Here’s a trick to defeat hackers and movie restrictions

July 1, 2013
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What does watching a movie in Costa Rica restricted to viewing in the United States and accessing the Internet securely at a WiFi hotspot like McDonald’s have in common? Give up? The answer is a VPN. A virtual private network, commonly known as a VPN for short, is easy to set up to watch movies […]

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Got a problem? Facebook is where the action is

June 17, 2013
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Government institutions in Costa Rica are usually impossible to reach on the telephone.  Sometimes the phone just rings and rings. Other times one gets a phone tree that states “dial ‘this’ for ‘that.’”  If “that” answers, usually it knows nothing about the “this” one was calling about. Many expats need assistance in English because they […]

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Secret to expat success might just be in the cloud

May 6, 2013

Expats running businesses or tracking investments while struggling with new Costa Rican taxes and accounting rules may find some freedom in the cloud. The cloud represents powerful computing resources delivered to customers as a service. By using hardware and software via a connection to the Internet, users can tap applications once only available to the […]

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Conflicting maps may jeopardize land ownership

November 28, 2011
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This is the time to have a trusted surveyor second check to see if there are overlaying maps on any property owned in Costa Rica. If there are contradicting maps, the uncertainty could soon cause big trouble. Around three years ago, the Registro Nacional and its Catastro or plat map department started a plan to […]

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Special setup lets employers duck Caja collectors

October 17, 2011
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The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social known to most in its abbreviated form as CCSS or just the Caja is out in force to collect money owed to the institution. Many companies owe the Caja money. Some try to play games with the system, so they do not have to pay. Here is a bit […]

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Digital push at Registro opens door to crooks

September 5, 2011
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Expats and everyone else holding assets in Costa Rica should check the documents pertaining to their properties as soon as possible to be sure everything is in order. Asset thefts are on the rise because of the digitalization of documents throughout the country. The problem is that as the government institutions digitalize the workers are […]

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Employee revenge can spell doom to a company

August 8, 2011
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Today’s employee could be a company’s worst enemy tomorrow. If an employee turns, some will do as much harm as they can to their employer. There are three important rules to finding and keeping a good employee: selection, training and remuneration. Even after going through a strict selection process, training employees extensively and paying them […]

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