What If There Was No Internet? – thnxz to @Creative_Fan


Via CreativeFan

The internet has become a crucial part of our daily lives. We live in a world where social media and electronic gadgets reign. Needless to say, the ever innovating technology has made our lives far easier than it used to be, especially in the field of business and communication.

Imagine the world without the internet. What would happen to the people who are so dependent on it? The blogging world will die and millions of people will lose their jobs. That is not a pretty sight, I tell you.

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No More Google

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Students and everyone else who turn to Google for help will lose their repository of information. This means that they will have to go back to the old way of expanding their knowledge by browsing through the numerous books in the library which could be very tiring and time-consuming.

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Communication Problems

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Communication will be greatly affected if the internet becomes non-existent. Cellular phones and electronic gadgets will lose their value. People will have to go back to writing telegrams and snail mails. Instead of Skype and webcams, landlines will again be the best means of communication. No more emails and chats for internet-dependent people. Social media sites will disappear and it will be very hard to keep in touch with your loved ones when they are miles away from you.

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Financial Industry Will Bug Down

Common WordPress Malware Infections – wp.smashingmagazine.com


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WordPress security is serious business. Exploits of vulnerabilities in WordPress’ architecture have led to mass compromises of servers through cross-site contamination. WordPress’ extensibility increases its vulnerability; plugins and themes house flawed logic, loopholes, Easter eggs, backdoors and a slew of other issues. Firing up your computer to find that you’re supporting a random cause or selling Viagra can be devastating. WordPress Security

In WordPress’ core, all security issues are quickly addressed; the WordPress team is focused on strictly maintaining the integrity of the application. The same, however, cannot be said for all plugins and themes.

The focus of this post is not to add to the overwhelming number of WordPress security or WordPress hardening posts that you see floating around the Web. Rather, we’ll provide more context about the things you need to protect yourself from. What hacks are WordPress users particularly vulnerable to? How do they get in? What do they do to a WordPress website? In this lengthy article, we’ll cover backdoorsdrive-by downloadspharma hack and malicious redirects. Please notice that some anti-virus apps report this article as malware, probably because it contains examples of the code that should be avoided. This article does not contain any malware itself, so the alert must be based on heuristic analysis.

Over the past two years, Web malware has grown around 140%. At the same time, WordPress has exploded in popularity as a blogging platform and CMS, powering close to 17% of websites today. But that popularity comes at a price; it makes WordPress a target for Web-based malware. Why? Simple: its reach provides the opportunity for maximum impact. Sure, popularity is a good thing, but it also makes us WordPress users vulnerable.

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A Bit About Our Security Expert: Meet Tony

Lacking the technical knowledge needed to go into great depth, I brought on board a co-author to help me out. Bringing the technical information is Tony Perez, Chief Operations and Financial Officer of Sucuri Security. Sucuri Security provides detection, alerting and remediation services to combat Web-based malware. In other words, it works on websites that have been compromised. This means that Tony has the background, statistics and, most importantly, knowledge to go really in depth on malware issues that affect WordPress users.

I asked Tony how he got into Web security:

Tony

“I think it goes back to 2009. I was managing and architecting large-scale enterprise solutions for Department of Defense (DoD) clients and traveling the world. In the process, there was a little thing called compliance with the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), set forth by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). I know, a mouthful, but it’s how we did things in the DoD; if it didn’t have an acronym, it didn’t belong.

That being said, it wasn’t until I joined Dre and Daniel at Sucuri Security, in early 2011, that I really began to get what I consider to be any resemblance of InfoSec chops.”

Armed with Tony’s technical knowledge, we’ll look at the main issues that affect WordPress users today. But before we get into details, let’s look at some of the reasons why WordPress users might be vulnerable.

What Makes WordPress Vulnerable?

Here’s the simple answer. Old versions of WordPress, along with theme and plugin vulnerabilities, multiplied by the CMS’ popularity, with the end user thrown into the mix, make for a vulnerable website.

Let’s break that down.

The first issue is outdated versions of WordPress. Whenever a new WordPress version is released, users get a nagging message, but plenty of users have gotten pretty good at ignoring the nag. Core vulnerabilities in themselves are rarely an issue. They do exist; proof can be found in the most recent 3.3.3 and 3.4.1 releases. WordPress’ core team has gotten pretty good at rolling out security patches quickly and efficiently, so the risk of exploitation is minimal, provided that WordPress users update their installation. This, unfortunately, is the crux of the problem:WordPress users ignore the message. And it’s not just inexperienced and casual WordPress users who aren’t updating. A recent high-profile hack was of the Reuters website, which was running version 3.1.1 instead of the current 3.4.1.

Vulnerabilities in plugins and themes is another issue. The WordPress repository has 20,000 plugins and is growing. The plugins are of varying quality; some of them inevitably have security loopholes, while others are outdated. On top of that, consider all of the themes and plugins outside of the repository, including commercial products that are distributed for free on Warez websites and come packed with malware. Google is our favorite search engine, but it’s not so hot for finding quality WordPress themes.

Then, there’s popularity. WordPress is popular, without a doubt. Around 700 million websites were recorded as using WordPress in May of this year. This popularity means that if a hacker can find a way into one WordPress website, they have potentially millions of websites for a playground. They don’t need to hack websites that use the current version of WordPress; they can scan for websites that use old insecure versions and hack those.

Finally and most significantly, the biggest obstacle facing WordPress users is themselves. Tony in his own words:

“For whatever reason, there is this perception among WordPress users that the hardest part of the job was paying someone to build the website and that once its built, that’s it, it’s done, no further action required. Maybe that was the case seven years ago, but not today.

WordPress’ ease of use is awesome, but I think it provides a false sense of assurances to end users and developers alike. I think, though, this perception is starting to change.”

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Ways To Create A Killer Blog That Will Drive New Business Leads | simplyzesty.com


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We’ve been blogging for three years and we think we have what you would call a successful business blog. It helps raise the profile of our company, while keeping hundreds of thousands of people engaged and coming back to get the latest social media news. It feels like the blog is large and established, but we had to start somewhere too when we wrote our first post and nobody knew about the blog.

With all that in mind, we wanted to create a post that shares some of our thoughts and tips on creating a business blog that gets traction and that can help you attract new business. The good news is that most of the technology and tools that you will need are cheap and easy to use and with some quality content you will be well on your way. Here are 25 things that you can do that will help your own business blog massively.

Contents

1) Starting Off
2) Design & Appearance
3) Blog Content
4) Writing Content
5) Social Media
6) Promotion & Leads

Starting Off

Use WordPress
There is a vast number of free blogging sites like Blogger that will help you create one in seconds. However, the most popular blogging site out there has to be WordPress, thanks to its ease of use and range of styles. The scope for personalisation and design is vast, the dashboard is straightforward, and while you can pay for premium features, you can still create a clean and stylish site. When your business and site gains more prominence, you can start thinking about customising the design, but as a starting point, you won’t find any better.
Put Your Blog Front & Centre
Many businesses treat their blog as something that complement the main site, it’s nice to have one, but its use is limited. What you should do is make the blog the main feature of your site, so when people come to visit, they will see all the content you’ve been posting. Don’t bury your blog underneath your site as that defeats its purpose. Put it front and centre so you can show off your knowledge and generate more leads.

Many businesses treat their blog as something that complement the main site, it’s nice to have one, but its use is limited. What you should do is make the blog the main feature of your site, so when people come to visit, they will see all the content you’ve been posting. Don’t bury your blog underneath your site as that defeats its purpose. Put it front and centre so you can show off your knowledge and generate more leads. 

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TheAppBuilder: cómo diseñar una app sin ser programador

Estamos irremediablemente ante las puertas de la Era Do it Yourself (Hazlo tú mismo). Los programadores están construyendo un mundo que cede sus propias herramientas a los demás para que participen también en esta reconstrucción planetaria. Las primeras apps salieron de sus ordenadores. Ahora ni siquiera es necesario saber de programación para crear una app. Una plataforma llamada The App Builder permite a un individuo, sin conocimiento alguno de programación, diseñar una app.

Los gestores de contenido como WordPress o Blogger llevaron a la proliferación de los blogs. Las plantillas permitieron a millones de personas crear su espacio en la Red. The App Builder tiene la misma misión que todas estas herramientas.

Una app para iPhone o Android se puede crear desde un Mac o un PC, y una vez diseñada se envía automáticamente a iTunes App Stores, Android Market y Windows Phone Marketplace.

En este vídeo puedes ver cómo es el proceso para crear una app y aquí puedes ver algunos ejemplos.


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Estamos irremediablemente ante las puertas de la Era Do it Yourself (Hazlo tú mismo). Los programadores están construyendo un mundo que cede sus propias herramientas a los demás para que participen también en esta reconstrucción planetaria. Las primeras apps salieron de sus ordenadores. Ahora ni siquiera es necesario saber de programación para crear una app. Una plataforma llamada The App Builder permite a un individuo, sin conocimiento alguno de programación, diseñar una app.

Los gestores de contenido como WordPress o Blogger llevaron a la proliferación de los blogs. Las plantillas permitieron a millones de personas crear su espacio en la Red. The App Builder tiene la misma misión que todas estas herramientas. Leer más “TheAppBuilder: cómo diseñar una app sin ser programador”

Philadelphia Wants $300 Business License From Bloggers Who Make No Money

By Adrianne Jeffries

WordPress.comThe city of Philadelphia is demanding money from bloggers who were honest enough to report the meagerest – $11, $50 – of revenue from ads or donations.

According to the law, any blogger who enables advertising is required to register as a business, pay for a license and pay taxes on their profits no matter how small, the Philadelphia City Paper reported last week.

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Philadelphia requires a license for the privilege of doing business when there is “activity for profit,” a tax attorney told the paper, even if the activity did not earn a profit the year before or may never turn a profit.

The license is $300 for a lifetime or $50 a year.

But the city only knows about the ads you’re placing on your freely-hosted blog if you report that income on your taxes.
Bloggers are just a subset of workers affected by this regressive tax. According to the city’s strict rules, any freelancer based in the city qualifies as a business and needs to get the license.


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WordPress.comThe city of Philadelphia is demanding money from bloggers who were honest enough to report the meagerest – $11, $50 – of revenue from ads or donations.

According to the law, any blogger who enables advertising is required to register as a business, pay for a license and pay taxes on their profits no matter how small, the Philadelphia City Paper reported last week.

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Philadelphia requires a license for the privilege of doing business when there is “activity for profit,” a tax attorney told the paper, even if the activity did not earn a profit the year before or may never turn a profit.

The license is $300 for a lifetime or $50 a year.

But the city only knows about the ads you’re placing on your freely-hosted blog if you report that income on your taxes. Leer más “Philadelphia Wants $300 Business License From Bloggers Who Make No Money”

6 Online Marketing Mistakes that Will Kill Your Business

by Melinda Brennan

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Usually on Copyblogger we talk about how to grow your business, get more customers, increase your conversion rate, build thousands of daily readers, and all the rest of it.

But you also need to know about the factors that will kill off your business. Sometimes it’s a question of attitude, like when you’re sick of it, when it’s only a hobby and you don’t want to take it too seriously, or when you’re equally scared of success and failure.

And then there are just downright mistakes, which, fortunately, can be corrected.

If you want your business to thrive, watch out for these warning signs. Get them straightened out and you’ll get your business on the road to robust good health.
#1: A sucky attitude

Your attitude about your own business will affect everyone else’s attitude about it. Every web visitor, every person you speak to, every twitter and FaceBook contact. They’ll know, without you telling them, exactly how you regard your business.

What are some of the warning signs that your attitude may suck?

* When you don’t post for weeks on end.
* When you haven’t put out a new product or service for the last six months.
* When you say your business would be great if it wasn’t for those $#%^& customers.
* When you whinge about how hard business is and how all those successful A-listers must have had friends in the right places.
* When you’re expecting to be an overnight success and you’re surprised that you aren’t both rich and famous after six months.


image of chalk outline of crime victim

Usually on Copyblogger we talk about how to grow your business, get more customers, increase your conversion rate, build thousands of daily readers, and all the rest of it.

But you also need to know about the factors that will kill off your business. Sometimes it’s a question of attitude, like when you’re sick of it, when it’s only a hobby and you don’t want to take it too seriously, or when you’re equally scared of success and failure.

And then there are just downright mistakes, which, fortunately, can be corrected.

If you want your business to thrive, watch out for these warning signs. Get them straightened out and you’ll get your business on the road to robust good health.

#1: A sucky attitude

Your attitude about your own business will affect everyone else’s attitude about it. Every web visitor, every person you speak to, every twitter and FaceBook contact. They’ll know, without you telling them, exactly how you regard your business.

What are some of the warning signs that your attitude may suck?

  • When you don’t post for weeks on end.
  • When you haven’t put out a new product or service for the last six months.
  • When you say your business would be great if it wasn’t for those $#%^& customers.
  • When you whinge about how hard business is and how all those successful A-listers must have had friends in the right places.
  • When you’re expecting to be an overnight success and you’re surprised that you aren’t both rich and famous after six months. Leer más “6 Online Marketing Mistakes that Will Kill Your Business”

How to Create a Web Content Strategy For Your Company

These days, it’s no longer enough to have an inviting storefront and amazing products on your shelves, whether physical or digital. Fueled by social media, with which even the search engines scrambling to keep up, the Web is now happening in real time. How can a small company stay competitive?

One critical component of the answer to that question is something that most businesses have never had to consider doing in the past: Become a publisher.


Written by John Paul Titlow

Our Channel ReadWriteBiz, sponsored by Yola.com, is a resource and guide for small businesses. Yola.com is an award winning website builder that makes it easy for small businesses to create a website. With Yola’s professional templates and easy-to-use tools, you can make a website that helps you stand out from the competition.

campaign-monitor-blog.pngThese days, it’s no longer enough to have an inviting storefront and amazing products on your shelves, whether physical or digital. Fueled by social media, with which even the search engines scrambling to keep up, the Web is now happening in real time. How can a small company stay competitive?

One critical component of the answer to that question is something that most businesses have never had to consider doing in the past: Become a publisher.

Your Site Needs a Blog

Having somebody design and build your website is only half the battle. That site needs regularly-updated content and the easiest way to make that happen is with a blog.
First, you’ll need a blog content management system (CMS) like WordPress.org or Movable Type. For best results, you should work with your Web guru to set up a self-hosted blogging engine on your own server, rather than going with a hosted solution like Blogger, TypePad or WordPress.com, since a self-hosted blog will be easier to customize and can integrate more seamlessly into your site’s existing architecture and design. Leer más “How to Create a Web Content Strategy For Your Company”