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Looks Good On Paper. But How Does It Actually Work?

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Virtual Assistants often come up when talking about cutting the expenses of a small business or home office. I hear there are a lot of things that a VA can do.  I hear how great they are. What I don’t hear is what, exactly, does anyone have them do? What I don’t hear is any of the details.

  • What does your VA do for you?
  • How often do they work for you?
  • How long have they been working with you?
  • Do you have different VA’s for different projects?
  • How “virtual” are they – in other words, do they not work in your office, but do work close enough to occasionally meet in person?  Are they out-of-state? International?
  • Do you have a contract? If so, how detailed are the tasks/projects listed in it?

I think it’s a great idea. But Virtual Assistants have been in existence for quite some time, yet don’t seem to be catching on that quickly. Maybe there’s an issue of organization, productivity, or experience with technology.

What do you think?

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Computer Misuse and Ethical Sanctions

INTERNET LAW – Legal and Ethical Implications of Computer Misuse by Attorneys

A major culprit in the proliferation of computer-based crimes is the tendency by many individuals to allow easy access to their computer and e-mail passwords. In many cases, passwords are shared with a number of people or may be too obvious. In particular, firms should institute a policy against using easy-to-detect passwords such as last names, the firm’s name, or the individual’s birthday as a password.

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