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How to Save Files to the Cloud

Author: Patrick Nelson, TechNewsWorld

Still haven’t jumped onto the cloud bandwagon? Never fear. Cloud storage is a great way to make sure your files are preserved without taking up vast amounts of space on your PC. Even better, it’s often completely free. Whether you’ve got documents, photos or music — or any combination thereof — here’s how to make

cloudPersonal file storage on a computer used to involve a PC-based hierarchical folder system Unified Server Monitoring: Free Trial. Click here. that was maintained on local, PC-based hard drives.

Today we are embracing the cloud, which allows for redundancy, remote access, remote backup and the use of convenient input/output mobile devices like phones with limited storage but outstanding portability.

If you’re still using your PC as a catch-all repository for media and documents and haven’t moved over to the cloud yet, here’s how to go about trying it painlessly — and at no cost to you.

I’ve chosen two broad file types that are well-suited to the cloud. Each has unique services geared towards it, and both demonstrate cloud-services principles that you can try. Sure your digital treasures don’t get lost.

Cloud Documents and Photographs Using Dropbox

Step 1: Browse to the Dropbox website on a computer. This service allows you to access files saved across all of your disparate computers and phones, regardless of OS.

For all intents and purposes, it lets you bring your files with you, without e-mailing them to yourself, as long as you have an Internet connection.

Step 2: Sign up for a basic, free account at the website by entering your name, e-mail and a password and pressing the ‘Sign Up’ button. A Dropbox client will download. Choose ‘Save’ when prompted and open the Dropbox installer. Then follow the run and setup prompts.

Step 3: Launch the Dropbox folder on your computer by clicking on the newly created desktop icon (in Windows 7). The folder will open and appear as a regular Windows folder.

From the Start menu, browse to Documents within Libraries and open it. Drag a sample file, like a Word document or image from Documents, to the new Dropbox folder.

Step 4: Install Dropbox on other machines or download an app from your phone’s market or store. Sign in and browse to your Dropbox folder, which will be created on the other machines and devices.

Check the installations and you’ll see that the file name you dragged over will be synced across devices and on the Dropbox website. Click or touch the file name to download the actual file to that machine or device.

Step 5: Make a change to the file. Changing the file name will demonstrate this step. The change will sync across all of the Dropbox-enabled devices and on the Dropbox website.

Cloud Music for Android Using Google Play

Step 1: Browse to the Google Play Music website on a computer. This service allows you to store music and listen on the Web without taking files with you. Up to 20,000 songs are stored for free. iTunes, Windows Media Player and regular folders can all be indexed.

You can also add to your collection and get free music from new artists by using the integrated Google Play store.

Step 2: Open a Google account or sign in to an existing account and then download the Music Manager by clicking on the blue ‘Download Music Manager’ button.

Follow the prompts to install the Music Manager and then click through the setup’s Next buttons to sign in again and add your personal collection to your Google Play music library. The music will sync.

Step 3: Launch the actual Music Manager software from the Start menu (in Windows 7) and you’ll see the interface. Click on the ‘Go To Music Player’ button, and your synced music library will appear in a Web browser.

Step 4: Click on ‘Shop Music’ and ‘Free Song of the Day’ to add new music to your Music Manager. This music will sync.

Step 5: Open the Google Play store on your mobile device and search for the free Google Play Music app. Install it on your device. Follow the prompts to add your Google account and you’ll see the music synced in the previous steps.

Touch artwork or an icon, and the music will play.

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SEO Optimization Techniques That Webmasters Ignore

search engine optimization tipsSEO is a term that most webmasters are familiar with. The problem is that most people ignore the most effective SEO optimization techniques therefore resulting in an unnecessary loss of traffic and thus revenue. That being said, the following is a list of SEO optimization techniques that both new and experienced webmasters should use.

Use established domains – This is one of the SEO optimization techniques that require financial investment. Established domains tend to get a higher SERP compared to new ones. There are many domain marketplaces that allow you to get older domains with the keywords you are targeting.

Write for people and not for bots – Most webmasters tend to be more concerned with SERP ranking causing them to ignore SEO optimization techniques that improve a website for humans. This results in short term traffic spikes which is then lost over time since people will not share the content because it does not generate any conversation, interest, controversy etc. The end result is a loss of revenues in the long term.

Use micro data – This is one of those SEO optimization techniques that allow webmasters to include information like user ratings, video tutorials and other details in the SERPs. This technique improves the quality of organic traffic by attracting a searcher’s attention and providing more information to search engine bots. Fortunately, the code needed for this technique is freely available meaning that you can easily use your creativity in this area in order to increase conversion rates.

Use a variety of anchor text options – This is one of those SEO optimization techniques that most webmasters pay no mind to. You should use numerous anchor text options when doing internal or external linking. It is advisable for part of the anchor text to include the keyword or brand name being targeted so that bots detect the correlation between the web pages. It is one of those SEO optimization techniques that webmasters must not overdo in order to avoid getting penalized.

Use robot exclusion protocol – This is one of those SEO optimization techniques that are unknown to most webmasters. Robot exclusion protocol is where you use a text file to prevent search engine bots from crawling certain parts of your site. You may use these files for web pages in your site with duplicate content, personal information and folders used by web designers. It is one of those straightforward techniques meaning that all webmasters should learn how to develop and implement it.

Register your site on local search listings – Search engines tend to give local websites higher SERP ranking than international sites meaning that you should register your site on local directories e.g. Bing Local Business Listing. It is one of those one time SEO optimization techniques. This therefore means that taking some time to include your site in such listings will go a long way in improving conversions.

Using Meta data – This is one of the SEO optimization techniques that allow bots to find out the content contained in a web page. The main kinds of Metadata are Meta tags and the Meta description. It is advisable to populate the Meta data with accurate and keyword research information.

In a nutshell, incorporating creativity in SEO optimization techniques usually results in higher conversion rates without necessarily having to spend so much money.

Microsoft offers up to $100, 000 for new ways to hack Windows

YORK: Microsoft has posted bounties of up to $100, 000 or (P843,000w) for “truly novel” ways to hack the latest version of its Windows software for powering computers.

For the first time ever, Microsoft is offering direct cash payouts in exchange for reporting certain types of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques,” the US software titan said in a blog post.”We are making this shift in order to learn about these issues earlier and to increase the win-win between Microsoft’s customers and the security researcher community.

“The bounty programme will launch with three categories of ‘wanted’ hacker tricks on June 26, the same day Microsoft is to preview a tweaked version of its operating system referred to as Windows Blue but officially called Windows 8.1.A Mitigation Bypass Bounty will pay up to $100, 000 for “truly novel exploitation techniques” targeting Windows 8.1 and as much as $50, 000 for ways to defend against hacker attacks that qualify for rewards.

Microsoft said that, for a month, it will pay as much as $11, 000 for critical vulnerabilities exposed in the version of Internet Explorer browser software tailored for Windows 8.1. Details were available online at microsoft.com/bountyprograms. (AFP Relaxnews)

 

WebMaster Resources Just Say No to Hackers: How to Harden Your WordPress Security

Original Aurhor:

While it’s true that WordPress core developers work hard to keep the WordPress platform safe, if you own or operate a WordPress website then you also have a responsibility to keep your site from being compromised.

Here are some of the ways to harden your WordPress security:

  1. Best practices
  2. Security plugins
  3. Signing up for CDNs
  4. Configuring .htaccess

1. WordPress Best Practices

Some of the most important things for hardening WordPress include:

  • Making sure your WordPress installation has the latest updates
  • Minimizing the number of plugins you use (and deleting the ones you don’t)
  • Choosing passwords that are difficult to crack
  • Performing regular data backups
  • Protecting your WordPress using .htaccess

Once you apply these, you can then install a plugin which will monitor your WordPress core files and traffic.

2. WordPress Security Plugins

Wordfence is a great plugin that will block any IP address that tries to flood or spam your website. It will limit the number of login attempts and monitor all live traffic. It’s being updated and maintained regularly, so you can count on it being on top of all your security issues.

Better WP Security is another great plugin that will allow you to sleep a little better at night. It’s really a full package, but you should read the FAQ section first before activating it, as it makes some significant changes to your database that you should be aware of.

BackWPUp is a free plugin that backs up both your WordPress files and database. I can recommend this plugin because I use it on many websites and I’ve never had any issues with it. There are, of course, a lot of other free and paid backup plugins out there and you are welcome to try them all until you find the one which suits you, but please put one to use.

3. Free CDNs

There has been a lot of talk whether free content delivery networks actually do any good or do they exist only to lure you into one of their paid services. Well, I’ve tested the two most popular free CDNs and I can honestly recommend both, even without the paid add-ons.

CloudFlare is a free content delivery network that filters all your traffic and minimizes the risk of your WordPress website from becoming a target.

PageSpeed Service by Google does something similar and we can all presume that Google takes online security seriously.

Read a complete list of pros and cons of Google PageSpeed and CloudFlare CDN.

4. Configure .htaccess

.htaccess stands for Hypertext Access. It’s a configuration file which controls the directory in which it is placed and all sub-directories. We’re going to talk about configuring .htaccess for Apache webservers and Linux.

Editing .htaccess file is a serious business and you should not play with it unless you have at least basic coding knowledge. If you don’t feel comfortable editing .htaccess, you can download and install a plugin from WordPress.org repository called WP htaccess Control. It provides an easy interface for editing the file, but also for configuring WordPress permalinks, categories, archives, pagination and custom taxonomies.

You can easily become overwhelmed by the number of options this plugin offers, so just go straight to “htaccess Suggestions” tab once you get to the plugin configuration page. You can then check all the options and your .htaccess will become configured for security.

If you don’t want to install a plugin or need maximum control and want to manually configure it, you can read this post on WordPress Security through .htaccess.


There isn’t a way to make your WordPress 100% secure, but limiting your website vulnerabilities will repel almost all malicious attacks, because hackers are not known for their patience. If you do however become a victim of a WordPress security breach, you can read and get informed about what to do on WordPress official My site was hacked page and you can report all security issues here.