Need help with a hacked website?

Nobody wants a hacked website. I’ve been using Wordfence Free Security plugin on several websites for about 6 months now and am very pleased with it and the feedback it offers. I was astounded by the number of hacking attempts thwarted by it on all the websites, especially that 99% were from foreign countries. Below is a recent update from their newsletter:

We shared the details of two high severity vulnerabilties in the Squirrly SEO plugin with the author on Friday. Fixes were released this morning. Check out our blog for the details of the vulnerabilities and what actions to take if you’re running the Squirrly SEO plugin on your website.

Mark Maunder
Wordfence Founder & CEO

The Wordfence team of security experts will clean the infection, remove malicious content and provide a detailed report of their findings (includes a 1 year Wordfence Premium license). GET HELP.

If you would like to get Wordfence for your WordPress website, simply go to your “Plugin” menu, click “add new” and search for “wordfence”.

If you aren’t already a member you can subscribe to their  WordPress Security and Product Updates mailing list here.

You May Not Believe What comScore Traffic Report Reveals About Social Media!

New comScore Traffic Report Underlines the Strength of Facebook, Rise of Snapchat

Social networking now accounts for one in every five minutes spent on the internet. This is one of the many insights outlined in comScore’s ‘2016 Cross-Platform Future in Focus’ whitepaper, which examines overall traffic data and how it relates to a range of web and digital trends. The data’s primarily based on comScore’s MMX Multi-Platform measurement system, which translates de-duplicated audience size numbers, demographic composition and engagement performance across more than 300,000 digital media entities. Using comScore’s wide-ranging data tools, the whitepaper examines the key trends and behaviors driving digital consumption in 2016, including the adoption of social channels and mobile devices, and how those advances are re-shaping our wider communications landscape.

And as noted, one of the key findings in relation to social, specifically, is that one in every five minutes spent online is now dedicated to social networking, with messaging also one of the top elements in that mix.

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Beware – A New Breed of Con Artists

Today’s scammers are on the phone, at your door and online. Here’s how to fend them off

(article by Joe Kita, AARP Bulletin, January/February 2016)

“Tech support” just might be the biggest consumer scam in the U.S. right now. According to Microsoft, in 2015 an estimated 3.3 million people — many of them seniors — were victimized by a tech-support con, at a total cost of $1.5 billion. That’s one American duped out of an average $454 nearly every 10 seconds.

Here’s how the scam typically unfolds: You get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be with Microsoft or Windows tech support, who says viruses have been detected on your computer. In order to protect your data, you are told to immediately call up a certain website and follow its instructions. A dummy screen may appear that shows viruses being detected and eliminated, but in reality malware is being installed that allows the scammer to steal your usernames and passwords, hold your data for ransom or even use the webcam to spy on you.

Your Plan – – Hang up the phone. “Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls,” says Courtney Gregoire, senior attorney at the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. Also, don’t click any links in unsolicited emails from “Microsoft” or in pop-up ads promising to speed up your computer. “And if you haven’t downloaded Windows 10 or the latest version of OS X, do it,” says William Woodworth with Best Buy’s Geek Squad. “Each update is free and has lots of new security built in.” Ditto for any other software programs you’re running.

To read about other trending scams, see the AARP article

5 Essential WordPress Security Measures You Must Take (Another Gem from Elegant Themes)

Posted by Tom Ewer of Elegant Themes on Oct 03, 2015 08:00 am

“No software is 100% secure and WordPress is no exception to that rule. Powering nearly a quarter of all websites worldwide, the platform is naturally an irresistible target for hackers and has been the subject of many attacks over the years…In this article we’ll cover five essential security measures you must master to keep your site safe and a range of handy plugin solutions to help you do so.”

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Need a banner? Make one yourself

making a banner is easy
Designing a banner is hard, right? You’re supposed to find a designer, spend a bunch of money, and work with what they come up with, right? Most small businesses and non-profits are on a shoestring budget and need to learn a little about DIY digital marketing (or hire a freelancer like E-Smartz E-Marketing).

Let the graphics gurus at PicMonkey show you how…(read full article)

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Do you have a Facebook Business Page? If so, how can you view your business page as the public see it? This is a situation I encountered with a client today. Here’s the basic answer:
1. Determine the URL of your business Facebook page; e.g. mine is
2. Log out of Facebook and paste or type that URL into your browser’s address bar.
3. If no settings conflict with displaying your page to an unknown user, you should now see what the public sees. However, because my client was a local-only business, we had a setting to display only to U.S. users. That setting prevented Facebook from showing the page content to us until we removed it.


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Email marketing is vital to small business

Top Features To Look For In Email Marketing Software
courtesy of Elegant Themes Blog

“….Compared to young and green marketing tools, email marketing has stood the test of time when it comes to generating leads, building customer relationships and increasing conversions. Also, you can reach a wider audience at a fraction of the cost compared to the former.” full article


Google Now vs. Siri vs. Windows new Windows Cortana: Which Voice Assistant Wins?


Which Smartphone Assistant Is Best?

Which virtual smartphone assistant is best?  I just read this on PC Magazine’s eNewsletter:

“Talking to your smartphone has become part of the culture. No, I’m not talking about talking to someone on your smartphone—I’m talking about talking to the phone itself. It started with Siri, which was soon followed by Google Now.Cortana is about to join the party, the new digital assistant unveiled in the beta of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 operating system in early April. Like Siri (but unlike Android’s Google Now feature) Cortana has a “personality.” You can get Cortana (as part of Windows Phone 8.1) now if you sign up as a Windows Phone developer. The final version of Windows Phone 8.1 is scheduled to launch on June 24.”

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