Wire Fraud and How to Prevent It

Contributed article in our cybersecurity series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The advent of new technologies and the widespread use of the internet have allowed scammers to access and steal personalized information with the aim of using it to commit fraud. One of the most common forms of internet scams is wire fraud – preying on thousands of people every year who fall victim to these kinds of manipulations. Unfortunately, people are often caught by surprise and end up wondering how they fell for such scams.

Therefore, it’s imperative to know how to recognize wire fraud and protect yourself and your personal information from potential fraudsters.

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Reliable online SMS services with Poland numbers

Contributed article in our security series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Reliable online SMS services with Poland numbers

Look at these Reliable online SMS services with Poland numbers for the best work process.

Privacy is a prime concern of the users of virtual phone numbers

Virtual second phone number services keep their users’ privacy safe by creating second phone numbers for a particular region. Users can rely on such numbers to protect themselves from identity thefts and other risks regarding internet services and stuff. Virtual phone numbers are designed for users who care about their privacy and regard it as their priority.

OnlineSIM service offers virtual phone numbers from Poland

This service’s technology allows it to receive text messages from Polish social media, stores, and other online platforms. There are freephone numbers and individual paid-for virtual numbers, which make it possible to receive SMS now.Continue reading

Tech Fluency

Contributed article by Yvonne Burton of Burton Consulting International and Silicon Valley Alliance Associate.

Technological fluency is a major part of global business skills and in the age of remote work, the need for companies to have Tech Fluency has become more and more apparent. I work mainly with Japanese companies and although many major corporations are proactive in utilizing technology to the fullest, I find that an equal number are not. Whether, small, medium, or large, many Japanese companies are behind in using technology tools for maximum benefit and suffering for it.

This first article provides a general introduction to the theme,  a look at what is missing and the state that a lot of companies found themselves in when the pandemic propelled all of the world into remote work. Some companies seamlessly adapted, but for many others, it was and continues to be more of a challenge. Going forward, I will be writing more on this theme and what companies can and should be doing to increase fluency.

‘Tech Fluency’ was first published on JapanCulture-NYC where, as Business Editor, I write a bi-monthly column. I am re-posting the complete article here.

Technological Fluency

That is a mouthful. I call it Tech Fluency.

What is Tech Fluency?

Let me define it by looking at its components.

Technology: Techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives.

Fluency: The quality or condition of being fluent. In addition, it is also defined as the ability to express oneself easily and articulately. It is usually applied to languages.

In this article, I am taking creative license and applying fluency to the language of technology to describe the level of proficiency and/or comfort in using the technological tools and applications that are needed to perform work responsibilities.Continue reading

Strategies For Building A Positive Brand Reputation

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

When a consumer is trying to decide between two different brands for the same product/service, they will always choose the company that has the best reputation. This is because a positive reputation means that the company is likely to be reliable, to provide a good customer experience and to have high-quality and good value products/services. This can make it challenging for new and/or small businesses that can often struggle to create a reputation for themselves when competing with much larger brands. It will always take some time but here are the most effective strategies for improving your brand reputation.

Improve Customer Service

Much like personal reputations are formed around how you treat others; brand reputation is formed heavily around how your company interacts with customers and visitors. People want to feel valued and listened to so you need to make customer service a priority – people will always return to a brand that looks after its customers but never a company with poor customer service, even if they have high-quality products. Additionally, customer service is an area where smaller companies can excel over much larger businesses, so this can give your small business a competitive edge.Continue reading