Those who are vigilant and informed strive to Hold Net Neutrality in place during Government Negotiations

100+ major tech companies have voiced some opposition in defense from a new proposal from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler that would make concessions to a “pay to play” model of network management; which would allow ISPs to charge companies for preferential treatment.

These new rules, which are supposed to be voted on May 15, are anticipated to make a major stand against “net neutrality,” which is the idea of a level playing field for all: ISPs should treat all data that travels over their networks equally.

The good principled proposal by Wheeler, a former government lobbyist has been opposed in writing by the likes of Google, Reddit, Facebook, Amazon, and others. The proposal reads that the FCC should *not* permit “individualized bargaining and discrimination.”

The Open Internet Order, a prior attempt by the FCC to set forth regulations in favor of net neutrality, was shot down in January by a federal court that stated that it exceeded the FCC’s authority.

Companies to Let You Know When Government Requests for Your Data

Date posted: May 6th , 2014

An increased number of big tech companies are denying compliance with government with regard to personal data by updating their terms and conditions and other policies.

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News that raises concern

Washington Post has published that many businesses such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft will be notifying their users when their personal data will be asked by the government. They are changing their company policies to suit this. They would comply with such requests only if a judge or other agencies to do so secretly.

 

Many of the protectors of law are concerned that these moves of the company will intimate the criminals before hand and they will try to destroy the evidence of the crimes committed. The government can loose important information on the case. But they need to know that it is criminal and not just on the part of the government to spy on their citizens seeking their personal information.

Even Homeland Security Says Not to Use Internet Explorer

Homeland Security Advises Not to Use Internet Explorer

It’s very tremendous to come to know about Internet Explorer. Even the government of the United States do not like to use IE until they get a new browser that does not have any problem.

The version that brings the problem is version 6 and beyond. These versions enable people with malicious intentions to get into a PC through a bad website. The security firm that deals with these issues is known as “Operation Clandestine Fox” by the Fireeye. The threat is true and is dangerous.

The department of Homeland Security in the United States issued security alerts to computer software many times. But this time they acted differently. Multiple number of agencies of the government use IE versions.

We advise users to use another internet browser until a new official update is available.

Microsoft’s schedule will be available until May 13. The company may release an unscheduled update before this date. If you use an unsupported form of Windows such as Windows XP, you’ll not get any update.

And, if you’re looking for hassle free things, choosing Mozilla Firefox could be an optimal solution.

 

Google claims not to change the search results to make more money

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Google claims not to change the search results to make more money

According to Matt Cutts, buying or not buying Google AdWords ads has no positive or negative impact on the rankings of your website. He also says that Google does not make changes to the organic algorithms to encourage people to buy ads.

Given the fact that Google’s result often only show paid ads in the visible area of the search results (i.e. you have to scroll to see the regular results), it seems that this statement of Matt Cutts is not entirely true.

There is no secret way to get in the search results

Matt Cutts says that there is a pattern that he often sees in SEO forums: Someone suggests a specific tactic will lead to high rankings on Google and then everyone follows.

For example, someone says that it is easy to get high rankings through article directories. Half a year later, people will move on from article directories to guest blogging, then to link wheels, and so on.

Matt Cutts says that someone who found a loophole wouldn’t post it in a forum. Instead, he would exploit it to make as much money of it as possible.

You can view the full video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ9Xt5PohgU

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How to get your website in Google’s search results

Getting in Google’s search results isn’t rocket science. You don’t need special tricks or secrets to get your website ranked. You also don’t have to hire ‘experts’ who will charge you thousands of dollar per month.

For PPC or SEM (Pay Per Click or Search Engine Marketing) Contact 4GoodHosting. More information at this link:

http://4goodhosting.com/seo-services.html

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Why SEO is often better than paid search marketing

Paid search marketing is a quick and easy way to get listed on Google and other search engines for keywords that are related to your business. Unfortunately, paid search marketing is also very expensive. Search engine optimization (SEO) can help you to save money while getting more targeted visitors at the same time.


What is the difference between SEO and paid search marketing?

SEO (search engine optimization) concentrates on the regular “organic” results on Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines. If your website is listed in the regular results, you don’t have to pay for each click.

If you use paid search marketing to advertise your website on search engines, you pay for every click. Your website will appear in the “sponsored results” section of the search results page.

First SEO advantage: it provides lasting results

Paid search marketing is great because it provides quick results. You will get the first visitors minutes after the launch of your paid search campaign. Unfortunately, you won’t get any more visitors as soon as you stop paying.

To achieve high rankings in the organic search results, you have to develop good web pages and good links that point to your site. It takes much longer to get high rankings with SEO. Fortunately, most websites keep their rankings for a long time.

Heartbleed Bug: A Vulnerability in OpenSSL Cryptographic Software Library

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What is Heartbleed bug?

A heartbleed bug is one of the biggest and serious threats on the Internet. It’s a vulnerability in popular OpenSSL cryptographic library. OpenSSL is a widely used execution of suite of security protocols known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) that helps in encrypting the traffic when surfing the Web.

Each time when you send and receive data online or do online an transaction, there will be chance of sending your data through an SSL. You can check if your sending your data through SSL by a “https” with a green indicator or a lock icon in address bar. Some VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and email, chat programs will also use the systems that are tied to OpenSSL for transmitting communications and data in a secured way.

Heartbleed bug is terrifying and unique because it allows anyone to access a computer system memory and read all data (including confidential data), which is protected by vulnerable version of OpenSSL software.

 

What effect it causes?

As per, Sam Kottler, a software engineer has worked on numerous open source security and systems management projects (and once worked at Digg), “Anything that you wouldn’t want an ‘Internet bad guy’ to see is Cityfied vulnerable on sites using unpatched versions of OpenSSL.”

Things like banking information, credit card data, passwords and titillating personal photos are possibly vulnerable. Essentially, everything that you do on the Internet.

 

Is my data compromised?

It is purely on site-by-site basis and we can’t say whether your data are compromised or not. Responsible organizations or sites will inform you if they believe that any of your data has been compromised.

From your end, be very careful while opening emails and look out for phishing scams. Keep close attention to notifications from credit card companies, internet services and banks and follow security requests if they make any.

 

Do, I need to change passwords? If it is so, when?

As far as 4GoodHosting servers are concerned, we have fixed the problem. As the software is widespread, it will take some time for fixing the roll out across web.

If you have any queries, you can always easily open a support ticket at support@4GoodHosting.com

 

If you have any questions, you can always easily open a support ticket at support@4GoodHosting.com

Four reasons why SEO seems hard (although it isn’t)

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All website owners need more traffic and more sales. Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the best ways to reach these goals. Many people lose a lot of money because they don’t invest as much in SEO as they should.

They are afraid that SEO is too difficult or not suitable for their company. Here are four reasons why SEO seems hard to some people although it isn’t.

Reason 1: ” I don’t know how to optimize my website “

Search engine optimization seems complex when you start. It’s normal that beginners are confused and uncertain.

Fortunately, SEO isn’t rocket science. Reading a step-by-step SEO tutorial will familiarize you with the basic concepts of search engine optimization.

Even if you plan to hire an SEO agency you should read such a tutorial. If you have a better knowledge, you can judge the level of expertise of the agency that you hire.

comScore’s February 2014 Statistics on U.S. Search Engine Market Score

search-engine-market-sharecomScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) published a monthly analysis of the US search market for February 2014. Following are the key points and the figures correspond to the number of explicit core searches.

• Google’s sites topped the list with 67.5% (11.9 billion).
• Microsoft scored 18.4 % (3.3 billion)
• Yahoo sites’ scored 10.3 % (1.8 billion).
• Ask Network scored 2.4 % (431 million).
• AOL, Inc. earned 1.3 % (235 million).

In terms of change in points (when compared to January 2014), only Microsoft’s sites showed a positive change (up 0.1 %). Google and Yahoo! had a negative change – 0.1 % each.
Ask Network and AOL, Inc. showed no change.

In terms of percentage change (when compared to January 2014), following were the scores – all had negative scores.
• Google’s sites: -10 %
• Microsoft’s sites: -9 %
• Yahoo Sites: -10 %
• Ask Network: -10 %
• AOL, Inc.: -7 %

According to comScore, an explicit search involves “user engagement with a search service with the intent to retrieve search results.”

And “Explicit Core Search” does not take into consideration ‘contextually driven searches’. Contextually driven searches do not reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.

As for organic search results, Google’s score was 69.0 % of the total number of searches and Bing had 27.0 %.

About comScore
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in digital measurement and analytics, presents insights on web, mobile and TV consumer behavior to help clients maximize the value of their digital investments. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.

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Know the Three Popular Cheap SEO Services and Their Risks

Now-a-days many businesses are hiring cheap SEO services to cut down costs. But, by hiring cheap SEO services does it really make any sense to use these services and do these SEO firms offer search engine optimization?

If you really see, there are many ways to get SEO done at a low price. Read the article to know the most popular cheap SEO services.

1. The CMS (content management system) vendor and the hosting company
Some CMS vendors and the hosting companies will add ‘SEO’ services in their packages. These packages will include automated tools which inserts code and keywords on the web pages and, then these services will submit your website to search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.

2. Someone who is good with computers
You may know someone’s son/cousin/nephew who is really good with computers, and they may help you with SEO on your website. This will save your money because they don’t charge much.

Google’s “Disavow links” Tool: Points to consider

Google’s “disavow links” is a useful tool. It helps you improve the ranking of your website in Google search results. However, there are exceptions: this tool can affect your search results adversely if you do not use it with proper caution. We have listed here a few things that you should know about Google’s “disavow tools”.

“Nofollow links” need not be disavowed
Google’s rankings of a website and other linked pages is not affected by nofollow links. Hence, there is no need for you to add these links in the disavow links file you send to Google.