Personal Security in the Social Networking Environment

Social Networking has spread like wildfire, and many of these sites are still gathering hordes of new members every day.

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Tagged, LinkedIn, YouTube and many others are an automatic must view every time many people sign on to the internet. How safe is your personal information on social networking sites?

Many of these 2.0 web destinations have a common theme, they encourage the sharing of information in one form or another with authorized followers. Granted a lot of the information people share is not harmful, though some can turn out to be very harmful, consider the following

  • The Lori Drew case, where Lori established a false online profile with the intent of bullying her daughters online rival. The rival ended up committing suicide. Lori is in prison. How many other cases like this are out there?
  • Some users make the bad guys job just too easy, by posting things like their social security number in their profile, or even when they register, these sites have no need for your social security number.

These examples are similar in that they are common mistakes.

  • Some things that get posted seem to be very innocent and not dangerous. A recent burglary was facilitated by a young woman who posted her plans to go out one evening on her social networking page. While she was gone thieves broke into her apartment and stop more than $ 10,000 worth of electronic and other equipment. Luckily they overlooked the CCTV equipment that recorded their actions, when the police released the video to the news media one of the young woman's followers recognized the thieves as other registered followers who she knew from high school. This particular incident turned out okay, just imagine though what could have happened if the young woman had come back to her apartment while the thieves were still there!

The above incidents point out some of the things you need to be careful about when interacting with social networks. Aside for authorized followers being able to access the info you post. Think about every way you interact, for example;

  • There are reports of hackers getting into social networking member files and finding information that can help the identify users.
  • A newer attack is the posted false false that attract followers, then the persons behind those profiles will solicit information from those followers.

So what are some of the steps you should take to stay safe on social networking sites?

  • Be careful of what information you provide on profile pages as well on your own page. Your age or birth date, your social security number, your location, your phone number, your email address, your job, your friends or family names, your photo, all could have been used to find information about your real identity.
  • Do not post information about your schedule schedule, your vacation schedule, even your work schedule, if a potential bad guy gets that kind of information, they will know when you are not home.
  • Never respond to invitations to share user names or passwords.
  • Be careful about exposing any personal information unless you know exactly who you are interacting with.

Watches With GPS – Garmin Forerunner Advanced Workouts

Watches with GPS are perhaps one of the more sophisticated innovations in performance and fitness tools to have hit the market recently. Sports Watches that features GPS are useful for any athlete who is involved in running, cycling, rowing and other motion sports.

GPS watches can track your pace, speed, distance traveled and can plot your course on a map. The most advanced offer a suite of fitness functions that cater to almost any athlete’s demands.

The most popular GPS sports watches are currently Garmin’s Forerunner line.

Garmin have just released two new upgrades to their most popular models, the Forerunner 405CX (supersedes the Forerunner 405) and the 310XT (supersedes the Forerunner 305).

Perhaps one of the reasons why the Forerunner watches have become such a hit amongst athletes is the strength of it’s fitness features. Forerunner sports modes like “Workouts”, allow athletes the ability to create just about any combination of structured training session one can imagine. The watch’s display can also be heavily customized to show read-outs that include just about any real-time field possible, with the option of cycling through several pages of data-fields in mid session.

The Forerunner workout types include advanced and simple workouts, heart rate and interval workouts. The workouts allow the creation of a structured work out including warm-up, cool-down and in some cases intervals.

The Advanced workout feature is very much like the feature name suggests – it is a watch mode that allows the creation of complex sessions. Unlike the other types of workouts, Advanced workouts structures the workout in a series of steps. Goals at each stage can be configured and the sessions scheduled in the watch’s calendar. The watch will issue a reminder when your schedule for the day is due.

The advanced workout features is handy in the gym, when you might be switching between a number of different apparatus or could be used to create a loosely structure Fartlek running sessions.

The Forerunner will display the name of each step during a current workout, your goal if you have set one and all other relevant workout data. As you near the end of a step, an alarm counts down until the next step begins. The LAP/RESET button can be pressed to end an advanced workout early.

How to Select the Best Mobile Payment Application

Mobile point-of-sale (POS) solutions enable merchants to accept credit card payments where it is most convenient for their customers. Mobile payments allow merchants to accept and process credit card payments in the aisle, outside the store or anyplace customers prefer to pay. Small business owners or large enterprise merchants with a mobile sales team or non-traditional storefronts can expand their business and increase revenue by accepting mobile credit card payments using their existing smart phone.

Mobile POS systems are setting a new standard in convenience and are easy to implement and support. Merchants equipped with an iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile or Google Android device can submit, authorize and settle transactions quickly and securely.

Mobile POS systems offer several advantages:

  • Decrease Processing Cost- Merchant can lower their processing cost by using a single merchant account to accept retail and mobile payments.
  • Customer Satisfaction- Improve the customer experience by offering multiple payment options.
  • Flexibility- Mobile transactions allow merchants to take your storefront anywhere you go.
  • Stability and Reliability- Mobile POS software rivals those of the largest e-commerce, trading, and portal Web sites. Mobile POS applications can handle millions of transactions every month.

Lower Entry Cost

Considering that most people would rather lose their wallet than misplace their cell phone, it comes as no surprise that the mobile platform is quickly becoming a new payment option for small business owners. For many, our cell phone never leaves our side. It maintains its place at the dinner table, is easily accessible on your belt clip or in your pocket, and often, somehow it even manages to end up sharing your pillow at night. Today, cost conscience merchants can accept credit card payments without purchase traditional point-of-sale equipment or paying for expensive system customizations.

Market Expansion

Mobile POS solutions are priced for the small business owner and independent sales representative. Merchants can purchase a quality smart phone payment application from $0-$29.95. Questions to ask your mobile payment provider:

· Is the mobile application PCI compliant?

· Does the application support both small and large payments?

· Does the system require a payment gateway service? If so, recognize payment gateways require an additional recurring monthly fee.

· Does the application support swipe and non swipe transactions? Swipe transactions provide lower processing fees.

· What card readers are supported?

· Does the card reader support data encryption?

· Does your system provide online statements for viewing customer transactions?

· What mobile phones are supported?

· Does the system ensure no customer payment information is stored on the cell phone?

· What are all the fees associated with accepting payment?

· How quickly are customer payments funded to the merchant’s bank account?

· What is the license agreement? Specifically can the merchant load the mobile payment application on multiple devices?

We’ll undoubtedly see many mobile application providers come out of the woodwork as the industry matures. However, merchants should look for a mobile payment provider with multiple years of experience in the payment processing industry.

Top Mobile Payment Applications

1. MobileAuthorize (Google Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iTouch, Windows Mobile)

2. iPayPOS (iPhone)

3. RoadMerchant (BlackBerry)

4. MobileMerchant (iPhone, Windows Mobile)

Affiliate Marketing Review Articles – How To Make Money

Let’s quickly go over how you can use affiliate marketing review articles to make money. This is a strategy that successful affiliate marketers are using to make a lot of money every month as an affiliate marketer.

1. Buy the affiliate product. This makes sense because how can you write a review if you don’t personally know about the product?

We are not talking about reading a website and then re-writing the sales page. We are talking about using firsthand experience of on an affiliate product that you believe in.

2. Write an honest review. Your readers will believe you more if you include both positives and negatives about the affiliate product you are writing about.

Chances are the negatives will be small in number, but there will be some. You do not want to dwell on these, but you do need to list them.

Your review should provide an objective opinion about what you have found on the affiliate product you are reviewing.

3. Submit your review articles to online article directories. This is where readers will read your review. Search engines can also find these articles in the review sections and use those pages in their search engine results.

4. Add your review to your blog. If you do not have a blog you should set one up.

Then bookmark your blog articles into social directories where search engines and readers can find them as well.

This is a good strategy for making money as an affiliate marketer. Writing affiliate marketing review articles is a proven winning tactic for increasing your sales.