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"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of." -- Jim Rohn
What's the shortcut to success?
"Until someone comes up with modules that can plug into your mind and give you instant access to knowledge, you are on your own, and that takes work."
How to Protect Yourself Online
1. Never open attachments or emails from unknown sources. Be vigilant about what links you click in an email, especially when they come from companies. Also, don’t click on odd messages with links.
2. Never divulge your online banking credentials. There is no scenario in which you would want to provide your credentials to another party (including User ID, password, or token code).
3. Do not access your banking sites from links embedded in emails. Anyone can pretend to be affiliated with a bank and create a template to gain access to your money. Check the “From” address in the email and, unless it’s from a legitimate company email address, delete it.
4. Use different passwords for every account. When there is a large-scale password breech, as we saw with LinkedIn or Twitter, it’s clear why having one password is the worst thing you can do. If the password and email address that you use for one account gets in the hands of the wrong person, they can start trying it on other sites and services. Use different passwords on different sites.
5. Make sure your passwords are strong. Use a mix of upper- and lowercase letters and numbers. You should also change your most important passwords at least once every six months. You can use password-manager software so you don’t have to memorize them all. If your password appears on this list, it’s time for a change.
6. Protect your computer and browser. Make sure if you are using a Windows PC you are using an up-to-date anti-virus or spyware program. PC and Mac users should also make sure the operating system is up-to-date with the latest security patches.
7. Secure your wireless connection. Make sure you’ve protected your home wireless network with a password and you’ve changed the default SSID (your network’s name) to something unique. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks be safe about what information you are sending over it.
4 TIPS FOR SUCCESFUL ON-PAGE SEO
Use the below keyword placement guide as a quick and easy reference to ensure you have taken full advantage of the most important landing page elements in which your targeted keywords should appear.
1.The element — It is generally believed the most important location for your targeted keywords is the element, preferably at the beginning of the element. Since the maximum display length varies between major search engines be sure your title is no longer than around 55 characters.
WHY? Search engine spiders use the as the primary source for determining the landing page subject. This text is also displayed as the linked "title" in the search engine results pages (SERPs).
2.The Meta Description — Add the Meta Description element to the source code using descriptive keywords to provide a compelling and relevant landing page summary. The Meta Description needs to be unique for each page and should never be the same as the HTML . It's best to keep the character length to around 155 characters.
WHY? Sometimes search engines display the Meta Description below the title text on the SERPs.
3.CSS styled heading — Place your keywords in the CSS-styled main heading. It is very important CSS styled headings are used rather than image headings or headings created using non-standard HTML markup.
WHY? Standard HTML markup nearly always trumps non-standard markup. More importantly, search engines index text not images.
4.Main copy — Keywords should always appear in the main copy, ideally near the top of the page.
WHY? Some experts believe keywords are given more weight when they appear towards top of the HTML source code.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE WORD PRESS.
There are many reasons for choosing WordPress — the most popular and fastest growing CMS
There are many open source Content Management Systems from which to choose, among the most popular are Joomla, often the designer's choice; Drupal, popular with developers; and WordPress, by far the most popular and the fastest growing CMS.
According to a TechCrunch article from 2011, 14.7 percent of the top million websites in the world use WordPress and not just for blogging — business websites using WordPress as a general purpose CMS are now commonplace.
So, Why Choose WordPress for your CMS?
Now with version 4, WordPress software has been developed for over ten years — ten years of continuously improved software.
WordPress is backed by easily accessed, extensive community support.
WordPress Uses Standards Based Structural Markup
WordPress uses standards-based XHTML with CSS which not only helps to ensure cross-browser compatibility but has many more benefits such as improving SEO and maintenance efficiency and much, much more.
WordPress Themes Make it Possible to Produce Custom Designs
WordPress is no longer just blogging software. Thousands of small, medium, and large businesses are realizing the benefits of using this open source CMS. It's free, easy to install and very well supported. Because WordPress creates the underlying code, not the design, your current website or new design can be converted to run on WordPress. The default, standard theme can be altered or completely replaced with your own custom design or theme.
You Have Control with WordPress
Content can be updated or added any time, any place, by you. Content updates are easy to make using the well designed interface. All that is needed is access to the WordPress Dashboard administrative interface.
When you host WordPress on your own server (or on your ISP's server) you have complete control over the software installation as well as the website management.
Web Management for Corporate WordPress Websites
In many cases it is possible to self-manage a website, however, medium to large sites will generally require a minimum skillset which includes PHP, jQuery, MySQL, CSS3 and HTML5.
For larger or more highly customized websites, a Web team will likely be necessary for WordPress maintenance. In this case, your content writers will probably refresh/add content while the Web team provides the development and design support, adds new functionality, updates templates, performs WordPress and plug-in version upgrades, conducts search engine optimization and ensures the website is secure and running smoothly.
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MEET THE APP THAT WANTS TO HELP YOU HAVE BETTER S*X
If the insane popularity of "Fifty Shades of Grey" has taught us anything, it's that people are curious about exploring s*x even if they're too embarrassed to acknowledge it.
That's where PlsPlsMe comes in. It's a new app designed to provide you and a partner a safe and research-based way to explore what you're into s*xually.
While you can explore PlsPlsMe by yourself, the core idea of the app is to give you and your partner an easy way to be honest about what turns you on. Once you've taken the app's s*xual-profile quiz, you and your partner are shown only the things you are both into — the rest remains hidden.
"The initial idea for PlsPlsMe came from the fact that I didn't know how to get the s*x I wanted — or even what that was!" PlsPlsMe founder Graceann Bennett told Business Insider. "I was a virgin Mormon bride that couldn't get in touch with my s*xual self to improve my intimate relationship with my husband. When I looked for resources and advice, I was completely turned off by what was out there. I shut down, and the communication got worse."
Bennett says the communication gap between partners is something couples both new and old experience and the persisting stigma around s*x leads many to choose silence instead of opening up and pursuing potential sparks.
THREE WAYS THE APPLE IPAD AIR 2 IS BETTER THAN THE MICROSOFT SURFACE 3
The Surface 3 doesn't even seem to really be an iPad replacement. Out of the gate, iPads appear to possess three advantages over the Microsoft tablet. Let's take a closer look.
An Apple iPad 2 Air boasts a fast A8X chip, an M8 motion coprocessor for stunning graphics, and 16 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. The Surface 3 packs an underwhelming Atom chip and 2 GB RAM, with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. At least one media report suggests the Apple's entry-level iPad Air's performance is 36% to 93% faster than the new Surface 3.
The iPad 2 Air, of course, runs iOS. Thus, iPhone users are already familiar with the intuitive interface. It plays well with back-end Exchange mail servers. IT departments, many of which discovered the BYOD revolution (thanks largely in part to early generation iPads), are often already prepared to support the platform. Because the iPad uses iOS, a business' previous iCloud, Apple TV, and iOS application (not to mention mobile device management system) investments are all immediately compatible. So, there's little disruption in adding iOS within many enterprise environments.
The Surface 3, meanwhile, is powered by Windows 8.1. Organizations must upgrade to the Surface Pro 3 to receive the Professional business-grade OS, typically a Windows requirement for leveraging group policy administration advantages.
And lest you believe it's unfair to tout an iPad over a Surface 3 because the iPad better leverages previous Apple technology investments, I say this. It's no less fair than Microsoft's touting the Surface's built-in kickstand as a reason to consider the Surface Pro 3 over a Mac, especially considering a MacBook Air doesn't need a kickstand.
iPad Air 2 displays are stunning. At 9.7 inches measured diagonally, the tablet boasts a 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. That's 3.1 million pixels, if you're counting at home.
The Microsoft Surface 3's display supports a 1920 x 1280 HD resolution. So, you can view more information at a glance on an iPad. While seemingly a small advantage, when fine, high-resolution graphics matter, the iPad excels. The iPad's new manufacturing techniques also lower internal reflectance, resulting in improved contrast and color. In fact, Apple claims iPad Air 2's display is the least reflective tablet in the world, meaning it's easier to see and read.
In other words, the iPad more than holds its own against the Surface 3. Instead of picking on the MacBook Air in its ads, maybe Microsoft should have compared the Surface line to Apple's iPads. In many situations, the iPad remains a better bet for businesses needing potent performance, the familiar iOS platform, and more than capable graphics.
Which device would you prefer for your organization? Explain your reasoning in the discussion thread below.
HACKED? HERE'S WHAT TO DO NEXT
Bank card fraud, website hacks, and ransomware all have first-step actions to take when you uncover the infiltration. Here's a look at some steps you can take to mitigate havoc.
1.Personal bank hacks
Do two things when you notice funds missing from a bank account.
First, immediately call the phone number on the back of the bank card to start the ball rolling on getting the money back—the bank will want to stop the card, too.
And secondly, read the tens of bank letters that you'll likely get.
One of the letters you receive will require a signature, along with the stolen amounts circled in pen on bank statement copies, and then returning by a certain date.
It's important not to do as I did, and just throw these heaps of, admittedly important-looking, incoming correspondence away, or the bank will think you've given up over time, and will claw refunds back.
Prepare for a war of attrition with the bank. Don't forget that banks think the money is theirs, not yours.
Unlike fraud with a personal bank card, where the bank handles the card-stop when you call them, the first thing to do after an enterprise-level hack is to change all passwords, according to experts.
Prioritize accounts which have administration privileges, and those with access to sensitive information, Danvers Baillieu of secure communications provider Hide My Ass told Sean Hargrave of the Guardian.
Start with email accounts, because that's where all of your account password resets are sent, says Bonnie Cha, writing about hack prevention methods in Re/code.
You should move on to the "unsavory" elements, like a website redirect to po*******hy, after password changes, Baillieu reckons. Makes sense: do that after securing your perimeter.
He advises that you keep website hosting phone numbers at hand for this purpose.
Immediately pull the PC from the network in the case of ransomware, says Andrew Tang of MTI, speaking to the Guardian. The key to handling ransomware, according to experts, is to stop it from spreading.
Tang says to then shut down the computer, and even unplugging it if it won't shut down via prompts.
"Not having a plan of any kind is the most common regret among business owners once they have been attacked," say IT experts, according to Hargrave.
I can remember my first meagre, innocent hard-drive failure, which caused me to start performing backups—so good advice: get a plan organized.
Create a new account
But the best tip of all may well come from the junior bank customer service representative I've been working with. In a goodbye email to me this week, on her last day working at the bank, she said: "If the fraud continues to happen, I would definitely consider opening up a new account."
She doesn't say whether she means at a different bank. I'll take it as read.
PHONE BATTERY REVOLUTION:
Scientists in California say they have invented a smartphone battery that can be fully recharged in about one minute.
The researchers at Stanford University say the prototype battery is rechargeable and made of aluminium, and could replace existing technology.
They say the aluminium battery is more environmentally-friendly than alkaline batteries, and more stable than lithium versions, which can occasionally catch fire
MICROSOFT TO FAZE OUT WINDOWS 2003 SERVER OPERATING SYSTEM IN 100.
There are now just a little over 100 days left until July 14, when Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003. That means no more patches at all, just like with Windows XP last year.
And a lot of people don't even seem to know it.
After July 14, "Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure." That comes right from the company.
Bit9, an endpoint security firm, recently posted the results of its "Windows Server 2003 (WS2K3) End-of-Life Survey," and the findings were not pretty. There were two glaring results from the survey:
1.Nearly one in three enterprises (30%) plan to continue to run Server 2003 after the July 14 deadline, leaving an estimated 2.7 million servers unprotected.
2.More than half of enterprises surveyed (57%) do not know when the end-of-life deadline is. In the survey, Bit9 gave respondents a multiple choice question asking the month when Server 2003 end-of-life would occur. Thirty percent of organizations surveyed said "I do not know," and another 27% guessed wrong.
Now, we all remember the predictions of Armageddon when Windows XP hit its end of life. I contributed a little to that hysteria. It turns out it never happened. XP has been in rapid decline, and the end of life accelerated that process. The bad guys go where the numbers are, and Windows 7 has the numbers.
But with Server 2003, migrations are nowhere near as quick as they are with desktops. At this point, even if you started a migration you probably wouldn't complete it in time. Bit9 says a migration would take at least 200 days, while other experts give more high-low room due to the variances in the apps, complexity, and so forth.
This means that millions of Windows servers holding sensitive data will be unpatched. Bit9's mission is security, so it was most concerned about this.
"Servers, including domain controllers and Web servers, are where most organizations' critical information resides. So, if organizations continue to run Windows Server 2003 after July 14, without implementing appropriate compensating controls, they are putting customer records, trade secrets, and other highly valuable data at risk. Cybercriminals, hacktivists, and nation-states prey on unprotected servers, leaving enterprises exposed to potentially catastrophic breaches that can lead to lawsuits, regulatory fines, and loss of customer trust," the company wrote on its blog post.
A bit alarmist? Perhaps, but it's their job to sound the alarms.
With 100 days left, Bit9 says organizations yet to upgrade must immediately aim to get their Server 2003 systems into a compliant state to eliminate both financial and legal penalties and avoid the brand damage associated with failed audits, data breaches, and noncompliance. Effective compensating controls for organizations without an upgrade plan include network isolation, application whitelisting, and continuous server monitoring.
And quite frankly, if you are in charge of an IT department and didn't know this was coming, you should start updating your resume/LinkedIn profile
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