Web security. Although using your credit card to make purchases over the Internet no longer is foolhardy, you still must guard against fraud. The best protection is to do business over a secure Web server. In Netscape Navigator, a door-key icon on a blue screen indicates when you’re safe to shop. With Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, look for a gold-lock icon on the status bar. These symbols ensure that your personal information is properly encrypted and has been sent to the correct Web site. For added protection, Navigator automatically alerts you to an unsecured site; on Internet Explorer, click the “View” menu, then “Options,” then “Advanced.”
Thousands of employers have been snared in the IRS's all-out initiative to increase employment-tax audits—its first such initiative in 25 years. A main target: the tax treatment and reporting of employee fringe benefits....Click here to find out more.