Certain Considerations Regarding Document and Document Management Systems’ Security

Documents experience problems of so many kinds. Customer listings, sales-strategy reports & complete revenue statistics may fall in-to the hands of opponents. Private personal data offered by customers and staff may very well be damaged producing legal cases. Recognition data including bank-account login data or credit-card details might be stolen by criminals. Because of those options in today’s society, the issue of document security must turn into a number one situation.

Physical & Digital Document Security Measures

Very first, security options according to a document management system aim to shield business details and business interests & adhere to legal specifications, for example safety of secrecy and prevent monetary losses through Id theft and fraud. This is the most important aspect of document security to consider.

Document security is usually ensured by reducing access towards the documents. With a paper-based method, highly receptive documents could be kept in lock for seeing by only top executives, for instance. Yet it is practically unattainable to make sure ample security for files under a paper-based system mainly because keeping all documents under key and lock can impact on business outcomes. As an example, decision makers might realize that documents that provide decision-support information can’t be monitored promptly.

Therefore, an adequate document management system could upgrade things in a significant way, because admittance to selected files & documents might be selectively confined by applying electronic options. As an example, workers may be grouped into distinct levels and each stream could have diverse access privileges and permissions. Access rights typically contain watching and modifying privileges, i.e. selected people can be allowed to view a unique document but not alter it. Other folks may well have full rights, like updating privileges. Users may also have to furnish passwords to find the documents. This could formally prevent unauthorized persons from viewing documents at workers’ workstation.

As can be evident, authorizations solely cannot really supply full safe practices. An employee might fail to log out right after using a document & if perhaps that specific leaves the work-station, somebody else might then be capable to notice it. Training staff members to go by recommendations for security is a key factor of overall document safety. It has been claimed that several security lapses are because of employees, either through neglect or dis-honesty. It’s essential to present accessibility rights absolutely on a need-to-have basis, with every staff (along with senior workforce) being allowed to access only those files that they require to complete their distinct projects.

Web-based Risks

Then, you have the World-wide-web. The existence of the world-wide-web lets potential risks to derive from foreign sources. Distinct threats from viruses & some other harmful software programs, from cyber-terrorist who can destroy valuable business information and from identification crooks have become far more dangerous presently. These outside threats are guarded against through the installing of security software such as anti-virus & anti-spyware programs, inclusion of fire-walls and secure-access components, such as SSL & consistent upgrades to operating systems & software programs. Software developers generally issue patches to connect any practical security problems.

Validation and Audit Trails

Authentication of documents is a second key security preventative measure to be looked at, imposed by Law. Developments just like electronic signatures could not just help sender’s signature out-going documents, but also enable receivers to ensure that documents they acquire are really from who they claim to be; and also that no variations have occurred since it was authenticated.

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Phishing and Email Scams in World of Warcraft

Like any of the dozens of other internet scams, phishing has been around for as long as people with ill-intentions have known it to work. There are dozens of different methods to take someone’s identity, financial information, or login passwords, but Email Phishing has long been the most successful and for that reason World of Warcraft scammers have taken it up just as readily as anyone else.

While it might not be as dangerous to fall for a World of Warcraft phishing scam as a Paypal or Bank of America scam, it is equally as frustrating. Hours of your life have been put into your characters online and for someone to come along and take them from you is incredibly upsetting. For that reason as well as the other scams mentioned, you should know exactly what to look for when reading any email about your World of Warcraft account.

First off, the rules about what phishers are allowed to write to you, legally, are rather hazy. For example, certain words and phrases are copyrighted by Blizzard and cannot be used in an email for the purpose of scamming. However, other phrases are not. Generally, it doesn’t matter what they say as they are taking your information and performing fraud, but many scammers try to stay in the legal grey area as much as possible, so they will take the time to utilize alternate words in their emails. This includes things like ‘Blizzard E’ instead of ‘Blizzard Entertainment’. Watch for any phrases or words that don’t’ match up with what you traditionally receive. The template might be identical with a slight switch in the wording.

Next up is the email address itself. Blizzard has its own domain and no one else can use that domain. If you get an email from anyone but Blizzard.com, you know you’re getting a phishing email. Don’t reply. This is a simple matter of paying attention. Never click through a link on any email unless you’re sure it is legitimate. Instead, if an email asks you to click a link, type in the website address directly and login that way. It’s much safer.

Finally, always read the entire contents of the email. Phishers will often try to scare you into giving away information that you should never give away in the first place. They might tell you your account has been hacked and that you must send your login information so it can be confirmed as yours. They might pretend you’ve done something wrong and ask you to login to a fake address where they will take you information.

Never let these threats scare you as they are often ploys to get your information. Secondly, never give out information in an email. Blizzard, like every other responsible company out there will never ask for you personal or login information via email. It’s against their Privacy Policy. Keep an eye out and you should be able to steer clear of scams in your email and keep your account information safe.

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The Worker Identity Theft Crisis (And How You Will Save The Day)

The Price of Admission to the Digital Age

Identity theft is everywhere. It’s the crime of the millennium; it’s the scourge of the digital age. If it hasn’t happened to you, it’s happened to someone you know. Using Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data, Javelin Research estimates that about 9 million identity thefts occurred last year, which means that about 1 in 22 American adults was victimized in just one year. So far – knock wood – I’ve personally been spared, but in the course of running an enterprise identity theft solutions company, I’ve run across some amazing stories, including from close friends that I had not previously known were victims. One friend had her credit card repeatedly used to pay for tens of laptops, thousands of dollars of groceries, and rent on several apartments – in New York City, just prior to the 9/11 attacks. The FBI finally got involved, and discovered an insider at the credit card firm, and links to organizations suspected of supporting terrorists.

So what is this big scary threat, is it for real, and is there anything one can do other than install anti-virus software, check credit card statements, put your social security card in a safe deposit box, and cross one’s fingers? And perhaps even more important for the
corporate audience – what’s the threat to corporations (oh, yes, there’s a major threat) and what can be done to keep the company and its employees safe?

First, the basics. Identity theft is – as the name implies – any use of another person’s identity to commit fraud. The obvious example is using a stolen credit card to purchase items, but it also includes such activities as hacking corporate networks to steal enterprise information, being employed using a fraudulent SSN, paying for medical care using another person’s insurance coverage, taking out loans and lines of equity on assets owned by someone else, using someone else’s ID when getting arrested (so that explains my impressive rap sheet!) and much more. In the late 90s and early 2000s, identity theft numbers skyrocketed, but they have plateaued in the last 3 years at around 9-10 million victims per year – still an enormous problem: the most common consumer crime in America. And the cost to businesses continues to increase, as thieves become increasingly sophisticated – business losses from identity fraud in 2005 alone were a staggering $60 billion dollars. Individual victims lost over $1500 each, on average, in out of pocket costs, and required tens or even hundreds of hours per victim to recover. In about 16% of cases, losses were over $6000 and in many cases, the victims are unable to ever fully recover, with ruined credit, large sums owed, and recurring problems with even the simplest of daily activities.

The underlying cause of the identity theft crime wave is the very nature of our digital economy, making it an extremely difficult problem to solve. Observe yourself as you go through the day, and see how many times your identity is required to facilitate some everyday activity. Turn on the TV – the cable channels you receive are billed monthly to your account, which is stored in the cable company’s database. Check your home page – your Google or Yahoo or AOL account has a password that you probably use for other accounts as well, maybe your financial accounts or your secure corporate login. Check your stocks – and realize that anyone with that account info could siphon off your money in seconds. Get into the car – you’ve got your drivers license, car registration, and insurance, all linked to a drivers license number which is a surrogate national ID, and could be used to impersonate you for almost any transaction. Stop for coffee, or to pick up some groceries, and use one of your many credit cards, or a debit card linked to one of your several bank accounts – if any of those are compromised, you could be cleaned out in a hurry.

And in the office – a veritable playground of databases with your most sensitive data! The HR database, the applicant tracking system, the Payroll system, the Benefits enrollment system, and various corporate data warehouses – each one stores your SSN and many other sensitive pieces of identifying data. Also the facilities system, the security system, the bonus and commission and merit increase and performance management systems, your network login and email accounts, and all of your job-specific system accounts. Not to mention all of the various one-time and periodic reports and database extracts that are done all day long, every day, by Compensation, by Finance, by audit firms, by IT and many others. And what about all the backups and replicated databases, and all the outsourced systems, all the various Pension and 401(k) and other retirement account systems? The little easily forgotten systems that track mentor assignments and birthdays and vacation accruals. The online paycheck image systems? The corporate travel provider’s systems? And let’s not forget how every outsourced system multiplies the risk – each one has backups and copies and extracts and audits; each one is accessible by numerous internal users as well as their own service providers. How many databases and laptops and paper reports throughout this web of providers and systems have your data, and how many thousands of people have access to it at any moment? The list rapidly goes from surprising to daunting to frightening, the longer one follows the trail of data.

It’s a brave new digital world, where every step requires instant authentication of your identity – not based on your pretty face and a lifelong personal relationship, but on a few digits stored somewhere. Much more efficient, right? So your various digital IDs – your drivers license number, your SSN, your userids and passwords, your card numbers – have to be stored everywhere, and as such, are accessible by all kinds of people. This explains the huge and growing phenomenon of corporate data breaches. Amazingly, over 90 million identities have been lost or stolen in these breaches in just the last 18 months, and the pace is actually accelerating. It’s simple arithmetic combined with a financial incentive – a growing volume of identity data, accessible by many people, that has significant value.

And once any of these digital IDs are compromised, they can be used to impersonate you in any or all of these same thousands of systems, and to steal your other digital IDs as well, to commit further fraud. This is the scale of the problem. Much worse than a cutesy stolen Citibank credit card – identity theft can easily disrupt everything you do, and require a massive effort to identify and plug every potential hole. Once your identity is stolen, your life can become an eternal whack-a-mole – fix one exposure, and another pops up, across the enormous breadth of all the accounts and systems that use your identity for any purpose at all. And make no mistake – once compromised, your identity can be sold again and again, across a vast shadowy international ID data marketplace, outside the reach of US law enforcement, and extremely agile in adapting to any attempts to shut it down.

A Disaster Waiting to Happen?

Over the last two years, three major legal changes have occurred that substantially increased the cost of corporate data theft. First, new provisions of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) went into effect that imposed significant penalties on any employer whose failure to protect employee information – either by action or inaction – resulted in the loss of employee identity data. Employers may be civilly liable up to $1000 per employee, and additional federal fines may be imposed up to the same level. Various states have enacted laws imposing even higher penalties. Second, several widely publicized court cases held that employers and other organizations that maintain databases containing employee information have a special duty to provide safeguards over data that could be used to commit identity fraud. And the courts have awarded punitive damages for stolen data, over and above the actual damages and statutory fines. Third, several states, beginning with California and spreading rapidly from there, have passed laws requiring companies to notify affected consumers if they lose data that could be used for identity theft, no matter whether the data was lost or stolen, or whether the company bears any legal liability. This has resulted in vastly increased awareness of breaches of corporate data, including some massive incidents such as the infamous ChoicePoint breach in early 2005, and the even larger loss of a laptop containing over 26 million veteran’s IDs a couple of months ago.

At the same time, the problem of employee data security is getting exponentially harder. The ongoing proliferation of outsourced workforce services – from background checks, recruiting, testing, payroll, and various benefit programs, up to full HR Outsourcing – makes it ever harder to track, let alone manage all of the potential exposures. Same thing for IT Outsourcing – how do you control systems and data that you don’t manage? How do you know where your data is, who has access, but shouldn’t, and what criminal and legal system governs any exposures occurring outside the country? The ongoing trend toward more remote offices and virtual networks also makes it much harder to control the flow of data, or to standardize system configurations – how do you stop someone who logs in from home from burning a CD full of data extracted from the HR system or data warehouse, or copying it to a USB drive, or transferring it over an infrared port to another local computer? And recent legislative minefields, from HIPAA to Sarbanes Oxley, not to mention European and Canadian data privacy regulations, and the patchwork of fast-evolving US federal and state data privacy legislation, have ratcheted up the complexity
of control, perhaps past the point of reasonability. Who among us can say that they understand all of it, let alone fully comply?

The result: a perfect storm – more identity data losses and thefts, much greater difficulty at managing and plugging the holes, much greater visibility to missteps, and much greater liability, all boiling in the cauldron of a litigious society, where loyalty to one’s employer is a bygone concept, and all too many employees look at their employer as a set of deep pockets to be picked whenever possible.

And it’s all about “people data” – the simple two-word phrase right at the heart of the mission of Human Resources and IT. The enterprise has a problem – its people data is suddenly high value, under attack, and at escalating risk – and they’re looking at you, kid.

The good news is that at least it’s a well-known problem. Indeed, although I hope I’ve done a good job of scaring you into recognizing that identity theft is not all hype – that it’s a genuine, long-term, big-deal problem – the reality has a hard time keeping up with the hype. Identity theft is big news, and lots of folks, from solution vendors to media infotainment hucksters of every stripe have been trumpeting the alarm for years now. Everyone from the boardroom on down is aware in a general way of all the big data thefts, and the problems with computer security, and the hazards of dumpster divers and so on. Even the Citibank ads have done their part to raise awareness. So you have permission to propose a reasonable way to address the problem – a serious, programmatic approach that will easily pay for itself in reduced corporate liability, as well as avoidance of bad publicity, employee dissatisfaction, and lost productivity.

The Journey of a Thousand Miles

In general, what I recommend is simply that you do, indeed, approach identity theft prevention and management as a program – a permanent initiative that is structured and managed just like any other serious corporate program. That means an iterative activity cycle, an accountable manager, and real executive visibility and sponsorship. That means going through cycles of baselining, identification of key pain points and priorities, visioning a next generation state and scope, planning and designing the modules of work, executing, measuring, assessing, tuning – and then repeating. Not rocket science. The most important step is to recognize and train a focus on the problem – put a name and a magnifying glass to it. Do as thorough a baseline review as you can, examine the company from the perspective of this substantial risk, engage your executive leadership, and manage an ongoing improvement program. After a couple of cycles, you’ll be surprised how much better a handle you have on it.

Within the scope of your identity theft program, you will want to target the following primary objectives. We’ll examine each one briefly, and outline the critical areas to address and some key success factors.

1) Prevent actual identity thefts to the extent possible

2) Minimize your corporate liability in advance for any identity thefts (not the same thing as #1 at all)

3) Respond effectively to any incidents, to minimize both employee damage and corporate liability

From an enterprise perspective, you can’t achieve identity theft prevention without addressing processes, systems, people, and policy, in that order.

o First, follow the processes and their data flows. Where does personal identity data go, and why? Eliminate it wherever possible. (Why does SSN have to be in the birthday tracking system? Or even in the HR system? One can tightly limit what systems retain this kind of data, while still preserving required audit and regulatory reporting capability for those few who perform this specific function). And by the way, assigning or hiring someone to try to “social engineer” (trick) their way into your systems, and also asking for employees to help identify all the little “under the covers” quick-and-dirty exposure points in your processes and systems can be very effective ways to get a lot of scary information quickly.

o For those systems that do retain this data, implement access controls and usage restrictions to the extent possible. Remember, you are not tightening down data that drives business functions; you are merely limiting the access to and ability to extract your employee’s personal, private information. The only ones who should have access to this are the employee themselves and those with specific regulatory job functions. Treat this data as you would treat your own personal and private assets – your family heirlooms. Strictly limit access. And remember – it’s not only those who are supposed to have access that are the problem, it’s also those who are hacking – who have stolen one employee’s ID in order to steal more. So part of your mission is to make sure that your network and system passwords and access controls are really robust. Multiple, redundant strategies are usually required – strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, access audits, employee training, and employee security agreements, for example.

o Train your people – simply and bluntly – that this data is personal, and not to be copied or used anywhere except where necessary. It’s not the theft of laptops that’s the big issue; it’s that the laptops inappropriately contain employee’s personal data. Give your people – including any contractors and outsourced providers that serve you – the guidance not to place this data at risk, and where necessary, the tools to use it safely: standardized computer system monitoring, encryption, strong password management on systems that contain this data, etc.

o Develop policies for handling employee’s private data safely and securely, and that hold your employees and your service providers accountable and liable if they do not. Clearly, simply, and forcefully communicate this policy and then reinforce it with messages and examples from senior executives. Make this especially clear to every one of your external service providers, and require them to have policies and procedures that duplicate your own safeguards, and to be liable for any failures. This may seem a daunting task, but you will find that you are not alone – these service providers are hearing this from many customers, and will work with you to establish a timetable to get there. If they don’t get it, maybe that’s a good signal to start looking for alternatives.

Minimizing corporate liability is all about having “reasonable safeguards” in place. What does that mean in practice? – no one knows. But you’d better be able to pass the reasonability “smell test”. Just like obscentity, judges will know “reasonable safeguards” when they see them – or don’t. You can’t prevent everything and you’re not required to, but if you have no passwords on your systems and no physical access control over your employee files, you’re going to get nailed when there’s a theft. So you need to do precisely the kind of review and controls that I’ve outlined above, and you also need to do it in a well documented, measured, and publicized way. In short, you need to do the right thing, and you need to very publicly show that you’re doing it. It’s called CYA. That’s the way legal liability works, kids. And in this case, there’s very good reason for this rigor. It ensures the kind of comprehensive and thorough results that you want, and it will assist you greatly as you iterate the cycles of improvement.

This is why you want to make the effort to establish a formal program, and benchmark what some other companies do, and define a comprehensive plan and metrics after you complete your baselining and scoping steps, and report results to your executives, and iterate for continuous improvement. Because you need to both know and show that you’re doing all that could reasonably be expected to secure employee’s personal data which is in your care.

And yet, despite all your safeguards, the day will come when something goes wrong from an enterprise perspective. You absolutely can substantially reduce the probability, and the size of any exposure, but when over 90 million records were lost or stolen from thousands of organizations in just the last 18 months, sooner or later almost everyone’s data will be compromised. When that happens, you need to shift on a dime into recovery mode, and be ready to roll into action fast.

But not just fast – your response must be comprehensive and effective, specifically including the following:

o Clear, proactive communication – first to employees, then to the public.

o The communication must say what happened, that a small, empowered task force has been marshaled, that temporary “lock down” procedures are in place to prevent further similar exposure, that investigation is under way, that affected employees will be given recovery assistance and reimbursement of recovery expenses, and monitoring services to prevent actual identity thefts using any compromised data.

o Of course, all those statements need to be true, so:

o A task force of HR, IT, Security, and Risk Management professionals and managers must be identified and trained, and procedures for a “call to action” defined – in advance.

o They must be empowered to implement temporary lock down procedures on employee personal data. Procedures for likely scenarios (laptop loss, backup tape loss, network login breach, theft of physical HR files, etc.) should be predefined.

o Template communications – to employees, partners, and press – should be drafted.

o Qualified investigative services should be selected in advance

o Expert identity theft recovery assistance resources and identity theft threat monitoring services should be evaluated and selected in advance.

Nothing is more important to protect your company than a well-planned and effective response within the first 48 hours of an incident. If you’re not prepared and practiced well in advance, this will be impossible. If you are, it can actually be a positive public relations experience, and will drastically reduce legal, financial, and employee satisfaction impacts.

Identity theft is not a flash in the pan – it’s built into the way the world now works, and this heightens not only the risk, but also the damage. Companies are at special risk, because by necessity, they expose their employee’s data to other employees and to their providers and partners, and they bear responsibility for the risk that this creates. Those in HRIS, whose specific function is the management of “people data”, must take ownership of this emerging liability, and ensure that their companies are as safe and as prepared as possible.

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A Last Will and Testament – The Worst Excuses For Not Having One

What should every adult have, but nearly three quarters do not? The answer-an up-to-date Last Will and Testament.

Most people do not have a legal Will because of these top 10 excuses–

1. “It’s obvious who will get my possessions anyway.”
This is perhaps the most dangerous misconception. Although there are provincial and state rules for the distribution of an estate if someone dies without a Will (intestacy laws), they are different for each state and province.

For example, in a seemingly simple case, if everything is to pass to your spouse, you may not realize that without a Will, you’ve left your loved one with a messy legal process which is many times more complicated and expensive than preparing a Will. Even if your entire estate was to pass to your spouse, what would happen if both of you were involved in a common accident?

Preparing a Will, and making your spouse the Executor and sole beneficiary allows them to access your assets smoothly and quickly. Procrastinating on creating a Will based on this excuse is handing off a legal nightmare to your loved ones.

2. “I don’t have much, so there’s nothing worth fighting over.”
This could indeed be the case if you were writing your Will to come into effect today, but a Will is written to take effect sometime in the future. (Hopefully, the very distant future.) Events change, financial circumstances change. Take as an example, what if you were killed as a result of a negligent industrial accident? Your estate could be worth much more than it is right now. In reality, you have no idea how much your estate will be worth when you die, even if you were to die today.

3. “I’ll be gone, so why do I care what happens to my estate?”
You have a simple choice in this matter. You can leave your estate to people or charities that mean something to you, or let the government decide how to distribute your estate. If you have no living relatives, the government will keep the money for themselves. You have an opportunity to do something meaningful for your friends, family, loved ones or society in general. Surely, that is preferred to handing the control of your assets over to the government.

4. “Everyone knows what I want to happen to my estate.”
It’s amazing to see how close families can be driven apart when attempting to work together to divide an estate. It is unlikely that siblings’ financial situations and motives will be completely aligned — one may want to sell items to raise cash, others may be sentimentally attached to heirlooms. Worse, some may help themselves to parts of the estate without getting approval from others. Time and time again, seemingly stable families have broken down over the division of an estate.

5. “I don’t need a Will until I’m older.”
It is unlikely that we will know when death is imminent. There is absolutely no advantage to waiting to prepare your Will, but countless advantages to taking care of it now. Using convenient online services, it is possible to have a legal Will in your hands in 30 minutes, so the idea of holding off for a more appropriate time really just doesn’t make sense.

6. “It is too expensive.”
Yes, it can be. Writing a Will using the services of a lawyer can cost hundreds of dollars. Moreover, each time a Will needs to be updated, the cost is often the same as drawing up a new Will.

These costs can make the process of preparing and keeping your Will current (to reflect any changes in your personal or financial position), prohibitively expensive for most people. At a minimum, it is recommended that a Will be reviewed each year to ensure that beneficiaries are still alive, and that the possessions listed in the Will are still a part of your estate.

What many people don’t know is that there is no legal requirement to use the services of a legal professional to prepare a Last Will and Testament.

7. “Finding a lawyer is just not convenient.”
Again, this can be true. Procrastination can be one of our biggest enemies, especially when it comes to something as important as writing a Will. Plus, booking an appointment at a time that is convenient for a lawyer may not be a convenient time for you, particularly if you want to prepare Wills for other family members at the same time. There is also a danger that as soon as you step out of the office, something else comes to mind — another person or another asset, and then you have to book a follow up appointment to make a change (hopefully this new appointment with the lawyer will be free!).

8. “I did mine years ago, it’s taken care of.”
When major life events occur you will want to update your Will. This likely means yet another appointment with the lawyer, and maybe even another one a few weeks later.

The advantage of preparing your Will with an interactive online service is that you can typically store your document securely under a user ID and Password, with which you can login at any time, day or night, from anywhere, print off a new version, sign the document in front of witnesses, to create a new, up-to-date legal Will.

Some online services even include a year of updates free of charge so you don’t have to complete your Will all at once. Many times a person has gone to a lawyer’s office to draw up a Will with a good idea of their assets and beneficiaries and is then asked to name guardians for their children. If they weren’t expecting that question, it’s not something that they would want to decide on a whim. It requires a great deal of thought and discussion with friends and relatives, resulting in another follow-up appointment with the lawyer!

9. “I used one of those kits, so everything is in place.”
You have every right to prepare your own Will. However, starting to write a Will on a blank piece of paper is not advised and can lead to serious legal issues when the document is finally probated (settled with the courts). This is the reason why many legal Will kits available in stationery stores have been so widely criticized — not for what they include, but for what they omit. Most of them are not much better than a blank sheet of paper, but worryingly they convey a peace of mind to the purchaser who thinks they have a legally enforceable Will.

10. “I’m not good at that type of thing, the whole process is just too intimidating.”
Fortunately, there are services available on the Internet that fit comfortably between the use of common Will kits and the hiring of professional legal advice. These services are somewhat akin to the use of tax preparation software. Preparing your taxes with a blank form is difficult with no checks and balances, but not all of us require a professional accountant. Interactive online software is a very suitable middle ground for many people. These services step visitors through a series of structured questions with online help throughout. Based on your individual responses, they then create a personalized, legal Will based on the same clauses used by lawyers in solicitors’ offices throughout the country. Although it is not intended as a substitute for legal advice, an individual with straightforward needs may not require professional consultation. And at about one tenth the cost, it makes the process of creating a Will far more affordable than ever before.

By now, you should be convinced that everybody should have a legal Will. It is irresponsible not to have one, no matter what your personal circumstance. Given the tools available today that make the process far more accessible and less intimidating than making an appointment with a lawyer, you shouldn’t have any more excuses.

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Assistive Technology An Independent Life For Everyone

Not depending on others is very important for every human being. As technology progresses everyday and the development includes specially designed devices and equipment, everyone can now enjoy an independent life style. Even people with disabilities can have a better life, avoiding frustration or incapacity to communicate. Assistive technology is for a great help for those who need to feel secure when they are by themselves, even if they have certain disabilities. Our assistive technology products meet their needs and offer an alternative for a better life. Communication for example, is one of the biggest problems for people with disabilities, but our assistive technology products make it easier. Even if your problem is about hearing, seeing or moving around, the solutions we offer can solve any type of problem related to physical challenges.

We also offer you a great variety of products as furniture, software, workstations or switches, specially created for an independent living. You can enjoy assistive technology products in your own house and anywhere you go, avoiding frustrations and difficulties you were exposed to before. Assistive technology is even for people who suffer from Parkinson, Lou Getring’s Disease aka Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Multiple Sclerosis. All the products we recommend are easy to use, the technology being adapted to every special need. Now, deaf-blind people will be able to communicate between themselves or with other people because assistive technology makes it possible.

If you want to make your children’s life easier, now you can do it with the help of special communication software or CDs that contains all kinds of information about social activities. Eating out, shopping, transportation are some of the social activities children need to learn about before they go out. This and some other assistive technology products can help your children have a better, independent life, even if they have some disabilities. It’s important to mention that these teaching products are not only for children, but also for people who have found themselves, all of a sudden, in the undesirable situation of an accident that has affected their health.

Our furniture is designed for people who need better access in the kitchen, bathroom or in the bedroom and for those who need special workstations in their homes or offices. You don’t have to feel uncomfortable at your desk anymore, because now you have the perfect solution, easily accessible through an online order.

In one word, assistive technology is for those who want to raise the standard of living, for those who need to increase the quality of life because an independent living is now possible through technology. This is why our products come to meet your special needs, helping you achieve what you want.

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