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Posts Tagged ‘Email’

MakeUseOf.com was hacked!

By Mohnish On November 4, 2008 2 Comments

Yes, you read it right.. The domain was hacked from their Godaddy account and then transferred to different registrar’s causing the site to be down for more than 24 hours! I’m glad that MakeAUse is back roaring. I had blogged tips about keeping your websites and email accounts safe, I’m posting them again:

15 Tips to keep you safe and your websites safer! 🙂

1) Be careful from hackers – Block/Delete them from your MSN/YIM Lists
2) Cmod all the files as the Read.txt file of your script says..1 exploit found and BOOM! You won’t have your site the next day..
3) Take daily SQL + All files backups to secure your site and prevent a huge loss
4) Scan your PC with Nod32 or Kaspersky AV to prevent Keyloggers and being hacked
5) Change your password every 30 days
6) Use a Random Password
7) If you suspect that your PC has a KeyLogger – Copy Paste the password in the field, Do not type it!
8 ) Scan your PC every 3 days and keep the database updated
9) Use a secured Hoster or if you own a server make sure its secured
10) Remember the secret Question and Answer of your accounts
11) If you own a Forum or a Blog, make a Hidden/Secret Admin
12) Avoid keeping the same password  for all your accounts
13) Do not enter Credit Card/Account details on non “https://” sites
14) Do not download/run untrusted files, images, softwares etc.
15) Password protect Firefox using the Master Password Option(Hacker cannot get your passwords if he sniffs your Firefox with password stealer)
16) and I have added another to the list today: Stay away from GODADDY!!

Now stop reading and scan your PC, change your passwords and start taking back ups! :P
I hope these tips keep you & your websites secure ! :)

How NOT to Ask for Sponsorship or Advertising: 6 Deadly Mistakes

By Mohnish On October 16, 2008 1 Comment

1. Not using the name of the person. If you want to get someone’s attention, you must make sure that you will address him or her by the name. When people start their email with “Hi Daniel” I will make sure to read it and give it enough attention, cause I know at least that the person on the other side knows who I am.

2. Blatant ass kissing. If you are going to make a compliment, make sure it is genuine. If it is clear that you are just saying that to please the person you are asking something, it will do more harm than good.

3. Crap writing. When you write emails to your friends or relatives, I guess you could be informal and not pay too much attention to grammar and punctuation. If you are writing to a potential sponsor, however, you want to make sure that your message is perfectly readable. Capital letters to start a sentence and spaces are the very minimum you wanna go with….

4. No link or URL. So you want me to sponsor your blog eh? That is all right, but what is your blog? Give me the link, or I will sure not sweat myself in Google trying to find it by searching for your name.

5. No explanation of what I have to gain. We got be frank here, there is no charity going on around the Internet (well perhaps some, but you get my point). People will just sponsor your contest or website if they have something to gain out of it. It is in your best interests therefore to make this part as clear as possible!

6. No explanation of how the contest is structured. You also need to explain how the contest is going to work. Some people might not want to get involved with certain practices (i.e. blackhat or affiliate marketing).

There you go. If you want to get someone to sponsor or advertise on your blog, try to avoid those 6 deadly mistakes.

Source: DailyBlogTips.com