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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

How To Avoid Social Networking Scams



Social networking sites such as Facebook may be wonderful ways to keep track of friends and family, but they are also home to tens of millions of anonymous strangers. More recently, they’ve become the stomping ground for a growing number of people who aren’t who they claim to be.

Faking an identity is a big deal in the world of social networking and it can hit you in a number of ways. Maybe there’s someone out there claiming to be a friend. Maybe there’s a friend claiming to be someone else. Or perhaps there’s even someone claiming to be you.



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5 Simple Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog



By Stacey Ross

I have built an awesome part-time business that is ideal for motherhood – namely blogging. From my blogging/online efforts, I have branched out to help others who are in their grassroots stages, and I help them with anything from building content to relationship-building, branding and multi-media campaigns. In order to approach blogging as a business, I had to embrace it as a brand and not just look at it as an online memoir or as a platform for citizen journalism.

The other day, I was asked to speak to a group of mom entrepreneurs about strategically harnessing social media, and the first thing I could think of was the secret sauce that has been the most valuable strategy for me – namely giving! They say “If you give, you shall receive,” and when the primary motivation for offering tidbits for free is to help spread goodness and value, the giving is seen as truly authentic.

The following tips for increasing blog traffic have worked for me and for those whom I have assisted both on public platforms as well as behind-the-scenes:



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7 Steps to Smartphone Safety



So, you have finally agreed to buy your tween or young teen a smartphone. Maybe it was her good grades; maybe her best friend got one; or maybe you’ve just given in to the constant pleading. Whatever the reason, that shiny new phone is now out of the box, waiting to be embraced by its grateful new owner.

But wait. Before you just hand it over, there are some important safety issues to consider. Today’s smartphones are very powerful devices and it’s easy for inexperienced users to pick up bad habits or to do something that they may later regret. Instead, why not spend a few minutes going over some basic safety issues and prepping the phone for your child’s use. Here are 7 suggestions:



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5 Ways to Improve Your Online Profile



Whether we are applying to college, looking for a job, or just reaching out to an old friend, it’s more important than ever to establish an engaging online profile. While in the past we may have been able to rely on face-to-face charm and personality to make a good impression, we no longer have that luxury. The Internet is now the official starting point for most new relationships, and if we don’t clear that hurdle then we rarely get a second chance.

But what do admissions officers and recruiters look for in an online profile? Of course, academic achievements and business experience are important, but a good online profile should be much more than a simple résumé. Your online profile needs to tell a story about who you are; your likes (but not necessarily your dislikes); and what kind of person you would be to work with. Here are 5 tips for getting your online profile in shape:



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How To Avoid Spyware



Although it sounds like it might be straight out of a James Bond movie, the term “spyware” refers to something far less exotic. In its broadest sense, spyware describes any program that’s installed on a computer to track the activity of that computer’s owner or users. More narrowly, it refers to small applications or “cookies” that track web sites visited and actions taken when individuals surf the Internet.

Spyware is usually installed on a computer without the knowledge of the user, hence the spy reference. Although it may not involve clandestine organizations or foreign powers, spyware can still be very intrusive and annoying. It can allow unauthorized parties to gather detailed information about a user’s likes and preferences and it can have a severely negative impact on a computer’s overall performance.



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