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The Tech-Friendly Guide to Shielding Your Web Site

By Camille McClane*

The need for cyber security is an unfortunate reality in today’s world, where hackers and other malicious folk can readily hijack unprotected websites and wreak havoc with the owner’s reputation and personal data. You know you need security, but you’re not exactly an expert and might be feeling a little overwhelmed about where to even begin. Here are some useful yet simple tips for ensuring your own web security is as tight as it needs to be:

Update Your Script

You’ll want to protect and update the script your site is built on up-to-date to ensure your site is protected from any old exploits or backdoors. If you hired a developer you’ll want to have them teach you to do this on your own for your particular site so that you don’t have to pay them every time to you need an update.

Create Strong Passwords

Passwords are unavoidable, but you’ll want to understand how to create a strong one to keep yours safe. The first thing you think of is probably similar to the first thing most people think of. Your initials, birthday, spouse, etc. are all far too easy to guess for a hacker and considering the amount of personal info you may have on social media, a lot of your personal data is easy to figure out. Keep your passwords around 12 digits long, full of numbers, letters (lower upper case) and symbols that are hard to guess but easy for you to remember.

If you have a bad memory, try making a story out of it in your head to help with a more challenging password. If your password is JQ6LS8*T9! then you’re story could be "Johnny Quest had a crew of only 6 so he got Lost in Space and ate (8) stars (*) Til 9pm!"  It doesn’t have to make sense, just keep it something simple that you can picture in your mind all at once. Odds are you’ve already nearly memorized the example password above. Change your password every few months and write them down.

Better Security Questions

Similar to the password issue, your security questions ought to be things that you know that aren’t easily accessible via the Internet. Avoid things like “Mother’s maiden name.” Instead choose the city where you met your spouse, or the model of your first car. If you can create your own questions, be creative but not so creative that you outsmart your future self if you happen to need the answer. Write them down, secure them nearby and change them every few months, just like your password.

Secure Networks Only

An unsecured WiFi network, meaning an open network without a password, is vulnerable to more than just unsupervised use of your Internet connection. It can allow them access to any vulnerable device on the network, including your computer, phone, TV or any other smart device. All these devices likely contain some amount of personal info that could compromise your site. You’ll want to understand how to approach your network security and how to create a WPA key of your choosing, using the above rules to keep it private and hard to guess.

Avoid Unfamiliar Links

The perpetrators of phishing scams (a method of tricking someone into revealing usernames and passwords) have gotten very skilled at impersonating seemingly trustworthy websites. If your financial institution is contacting you out of the blue, or a website you haven’t visited in ages suddenly needs you to amend your account info, be wary. Scammers often use authentic logos, message templates and alter their name to fool people.

Often there are grammatical errors or other signs of an unprofessional message, but the smoking gun is always the email address itself. As scammers cannot actually send email via the institution itself, they will change the display name while the actual reply address will be a mixture of numbers and letters. If the domain name doesn’t match the financial institution itself, it’s probably bogus.

The safest way is to navigate to the authentic page yourself and login there, never using the links provided in the email.

Separate Recovery Email

For most of your logins and passwords associated with your site, you’ll need to provide a recovery email. Rather than use your normal address that you use for everything else, create one specifically for recovery. Make it easy to remember but hard to guess (avoid your name or personal info) and never list it anywhere online, especially not on your page itself. It should be an island unto itself and serve only as a backup in case you forget your login info.

(*)Camille McClane is a writer, researcher and marketer who enjoys creating content involving tech, business, social media, web security and psychographics. She hopes you enjoy this article, and that it will help you keep your site safe!


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President Rafael Correa Second Day of Visit to the U.S, He Will Speak at Harvard and Yale

President Correa chats with David Rockefeller Institute's students in Boston - Photo by Miguel Angel Romero
President Correa chats with David Rockefeller Institute's students in Boston - Photo by Miguel Angel Romero
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador will address students, faculty members and special guests at Harvard and Yale universities this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, and meet with university officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

President Correa's visit to the Unites States this week also includes a two-day trip to New York City where he will talk to Spanish-language media reporters, and will offer individual interviews to various English-language media outlets like the Boston Globe.  Mr. Correa will also have TV appearances at PBS with Charlie Rose and MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes.

The President will also meet with members of the Ecuadorian community living in the New York area at a cultural show to be held at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. On Saturday, Mr. Correa will broadcast live the weekly public address, "Enlace Ciudadano", at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.

President  Correa's  visit  to  the  U.S.  is  in  response to invitations by Harvard and Yale universities. Mr. Correa will speak at the John F. Kennedy Center at Harvard University ("Development as Political Process: the Ecuadorian Dream"), and in the Luce Hall at Yale University.

According to the university's press secretary the event is being held "with the intention of strengthening opportunities for bilateral cooperation between academic institutions in U.S. and flagship initiatives in Ecuador".

President Correa will also meet with the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rafael Reif and other university officials.

This is President Correa's first public visit to the United States since September of 2011, where he also broadcasted his weekly public address from Queens College.

The tense relationship between Correa and the Ecuadorian press, as well as Ecuador's relationship with Belarus, are among the reasons why Barack Obama's administration have distanced themselves from the Latin American country.

President Correa is currently one of the most popular leaders of the Americas, with over 75% approval rating according to recent international polls.

In Ecuador's 2013 presidential elections, Rafael Correa's ticket won overwhelmingly within Ecuadorian immigrants around the globe, including the United States and Canada with a 63% of the vote. Ecuadorian registered voters living overseas can vote in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Read: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11747963.htm

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Travel Abroad and Gain the Best Education You Can Get

By Deborah Jones*

Let's Go! - Passport by user Lucas on Flickr
Getting an education by traveling is a concept that has been around for ages. It's long been known that travel is one of the best ways to find out about history and geography and a wealth of other subjects. Traveling gives you a hands-on and real-life experience that will be ingrained in your memory forever. Unlike sitting in a classroom, you'll always retain the knowledge you've learned and will never forget your experiences.

Learning a new language

When you venture outside your door into unknown lands you'll get a brand-new language education. Even if you are visiting a place where the residents speak the same language as you do, you'll learn a new variance of the spoken word. A person from the United States that is visiting Australia, for example, will hear a completely different type of English being spoken. In fact, even after a short vacation, the person will arrive home in the U.S. and speak a few different words as part of his speech.

When you journey into a place where a completely different language is spoken and stay there long enough, you'll automatically pick up a new language. The more languages you have under your belt the better off you'll be career wise for the rest of your life.

See and feel history

There is nothing like taking historical tours and visiting older sites to see for yourself what type of history scenes are waiting in far-off countries. Not only will you be able to visit but you can take pictures of the sites you see that will act as a constant reminder of your education. There are many places in the world that date back to B.C. that will leave you absolutely speechless.

Learning a new culture

When you jump into a brand-new culture you automatically learn how to accept and understand other people's ways. This is a deeper form of learning that you can't experience any other way than through travel. By getting immersed completely in another type of culture, you will learn more about people and what makes them tick. When returning to your country, you'll also have a better understanding of your fellow countrymen.

Travel and studies

If there's any way that you can incorporate the two together, you'll end up with the deepest form of education possible. By traveling to another country to do your studies you'll have the best of both worlds. Not only will you open yourself up intellectually but you will also reap all of the awards listed above. International study gives you a solid base upon which the rest of your education throughout your life will flourish.

There's a lot of information available on the Internet about traveling abroad to do your studies and if you have an opportunity to travel for your postgraduate studies you should definitely take a closer look into it. It's the one decision you'll never regret for the rest of your life.

(*) Deborah Jones is a freelance blogger and author. She writes about travel, education trends and reviews international student websites.

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How To Handle Every Online Education Challenge With Ease Using 6 Steps

By Katherine Brunt*

Can you imagine a class without students? Obviously not but online educational system makes this possible by replacing the students from college chairs to the computer chairs. Recent surveys have shown that a vast majority of students are now choosing online education courses over the conventional style of classroom education, so that they do not have to compromise their jobs and other commitments. It has also been observed that many students regard online education more beneficial than the traditional full time campus education, as the campus education is time bound and requires them to be in the campus at the given time.

Regardless of the fact that today there are numerous universities that provide online education, procedure of online registration and examination is still a hard row to hoe for the students. It is very essential for students planning to join an online degree program to consider this step-by-step guideline for accomplishing their online degree program effectively.

Let's have a look on the steps that will lead you to achieve a professional degree successfully.

1. Selecting Your Desired Course

The initial task that you have to accomplish in order to succeed in your online education is to choose your desired program of study from a reputable online education institute. Undoubtedly, online education system enables you a wide variety of topics, it is important that you chose one with your own interest and domestic and international scope. While choosing an online degree program ensure to secure yourself from fake colleges that aims to generate money through selling their degrees online without offering quality educational services to students. Hence, these degrees became worthless because your employer is not going to accept it. Thus, it's better to check the authenticity of online educational services provider than to ruin your hard earned money and future.

2. Check Worth Of Your Degree

It's an undeniable fact that your employer will only offer you a handsome amount of salary package if you have got a professional qualification degree from a recognised online college or university. Therefore, if your degree does not stand out among the rest, it would not be valued more than just a piece of paper. So make sure to enrol in an online educational organisation that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation - CHEA and the US Department of Education, in order to successfully achieve a dream job.

3. Use Available Pen-Source Mediums

Online studies exploring a world of information and educational resources that will not only assist you to acquire your desired degree, but also enhances your knowledge by opening doors of educational world and connecting you with a number of top ranked universities of the world. Many universities are now using the open-source platforms of Moodle, Atutor, and other similar platforms to enhance the communication level between the teachers and the students. Students should make their account to the online platform, which is being used by their professor, and then try to link with their social media accounts, so that they can get updates of all important events, like group discussion, exam schedule, etc.

4. Follow Assigned Rules

Normally, when students start their online education program, their level of concentration and focus is not 100%. As there is time flexibility, students are often not vigilant about their semester weekly exams and group discussion forums. Many times, the professor includes the topic that was raised in the discussion, in the weekly or monthly questionnaire. Thus, this can be a drawback for students who have been away from these distant classes, until the time of test. It is important then for students to be engaged with their distance classrooms, and try to communicate with professors, other than the time of exams.

5. Course Transfer Option

Students obtaining an online education degree regularly have a few credits from courses taken at different educational organizations of higher studies. Usually, online institutions will acknowledge some or the greater part of the past credits, so the courses don't need to be re-studied. Accordingly, it is occupant on the person to acquire official transcripts, to accept credit exchanges from their prospective authorize online school.

6. Complete Your Class Work Regularly

Simply it is the most powerful part of online education system that facilitate students through its database system which allows students to take, complete and submit their assignments from any place throughout the world. Thus, students find itself as the best convenient opportunity of the technology. Moreover, students can easily log in their portals, collect notes, talk with their lecturer and easily accessible online digital library without paying any further cost as all the cost is included in your tuition fee.

(*) Katherine Brunt is a famous academic writer for Assignmentbox.co.uk, she writes especially on educational topics to serve students to overcome issues which they face in their studies. You can also follow her on Google Plus.

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The Balance: Video Games Good/Bad for Kids

Is playing video games good or bad for your kid? It surely can be both. The anti-gamers have studied the effects of these games for thirty years or so now with some evidence. The pro-gamers have also made some very good argument themselves. With both sides going at each other it has become somewhat confusing to pick a side for children and parents alike.

A study by the Max Planck Institute in Germany found that people who played a video game actually had an increase in the size of the part of the brain that has to do with memory, strategy, and fine motor skills. A British study found that video gaming can increase the speed of perceptual processing. And a University of Iowa study found that playing certain kinds of video games may help the brain stay younger as we age.

There are many types of video games, so you cannot base your opinion only on shooters. Note as well that films and books can contain the same violent content as some video games. The 'Warrior Cats' book series features violent death scenes. The 'Edge Chronicles' books have extremely gory illustrations. Both books are in the children's section of most bookshops and libraries. I don't know whether Yu-Gi-Oh games are on video now.

Then it comes this story. At a soccer game the other day, a 6 year old was getting mad that the he couldnt get ball from another player, so he said "I want to chop your head, smash your body to bits and kill you." When questioned on where he had heard this, he said "I do it all the time on my Xbox". Kids that age and older can tell the difference between right and wrong. To me the easiest targets would be the children of a younger age who can’t tell the real difference between right and wrong, reality or gaming world.

Labeling one kind of game good or bad is simply a matter of opinion. Besides, good and bad are two subjective terms. While there are many games that can be considered bad, as they might rot your brain is nothing but your personal opinion. We have not come to a widely scientific support that games are either good or bad for kids. A fact must be proven and recognized to move on such direction. Following that logic, movies, books, TV shows, and even news reports rot your brain because they expose you to repetitive garbage.

Being smart in the real world involves a multitude of factors - so playing video games (or playing them practically all the time), isn't a strategy for success. The same way as everyone pretty much agrees that there are still down sides to video games. What's popular is the permanent complaint of parents and teachers. Having a son who plays at home I can say that we need to find a balance. Don't just let them play all the time. Video games don't necessarily decrease attention spans.

I know there are serious objection to multitasking, but watch a kid doing homework. What your going to see is a computer on, a TV on, a smartphone also on and then a pen a notebook and probably a book. It seems to me that video games might be making kids better at concentrating, and kids with problems like dyslexia, better at reading. Now I know many of you will start to give me your opinions. That's ok while I respect yours, I politely disagree.

Video games are also being studied for their effectiveness in helping with depression -- many kids say they feel depressed when playing and when not playing, to reduce feelings of pain and anxiety, and to improve eyesight. Games often require problem solving and decision making, great skills to have in the real world, too. And games where players work together remotely in real time, develop teamwork skills.

I'd like to hear of your experiences, or the scientific foundation to take part on the video games impact on young minds.

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