March 30, 2017

Realtors Can Now View MLS on Mac. Here’s How!!!

How to Run MLS  MLX on a Mac

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As an IT consultant I come across many Realtor companies, tired of their windows PC, and looking forward a Mac upgrade.  The only problem I hear all the time is that they cannot access their MLX  MLS on Mac, because it’s only compatible to Internet Explorer.

For many years I’ve being able to help realtors run their MLS on Macs. here’s a quick way in which they can do it.

First of all,  there is many ways of doing it, however most realtors feel more confortable creating a virtual machine with VMware Fusion

1.  You must first go to download Fusion  <—  CLICK HERE –>  download and install the software.

VMware Fusion has a feature called Easy Install, which makes it faster to install Windows in virtual machines.

This article provides the steps to create a new Windows virtual machine using the Easy Install method.

Installation instructions if you are not using Easy Install can be found in the Guest Operating System Installation Guide.

If you would like to make your existing physical PC into a virtual machine, you can use Migration Assistant (Fusion 3.x and later only). For information, see Best practices for using and troubleshooting Migration Assistant (1017993).

Notes:

  • Before creating a virtual machine, and run MLS on Mac you must obtain the operating system and any necessary product keys for installation in that virtual machine. VMware Fusion does not come with any operating systems to install in virtual machines you create.
  • This method assumes that you are using a physical CD or a disk image (.iso / .cdr /.dmg file). You cannot create a Windows virtual machine by using .exe files downloaded from Microsoft, as those files need to be run on a Windows PC. If you downloaded a.exe file from Microsoft, log in to your order page, locate the alternate download link, and select one of the two .ISO file formats, either 32-bit or 64-bit.

To create a new Windows virtual machine using the Easy Install method:

  1. In Fusion, go to File >New. The New Virtual Machine Assistant launches.
  2. If you have a physical CD/DVD of Windows, proceed to step 3.
  3. If you are using an .iso/.cdr /.dmg image file:For Fusion 6.x:
    1. Click Install from disc or image.
    2. Click Continue.
    3. Click Use another disc or disc image.
    4. Select the ISO you downloaded, then click Open.

    For Fusion 5.x and below:

    1. Click Continue without disk.
    2. Click Use operating system installation disc image..
    3. Select the ISO you downloaded, then click Open.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to choose the operating system type that matches your installation media, appropriate license . For more information, see Creating a Virtual Machine Using Windows Easy Install in Getting Started with Fusion.
  5. Click Finish to begin the Windows installation process.
  6. Let the Windows  installer to complete as it would on a physical System.

 

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This is a second old option to run MLS on Mac:

Finally, what realtors have been waiting for!!!  MLS on Mac.

1.  Go to this Website  http://www.tinyurl.com/sefmls.

2. Wait for the page to load, and MLS Login page will appear.

3.  If you cannot see the Login ID or Password fields, look towards the bottom of the page.  and click where it says click here to get flash.

4.  Flash will install, and then login with your credentials

That’s all,  Enjoy it.

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Xbox 360, How To Fix The Red Ring Of Death

Fixing thе Red Ring оf Death

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Thеrе аrе thousands оf Xbox 360 users aroυnd thе world thаt hаve faced ѕevеrаl problems wіth thе Xbox 360 аnd оne оf thе mоst common аnd ѕeen problem thаt occurs wіth thе Xbox 360 iѕ thе Xbox 360 Red Ring оf Death .  Nеarlу 500000 people havе faced thiѕ problem аnd thе bad thing аbоυt thiѕ problem іs thаt untіl уoυ don’t fix іt, іt wіll аррeаr аgаіn аnd agаіn іn yоυr gaming console. It іs а potential technical problem thаt relates tо thе hardware оf thе Xbox 360. Thе Red Ring оf Death occurs whеn thе GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) bесomеѕ loose thаt іѕ set оn thе motherboard. It alsо looses whеn thе motherboard heats uр GPU аnd thе green light turn intо 3 flashing red light. Alѕo due tо thе vibration оf thе system υѕυаllу loose thе soldering оf thе GPU cаuѕes thе freeze uр yоυr Xbox 360.

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Hоw tо prevent yоur Xbox 360 frоm the Red Ring оf Death ?

Tо prevent yоur Xbox 360 frоm Red Ring оf Death уou ѕhoυld,

Avoid Putting уоur Xbox 360 оn carpet
Don’t move уoυr Xbox whеn thе power iѕ оn
Alwаyѕ keeр thе Xbox 360 іn а place whеre good ventilation іs provided ѕo thаt thе machine shoυld nоt gеt overheated
Alwaуs purchase а warranty tоo whеn gettіng thе Xbox 360 fоr future technical support

If yоu search оver thе web thеn уoυ сan find sevеral websites thаt аrе ѕауіng thеy knоw hоw tо fix red ring оf death bυt yоυ ѕhоuld аlwауѕ соnѕider thіs fact thаt іf уoυ аrе gоing tо open thе case оf thе Xbox 360 thеn іt wіll gоіng tо void thе warranty toо.

 

Somе Basic steps tо resolve thе problem arе:

To resolve the Red Ring of Death

Check thе power supply light. If thе power supply button iѕ green thеn,
Check thе power supply cables. Unplug thеm аfter disconnecting thе power cord frоm thе back оf thе console. Thеn reconnect thе power cable back tо thе   ѕamе position аs іt waѕ earlier.
If іt dоeѕ nоt work thеn yоu cаn submit а console repair request. Fоr morе аbоut thіs yоυ cаn visit: http://support.xbox.com/en-US/

Hоwеvеr Microsoft wіll charge уou аrоund $110 fоr itѕ fix whісh іs аctually а problem related tо thе design оf thе Xbox 360. If уоu wаnt tо perform thе fix on the Red Ring оf Death bу уoursеlf thеn herе аrе thе steps tо bе follow:

Disassemble Xbox 360 Case – Yоυ nеed tо usе а screwdriver, poke thе grayed oυt holes аnd back оf poke thе small rectangle holes. Gеt thе faceplate оff аnd move thе latch υр оn thе DVD drive υр аѕ уou remove іt. Nоw open thе screw оf thе metal case whiсh іѕ іn thе plastic case.
Remove Motherboard Safely

Unplug аll thе cables connected tо thе motherboard аnd оther allied devices аnd thеn tаke thе DVD drive оυt. Thеn thе Fan аnd motherboard wіll bе ready tо bе оυt оf thе case. Yоυ ѕhoυld dо thіѕ thing vеrу gently bеcaυѕe thе motherboard іs а verу sensitive device.
Crucial Motherboard Disassembles – Turn thе motherboard anоther side υsіng thе screwdriver snoop оff thе x-clamp whiсh yоu сan find υndеr thе heat sink.
Heat Sink Unscrewing – Aftеr snoop оf thе x-clamp уou neеd tо unscrew thе heat sink tо gеt thе CPU аnd GPU. Dо thіs gently withoυt breaking аny electronics part.
GPU аnd CPU Cleaning – Nоw yоυ havе tо clean thе Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) аnd Central Processing Unit (CPU). Bу doіng thіѕ уou arе gоіng tо prevent уоυr Xbox 360 frоm bеіng freeze іn future.
Apply Arctic Silver – Aftеr thе cleaning yоυ nеed tо apply thе arctic silver whіch іs thе thermal compound gently оver thе GPU. Leave іt fоr 15-20 minutes аnd thеn place 2 nylon washers оn eaсh screw оn thе heat sink аnd thеn place thе screws back іn thе motherboard аnd thеn add twо morе nylon washers tо thе screws. Nехt, place thе heat sink оn thе peak оf thе screws аnd thеn push thеn dоwn slight аnd finally screw thеm υp аnd make іt rеaѕonаblу tight.
Assemble Xbox 360 Case – Nоw gеt еvеrуthing back tоgether аnd ѕeе evеrуthіng іѕ fit properly. Nоw set аll thе power supply cables аnd turn оn yоυr Xbox 360.

If уou arе technically nоt sо wеll thеn thesе methods аrе lіttlе uneasy fоr уou аnd thiѕ wіll void thе warranty tоо, ѕo bе extremely cautious whеn making thе decision tо fox thе Red Ring оf Death bу yoυrself. Of coυrse thеrе аrе ѕоme guides availаblе оn thе web whіch саn give yоυ а pictorial description аboυt evеrу step thаt уоu аrе gоіng tо tаke іn thе “ Hоw tо fix thе Red Ring оf Death ” Process.

 

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Ways To Make Money

In today’s business, blogging is an indispensable tool for the success of any Company than it has ever been, and it’s directly connected to Social Media. As social networking channels such as FB, twitter,LI, Stumbleupon, ect. continue to grow and become more and more popular, people need to get the content from somewhere in the web, and blogs are an excellent channels for that purpose. Another outstanding benefit that blogging offered to Companies is that the content strengthens search engine optimization. The reason that blogs produce such results is that the search engines don’t distinct between content that is business oriented and content that is of a personal nature. Because blog sites are part of social media channels, it is highly recommended to be use in your social media marketing strategy. From a useful perspective, you need your blog to bring in Return on Investment. You need it to meet your business’s goals and objectives. Finally, Blogging also gives your business tremendous exposure, increases your audience, and allows you to build solid relationships with other people. It may sound like a complicated puzzle but its NOT. Even my 10 year old can do it. This is just one of the ways to make money easy

Blogging, offers huge business opportunity, for those who have the vision, keep an open mind, are not afraid of making real money, and are fortunate enough, to be guided.

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Ten Best Gadgets For 2012

         Ten Best Gadgets For 2012

iPad 3
It’s all eyes on Apple’s latest tablet, which could be announced as soon as next month. A high-resolution 2048×1536-pixel display, 4G connectivity, an A6 processor, USB 3.0 and NFC technology (short-range radio used for contactless payment) are all rumored and it may even be 3D. What we eventually get will be a good indication of what is to come with the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5
Apple could unveil the new quad-core iPhone in June but we expect to see it on shelves by the autumn. If you felt short-changed by the 4S, this promises to be an all-new design, albeit of similar proportions (reports suggest a 5in screen has been canned).

Google tablet
Company president Eric Schmidt has hinted Google will launch its own branded tablet to rival the iPad within the next six months. Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, he revealed that Google would be ‘marketing a tablet of the highest quality’ and to expect a ‘brutal competition between Apple and Google Android’.

Apple HDTV
Not to be confused with Apple TV, its miniature set-top box, the Californian company has decided to make its own television sets as well – albeit with screens supplied by Sharp. No idea on price yet or whether a 3D option will be available, but expect an iOS operating system. Production is to begin in the spring with a mid-2012 unveiling.
Wii U
Nintendo’s next-generation home console boasts controllers with an inbuilt 6.2in touchscreen that works with your main display – or can be used as a portable gaming device. We finally get 1080p HD content and internal flash memory upgradable through USB or SD. No official release date, but 2012 looks promising.

PSP Vita
Sony’s shiny new portable games console launches here on February 22, priced from £229, and boasts impressive features such as an A9 quad-core processor and 5-inch 960×544 OLED touchscreen display. However, Sony faces stiff competition from iOS and Android gaming devices.

Google TV
Landing here in early 2012, Google’s smart TV platform can be controlled via Android mobile phones, browses the web using their popular Chrome browser, runs Android apps and includes HD web video recordings. Despite a lukewarm reception in the US, Schmidt claims that most new TV sets will carry the platform by summer 2012.

Samsung Galaxy SIII
The SII was many people’s phone of the year, so Samsung has its work cut out to meet expectation with its successor -– but the rumors sound good: a quad-core handset with up to five times the graphics quality and a 12-megapixel camera. Look out for announcements in early 2012.

Amazon Kindle Fire
An Android tablet with Amazon Kindle pedigree for £125? It sounds like the gadget bargain of the decade and the Fire is certainly hot. The 7in device doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the iPad but then it never promised that. What it does possess it uses to its full potential. Now we just need a UK release date.

Intel Ultrabooks
Ultra light, super-slim and lightning-quick PC laptops to rival the MacBook Air have arrived. We’ve already had the gorgeous Asus Zenbook, now expect other big players such as Sony, Samsung, Dell and Acer to follow suit shortly.

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The 10 Commandments of Technical Support

The 10 Commandments of Technical Support

 

 

  1. You first have to know who’s the boss. You are in business to service customer needs, and you can only do that if you know what it is your customer want. When you truly listen to your customers, they let you know what they need and how you can provide superior service. Never forget that the customer pays our salary and makes your job possible.
  2.  Be a good listener. Take the time to identify customer needs by asking questions and concentrating on what the customer is really saying. Smile, show respect, listen to their tone of voice, words, body language, and most importantly, how they feel. Do not make assumptions thinking you intuitively know what the customer wants. Do you know what three things are most important to your customer? Effective listening and undivided attention are particularly important on the show floor where there is a great danger of preoccupation – looking around to see to whom else we could be selling to.
  3.  Identify and anticipate needs. Customers do not buy products or services. They buy good feelings and solutions to technical issues. Most customer needs are emotional rather than logical. The more you know your customers and understand their business infrastructure, the better you become at anticipating their needs. Communicate regularly so that you are aware of problems or upcoming needs.
  4.  Make customers feel appreciated and important. Always use their name and find different ways to compliment them, but be genuine about it. People value sincerity. It creates good feeling and trust. Think of ways to achieve positive feelings about doing business with you. Customers are very sensitive and know whether or not you really care about them. Always thank the customer as need it, keep good posture your body language conveys sincerity. Your words and actions should be congruent.
  5.  Brief your clients understand the way your business works and which is the most effective way in which you can help them. Your organization may have the world’s best ways for getting things done, but if your customers don’t understand them, they will have the tendency to feel confused, impatient and possibly to lose a business opportunity or lead. Always take all the time you need to explain what is exactly what you do and how your organization can simplify positive future solutions.
  6.  Always be positive “Yes”. Always find unmistakable means to enhance business for your clients through means of technology. When a request arises, if reasonable indeed, tell them that you can do it, be realistic and honest about it. Figure out how afterwards. Look for ways to make doing business with you pleasant. Never lie, keep your word, if you said you were going to do something for them, get it done asap, and don’t procrastinate.
  7.  Understanding when to apologize. When something goes wrong, apologize and always offer compensation of some sort. The customer may not always be right, but at the end is your customer and they are always right. Deal with issues immediately and advise customers what you have done to resolve it. Make it simple and accessible for customers to complain. Value their complaints. As much as we dislike it, it gives us a chance to improve our methods. Always go out of you way to make the customer feel comfortable.
  8.  Provide more than expected. The bottom line lies in keeping customers happy, think of ways to levitate your self above the competition. Here are some options to consider:

◦                      Give the customers what they cannot get elsewhere

◦                      Always follow up, and be thankful.

◦                      Be on top of their technical needs, and always provide

◦                      new merging ideas for future solutions.

◦                      Use the proactive and not reactive methods for their solutions,

◦                      remember that downtime in this business is not an option.

9.  Always acquire regular feedback. Encourage and welcome suggestions as to how you can improve your level of service. There are vast varieties of ways in  which you can find out what customers think and feel about your services.

◦                      Always listen .

◦                      Follow up often times.

◦                      Provide an approach that invites constructive criticism, comments, and suggestions.

10.   Treat employees respectfully and courteous. If you treat employees as if they make a difference, they will make a difference. If you don’t treat and  respect your employees well, they won’t take your business serious.  Employees are your internal customers and need a regular dose of merit, appreciation, and incentive. Treat your employees with respect and chances are they will have a higher regard for your customers. At last, employees are the heart of the company, they are in the front line, dealing with the customer on a day to day basis. Treat them well and you’re more likely to have a successful Organization.

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The 20 most useful Android smartphone apps of 2011

The 20 most useful Android smartphone apps of 2011

1. Google Voice

Google Voice is a service that is so useful I consider it one of the top benefits of Android itself. The service gives you a phone number that can ring to multiple places or devices and it allows you to access all of your voicemail and text messages from the Web. The Android app integrates even deeper. It can make outgoing calls look like they’re coming from your Google Voice number so that you can keep your real mobile number private.

2. Advanced Task Killer

One of the realities of having a multitasking mobile OS is that you have to manage your apps so that they don’t hurt performance or battery life. Advanced Task Killer (ATK) is my favorite on Android. It even comes with a widget that you can tap once to kill all open apps and you can also set up ATK to kill all apps at periodic intervals. Some people will argue that task managers are irrelevant and unneeded in Android, but I still prefer to use ATK.

3. Dropbox

Dropbox is a great cloud service that automatically syncs a folder of files between multiple computers (Windows, Mac, or Linux). This app extends Dropbox to Android and interacts with other apps (such as Documents To Go) to open the files. It allows you to access PDFs, image files, and business documents by simply dragging them to a folder on your computer and then you immediately have access to them from your mobile phone, once you have this app installed.

4. Evernote

Once you get used to typing on a virtual keyboard (and it honestly took me over a year to do it), then these devices are great for note-taking, and Evernote is a great note-taking app. It is similar to Dropbox in that it saves data locally but syncs it across all your machines and devices.

5. Taskos

There are plenty of to-do apps to choose from on Android but I now prefer Taskos because of the clean, easy, Android-friendly user experience. It also has a few extras that give it an advantage over apps. The biggest one is voice recognition, which lets you speak a task that the app turns into a to-do item (you might have to correct a word or two).

6. DroidAnalytics

For some reason Google doesn’t have an official app for Google Analytics (for either Android or iPhone). The best one I’ve found on Android is DroidAnalytics. Another good one is mAnalytics.

7. Documents To Go

The free version of Documents To Go offers a great little reader for Microsof Word and Excel files. You can upgrade to the full version (for $15) if you want to be able to create and edit files and add PowerPoint files to the mix. If you do want editing capability, I’d also recommend taking a look at QuickOffice.

8. Google Docs

If you mostly work with Google Docs (including uploading Microsoft Office files to your Google Docs repository) then the only app you’ll really need is the Google Docs app. It’s a nice mobile implementation of document management, although the one annoyance is that always open up files in a web browser rather than within the app itself, which would be a little smoother.

9. Tripit

I dig Tripit. It is by far the best app I’ve found for keeping track of all my travel itineraries. It runs on some great backend systems. You simply forward your confirmation emails for your flights, hotels, rental cars, and more to Tripit and it automatically organizes them into trips with all your details and confirmation numbers. Or, if you use Gmail, you can even use a plugin to automatically catch confirmation emails and turn them into Tripit trips.

10. Google Places

This is an awesome app for finding shops and services near your current location. From restaurants to medical facilities to taxis, this app is very accurate and takes advantage of the business information from Google Local. This app is better than the info you get from a GPS unit (or app) and better than any of the similar apps available on the iPhone. It’s also integrated into Google Maps.

11. Astro File Manager

Another one of the great things about Android (if you’re a geek or a tinkerer) is that you have lower-level access to the system itself. Astro is an app that lets you navigate the Android file system, which is mostly just interesting, but can be handy once in a while.

12. Speed Test

I’m obsessed with running speed tests to check my bandwidth in various places, both to see 3G/4G fluctuations and to check the quality of Wi-Fi. There are a number of really good speed test apps, but my favorite is the Speedtest.net app. It’s generally consistent and it has some of the best graphics and options.

13. Amazon Kindle

I’ve never completely warmed up to the Amazon Kindle e-reader, but I’m a big fan of the Kindle mobile app. Since it was released I’ve read a lot more books simply because my smartphone is always with me and I can pull it out and read a few pages anytime I’ve got a couple minutes free.

14. Google+

I’ve written a lot about Google+ since it launched in July and I’m pretty active over there (+Jason Hiner). One of the great things that Google did was to release a Google+ Android app at the same time it launched the service as a beta. And, surprisingly, the app was actually pretty good and has been improved since. It immediately became one of my most used mobile apps and definitely stole some of my time away from Android’s Twitter app, mostly because Google+ is a little more interactive.

15. TED Air

The TED conference features a meeting of the minds of some of society’s most influential thinkers. You’ll disagree with some of them since there’s a large diversity of viewpoints, but many talks are worth listening to in order to catch the latest creative thinking on society’s biggest challenges. The cool thing is that they’ve taken the videos from the conference and made them freely available on the Web. The TED Air app provides a great way to access the videos on a mobile device. I hope more conferences follow TED’s lead on this.

16. Google Goggles

This is a fun app that is a little bit ahead of its time. It does visual searches. You can take pictures of things and then the app tries to tell you what they are. It’s limited in its scope but it is pretty cool, and it’s definitely a peek into the future. One of the coolest features is the ability to take pictures of text in a foreign language and let the app translate it for you. In a foreign country, this can help you read street signs and avoid going into the wrong bathroom. 🙂 On a more practical level, Goggles is a QR code reader and you can also use it to scan bar codes on products to look them up online.

17. Photoshop Express

Photoshop is, of course, the best known photo editor in the world and its mobile app doesn’t do anything to hurt that reputation. But while the desktop version is known for having a zillion features, the mobile app is distinguished by its simplicity. It’s the best Android (and iPhone) photo editing app for simple crops, brightness adjustments, and sharpens, for example.

18. Audible

As much as I like the Kindle ebooks, I actually consume more books as audiobooks via Audible. With the Audible app you can connect to your Audible library and download over the air. The app also gives you a self-contained player optimized for audiobooks, with a skip-back-30-seconds button and the opportunity to make notes and bookmarks (although I wish the app would store these online so that they could be accessed from the Audible site).

19. Shazam

If you want to impress your friends with a mobile app, show them Shazam. Ever hear a song being played at a store or on the radio and ask yourself, “Oh, what song is that?” That’s where Shazam comes in. Just hit the button and let it listen for 15 seconds, query its database, and then return the name of artist and the song. It has about an 80% success rate. This one isn’t particularly productive, but it is really cool. (You have to live a little, every once in a while.)

20. Google Finance

This is a great little app that regularly gets overlooked. It connects to your Google Finance account, where you can set up a list of stocks and companies to follow and sort them into groups (portfolios). The app provides three simple tabs — a look at the market, a look at your portfolios, and the latest market news. It even does real-time updates when you have the app open.

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Cloud Computing For The Small Business.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

If you think that Cloud Computing is just for large organizations or companies with lots of servers and PCs then think again. In fact, small businesses are the ones who can actually benefit the most from moving their infrastructure and software to the Cloud.

Take for example a small business with 5 employees who are currently running POP3 mailboxes and are sharing files between PCs. They would like the ability of shared calendars, push email and a central location to store all their files. Historically, the most common solution to this would have been Microsoft Small Business Server, with a typical server and Microsoft SBS coming in at around 1000GBP. Before you have it installed and configured it can be a significant investment for any small business. Add in addition monthly maintenance, backup, hardware depreciation, SBS Client Access Licenses only available in packs of 5, for many this is not a financially pleasant road to go down.

Enter Cloud Computing and hosted services, there are many Internet Service Providers (ISP)s out there today offering Hosted Exchange with prices varying from 5.99GBP upwards per month. This might be acceptable for one or two mailboxes but is a significant monthly spend when you require 5 or more. Microsoft Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) provides hosted exchange, Office Communicator, Live Meeting and SharePoint in a bundle currently under circa 6GBP, there is a minimum initial order of 5 however above this number individual users can be added.

Businesses wishing only for hosted exchange functionality save even more! Centrally storing your files for anywhere access can be achieved with SharePoint and synchronising the folders within Outlook. Add to this the resilience and robustness of the Cloud Services offered by Microsoft, many businesses find their IT risk exposure significantly reduced in comparison to running in-house IT infrastructure.

Moving your business has never been easier or ore cost effective and if you partner with a Microsoft BPOS specialist then the transition can be planned, controlled and seamless to your business.

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Search Engine “Registration” Scams on the Rise

"registration scams"Beware of a new online swindle circulating the net these days – a notice or invoice sent to would-be victims indicating a need to pay a registration fee to be seen on a search engine. As more and more people are becoming increasingly conscious about online scams, it’s expected that scammers and fraudsters need to step up their game and look for better ways to fool people into falling for their swindles.

One new tactic these unscrupulous people have employed involves a notice or invoice sent to would-be victims indicating a need to pay a registration fee to be seen on a search engine. The price isn’t very high, less than $100, for a year’s “registration”. The notice claims that without the registration your website will be significantly more difficult to locate through search engines. It also sends you a deadline date indicating that the offer expires soon.

The fact is, there is no such thing as an online “registration” for your website to be viewable in search engines. It’s still plain old SEO that gets you listed and seen, and no registration, much less a registration fee, is needed to be included in search engine search results. Cases have been filed against several companies caught sending such invoices.

If you want your website to be marketed correctly, it’s best to consult legitimate internet marketing and SEO companies. They’ll give you all the right advice and they’ll have the tools and skills to market your website properly. As for these “offers”, the best thing is to delete them on sight. Don’t click on the links, as these also flag your email as a target for more spam and scams to be sent your way.

If you are looking to increase your website’s online visibility, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss a detailed and customized program SEO program that works for you.

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Majority of Malware Attacks are Triggered by USB Enabled Drives

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Many Malware Attacks are Triggered by USB Enabled Drives

It looks like gone are the days when employees can safely transfer files using the ever reliable USB device. According to various reports, there is an increasing number of malware attacks targeting USB devices. Small businesses should be very wary of using USB drives, without considering security parameters to prevent these malware threats.

A USB device is indeed a useful, economical way to transfer data. In fact, according to Gartner IT research and advisory company, there were roughly 222 million USB devices shipped in 2009. However, a recent study shows that though USB devices are a convenient means of transferring information, they can also serve as channels to transmit potential threats. In fact, 25% of malware these days is built to spread via USB devices.

Most small businesses particularly are utilizing USB drives for the convenience they bring. But as consumers become more technically savvy about malicious attacks via email and other modes, cyber offenders are now shifting to USB devices to spread malware. Moreover, they want an easier and faster way of hacking into secured computers, making malware distribution via USB devices a viable option.

Being a small to medium-sized business, your company might also be at risk for the following reasons:

  • Outdated operating systems. Newer versions of operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows 7 definitely provide more security against malware-infected USB devices. If you’re still running on Windows XP, contact us immediately and we will update your operating system to avoid unwillingly sharing your confidential business information to servers across the globe. We will ensure that you have the latest version of Windows, Macintosh, or whatever OS your company uses.
  • Insufficient security knowledge. Not all employees are familiar with malware attacks via USB devices. Some may even plug a misplaced flash drive into their work PC, hoping to find its rightful owner—without knowing that it contains a script that can search sales record and or contact list. As your IT service provider, we will help you implement security guidelines against unsafe USB use to prevent potential malware attacks that can ultimately harm your business operations.
  • No other options to share information. Most small businesses solely rely on USB devices to share data with their employees. While it is convenient, using them on a daily basis can be unreliable and risky. Talk to us about cloud-based solutions and other better and more secure methods to share and store files.

We believe that USB-spread malware is even more perilous than email and other means of transmitting malware.  That’s why companies, no matter how big or small, should take this alarming issue seriously. Contact us soon and let us help you protect your business from any would-be malware attacks.

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