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02/11/09
Watch-outs 5. Malware alert, Tools, and tax-time
Filed under: Networking
Posted by: site admin @ 9:58 am

This entry gives three suggestions.
1.  Beware of malware that can be
triggered in networking sites.

2.  Do you benefit from the
wonderful tools that innovators
devise to assist us do and track
things?  Please note sometimes
those tools are discontinued or
change.

3.  If you are out of a job or
retired and have 1099 income, don’t
forget the ability to move money
into traditional or SEP IRAs for 2008
tax benefits.  “What if” calculations in
software can estimate benefits.

1.  Malware “traps” in LinkedIn
Source:  WSJ Corrections and
Amplifications 2-5-09 and blog

Malware programs were triggered when
unsuspecting users clicked on faked
profiles.  Details online in blog item.
  

2.  Online tools emerging:  risks and
benefits

Source:  WSJ 2-5-09   J E. Vascellaro
Novel business and health tools are
emerging.  Some will be longlasting
and helpful.  If the tools are helpful
but do not take off in use, they are
sometimes dropped. 
Be conscious of the amount of effort
(wasted effort, ie Google Notebook
or Quicken 2005) and how much
is revealed in the information (loss
of privacy).

In another take for Internet savvy
professionals, J. Angevin pointed out
strategies to improve your personal
“Internet identity”
Once on the internet, things are hard to
remove, she offers some positive insights.
WSJ:  2-5-09,  Julia Angevin.

3.  Consider ‘What if’ calculations for IRAs
Source: NYT 2-11-09
You have unemployment income and other
income this year.  Consider doing a factor
analysis for SEP and tradtional IRA
contributions for you and your spouse.
Other tax considerations are listed in the
article.

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