Monthly Archives: July 2019

10 Easy Steps to Stop Robocalls

10 Easy Steps to Stop Robocalls – or at least reduce the number

10 Easy Steps to Stop Robocalls

10 Easy Steps to Stop Robocalls -The policy that will improve the security of mobile devices and stop robocalls

10 Easy Steps to Stop Robocalls that every cell phone and text messaging user can follow to kill the call and stop calls and text messages from coming in the future.

  1. Put a do not disturb after normal work hours except for people already in your contact list
  2. Do not answer calls from blocked or unknown numbers.
  3. Do not answer calls identified as spam by your carrier
  4. Don’t answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize.
  5. For Text spams, forward them to 7726 (spells SPAM) and your carrier will be made aware of them and stop them
  6. If someone calls you and claims to be with XYZ company, hang up and call the company yourself. Use the company’s website to find an official number.
  7. If you answer a call an no one is on the line immediately hang up
  8. If you do answer a call and hear a recording such as “Hello, can you hear me?” just hang up.
  9. The same goes for a call where you’re asked to press a number before being connected to a representative.
  10. Do not engage as soon as you answer the call – i.e. Goggle’s Call Screening feature is cool but still identified you number a real person

In addition you shoul check with your carrier to see the services they provide – all of them soon will provice FREE services to support FCC requirements

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Comcast.net

Comcast.net Killing email Account

I recently discovered that Comcast.net email account are not getting all of the mail that is sent to them.

concast.netIn January of this year comcast.net has started to meter and REJECT emails to people who have a comcast.net email address.  Bud has a comcast.net email account and he Is not getting all of his emails.

Comcast says:

RL000002 :: Mail to Comcast is queued and I see RL000002 in my email logs. What does this mean?

Comcast has instituted rate limiting on all inbound email traffic. This step was taken to protect our customers and our email system from unwanted spam and malicious attacks. Any systems affected by this rate limit will receive a 4xx message (temp-fail) during the SMTP transaction. This message is designed to instruct the sending server to try again at a later time to deliver its email.

Our rate limiting policy is based on sender reputation and volume metrics, provided by Cloudmark, regardless of the number of domains from that server.

New IP addresses that are expected to send significant amounts of email to Comcast subscribers should start by sending low volumes of mail, increasing as time goes on. As your IP sends more email, its limit will increase daily.

If the rate-limit is impacting your ability to deliver email, shortening your server’s delivery retry interval should resolve the issue.

Translated the  reason why this is happening is one of the following

  1. He is on a distribution list (multiple recipients)
  2. There are more than 3 or 4 links to a web site in the email
  3. He has exceeded the number of emails he is allowed to receive based on the number of emails he got last month.

If you have any people in your address book that has a comcast.net email account the same is occurring to them as well.

The one suggestion that I have is that you tell them this is occurring.  All of the vendors want to charge for the services provided.  If you do not pay for your email account is some way you are at risk of losing connectivity.

Find a provider that gives you the email account for “life” and meets your security and privacy standards to protect t your own information.

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Taxable fringe benefits

Taxable fringe benefits

Taxable Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits need be included in the calculation of total compensation

Taxable fringe benefits are benefits an employer provides to any employee, partner, or independent contractor. A recipient of any taxable fringe benefits, must include the benefit’s fair market value in their annual taxable income calculation. Taxable fringe benefits are subjected to all federal income taxes, as well as FICA and FUTA.

Employees who currently use their own car for business-related driving must take care not to exceed the IRS stated mileage rate as any payments for the excess amount would be considered taxable income.

The following are examples as taxable fringe benefits:

  • Any reimbursement for any employee job-related moves of fewer than 50 miles
  • Clothing that is suitable for street wear that has been given to employees
  • Educational assistance payments that do not relate to the employee’s job or exceed the allowable IRS threshold
  • Cash awards and non-cash awards are taxable unless given to charity
  • Expense reimbursements lacking an adequate accounting is taxable

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HIPAA changes

HIPAA changes for 2019

HIPAA Compliance Management

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HIPAA changes proposed for 2019 are getting closer. The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has favored issuing HIPAA guidelines to clear up misunderstandings with HIPAA compliance requirements, but we are now at a point when changes to HIPAA Rules are about to be made.

OCR asked 54 different questions in its RFI. Some of the main aspects being considered are in relation to:

  • Patients’ right to access and obtain copies of their protected health information and the timeframe for responding to those requests (Currently 30 days)
  • Removing the requirement to obtain written confirmation of receipt of an organization’s notice of privacy practices
  • Promotion of parent and caregiver roles in care
  • Easing of restrictions on disclosures of PHI without authorization
  • Possible exceptions to the minimum necessary standard for disclosures of PHI
  • Changes to HITECH Act requirements for the accounting of disclosures of PHI for treatment, payment and healthcare operations
  • Encouragement of information sharing for treatment and care coordination
  • Changing the Privacy Rule to make sharing PHI with other providers mandatory rather than permissible.
  • Expansion of healthcare clearinghouses’ access to PHI
  • Addressing the opioid crisis and serious mental illness

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