Archive for June, 2012

How to capitalize on your privacy and reputation

June 29, 2012 | By | Reply More

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While some people love to engage in social media—posting photos of their kids on Facebook and Twitter, building online profile, giving advice and recommendations on products they like, etc. These actions consolidate overtime and once they are on the internet, other people can take advantage of it and use it to market on us, watch our actions and even jeopardize our security which is worse.

There are for sure some aspects of our lives that we don’t want public like our health condition, our physical address, our contact numbers, and our credit rating among others so we have to make sure the despite not broadcasting these online through hidden profile data yet still they can be susceptible to data buyers from these online websites that might sell our data to make a profit.

As publicness is being talk about much, the internet has unfortunately become no more a privacy advocating medium. In this regard, our data is extremely being used even without our consent to the advantage of website owners and businesses that can constantly make use of our existing information that we posted online.

michael fertikWhy do we need to secure our information and capitalize on it?

As we understand, data is everything. The more we divulge information on the web, the more people get access to it and if we don’t safeguard our information or yet minimize what we share on the web, the more likely that we exposing ourselves in the open.

As Michael Fertik, CEO & Founder of Reputation.com puts it, “Data is the new oil” meaning, we need to capitalize on our information so by the time companies needs it, it will serve as our selling capital, something that we can value and protect.

Our reputation is our selling point so basically we have to protect it by all means, online reputation or what we put on the internet matters many years from now and building that reputation alongside safeguarding our personal data, we are making ourselves more valuable to both businesses and prying eyes.

Below is the interview by Andrew Keen on Michael Fertik.

Is your company merging or acquired by another?

June 29, 2012 | By | Reply More

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Back in the days when I was still in the manufacturing industry, merging companies nor acquisitions was much of a move until the recent recession that has shaken the world entirely. Even worse is the bankruptcy left and right that made mergers and acquisitions possible.

As the world tries to forget the downhill collapse due to the recession, there are still some companies who opt to merge with another or some buy out another in order to sustain their business or in one hand, expand respectively.

valence groupThe chemical industry is not an exception to these industry movements. As parties come into an agreement, they can however consider the guidance of a Chemical M&A firm like Valence Group.

Chemical Mergers and Acquisitions advisors provide services to companies and investors exclusively in the chemicals, materials and related sectors.

These advisors have the capability of providing sound recommendations and advice in the areas which relate to the Chemical industry sectors among which includes Environmental Liabilities, Operation Carve-outs, Ongoing Supply Agreements, Off-take Agreements, Site Operating Agreements, Regulatory Constraints, and Intellectual Property including Non-Competes.

While merging and /or acquisition process takes a heavy turn on the business and employees, this business move is still favorable for both parties. It can be a little shaky at first however, in the long run, it’s all about sustainability in the industry.

Is your merchant PCI Compliant?

June 29, 2012 | By | Reply More

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Did you know that online merchants who accept credit card payments must be PCI DSS compliant? Card transactions online is govern by a set of requirements set by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) which is designed to ensure that ALL companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. Essentially any merchant that has a Merchant ID (MID).

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) was launched on September 7, 2006 to manage the ongoing evolution of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards with focus on improving payment account security throughout the transaction process. The PCI DSS is administered and managed by the PCI SSC (www.pcisecuritystandards.org), an independent body that was created by the major payment card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB.).

PCI compliantIt is important to note, the payment brands and acquirers are responsible for enforcing compliance, not the PCI council.

Having read all this, it’s important to understand that whenever you hand your credit card information online, you are putting yourself at risk, meaning you are vulnerable to security breaches however, you must also be aware that certain measures are being taken to fully safeguard your data online so you can sleep safe and sound and that is what the PCI SSC is working for alongside payment brands to ensure that your information cannot be compromised.

For new startup businesses however, they basically need to acquire a PCI compliant hosting environment in order to solidify their intention of good business and for the security of their customers. Merchants must adapt PCI compliance in order to project an image of trustworthiness and dedication to safeguard their customer’s valuable information and data.

Got a kid at school? Get free printable flashcards online!

June 22, 2012 | By | Reply More

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Back in the days, flashcards are pretty much a fad to grade school teachers. I could even remember even my high school Algebra teacher uses flash cards to teach negative and positive integers.

Basically, flashcards are not just some piece of paper but they are really helpful pieces of card board used for instructional purposes. While people nowadays hold tablets in their hands to teach, a flashcard still wins by a mile in mobility and convenience.

flashcardsThere are many online flashcards where educators and moms can get for free, some are even paid for. A more advance user though can make use of flash card software for the same purpose. Of course, nothing beats the free stuff.

Proprofs.com offers online flashcard making for free. All you need to do is follow a simple procedure and voila, a flashcard just for your specific purpose!

You can also make use of the existing flashcards available on their website in case you don’t have time to do your own and just want to have something readily printable.

Alright, need to know more? Visit their website and see it for yourself. Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you. Have fun guys!

Choosing the right copy machine

June 1, 2012 | By | Reply More

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Alright, we all knew how important it is to have a copier at home handy when you need one. I myself value it and it’s convenient than having to go somewhere else to have your manuscript photocopied.

While purchasing photocopiers can be a bit of a challenge especially when you’re on a tight budget but still want to have a decent one that can last long and deliver its purpose, Okidata Copiers have been considerate with the needs of consumers by providing a line of copiers that fits any budget and technical needs.

okidata copierWith the advent of too many copiers in the market, it has been confusing for most buyers to find the right one for them that would fit their needs and budget. Well, not anymore. Okidata copiers have been widely known to greatly manage document traffic while at the same time maintaining quality in the office. Okidata copy machines are best known to be very affordable and worth every price tag it has. These copiers use high yield toners that allow users more output at a minimum cost.

Unlike most expensive photocopiers in the market today, Okidata photocopier machines have faxing capabilities that allows users multitask in one machine. And with customers in mind, Okidata always makes it a point to maintain the quality of their products a top priority while selling them at reasonable costs that even those who are on a tight budget can afford.