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Say the word hacking and one might conjure up mental images of sophisticated black hat programmers writing complicated code and viruses to steal your data. Although the high tech hacks and ransomware attacks generally make the news, most hacking techniques are very low tech.

Low Tech Hacking Techniques are Common

By far, most data breaches, especially on the smaller scale are accomplished via low tech methods. Many of us might not even consider them to be hacking — but the damage that can be done is just as bad.

In many cases, lots of the big new hacks started off with something very low tech such…


Evergreen content is the type of content that never loses relevancy. Much like evergreen trees that stay green year after year, evergreen content remains valuable to your readers long-term.

Everyone loves it when an article or a post goes viral. It’s a rush when you find out a page or post has been shared thousands or maybe even millions of times. But that popularity is usually transient and tapers off quickly.

In order to maintain the potential for viral content, a blogger or website owner must continually crank out new content. Then, they have to push it on various social…


I was recently looking for some new security cameras for my home. I originally installed old-school CCTV cameras with a DVR, but those only last so long. And the video quality is lacking. I ended up replacing my system with the Blink XT Camera System (Affiliate Link).

Overall, the Blink XT Cameras are a great choice for homes and businesses looking for a little extra protection. In fact, after trying them out, I ended up buying a second set.

Blink XT Camera
Blink XT Camera

The Blink XT can be mounted anywhere

There’s a lot to like about these little guys. …


Protecting the wp-admin directory in your WordPress website is one of the most important security steps you can take. If you only administer your site from a few locations (or less), it’s easy to restrict access to wp-admin to your own IP address.

First you must figure out the IP addresses you want to access your WordPress Admin dashboard from.

To do this, simply type “what is my ip address” into Google from the computers you plan on using. This will return your public IP address.

What is My IP
What is My IP

If you typically work on your WordPress websites from home, keep in mind that…


It’s been a long time since WordPress revamped their post & page editor. The new Gutenberg WordPress Editor is available as a free plugin, but starting with WordPress version 5 it’ll be the default option. I decided to take Gutenberg for a spin.

gutenberg wordpress editor banner
gutenberg wordpress editor banner

For a long time, page-builder plugins that offered drag & drop functionality along with lots of preformatted options have been the standard for those who wanted to really customize their WordPress pages & posts. This was largely due to the fact that the WordPress editor is fairly limited.

The new Gutenberg WordPress Editor may be set to…


Microsoft Word isn’t exactly the first program one might think of when it comes to writing code. While Word can do a lot of things, code editing isn’t what it’s designed for. Nevertheless, writing good documentation for technical processes is a critical function that even coders can’t avoid. And since Microsoft Word is the standard for documents, it’s inevitable you’ll need to at least drop the occasional code snippet into a Word document at some point.

But dropping code into MS Word sucks.

If you’ve made it this far, it’s safe to say you got here looking for a clean…


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I recently began looking for a good backup option for my WordPress sites. In the past, I’ve always performed WordPress backups manually. But times change. I’ve managed to get more website clients over the past year. And while it’s no big deal to manually backup a few sites every week, that changes once you have a dozen or so to handle. I also got married this past year and really want to make sure I’m spending as much time as possible with my family instead of my website business.

WordPress Backups: Free vs. Paid

When I look for new WordPress plugins, I always start with…


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For the non-technical website owner, switching your site from http to https may seem like a daunting task. And to be fair, depending on your situation, it might not be a piece of cake. As the Internet moves towards tighter security however, the work will prove to be well worth it.

Serving up websites over HTTPS is fast becoming the standard. According to Digital Trends, over half of website loads occur over encrypted connections. Let’s talk about why this is the case.

HTTP & HTTPS: What’s the Difference?

The “S” in HTTPS means “Secure” and there are a few reasons for this. Sites that use HTTPS…


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Who’s Running These Ads?

Have you ever seen an advertisement on Facebook like the one above? I have, and I’ve always enjoyed the loads of comments that come along with them. The company behind these ads is BSA | Software Alliance and they’ve been at the forefront of the software piracy battle for years.

According to their website:

BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life.

With…


I’m a big fan of unexplained phenomena: aliens, UFOs, Bigfoot, you name it. I’ve been interested in these topics since I was a kid. I remember watching the Alien Autopsy video on VHS and believing it was real. The film’s producer admitted the video was a hoax in 2006. Even today, however, many in the UFO community continue to claim otherwise. Why is it that way? Why do people ignore the obvious to hold onto their beliefs? I’m talking about smart people, professionals, and other adults who are capable of critical thinking.

UFO Community Credibility

Lately, there have been articles hitting the Internet…

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