If you use firefox, you probably already know that firefox is much safer than other browsers, it's also highly customizable with themes and addons. Have you used the "Live Bookmarks" feature of firefox? It's a great time saver. firefox let's you bookmark the feed of the site/blog you are visiting as a "Live Bookmark"(Provided it publishes one). Everytime you explore your bookmarks, the feed is updated and headlines are shown in a submenu.
Here's how this feature is used:
After the page is loaded, look for the "dish" icon on the statusbar.
Hovering your mouse over the icon will show you if the site/blog publishes it's feed and clicking it will prompt you to save the site as "Live Bookmark". Once you are done saving, take your mouse to the "Bookmark" menu and explore the bookmark you just added. Firefox will fetch the feed for you and you will never have to fire up your standalone/web based feed readers anymore.
Never used FireFox? There is always a first time sometime.
# Update your Operating System
Keep your operating system up to date, all operating systems have security related issues out of the box, these issues are then fixed by releasing the updates & patches later on, by the company. Since most of us are windows users, update your operating system at http://www.update.microsoft.com
# Update your Internet Browser
We are in a connected world and the internet browser we use is the one that connects us to the internet ( mostly! ). Not surprisingly, it's weaknesses are exploited for infecting our systems. One of the most common ways by which internet security is compromised is by using a bug-ridden internet browser. It raises serious security concerns when a malicious hacker targets a known vulnerability in the browser. It is therefore recommended that you update your browser regularly. The folks who use "Internet Explorer", can switch to light-weight and relatively secure browser such as Google Chrome
, Mozilla FireFox
# Avoid Installing programs from Untrusted Sources
Downloading and installing programs from torrents or websites that illegally host pirated software are also a major source of infection
# Pen Drives / External Hard Disks
It's true that most of us use the pen drive or external HDD to transfer files/movies/music etc. to other computers, which is why some specific viruses use it's autorun feature to install itself on the host computer. So, be careful when you plug your pen drive to other systems or other pen drives to your system, they can easily become virus carriers. Make sure your anti virus tool has usb drive scanning features enabled.
# Install Anti Malware Tools
As the internet safety situation gets more complex, a separate anti-spyware/malware tool is required aa layer of protection against "spy-wares",These are a few popular ones's:
Run these utilities on a regular basis to clean out the spyware junk from your system.
# Secure Password
Always use a password which is at laeast more than 6 letters, preferably with numbers and symbols, also a secure password manager is highly recommended
# Never put personal information online
# Install Anti-virus / Internet Security / Total Security
Install a good anti-virus package for protection against viruses. There are a few free Anti-Virus packages that offer decent security, such as
"Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 is the official Product of the Year and winner of Best System Speed. Silent security, enhanced with Firewall and Parental Control. Imperceptible. Extremely easy to use. "
If you are serious about internet security then you should consider using a commercial anti-virus package. It's difficult to recommend a single product, however I recommend the one I use, Bitdefender Internet Security.
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Labels: Internet Safety, Internet Security
To track your site/blog using analytics you need to have an account with Google Analytics, If you already have a Google Account you can use that username/password here or you can always sign up for a free google account. In either case you need to go to http://www.google.com/analytics
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After you login with your username/password, you will be in your dashboard area.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the link to "Add Website Profile".
On the next screen select the option to "Add a profile for a new domain".
Click continue and on the page that follows, type the URL of your blog.
The final screen will generate two tracking codes for your blog. make sure you are on "New Tracking Code(ga.js)" tab
This is the code that you need to copy/paste on your blog. We are now going to install google analyics tracking code to your blogger blog.
Go to http://www.blogger.com
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] and login with your id/password.
Once you are logged in go to your dashboard, where you have to click the "Design"
link(beside the settings link) of your blog. make sure you are on the "page elements
" sub-tab, where you can easily add and arrange page elements.
You will now add a gadget by clicking the "Add a Gadget
This will open a final popup where you paste your code(your google analytics code) under the "content" textarea. I prefer not to give it a title because the code is invisible, so leave the title field blank and click the button to "save changes"
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Another free service from http://www.sharethis.com
offers a bookmarking widget for your blog(s). This bookmarking widget allows the visitor of your blog to bookmark your blog in any of the popular social bookmarking sites, much like the widget from http://www.addthis.com
( read the post here for details
). you can also customize the widget to match the "look and feel" of your page.
Officially, every blogger has it and even if you don't see it, its still there, collecting the data behind the scenes and giving the real picture to the bloggers who have the knowledge of SEO. All bloggers whether professional or not should know about Search Engine Optimization and the best way to start is to add a good hit counter(or webstats tracker) on your blog.
Google Analytics :
[Google Analytics Screenshots]
Once you install a Hit Counter on your blog, you can get lot of useful information about your blog. like Popular Pages, Referring Pages, Keywords, Geographical location of visitors, Browser Statistics etc.
Although there are several free "Hit Counters" from which you can choose from, there are three services which are the most popular with bloggers. StatCounter
, Google Analytics
Here are other hit counters(free services) with our recommended
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What is Favicon?
Favicon is an acronym for "Favorite Icon". Nearly all professional sites use it nowdays. As it shows up right next to the address line of the adressbar and favorites list in Internet Explorer and probably on other browsers too. If you have your pages hosted either on paid hosting or free hosting, hosting the favicon is not a problem, however if you are using a blog service, you are out of luck as all blog providers would reject the *.ico extension. This is where you need a free service provider such as http://www.myfavatar.com/
Use this smart tool to get a favicon from an image stored on your disk. you can get an animated favicon using this free favicon tool. Just follow this link and get your favicon in seconds http://www.blogstuff.in/2006/05/favicon-generator-form.html