Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Internet Explorer Problems May Expose Vital Information

There is has been a defect found in all versions of Microsofts Internet Explorer browser. If you are someone like me who spends the majority of my time online, this is really major. Apparently the problem has spread to at least 2 million people worldwide.

The scary part about the Internet Explorer problem is that it has been going on for the past six days is that there is no way to protect yourself against it. The problem has nothing to do with illegal phishing or any type of solicitation by internet scammers. The characteristic of the Internet Explorer problems is that the browser unexpectedly closes and leaves your vital information exposed.

Internet Explorer is the most used browser of choice for the majority of internet users. So these browser problems is a massive problem that can affect many users. So far the reports have primarily been reported in China. The majority of the complaints are from the stealing of passwords from popular online games.

Microsoft has offered some troubleshooting advice to handling these unfortunate internet explorer problems, but someone who is not very computer tech illiterate like myself, my advice would be to switch over to Mozilla Firefox.

I hope that you have been able to avoid this unfortunate situation. I am especially interested in internet browser problems because I just recently rectified a situation where my email address was hijacked and cause me a many headaches.

Internet Scammers Are Now Using Social Networking Sites

For all my readers that have not seen a new post from me for a while, I want to offer my apologies. It is not because I was being lazy; I was a victim of fraud. Someone hijacked my email address through one the social networks and managed to change my password, secret question, and my alternative email address.

It was a very unnerving experience, I was actually locked out of my account for a total of 5 weeks. It seemed like that Google's security measures were more effective for keeping me from retrieving my account than it was for protecting it. The worse part was that all my internet business was tied to my Gmail account: Gmail, Blogger, Adsense, and the big one Adwords.

I believed that the hijack occurred on Facebook. It happen simple enough, someone solicited me for a JV and I accepted. To make communications better we exchanged emails and then I was sent a phishing link which was designed to access my computer. I cannot express enough how much this simple mistake cost me mentally,time wise and financially.

I have since decided to exercise extreme caution when attempting to network on the internet. Here are few precautions that I would like to share with you to avoid scammers in these social networking sites.

1. Do not use your email in your profile, you can always retrieve your messages directly from the social networking websites inbox.

2. Do not exchange email with anyone until you have verified who they are and if their business is legitimate. In fact I would go as far as to do a reverse phone search on them.

3. Make sure that your computer is equipped with a good virus protection, Spyware and Registry cleaner...Trust me it is well worth the investment.

4. Be careful of the announcements on your profile page that informs that someone has posted your pictures all over the internet.

5. Do not click on any link that you do not recognize or cannot read as a word. If you click on a link by mistake, do not follow the link off the social networking site.

6. Use Mozilla Firefox and make sure that all your security systems are ON. I switched my other browser due to Internet Explorer problems.

7. Do not have the same password and security questions...etc for the all your accounts with Google or any other major company that you have several different accounts with. The results are if someone hijacks your account, they have access to all your business.

8. Do not save your secret passwords in your email account.

These measures may seem excessive, but avoiding the headaches and loss of revenues that scammers may cost is priceless.

How To Avoid Duplicate Content With The Major Search Engines

Article marketing is a great way to generate quality free backlinks and increase your page rank with the major search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN. The only setback is the dreaded duplicate content issue that loom so large in the back of every marketers mind.

For example if you write a great informative,keyword rich article and submit it to let's say, fifty article directories, you will have created the possibilities of getting thousands of backlinks. In case you didn't know, articles directories distribute your articles to several other sources and that's how you can create so many backlinks.

The problem of duplicate content rears it's puny little head when you check your statistics and see 7 listings in Google with the same article. The good news is that your backlinks are safe and you will get credit for them. The bad news is that your backlinks will not be as relevant due to the duplicate content.

To avoid the duplicate content issue, there a few thing you can do to increase the relevancy of your backlinks. One is to submit your articles to article submitting services that circulate your articles to hundreds of directories at one time. Google does not penalize you if you article gives credit to the article directory that circulates your article. So instead of submitting to 50 directories, you can submit to 2 to 3 of these services which will minimize the amount of articles you have published without giving credit to another directory.

There are few article directories that provide this service. Some of them even offer a creative way to spin your articles for even more security from the duplicate content bug. These directories are as follows: Isnare, Article Submission Service, and Free Traffic System.

When you look at it, it all makes sense. After all, if someone wants to print your article on their website, that means that your must be providing good content.