Why website security is important.

9SHARESFacebookTwitter I’ve recently just experienced something which has inundated my experience as a person who runs websites that are online. Security is a big thing and as soon as you let your guard down, there are people out there who will go out of their way to find ways to exploit websites which haven’t been updated. i.e. Easy targets Since I’ve been working full-time, my main website armour.ws faced a few attacks from people trying to upload .html files which contained phishing websites, mainly or only to do with banks. I first noticed this when my web host informed me and when Google also informed me. I’m not surprised at-all if they’ve penalised my website. But all that matters is that I’ve secured my website. I’ve totally re-installed WordPress on that site, backed up everything again, looked at the MySQL database for any anomalies and I’ve started anew with the design to ensure that it wasn’t the theme/design causing any cracks in terms of security. I’ve also installed a few firewall scripts for WordPress, essentially a tool which will scan all my files for any anomalies. I just let my guard down, stopped updating my website and suddenly I find myself being attacked. Now things should be okay, but I’ll say something, it would have been a lot easier to keep my site updated from the start. I spent most of the day making modifications, backing up, optimizing the MySQL database and changing a few aspects and fixing a few things on the website itself. I will also stress, as would other experienced webmasters, MAKE BACKUPS constantly. You never know when you’ll need a backup to help you out of...

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Poor battery life with the iPhone 4S
Feb25

Poor battery life with the iPhone 4S

12SHARESFacebookTwitter I now have an iPhone 4S as you can see in the pictures I have taken in this post! I’m quite happy. However there is one thing that I regret about getting the iPhone 4S. – I’m even contemplating giving my iPhone 4S to my sister. The battery life The battery lasts 8 hours according to Apple and that’s only if you use it for menial tasks, such as for phone calls and sending texts. Using Facebook, YouTube, games and other apps will also suck the life out of the battery and today I was only able to squeeze 4 hours using such apps. That’s not bad, but the problem with the iPhone is that you can’t switch batteries like android smartphones. By comparison I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and there is one thing that this phone can do, that my iPhone cannot. I can replace the battery with a fully charged one. This means that I don’t have to use an external charger to charge my phone when I’m on the move as I know I have an extra fully charged battery at hand. Why doesn’t Apple allow you to change batteries? You cannot change the battery in an iPhone, as the battery is integrated. This sucks because your battery will very quickly run out without a source of electricity. Where with my Samsung Galaxy S2 I can simply replace the battery with another that I charged earlier on and I’ll have no problem whatsoever or have any issues with my phone running out when I need it. I guess that is one design fault which Apple needs to address. They either need to lengthen the battery life or make the battery replaceable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely phone, and the GUI is nice & smooth and I’d really love the software in a Samsung or HTC phone, as it the hardware itself is more versatile, considering you can add memory and change the battery, among other things. However the one thing that perhaps most smart-phone makers need to address is the battery time. Although it seems it is improving, I think there is still more work to be done on improving the life of the batteries. We should really be at the age where batteries should last for days without charging. – That’s a smartphone I’d definitely...

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Holy batman: Apple now worth $469 billion
Feb14

Holy batman: Apple now worth $469 billion

10SHARESFacebookTwitter From a company which went from being worth peanuts to being now one of the largest companies in the world. A legacy built upon advancements in technology which has involved design, touch screen functionality, innovative ideas, new smaller processing capabilities etc. To put this into perspective, Microsoft is worth $255.01 billion, while Google is worth around $158 billion as of 2012’s latest figures – a combined total of $413 billion, while the worth of Apple Inc is valued at $469 billion, blowing its competitors out of the water. I remember in 2009, Microsoft being a much larger company than Apple Inc, however I would have never have thought that Apple could have surpassed Microsoft, Google or any of the other big players. To me, it looked as if Apple Inc was the underdog, now it is the top dog in the technology industry. There are people who literally paid peanuts for Apple stock,  which are now worth $500 per share, the same price as a basic...

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Pagerank update

3SHARESFacebookTwitter Today, I just noticed pagerank updated. Unfortunately, my pagerank 4 website (Armoured Vehicles) got ranked down to pagerank 3. However, my other websites went from having no pagerank to moving up. Or for example, this blog went from being pagerank 1 to pagerank 2, while my space website went from pagerank 0 to pagerank 2. Although not a total loss, I’m a little disappointed about my Armoured Vehicles website. I can’t blame the system, since I haven’t updated the sites content in a while and I haven’t done any advertising for that site. Plus, it is a little hard to get the word out for a site like that. Also writing writing articles for it, is a little tenuous to say the least. While for this blog, I can speak more of mind and write about any subject. – Where with my other site it is more limited. However the fact of the matter is that I’m getting more traffic for my other site than this, so obviously that niche is much more popular, although I’m seeing sharp increases in traffic for this blog. But I’d just like to see my Facts On Space website get somewhere, perhaps to the stage I’ve got my armoured vehicle website. Who knows? But hey, I don’t pay too much attention to pagerank, although it has slipped down, I’m more concerned about keeping traffic coming in, on a steady...

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The best image compressor, I’ve found that’s free!
Jan26

The best image compressor, I’ve found that’s free!

17SHARESFacebookTwitter If you have been reading my blog, which likely isn’t the case, you’ll have read that I went back to my parents place for Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year. I took a few pictures here and there, and they were large files which meant they needed compressing before I could upload them to my blog. I looked at a few software’s and most if not all I came across either placed a watermark on your image (As it was the free version of that particular software I downloaded) or you had to compress files, one by one; a timely process if you have lots of images. I have my laptop, on which I had already installed a software before-hand called “Fast Stone Image Viewer“. As you can see from the image above, there are lots of options and this may look complicated, especially if you are only looking for a simple image compressor to compress your large files. However this gives you lots of options. For example, as you can see in the image above, you can add a border to give off a nice effect around the image itself. You can also see me highlighting with my cursor on the “Batch Covert” option in tools, once you have highlighted the images in the Fast Stone Image Viewer browser. Simply click that and you’ll be brought to this part of the program: From the above image, you can see that it has all the images listed on the right hand side. You can make additional changes, such as adding a border, changing the names of the files etc in batch and generally selecting the best options which you want personally. This tool is very handy. It has compressed my images from around the size of 3-4mb to 1mb. (While keeping a very high resolution of over 2xxx by 2xxx) You can of course make the resolution smaller, which will significantly cut down the size of the file, while seeing no reduction in quality. Best thing of all about this software? It is free.  When I mean free, it isn’t that bullshit, which comes with Ad-ware or you do not get messages popping up all the time suggesting you to buy the “pro version”. This is totally freeware. Although they do sell a version which you can buy, you really don’t need it, if the above is all your are looking for. You can download the software on their website...

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