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The Difference Between Syncing and Backups

What’s the difference?

When you back-up your data, that is a different thing from syncing your data. A back-up is a copy used for safety and archiving.  It’s not supposed to change. When a glitch, breakdown, or an accident happens, you can revert or refer to a back-up to get the original, un-FUBAR’d copy of whatever it is you lost or was corrupted.

A back-up what you go back to in case something happens to your current set-up.  When you have a back-up strategy and keep you back-ups current, if something happens to your data today, you won’t lose much time recreating your data since you have a recent copy close by.

Syncing — keeping multiple copies stored and updated to current versions — is what you do so you can access the same data across computers and/or devices. When you’re synced, you can access the same data wherever you go, whatever you use. This helps people on the move keep their data updated whether they access it at home, on the go, or at work, as long as their devices are online.

Having a reliable back-up means that if you suffer the blue-screen of death or whatever mishap that takes your system down, versioning can help you roll-back to an un-infected or uncorrupted state. Having reliable syncing enabled means you’re updated wherever you are, whatever you use. Continue reading The Difference Between Syncing and Backups

How Much Do You Know About Digital Hygiene?

The fact that you’re scanning this proves that you have a device that connects you to the internet and lets you read on it. It doesn’t even have to be a personal computer, as the smartphone revolution has given billions of people access to the world wide web than ever before.

This means you have a digital device, a digital presence, and a digital foot-print. Whatever device you use — computer, tablet, phablet or smartphone — you have an internet connection and online accounts (email, social media) that lets you talk with other people. You probably have more than a few online profiles.

If you own an online business, even better. You have all that and pay for a domain name and registration, security certificates, and hosting for your website, as well as own business information, customer information, and mailing list data.

Data Storage Solutions, the original article that inspired this one, was written way back when flash drives were just starting to be a thing. To say that a lot has changed since then would be a massive understatement. Now more than ever, you have to be more digitally savvy of how to handle your on-line accounts and data resources.

On a universal level, security is vital. You protect your privacy and your data, it’s just common sense. Hackers can compromise your identity — not just your online persona, but your identity. They can hold your data hostage, or ruin your brand. One breach, and the integrity and security of your data can be devastated. Four words: credit-card identity theft. Which is just one example.

On the street there are ATM skimmers, online there are phishers, brute-force hackers, malware and ransomware.  On your side of the computer screen there’s, well — there’s you. When was the last time you checked if you had a strong password? Have you added 2-step authentication to all your important accounts? And get this — do you actually remember the answers to your security questions? Continue reading How Much Do You Know About Digital Hygiene?

Help Yourself: Resources For A Healthier Entrep

The background issue in running your own business is that it can take over the rest of your life, and even affect your way of looking at the world. Customer fulfillment, logistics, marketing, publicity….the calculating mindset  needed to juggle all those things  focuses on what gets the most bang for the buck.

When that kind of hyper-focus slowly spills over to the rest of your life, some things drift to the periphery and languish on the sidelines. They don’t seem urgent, they’re not a problem for now, and you got more pressing things to attend to, right? Right. And so you go on.

That is, until the niggling signs surface. Having a touch more irritability. Being a  little bit more snappish. But of course, who wouldn’t be, if they woke up with back pain. And maybe achy fingers, too. And the tired eyes? Well, that’s just part of the job, right? And if you want to sleep in on the weekends to recover, your friends and family will understand. You’re tired. You’re not up to seeing them right now.

And so, part of what suffers can be your health and your relationships. Part of that can be the rest of the life you’re living right now. Look at the entire picture, and not just the specific sections that take up your time. We’re talking about taking a 360-degree look-around here — something we need to do every once in a while to recognize our bearings and truly take note of where we are in our lives.
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How To Clean Your Mental Gutters With Mind-mapping

Running a business doesn’t mean that you have to have it on your brain all the time. Too much work causes a life imbalance, and no matter what living you choose to put your hand to, first and last, you’re still a person with 24 hours in a day who has to sleep, at a minimum, at least seven hours of that to maintain some minimum standard of health. The other seventeen hours, you can choose to fill as you see fit — hopefully in a healthy way.

All work and no rest makes for a sick you, and no business will make up for that. Not only do you have to think about the health of your business, you also have to mind your physical, mental, and emotional health. One very helpful way to attend to all three is to use mind-mapping to help you get out the issues that plague you and address them.

We wrote about mind-mapping years ago in “Mapping For Mental Clarity.” When your mental inbox is over-flowing, mind-mapping essentially helps you clear it out and set a course of action to manage your to-do’s.

Mindmapping can help you:

  • Clear your head by letting you get out everything that’s been weighing heavily on your mind.
  • Generate and capture ideas while brainstorming choices, counter-moves, and possible options.
  • Plot out possible future moves by organizing ideas and passing thoughts that may be the seeds of something good.
  • Plan your actionables so you can get what you want, and get to where you want to go.
  • Plan around a goal and help you plot out the actual steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

Continue reading How To Clean Your Mental Gutters With Mind-mapping

How Using SSL Protects Your Website

If you keep your browsers up to date you may already have run into warning messages when you try to go to unsecured websites.  For example, in Firefox the message is: “Your connection is not secure.” In Chrome it’s: ” Your connection is not private,”  and these messages are followed by  a possible explanation of why your browser is blocking you from going to the website you just tried to reach.

Now, you could brush it off as a mild irritant in your browsing routine, but the implications for your business are much heavier and far-reaching than you’d think. As a casual visitor to someone else’s website, those messages may not worry you that much, but if you’re on the other side of the table, you absolutely need a secured website when you have an online business. That’s where SSL comes in.

Get a basic overview here:  Google Chrome to start marking HTTP connections as insecure (PC World)

Here’s why SSL is important: In essence, it adds another layer of security and legitimacy over the operation.

  • It adds an extra layer of protection especially when you process sensitive, critical personal and financial information on your site — of course, encryptions protecting sensitive and critical financial information on the server side is also a must.
  • It provides extra reassurance to visitors and customers that your website has protection in place when it’s collecting any kind of sensitive data like log-ins and passwords, and credit card information.

 

Something else that your visitors may not have considered is their own browser personalization (whether desktop or mobile app). Plug-ins are also evolving towards greater security,  and your visitors may have ones that will block them from accessing your website for security reasons. Assuring them your website is secure can only be backed up by solid proof:  Using an active SSL cert.

The push is increasing internet security wherever possible due to the continuous evolution of hacking methods. Phishing, malware, holding information hostage… we have a lot to worry about,  and on an industry level, the people responsible for updating our browser engines are doing their part to help, and thus the warnings.

To protect your site  and anyone visiting  it, get an SSL certificate. Continue reading How Using SSL Protects Your Website

Read Easier Online: Eye-care For Busy People

Whether you think, you know, or you don’t mind that you’re spending too much time on the internet, don’t forget to take care of your eyesight.

It isn’t just reading that we’re talking about here. In the normal course of being online you can expect to browse and read for information, and then there’s also responding to things like posts, emails, and IM’s. And for business,  there’s also writing reports and things like preparing presentations, verifying information and the like.

Viewing, reading, and writing — whatever you do with all the time you spend online, you’ve probably experienced the following symptoms from over-use.

  • Dry, ”sandy’ feeling eyes.
  • Blurred or double vision.
  • Difficulty focusing.
  • Eye irritation and redness.
  • Headaches (Throw in neck and/or back-pain)

Related series:  You and Your Computer
Information: Computer Vision Syndrome (American Optometric Association)

This article will  show you what you can do to create a better, healthier reading experiences online under the headings of  brightness, formatting and content length. Included are certain browser plug-ins and programs — so play it safe and  back up your profile in your browser of choice before making any changes. Continue reading Read Easier Online: Eye-care For Busy People

Naptime for the Stressed

Power-napping is not just for cats (as those people lucky enough to support a cat can attest to). Da Vinci did it. Edison did it. Churchill did it. Millions of less-stressed-than-you people do it and managed to keep their lives running smoothly, you can too.

See, it’s not really the difficulty of taking a nap in the middle of your work day as it is getting over the intense urge to Do Something More Productive, and the guilt that comes with laying this urge aside.

Circadian rhythms govern our resting and active periods. Modern life lets us control this (somewhat) with various drugs of choice, the most common of which is caffeine. Napping can bring you back to the rhythms of your body, leading to better performance.

Remember nap-time when you were very young?

Children needed time-outs from the frenetic activity their enormous energy levels could give them, so, boom, nap-time. Adults usually get to control their energy slumps with quick-fixes like coffee, but why not try implementing a small nap in your daily cycle to re-charge yourself?

Some of the following sites were recommended by a JROX resource, MakeUseOf.com. I visited the sites and here’s my take:
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Tripwire – The Weblog for Web Design and Development

Tripwire is a very informative online resource for web designers and web developers. With literally hundreds of tutorials, tools, tips and step-by-step examples of the best design and development out there on the web, Tripwire’s writers share information that can help change the way you think about and approach design and the Internet.

A quick preview of post titles should give you an idea of what to expect in terms of samples and other helpful tools:
16 Scarily Realistic 3D animations
15 Stunning Fresh Photographic Effects from DeviantArt
10 Brilliant On-line Tools For Freelancers
30 Essential Tools For Web Designers

Tripwire offers articles on things from CSS, design and development, icons and Javascript to Photoshop, themes and logos. For the artistic and the analytical among you, this site offers hours of fun, inspiration and helpful lessons on how to expand your repertoire of skills, and expose you to how other designers and developers think. Have fun!

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Popular Website Tools for Better Traffic Analysis and Monitoring

There are dozens of web and traffic analytics tools available on the internet. How can you choose which one to go with?

You can spend time signing up for the most popular ones, or do a little research, but this resource post compiles some of the better and more detailed recommendations on these tools, so it’s like doing research of research. You get the cream of the crop.

Makeuseof.com’s recommendations share details about Google Adplanner, Alexa, Compete, Bizinformation, Quantcast and URLtrends. What’s great about this article is that the comments section shares some real-life experience with some of these services, which can help you narrow down your choices.

Analytics Talk is a blog run by Justin Cutroni (a Google Enterprise Partner and Google Analytics Authorized Consultant) that’s focused on Google Analytics Tips and Tricks. He has a short page on Google Analytics tools and plug-ins that shares configurations and Grease Monkey Scripts. In a longer, more detailed post, he dissects and explains the ins and outs of Google Analytics Goals with clear and easily understood terms. Continue reading Popular Website Tools for Better Traffic Analysis and Monitoring