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Free Webinar – Don’t Fall for It! Scams Targeting Language Professionals

My webinar “Don’t Fall for It! Scams Targeting Language Professionals” is now available on demand for free. Click here to watch now. Click here for this webinar’s resource handout. A list of questions that were asked during the Q&A at the end of the webinar is answered here.

Recorded: July 9, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes
Language: Presented in English
Level: All
ATA CE Point(s): 1

Even the best of us have been tempted by a scam.

Technology has given scammers an unprecedented level of sophistication and access, making it easier than ever to be fooled. Names and email addresses can be harvested electronically. Individuals can be targeted by occupation. Job offers can use the right terminology to appear legitimate—at least at first glance.

Attend this webinar for an overview of the various scams targeting translators and interpreters, including the age-old fake check scheme that is still tricking people into losing money. The presenter will also cover newer problems of identity theft and impersonation. Specific real-life examples will be used to demonstrate how each scam works and what concrete steps you can take to protect yourself and your business.

A list of resources will be included with the webinar.

What will you learn?

  • How to identify a scam
  • How to recognize the most common fake check scams
  • How to spot identity theft schemes
  • How to verify a contact’s identity
  • What you can do to protect yourself from scams
  • Where to report scammers

About the presenter

Carola F. Berger is an ATA-certified English>German translator, specializing in patent and scientific/technical translation as well as localization of software and mobile apps. She holds a PhD in physics and a master’s degree in engineering physics.

After being defrauded by an impersonator early in her career, Carola researched online fraud in depth, which led to several presentations and articles on scams in publications such as The ATA Chronicle and Translorial, the journal of the Northern California Translators Association. She is a frequent contributor on ATA’s Business Practices Listserv.

AB5: Do you know your ABCs?

At February’s NCTA General Meeting, two representatives of the language industry discussed the ramifications of AB5 for the industry and suggested what independent language professionals can do to help.

On January 1 of this year, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) went into effect and brought sweeping changes to California’s labor laws. The intention of AB5 was to simplify the classification of independent contractors and employees in California; however, it brought a host of unintended consequences. AB5 has caused considerable confusion in the language industry. NCTA invited Lorena Ortiz Schneider, founder of the Coalition of Practicing Translators and Interpreters of California (CoPTIC), and Shamus Sayed, vice president of Interpreters Unlimited, Inc., and board member of the Association of Language Companies, to clarify some of this confusion at the February General Meeting.

For more information, read my summary article that just appeared on

From left to right: NCTA events chair Fernanda Brandão-Galea, presenter Lorena Ortiz Schneider, NCTA president Michael Schubert, presenter Shamus Sayed. Photo credit: Ana Salotti

From left to right: NCTA events chair Fernanda Brandão-Galea, presenter Lorena Ortiz Schneider, NCTA president Michael Schubert, presenter Shamus Sayed. Photo credit: Ana Salotti

Checking your website’s security, sources, and cookies – GDPR preparation part II

A week ago, I discussed the installation of an SSL certificate on an existing WordPress site in preparation for the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect in May 2018. Today I want to explain the process to check your website’s security, sources, and whether it is setting any first or third party cookies. This is important in order to write a GDPR compliant privacy statement that every website that processes data of European Union citizens needs to include, regardless of whether the website provider is located in the European Union or not.

The easiest way to check your website’s security, sources and cookies is to download Google Chrome. Once downloaded, turn on the Developer Tools, as shown in the screenshot below.

Google Chrome Developer Tools

Google Chrome Developer Tools

Then, the window will be split into two parts, one, which displays the usual browser window, and another one, which displays a range of options. Go to your website, which should now be reachable via https://, and specifically check the security tab, which will display any unsecured elements that your website may be loading and that you may have missed when adapting your site to the new SSL certificate. Also check the “sources” tab, which will display all data sources loaded by your website, and the “cookies” tab, which will display any cookies your site may set, first and third party cookies. As you can see from the screenshots below, my site does not load any third-party objects other than the standard fonts and also does not set any cookies. At least the homepage does not.

Inspection of website sources

Inspection of website sources

Inspection of website for cookies

Inspection of website for cookies

Now, visit every single page on your site in turn and check these three items. In my case it turned out that I had missed one insecurely loaded element in the SSL adaptation, but none of my pages set any cookies. Which means that my GDPR-compliant cookie policy is fairly straightforward, because there are no cookies.