The Cyber Bully

Your neighborhood or school bully just got its cyber equivalent – the cyber bully. Cyber bullying is using things like the Internet or a cell phone to intentionally embarrass, humiliate or to make one person or a group of persons look bad to others or feel bad about themselves. When done directly, it usually takes the form of someone sending a negative message to another person. Indirect cyber bullying happens when someone sends a harmful message or photograph about someone else to others.

Cyber bullies typically use cell phone text and photo messages, websites, blogs, chat-rooms, social networking sites, instant messaging services and e-mail to facilitate their dirty work. In as much as most bullies need an audience to complete their satisfaction, cyber bullies look for ways to involve their peers in a cyber fight or other cruel behavior on the Internet.

Dumping the Landline

With the various alternative methods of communication taking-off, a phone landline is increasingly becoming a redundant technology. Landlines are associated with monthly rental charges and exorbitant reconnection fees when moving or transferring from one house to another. Repairs have also become increasingly substantial in terms of costs and maintenance.

The mobile phone has evidently become the primary method of communication, especially for the young adult group. E-mail, SMS and instant messaging performs whatever social function the home phone used to have. Mobile phone packages have since become quite competitive offering cheaper calling options than the landline calls. The mobile broadband packages provide even more reasons for consumers to dump the landline.

Online Security Threats for Small Businesses

If you’ve paid attention to the news lately then you’re already aware that businesses large and small have fallen victim, in increasing numbers, to online attacks from hackers and other security related issues. We live in an age where the world is going more and more towards the online business and many entrepreneurs have seen this trend and have filled this demand. According to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.com, over 27 million people have had their identity stolen in the last five years alone. That’s just in America. It doesn’t matter if you run your online business from home or a self storage unit, online security has become a paramount concern for average consumers. It’s essential that, if you have an online business that you familiarize yourself with some of the biggest threats to online security to date.

Phishing:

Phishing, actually pronounced fishing, is a type of online identity theft. It’s a system devised that uses emails and fraudulent web sites to access, or downright steal, personal data or information. This could be passwords, credit card numbers, account information, and other various forms of personal data. These con artists target millions of people every day. They send out millions of scam emails with links to bogus sites that can look very repeatable or trustworthy. You’ll then be prompted to giver personal data that is then used for various illegal activities.

Malicious Code:

This is the new breed of Internet security threats that’s also known as vandals. The problem is that it, presently, can’t be efficiently controlled or contained by current conventional antivirus software by itself. They’re unlike viruses that have, in the past, required the user to execute a program in order to cause damage to your network or computer. Malicious coding is an auto-executable application that doesn’t require a user to interact with it. If you run a business, it’s best not to rely on anti-virus software alone. It’s best to take a comprehensive approach and implement the use of patches to operating systems, anti-spyware, anti-adware, firewalls, and other safety software to ensure that your clients’ information isn’t at risk.

Unsecure Internet Networks:

If you’re using an unsecure network then you’re taking a huge gamble. When you do this not only your, be all of your clients’ personal data is at risk from hackers and other individuals who would use this information for malicious purposes. It’s best to, when setting up a wireless network, to ensure that the default password is changed. Most devices are pre-configured with a default administrator password to simplify the set-up process. These default passwords can be easily found online. It’s best to change this password as soon as you’re done setting up your wireless network. Don’t make the password simple or easy to figure out. Changing the password to something complicated will make it far more difficult for hackers to take control of the device or gain access to any sensitive information.

Before anyone can ever hope to have an effective online business, you have to start thinking about a good cyber security plan. The Internet about in security threats and, from a business standpoint, this will affect your bottom-line. Though your business won’t likely be at risk from high-level hackers, you should still consider this as priority and look at different ways you can safeguard your businesses online security.

Web Hosting Technologies: CGI, ASP, Chili!Soft ASP, JSP

This post will feature some of the most commonly employed scripting technologies used on the server side.

CGI scripts are executables that come from the server and make your web pages dynamic and more interactive. Though most web hosts offer this capability to some degree, it is still better to make sure of that at the outset. Some examples of web page features made using CGI scripts are guestbooks, counters, and chat-forums. CGI scripts are best used on Unix and Linux servesr.

ASP (Active Server Pages) was developed by Microsoft and as such, is standard with Windows and only runs on Windows. One feature of ASP is the ability to include script code inside your HTML pages. This makes for dynamic web pages. Many web hosts offer ASP. If you want to use ASP on a Unix system, you would have to employ Chili!Soft ASP. This is Microsoft’s version of ASP that can run on other platforms.

JSP, on the other hand, is really much like ASP, except that it was developed by Sun. It works the same way – you include Java codes in your HTML pages to create dynamic web pages. The big difference is that since it uses Java, JSP is not restricted to any platform.

Understanding How Wireless Standards Work

Ever since phones started becoming miniature computers companies have been attaching the (insert number)G status into their products marketing. Starting with 2G we’re now entering the 4G era of smartphones. But what exactly is this differential anyway? Who decides it? More importantly, what does it mean?

The United Nations decides it – sort of. More specifically a UN agency called the International Telecommunications Union decides what is and what isn’t 2G, 3G, and so on. As it turns out, it’s all about speed. For example the current benchmark for a networked device to be classified as being part of the 4G collective it has to retrieve data at 400Mbit/s when the user is highly mobile in a car, and 1Gbit/s when the user is walking or stationary. The ITU also designates certain security measures that a 4G phone should have that separate it from the 3G network.

This isn’t legally binding regulation, however. It’s merely a defining guideline for the communications spectrum. That poses a problem for consumers in the United States and elsewhere who are currently shopping around for a 4G phone. Earlier this year AT&T received a lot of criticism from industry experts who claimed that the telecommunications giant was marketing a few models as being part of the 4G when they were really just running on highly modified versions of AT&T’s 3G software and network. With Sprint and HTC 4G Android phones already on shelves, it can be safely said that 4G is well on its way. But it’s important to remember that so long as not enough people raise a stink about it afterward, any mobile phone service provider can conceivably market their phones as being part of any generation they want.

That makes me wonder whether or not using the 3G-4G differential is really just a clever marketing strategy by service providers to simplify the choice for consumers bent on getting the best and newest technology. Hopefully that’s not the case and there is mostly true value to the designation. Either way, 4G is definitely here, but just make sure you exercise proper research when picking the next phone you want. Check with the ITU guidelines and ask for a demonstration of a phone’s speed in action before making a purchase. That’s the kind of thinking that gets you to the next generation.

Don’t be discouraged by numbers

When your blog traffic takes a turn for the worse, don’t be discouraged. On they days where my traffic is at it’s lowest, I try to stay positive by remembering that every 100 uniques is 100 people. Online, most people wouldn’t think 100 viewers is a lot, but when you find yourself thinking like this, look at it as if you were standing in a room, and 100 people surrounded you and were listening to what you have to say. It really changes your perspective on numbers doesn’t it?

Just focus on your content, listen in to what your readers are saying and maintain a positive attitude.

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