2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

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Tips For protecting customer data

Clearly, antivirus, firewall and other security technologies aren’t enough. Companies need to think carefully about how and where they are storing customer data, who has access to it, and how to prevent prying eyes from stealing the data and sharing it with other cybercriminals and manipulating customers with e-mail phishing attacks.

1: Limit access to customer PII
Companies today have an open culture when it comes to data. But that policy shouldn’t be consistent across all data types, particularly personally identifiable information, or PII. In our company, we recently reviewed who has access to our customer database and noticed that not all of the authorized users needed access to certain types of data. As a result, we have pared down access to just a few employees.

2. Bulletproof your security software and your network
Protect customer data as you would financial data. Organizations can refer to publicly available guidelines, such as those published by the PCI Security Standards Council. You should encrypt all of your customer information at the database level to avoid unauthorized users from hacking into your accounts. You may want to consider Tokenization, which is a higher level of security. Often used for e-commerce transactions, including credit card data, tokenization replaces sensitive data with unique identification symbols so that PII stays out of the data stream.

Another option is to deploy anti-phishing software, which can secure the e-mail channel by blocking malicious e-mail messages purporting to be from you. The software does this by checking for proper e-mail authentication and issuing alerts when fraudulent activity is detected. These are just a few examples of the kind of security protections you need for customer data. A third-party security audit of your systems and processes can evaluate your infrastructure, provide recommendations and issue annual certifications.

3. Require that partners and vendors with access to customer data also have the best available protection
Agencies, software firms and e-mail service providers should have the same (if not better) controls as your company. For instance, if you use a marketing automation solution for campaign generation and tracking, your provider should require IP address blocking so that only users from within your firewall can access customer data and e-mail addresses. External IP addresses will be locked out if they obtain passwords and attempt to log in to a customer database.

If any of your partners stores customer data for you, understand exactly how they are securing their information systems and handling access control.

4. Get the help of a lawyer
If a breach occurs, your company could be on the line for thousands or millions of dollars in lawsuits and other fees to your customers. What type of protections can you build into your services to prevent financial disaster and what guarantees do you need to provide to customers if their data is compromised, lost, or stolen? This also applies to your marketing vendors. What are their obligations if a breach occurs in their systems? This could include legal fees and other financial penalties. Have your lawyer draft the appropriate language for your Web site, customer documentation and vendor contracts.

5. Educate your employees
Developing policies and providing regular training for employees handling customer data is imperative. Consider adding internal security measures to protect against the possibility of social hacking incidents. These are situations in which, for example, an employee who has access to your data has the account password stolen.

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Phelps back to home

Record-setting swimmer Michael Phelps has satisfied some of his hunger for Americana since returning to the United States from his Olympic triumphs in China but has one special rendezvous he is looking forward to.Phelps, who touched down on Wednesday after winning an unparalleled eight gold medals in the pool in Beijing, has already chatted with Tiger Woods, done the rounds of morning TV chat shows and sampled some quintessential cuisine.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

“It’s a good feeling to be back on American soil,” Phelps said on Thursday at a presentation of a grant to fund a Manhattan YMCA’s second grade swimming program, where every movement of the 14-time gold medalist in the pool brought choruses of “ooh’s” and “ah’s” from the children in the water. Phelps appeared at the YMCA to present a cheque of $20,000 from Visa to support youth swimming programs.Phelps has already done some hobnobbing, had his photographic portrait hung in the National Gallery and has more of the celebrity life lined up.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

“I was at the launch of Tiger’s new (video golf) game last night. Being able to talk to him just for a little bit. He was saying how proud he was, congratulations,” said Phelps, who joked about how he could use lessons to help his golf.A week from Saturday he will host the season-opening edition of the Saturday Night Live TV comedy show. “It’s going to be interesting. I hope I’m literally not a fish out of water on that one,” said Phelps. “I’m already getting a hard time from some of my friends about it.”Phelps is also set to make a cameo appearance in the hit TV series ‘Entourage’, where he will be seen with Kevin Connolly.The Olympic swimmer said he was looking forward to getting home. “Once I get back to Baltimore I want to see my dog. I miss the little guy,” Phelps said about his white and black English bulldog named Herman, who he has not seen in a few months. “I’m just hoping he remembers me when I see him.”

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Google is going to launch its browser “Google Chrome”

Ya you are hearing correct, now the internet search giant Google has finally made its much-rumoured entry in the browser space. After the latest releases by Mozilla (Firefox 3) and Microsoft (IE 8 beta 2), here comes Google browser Chrome.

Google's Browser Chrome

Google's Browser Chrome

Designed to better handle video-rich or other complex Web programmes, Chrome poses a tough challenge to browsers designed originally to handle text and graphics. Google calls the move “a fresh take on the browser” and said that it will be introducing a public trial for Microsoft Corp Windows users starting September 2.The software, which is in beta, will be distributed for free to PC users in over 100 countries via Google’s blog. The Internet search leader is also working on versions for Apple Macintosh and Linux users.

Lets take a look at the various features of this browser:

1.Special Tabs:Instead of traditional tabs like those seen in Firefox or Internet Explorer, Chrome puts the tab buttons on the upper side of the window, not below the address bar.Web programmes can be launched in their own dedicated windows.This will definitely change the look and feel of this browser in comparison to other browser.

2.Speed Dial:As a default homepage, the browser offers a “speed dial” feature, similar to the one in Opera browser. This gives users a view of their most visited Web pages in 9 screenshot thumbnails.Similarly, users can also view some of their recent searches, recently bookmarked pages and recently closed tabs.

3.Privacy Mode:Like IE8 Beta 2, Chrome also comes with privacy mode or porn mode feature. This mode lets users create an “incognito” window where “nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged onto your computer.”This is a read-only feature with access to one’s bookmarks or favorite sites.

4.Address Bar:The browser has an address bar ‘omnibox’ with auto-completion features. It offers search suggestions, top pages that a user visited and pages he didn’t visit but are popular.The omnibox (“omni” is a prefix meaning “all”, as in “omniscient” – “all-knowing”) also gives suggests searches. The browser’s search blank keeps a track of keywords in a users’ previous visit, allowing one to type in, say, “cellphone” to pull up any web pages he visited recently that pertained to cellphones, say Nokia.

5.Security:For safe browsing experience, Chrome will regularly keep on downloading a list of harmful sites. This is the Internet search giant’s attempt to fight malware and phishing attacks.Google also promises that whatever will run in a tab will be filtered so that it doesn’t affect user’s machine.However, users who install plugins may loose this security feature.

6.Multitasking:The browser supports multi-tasking. Just like in a typical operating system each application is given its own memory and its own copy of global data structures. Applications will launch in their own windows so that if one should hang or crash it won’t affect the others.This will also prevent the whole browser from crashing because it’s essentially been partitioned off.

8.Java Script Virtual machine V8:Google Chrome has a new engine for loading interactive JavaScript code, dubbed V8, which is designed to run the next generation of future Web applications. V8 will speed up JavaScript performance in the browser.

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Indian athletes cannot respect most officials: Bindra

Hello friends in this post i am going to told you about what Abhinav Bindra’s thinks about other athletes of India and what are the issues where Abhinav Bindra thinking did not matched with other athletes.
In an interview given to The Times of India he said, “Indian athletes have no respect for most officials”,he also added they have to be on good terms because one needs to survive. But most officials, and many of the so-called coaches who travel with the shooting team, know nothing about the sport. The athletes don’t talk about this because their careers are at stake. And the officials unfortunately don’t care.”He gave another insight into why Indian sports was in a mess, letting slip in the middle of a discussion that he flew to Beijing from Germany, where he had gone for training, on his own expense! “Though part of the expense of my training in Germany was funded by the government, the IOA refused to give me a ticket from Germany to China.

Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra

They said I had to first come back to India and I could get a ticket from here.The stunning disclosure by Abhinav Bindra that he paid for his own ticket to Beijing, unfortunately doesn’t really come as a surprise. Although he did not say it in as many words, the revelation told an eloquent story of the usual uncaring, bureaucratic sports officialdom. He did, however, say the current official set-up should be replaced with a professional body for each sport, headed by a CEO, who would be given targets. In other words, accountability could ensure brighter results.On the behavior of media he said that, the media’s obsession with cricket clearly touches a raw nerve with Bindra. “Why not just rename the sports pages ‘cricket pages’? In Australia, other sports like rugby are given as much importance as cricket, and Australia is a great cricketing nation. On answering a question of Times of India he said, We wanted to know what it would take to make India’s sporting power. Bindra didn’t have pat answers. “I have no magic solution,” he said. But he certainly knew that the current system was rotten and it would not create the transformation.

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Hurricane Gustav reaches US coast

Here is a bad news for all the US because the outer edge of Hurricane Gustav reached the US Gulf of Mexico coast early Monday, with rain and tropical storm force winds beginning to lash New Orleans said by an official of US National Hurricane Centre.The outer edge of the storm is already over the Mississippi Delta and going in toward New Orleans now, according to radar,” centre meteorologist Patricia Wallace said.Nearly two million people have fled the state of Louisiana ahead of the hurricane in what is being called the largest evacuation in US history, and officials have shut down the area’s vital oil production facilities.

Hurricane Gustav reaches US coast

Hurricane Gustav reaches US coast

Hurricane Gustav reaches US coast

Hurricane Gustav reaches US coast

Reports of power outages in eastern portions of New Orleans began after wind and rain began hitting the city late Sunday.However, Gustav’s eye was not expected to make landfall until early afternoon on Monday.At 0300 GMT, the eye was located 220 miles (360 kilometres) southeast of New Orleans and moving northwest at 16 miles (26 kilometres) an hour.However, the hurricane had a wide swing, with tropical storm force winds extending as far as 220 miles (350 kilometres) outward, the centre said in its advisory.Still a category three hurricane, Gustav packed sustained winds of 115 miles (185 kilometres) per hour.Forecasters predicted a slight strengthening before landfall, but Gustav was expected to stay at category three for the rest of its journey across of the Gulf of Mexico.

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