trade contractors’ work, nor did we have a good process to inspect and confirm that the work was being done properly. We decided that we needed to fill this gap and made the decision to devote the time and energy to making it happen.In setting out to create a system to manage our trade contractors, we outlined a program that included standard written construction specifications and a set of steps that required trade contractors to inspect their own work as well as have it inspected by our project managers prior to payments being released.Putting this system together was no small feat – it took several months and hundreds of hours of work. We came up with a set of checklists and a written policy that we used to manage our trade contractors. We explained it, announced it in advance, used it for a test period, made some adjustments, and successfully implemented it quickly and with a minimum amount of disruption.This article is the first in a series that will cover the steps we took putting this system in place, hiccups in the process, a detailed discussion of how the system works, and suggestions on how to create a process like this in your own company. If you just can’t wait to get started on your own trade contractor management program, GBA Pro members can download the full set of checklists here. If you are not a GBA Pro member, and do not want to become one, you can go to my website and buy the full set of checklists. The set includes 26 individual checklists for most standard residential construction trades in Excel format along with a suggested procedure. You can personalize and edit each page as you see fit.
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Following last weekend’s training camp in Parkes, Australian Men’s Open player, Peter Norman tells us about how the camp went, what the team got up to in Parkes and how the team is feeling in the lead up to the 2013 Trans Tasman Series. For those who don’t know me, my name’s Peter Norman and I’m from the Gold Coast and play for SQBD Sharks. I made my Open’s debut for the Australian Mixed Open side in Auckland at the 2010 Trans Tasman, then in 2011 I had to withdraw from the Mixed Open World Cup side due to Rugby League commitments with the Titans under 20’s. At the start of this year I was again chosen in the Mixed Open squad however I wasn’t selected in the final side to play against New Zealand in Mudgee. Even though at the time it felt like a massive kick in the guts, in hindsight this was exactly what I needed to take my game to the next level. After speaking with various coaches and getting feedback, I worked hard on fixing the flaws in my game in order to try and reach my goal of representing my country at the Men’s Open level. When I found out that I had made the final side I was so stoked and I owe Trady and Sfeirsy big time for putting their faith in my abilities come game time in February.Over the weekend our Men’s Open team and the Mixed side had a training camp in Parkes. On Friday I was the last to fly into Sydney, arriving at 7.00pm before hopping straight on the bus where everyone was already waiting. The six hour bus trip to Parkes flew past thanks to Phil Dunphy’s (Dan Withers) bus driving skills as well as Ziade’s pranks and Stowey’s stories keeping everyone entertained on the way out. We arrived at Parkes at 1.00am and everyone was ready to go straight to sleep after hearing Trady and Sfeirsy’s golf story for the 100th time. After breakfast on Saturday morning the boys headed out to the fields to conduct a coaching clinic for the Parkes juniors. It was a great turn up with teams from the under 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s Boys and under 14’s and 16’s Firls. The coaching clinic seemed like a great success and all of the kids had an awesome time and hopefully took something home from it. Highlights from the coaching clinic included crowd favourite, Georgie (Jonathon Palau) getting swamped by all of the kids in Parkes enough to make Justin Beiber jealous, Ziade teaching his under 16’s Girls how to cheat in offside Touch because they were getting carved by the immaculately drilled under 14’s Girls coached by Stuey Brierty and myself. Another highlight was thinking we had lost Goody for a couple of hours until we realised he was actually coaching the under 12’s and wasn’t a part of the team. Captain Steve Roberts even made a late appearance once the UV rays had settled down to an appropriate level only to find that Ranga (Ben Moylan) had used up all five litres of the sunscreen. After running the kids through various drills and games we escaped the heat and had a lunch break in the shade with the Parkes Touch club providing the food and Matt Tope’s nose providing the shade. After lunch we got down to business and went back to the hotel to have a video session. Once we finished the video session everyone came out on the same page and knew what direction we wanted to go in so it was time to put it to practice. We headed back out to the fields to have a run against the Mixed team to work on what we had just talked about and also to put on a show for the kids to see what Touch is like at the elite level. The game was fast paced and ensured both teams came out of it with things to work on over the rest of the weekend. After the game finished we trained for another hour or so then headed back to the hotel for some much needed R&R.At 7.00pm we had a private dinner, which we were privileged to have the mayor of Parkes attend and speak at. On Sunday we were up bright and early (except master splinter aka Dyl Thompson who missed breakfast because it takes him two hours to brush his teeth). After another awesome breakfast put on by Ace and Beryl, we were off to the fields to work on our line attack and line defence. The boys put in a massive effort in the 5000 degree heat leaving nothing in the tank. After a solid training session Trady was happy with where the team is at so we pulled up stumps and headed back to the hotel for showers. As Dylan Thompson and myself are the only two debutants in the side on arrival back at the hotel we received our official welcome into the team, which was an experience in itself to say the least. After everybody was showered up and ready to go we grabbed a quick feed and began the drive back to Sydney.Overall the camp was a great success and a lot of fun was had by all involved. As a team the boys are as pumped as ever to keep the winning tradition continuing and we are by no means taking the New Zealand side lightly as we’re more than aware of their capabilities, especially on home turf. I’d also like to thank Wayne Grant and Cathy Gray as well as everyone at TFA for all their efforts in the elite program and in making this camp happen. On behalf of the Men’s Open side I would like to say a huge thanks to Ace from the Comfort Inn for putting up with us and always ensuring we had everything we needed. As well as a huge thanks to Al and his sideburns for helping organise and run the camp, we appreciate it mate!Related LinksCamp Diary – Pete Norman
Victoria’s under 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will come together this weekend to learn from some of Australia’s best coaches and players as part of the 2013 Touch Football Victoria Junior Elite camp. On Saturday, 20 July and Sunday, 21 July the teams will converge on Lake Dewar Lodge in Myrniong in the lead up to their respective national events later in the year – for the under 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships and for the under 15’s teams, the School Sport Australia National Championships. Australian Mixed Open coach, Micheal Lovett, Australian 20’s Girls coach, Swain Rovelli, Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy and Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant will attend the camp to share their skills and knowledge with Victoria’s best up-and-coming talent. For more information about the weekend, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Victoria website – www.victouch.com.au. Related LinksTFV Jnr Elite Camp
If you attended the recent 2014 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee, we would love to hear your thoughts. We are committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at Touch Football events and participating in our surveys with greatly assist in this regard.There will are two surveys, one developed by Destination NSW and one developed by TFA. The different surveys will concentrate on different aspects of the event. If you would like to pass on some feedback of your experience you can do so through the Destination NSW survey which can be accessed from – http://ensw.customerdirect.com.au/ensw/start.aspx?meetingid=3877 The TFA survey goes further into some event logistics and is available from – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-OTTTS Related LinksTrans Tasman Survey