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Problem: Multimedia Abuse

Multimedia abuse occurs when animation, video, or audio hampers the ability of visitors to properly view your Web site. There's no doubting the fact that the use of multimedia can engage visitors in a way that plain text and images cannot, however, poor design or improper implementation of good design can place a virtual "No Trespassing" sign on your Web site's front door.

Your audience is vast and diverse. Not everyone has the same browser, plug-ins, connection speed, and screen resolution that you have in your office. What does this mean? Your Web site needs to address the "lowest common denominator" for all four requirements. Your main Web site navigation should be presented in text or simple images, not in a Flash (animated) movie. Imagine visiting your Web site and seeing nothing but red X's all over the screen, with no navigation provided. Sure, downloading Flash is easy and fast - but it's even easier to find your competitor's Web site.

Even if the plug-ins don't present a problem, connection speed may. It's very easy to turn a small animated image into a 4 or 5 MB file - meaning that anyone on a dial-up connection will have to wait 20-40 minutes for your page to completely the entire article - click here

Protecting your Wireless Home Network

Drive up and down any neighborhood with a Laptop and wireless network card and chances are very good there is an unprotected wireless network waiting for anyone to connect. Imagine the hacker or your neighbor who has been using your connection and possibly capturing all data being transmitted over the Network. Your Email, Bank and Credit Card account information vulnerable and out in the open for anyone to steal.

If this sounds like your home wireless network, it's time you put security in place and lock out unwanted guest. Beyond the oblivious security measures, changing and disabling SSID broadcast, turning off your wireless router when not is use, these 5 tips will secure a home wireless network in layers, and give the boot to even the most seasoned more »

Search Engine Friendly Page Naming

Dynamic website page names are used to send variables to a script file in order to perform a task that usually generates dynamic results. Dynamic URLs always contain question mark that separates file name from sent variables. Example name "do.php?a=1&b=2" would pass variable a=2 and b=2 to "do.php" script file that generates some response.

Such technology is very useful for web designers but it down performs in search engine listings. Search engines prefer static URLs that are less likely to change over time.

Static Pages

To explain static page naming we are going to use two example URLs: "about.htm" and "about.php" more »

Social Media and Search Engine Marketing

Social Media, a technique of search engine marketing, is all about sharing thoughts, experiences, opinions and insights through various online mediums like the blogs, forums, messages, videos etc. The web is increasingly getting more and more interactive and three dimensional. The internet has grown to become our virtual friend who caters not only to our eyes, but also to our visual and audio senses. More so, it also has a lot of emotional impact on people that make it even more more »

MSN Messenger Spreads Virus

Once again more MSN Messenger Viruses are spreading around the Internet. This time the virus sends the following message to all your contacts: cute.pif - W32.klvir.A omg this is funny! Followed by a link to download the cute.pif from *****The user then downloads the file which sends the link to all of their contacts and then downloads a W32.Spybot worm onto the infected machine. If your are lucky the program will just run on your machine, send to your contacts and end without downloading the Worm. The first thing you should do therefore is delete the downloaded cute.pif making sure you do not run it again.Then check to see if a Worm has been downloaded as more »

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Common eBay Scams

Another common eBay scam that you will want to look for involves those who want your personal information. This type of scam is implemented in two different ways. First, there are a small number of sellers who tell you that they need your credit card information, but they shouldn't. Whether you pay by PayPal, personal check, or money order, you shouldn't give out any personal information to any eBay sellers, even if you are buying an item from them. If you are not using PayPal, just send a check or money order to the address given to you, nothing else needs to be done.

The second eBay scam that involves trying to get your personal information is phishing. Phishing scams are increasing in popularity, making it easier to fall victim to one. With phishing scams, a scammer sends out an email that looks like it is from eBay. The email is often accompanied with a message stating that something is wrong with your account and that you need to click on the attached link, sign in and fix it. more »

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Fraud Prevention

Realizing that scams can happen to anyone is the first step in protecting yourself. Most of us go through life either hoping that we will never be the victim of fraud or not really thinking about it at all. The harsh fact is that they do happen and everyone should practice good fraud prevention techniques. Begin protecting yourself by knowing the types of frauds that are being committed and then making a conscious effort to avoid those situations.

The frauds are willing to go above and beyond what is necessary to make their scams believable, even to the point that they will create websites which look to be authentic and gives them credibility. They then carry out their online schemes for mail fraud, credit card fraud and phishing scams. It's hard to detect that any type of scam is happening, because they go to such extremes to cover their tracks. This is why it is important for the ordinary individual to go to great lengths to protect themselves and practice fraud prevention more »

Resources for Reporting Online Scams - Phising Attempts - Email Fraud - Cyber Crime

See our ci Newsletter from February 2007 regarding Spotting Phishing

In Collier County Florida - email - forward or attach a copy of the fraudulent email with your correspondence

Ebay - email - forward or attach a copy of the fraudulent email with your correspondence

Pay Pal - email - forward or attach a copy of the fraudulent email with your correspondence

Reporting fradulent email to the Internet Crime Complaint Center

See our ci Newsletter from November 2006 on Current Internet Crime Schemes and where to file complaints

What is Email Phishing

A comprehensive list of international reporting resources - for phishing, Nigerian Scams, MLM or Pyramid Schemes, Stocks or Securities Fraud

Anti-Phishing Working Group - website and report filing information.

How to handle suspicious email - an article provided by Microsoft.

Internet Employment Scam

Another Internet employment scam has reared its head again lately. Scammers will find any way and try anything to separate you from your money. Like most online propositions (sales, investments, etc.), employment offers or opportunities should be approached with skepticism until the source of the offer is verified.

This particular scam breaks down like this. A company will offer either a position or offer a service to find you a job (sometimes called a headhunter). The company will then either email you or give you access to an online job description and application. You then fill out the job application and wait to hear back from them regarding your more »

What is e-Marketing

e-Marketing is still quite a controversial subject to talk about, since no one succeeded to unify the various theories around it; however there is one thing upon which there is no doubt that e-Marketing first appeared under the form of various techniques deployed by pioneer companies selling their products via the internet in the early 90's.

The frenzy around these new marketing techniques created by e-tailers and supported by the internet rapidly gave birth to a new dimension of what we knew as Marketing: the e-Marketing (electronic Marketing).

There are many definitions to what e-Marketing is, the simplest and shortest one being formulated by Mark Sceats: e-Marketing is Marketing that uses the internet as manifestation media. A working definition is that coming from a group of CISCO specialists: e-Marketing is the sum of all activities a business conducts through the internet with the purpose of finding, attracting, winning and retaining more »

BlockDelete Scam

BlockDelete is one of the latest scams that is affecting people using MSN Messenger with the so called service that supposedly tells people who blocked them or deleted them on MSN. The true fact of the matter is Block Delete is nothing more then a phishing scam that will take over your MSN account. What happens when you sign up to BlockDelete it actually gives this person access to your Windows Live Messenger.

What happens with Block Delete is when you enter your username and password on the website you will then see on the bottom right hand corner a message saying:

"You've Just Been Logged Into Another Computer."

What you've actually done is logged into your MSN Messenger account on their computer by inputting your personal information. They have just phished your personal information from more »

Website Analysis

If you operate a commercial website, knowing where your visitors are coming from and how they are using your website is more than just nice-to-have information. It is essential and can make the difference between making it and losing it in today's Internet business world.

Your webserver log has tons of useful information, but that logfile in its raw format is impractical for frequent analysis and statistics. Good web analytics solutions provide you with the tools to generate useful and understandable reports from the huge amount of raw data collected by your webserver.

Learn who your visitors are, where they are coming from, how they use your site, and where they go when they leave. Find problem areas in the conversion funnel, and check whether changes you implement have the desired effects. To determine hotspots and weak areas of your site, and to check whether your search, marketing and landing pages convert or require improvement, you need a good web analytics more »

Data Recovery

You will be happy to know that you can recover your lost data through a data recovery utility. Different reasons for lost data will occur and you can use this easy data recovery method to fix them.

How to avoid unnecessary stress and hassle?

In order to avoid stress and hassles, you may need to use a data recovery utility will lighten your burden. After a data recovery disaster, if you still want to retrieve those important files, data recovery utility can help you manage your data for your properly.

Why is it a solution to many computer users? There are lots of reason, but I have listed some of them here: more »


What is MagicJack anyway? It's an entirely new VoIP service. It blows away anything else I've seen out there in the entire VoIP arena.

Here's how it works. Now pay attention. Follow me closely. Make sure you don't miss any of the steps. First, you take the matchbox size device and plug it into a vacant USB port on your desktop or laptop. Second, you plug any ordinary telephone into the other end. The software will install automatically. It will assign you a new phone number peculiar to your device that goes with you wherever you use the it. Finally, when it has finished, pick up the receiver and make a phone call as you normally would. Should we go over it again in case you missed anything? Simple as one-two-three, right?

Now, there is a lot more good news to come. First let's talk about the cost. Hold onto your chair for this because it's going to come as a shock. Buying the MagicJack box is the first major setback. It will cost you all of $39.95. Then come the fees. There is no fee if you want to try it free for 30 days. There is no fee for the entire first year because it is included in the price of the box. By the way, you have your choice of a silver or pink MagicJack box. more »

SEO the Works

Search engine optimization has been around almost as long as search engines have. It probably started about five minutes after someone realized there was money to be made on the Web, but only if your site could be found easily enough.

The reason for optimizing a Web page is the same today as it was a decade ago but the methods have changed quite a bit. Actually the methods seem to change every few months but a lot of this is just hype and fads. The three things that will get you to number 1 on Google are the same today as they were in 1998; keywords, content and links. And the thing that keeps you at the top is constant more »

Previous ci-Insider News

November 2007
Google Page Rank
SEO Optimization / Strategy
Improve Email Marketing Results

August 2007
Fake Greeting Card Scam
Keyword Research Tips
Protect Against Laptop Theft
Going Wireless
Online Advertising

May 2007
SEO Tools
Google Sitemaps
Blogging Basics
CD Copying, Burning and Duplication
Website Traffic Analysis

February 2007
Storm Trojan Outbreak
Public Service Announcement from Broward County Sheriff
Search Engine Friendly Websites
Antivirus Software
Spotting Phishing

November 2006
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
No Hyphen in Email
Email Phishing
Getting Good Page Rank
Click Fraud
Content for SEO
Blackberry 8100

August 2006
Link Popularity
Google Says
Hotel Websites - the missing link
SEO - Do You Get It?
Big Daddy

June 2006
Microsoft Security Updates
Website Image Resizing
Email Open & Click Rates
Email Newsletters
How to Send Images in Email

May 2006
Internet Fax Service
PR Techniques
Online Safety
Blogging Software
Google Guidelines

March 2006
Adware Suite Settlement
Quality Links
Advertising Terminology
SEO Myths
Analyze a Competitor's Website
Top Sypware Threats

January 2006
Computer Virus Protection
RSS Advantages
Screen Resolution
Web Traffic Analysis

Winter 2005
Sticky Sites
Website Traffic Analysis

Summer 2005
ICE your Mobile Phone
Adware - Spyware - Malware - Scumware (cont)
Increasing Website Traffic
Writing Articles

Spring 2005
Email Marketing - Helpful Tips
Adware - Spyware - Malware - Scumware
Search Engine Spam (Spamdexing) (cont)
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