spread the word about the Tiananmen Square massacre!

thetankman25 years ago, the Chinese government massacred thousands of it’s own people in Beijing on June 4th and 5th, 1989.  It was known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre even though most were killed just outside of the square.  Thousands more were wounded on those days.

#1 – Please do watch this chilling and tear-bringing documentary about it — The Tank Man –  at http://video.pbs.org/video/1146923141/

The Chinese government has since that time gone to extreme lengths to cover up the horrible things they did.  Chinese citizens are still thrown into prison for trying to tell others about it.  And their government has tried to censor and shut down any websites that share people’s stories about what happened on those days.

#2 – Please do share the video’s link on social media and blog about it!  We need to let Chinese citizens know about it.  May they peacefully reform their government like the eastern european countries did in 1989-1990.

Don’t let callers or emailers, etc. trick you!

There was a pretty high profile security breach a few weeks ago that you might not have heard about.

A hacker made several calls to a company to get info about one of their customers that he wanted to hack.  He pretended to be the customer.

Even though you may not work in customer service this is a good read.

The same thing can happen(or has happened) via multiple calls to people at their homes from a team of hackers who take turns pretending to be different companies and they each get a little piece of info, until they have enough to assume their identity.

Check it out @ Internet company owns up to their role in epic account hijacking.

P.S. And the follow-up @ The moral of the story: People are the easiest thing to hack!

Stay awesome y’all! :)

Using software/apps? Sign up for their security announcements!

  1. We all use software(programs or apps) every day, right?  (except for when you leave your computer/device turned off for the day! :))
  2. But are you signed up to receive announcements about critical security updates for them?!/li>

If not, do it!!!

Examples:

It only takes a minute and it will save you a lot of pain and grief!  Because Smokey says “only you can prevent [hacks]!” :)

Man is blessed to survive for 3 days @ …

Wow, i didn’t fully believe this title when i first read it:

Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic

I thought, “What? The media writer is exaggerating on the word “bottom” and it wasn’t very deep probably.”
But no, it’s true.  Wasn’t super deep but — 30 meters (98.43 feet) deep — that’s enough to kill most people that aren’t used to diving such depths with no scuba gear.
I love inspiring stories like this.  My current favorite story!
P.S. it’s a great thing to write about too; to start ‘blogging again. :)  Been tied up too much with the new work position, etc. to post for a while.  Merry Christmas you all too! :)

Prevent WordPress hacks — 2 easy things to do!

  1. Make your .htaccess file unwriteable.
  • From File Manager edit it’s Permissions.  Take away “write” permissions for it.  Or from SSH, run `chmod a-w .htaccess`
  1. Password protect your /wp-admin/ folder.
  • cPanel -> Password Protect Directories -> click /wp-admin/ and give it a name and Save.  Then add a user and password.
  • Yes, it’s kind of pain to have to type in 2 usernames and passwords every time you want to login BUT it’s worth it!!!  It only takes 5 extra seconds.

P.S. for more tips, see http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress

Increase your website’s speed?!

People ask me this almost everyday(how to make my website faster) so i thought i’d write it up finally:

  1. Get a report on what parts of your home page need to be speeded up:
  2. Before you upload images to your website, compress ALL of them with a lossless compressor — any photo editing program can do that — or use Smush.it — http://www.smushit.com/ysmush.it/
  3. If your site’s pages are programmed in PHP or some programming language — see if there’s a “cache” or “caching” Plugin/Addon for your site that prebuilds the pages — it will speed things up a lot.  For example, for WordPress, i recommend
  4. Use a CDN!!! (a Content Delivery Network)  It will further speed things up!

P.S. How does a CDN help websites viewed from mobile phone networks? See part of the picture at http://www.webperformancetoday.com/2013/05/09/case-study-cdn-content-delivery-network-mobile-3g/

 

“Meta Keywords” are worthless – they’ve been dead for over 10 yrs!!!

I keep on hearing the rumor being repeated that meta keywords do something to help your site show up higher in Google or Bing or any of the SE’s(serch engines).

It’s not true!  Check out these sources going back to 2001 for multiple witnesses of this fact:

2001 – http://www.highrankings.com/metakeyword

2002/09/30 – http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2066825/Death-Of-A-Meta-Tag

2007/09/5 – http://searchengineland.com/meta-keywords-tag-101-how-to-legally-hide-words-on-your-pages-for-search-engines-12099

2009/09/21 – http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html

Take-away points?

  • Website builders such as Weebly & (many others unfortunately) that give you a box to fill in “Meta keywords” or “keywords” are worthless and a sign that they are at least partially ignorant when it comes to SEO!  I’m not judging a complete program by saying this — just that it’s a waste of time to take even 1 second to type in anything on the prehistoric “meta keywords” box!  Leave it blank!
  • Website builders that ask for “meta description” are smart.  It’s a short phrase that describes the page.  Some SE’s(search engines) will use it for the description that is shown under the link in SERP’s(search engine results pages).
  • Any SEO company that ever asks you for “meta keywords” can NOT be TRUSTED!  How can you trust them if they’re giving you seriously out-of-date information??!!!

P.S. 2012/03/16 – http://searchengineland.com/too-much-seo-google%E2%80%99s-working-on-an-%E2%80%9Cover-optimization%E2%80%9D-penalty-for-that-115627

How to submit your site to Google & Bing?

So you’ve got your new site up and going?  Cool!

Now, if you want people to find you via a search, then you have to get indexed by the 2 big search engines — Google.com & Bing.com.

Google is the #1 search engine and Bing is the #2.  Neither of them will know about you until you tell them.

To do that, submit your site to them for free with these links:

  1. Google — http://google.com/webmaster
  2. Bing — http://www.bing.com/toolbox/submit-site-url

Then a few weeks after you do that, you’ll show up in their results! :)

*You can check on it by searching for “site:YOURDOMAIN.NAME” at Google.

For example, for my site it is “site:downtownweb.com” like this.

Pretty cool, eh?

Stay tuned for more tips!