How E-Waste Recycling Can Protect Your Online Business

Most people probably don’t spend a lot of time pondering the things that end up in landfills and what they are doing once they are there. While many people, and businesses, are sure to recycle, not everyone does and not everyone knows what can and can’t, and what should, be recycled.

One of the most important things that people should be recycling, especially businesses, is e-waste. This includes your computers, VCRs, televisions, copiers, stereos, fax machines, cell phones, and even any other common electronic products. Some of these items can be reused, as parts, or even refurbished. Others simply need to be recycled for scrap, but they definitely shouldn’t just be tossed in the trash.

Take time to recycle your e-waste and you could be protecting your business from at least a couple of headaches. Read More

5 Tips for Better Web Security

Web security is vitally important on a personal level as well as on a business level. Web security deals with money, personal relationships, social engagement, promotions, text communication, and a myriad of other aspects of professional and personal living, and that’s why it’s so important to pay attention.

To make sure that you’re doing the most that you can to protect yourself on the Internet, follow the five following tips – if you have a business site, hire a hacker, always pay attention to passwords, stay updated with all of your software, research all of the most recent web security breaches, and regularly scan your outgoing messages.

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Hire a Hacker

Particularly if you have a business site that has client information, you need to keep that protected. By hiring a company that specializes in finding security breaches, you will be made aware of system flaws before someone nefarious gets in and creates havoc. Whitehat hackers are on your side, and have a tremendous amount of experience in helping new companies stay secure through online methods. Read More

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Beat the Hackers: Keep Them Out of Your Social Media Accounts


Taylor Swift is the latest in a string of celebrities who had their social media accounts hacked. But this piece of news is not as scary as that of Islamic State sympathizers getting inside the US military Central Command’s YouTube and Twitter accounts. This only goes to show that hackers are getting more sophisticated. If they can crack open top security accounts like the CentCom, how much easier it would be for them to hijack the passwords of regular users like us. Hence, we must be diligent in updating ourselves with the latest methods of keeping all our accounts online safe and as hack-proof as possible.

A gain of some sort , usually financial, is the usual motive behind hacking but in schools and colleges, the reasons behind hacking into someone else’s social account may be cyberbullying or with the intent to humiliate. These can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the specific circumstance, as “unauthorized use or access” or “computer fraud and abuse act.”

Getting our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked bring about negative results, some merely embarrassing and others disastrous enough to push the hacked account owner to commit disastrous, sometimes fatal, acts. Hacking is a computer crime that has become prevalent as almost everyone we know applies technology and social networking for personal or business use. States vary in their laws and the law on hacking of social media accounts is still vague in nature, especially if there is no monetary gain involved. Read More

Top Security Issues Among Mobile Devices

Employees today in most parts of the world could not live without their mobile devices. In fact, they bring these gadgets to work on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, while many people have considered their smartphones, tablets and notebooks are their constant companion, not all are aware of the security risks that go with them. Mobile gadgets can also be the target of cyber attacks. Smart hackers can actually gain access to mobile devices in a matter of seconds and install malware that will allow them to extract data from your gadget.

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Analysts have been predicted that 25 percent of corporate data will be transmitted from mobile devices to the cloud by the year 2018. Read More

Top Cyber Attacks Against U.S. Companies in 2014

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As the internet technology advances, people who have dark motives against other people and organizations are also learning the ways to do their illicit acts. Despite the implementation of anti-cybercrime laws, they are unfazed and continue to do their moves.

Companies in the U.S. even those that have installed the best security measures are not exempted from these cyber attacks. In 2014 alone, a Ponemon Institute survey noted the cost of cyber crime committed against U.S. retail stores amounted to $8.6 million for every company. The figure was more than double compared to the previous year. In the financial services sector, the yearly average costs of cyber attacks per company went up to $20.8 million; $14.5 million in the technology sector and $12.7 million in the communications industries. Read More

McAfee Announces 2015 Consumer Security Suites

McAfee, part of Intel Security, is one of the most popular brands in the IT security niche. Founded in 1987, the company has since then grown to become a household name, with people paying a premium for its products.

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Today, the company announced the newest line of 2015 consumer security suites, which have been beefed up to address new threats and to provide added security for potential digital threats. The McAfee line of 2015 consumer security suites includes McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2015, McAfee Internet Security 2015, and McAfee Total Protection 2015. Read More

Your Online DUI Mug Shot Photo: Can it Be Taken Down?

Can you imagine the horror of seeing your own DUI mug shot photo online for everyone to see? That DUI incident that results to having your photo taken can result to the ruin of all that you have worked for. The first thing that happens to a person who gets arrested on suspicion of drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs is that he or she will be taken to the nearest police station. There the fingerprinting process will most likely happen as well as the dreaded taking of photo.

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For many people who have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, it may not be as easy as paying the fine and resolving never to make the mistake of doing it again. Even those who have not been charged or convicted will soon realize that they have left their mark forever in the police records and the Internet via their DUI mug shots uploaded online. Consulting with the best DUI defense attorney may just be something you need to keep in mind, just in case.

So Why are These Mug Shots Found Online?

Apparently because of some misguided need to become transparent, many police and sheriff’s departments have inadvertently or knowingly put mug shots along with their booking details straight into the hands of enterprising website owners.  This they have done by making them available in searchable databases . From the  embarrassing moments of people arrested for varying crimes rose the Mug Shot Website industry.

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So now, the possibility that you or someone you know or knows you will come across your DUI mug shot is very real. Photos of thousands of people in the same boat are out there, haunting them for the rest of their lives. That mug shot in the hands of an employer may cost a job. That mug shot in the hands of a loved one may cost a relationship. That mug shot in the hands of an enemy can be used as a weapon.

Having Your Online DUI Mug Shot Removed

The first instinct is to contact the website where your DUI mug shot appears. Most would ask for a removal fee to expunge such records. It has to be noted though that your photo may appear in several other similar sites as well. It is possible then that you may find yourself needing to pay an unlimited number of websites.  After all, the information has been made freely available. You may consult with a lawyer to find out if there are any legal remedies available to you. Many are living with the fear of having one mistake found out. For some, that fear may become permanent.

Changing Providers: Study, Learn and then Decide

Being in an online business or introducing your business to the online world may seem risky, most especially because not all make it in the industry or it may seem risky if you are simply a newbie in the online world. One of the scariest issues that business owners normally face when incorporating business online is the privacy issues.

However, it is rare this days to have a hacked system or site and make permanent damages to the company’s system or website, most especially because of the constant and consistent restrictive measures that server provider provide for their online clients. There’s always a solution to hacking problems. However, there are still present issues that online clients should face more than the security issues.

If there is one problematic issue business owners may have premium link building should be the least. A problem online business owners face today is moving from an original provider to the next. One particular example of problem is the migration of data. It is a crucial move for any business owner to move any online data to another provider. A thorough study before any final decision is vital and should not be taken lightly as these may jeopardize business operation including data loss and worse, sales loss. Considering these important tips might save your business from any losses.

If you have been with an online provider for 10 years or more and did a lot of customization, then you may want to think twice before saying a go to the next provider. You are not just making your business loose one leg, but one arm as well. If there is an argument between you and your first provider, seat down and settle things in a way that you will not end up the victim. Agree on a takeover terms in such a way that your company data will be smoothly handed over to the next provider with minor to no change.

Get the best IT adviser from your company or hire a specialist not a freelancer. An open conversation and a consistent up-to-date exchange of information should be a priority between the company’s IT personnel and the manager or the owner because this will enable the owner to understand the pros and cons, thus allowing him to make a final decision.

Test before you get. Precautionary measures is necessary prior going to the next level. Being able to test the other provider’s product and services will enable you to weigh if moving from one to the next is a wise decision.

How to Protect Your Content Against Theft

All site owners would feel good in knowing that there are people who actually read their contents. The feeling may not be as awesome though when they see their work copied verbatim or even in part and placed under the name of another author. Plagiarism or copying of content is a rather common practice in the online world because it is usually easy to do.

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Why Do Anything About It?

Technically speaking, your content is your intellectual property. That in itself should give you enough reason to do something about copyright issues. Just think of the effort, time, talent, and money that you put  into your blog contents before you decide to just let it go at that.  You even take additional efforts to promote your blog like submitting it to a reputable lifestyle blog directory, among others. You are even sharing a part of you in it regardless of what kind of blog you maintain. The stakes are too high not to do anything and the benefits derived from speaking up are considerable.

What is the Implication When Your Content Is Stolen?

When your content is stolen, copied, or plagiarized, the possibility of having duplicate content arises. What is ironic in this situation is that the thief sometimes succeeds in getting more traffic than the original. Adding insult to injury is seeing it rank better than yours.

How to Protect Content Against Theft

It is highly recommended that you include a permission post in your blog which specifies what interested parties should do if they are interested in using your content. You can also choose to say that you are not giving permission for all instances. You should also be paying attention to sites linking to yours for any indication that your contents are being copied. There are also sites like Copyscape which can be used to check for plagiarism. There are also some ways to make copying your content and material a little more difficult like disabling copy and watermarking images.

What Should You Do When Faced with Content Theft

If you come across materials that you believe have been copied from your site, you should file a takedown notice with Google so that the offending site will be removed from the search coverage. You can also try making a direct takedown request to the plagiarist. This kind of request is usually heeded by amateurs who think it is not such a big thing to copy. Serious plagiarists usually require much sterner action.