1 Billion Mobile Devices Connected to The Internet by 2013

The mobile web is a fascinating space that is still in its infancy. If the current capabilities of mobile devices are a sign of things to come, I can only imagine what will be possible five years from now.

Here are 10 reasons I think that anyone with an online presence should establish a mobile presence separate from your website:
Not only are there a lot of cell phones worldwide, but they seem to outlast their owners and are passed down to another owner. There are great recycling and refurbishing programs that use old cell phones as emergency dialers or resell them at discounted rates.

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Don’t Let Spammers Find You Through A Blog

Spammers thrive on being able to harvest emails from unwitting participants in Web 2.0’s dialogue. One of the biggest and best sources for this is blogs where both bloggers and those commenting on their entries make the mistake of posting email addresses without taking precautions, and it’s important that bloggers know how to keep spammers from harvesting emails from their sites – both for their protection, and that of the readers who are leaving comments on your pages.

One simple way of preventing spammers from getting your website is by posting your email graphically, rather than by using text. You can also try to use a spam filter, or scripts that prevent spammer’s email-harvesting bots from noticing your page, although these have varying degrees of success depending on the sophistication of the spammer in question.

If your blog is located on a site like wordpress, livejournal, or blogger, you have the option of protecting your updates so they can be seen only by those you allow, or by those who are also members of the site. This can have the unintended result of limiting your readership, although new sites such as Dreamwidth are supposedly offering aggregations of other sites in an attempt to allow cross-posting to scale new heights.

When commenting on blogs and forums, one technique a number of web surfers have used to try and protect their email addresses from being harvested by spammers is by inserting random punctuation into their email addresses, breaking the address up with spaces, or spelling out certain punctuation marks which are included in their email; for example, instead of writing spamhater@spamhater.com, someone might write their email address as “ess pee eh em aytch eh why tee eee are at” …and so on, or spamhater/at/spamhater/dot/com. This method can work, if your readers and the others commenting on your blog or forum have the patience to decipher those characters then retype them, but it can be a killer for communications if they a) miss the point or pronunciation you’ve used or b) can’t be bothered to retype the address. Plus, using uniform punctuation as in the “/” example above isn’t all that tough for spammers to program their bots around, and so its effectiveness is limited.

No method for protecting your blog from spammers is going to be a hundred percent foolproof, but by even attempting to make it harder for spammers to read addresses off your site, you help make it harder for crime syndicates who run spam rings to find more unwitting victims for their next ploy. That, more than anything else, makes the attempt to safeguard your blog from email harvesting spammers worth the extra effort.

VPS or Shared Web Hosting?

Taking your business online is a huge risk, it could either become an instant success or a wasted effort and it all depends on utilizing the right tools in web hosting. Choosing the right kind of web host provider is one of the important steps in making sure that a site that will be able to deliver superior performance. Availability of the site without any downtime is one way to attract more internet users and you can achieve this with a reliable web host provider.

Budget plays a huge role for companies in choosing the right web host package especially for small and medium scaled enterprises that are still on the early age of the business. This budget restriction is one of the reasons why companies prefer to go for the affordable option without a proper research. Shared web hosting is often the typical choice for most businesses because it is less expansive yet offers the basic benefits that you should expect from a host provider. But is this the best choice for your company?

VPS or Virtual Private Servers are slowly climbing the popularity charts as another alternative in web hosting. In a brief comparison, VPS may cost a little more than shared web hosting but it also provides more benefits. In a shared web hosting environment, a number of users share a common server which can lead into problems especially if your site experience heavy web traffic. On the other hand, users are given their own “virtual space” in VPs setting allowing them to take full charge of its settings and configuration. This freedom to customize enables web masters to make changes or adjustments in case a need for it arises.

In another comparison, shared web hosting provides web administrators with limited access which means you will not be able to utilize your own software and operating system. It also restricts the use of customized security procedures which basically means that you will need to rely on the security software that from the web host provider. With internet security being a sensitive issue, it is very important to choose a hosting solution that will ensure that your website will be safe and secured.

Another thing to look at is the bandwidth and disk space that a shared or VPS hosting provides. The amount of bandwidth and disk space is often determined by the type of hosting package that you sign up for. Expect that it will be limited if you pay a small amount and hope for more options if you go for a more expensive web host package.

for more information please contact us about VPS or Shared website hoisting.

Fake USPS Package Delivery Notification

Cisco Security Intelligence Operations has detected significant activity related to spam e-mail messages that claim to contain a package delivery notification.

The text in the e-mail message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the details. However, the .zip attachment contains a malicious .exe file that, when executed, attempts to infect the user’s system with malicious code.

The Advantages of Linux Website Hosting

Within the current world economical climate, CEOs and business professionals routinely find themselves turning to an array of different techniques in order to increase profit. Some firms focus their attention on customer service, some innovate with new products, and others attempt to increase income through additional marketing and promotion. These methods have the potential to transform the revenue for even the most struggling business. But the most effective solution for increasing profit is often a simple process.

Before increasing expenditures on attracting new customers, the best advice to improve your profit is to take a look at your business costs. For companies with an online presence, overpriced web hosting can have a significant impact on margins. So how can you find a low-cost hosting solution that maximizes your return on investment (ROI)?

How A Shared Hosting Solution Can Be A False Economy

For many website owners, the first hosting solution is a modest shared hosting plan. Shared hosting is an easy-to-use and affordable solution that provides enough resources to accommodate a website with modest traffic. However, once the traffic increases, shared web hosting quickly becomes inadequate. The money you may save by choosing a budget shared hosting solution for your online presence quickly becomes irrelevant when long periods of downtime turn your potential customers away and on to your competitors.

Dedicated server hosting is on the other end of the performance scale, allowing users to host fully-fledged websites with complex implementation and high resource requirements. Where shared hosting customers sit alongside numerous other accounts on one hardware server, a dedicated server ensures consistently good performance with dedicated hardware resources. Nevertheless, many customers are reluctant to make the jump to a dedicated hosting solution, due to the relatively high costs of renting a dedicated server.

It’s true, some of the dedicated hosting plans out there can set you back hundreds of dollars per month. But not all offers are the same and if you know what to look for – and where to look – you can get a dedicated machine for less than you would expect. One option is to choose Linux dedicated server hosting as the power of a Linux dedicated server is at a more affordable price point than Windows alternatives.

Why are dedicated Linux plans more affordable than Windows solutions?

With web hosting, it is important to balance performance requirements with budget considerations. Things are rarely as simple as finding the cheapest hosting option. Instead, you should be searching for a dependable, reliable host that has a fair and transparent pricing scheme in place.

When it comes to Linux dedicated servers, there are several factors that influence the total cost of ownership, including initial costs, ongoing costs, and the cost of associated software. Let’s analyze these three groups of expenses, and see why Linux dedicated servers are more affordable than Windows servers.

1. Setup Costs

Most Windows hosting providers will charge you a hefty fee for setting up your dedicated server. The fee covers the workload required to install the server and, in most cases, a part of the cost of the software installed on the server. The setup cost for a Linux dedicated server is usually smaller, as the Linux operating system is completely free to use, even for commercial purposes. Additionally, you can easily find providers that will setup your Linux server free of charge, saving you a lot of money in the process.

2. Monthly Costs

The bulk of the costs associated with hosting your website on a dedicated server come from the monthly fees. Over the course of a fiscal year, the cost of leasing a dedicated server hosting solution could potentially run into thousands of dollars. Windows Server, the operating system used on Windows hosting plans, costs hundreds of dollars to license – a price that is passed on to and ultimately paid by the customer. Because Linux is free to use, hosting providers generate substantial savings when using a popular Linux distribution such as Ubuntu, CentOS, or Debian. In turn, customers who choose Linux get a fully-featured operating system for a much smaller fee.

3. Software Costs

One cost category that should not be neglected is the cost of the software installed on the dedicated server. Many customers don’t take into account the costs of the various applications that will run on the server, and do not factor these costs into their budgets. Linux is the foundation of the open source ecosystem and hundreds of free applications are designed to integrate with it, from PHP and MySQL to Zen Cart and WordPress. In contrast, most applications available on Windows Server are only available with pricy commercial licenses.

For the best return on investment, choose a Linux dedicated hosting provider

When searching for a hosting plan that can handle increased traffic while remaining affordable and cost-effective, Linux dedicated servers provide excellent features and a rich feature set, at a price that is significantly lower than the overall cost of a Windows machine. Unless you specifically require a Windows environment, Linux plans should be your first option, as they provide a better return for your investment and a superior set of features.

There are many Linux dedicated hosting plans available and sometimes it can be difficult to make the difference between marketing talk and genuine quality offers. Before committing to any hosting plan, thoroughly research the market and make sure to take into account all the costs associated with the dedicated hosting solution. Once you have done your research call us (604-866-5800) or email us for a free 1 hour consultation to find out how we can provide you with a reliable, fast, cost effective solution.

What You Should be Tweeting

Many businesses are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. They are excited by the prospect of this free marketing tool, and all the success stories they have seen in the media. They eagerly anticipate the traffic spikes and hoards of followers that will help them promote their businesses. But it doesn’t happen. The traffic doesn’t come. The visitors that do come don’t stay. The number of followers doesn’t budge.

One of the biggest mistakes that businesses make in the Twitter world can explain what is going on. Instead of engaging and interacting, businesses are strictly self-promoting. Only sharing their own news and information. Creating what is essentially an advertising stream on Twitter. And the majority of people on Twitter are not interested in that. That’s not what they are there for.

How to break out of this cycle of constant self-promotion? Here are some ideas for what you can tweet about to help boost engagement and visibility for your company on Twitter.

  • Share industry news that is not specifically about your company, but is related and would be of interest to your followers.
  • Share tweets from others in your industry or from your partners. This helps to foster relevant relationships.
  • Respond to @ mentions. Even a simple “thanks for the retweet” goes a long way.
  • Ask questions. You can gain some valuable insight and maybe get some conversations going.
  • Reveal a more personal side to your business. Share information or comments that are in line with your values and mission. Give people a peek inside the day to day workings of your company.
  • Participate in conversations. Create lists with your customers, partners, industry contacts etc… and then interact with them as appropriate. You’ll boost your visibility and help establish a stronger connection.

By keeping the above tips in mind when managing your Twitter account and avoiding only self-promotion, you’re sure to see more activity and interaction. When tweets come to your Twitter stream, they’ll see a company that is interested in engaging and building relationships. And that will make them that more likely to click that follow button.

Hartland Ross on September 06, 2011