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The second last edition for the year and what a year it's been! At the beginning of 2002, Taming the Beast.net was getting around 42 000 visitor a month, this month has seen approximately 300,000 visitors to our humble home!
Our thanks goes out to all the people who have dropped by, especially those who keep coming back :0). I really appreciate all the positive and constructive feedback you send me, keep it rolling in!
Virus, Fraud & Script Kiddies Fiesta
We're coming up to the end of the year and all the associated festivities that come with it; please bear in mind that it's also fiesta time for Script Kiddies, fraudsters and virus attacks. It's especially important over the next few months that you keep your virus scanners up to date and re-examine your computer/web site security. If you are looking for further information on these subjects, check out our Internet Security section:
Holiday Online Spending
An interesting report was released from CyberAtlas this week, detailing compiled information on spending trends this holiday season. It seems that online spending is up on last year already and the most popular gift items for this season will be, in order of popularity:
To view the full report:
The Internet - more fragile than we think
When I was supervising an IT project in 2000, one of the team who was well versed on Internet infrastructure and network security brought to my attention that the Internet was not as solid as we may like to believe it is.
He mentioned that while the Internet was meant to be a decentralized network of computer systems and not reliant on any one system for it's survival, as the Internet has evolved it's become increasingly reliant on core systems. I was reminded of this the other day in this article recently published by the BBC:
Extra food for thought in these troubled times....
Free web site statistics services
Knowing your web site demographics is a very important part of marketing. I've been out and about again looking at different free web site traffic reporting services - decent ones are getting harder to find! The web isn't quite the free lunch it was a couple of years ago. If you are looking for free web traffic reporting or premium full strength services, this may interest you:
Latest articles, reviews and tutorials:
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Summary - Anti-fraud strategies for merchants (updated).
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That's about it for this edition of our ezine. We appreciate your feedback and ideas so be sure to drop us a line if there's a subject you would like to see us cover or another feature that you would like to see on our site!
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