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There’s a few things people can mean when they say a website’s been “hacked.”
Often it’s that a hacker got access to a website’s code files and changed them. This usually happens when a website owner has a weak password (tip: longer is better, special characters better yet) or has been ignoring software updates for a while (mostly Wordpress.org sites).
Another way a website can be hacked, specific to e-commerce sites, is when credit card information submitted through a payment form is intercepted. And just like it sounds, it’s pretty serious.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert in internet security to make sure your website’s safe. Or let the fear of dealing with credit cards keep you from selling on your own site.
There’s just two simple things that every online business owner with an e-commerce component on their site should have straight….
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Hey, quick note! Today I’m writing on the topic of fear and how to turn it into action as a part of the Summit Blog Tour, which leads up to the Soul*Full Summit hosted by Catherine Just. I’m thrilled to be a part of an event that empowers entrepreneurs, artists and creatives to take action toward their dreams while helping create more opportunities for people with Down syndrome. You can join the movement by signing up for the Summit HERE!
I wrote an article a while ago called, Why So Many Women Think They’re ‘Bad With Technology,’ that makes a great precursor for what I’m about to say.
The gist is that there’s a predisposition for self-blame that women have, that can make it tough to claim power over a thing as fickle and finicky as technology.
When a situation goes awry, men blame the technology; women blame themselves. And women– understandably weary beneath the weight of their constant perceived screw-ups– have a much easier time opting out altogether, saying, “Hey, technology’s not my thing.”
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I worry that someone from my past is going to find this website and make fun of me.
They’ll see my photo on every page as proof that I’m in desperate need of attention.
Or roll their eyes because– who do I think I am??
I know of a woman who goes by her middle name online. When I found out, I was shocked by my own visceral reaction. An alias! What a relief from the squirmy vulnerability of putting yourself “out there” online.
I’ll always be the first person to tell you that effort, discomfort, and the risk of failure are the currency of success in the internet age. That you don’t need to sit around and wait for anyone to deem you worthy of selling your art or sharing what you know, but you do need to be able to face those three things.
This– the “putting yourself out there” bit of online business– is one area where that idea really comes to light….
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Do you find yourself running low on ideas for new product designs, marketing strategies, website content?
Do you scramble to come up with each “new thing,” worried that your well is running dry with each one?
Good news! It’s not. Really.
But you just might be doing something to hinder your ideation process right now. (It’s kind of a delicate flower, you know? But more on that in a moment.)
It’s normal to think that ideas, or “insights,” come to us only when the stars align. That there’s no consistency to it; it’s never a repeatable event. But if you’re like most people, you’re wrong.
To quote an academic paper by neuroscientist Dr. Mark Beeman, published in 2009 by Current Directions in Psychological Science….
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Fed up with PayPal?
You’re not alone.
PayPal has gathered a lot of hate from the small business community in the last several years.
Of course, the majority of PayPal users don’t run into serious problems. (With the exception of one very irritating phone call, I’ve never been affected myself.)
But the things PayPal has been accused of by other loyal customers is disconcerting enough– randomly freezing accounts, holding money hostage, providing extremely difficult customer service, even advising one merchant’s buyer to destroy a $2,500 antique violin…
One thing that might help you breathe at least a little bit easier despite all this controversy is that PayPal has claimed to be fixing these issues as of late.
Sure, that does provide me with some solace because, fact is, a lot of customers prefer to pay with PayPal. And I feel I’ll always need to use them in some regard. (They’re simply too much of a giant to avoid. Which is, ironically, also what makes them so dangerous.)
But all in all, I’ve been taking great care not to keep all of my eggs in the PayPal basket.
And if you feel the same way as I do, I hope you’ll find my recommendations for alternatives to be a helpful guide in your search….
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Frustrated by how long it takes to accomplish things? I’ve personally had such a struggle with this, defaulting daily to that miserable cycle of stress and disappointment.
I have gotten better over the years! That is, in changing the way I work to be more efficient, and in accepting that even trivial tasks can take time. But I’m always interested in new productivity strategies for knocking out more to-dos in a day.
Unfortunately, most of the advice out there is just the same stuff parroted over and over.
(Most recently, everybody’s been echoing the study about ambient noise improving creative work. You should absolutely try it out if you haven’t already, but I won’t add to the repetition any more than that!)
If you’re with me on wanting to be more productive– but sick of reading the same advice again and again– you’re going to love the following list of quirky little tricks I’ve put together for you today!
Of course, different things work for different people, so it’s always a matter of experimentation. But you never know what small thing might turn out to make a world of difference….