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Online theft of private information has hit an all time high, so having a strong password is more important than ever before. We’ve all heard that it’s a bad idea to reuse the same password on multiple sites, but it’s also important to have strong and effective passwords.
Suzanne Kantra at Techlicious describes in her article The Easy Way to Make Strong Passwords, some great tips for strong passwords. Kantra states that the usual definition of a strong password is one that has:
- at least 8 characters (the longer the better),
- a mixture of upper and lower-case letters,
- special characters, such as “!” “#” and “?” (if the site or service allows)
In fact, she claims that the biggest determinate of strength is length of password. Short passwords are much easier to break.
To test the strength of your password, you can go to PassFault.com, a site created by a well-respected computer-security expert, according to Kantra. At this site you can get an estimate of how long it would take to crack your password. Ideally, passwords should last centuries, but at the very least take a year or more to crack.
Keeping track of many unique passwords can be difficult, so a password manager can be helpful. There are some available for your computer such as Mozilla Firefox Web browser. It’s also important to keep up with your smartphone passwords as well. Norton Identity Safe (free on Norton.com) works on PCs, Macs, Android devices and iOS devices. It will store your passwords under one strong password, as well as other security features.
To read the entire article go to http://www.techlicious.com/how-to/the-easy-way-to-make-strong-passwords/
If you’re considering launching your new business from your home, consider some of the positives and negatives before you get started. Entrepreneur.com describes in The Pros and Cons of Launching Your Business From Home, some of the things you should think about.
There are a number of benefits of a home based business. A big advantage is money savings. You can save a great deal of money on items such as rent, utilities, commuting expenses and business attire. Another savings could be a tax deduction for your home office.
However, there are also some disadvantages to a home based office. One of the biggest is distractions. There are countless potential distractions at home; telephone, television, neighbors and other visitors, family members, or unfinished chores Another potential negative is that your home may not appear professional to clients.
Establishing a quiet and professional “space” for your home office, and letting others know of your business hours can help avoid some of these negatives. In addition, conducting professional meetings at an outside location can also be helpful.
To read the entire article go to http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226007
To read the entire article go to http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228032
As we approach the anniversary of September 11, 2001, once again we remember that horrific day. The fear, the uncertainty, the shock, the anger, the overwhelming sorrow. What started out as a glorious autumn day turned into one of the worst nightmares our country has ever experienced.
But amid all the chaos and carnage, there were so many acts of valor and courage that one can not help but feel deep pride and gratitude for this great country and our amazing citizens. There were countless reports of heroism on that day. The amazing firefighters, police and other first responders, while facing so much uncertainty, heroically put all others before themselves and bravely fought to rescue and evacuate buildings. So many ordinary citizens, untrained and unprepared, stepped up to help others in need, without a second thought for their own safety. And the courageous men, women and flight attendants on United Airline flight 93 who bravely fought off their hijackers and thwarted their evil plan.
Almost immediately, the American people responded. Firefighters, medical professionals, construction and metal workers came from cities and town across the country to volunteer and lend support. People waited for hours in lines to donate blood at Red Cross offices. Financial donations to numerous charities were at record highs. Flags flew from homes and businesses across the country, candles burned on porches, prayer vigils were held and moment of silence were observed.
We lost so many good people; our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, and friends. Let us take pause for all who were lost on that day. As we remember all the victims and their families, and the countless heroes that are gone, let us also give thanks for our great nation and the courageous people who are our friends, neighbors and countrymen.
AquaPR Recognized by 2013 Bulldog Stars of PR Award for Outstanding Achievement by Communications Agency
Congratulations to AquaPR one of our resident companies at Gwinnett Innovation Park’s eHub. It’s so great to see their hard work recognized with this award.
AquaPR, an Atlanta-based boutique public relations agency focused on combining technology, marketing and public relations to produce measurable results for its clients, has been selected by Bulldog Stars of PR Award for a Gold level award in the Small Agency of the Year – Under $1,000,000 category. The 2013 Bulldog Stars of PR Awards for Outstanding Achievement by Communications Agencies and Professionals are awarded by Bulldog Reporter and will be summarized in the Bulldog Awards Stars of PR Hall of Fame magazine in September 2013.
“AquaPR is honored to be recognized by Bulldog Reporter as a Gold level honoree for Small Agency of the Year,” Sharon Cuppett, managing director of AquaPR. “While new technologies, content management and our society’s 140 character Twitter attention span have altered public relations, we continue to focus on developing and executing programs that merge the best of traditional public relations with marketing and social media in order to exceed our clients’ goals.”
The Bulldog Stars of PR Awards are selected by working journalists from entries representing the highest levels of performance and inspiration that PR/corporate communications has to offer. Entries were judged by a team of working journalists, who assessed the agencies and practitioners on the basis of their industry leadership, business acumen, communications, creativity, command of media and technology, and credit to PR and corporate communications.
To read the entire press release go to http://www.prweb.com/releases/AquaPR/SmallAgencyoftheYear/prweb11028076.htm
In June 1776, during the revolutionary war, the representatives of the 13 colonies presented a resolution drafted by Thomas Jefferson that would declare independence from Great Britain. The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later on July 4th, the delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence. July 4th continues to be celebrated as the birth of American independence.
Apple announced at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco that the company will be including software in its new operating system, iOS7, that will help protect stolen smartphone’s from being resold.
The uptick in smartphone theft, also known as ”Apple-picking” has been alarming. In fact, in San Francisco police estimate about half of all street robberies are cellphone related.
The new iOS 7 due out this fall will have an “activation lock” feature. With this, an original user’s Apple ID and password would be necessary to turn off the “Find My iPhone app” or to reactivate the phone. Additionally, a message can be displayed on the phone’s screen with owners phone number and a request to return the phone.
In addition to the new safety feature, Apple’s iOS 7 also provides a brighter color palate; simplified icons; and a new design for some of Apple’s tools, such as iMessage and Calendar; and may new ways to control the device.
Marla Tabaka of Inc. writes in 7 Characteristics That Will Kill Your Start-up, some of the traits that entrepreneurs should avoid. She outlines seven traits that will make it more difficult for start-up’s to be successful.
- Stubbornness – Many entrepreneurs are quite naturally very emotionally invested in their new products or ideas. However, entrepreneurs need to be flexible and open to new ideas. Some of the best ideas still need to be adjusted and changed to be feasible. This is often difficult because they believe so much in what they do.
- Arrogance - You know your idea or product better than anyone, so sometimes its hard to accept advice or criticism from others. It’s best to talk with people who have been there before and try to learn from their mistakes. Most entrepreneurs will make mistakes of their own. But mistakes and failures most often lead to better ideas and more success. Try to keep moving forward and adjust as needed.
- Short-sightedness - When you are starting out it is important to consider what your long-term plans are. If you are primarily focused on the short-term, you may make decisions that may be profitable but not sustainable. Set your goals and work backwards in your decision-making.
- Impatience - Getting your business up and running can be very exciting. However, be sure to take it one step at a time. Patience at the onset can lead to much smoother launch. Practice first with friends and family. Experiment and try to work out the kinks before jumping in with both feet and putting your startup at risk.
To read the entire article, go to http://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/characteristics-that-will-kill-your-start-up.html
Entrepreneurs are special people who can not only come up with an idea, but can also take it to the next level and go forward with it.
This infographic, published by Grasshopper Group http://www2.grasshopper.com/ gets inside the head of an entrepreneur to find out what makes this kind of person think and do what they do so well.