Veronica Davis

June
12
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Why Small Businesses Should Consider Venturing Into Chatbots

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    Businesses are always competing for our attention and trying their best to keep up with the ever-growing changes in technology. While some (somehow) still struggle to grasp the importance of mobile or even using social media effectively, others are pulling way ahead. They’ve moving into the era of conversational commerce, or uh, chatbots. The stragglers will continue falling behind if they don’t’ catch up fast. Instant messaging and chatbots is where you should be heading if you want to be one of the ones that pull ahead. 80% of Oracles’ survey respondents, consisting of high level sales, marketing and strategy officials, say they’re already using chatbots or plan to by 2020.   What is a chatbot? Chatbots are…

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June
08
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Alternatives to TOR for Anonymous Browsing

Alternatives to TOR for anonymous, private browsing

    For data collectors, analyzing network traffic can prove to be extremely valuable. Your browsing history and behavior is then basically up for sale to advertisers, marketers and those with ulterior motives. Even if your exact identity isn’t given (just information about browsing behavior), it’s still likely possible to use that dataset to identify you. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult and maybe even impossible to completely hide 100% of the time. But if you’re proactive, you can dramatically decrease what you leave on the table for others to find. Where should you start? One of the easiest things you can do is be mindful about the browser you use to access the internet. And this article will help you do…

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June
06
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Tips to Strengthen the Backbone of your Server’s Security

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    Most developers are no stranger to security. But if you’re a business owner setting up your own Linux based dedicated server or VPS, these tips will get you started on the right foot. By no means is this guide a complete, 100% foolproof way to protect your server from attackers. But if you take the time to put these tips into action you’ll be able to increase your server’s security. Also, it’s assumed that you have a basic understanding of Linux (you don’t get stumped the moment you need to use the command line). Most of this pertains to both dedicated servers and virtual private servers. However, a few will be more for dedicated servers. If you’re looking…

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June
02
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How SPAM Can Affect You Even if You Aren’t The One Doing it

Types of SPAM people use and how you can prevent it

  A good chunk of all emails sent are spam. Once businesses realized they could send millions upon millions of emails out to people to try to get new customers, it was inevitable. Email marketing took off and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. However, spamming people isn’t the way to go. Sure, a well-planned email marketing campaign that follows the law is an amazing way to draw attention to your brand and increase customers or sales. Unfortunately though, there are still many people who don’t stick to the rules, use bots and constantly spam. Worse, there are ways for them to send spam and make YOU look like the bad guy. This article will help you understand spam and…

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May
29
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Step By Step Guide for Encrypting Data in Ubuntu Using eCryptfs

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  If you have sensitive information that you don’t want other people to access without your express authority, consider encrypting it. Encryption is a technological process that prevents people from accessing highly confidential information that they’re not supposed to see. Encryption can be likened to the process of securing money in a safe. In this case, data is stored in a digital safe to protect it from unauthorized users.   Who encrypts their data? Many people and agencies encrypt their data. This includes the military, hackers, companies and even criminals. Even your average Joe can choose to encrypt their data. And it’s a good idea to do so due to the risk that people face on a daily basis, whether…

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May
27
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Fileless, Non-Malware Attacks not New… But Increasing

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  Your traditional means of preventing and detecting cybersecurity attacks may not be enough with the rise of non-malware, fileless attacks. Hackers are turning to these types of attacks because they’re harder to defend against. And unfortunately, most researchers agree that these attacks pose more of a threat to businesses. The increase in these attacks was recently highlighted by Carbon Black’s research that included interviewing more than 400 security researchers. Over 60% of those interviewed said that they’ve witnessed an increase in non-malware attacks since last year (we’re not even half way through the year). And they have their doubts whether the traditional anti-virus software you rely on would be enough to catch them. So this is just another reason you…

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May
22
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Setting up Site Search: Google Site Search Alternatives

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  Google Site Search, the site search that many site owners have relied on for years, is shutting down… as have many of Google services that webmaster have come to rely on in the past and had to find alternatives to. Any new purchase for it or renewals must be made before April 1, 2017 and the service will completely close the doors on April 1, 2018. If you have a subscription to it, you will be automatically be given Custom Search Engine when your license expires. Custom Search Engine is free and ad supported, but the features are different from what you’re used to with Google Site Search. It lets users search not only your site, but the whole…

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May
18
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Disaster Recovery Plan to Recover from Cyber Attacks Fast

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  Developing a disaster recovery plan for your business is important, no matter what industry you’re in or what how big your company is. Plenty of large companies found themselves in the headlines last year due to security breaches. Many cases due to ransomware, which quadrupled from 2015 to 2016. But the threat against small businesses continue to rise too, especially since most small businesses have limited budget, staff or time to effectively prepare for or defend against such attacks. In fact, according to Small Biz Trends, nearly half of cyber attacks are against small businesses.     Note: Before you start developing a disaster recover plan, ensure you always have reliable backups – The first step to being able…

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May
13
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Product Preview: Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts Like a Pro with Shift

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    Today, chances are that you have and need to manage multiple Google accounts. You might be a student who has a personal account, as well as a school account. Or maybe you’re just a professional who makes use of a number of different Google products… they’re notorious for not allowing this or that from one product to another. Like Andy Wolber from Tech Republic says, the more you use Google, the better the odds are that you end up with multiple accounts. Or maybe you’re a marketer who needs to switch between different accounts throughout the day. It gets tedious fast, doesn’t it? Sure, you can link accounts and constantly clicky click click your avatar and switch, switch,…

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May
05
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Free WordPress Plugins to Add Animations to Your Site

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    Animations in web design can greatly enhance your user’s experience. Website animations today aren’t anything like the headache-inducing, bright jagged animations that they were in the early days of the internet. Well designed and placed animations can provide subtle but clear visual clues. They can break up the monotony or help to smoothly transition users from one section of your site to the next. But it takes time and talent to create effective animations that will help, and not hinder your site’s overall design and usability. Well, usually. You may not be able to put together an entire design all on your own (unless you’re a designer or coder of some sort of course), but you can still…

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