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How does CloudFlare work?

How does CloudFlare work? | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
Answer (1 of 6): Saw your question. I'm the CEO of CloudFlare so I thought I'd jump in.

CloudFlare is designed to accelerate and secure any website.
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Wow! Do I love the Internet!  Don't know exactly how something works? Google it!  This question on Quora has an answer directly from the CEO of CloudFlare and a fairly complete explanation of the basic function of CloudFlare.  My first thought on this is how simply and cleanly the system caches content, even on free accounts, to serve your readers faster.  Secondly, I appreciate how having CloudFlare as the authoritative DNS for your domain essentially masks your servers IP from potential hackers AND they have built in metrics to detect potential threats!  How cool is that?  

 

Since my five blogs are in a network installation and even a free CloudFlare account allows multiple domains it was easy to set up.  If I set up an app on CloudFlare for my main website since the DNS A-name records show my subdomains as aliases they are automatically applied to all the blogs with the press of a button.  I'll be watching closely over the next month to see how this affects my traffic, spam and site security.

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MiiPC Android-Powered PC Lets Parents Monitor Kids' Activities

MiiPC Android-Powered PC Lets Parents Monitor Kids' Activities | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
MiiPC is a kid-safe PC that works with any computer or TV to let parents monitor use.
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This Android powered PC sounds like a great solution for keeping your kids safe online.  This caught my attention because my husband is planning on splitting our family room into a dining room and office.  He wants to build a permanent wall.  I don't.  

 

It may seem silly on my part to not want to build a permanent barrier between the two rooms, but I have my reasons.  First, I don't really want to be cut off from the rest of the house.  I won't be able to see my girls playing or keep an eye on them.  Second, I want to be able to see with my own eyes what they are doing when they are online.  The way we have things set up right now the PC the girls use faces out into the kitchen and I can see and hear everything they are doing online.  Currently they only are using Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Reading Eggs and other kid friendly sites.  My oldest is getting to an age where she is getting more curious about different subjects and has learned already how to effectively use Google and Wikipedia.  From the first time she put fingers to keyboard we discussed online safety and what is OK to share and who she can talk to.

 

Even in her schooling they had a whole series of lessons on what she can and should not share, choosing usernames and passwords and making sure she checks with an adult before she chats or emails anyone to anything.  As a young elementary student I still have a major amount of control over what she does and sees online, but I realize that is going to change drastically as she gets older and has to use the Internet more extensively for research on school projects or chooses to use it as a form of entertainment.  My hope is that my training on these issues of what is acceptable will be followed, but my concern is what may come in from the outside and how a child's curiosity (even pre-teen and teenager) can get the best of them for the worst.

 

I appreciate the fact that this Android based computer will have recording of history and realtime statistics of what is being used.  It is comforting to know that I will be able to remotely disconnect and even disallow user login (aka when they are grounded from using the computer).  It's not that I don't trust my kids, but fact is they are just that - KIDS and the world outside which the Internet connects them to are not always kind to them or kid appropriate.

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Myths on cosmetics safety | Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database | Environmental Working Group

Myths on cosmetics safety | Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database | Environmental Working Group | Internet Tech | Scoop.it

Nine myths about cosmetic safety and the realities of cosmetic production.

 

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You may think this a strange place to put an article about cosmetic safety, but fact is pollution is pollution is pollution whether it's in the ground, water, air or our bodies.  This is one reason I started this blog.  In addition to loving to garden and grow my own vegetables in the summer months I wanted to learn about how the things I eat and use affect me and my family.  This list of detailed myths really made me think seriously about the bottles and bottles of cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions I have in my home.  The article reinforced to me that when it comes to our health and personal safety we are on our own.  The all mighty dollar takes the most prominent place in corporate industry and there are few who formulate truly 'safe' products.  

 

When you look around your community think of all the increasing number of cancer diagnoses, cases of autism, spike in allergies, learning disabilities, and digestive disorders.  Yes, we are imperfect and prone to these problems, but does their increase not concern you?  It does me.  Big businesses - pharma, agricultural and food production and manufacturing certainly do serve a purpose and bring necessary products to the masses.  When it comes down to it the individuals buying are the ones that have to take responsibility for what they consume because assuming 'The Man' is looking out for them is a bit too optimistic.

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5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Identity

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Identity | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com. There’s an implicit pressure on social media enthusiasts to be connected in mor...
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Social media can be your key to success or the first domino in your grand downfall.  This article on Mashable helps you take control of your social media identity.  With so many so many social media accounts to be had it's easy to get caught in the mire of trying to maintain what could be considered a schizophrenic online identity.  

 

When you go to search for me online on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, StumbleUpon or Zurker you will find me under the profile name Lucero De La Tierra and the user name earthformed.  My website is earthformed.com along with all it's subdomains.  Once I discovered that I was going to need all the social media accounts to sync and jive I had to make sure that my social media identity was par for the course.  

 

As much as I might like to post tons of personal things on Facebook and Twitter I try to keep it professional because they are both tied into LinkedIN and can be seen by professionals that could be interested in seeking my expertise.  The last thing I'd want them to find is some insane pictures or unseemly comments on my profile or someone else's attached to my name!  Consistency and discretion is key when managing your online identity.  You want to be you in a way that is going to attract and inspire readers not stifle progress.

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Google Unveils Chromebook Pixel, a Touchscreen Laptop

Google Unveils Chromebook Pixel, a Touchscreen Laptop | Internet Tech | Scoop.it

Google unveiled a groundbreaking new Chromebook laptop Thursday — one with touchscreen capability, powerful chipset and an extremely high-resolution display.

The Chromebook Pixel, available for order on the Google Play store and shipping in April, features a 12.85-inch touch-sensitive Gorilla Glass screen. The resolution is 4.3 million pixels, which works out to 239 pixels per inch. (The average Windows laptop has about half that; technically, it also beats the Macbook Retina.)

The Pixel will come in two versions, both boasting an Intel Core i5 processor. The basic model is Wi-Fi only; a more expensive model has the ability to connect to Verizon's superfast LTE network. Google claims a battery life of five hours on the device, which has QuickOffice built into the browser and an SD card slot for automatic photo uploads to Google+. Those features can also be used offline (uploads queued for later, of course).

The price, however, is relatively steep: $1,299 for the Wi-Fi only version, $1,449 for the LTE model.

Google was careful to emphasize that the Pixel isn't for everyone. "This is for power users who live in the cloud," Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai repeatedly told a select group of journalists at a low-key launch event in San Francisco."

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This development in mobile technology is something that really appeals to me.  Though I am mostly a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her kids I appreciate the portability of computing devices which allow me to take my show on the road.  I'm interested to see how this touch screen laptop will compete with the convertible laptop/tablets that have been coming out in recent years.  Surely, it will be lighter, but will it be as user friendly (excluding bugs and other problems) as the Windows Surface product which is less than half the price.  I'd have to do an in depth comparison of hardware, software and capabilities to see if it is really worth the steep price.

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How I Got a Link from the Wall Street Journal

How I Got a Link from the Wall Street Journal | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
Want to know how to get a link from the Wall Street Journal? In this content marketing case study today, I’ll describe in detail exactly how my team and I recently did just that!
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Oh how I wish this article was about me.  This post in the Daily SEO Blog from SEOMOZ.org gives details on how Larry Kim and his team at WordStream got the attention of the Wall Street Journal and 500 plus other media outlets.  His detailed presentation is fantastic.

 

Following Mr. Kim's process for creating unique and newsworthy projects I believe that anyone organized enough can garner similar attention.  Granted WordStream's Google revenue project was specialized and they had tools that are beyond our reach and personal interpretation.  That being said, this does not mean that within your own industry and area of expertise that you can't find something that is a bit of a mystery or big secret that you can figure out in a scientific way and share.  

 

What I appreciated about Mr. Kim's Google Revenue project is he used tools based on public information that Google itself makes available.  He found a way to gather and interpret the data.  There was no phone tapping, document stealing or underhanded investigation work.  Everything was on the up and up and available for anyone that has the proper tools to share.  

 

Keep that in mind when doing your projects.  By that I mean ETHICS.  That's a subject for another day.  

 

Read this article by Larry Kim.  Who know's it may give you some bright ideas for a project that has never been done before!

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Can Cloudflare Make WordPress Sites Load Faster and Perform Better?

Can Cloudflare Make WordPress Sites Load Faster and Perform Better? | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
Can Cloudflare make your site load faster, perform better, and fight off spam?
Lucero De La Tierra's insight:

For me the jury is still out on this. I just started using CloudFlare yesterday so I cannot give an in depth review of it's services and possible caveats.  The reason the CloudFlare service even came into my periphery is because a user of a Wordpress.com (not self-hosted Wordpress.org installation) was having problems with Rafflecopter and wanted to install Google Analytics.  To their dismay neither would work properly on a Wordpress.com blog because javascript is not allowed on their sites.  

 

In searching for a solution to help my fellow blogger I came across a blog post from CloudFlare.  The writer of the post indicated that they too used Wordpress.com for a personal blog since it was just a hobby, but was incredibly frustrated that they could not use Google Analytics on their site.  Through CloudFlares CDN (content delivery network) they are able to serve apps like Google Analytics and others using javascript in a way that does not disturb how Wordpress.com or any other site or blog works.  They promise faster load times for  your readers and easy troubleshooting if there every arises a problem.

 

One feature of the system that really appealed to me is increased security of the domain at the IP level.  Akismet does a fairly good job of keeping out spam comments. To date since I moved servers Akismet has caught thousands of smam comments.  I'm curious to see how much this unwanted traffic is going to drop off.  A few of my fellow bloggers whom I work with on a regular basis promoting their giveaways and participating in blogger events have had sitewide malware attacks.  I'm hoping that using CloudFlare will help make my site less susceptible to that kind of problem.

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Best Free WordPress hosting options

Best Free WordPress hosting options | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
This article discusses the best free Wordpress hosting options as well as suggests the solutions to have Wordpress blog setup and configured easily.
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Over the years I have tried Blogger, Wordpress.com and self-hosted Wordpress.  In my experience a self-hosted Wordpress installation provides the most flexibility and control over my blogging experience than any other.  Customizing my readers experience on the site is possible through the use of the thousands of available plugins and themes - many of them free.  

 

Using a self-hosted installation as opposed to one on Wordress.com allows me to advertise as I wish, use javascript (essential for Rafflecopter & other giveaway platforms) and even backup and move everything to a new host if I choose.  I've actually moved webhosts at least three times since starting my blogs and I've even changed the way my Wordpress installation works.

 

I have five self-hosted Wordpress blogs.  They all run off one, yes 1, installation of Wordpress.  Setting the blogs up in a network allows me to install my plugins and themes only once instead of 5 times if I want to use the same one on each blog.  That takes up a lot of space on a webhost.  There is a central control panel where I can add and remove themes, plugins, users and even blogs.  My current webhost offered installation of Wordpress and was very helpful in making sure the network was set up properly.  In this first year I have to say it has worked flawlessly, save human error :).   

 

Having a self-hosted Wordpress installation allows me to use plugins like: CommentLuv, Google Analytics, a meta-tag editor, Adsense, anything that uses javascript and others.  I wouldn't have that flexibility with options like Blogger or Wordpress.com.  Truthfully, Blogger and Wordpress.com are setup for individuals who hobby blog or want an online forum for their journal entries.  Anyone who wants to make a business out of blogging should probably consider another platform like Squarespace or a self-hosted CMS.  For me Wordpress is the best CMS for self-hosting and overall the least expensive when you pair it with a free or low-cost webhost.  

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3 Reasons Facebook Promotion Guidelines Aren't Followed

3 Reasons Facebook Promotion Guidelines Aren't Followed | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
Learn why Facebook promotion guidelines are constantly being broken and why it appears nothing is being done about it.
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Since December of last year that I started participating in promoting blog giveaways the subject of promotion guidelines in social media has been on my mind.  About a month ago I received an email from the owner/moderator of Mom Blog Society about a message that one of their members received from Facebook informing them their fan page had been banned.  Why?  According to Facebook their online promotions asking for likes of multiple FB fan pages on one html page was considered a link farm and in violation of FB terms.  

 

More recently one of my favorite giveaway sites, GiveawayPromote.com, had their FB fan page taken down for a similar reason.  The supposed infraction was that the promotions were being entered by spam accounts and thus were in violation of the FB terms of service.  She went from over 20,000 likes to nothing in one morning.  Her new FB page is up to over 900 as of this afternoon and she is trying to make sure her promotions and those she promotes on her website are in compliance with the FB TOS.  Fact of the matter is you cannot control who likes your page.  

 

As a blogger who participates and also creates promotions for my fans and readers to enter I reach out to you.  I ask that you be honest in the way you enter the giveaways.  Please do not create multiple FB accounts just so you can garner more entries.  Not only is this unfair to other entrants BUT in the long run you could be diminishing your overall chances of having prizes to win in the first place.  Why?  Because like what happened to Giveaway Promote we, the bloggers, could have our fan pages banned, removed and have to start over from scratch.  If that continues to be the case we will have to take our promotional strategy elsewhere.  We want to bring you new, neat and incredible prizes, but we can't do that if we can't all play fair.  

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Password Security: Are you making yourself vulnerable?

Password Security: Are you making yourself vulnerable? | Internet Tech | Scoop.it

Evernote User Accounts Compromised – Joe Tech

 

Evernote, today, reported that they detected and blocked suspicious activity on

Lucero De La Tierra's insight:

When sharing, accessing, creating or even just viewing data on the Internet we typically need a password for something.  Whether it's your Wall Street Journal Subscription or your Facebook account you need it 'secured' with a personal and complex password.  Problem is we are at the mercy of individuals who are dishonest, greedy and seeking to prove their hacking and cracking prowess on the Internet.  Why should we be concerned?

 

Hackers use several methods to steal account information.  The one that directly challenges the security of your password is a brute force attack.  The attacking computer is programed to come up with all the combinations of given parameters (length, complexity, salt).  If you only use letters you may as well kiss your account "security" goodbye.  To make your account passwords more secure use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols with an overall length greater than 11 characters. I'm not sure how true this is but a commenter on a <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5753868/how-long-it-takes-hackers-to-crack-your-password?comment=36798366#comments&quot;&nbsp;target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Gizmodo&lt;/a&gt; post a couple of years ago says they were able to crack a password within a few hours regardless of complexity.

 

Another method of hacking into and stealing your account information and identity is to crack the overall security of the network where your information is hosted.  Once they are in they can harvest usernames, passwords, real names, emails, birthdates and anything else they might want.  Clark Howard, financial expert for CNN, suggested not putting your real birthdate into sites that really don't require your exact date for any legal reasons (just remember what you put in should you ever need to verify your identity on the site using that info).   Like JoeTech mentions in the article cited above, hackers will then use this information and start trying to log into other cloud or financial services across the Internet.  If you don't use the same string as a password on all your sensitive data then you will be OK.  BUT if you do then you have some work to do.  Once you find out about a security breach at a network where you have an account, like Evernote, you will need to change any passwords that may be identical across the Internet.  Granted, this is inconvenient, but much more secure than having a standard password that leaves ALL your information to the open once it is stolen even one time.  Check out the rest of Joe's article for more tips.

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How to Stop Wasting Time on Social Media

Do you have a strategy around making social connections for your real estate business? Get tips for using social media marketing for real estate.
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Though this article is primarily for the real estate market it's principles will fit well into any industry.  As they mention in the first paragraph without a plan it's like going to the grocery store hungry.  Personally, I think wasting time on social media was what kept me from growing my blog in a practical way.  I was more worried about playing games, participating in groups and learning EVERYTHING I could - without applying anything.  

 

As time goes by and my relationships on social media are becoming more defined my blog traffic and content are growing.  Wasting time on social media costs you money, time and even peace in 'real' relationships.  So whether you work in brick-and-mortar company or work from your own home office blogging or freelancing make sure you are making the most of your social media time.  Budget your time like you'd budget your money.  The more you stick to the plan the better it is for everyone.

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URL SEO Best Practices | SEOmoz

URL SEO Best Practices | SEOmoz | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is a subset of the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that specifies where an identified resource is available and the mechanism for retrieving it.
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This is an excellent cheat sheet that I wish I would have had 6 years ago when I purchased my domain.  At the time I was not aware that subdomains would dilute domain authority.  I did not know that keywords needed to be in the URLs and URIs and that URL length and keyword position affects the effectiveness of the Keywords.  Well, we all live and learn.  

 

As part of my self-hosted WordPress installation I use Yoast SEO.  Since I started using it I've been able to focus my writing a little more clearly and get my META information, content and keywords to all agree.  I went from being ignored on Google to having a Page Rank of 2 on http://garden.earthformed.com and 3 on http://blog.earthformed.com.  This isn't the only metric Google uses in their algorithm but it doesn't hurt to have a grasp on how URLs are regarded by their system.

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How does CloudFlare work?

How does CloudFlare work? | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
Answer (1 of 6): Saw your question. I'm the CEO of CloudFlare so I thought I'd jump in.

CloudFlare is designed to accelerate and secure any website.
Lucero De La Tierra's insight:

Wow! Do I love the Internet!  Don't know exactly how something works? Google it!  This question on Quora has an answer directly from the CEO of CloudFlare and a fairly complete explanation of the basic function of CloudFlare.  My first thought on this is how simply and cleanly the system caches content, even on free accounts, to serve your readers faster.  Secondly, I appreciate how having CloudFlare as the authoritative DNS for your domain essentially masks your servers IP from potential hackers AND they have built in metrics to detect potential threats!  How cool is that?  

 

Since my five blogs are in a network installation and even a free CloudFlare account allows multiple domains it was easy to set up.  If I set up an app on CloudFlare for my main website since the DNS A-name records show my subdomains as aliases they are automatically applied to all the blogs with the press of a button.  I'll be watching closely over the next month to see how this affects my traffic, spam and site security.

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Self Hosted WordPress.org vs. Free WordPress.com [Infograph]

Self Hosted WordPress.org vs. Free WordPress.com [Infograph] | Internet Tech | Scoop.it
When starting out as a beginner, this question comes in everyone's mind. Which one is better? Is it better to pick the Self Hosted WordPress.org, or is it better to go with Free WordPress.com?
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If you are thinking about using Wordpress as your CMS and can't decide between using Self hosted Wordpress.org or Wordpress.com look at this infographic.  I couldn't have put it better myself.

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