The recent hack of Anthem Blue Cross puts millions of people who have health insurance with the company at risk. It appears the hack is sufficiently pervasive for hackers to gain access to nearly all customer information maintained by the health insurer including the holy grail of identity theft – social security numbers. If you are or have been insured by Anthem Blue Cross, following is a plan of attack for limiting the damage of the hack. [Read more…] about Anthem Blue Cross Data Breach
Whether you are a large or small developer, you need to worry about your software being ripped off. One way to fight back is to copyright your code. Do this and you are sitting in the catbird seat from a legal perspective.
Why copyright your software? To start, it is inexpensive. If you can figure it out on your own [which you can], the fee is as low as $35. Are you really such a tightwad that you won’t spend $35 to protect yourself? Even if you use an attorney, the cost is going to be in the hundreds of dollars at most in most cases. This cost is a small amount to pay for the massive benefits you gain under the Copyright Act. [Read more…] about Copyright Your Software?
The federal government’s failure to pass any useful internet laws the last 15 years is inexcusable. Predictably, states are rushing to fill the void with California leading the way. The California Automatic Renewal Law represents a perfect example of this and the madness that can result.
Who Will Save The Children?
The California Automatic Renewal Law is not restricted to children, but the same mentality gives rise to it – someone must protect innocent consumers from evil online businesses. While I am all for putting an end to shady online practitioners who double bill credit cards and such, creating questions about the legality of automatic renewals is going a bit too far. [Read more…] about California Automatic Renewal Law
Clients changing their mind in the middle of a project is a common occurrence in the web design field. It is important to protect yourself legally when this occurs. If you fail to do so, you risk not getting paid for the extra work you put into the project. To prevent this painful scenario, every web designer needs to have a procedure in place for documenting changes requested by clients in writing.
Changes Lead To Problems
A potential client contacts you about developing a social media site. The two of you meet multiple times and work out the specifications for the project. The client accepts your cost estimate and signs your contract. [Read more…] about Web Designers – Protect Yourself When Clients Changing Their Minds
Nothing is more aggravating than a client who doesn’t pay their bills. Web designers experience this problem frequently, but most don’t realize the problem can be avoided by inserting certain language in the contract with the client.
Milestones represent the completion of certain stages of the project. As the project reaches each milestone date, a certain amount of work must be presented by you to the client. The client then has a specific amount of time, such as five days, to approve the work or request changes. If the client approves the work, they must then pay a set amount of the total overall fee. [Read more…] about Web Designers – How To Get Clients To Pay Your Bills