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Are Video Game Consoles the Next Big Target for Hackers?

Are Video Game Consoles the Next Big Target for HackersAccording to data published by Facebook, some 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked a day. Social Media websites are a major target for hackers; but they’re joined by smartphones on the big-ticket-target list. But are the next-gen video game consoles next on the hacker hit list?

Probably.

Over Christmas season in 2014, when many of the next-gen consoles were made available and brought home to the biggest swath of buyers since their release, a group of dedicated hackers worked to bring down the systems of both the Xbox and Playstation Live networks. They did so with a wide assault of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks, or DDoS attacks. That could be bad enough on its own; but an entirely different hacking group repeated the attack the following Christmas.

Neither organization could prevent the hacks; and though there’s been great pressure for them to beef up their security systems, and despite updates, the systems continue to have specific vulnerabilities. And both systems collect sensitive user information: email usernames and passwords, credit card and billing information, and even logins for third-party services like cable television networks, Netflix, and others. Most game consoles also contain date of birth details, making them a massive potential payday for successful hackers: it’s relatively rare for email accounts, websites, or social media websites to offer all of these at once.

Many consoles are also linked to nearby computers and smart devices, so it could be relatively easy for potential console hackers, once they have command over a user’s gaming console, to gain entry to other smart devices in the home. The fact that a wide variety of socioeconomic, racial, and political groups are represented in the gamer category, coupled with the fact that the market share of gamers is growing, and that the largest demographic is represented by individuals with available discretionary income is likely to make the gamer category even more attractive to target to potential hackers.

All this might leave game console owners wondering just how to protect themselves and their personal information. After all, it’s not like there’s readily available spyware or virus protection available for most gaming consoles. How can users keep hackers from gaining access to their personal information?

The first step is usually to protect the entire network on which all a home’s smart-machines connect to. Good security should start at the router level, providing substantial firewalls to stop specific threats. It’s usually pretty easy to do; just log into your router’s administrative settings by opening a browser window and heading to the router’s internal IP address.

Your router manual should tell you precisely what that address is. Once there, you should easily be able to enable your router’s built-in firewall– something which the vast majority of end users never even get around to!

You can also heighten your console’s security in the native system settings and employing additional login securities requiring the controller-input of a code before logging in. As with two-factor authentication systems on traditional websites and apps, this might be a good way to stop remote hackers in their tracks.

If you can, avoid having your payment information saved on your Xbox One, and for an additional layer of security, you can consider modifying it’s record of your date of birth; even just having it one or two days off can give you another layer of protection, in the event that your user data is compromised. Xbox and Playstation both also aggressively release security patches remotely to their machines, which in some cases can be delayed. Whenever prompted, always opt to update your machines, rather than putting off the sometimes-lengthy process. You never know when doing so might quietly save you from a hacking attempt.

When Change is Good: Seamless Steps for Switching Web Hosting Services

Sometimes the best solution to a bad web hosting situation is to switch providers. There are literally thousands of web hosting solutions available for small businesses, but not all of them are equally robust. If you are seeing a spike in downtime on your website or receiving complaints from your customers, it may be time to cut the link to your old web hosting company and switch to a firm that has your website and the best interest of your firm in mind.

That having been said, switching web hosting companies is not something to rush into – or something to be done rashly. The spike in downtime may have a simple explanation, and the problems you have been seeing may be outside the control of the web host. Before you rush out and change web hosting companies, you need to carefully evaluate your current service and thoroughly research the alternatives.Web hosting

Back Everything Up

Whether your current web hosting company uses an IBM AS400 or some other platform, it is important to do your homework and prepare carefully before you decide to change firms. Changing your web hosting service can provide a number of important benefits, from improved uptime and enhanced customer service to lower cost and greater transparency. Even so, if you do not handle the switch properly, you will live to regret it.

Perhaps the most critical thing business owners need to do before switching web hosting services is to back up all of their data in a secure location. It is a good idea to make multiple backups of the company website, blog sites, social media pages and other critical infrastructure prior to making the move. While you hope the move will go seamlessly, you never know what could go wrong. Having a local and a remote backup of all your electronic infrastructure is a vital first step when considering a web hosting change.

Once the data has been backed up and the backups verified, you can go ahead and sign a contract with the new web hosting company. You will want to have the new web host in place before discontinuing your old service, so it is important to plan carefully. You may need a week or two to make sure your new web hosting service is providing what you need before you cut ties with your old web host.

Keep Downtime To A Minimum

It is important to work with the new web hosting company to point your website domain to their servers. The company you are switching to should be able to provide all the information you need to repoint your website and make sure the experience of end users is unaffected.Web hosting

When you change web hosting companies, you want to make sure there is no impact on your customers and the end users of your website. The change should be completely transparent to your customers – if anything the new web host should provide a better experience, 24/7 uptime and superior service going forward.

Web hosting is a must for any company, and it is important to constantly monitor the quality of the service you are receiving. If you notice a degradation in quality of service or a reduction in uptime, it is important to research alternatives and start getting ready to make your move.

Kimberly Banks works in E-Commerce and enjoys being able to share her industry insights with an online audience. She writes for a number of different business and IT websites.


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Get More Retweets and Shares from Your Social Media Content

1280px-Social-media-for-public-relations1Social Media advertising is a real unbeatable factor, behind the success of each product, if you want to reach your target audience; obviously you need to use social media, because social media is an awesome and less cost platform, to know what is going on in the world. For this shares and Re-tweets are the excellent way to push your message to the end user.

The most important step to create social media content with Google Alerts with the help of Google Alerts, you can subscribe to company blogs that are relevant to your industry, thus ensuring that you are always current, but keep it in a mind your material tempt the readers to hit the re-tweet or share button.

Remember, you must give valuable information to your readers, don’t make your readers why I have to read this? Or don’t allow then to move towards, some other content because of inadequate of information in your content.

Think from end user’s perception and also remember that your readers’ time is valuable, so make sure that they are glad they took time out of their busy schedules to read what you had to say. Think well how to make your content great; what are all the elements must add to the content, then only it is easy to promote in front of user. Always prefer images or videos which easily grab the user’s attention or which increase the likelihood of being shared.2x8hc9y3-1386559816

Monitor various social media channels and the type of content, which is mostly shared or re-tweets, check out some social media reports, usually twitter user like to share photos rather than videos, that images especially belonged to humorous and the shared articles were started as How to than any other type of article.

If you like to get more shares on Facebook, share content along with photos, if you share your content along with a photos, that’s a right way to gain more attention, to achieve this use high quality images, unique content and the most important one is include relevant links with all images.handcursor_cs6

Finally hit the target shares on any social media platform if you do practice it frequently.


 

Find a Job Via the Social Media

This infographic is going to help you get a job. No ifs, no buts, no coconuts. Read it and you’ll see why, as you’re probably going to see many mistakes you yourself have made. If so, don’t fret as you can read the section at the bottom which will help you rectify your previous internet faux pas.
Use Social Media To Improve Your Job Search
Use Social Media To Improve Your Job Search is an infographic that was produced by Gumtree