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Ransomware – an increasing threat

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday July 27, 2006 )

The threat posed to online business owners by various types of “wares” just never stop do they? Ransomware has been around for a while, since about 2004, but some security companies are stating that the attacks are on the rise, and becoming increasingly sophisticated. (more…)

Adwords antics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday July 26, 2006 )

Have you accessed your Google Adwords account recently and found that your once stable listings are now tagged with “Inactive for search – Increase quality or bid $x.xx to activate”?

You’re certainly not alone. (more…)

Testing your VoIP

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday July 25, 2006 )

This is an interesting little online application. I use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) extensively these days for marketing purposes or for calling colleagues and clients.

Overall, the system I use works very well, especially given that it only cost me (more…)

End of phishing emails in sight?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday July 24, 2006 )

New research from the Carnegie Mellon University is pointing to a more effective solution for filtering out the vast majority of phishing emails possibly being available soon. (more…)

Domain research hijacking?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday July 22, 2006 )

If it’s true, then this really reeks. Have you ever queried a domain name to see if it’s available, found it to be, then come back to register it a short while later only to be find it’s been taken?

There may be more to it than just coincidence in some instances. (more…)

Before you click that link..

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday July 21, 2006 )

Ever run a search and seen some listings that you’re itching to click on, but something tells you that they could be sites containing malicious code? Perhaps you’ve been caught out before by clicking on a seemingly innocuous link only to find you land on a site that tries to install malware on your computer?

You can take some of the guesswork and danger out of your surfing with a new free online service (more…)

Blogging and accountability

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday July 20, 2006 )

Ah, a keyboard, a blog, half a dozen whiskeys. It’s a recipe for disaster for many bloggers in relation to their employment – and sometimes the whiskey isn’t even required :) (more…)

New “digg this” linking method

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday July 19, 2006 )

Now that digg, the highly popular user driven social content website, has expanded beyond covering the topics of Technology and added new categories – Science, World & Business, Entertainment, Video, and Gaming; getting “Dugg” is becoming appealing to many more site owners.

What’s the attraction? (more…)

Many businesses still without a site

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday July 18, 2006 )

If you provide web development or related services, here’s some good news.

I was quite surprised to learn from a recent survey that 30% of small businesses (those with up to 19 employees) still don’t have a web site. It’s the sort of figure I would have expected from (more…)

Domain name renewals – a lesson.

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday July 17, 2006 )

A rather costly mistake on my part has spurred me on to write this article in the hope it may save others some serious cash and headaches.

If you own multiple domain names, it can be a bit of a challenge keeping track of when their registration renewals are due. Most registrars provide multiple notifications well in advance which is great; but (more…)