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  • Dec 16 / 2013
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How to Dress Like Your Favorite Muppet

Welcome to a new week NSquared readers!The Muppets



This particular Monday we thought we would publish one of our most important articles ever. How to dress like your favorite Muppet. You might be asking yourself what this has to do with inbound marketing, PC repair, IT consulting, or some of the other awesome services we provide and the answer is: nothing.



Prepare to have your world rocked. And please, do us a favor. If you do hit the streets with some of these duds at a Christmas party or family gathering, leave a comment or a picture.

Here we go folks, let the Muppet madness begin!




“8 Ways to Dress Like Your Favorite Muppet


If you’re walking around wishing you could give your wardrobe a little more whimsy, we’re here to help — well, us and our stylish Muppet pals.



Kermit and company offer inspiration on how to inject some colorful fun into your outfits. Whether you find yourself with an inner frog who knows it isn’t easy bein’ green or possessed by a fuzzy blue cookie fiend, you can find way to work Muppet into your closet.



After digging around Etsy, we found all the items you need to channel your favorite felt friends.



Maybe this year you’ll rock the Miss Piggy look for your office holiday get together — or just cozy up at home with a big comfy sweater and your favorite book of “knock knock” jokes.





Homepage Image: Neilson Barnard/The Muppets Studio/Getty Images”



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  • Dec 13 / 2013
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Online Risks to Avoid this Holiday Season, Part II

Happy Friday NSquared readers!Christmas Lego Nerd


Welcome to Part II of Online Risks to Avoid this Holiday Season. You can check out Part I HERE.



“10 Online Risks to Avoid During the Holidays (Kiplinger)






6. Phony apps. Be wary of the apps you download on your phone or Facebook page. Researchers recently found that Android phones are vulnerable to text message phishing if users download infected apps (learn more). Even legitimate apps might ask permission for too much information. So read the list of permissions an app requests to make sure it’s not asking for information you don’t want to provide.




7. Fake Google results. If you do a Google search for a popular toy your kid wants for Christmas, for example, there’s a good chance that some of the results will be links to fake sites or images that have viruses or malware. That’s because scammers build sites based on popular search terms. When doing your holiday shopping online, stick with sites you know (see our 15 favorite sites for finding deals online).




8. Forced browsing. This advanced hacker technique is used to steal your passwords when you log into your accounts using a public Wi-Fi connection. So don’t check your accounts online at the coffee shop or other public Wi-Fi spot. Even if you’re just browsing the Web using a public Wi-Fi connection, though, you can put yourself at risk if you’ve set your browser to save the passwords to your accounts. Hackers can view your browsing history, go to sites you’ve visited and steal passwords without you knowing.





9. Wi-Fi sniffing. This technique allows hackers to see what you’re doing on your computer if you’re using a public Wi-Fi source. If you surf the Web on your smart phone, use your 3G (or 4G) network connection if you can because it is more secure than Wi-Fi. To protect your laptop from hackers, sign up for a personal virtual private network service, such as Private Internet Access to secure your computer’s Internet connection.





10. Digital profiling. Your digital profile is basically what you say about yourself on social media. And thieves can make use of this information. For example, you shouldn’t announce on Facebook that you’ll be out of town over the holidays. You put your home at risk of a break-in or of being used by criminals as a mailing address to ship illicit packages.”


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  • Dec 11 / 2013
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PC Repair

Online Risks to Avoid this Holiday Season, Part I

Top ‘o the morning readers!Online Risks During the Holidays


As you might know, we are computer geeks. With that said, computer issues are probably the last thing on your mind this time of year, and that’s why we’re here.


Check out this great article from Kiplinger below:


“10 Online Risks to Avoid During the Holidays


‘Tis the season to be scammed. Identity thieves, computer hackers and fraudsters tend to increase their efforts over the holidays because more consumers are online purchasing gifts and looking for deals, says Dave Aitel, CEO of Immunity Inc, which creates penetration testing products (ie hacking tools). Scammers also take advantage of people’s generosity during the season of giving.


Aitel says that people need to watch out for these ten threats that could put them at risk of becoming victims of fraud or ID theft during the holidays.


1. Clickjacking. This popular Facebook scam involves online games that require you to click something that moves across your computer screen. You think you’re clicking on a dancing Santa, but, in reality, you could be clicking on a concealed link that might perform actions such as making your Facebook profile information public or giving scammers access to information stored on your computer. So don’t click on those dancing Santas (or any other game that pops up on your computer or gets passed around on Facebook).




2. Drive-by downloads. This is a term that refers to downloading something that you didn’t realize was a malicious program or a download that occurs without your knowledge. This might happen as you are browsing the Web during the holidays and and visit unfamiliar sites with ads that promise deep discounts on items. If the site isn’t legitimate, the ads probably aren’t, either. Also avoid sites that require you to download a “codec” to view a video because this is malicious software.




3. Infections from legitimate sites. Now is prime time for hackers to infect sites that get more traffic during the holidays with pop-up ads that have viruses. Aitel recommends installing an ad blocker on your browser, such as the free Adblock Plus, or to use Chrome as your browser because it’s harder for hackers to infiltrate.




4. E-mail phishing. Your inbox might fill up with donation requests or holiday deals over the coming weeks. If these e-mails come from people or groups you’re not familiar with, delete them because they’re likely attempts to steal your personal information or con you out of big bucks. Also watch out for e-mails claiming to come from your credit-card issuer. You might assume that they’re legitimate if you’ve been using your card frequently to make holiday purchases. But don’t respond to any e-mails saying that there’s a problem with your card. Instead, call your company directly using the number printed on the back of your card. See Protect Yourself From New Phishing Schemes for more information.




5. Text-message phishing (or smishing). Be wary of text messages with donation requests, notices of too-good-to-be-true deals or even gift card offers from major retailers. There’s a good chance that they’re fake. If you respond, you may be prompted to divulge personal information, such as your credit card number.”



…to be continued…



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  • Dec 09 / 2013
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PC Repair

New Computer Virus Attacks Online Banking Websites Just in Time for the Holidays

Howdy folks, happy Monday!Online Banking


During holiday season and holiday shopping, chances are we are checking our online banking accounts a lot more often. Well we have some bad news, there is a new computer virus that is actually attacking online banking sites!


Check out the article from IBT below:


“New Computer Virus Targets Banking Sites to Steal Your Info, Experts Warn


Just in time for the holidays, researchers have found a new virus that uses your computer and online bankingsites to get your information and access your accounts.



It all started with a post on an underground cybercrime site on July 18. On offer: a program that could be used to break into “about 100 banks” and attack “any bank in the country.”



Experts at Kaspersky Lab, a Russian computer security company, began to look into it.



In November, they noticed hackers were buying and selling information to help open bank accounts meant to manage stolen funds.



Hacker Post




A post on a hacker forum about buying and selling databases of information used to access bank accounts and documents (KasperSky)



By mid-November, they had recorded several thousand infections around the world. And it will likely spread even faster over the holidays.



“We can expect to see mass Neverquest attacks toward the end of the year, which should ultimately lead to more users becoming victims of online cash theft,” wrote Sergey Golovanov. a researcher at the lab in a blog post on Tuesday.



“In light of Neverquest’s self-replication capabilities, the number of users attacked could increase considerably over a short period of time.”



The virus, called Trojan-Banker.Win32/64.Neverquest (or Neverquest for short) is particularly dangerous because of how fast it can spread.



A Trojan is a kind of computer virus that gains access to a computer system by appearing benign. It then infects the website or computer and performs its task. This one steals banking information.



It modifies the content of websites opened in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. It leads users to modified websites that look like originals but instead send all their username or password information back to the hackers. They can then use virtual network computing, which allows someone to access another person’s computer from anywhere in the world. This way, they hack into user bank accounts without setting off any alarms, since it seems like the person is logging in through their own computer.



It has already targeted 28 banking and online payment sites in Germany, Italy, Turkey and India. But it is engineered to search for more. It searches webpages for keywords such as “balance,” “checking account,” and “account summary.”



Golovanov said that the Fidelity Investment site appears to be a top target for the program. It is one of the largest mutual fund investment firms, and has a variety of ways for clients to access their accounts online.



“This gives malicious users the chance to not only transfer cash funds to their own accounts, but also to play the stock market using the accounts and money of Neverquest victims,” he wrote.



The virus also harvests data to access social media accounts. Some sites include Skype, Flickr, Myspace, Farmville, Zynga, Facebook, Twitter and others.



Emails attachments are another way Neverquest can get onto your computer. In this case, users can protect themselves by not opening suspicious emails or messages.



Some malicious attachments have names such as “travel-00034.jpg.zip” or even “light details_united airlines.pdf.zip.”



Another way to protect information is to use a virtual keyboard. This is a program that allows users to type in passwords or usernames using a clickable keyboard on the screen instead of typing, since the virus is able to log keystrokes on a real keyboard once it gets into the computer.



But that still isn’t enough.



“Protection against threats such as Neverquest requires more than just standard antivirus,” said Golovanov.



Users should have some kind of solution that secures not only their computer but online transactions and prevent manipulation by other applications.



This virus is an attempt to fill a few “holes” in the cyber black market, according to Golovanov. He wrote that after several criminal cases associated with bank website viruses were wrapped up, new users are creating new technologies.



“This threat is relatively new, and cybercriminals still aren’t using it to its full capacity,” he warns.



He expects that Neverquest will spread very fast, especially over the upcoming holiday season when malware use generally spikes.”



(Image Credit: Flickr/ playerx)


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  • Dec 06 / 2013
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PC Repair

Computer Virus Attacks Increase During Holiday Season

Howdy NSquared readers!Holiday Shopping



The holiday season is here and in full swing.



Baking, decorating, hot cocoa, holiday shopping and computer attacks are on the rise. Wait..what? Computer attacks you say?



Check out the article from Perry Hall below:




“Viruses Attacks Increase as We Approach The Holiday Shopping Season



Well it is almost holiday shopping season. During this period; many people opt to online for doing a good majority of their Christmas shopping. Virus hijackers like to take advantage of the extra online traffic by writing new virus code and infecting thousands of sites in order to get their malware out into the wild. We see it happen year after year. One of the most aggressive of these infections is ransom ware called the FBI virus. This virus is brutal once it gets into your system. Depending on how long it stays in your system, your computer can be locked down sometimes even in safe mode with no easy way to get into your operating system. The fake screen that pops up looks very real and can be intimidating for many people. Essentially the virus lets you believe that you are committing a  violation and you need to pay $200.00. The money is usually requested to be made as a money pak from Walgreen’s or Wal Mart. As real as it may appear, it is a fake program. Do Not Pay the $200.00 as the screen will still remain on your computer and the virus will still be there.



One of the worst aspects of the FBI virus is that it is almost never stopped by anti-virus software. It appears to be most common with video sites and X rated websites.



In addition we have seen an increase in exe hijackers and the system restore virus that actually changes the configuration of your files so that you think they have been erased. These virus variants are a bit easier to remove but registry fixes often have to be implemented in order to get the machine back to a normal state. Most of these virus attacks will take several steps to completely remove. It can almost never be done just by a simple scan from your anti-virus program.”



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  • Nov 27 / 2013
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PC Repair

Lake Havasu City PC Repair: 4 Signs Your PC Needs a Tune-Up

Howdy NSquared readers!

As we all know, eventually our beloved PC’s need tune-ups. But how do you know if the time has come for yours? Check out these four signs from Aol below:


“Signs Your Computer Needs a Tune-up



…Here are a few signs that could indicate that a tune-up is in order:




Slow Computer

Your system can be slow for lots of reasons, but often there’s a simple computer fix. Data clutter, insufficient memory or system resources and failing hardware are the most often-occurring causes of a slowdown. Sometimes, if you clear your browsing history and clean up the Windows registry, you can fix your PC. However, if you’re not a skilled PC technician, you could create additional problems.




Error Messages

An application on your computer system may have its own bugs or problems that are causing error messages to appear on your screen. A PC tune-up searches the causes of the error messages and can often eliminate them.




PC Freezes, Crashes and Shutdowns

It’s always when you’ve just done your best work that your computer crashes, right? PC crashes or freezes can be caused by too many open applications, too much data or not enough memory to support the running functions. It’s important to periodically tune up your PC in order to clean out old data and applications that are using memory unnecessarily and causing a computer slowdown.




Long Start-up and Shut-down times

A PC tune-up can repair hard-drive fragmentation, fix the Windows registry and delete useless files. These problems can be causes of your computer’s taking a long time to start up or shut down. You might have applications launching at start-up that you don’t realize are there and they are grabbing memory and slowing down the whole system.


Whether you inadvertently downloaded something that’s troublesome or your computer is simply aging and needs freshening up, a PC tune-up is a great idea. Keeping track of scheduled maintenance for your computer will benefit you just as much do those tune-ups you do for your car… booting up your computer to find it’s not working properly is just as aggravating as a car that won’t start…”



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  • Nov 25 / 2013
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PC Repair

Lake Havasu City PC Repair: You Might Have a Virus If…

Happy Monday folks!Computer Virus



Is your computer running the way it should be? If you aren’t sure, check out this article from Microsoft below:



“How can I tell if my computer has a virus?



If you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, your computer might have a virus.



Is your computer running very slowly? A common symptom of a virus is much slower than normal computer performance. However, there can be other reasons for slow performance, including a hard disk that needs defragmenting, a computer that needs more memory (RAM), or the existence of spyware or adware. For more information about spyware, see How to tell if your computer is infected with spyware.



Are you getting unexpected messages, or are programs starting automatically? Some viruses can cause damage to Windows or some of your programs. The results of this damage might include messages appearing unexpectedly, programs starting or closing automatically, or Windows shutting down suddenly.



Is your modem or hard disk working overtime? An e‑mail virus works by sending many copies of itself by e‑mail. One indicator of this is that the activity light on your broadband or external modem is constantly lit; another is the sound of your computer’s hard disk continually working. These are not always symptoms of a computer virus, but when combined with other problems, can indicate a virus infection…”



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  • Oct 11 / 2013
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Articles, Inbound Marketing, Social Media

Lake Havasu Web Design – Social Advertising for Your Business

ThumbnailGood morning folks!


Are you looking to invest in some social advertising for your business? Check out Lauren Indvik’s article, “Social Advertising Tips for Your Business”, below:



“Social Advertising Tips for Your Business


For small business owners, the complex ecosystem of social media advertising can be difficult to navigate. For every success story — and there are plenty — there are hundreds, if not thousands, of small business frustrated by their attempts to attract customers through FacebookTwitterTumblrFoursquarePinterest, etc.



The problem, fundamentally, is that small businesses are on social media because they feel that they should be — not because it fits into some larger strategy. They’ve heard about the small businesses that have radically enlarged themselves through those networks, as if by magic — that magic being, in fact, the execution of very smart strategies.




Before you pour further resources into a Facebook page or a Twitter account, it’s worth laying out the factors — in marketing terms, the key performance indicators (KPIs) — that determine the success or failure of your business. Are word-of-mouth and customer advocacy essential to your customer acquisition strategy? Perhaps it’s worth looking at social media to amplify those messages. Likewise, if you find that your Facebook fans spend more and more often than non-Facebook fans, it may be worth investing in ads that will help you boost your fan count.



Here, we’ve outlined the ad products offered by the two most popular social networks: Facebook and Twitter. Perhaps in reading about them, you’ll find matches with your business’ list of KPIs. In that case, you may want to set aside a budget to test them against the marketing investments you’re already making. After all, you’ll never know what works until you try.





Facebook Ads



Facebook ads used to be extremely complex, but thanks to a recent overhaul, they’re much simpler to purchase these days.



Your first task is to identify your marketing objective. Do you want Facebook users to buy something on your site? You should optimize for website conversions. If you simply want more Likes on your Facebook page — knowing that Facebook fans tend to be valuable customers in the long run — then optimizing for page Likes is the way to go. You can also optimize for website clicks, post engagement, app installs, app engagement, Offer claims and RSVPs to a Facebook event.




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Once an objective has been identified, Facebook will guide you to the most appropriate ad type. It’s up to you to choose where that ad appears — in the News Feed, for example, or alongside it. Facebook will help you figure out where your ad is likely to perform best. You’ll also need to choose a headline, image (you can upload up to five on rotation) and text for your ad. Facebook recommends copy be “succinct, friendly and conversational.”

facebook choose placement




Once you’ve chosen your ad, you’ll need to decide who sees it. You can target people by location, age, gender, interest, relationship status, language, education and even workplace. You can also opt to target only people who are or are not already connected to your page or app, or the friends of people who already like said page or app. This kind of targeting is unique to Facebook, and should be thought out carefully. A restaurant, for example, may want to advertise a group happy hour special to employees of nearby businesses that tend to go out together after-hours.



Lastly, there’s the budget. You can allot a daily or lifetime budget, the former of which will allow you to space out your ads over a broader timeframe. You can also decide how you want to pay: You can either pay for specific actions (such as Likes or website purchases), or per thousand impressions. Facebook will help you choose the best one. Pricing varies according to the competition in the demographic you’re targeting.



Once you’ve set up your campaign, you’ll want to track its progress through Facebook’s analytics dashboard. Pretty quickly, you’ll be able to see which ads and images are performing the best — and can modify your spending accordingly.



Head over to Facebook’s advertising center to get started.

Twitter Ads



Twitter’s ad suite is much more simple. It’s divided into two categories: Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts. (A third ad product, Promoted Trends, isn’t available to small businesses.)



Promoted Tweets are ideal when you want to advertise a specific message, or product. If your goal is new followers, promoting your account is the most efficient method, as you’ll pay only when you add new followers. It’s worth testing whether promoting a specific message, or having more followers (who may then see multiple messages), is more profitable for your business over time.

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You can opt for two kinds of targeting. The first is by keyword, which will allow you to target those who search, tweet about or otherwise engage with a specific term. You can also target by interests and followers, reaching people who fall into certain broad interest categories (like board games or college basketball) or who follow specific accounts — a skin care brand might want to target users who follow accounts that tweet about beauty and anti-aging advice. You can also limit your targeting to certain devices, like BlackBerry, and by gender.



Once you’ve set that all up, you can set lifetime and daily maximum budgets for your campaign. If you’re running a Promoted Tweet campaign, you set the amount you’re willing to pay every time someone retweets, replies, favorites, follows or clicks on your tweet. (Twitter recommends bidding somewhere in the $1.50 to $2.20 per engagement range.) For Promoted Account campaigns, you pay per follower — Twitter recommends bidding in the $2.50 to $3.50 range.

Beyond Facebook and Twitter



While small business participation on Twitter, and especially Facebook, is high, companies may find that other networks (and their ad products) are a better strategic fit. Pinterest, for example, has become essential to women’s lifestyle publishers, accounting for as much as 10% of their monthly referral traffic. Tumblr and LinkedIn may also be worth exploring, depending on your target customer demographic and other needs.



To repeat our earlier mantra: You’ll never know what works until you try. What you may discover is that social networks and their ad products don’t yet provide the kinds of returns that ad products from Google and elsewhere can — and that’s okay, too.



Images: Mashable composite from iStockphoto, Artpuppy; Facebook; Twitter”




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  • Oct 09 / 2013
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The Internet

Lake Havasu City Web Design- What People are Really Doing on the Internet, Part III

file1781249330267Happy Hump Day!

Hey homies, ready for more cool charts and graphs? Of course you are!

Scroll down for Business Insider’s article explaining what people are doing online through sweet charts and pictures:






“10 Stunning Facts About What People Are REALLY Doing On The Internet






Tablets are selling faster than smartphones. In less than three years on the market, they’ve surpassed desktop and notebook PC shipments.



Tablets are selling faster than smartphones. In less than three years on the market, they've surpassed desktop and notebook PC shipments.


The average mobile phone user reaches for his or her device 150 times per day. A good portion of the time, they’re just checking the time (which is a good case for the smart watch).



The average mobile phone user reaches for his or her device 150 times per day. A good portion of the time, they're just checking the time (which is a good case for the smart watch).


QR code scanning may not have caught on yet in the US, but it’s huge in China. It’s up 4X year over year there, and it’s used primarily for passcodes and promotions.



QR code scanning may not have caught on yet in the US, but it's huge in China. It's up 4X year over year there, and it's used primarily for passcodes and promotions.


Why we should all care about immigration laws: 1st and 2nd generation Americans employ 1.3 million people in the US and have founded more than half of the top 25 tech companies.



Why we should all care about immigration laws: 1st and 2nd generation Americans employ 1.3 million people in the US and have founded more than half of the top 25 tech companies.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/10-charts-reveal-stunning-facts-about-how-people-use-the-internet-2013-6?op=1#ixzz2hEej1wMy


(Internet Photo courtesy of Alvimann)




  • Oct 07 / 2013
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The Internet

Lake Havasu City Web Design- What People are Really Doing on the Internet, Part II

imageWake up to a new week NSquared readers!


Welcome to Part II of our blog series, What People are Really Doing on the Internet. Scroll down for more fun facts, charts and graphs:



“10 Stunning Facts About What People Are REALLY Doing On The Internet (Part II)




Snapchat is a monster, with more than 150 million images being shared and uploaded per day.




Snapchat is a monster, with more than 150 million images being shared and uploaded per day.


YouTube is growing quickly. Now, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to it per minute, up from nothing six years ago.




YouTube is growing quickly. Now, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to it per minute, up from nothing six years ago.


YouTube is becoming almost as widely used as Facebook. Tumblr rose from obscurity in 2011 to a frequently used social media site in one year.




YouTube is becoming almost as widely used as Facebook. Tumblr rose from obscurity in 2011 to a frequently used social media site in one year.
…to be continued…






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