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Identify and Prevent Potential Cyber-threats
Identify and Prevent Potential Cyber-threats

Become the white hat who helps safeguard our interconnected world. Transform your career future by earning your MS in Cybersecurity. WGU’s MSCSIA degree program was designed in collaboration with national intelligence organizations and IT industry leaders.

Google has recently stated that they'll prevent 'tech support' services from advertising through Google Ads (ie. Adwords):
https://www.blog.google/products/ads/restricting-ads-third-party-tech-support-services/

A few Google Searches in, I'm not seeing that they're being very restrictive in this:

tech support searches
Hopefully at the very least they're starting by restricting display ads that tell you your drivers are out of date.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
That’s why in the coming months, we will roll out a verification program to ensure that only legitimate providers of third-party tech support can use our platform to reach consumers.

They must have read Craig's post https://www.experts-exchange.com/discussions/221179/Strategic-Adjustment-Next-Steps-for-Experts-Exchange.html

Verified Expert to indicate those who have proven themselves to be outstanding and well-known in their field
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by:Lucas Bishop
Craig's reach is inspiring.
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25 development practices our NodeJS developers follow

Node.js, a JavaScript runtime built on Google V8 JavaScript engine employs an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes way for lightweight and efficient web applications. This blog introduces you to some 25 of best of its practices.
Read more : https://goo.gl/yKZmu2
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Google’s “duplex” AI system for voice recognition and natural language responses is pretty amazing. The phone call snippets here don’t even sound like you’re talking to a bot:

https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/duplex-ai-system-for-natural-conversation.html
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When Google identifies that your business provides a good user experience, but they'd rather not send visitors to you:
 google ranks their own speed test over a branded term
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by:Andrew Leniart
On the plus side, there's no adds on the Speedtest result from Measurement Lab. I think I may actually prefer it to Ookla lol.

I take your point about searching for speedtest.net and ending up with a top result of measurementlab.net though :-)

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by:Lucas Bishop
It's actually Googles native speed test app, they share your IP and test results with M-lab:
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6283840?p=speedtest&visit_id=1-636604760925218247-3749166768&rd=1

They're literally ranking their own tool higher, than their competitor, for an exact match on their competitor's brand name.
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Why Laravel is best PHP framework for web development  

As per Google Trends, Stack Overflow Trends, and stars on GitHub, Laravel is not only the most popular PHP framework, it also beats the competition by a substantial margin. The trend has been found in most of the world with India, The US, and China taking the lead.


Read more:  https://goo.gl/LoFKuo
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Google is promoting a new tool they've created for publishers, which appears to be a paywall service for ad-block users:
https://www.blog.google/topics/ads/helping-publishers-recover-lost-revenue-ad-blocking/

One of the more strict settings they support is essentially a hybrid of the WSJ model:
a message that blocks access to content until the visitor chooses to allow ads on the site, or to pay to access the content with either the site’s proprietary subscription service or a pass that removes all ads on that site through Google Contributor.

Here's the site dedicated to this service:
https://contributor.google.com/v/beta
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by:Kyle Santos
Wow.
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by:Anna Everson
Not bad at all
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If you want to enter a check or x mark in google sheets the following =char(10004)in the cell this will create a check mark and =char(10008)will create a x no idea what is behind this, but this is how it works
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gSuite help is still terrible.

I have several comments about how using paid support for Office 365 is far superior to the experience using gSuite including my comment on this article from 2015.

Yesterday's call to gSuite support reconfirms.  Problem is a user wants to have access to Android apps on his new Google Pixelbook. Going to settings on the Pixelbook to enable the feature is grayed out.  A call to Pixelbook support confirmed the issue is the user is a member of a business gSuite account and there is a feature that has to be turned on.  I was directed to call into gSuite. Calling gSuite support is about as helpful as talking to my 2 year old niece. The gSuite tech acted as if he had no knowledge of a Pixelbook. I had to explain several times it was a product of his own company. Even going down the Chromebook route didn't help. He could simply point to turning on a feature that was already set. Otherwise, I would have to call the Pixelbook Support.

I have called into office 365 support for many issues. Sometimes the issue went beyond the scope of what the tech should have helped for their own silo, but they still were able to spend 30 to 60 minutes on the phone to solve the issue with great patience and product knowledge.

After the sale support many times goes unnoticed or untested.  When evaluating a service or software, I will call in…
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
Thanks for the nudge Andrew.  Perhaps I will do just that.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Please do Scott. I'll be more than happy to edit and get it published for you.

I think a lot of people may benefit from your experiences, and it may just be the push Google needs to provide some decent support.
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Defend Against the Q2 Top Security Threats
Defend Against the Q2 Top Security Threats

Were you aware that overall malware worldwide was down a surprising 42% from Q1'18? Every quarter, the WatchGuard Threat Lab releases an Internet Security Report that analyzes the top threat trends impacting companies worldwide. Learn more by viewing our on-demand webinar today!

Though I've always had FireFox installed, Google Chrome has been my default browser for quite some time now.  For the last few hours, I've been using the latest release of Firefox. It wouldn' update properly for me so I uninstalled and reinstalled. I must say I'm impressed so far. Browsing speed has definitely improved, all my add-ons still work.  I've just made it default browser for a while.. will be interesting to see Google's answer to this release :)

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by:Andrew Leniart
Well that was a short Trial.  If you have the grammarly.com extension enabled in Firefox v58.0 (64 bit), the formatting toolbar dissapears when you try to answer questions or do anything else on Experts Exchange.

I rely on that extension, so until it's fixed, back to Chrome I go :)
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More key findings from the Spectre and Meltdown patches.

Microsoft found that users running Windows 10 on newer chips (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPUs) should not notice any slowdowns. While there are some single-digit performance penalties, they are reflected in milliseconds.

On Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 on devices with older chips (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPUs), benchmark tests showed more significant penalties and users may actually notice a decrease in performance. On Windows 10, only some users should experience slowdowns, but on older versions of the operating system most users are expected to notice performance issues.

Azure cloud platform had not seen any noticeable performance impact. Some users may experience networking performance impact, but that can be addressed using the Azure Accelerated Networking feature.

Red Hat has also reported seeing measurable performance impact, ranging between 8 and 19 percent, for operations involving highly cached random memory.

Amazon said it had not observed any significant performance impact for the overwhelming majority of EC2 workloads, but some AWS customers have complained about degraded performance after the patches were applied starting with December.

Apple, which started performing tests after releasing updates in December, also said it had not seen any measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS.

Google also claimed to have observed negligible impact…
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I changed my computer's to download Windows Updates Automatically a few months ago, but I've never really trusted it.

Today my mistrust in counting on things to happen automatically was vindicated when I manually opened Windows Update to check manually for updates and promptly got a Windows Update Error 0x80070003

Windows 7 Action Centre, set to warn me if there was a problem with Automatic Updates, reported no problems.

After fixing the problem and getting Windows Updates to work again, (the standard fixes didn't work - a hotfix needed to be installed) it's now installing about ~700MB of critical updates that it just downloaded as I type.  

The moral of this post?

Don't trust automatic Windows updates!  In fact, don't trust Automatic anything. Use automated updating by all means, I even encourage it to all my clients, but periodically check to ensure that whatever you've set to update automatically is in fact, updating.  

According to a google search, the problem I just fixed on my Win 7 Pro 64bit system has been reported occurring on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 systems during December of 2017 and January of this year.  It seems to only happen on certain system configurations.

Just a heads up folks.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for your comments John.  For reference of any doubters, here is how my Windows Update Settings were (and continue to be) set on my Win 7 Pro 64 Bit System.

Windows Update settings
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by:John
That is how my own Windows 7 VM is set. But it is normally off. So when I started it late last week (monthly at least), and let it run for 5 minutes, it started downloading updates and then installed them. I only had to restart.
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Google just kickstarted the augmented reality stickers war - if you have a Pixel phone start sending AR stickers of Star Wars characters sitting in your office!

http://mashable.com/2017/12/11/google-launches-ar-stickers-pixel-phones/#pYlFdfU_nPqL
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As i search my company through google it show the below description as
''Your access to this site has been limited. Your access to this service has been temporarily limited. Please try again in a few minutes. (HTTP response code 503). Reason: Manual block by administrator. Important note for site admins: If you are the administrator of this website note that your access has been limited because ...'' please check this issue immediately

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by:Brian B
Hi Sujith. You have entered this as a post, but it looks like you are asking for help. To get the best response from the Experts, you should probably re-submit this as a question using the "ask a question" button at the top of the page, or this link: https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp

If you do ask a question, please post the link to it back here so others can find your question and help you more quickly.

Please see here for further details: http://support.experts-exchange.com/customer/portal/articles/756544-how-to-succeed-at-ee-as-an-asker
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Does anyone know if after downloading a Google data archive the data gets automatically deleted from my account (I want to keep my data online, I am not downloading because I want to leave google)
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by:Zaheer Iqbal
Data is kept unless you delete your account.
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by:Abraham Deutsch
Thank you for your help and quick response
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This Thanksgiving season, Experts Exchange is thankful for the many technologies that help us work smarter and live better. Check out our top 8 favorite daily products and services.
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One of my favorite things to do is play games. Seriously, I built an entire table from scratch for nothing other then to play and store my many games.

I also know new parents and veteran parents who are looking for more fun to have with their young children.

So when Google Announced that the Assistant, Home and Mini would be able to play games…I had to investigate.

Google breaks it down into these categories:

Learn Together
Have fun with your family and little ones with quizzes or learn things together.

Talk like a Chef (Hey Google, Play Talk like a Chef)
CK-12 EDU Trivia (Hey Google, talk to CK-12)
Space Trivia (Hey Google, play Space Trivia)
Study.com Quiz (Hey Google, talk to Study.com)
Homework Help (Hey Google, help me with my homework)
National Geographic Bee (Hey Google, talk to National Geographic Bee)
Trivia Showdown (Hey Google, talk to Trivia Showdown)
Math Showdown (Hey Google, talk to Math Showdown)
Everyday Hero (Hey Google, Talk to Everyday Heroes)
Talk Like an Astronaut (Hey Google, play Talk Like an Astronaut)
Sporcle Junior (Hey Google, talk to Sporcle Junior)
Planet Quiz (Hey Google, talk to Planet Quiz)
Quizziz (Hey Google, talk to Quizzizz Student)
Animal Trivia (Hey Google, play Animal Trivia)
Play Together
Have some digital fun with the family with these games, trivia and more!

Musical Chairs (Hey Google, play Musical Chairs)
Which DC Superhero are you most like? (Hey Google, what’s my Justice League superhero?)
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by:Brian B
IMHO, this might be good information for an article if you add a little more description.
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Has Powershell sent you back into the Stone Age?
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Has Powershell sent you back into the Stone Age?

If managing Active Directory using Windows Powershell® is making you feel like you stepped back in time, you are not alone.  For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why.

4 Important SEO Steps for Every Small Business Website

SEO can seem like a daunting process for many small business owners. You may not be sure what the most important SEO steps are for you to take. That depends upon your business’ goals, however, we do think that these 5 important SEO steps can help every small business.

Up the +1 and Like – Lots of small businesses use WordPress plugins and Facebook content boxes and such to make their blog posts easier. With the emphasis that search engines are placing on social signals, one way to get even more social juice is to add the native Google +1 button and the native Facebook Like or Share button to the main or secondary header sections on every page of your site. This way you can increase the odds of your homepage and other core pages accumulating more social signals over time. It’s easy to add this content to your webpages. You can get the code for the Google +1 button and Facebook button by clicking on the appropriate links.
social-media-optmization.jpg
Embed larger images. This isn’t technically an SEO move, but it can add to better engagement on social networks which will help your SEO. In fact, social signals are becoming crucial to improve your SEO. A recent Facebook redesign places a lot of emphasis on images on pages by displaying them fully across a post – if they meet certain size guidelines. The enlarged images make your post stand out on mobile devices as well as laptops and should be something you …
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Best Ways To Get Smarter With Your Content And SEO

Despite the many ways Google has changed the search game over the last five years, one truth remains: content is the vehicle that drives your consumer interactions, engagements, experiences and, ultimately, conversions.

However, only 41 percent of marketers think their organization is clear on what an effective or successful content marketing program looks like, according to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI).

Marketers aren’t just lacking confidence in their efforts; these are real and measurable deficits. In fact, only 20 percent of B2C and 50 percent of B2B content earns any engagement at all, my company’s research has found.

That’s a lot of wasted effort and resources invested in content that ends up just floating around the web, winning zero business benefit for its creators.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at content through the SMART lens. SMART is a goal-setting framework in which S stands for Specific, M for measurable, A for achievable, R for relevant and T for timely.

Below is my variation that explains how to apply search engine optimization (SEO) to your content within a SMART framework, giving you 14 concrete ways to make your marketing more effective and to win you more business.

S — Specific Content Wins Every Time
Content is not about what your marketing team wants to say. It is about providing insight and information that your audience actually wants to hear.

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WordPress Theme Selection.

This week I had one of my common client conversations. They'd downloaded some random theme from ThemeForest + paid some developer $1000s to create a new site for them.

They did this without vetting the theme, which had a backdoor built into it + the remaining code was of very poor quality.

One of my iron clad rules hosting client sites... I never install themes or plugins with backdoors... because Google has become draconian about dumping sites out of the index which are hacked. Since most of my hosting clients live by natural SEO results, getting dumped out of the index is unacceptable.

The first step of your WordPress theme selection process should be to run your theme through the Theme Check plugin + TAC plugin + verify no backdoors exist.

Taking this simple step, usually 30-60 seconds of time, will save you huge amounts of time + money in the long run.
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Documentation on Google's Developer Site was recently updated to specify that Googlebot's web rendering technology is based on Chrome version 41:
https://developers.google.com/search/docs/guides/rendering

So if you really want to see how your site looks to Googlebot, you'll need to go find an old installer. This could be really helpful for troubleshooting "Crawl Errors" you find in Search Console.
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Gmail just launched a physical Security Key access option, dubbed as Advanced Protection, for their service:
https://landing.google.com/advancedprotection/

You'll need to purchase two physical security keys to enroll in it.

Here is the announcement from their blog:
https://www.blog.google/topics/safety-security/googles-strongest-security-those-who-need-it-most/

Good to see a big email service provider taking security seriously, for 'personal' users.

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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
Good post. Because I am lazy, I made a request to have this type of thing save to my ee knowledgebase or browser bookmark.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/bugs/21366/Save-posts-to-knowledge-base-as-a-bookmark.html
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Has your access to vSphere Web Client (VCSA 6.5) crashed this morning with Shockwave Crashed, Google have released a sneaking update 27.0.0.170 to flash which causes Shockwave to crash when accessing VCSA 6.5.

Fix - delete 27.0.0.170 and put back an older version!

You can also read about it here

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2017/10/shockwave-flash-has-crashed-workaround-for-vsphere-web-flash-client.html
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by:patron
Thanks , now we did replaced the dll to get this working , further will wait for another version
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Chrome and Adobe have now been updated with a release version which works!
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