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Are Siberia’s methane blow-holes the first warning sign of unstoppable climate change?

This article on sounds pretty scary.


7 Tips to Herculean Strength Passwords

Your password/s are the keys to your digital kingdom, and their secure because they’re stored only in your mind and not on a piece of paper in your pocket or on the side of your monitor. Which means unlike with normal keys, they are a pleasure to lug around with you in tight jeans. They’re also not easy to lose, unless you lose your mind, which does happen momentarily, admittedly more than we’d like. Still with digital keys you will thankfully never get asked, “Where did you see them last?”, unless that person is being cute or an ass.


For all the great things about password or digital keys, there are also some detractors compared to traditional keys. For one, if someone was standing at your front door trying millions of different keys hoping to get the right one, you would cotton on to it, and impolitely ask them to leave; however this isn’t always the case with your online doors. Another advantage is that there is little chance of a nogoodnik figuring out how to fashion your key by going through your garbage or knowing your favourite movie.

Make It Memorable

Making memorable passwords is a must, because human memories aren’t that great. But this can make maintaining good password protocols a tough exercise, especially if you’re a fair way into your internet life and have already used all the memorable passwords that you can think of.

Meaning every time you find out about a new service that’s popped up online, which obviously requires yet another password, you might not have anything to give.

There is often the option of logging in with your Facebook or Gmail account, but that’s just akin to using the same password. Which as we all know, will come with the advantage that you won’t forget it, but unfortunately that will be of little consolation to you, when every account you own has been hacked at once, allowing hackers to delete all your funny Youtube videos and post to Facebook views on Tony Abbott’s leadership that you may agree with, but don’t want out in the public domain.

Tip: Making a password longer, exponentially increases the difficulty to crack it. The easiest way for us humans to make our passwords long is to make them into phrases.

Example: Gmailis5letters&no#s or perhaps : ILike2get(email)

Pro Tip: Don’t use these two.

Password Strength

Sometimes when you enter a password they tell you how strong it is, unfortunately for those competitive souls out there, this can lead to a 20 character password of random numbers letters and symbols just to get a high score.

Tip: Don’t push yourself too hard, if you don’t think you’ll be able to remember it, then there’s really no point in it’s added security, unless you also want to be locked out along with everyone else.

Key Master

Sometimes being a cryptographic genius is warranted, say if you work as an online security manager or find yourself sent back in time to be an Enigma code breaker in World War 2. While in those situation having 6 levels of randomly generating passwords is good form. In your personal life though, the time it will take you to log in to Gmail might actually negate the time saving value of email over traditional mail.

Still you do need to include numbers, symbols and CAPITAL LETTERS to make your password that much stronger. Just adding your favourite number to the end isn’t enough. By substituting letters like i’s with 1’s, and e’s with 3’s, or even consider L’s as rotated 7’s you can turn a simple password that you may already remember into something no one can crack.

Password Managers

Considered an easy option, Password Managers offer users the ability to store their usernames and passwords to any site. Which means instead of having to log in to the particular service you can simply enter your password manager login details and gain access.

While this is quite convenient, it is also quite similar to using the same password for all your accounts as getting access to your master password will leave all your accounts vulnerable. If you still like the idea then you should try and make the password manager password as strong as possible, by using all the password tips you can find. Or make sure you have 2-step verification enabled.

2 Step Verification

If you’re looking for some extra security, then you should try 2 Step Verification. It improves your security by adding an extra layer, so you not only need the right password, but also to have access to either an email or mobile phone number. When you go to login on a strange foreign device you will then receive an instant message with a randomly generated code number, which you will then have to enter to get into your account.

While this can take longer to log into your device, if you use your mobile number, a hacker would need to have access to your phone, thus excluding any hackers not in the vicinity. This added security can even make your account with a password of 12345678 hard to crack.

Tip: If you access your accounts regularly from a personal device you can make that device trusted so you don’t need to perform 2 Step verification more than once.

Pro Tip: Microsoft, Google, Facebook + a lot of other big web services, offer 2 step verification, so if you’re using those accounts to log into numerous other services make sure you protect yourself.

Regular Password Changes

The bane of all good passwords is the suggestion that for security reasons you need to change your password regularly. This is however, if we’re honest with ourselves, something that only password zealots actually do it. Mainly because we’ve got other things on our mind, for example, worrying about meeting stringent hotdog eating competition entry requirement. We also don’t regularly change our passwords because it’s just too hard. If you did what is recommended, you’d only just finish learning your passwords before having to change them to something different.

The main reason behind needing to change them though, is not security from outside hackers, it’s actually from people you know or who have may have access to your account. This happens mainly in office’s when someone needs a file and it’s only on your computer, so you then have to give them your password so they can access it. Next thing you know, your password is the name of the staff volleyball team, and it’s screen printed on their team uniforms.

So if you’ve come up with a password which you really like, (don’t feel embarrassed, it’s easy to get attached), if you don’t want to change it, then don’t share it with anyone, yes that means even your partner. If someone needs a file, share or send it to them. If you have people accessing your computer, set up a guest account whose password you can bandy about. Fortunately with the advent of Office 365 for business you’ll be able to access all your files from the cloud and share them too. If it’s good enough for Byte Grylls then it’s good enough for you.

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2048 tile game

This #2048game is kinda addictive. I didn’t get how it worked to start with. I played the desktop version.

I found it tricky to work out initially, so thought I’d share my idea of how it works now that I’ve worked it out from not knowing at all, maybe it’ll make it easier for newcomers.

Turns out a new ‘2’ square turns up after every time you use the arrow keys. All the squares push to the side depending on the arrow key you use, like as if you turned the square with that side down and all the tiles fell down that way. Then any tiles with the same number combine to give a single tile with double that number.

So you keep moving like that until you create a tile with value 2048.

Props to @gabrielecirulli – nice work dude!

13 simple online business ideas

Business man shows success abstract flow chart

Ever dream of quitting your day job and creating something yourself? Maybe one of these ideas is the idea you’ve been looking for!

Starting an online business requires a lot less risk than investing in an office or store front. You can reach a wide national – sometimes international – customer-base and work from anywhere. With only a basic knowledge of website maintenance and a knack for communication, you can have an online business up and running in days. If you’re ready to take the plunge into becoming an online entrepreneur, we’ve got 12 ideas to help you get off the ground.

1. Specialized retailer
An online store lets you reach customers all over that world and that means you can afford to specialize. Whether it’s dollhouse furniture or organic dog food, there’s an audience for everything. Using an web hosting service with an integrated shopping cart or e-commerce sofware, you can have your business up and running in days. Many vendors will even drop ship products to customers on your behalf which means you don’t need to own a lot of inventory.

2. Social media consultant
Larger firms can hire an agency or full-time staff member to run their Facebook and Twitter accounts, but small businesses often have to take care of their own social media marketing. With so many other responsibilities, business owners may be too busy or overwhelmed to spend time coming up with a great social media strategy. As a consultant, you can help them determine the best tactics, posting schedules and content for their target audience. As their follower count grows, so will your business.

3. Web design
Have you ever been turned off by a business’s generic-looking website layout? If you know some HTML and have a good eye for design, you can launch a service to create attractive, easy-to-use websites for small businesses. You can put your skills to good use for business owners who want to take their online presence to the next level. Build up a portfolio of work with smaller freelance jobs, then create your own website to show it off and bring in a steady stream of clients.

4. Resume/cover letter writing
It’s a tough truth to swallow, but a standout resume and cover letter can make all the difference when you’re applying to a job. While listing your career accomplishments might seem like an easy task, the fine art of “humble bragging” eludes some of us. Get hired to help others get hired by writing stellar CVs. Capitalize on the increasingly important social media branding bandwagon and offer to fix LinkedIn profiles as well.

5. Professional freelancer

You might not think of freelancing as a business, but with more and more companies turning to part-time contract workers to fill their skill gaps, it’s not hard to imagine making a living providing businesses with a variety of freelance services. Depending on your skill sets, you could work for multiple companies in a variety of fields, offering flexibility and a refreshing change of pace. According to freelance job listing website, tech services, content creation and web design are popular fields for contract work,

6. Affiliate marketing
If you’re a person that loves leaving customer reviews on sites like Amazon, stop doing it for free. Word-of-mouth advertising is still a huge lead generator for many companies, and a lot of them are willing to share a portion of their profit with persuasive individuals that will promote their products to the public. If you have a personal website with a large following, this might be easier to accomplish (PR reps are always seeking out brand advocates they can send free samples to). Smart Passive Income breaks down three types of affiliate marketing and explains which one is most profitable.

7. Health/nutrition coach
When it comes to nutrition, Americans seem to have a mental block: According to the Centers for Disease Control nearly 70 percent of the adult population is overweight or obese, and many people that want to lose weight and eat better simply don’t know where to start. You don’t necessarily need to be a registered dietitian (RD) to offer meal plans and diet counseling to your client base, either. With the right combination of personal support and nutrition and exercise knowledge, you could be helping people get healthier through your online service.

8. eBook author
Have a ton of knowledge on a particular subject that you want to share with the public? With e-readers becoming more and more commonplace, self-publication is becoming a reality for many writers who might never get picked up by publishing companies. With the right marketing tools, you could successfully publish your own book on anything from cooking and weight loss to real estate. Inbound Pro’s advice from successful e-Book authors offers tips for writing content that sells.

9. Remote technical support
Many small businesses don’t have room in their budget for a full-time IT employee, so when their systems go on the fritz, they’ll usually call a computer whiz friend or family member. Eliminate their need to call in a favor and offer immediate remote technical assistance.

10. Virtual consignment store
Bargain hunters and thrift store enthusiasts can turn a nice profit reselling their vintage clothing finds. Brand yourself by setting up an independent website as your virtual storefront, but use a managed service like Google Checkout to handle transactions. High-resolution images and catchy copy for your products will make you stand out in the sea of Internet users trying to sell their used items. ICLabs put this startup idea on their list of tech industry trends for 2013.

11. Handmade craft seller
While you could run a clothing shop on sites like Etsy, these platforms are especially suited to crafters who can produce a steady supply of quality handmade items like crocheted blankets or unique painted glassware. Startup costsare extremely low if you purchase your materials in bulk from a craft supplier, and if you can turn orders around quickly, you’ll be making a profit in no time at all. It’s even possible to turn your store into a full-time gig.

12. Teaching online courses
You don’t need a degree in education to teach people how to do something you know inside and out. According to Fox, online course enrollment on the rise, you can help others enrich their lives by offering classes in an area you’re passionate about, like yoga or baking. Create instructional packets and videos for download from a website, or schedule real-time Skype lessons with clients.

13. App development
Mobile applications are more popular than ever, and people are willing to pay good money for ways to manage their lives from their smartphones. If you have a great idea and happen to know coding, you can run with it and create your app yourself. If you just have an idea, there are plenty of software developers looking to collaborate with people on app creation.

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