Good Things about Social Networking

Because more and more people have access to Internet each year, social networking is gaining more and more on popularity as well. People take advantage out of social networks and treat them as an alternative for looking for friends. Whereas there are some networks that are better and more user friendly than others, let me here give you a few reasons why social networking can be so fun:

1. Contacting other people is relatively easy and very fast. All you need to do is to create an account which will only take you a few minutes. You will be asked a few simple questions after which you will be ready to start interacting with other users. The questions are very easy, and among other things you will need to provide a valid email address. Usually, you will not be obliged to do anything that you would feel uncomfortable with. Even if some user starts harassing you, you are free to quit as soon as you want.

2. Registration usually does not cost anything. There will be some exception to that, but the good thing about the Internet is the fact that many things are for free.

3. You can very easily meet friends who share the same interests as you.

4. You are given an option to upload your pictures, blogs, audio messages etc. I am sure that many of us like doing that, and the thought that somebody might be reading our articles is thrilling.

Sort Your Downloads with Firefox

One of the problems with Internet Explorer is the lack of the possibility to customize it. Fortunately Firefox allows various customizations, including the possibility to sort your downloads the way you like. You won’t be able to do it with a vanilla version of Firefox, but you will just need to install the Sort plugin to enable it Sort allows you to store files with different extensions in separate folders. For example you may wish to save mp3 files your “Music” folder and jpg files in “Pictures” folder. This extension will be especially valuable for those internet users which tend to download a lot, as it can automatically sort files for you.

Phishing Detection

I am sure that at some point you have heard the term phishing. If you are an experienced Internet user, you probably know what the term is all about. Phishing occurs is when instead of going to the real website of your bank for example, you are being redirected to a fake website that looks almost exactly like the one representing your bank.

One problem with phishing is that it might be sometimes so easy to fall prey to it. What looks like a legitimate website might be a website that looks almost identical comparing it to the original. Common sense is your best friend when it comes to that. Try to judge for yourself whether the website you visit and input your data including your password is real or not.

Who Is Responsible For Internet Security?

Who do you think is responsible for your security when you surf the Web? The answer to this question is rather simple: you are responsible for it. Not the government, not your family nor your antivirus seller. Only you are fully responsible for your Internet security while you spend time online.

It might feel natural to want to share pictures on the Internet with others together with many other files that others want to share with us. One problem with sharing files is that some nasty viruses can hide in them and they can completely ruin your computer when it comes to its security. My advice here is to be very careful what types of files you open.

Rewriting Best Posts

After blogging for a few months or years a blogger usually writes a lot of posts. Some of them are obviously more valuable then others and it would be a shame if they were very hard to find. One solution to make sure that people will read what you wrote in the past is to actually rewrite your old posts. In order to do this you should use up-to-date information and publish them again. I have seen this done on the top blogs in the blogosphere and if your older posts are able to stand the test of time, there is no reason why you would not want to do it. Very often there is a lot of valuable information in older posts and rewriting them might be a very good idea.
Another approach would be to link to your best posts from the sidebar, but on the other hand rewriting posts might be more beneficial, as it would update them with more recent data. If you do not plan to rewrite your older posts, then you may at least want to link to your best posts on your sidebar. If you visit many blogs, then you will notice that many other bloggers link to their posts from their sidebar.

Encouraging Comments on Your Blog

Most bloggers would prefer to have more comments on their blog and there is generally an agreement that blogs benefit from comments. That is because not only many comments indicate that your blog is popular, but also make your visitors more involved with your blog. Various visitors often contribute interesting thoughts of their own, which in turn makes them more loyal readers and in general improves the overall quality of your blog. Improving the quality of your blog in turn attracts more visitors. So the question is not whether you should encourage comments, but rather how to do it. This post is going to give advice on this subject. Before we start, if you are a WordPress Blogger, just make sure you have Akismet plug-in activated to fight with spam. Without further adieu, here is the list:

1. Have a top commentators widget on your sidebar. This greatly motivates people to leave comments, as they will feel appreciated for the fact of contributing to the discussion. I am using the “Show Top Commentators widget” which is compatible with the latest WordPress release and can be found here: www.pfadvice.com/wordpress-plugins/show-top-commentators.

2. Reward your top commentators with a short review of their sites or even some money. Some bloggers have done this and it served them well as it encouraged leaving comments on their blogs.

3. Have a recent comments widget on your sidebar. This encourages visitors to leave comments, especially on older posts, because new comments are very easy to find. I am using the default “Recent Comments” widget from WordPress. Blogs hosted on Blogger.com may use “Recent Comments for Blogger” found on storago.com/free_tools.

What Hackers Do In Their Spare Time

It seems that an average hacker is always busy with coming up with newer and newer ways to cheat Internet users out of their money. One of the latest ways for hackers to get sensitive information from Internet users is launching websites (spoof websites) that look almost exactly like the websites of some of the most popular banks in the world many of people who use the Internet are so likely to use. It is so easy to fall victim to one of such scams because the addresses of those websites look almost identical as the address of a bank you probably use. One way to avoid this type of scam is to always type the address of your bank manually in your browser. That way you will never be redirected to a website that is a fake one and has nothing to do with your bank.

Staying Alert While Making Online Transactions

I am sure that I do not have to convince anybody that staying alert while conducting any online transactions is absolutely a must in today’s world. The thing is that when you try to do anything online, you can expect somebody to steal a lot of important information from you. This is something called phishing and it should never be ignored. Of course, it is not a surprise that there will be always Internet users out there who will do anything to steal your important data such as your passwords and pin numbers. This is why honest folks like us need to learn to deal with such people and make sure that none of our information is ever stolen from us.

Surfing While at Work

The problem with working in an office is that you might not always be busy. And when a worker is not busy, he might be tempted to start looking for something to do, like surfing the Web, or writing emails. There are many people who just surf the Internet for fun during work, or use their email for other purposes then strictly work. According to the study conducted by AMA (American Management Association) among three hundred companies US companies more than a quarter of employees were fired because of misusing email, and every third worker has been let go for not using the Internet properly at work. Whereas accessing pornographic sites during working hours was the main reason for being fired for misusing the Internet, simply surfing the Web was the reason one third of the employees lost their employment. Office workers are also being downsized for the misuses of emails, mostly because of the inappropriate language used in correspondence. Twenty five percent of bosses said that they fired their staff because of excessive personal use of email.

I think that it is quite apparent that a worker should not access pornographic websites, or other sites considered to be offensive. When it comes to emails avoiding using vulgar language is another thing that employees should remember about. Workers should also realize that in order to have everything under control many companies monitor their Internet connections, and as a matter of fact, it has been said that 66% of companies monitor their Internet connections. In many cases companies do not even have to notify employees that their activity at the computer is monitored. Every employee should remember that and try to represent their company in the best way possible. Employees should also try to use their time effectively because they are usually paid on a per hour basis. Of course, employees also deserve privacy to some degree, so monitoring Internet connections may not be the best way to motivate employees to work more efficiently.

4 Ways to Spot Fake Page Rank Websites

First of all, Page Rank is Google’s ranking algorithm that calculates the importance of webpages on the Internet. In order to get a high PR, a site has to have high PR websites linking to it that are relevant to the topic of the site, and are not blacklisted by Google. The PR scale is from 0 to 10, with 3 being respectable, 6 impressive, and 10 almost impossible to achieve. It is a widely used way to determine a website’s value when deciding to buy a site, exchanging links with it, or in any other circumstances. Since it is so widely used, sometimes the consequences of being tricked by a fake PR can be drastic, like in a case of buying an expensive website. However there are ways to identify fake Page Rank, depending on circumstances:

1. Visit this PR checking tool (checkpagerank.net) to determine if the PR is valid. Among other things, it checks whether a site uses a 301 or 302 redirect that points from their site to another site with a high Pagerank. Such redirect can be used to fake a site’s PR by displaying PR of another website, instead of its own. PR displayed in toolbars is not always real, as it can be tricked by redirecting.

2. Check the number of backlinks on the smartpagerank.com site. If there are none or only few backlinks from low PR sites and the sites appears to have a high PR, it might indicate that something suspicious is going on. Use the backlinks analyzer for detailed information.

3. Check the number of indexed pages by checking out smartpagerank.com. If there are no pages it means that the domain has probably dropped/expired recently, or that it is blacklisted by Google. If there are only a few links and the site has a high PR, you should be cautious as well.

4. Use the WayBackMachine tool (archive.org/index.php) to see how the site looked like in the past. If it was a completely different website, it might mean that it recently switched owners. If the topic of the new website is different as well, there is a risk that the PR will drop. That is because Google only counts links relevant to the topic to determine PR.