The 6 Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2015

Cyber-attacks continue to grow in 2015. According to anti-virus testing site AV-TEST, more than 390,000 new malicious programs are now registered every single day, and the total amount of malware attacks in circulation now stands around the 425,000,000 mark.

On the positive side, the rate of growth of new malware doesn’t seem to have changed much since last year. By the end of the year it is expected that around 150,000,000 new strains will have been detected, up from 142,000,000 in 2014. To put that in context, between 2013 and 2014 the amount of new malware almost doubled from 81,000,000.

Out of this vast amount of malware, some is more important than others. Here’s our rundown of the five most significant….

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5 Tools to Finally Learn All Those Keyboard Shortcuts

Get more out of your computer: learn keyboard shortcuts. It sounds like a pain, but seriously, every new shortcut you learn will quickly become something you can’t live without.

Have you ever watched a “computer person” quickly do things in a way that blew your mind? It’s a good bet they know their keyboard shortcuts, and you’re using the mouse like a sucker. If you’ve put off learning those shortcuts, it might be because you’re intimidated. Don’t be: learning shortcuts is easy, and Cool Websites and Apps today is going to point out a number of tools.

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Seth’s Blog

seth-godinWhen everyone has access to the same tools

…then having a tool isn’t much of an advantage.

The industrial age, the age of scarcity, depended in part on the advantages that came with owning tools others didn’t own.

Time for a new advantage. It might be your network, the connections that trust you. And it might be your expertise. But most of all, I’m betting it’s your attitude.

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Nothing is Free

Albert Einstein

“Sometimes one pays the most for things they receive for free.”

− Albert Einstein

The current rule of thumb on the web says that … if an app or a service is free, THE USER is the real product.

Our Web shopping, listening & reading habits are worth big money to advertisers & marketers. That’s where Facebook, Twitter & Google get their revenue & massive stock valuations.

NO, I’m Not On Facebook!

No FacebookI love the  question “are you on Facebook?” First I smile and say no I don’t use Facebook, and then realize I’ve just been given another great opportunity to deliver my patented elevator sales speech…

… As a Digital Strategist I help individuals & organizations effectively leverage digital technology and apply limited resources to achieve their online goals. And one of the best ways to be accessible to all of the 3+ billion global Internet users (3,079,339,857 as of 12/31/14, internetworldstats.com), and not just the walled 1 billion Facebook users, is to have my own branded personal website/blog & email (CraigBarry.com). For the cost of a couple of beers ($12USD/yr.) I can offer whatever content I choose and have complete control over privacy, context and monetization – I can’t do that using Facebook. 

If time is really short – I just say − I just noticed that the number of worldwide Facebook user and smokers both just passed the 1 billion mark!

Do you smoke? Why not? Everyone else is doing it.

Maybe it is time to separate yourself from the rest of the pack!

What is Personal Branding?

Brand YouPersonal Branding (the brand called “You”) is a very current topic that was first introduced by Napoleon Hill in 1937 in his book “Think and Grow Rich”.

Personal branding describes the process by which individuals and entrepreneurs differentiate themselves and stand out from a crowd by identifying and articulating their unique value proposition, whether professional or personal, and then leveraging it across platforms with a consistent message and image to achieve a specific goal.

In this way, individuals can enhance their recognition as experts in their field, establish reputation and credibility advance their careers, and build self-confidence.

8 Reasons You Won’t Reach Your Goals

What’s Going to Stop You?

There are many reasons that goals go unfulfilled.  Maybe they were never clearly defined.  Maybe the discipline was not there.

For many, goal setting is a never ending circle that starts, stops, and beings again.  (Usually, centered around January 1st.)

To help us succeed in reaching our goals, let’s examine the reasons why many people fail at reaching them.

Here are 8 Reasons That You Won’t Reach Your Goals:

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