Google Analytics Dashboard – A Powerful WordPress Traffic Monitoring Plugin

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Are you running a WordPress blog? One very important aspect of the blogger’s job is to keep track of his web traffic. It is good to know how many visitors you have and whether that number is climbing or tanking.
It’s also good to know as much as you can about your visitors. Where did they come from? What are they reading on your site or blog? What kind of changes do you need to make in order to get, keep, or grow that readership? If you want more reasons to analyze your traffic, check out 7 reasons why your website won’t last without analytics.
Many people reach for one of the most powerful tools out there to do the work for them. That tool is Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is probably the most popular traffic analyzing tool there is for webmasters and bloggers.
Sometimes it can become a pain signing into Google Analytics to see what’s going on. One way to save some time is by setting up email reports. Another option you have is to use a WordPress traffic monitoring plugin that gives you the traffic analysis right in your WordPress dashboard.
What if you could have the best of both worlds? What you want is the power of Google Analytics with the convenience of a dashboard widget.
Well, let me show you the Google Analytics Website Dashboard WordPress plugin. I think it can be the answer and can give you the power and convenience that you want.
Setting Up Google Analytics Website Dashboard
The plugin is hosted on the WordPress plugin site. That makes downloading and installing it a breeze from within your WordPress dashboard. Just head over to the Manage Plugins section and click “Add New.” Run a search for “Google Analytics Dashboard.” It should show up as the top result but make sure it is the one by Carson McDonald.
Once you activate the plugin, you will find a Google Analytics Dashboard option in the settings menu. Just head over there and sign in with your Google Analytics account and choose the profile to display.
That’s about all there is to installing it.
The WordPress Traffic Monitoring Plugin
Head to the dashboard and have a look at the Google Analytics widget you have just installed. You should see the graph displaying the visits you’ve had for the past month. This should give you a good overall look at how your traffic has been doing.
You’ll also notice some other information including number of visits, pageviews, and pages per visit. I also like the fact that it shows the tops posts, referrers and the top searches. This gives some good basic information about what’s been popular recently.
Analytics Information For Pages & Posts
Head on over to either the pages or posts section of your WordPress backend and you’ll see some stats for each page or post on the list. The plugin actually adds a column called “Analytics” and makes the pageview/exit/unique visitor stats very accessible.
The Google Analytics WordPress traffic monitoring plugin doesn’t show all of the data Google Analytics has to offer (visit Google Analytics for more in-depth information). I think the power of the plugin lies in its ability to save you a trip to Google’s site by displaying just the basics.

11 Most Common Errors in QuickBooks

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1. Account for outstanding bank account transactions.
If you’re having a problem reconciling your latest bank statement, the problem might be with outstanding bank account transactions.
If there was any lag time between the date of your statement and your start date in QuickBooks, make sure that you also entered any checks or deposits that happened in between.
For example, if your QuickBooks start date were 01/01/09, you’d use the ending balance on your December 2008 bank statement as your opening bank account balance. Let’s say the end date of that statement was December 20th, which means that all the deposits and payments you made from December 21st until December 31st are “outstanding,” or accounted for in your bank statement’s balance, but not in QuickBooks. To fix the problem in this example, you’d go back to your January 2009 bank statement, and enter into QuickBooks all the transactions that occurred between December 21st and 31st.
2. Pay bills in two steps.
For most users, paying bills in QuickBooks is a two-step process. (If you don’t track your accounts payable, it’ll be just one step.) First, when you receive a bill, enter it into the Enter Bills window (in the Vendor navigator and menu), so you can track how much money you owe. Second, when you’re ready to pay bills, indicate which one you want to pay using the Pay Bills window (also in the Vendor navigator and menu).
From the Pay Bills window, you can tell QuickBooks that you want to pay by check, and to put it into your print queue.
If you don’t track your accounts payable, you can reduce your steps to one, and simply use the Write Checks and Enter Credit Card Charges windows to pay your bills. Either way you choose to pay your bills, just be consistent!
3. Don’t deposit your money twice.
Many users group their payments to deposit them all at once through the “Undeposited Funds” account. A mistake that some users make is that they also enter each payment as a single deposit. The result is two deposits for one payment.
When you use the Sales Receipt or Receive Payments forms to track money coming in to your business, you have the option to put payment into the “Undeposited Funds” account, which is like a cash drawer where you keep checks and currency in between trips to the bank. If you select this option on either form, QuickBooks won’t recognize the money into your bank account until you tell it that you’ve actually taken your money to the bank.
When you do go to the bank, tell QuickBooks by using the Make Deposits window, and select the payments you’ve just deposited. Do not enter a separate deposit into your bank account register to show this money.
4. Indicate when you owe sales tax.
If the amount of sales tax you owe appears to be incorrect, check to make sure you’ve set up your preferences correctly, telling QuickBooks when you owe sales tax. You may owe sales tax on an accrual basis, or when you make a sale, even if you haven’t received payment yet. Or, you may owe sales tax on a cash basis, or when you actually receive money from your customer.
To verify your sales tax is set up correctly, follow these steps:

  • From the Edit menu, choose Preferences.
    On the left side of the window, click the Sales Tax icon.
    Select the Company Preferences tab.
    Under Owe Sales Tax, select either “As of invoice date,” or “Upon receipt of payment.”
    I highly recommend you choose Upon receipt of payment even if you are reporting on an accurral basis. One recent client paid sales tax to the state for about $250,000 she invoiced but never received payment!
  • 5. Don’t enter a credit card charge and a bill for the same expense.
    If you charge a purchase and enter it into QuickBooks through the Enter Credit Card Charge window, don’t enter it again as a bill (in the Enter Bills window). If you do, it’ll look like you owe twice as much money as you actually do.
    6. Pay your payroll taxes with the Pay Liabilities window.
    When you create paychecks for your employees, use the Pay Liabilities window to pay your payroll taxes. Don’t use the Write Checks window.
    When you run payroll, QuickBooks keeps a tally of how much payroll tax you owe, and records it in your Payroll Liabilities account. When you use the Pay Liabilities window to pay your payroll taxes, QuickBooks will decrease the balance of the liability account accordingly.
    ( Hint ) In the Memo of your payroll liability checks list the through date and then the tax form. Be consistent and it will be much easier to find any problems should they occur.
    “03/01/2010 – 03/31/2010 941″ or “06/30/2010 940 FUTA 2nd Qtr”
    7. Use Sub-Items and Sub-Accounts.
    If an account or item has sub accounts or items, don’t assign your transactions to the parent item or account if you can help it. Always use the sub- items and accounts to increase your knowledge of your business. Sub-accounts and sub-items will show up on your QuickBooks reports as separate items, but will still be grouped together and sub-totaled.
    For example, when entering professional fees, assign the bill from your accountant to the Accounting sub-account of the Professional Fees main account, and the bill from your lawyer to the Legal Fees sub-account. When you pull reports – and when you send your company file to your accountant at tax time – you’ll have a total amount you spent on Professional Fees, with sub-totals listed for both Accounting and Legal Fees.
    8. Associate Inventory Items with the Right Accounts.
    If you keep inventory, make sure that you assign your inventory items to all the right accounts. Each inventory type item should have three: Inventory Asset account, Cost of Goods Sold, and a Sales account.
    When you tell QuickBooks that you have inventory, it automatically sets up an Inventory Asset account (to track the current value of you inventory) and a Cost of Goods Sold account (to track how much you paid for your inventory items). You must also set up sales income accounts to track the income you make from selling your inventory items.
    Here’s how to check yours:

  • 1. From the List menu, select Reports, and then Items. QuickBooks will display your Item list, detailing each one’s name, description, type, posting account, and price.
    2. Verify that each inventory item is associated with all three accounts – Cost of Goods Sold, Inventory Asset, and Income Account
  • 9. Be Careful with Reconciliation Adjustments.
    QuickBooks won’t usually make reconciliation adjustments automatically. However, if you’re out of balance in the Reconciliation screen and you select Reconcile Now, QuickBooks will make the adjustment, and post the positive or negative amount to the Opening Bal Equity account.
    Don’t let QuickBooks do this! The right thing to do with small differences you find when reconciling is to enter a check or a deposit for the amount, using the bank statement date for the transaction date and put it to an appropriate account based upon your best guess of where the difference arose. You can then mark that transaction as cleared and proceed with reconciling.
    In fact, your Opening Balance Equity account is a clearing account, and should always display a $0 balance. If it doesn’t, your QuickBooks was not set up properly. You can check for these adjustments by looking at the account’s transaction detail:
    From the List menu, select Chart of Accounts.
    Double-click your Opening Balance Equity account.
    If there are transactions in the account not related to your beginning balances, reclassify them
    10. Paying Loans
    Entering a Bill for the Monthly payment instead of adding and asset and a liability
    When creating loan payments we often enter the monthly loan amount as a Bill.
    Here is how you should process loan payments: Set up a Fixed Asset with sub accounts for the Cost and Accumulated Depreciation. Then, set up a liability account with the loan balance. Go to Banking> Loan Manager>Set Up New Loan. Follow the directions, then click the ‘Set up payment’ option to have QuickBooks document the monthly payment.
    11. Don’t Try to Do it All Yourself.
    QuickBooks is easy to use, but it will be even easier and give you more peace of mind if you work with a QuickBooks Pro Advisor or your CPA. Setting up your QuickBooks correctly is critical to getting the most out of your QuickBooks program. The HELP topics are also a great resource.

    Learn More: Autoplay embedded videos

    Posted by: Flirtation Creations  /  Category: Tutorials, Web Development, WordPress, YouTube

    Yes, you can autoplay movies! In the “About This Video” section of the video watch page, we give you the source code to embed the video:

    To make it autoplay, just append “&autoplay=1″ after the video ID so it looks like this:

    4 Facebook Apps That Add Professionalism to Your Profile

    Posted by: Flirtation Creations  /  Category: Facebook, LinkedIn, Social Networking, Twitter, WordPress

    Facebook doesn’t have to be all fun and games. Check out these business-focused applications that give your friends–and potential future employers–a glimpse into your on-the-clock life.
    Sure, trivial and time-guzzling Facebook Apps abound (Farmville, anyone?), but—believe it or not— other applications can add a hint of professionalism to your profile. You can include your LinkedIn profile, add your blog feed, include a Twitter tab and more.
    Each of these applications requires that you allow it access to your profile. To edit each application’s individual settings, choose “Application Settings” from the “Account” drop-down menu. From here, you can control who is able to see the application from your profile, if you want to bookmark it and whether you give the application permission to publish recent activity to your wall.
    You may also choose to add the application to the tabs on your profile for easy access. Note that some applications may not support tabs, and some may automatically add the tab to your profile as part of the setup. To add an app to a tab, click the “+” tab on your profile page’s navigation and select the application.
    1. Extended Info.
    This application won the 2007 Red Bull Flight Experience award for the most users since the Facebook Platform Launch in May, 2007. Instead of just having you fill out the usual fields such as activities, interests and favorite music, Extended Info lets you think up additional fields for your profile. Add a professional spin to your profile and include fields such as: currently reading, career goals or proudest workplace accomplishment. You can check out a list of the most popular field titles here.
    2. My LinkedIn.
    To add the My LinkedIn app to your profile, the site asks you to enter your LinkedIn Public Profile URL. You can find this by logging into your LinkedIn account, choosing “view profile” and looking for the URL next to “public profile.” This application does not automatically add a tab to your profile, so follow the directions above to do so.
    3. NetworkedBlogs.
    NetworkedBlogs lets you do two things: You can search for and add favorite or new blogs to rollout RSS-style stories, or you can import your blog feed to your profile, which lets your blog appear in a Facebook search so others can follow it.
    After you allow the application access to your profile, you’ll be asked to select five or more blogs from a list to follow, if you’d like the application to act like an RSS feed. If you only want to feature your blog, just click “next” at the bottom to bypass this step. The next page will list blogs from your Facebook friends; choose to follow some, or click next to continue. The final screen will bring you to NetworkedBlogs’ homepage where you can choose to register your own blog, which will require an additional step to verify it. Follow the steps listed above to add the blog to a tab on your profile.
    4. TwitterTab.
    The TwitterTab adds your Twitter feed to a tab on your profile and gives you three viewing options: a running list of your tweets, filtering out retweets only or viewing who you follow in a block of icons.
    There are a number of other Twitter applications available on Facebook—some let you Tweet from Facebook and include additional features—but many are buggy. TwitterTab appears to have the simplest interface and is easy to set up. This app is free, but for $1.00/year you can upgrade your account to include a custom background.

    Twitter Like a Pro: Get Started, Find Deals, Manage Groups

    Posted by: Flirtation Creations  /  Category: Internet, Social Networking, Tutorials, Twitter

    Here’s how to get started with Twitter, use it for bargain hunting and group communication, and access it on the go.
    Twitter may be a household name, but it remains a mystery to many people. Perhaps even most people. This week I’m going to put on my teacher’s cap and show you how to set up a Twitter account, how to put that account to good use (you can even use it to enter contests and win prizes), and how to read your incoming “tweets” (messages) from just about anywhere.
    Get Started with Twitter in Three Easy Steps
    What the heck is Twitter? In a nutshell, it’s a messaging service, a way for one person (or organization) to communicate with others in 140-character blasts.
    What do you do with Twitter? If you’re feeling narcissistic, you can send out messages of your own, on whatever subject you like, to anyone who chooses to “follow” you (i.e. subscribe to your Twitter feed in order to read your message). At the same time, you can “follow” others (friends, family members, Shaquille O’Neal) and read what’s on their minds.
    There’s no cost to using Twitter, and signing up for an account won’t fill your inbox with spam or anything like that. So why not give it a try? Here’s how to get started:

    1. Open your Web browser and head to twitter.com.
    2. Click Get started now.
    3. Complete the signup form. Keep in mind that your selected user name will become your Twitter “address,” so put a little thought into it. (The form will tell you immediately if your desired name is already taken, at which point you’ll have to think of something else.)
    4. Click Create my account and you’re good to go.

    You’re now an official member of the, er, Twitterverse. Let’s find something interesting for you to follow. Click Find People, type flirtcreate, and then click Search. Our Twitter feed should be the first result that appears. Mouse over the accompanying icon of the little person and click it to follow FlirtCreate. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a permanent marriage. You can always “unfollow” us later if you want.) Now click Home and you’ll see all the latest tweets from Flirtation Creation’s editorial staff.
    Three Ways to Make Good Use of Twitter
    When it comes to Twitter, I prefer to be a consumer, not a producer. In other words, I know no one cares what I had for breakfast, so I don’t bother to tweet about it.
    However, I do care what famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) has to say, because it’s usually interesting and educational. So he’s among the select few Twitter users I follow. And therein lies my point: Twitter can actually be a fun, informative, and even practical tool–provided you follow the right people. Here are my three favorite uses for the service.
    Find deals. Love bargain hunting? Twitter takes the actual hunting out of the equation, instead dropping deals right in your lap. It’s just a matter of following the right sites and bloggers. Here are a few to get you started: @cheapskateblog, @FreeStuffUS, @dealsplus, and @bargainbabe.
    Keep tabs on celebrities. Call some people star-struck, and I think it’s cool to get messages from the likes of Aziz Ansari, Jimmy Fallon, Paul Feig, and their personal music hero, like Brendan Benson. Makes one feel like you’re buds. If there’s an actor, comedian, musician, or other famous person you admire, head to Twitter, click Find People, and then follow that person. It’s fun!
    Manage a group. If you are the coach of your daughter’s soccer team, you need a quick and easy way to contact all the parents in case of scheduling changes, rained-out games, and the like. By getting everyone to “follow” me (and receive my tweets via text message), it’s a snap to communicate with the group.
    Access Your Twitter Account on the Run
    Now let’s look at ways you can access Twitter without being tied to your PC. For starters, if you have a mobile phone (doesn’t have to be anything fancy like a Droid or iPhone), you can take advantage of Twitter’s SMS features to send and receive tweets.
    Open Twitter in your Web browser, click Settings, and then click Mobile. Follow the instructions to pair your phone with your Twitter account. With that done, any text message you send to 40404 becomes a tweet.
    You can also elect to receive tweets via SMS from selected people you follow. However, because standard messaging rates apply, high-volume tweeters could end up costing you. Also, frequent SMS interruptions can prove annoying. My advice is to receive SMS tweets only from important, news-bearing sources.
    A better bet all the way around is to find a Twitter app for your phone–assuming your phone runs apps, that is. They’re available for all the major platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, WebOS, Windows Mobile, and so on.
    These apps let you tweet, retweet, send direct messages, view your feeds, and so on. Many of them are free; others cost a couple bucks. If you’re wondering, I’m partial to TweetDeck for iPhone.

    How To Modify Your WordPress Theme Via The Browser Using Stiqr

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    Ordinary self-hosted WordPress users know only too well that even though choosing and using thousands of available themes is a snap, creating one is an almost impossible task. You could use one of the customizable themes to modify the look to your liking, but that’s as far as you can go. Theme creating is not for the faint-hearted who are afraid to plunge into HTML, PHP and CSS coding.
    But that’s not the case anymore. I recently stumbled across a WordPress theme editor plugin called Stiqr – still in beta as every other Web 2.0 service is – which can help ordinary web users to become a “skillful” web designer. If you can drag and drop objects, you can modify the look of your web. Self-hosted WordPress is officially included in the list of supported type of websites.
    And everything is done without the need for a standalone web builder application, or the coding knowledge. All you need is a browser.
    Setting Up The Stage
    If you’ve always wanted to design your own website but the all the technical terminologies scared you, now is the perfect time for you to start. Visit Stiqr and click on the “Get Started Now“.
    But don’t expect to see the ordinary sign-up process because it’s not that obvious. Before going through the “Enter Your Name” and “Enter Your Email” routines, you have to insert one line of code in your website. But you don’t have to tremble with fear, because all the steps are painless in WordPress.
    Stiqr will provide you with the code, save it to be used later.
    Armed with the code, login to your WordPress.
    Then navigate to the right sidebar, and click “Editor” under the “Appearance” menu.
    Within the WordPress theme editor plugin, find the “Footer (footer.php)” and click on the link to edit.
    You will see the editable lines of codes for “footer.php“. Navigate to the lower part of the codes and find the closing line for the body – “” – and insert the code that you got from Stiqr above it. Then click the “Update File” button.
    After the “File edited successfully” notification appear, go to the main page of your WordPress by clicking “Visit Site” button next to the title of your blog.
    That concludes the preparation stage.
    Turn Your WordPress Into A Sticker Scrapbook
    On the front page of your WordPress blog, press the key combination of “Shift + F2” to start Stiqr. As a first time Stiqr user, you will have to register first. Start by entering your email address and click “OK“.
    Then continue by choosing your preferred password followed by another “OK“. My advice: please come up with a strong password for this one.
    If the registration is successful, a notification window will pop-up along with a thank you note and what to do next: wait for the page to be refreshed and press “Shift + F2” button one more time.
    You will be asked to enter your password to log in. Some might think that this step is unnecessary, but you really need the protection since everybody could access this page. You don’t want anybody to mess around with the look of your site, do you? This is also the reason why you need a strong password.
    Upon successful login, an editor bar will appear at the bottom of your page. You can start using the tools and let your creativity go wild.

    Flirtation Creation launches new logo design and website

    Posted by: Flirtation Creations  /  Category: App Development, App Store, Apple Inc, Applications, Developer, Facebook, Flirtation Creations, Google Buzz, Graphic Design, Internet, iPad, iPhone, iPhone OS, iPod Touch, Social Networking, Technology, Twitter, Web Design

    Flirtation Creations Inc, an app development and design consultancy offering exceptional graphic and website design launched a new website to better serve its clients.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Feb 24, 2010 – Boston, MA. USA – Premier online design company, Flirtation Creations, announced it has recently launched a new website to better serve its clients. The new website, http://www.flirtationcreations.com, features the full spectrum of the companies exceptional services, including app development for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, graphic and website design, and corporate and personal branding. The website was launched to give clients even greater access to and understanding of the company’s services, as well as to showcase its portfolio of past work.
    As leading app and web developers in Massachusetts, Flirtation Creations has been offering clients high quality, cost-effective graphic design and website solutions since 2000. The companies commitment to providing exceptional customer service combined with Internet expertise has attracted clients throughout the United States, Europe and Africa.
    Flirtation Creations offers clients an expansive selection of app development services, graphic design services including logo design, custom website development and more. By establishing long-term relationships with its clients and offering high-end quality online marketing solutions at medium-level prices, Flirtation Creations excels at meeting the needs and budget of every client.
    Along with highlighting the companies breadth of services, Flirtation Creations new website also emphasizes what sets it apart from competitors. This includes the companies commitment to providing no hidden contracts or costs, issuing copyright ownership to clients for all work completed, as well as its ethical, honest business approach.
    Additionally, Flirtation Creations new website allows clients to review the companies online portfolio, giving them a taste of the firm’s exceptional quality of design. Through the new website, clients can choose to review examples of the companies app development, as well as past logo and website designs.
    “Establishing long-term customer relationships is extremely important to Flirtation Creations, which is why we strive to make sure our clients are comfortable and informed throughout the entire design and development process. With our new website, now even more clients can benefit from the extraordinary customer service and online marketing solutions we offer”, says the company’s CEO.

    WordPress – Aligning Multiple Images

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    How to align multiple images in WordPress.  Normally, using WordPress, it is not easy to place multiple images next to eachother without advanced knowledge of CSS.  For those of you that need it, I am placing some simple code for a 4 column table for you to use as needed.  Just copy and paste this code into the HTML view of your blog and modify as needed.

    Here is an example of what it might look like:

    150x150_image_holder 150x150_image_holder 150x150_image_holder
    CODE:
    <table>
    <tr>
    <td>icon 1</td>
    <td>icon 2</td>
    <td>icon 3</td>
    <td>icon 4</td>
    </tr>
    </table>

    <table><tr><td>icon 1</td><td>icon 2</td><td>icon 3</td><td>icon 4</td></tr></table>

    If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe

    Posted by: flirtations  /  Category: Internet, Security, Social Networking, Technology, Web Development
    Friday, January 22, 2010
    provided by: New York Times

    Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.”
    Despite all the reports of Internet security breaches over the years, including the recent attacks on Google’s e-mail service, many people have reacted to the break-ins with a shrug.
    According to a new analysis, one out of five Web users still decides to leave the digital equivalent of a key under the doormat: they choose a simple, easily guessed password like “abc123,” “iloveyou” or even “password” to protect their data.
    “I guess it’s just a genetic flaw in humans,” said Amichai Shulman, the chief technology officer at Imperva, which makes software for blocking hackers. “We’ve been following the same patterns since the 1990s.”
    Mr. Shulman and his company examined a list of 32 million passwords that an unknown hacker stole last month from RockYou, a company that makes software for users of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. The list was briefly posted on the Web, and hackers and security researchers downloaded it. (RockYou, which had already been widely criticized for lax privacy practices, has advised its customers to change their passwords, as the hacker gained information about their e-mail accounts as well.)
    The trove provided an unusually detailed window into computer users’ password habits. Typically, only government agencies like the F.B.I. or the National Security Agency have had access to such a large password list.
    “This was the mother lode,” said Matt Weir, a doctoral candidate in the e-crimes and investigation technology lab at Florida State University, where researchers are also examining the data.
    Imperva found that nearly 1 percent of the 32 million people it studied had used “123456″ as a password. The second-most-popular password was “12345.” Others in the top 20 included “qwerty,” “abc123″ and “princess.”
    More disturbing, said Mr. Shulman, was that about 20 percent of people on the RockYou list picked from the same, relatively small pool of 5,000 passwords.
    That suggests that hackers could easily break into many accounts just by trying the most common passwords. Because of the prevalence of fast computers and speedy networks, hackers can fire off thousands of password guesses per minute.
    “We tend to think of password guessing as a very time-consuming attack in which I take each account and try a large number of name-and-password combinations,” Mr. Shulman said. “The reality is that you can be very effective by choosing a small number of common passwords.”
    Some Web sites try to thwart the attackers by freezing an account for a certain period of time if too many incorrect passwords are typed. But experts say that the hackers simply learn to trick the system, by making guesses at an acceptable rate, for instance.
    To improve security, some Web sites are forcing users to mix letters, numbers and even symbols in their passwords. Others, like Twitter, prevent people from picking common passwords.
    Still, researchers say, social networking and entertainment Web sites often try to make life simpler for their users and are reluctant to put too many controls in place.
    Even commercial sites like eBay must weigh the consequences of freezing accounts, since a hacker could, say, try to win an auction by freezing the accounts of other bidders.
    Overusing simple passwords is not a new phenomenon. A similar survey examined computer passwords used in the mid-1990s and found that the most popular ones at that time were “12345,” “abc123″ and “password.”
    Why do so many people continue to choose easy-to-guess passwords, despite so many warnings about the risks?
    Security experts suggest that we are simply overwhelmed by the sheer number of things we have to remember in this digital age.
    “Nowadays, we have to keep probably 10 times as many passwords in our head as we did 10 years ago,” said Jeff Moss, who founded a popular hacking conference and is now on the Homeland Security Advisory Council. “Voice mail passwords, A.T.M. PINs and Internet passwords — it’s so hard to keep track of.”
    In the idealized world championed by security specialists, people would have different passwords for every Web site they visit and store them in their head or, if absolutely necessary, on a piece of paper.
    But bowing to the reality of our overcrowded brains, the experts suggest that everyone choose at least two different passwords — a complex one for Web sites were security is vital, such as banks and e-mail, and a simpler one for places where the stakes are lower, such as social networking and entertainment sites.
    Mr. Moss relies on passwords at least 12 characters long, figuring that those make him a more difficult target than the millions of people who choose five- and six-character passwords.
    “It’s like the joke where the hikers run into a bear in the forest, and the hiker that survives is the one who outruns his buddy,” Mr. Moss said. “You just want to run that bit faster.”

    Colour Converter

    Posted by: flirtations  /  Category: Graphic Design, Web Development

    Looking for a quick little converter to Converting RGB <–> CMYK (linear) in Hex, Dec and %, with color picker.

    Have a look at this great little Windows tool RGB2CMYK.

    Download here

    http://www.gensler.to/internet/chris.nsf/pages/index.htm?Open&p=download.htm

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