Nov201625

In the 21st century, businesses are operating within an innovative, internet-centred, technology filled world. Unfortunately, as online interaction becomes fundamental in the world of business, hackers and fraudsters are continuously finding new ways to harm you and your customers. As such, online safety is paramount for all companies, but for none more-so than businesses in e-commerce.

As you celebrate your graduation from startup to SME, don’t forget that your e-commerce business will become more susceptible to online threats. In fact, small businesses are targeted more frequently than larger corporations, largely because the latter tends to invest in more extensive security procedures.

So how can you navigate this minefield and make your e-commerce site safe? To protect your SME, follow these tips:

Pay for Penetration Testing

More commonly referred to as a pen test, the purpose of penetration testing is to seek potential security problems and quantify threats. There are various types and formats of pen tests, but they all aim to find vulnerabilities which could be exploited by hackers.

Unlike other forms of security, a penetration test attempts to create an authentic breach. Professionals act like hackers, exploiting weaknesses and highlighting areas of concern without real-world damage. Once completed, you will be armed with new ways to protect your SME which can help to prevent any future hacks.

Tip: Always choose a pen test company with CREST accreditation, such as Nettitude

Think About the Payment Processes

One of the best ways to protect your SME against hackers, is to minimise the amount of data you store; if the information does not exist, a hacker cannot steal it. This is especially important in terms of payment.

There are a number of precautions that can be taken, including but not limited to: not giving customers the option of storing card information, directing customers to a secure third party gateway to process payments, and using encryption technology to prevent hackers from decrypting sensitive information.

Consider Cyber Insurance

Cyber insurance has been around for almost a decade, but has only recently become more common place. Also known as cyber liability, this insurance is essentially an emergency back-up plan.

Unfortunately, attacks are becoming more common and particularly for SMEs. Just as quickly as new software and deterrents are created, hackers are formulating innovative and sophisticated ways to break through. While there are steps you can take to secure your e-commerce business, should the worst happen, cyber insurance provides cover and protection when sensitive data is stolen.

Black Friday Made Easy
Nov201624

Today is Black Friday, and without doubt it is one of the biggest shopping days across the UK. In past years Boxing Day was the day when shoppers would hit the stores looking for bargains, but now we’re lucking enough to get the best deals a month before Christmas. Make sure you mark November 25 (Black Friday) and 28 (Cyber Monday) in the diary, because it’s the time that you’re gong to get the best deals out there!

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What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is a day when shops drop their prices massively for 24 hours; this in turn gets people to splash quite a bit of cash on their Christmas shopping. Black is added to Friday because it’s seen as the day when shops ‘move in to the black’ – that means they move in to profit and have enough money to cover their costs.

You’ll often see huge queues on Black Friday as people hunt for the knock down items on offer. It’s not only in shops but also online where people go to get discounts, My Voucher Codes is the perfect example of this – it’s one of my go to places on Black Friday.

How can I find the best deals?

Millions of people out there will be hunting for the best bargains, so you need to be prepared and do your research. Everything from clothes to televisions are going to be on sale so you need to make a list of what it is you’re looking for, this will make you get the deals before the competition! I recently read the perfect guide, the black Friday e-book is a must read if you are going to save as much money as possible and get everything you want.

What else do I need to know?

Don’t just get bogged down with Christmas presents because they are not the only things you can pick up on Black Friday. Airlines and holiday websites also join the bargain fun, if you do your homework you might even be able to pick up flights for only a few pounds! If you don’t find everything that you want on Black Friday then don’t worry, just 3 days later you’ll be able to find more on the awesome Cyber Monday.

Have you ever found amazing deals on Black Friday or where are you planning to shop? I’m always keen to hear about your experiences – all you have to do is pop your thoughts, tales and success stories. Best of luck and I hope you get some great bargains guys.

 

Reasons I Loved Visiting Antarctica (and why you should too)
Nov201618

 

It is hard to describe one of the most stunningly beautiful places on the entire earth in a simple blog post (I have used a picture to give you a little bit of a taste though). But to sum it up, it is the most beautiful, the harshest and also probably the most expensive (Antarctica cruise prices are high but worth it) that you have ever been to. It is, however, worth it and I wanted to talk about what I loved about having visited there, so sit back, relax, enjoy and read on to find out more.

The most amazing sights and scenery possible

To be perfectly honest, once you go to Antarctica you will never look at a holiday destination the same way ever again. You can pretty much erase all your past memories of what you thought was the most beautiful sight, because Antarctica is 100%  going to be it going forward. I have been to some great places, but of course Antarctica takes the cake with the endless view of ice, the astonishingly large icebergs, mountains and glaciers.

The animals

There are so many penguins, it is almost like living with them. I think they are just incredible creatures, especially given how curious and unafraid of humans they are. This is so unusual for any wild animal that does not have a huge amount of exposure to humans, and even those that do are usually quite scared. They are also quite playful and love to frolic around all day long, which will be one of my fondest memories of Antarctica for sure.

Of course there are also many different other types of birds, seals and many kinds of whale.

Bragging rights

It may sound a little silly, but going on a trip to Antarctica is the ultimate bragging right. Of course you would never go through hardship as the famous Antarctic explorers, like Mawson or Scott, but the point is that if you stand in any given room I doubt you will find anybody that has ever been to Antarctica. Of course someone has bound to have been to South America, but you can say you did both in one trip. How good is that!

The cruise ship

It is quite funny, because Antarctica is definitely not a budget holiday destination and Antarctica cruise prices are not cheap, but it is actually quite a comfortable experience when you are enjoying your free time in the ship, despite the obvious harsh weather conditions. I really enjoyed all the facilities of the cruise ship that I was on and really felt quite comfortable there. My ship even had a gym and bar! I really enjoyed the food too, this is just another part of what makes cruises in Antarctica great. I suppose that with such few operators, they need to compete fiercely with one another, which can only mean good things for your next trip there!

There is nobody

I can think of many great places on earth where you can visit and experience immense beauty, but I can’t think of a place where you can enjoy this . Of course, places like the Empire State Building,  Colosseum or Trevi Fountain are amazing in their own right, but the reality is that you have to experience them with hundreds of other people. This can be a bit stressful at the best of times, but this is a stark contrast to Antarctica, where there is literally nobody around. In fact, you couldn’t be further from civilisation! The beauty and peaceful serenity of Antarctica is something that I will never forget.

Simple Fashion Tips For Men
Nov201609

Men are still learning to get fashion right and we are not quite at the point of mastery yet, but knowing the right things can help us to lead by example and show others the right way. Here are some tips that will truly help you to improve your style and avoid some common mistakes that no man should make, so read on to find out more.

Dress for the occasion

It is important to match what you are wearing to the situation you are in. For example if you are at a wedding you should wear a tie or bow tie, but don’t wear a suit to a casual date and a movie. It is perfect when you get the level of dress right, rather than being the under or overdressed guy.

Wear a denim shirt

The denim shirt has served men well since the inception of denim itself, this tried and true wardrobe staple is something that you can definitely use to dress up or dress down almost any outfit. My recommendation for denim shirts is of course to never ever wear them with matching jeans, this is just a bad idea and it doesn’t look good. Avoid this at all costs and if you are going for double denim, make sure you choose darker jeans and a lighter denim shirt.

Wear slim clothing

Slim clothing does not need to mean skin hugging tight, but rather a size and cut that fits to your body. In other words, clothes that fit you properly and can accentuate your best features. Women have been doing this well for a very long time! Do not, however, wear things that are too tight, not only are they not comfortable, but they look silly too.

Layer, layer, layer

Layering is a man’s best friend when it comes to creating interesting shapes and visuals with a man’s outfit. Therefore the well dressed man should always be layering to some extent. Layering not only looks good, but it is very practical for all types of weather. If you are too hot, you take a layer off and vice versa.

Match your shoe colour to your belt colour

This is one of the golden rules of mens fashion. If you are wearing black shoes, then you need to wear a black belt. There are no exceptions to this rule, ever!

Why I Love The Caribbean Islands
Oct201628

The Caribbean is a wonderful place for sure, I absolutely love the lifestyle, beaches and weather. There really is no place quite like it in the world, so why not take a family holiday to one of the Caribbean islands? Here is my short guide to some of the best that the Caribbean islands have to offer.

Culture

One thing I appreciate about the Caribbean is definitely the culture, there is just a certain laid backness about it that you don’t find anywhere else in the world. The people are much more open, relaxed and less frantic with their time and that’s how it is with island life. Of course if where you lived was so beautiful, wouldn’t you be a bit slower and take some time to take it all in?

Food

Due to the colonial influence of the Caribbean the islands have a very interesting mix of cuisine that I really love. To me the best would have to be Jamaican food, especially with its spicy and extremely tasty dishes. I especially love patties and jerk chicken, but of course when you are in the Caribbean, anything with fish will be a very fresh and flavoursome.

Beaches

Another thing that I love is of course the most beautiful beaches that exist in this part of the world. The white sand beaches and the turquoise waters are just amazing and no amount of words in a blog post could accurately describe this, but try to picture the best beaches that you have ever seen before in your life.

Islands to visit

  • Jamaica – a relaxed place with some of the best food imaginable. The people are famous for their accent and relaxed and easy going nature.
  • The Bahamas – this is a place that just screams the best beaches in the world. There are many resorts here as a result and is a great place for a total relaxation.
  • St Maarten – this is a place for the rich and the famous to hang out and enjoy the island life, with many of them flocking to this beautiful island each year. Of course you don’t have to be rich or famous to visit, but you might even be lucky and land yourself a spot at a celebrity party!
Let’s Talk About the Weather
Oct201625

Why is it that wherever you go in the world the first topic of conversation always seems to be about the weather? “Hot today isn’t it?”. “Looks like rain again”. Back in the day people always used to rely on television weather presenters or the radio for predictions about that particular days or weeks weather but nowadays things have changed. As we know it is impossible to carry a television around with you to keep up to date with the weather, but what we can certainly carry around with us that fits snugly in our pockets is a smartphone, and the best way to get up to the minute information is through a weather app. But how is the weather actually forecast?

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           The science behind predicting the weather has improved drastically over the years. During the Second World War, planners found it very difficult to identify enemy positions because the weather would affect the conventional weather radar systems that were available to them. To solve this problem, scientists developed what is called a Doppler weather radar. Doppler systems work by sending radar pulses that detect precipitation, the density of rainfall and how intense that may be, whether it will fall as snow, or hailstones. The pulses can also detect the speed that the precipitation is moving which in turn allows them to calculate how fast a particular storm might be moving and also the height of a particular storm.

The importance of scientists and meteorologists making accurate weather predictions cannot be stressed enough and without doubt has saved many lives in recent years. If mobile applications had been available in 1987 when British weatherman Michael Fish famously (or infamously) predicted there was nothing to worry about an approaching storm, then people would have been able to keep up to date with what became known as the Great Storm of 1987 and prevented many casualties and some fatalities, secured their buildings and saved millions of dollars in damage.

For sure, keeping informed about the weather these days is important and by far the best way to do that is through a smartphone app. So, the next time your friend says to you “Hot today isn’t it?”, or “Looks like rain again”, activate your phone app and you can tell them exactly how hot it is or whether it will rain again!

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            In todays virtual world of digitized media and press related script, it’s easy to forget that people can actually still write. The power of the printed word can still hold sway and change lives and even regimes (watch CNN and see leaflets being dropped from above in the likes of Tunisia and Libya). Social media is taking over apparently but there are still advantages of the written word.

First of all, people actually pay attention to something that is written down. You cannot just scroll it up or down, left or right, like or share. You actually have to read it! And that’s the thing, paying attention to things is becoming a lost art. Another advantage is that you can target your particular audience. If you have a product, not everybody admittedly wants that item, so selective marketing stop the fact that you are wasting valuable time effort and most importantly money on the wrong customer base.

Secondly, you are introducing specific customers to products that you know they are interested in. Psychologically, it has a personal connection because the customer feels that you are contacting them directly with something they want. And incidentally you are introducing customers to new products that they may not be aware of, so as a marketing strategy it is a win win.

One way to make sure that what you are promising to deliver what you say you are is to use a reliable delivery service, and a package only ever gets to where it needs to be if it is properly addressed and particular services offered by companies for integrated label forms are always worth investigating. They offer safe, secure and economical services to dispatch your products to anywhere you need them to be.

For sure, marketing and advertising are always going to br an integral part of your business however, delivering what you say you can deliver to your customer will either make or break your business.

Sep201607

London is home to a lot of touristy places which boosts their tourism to very high numbers; but there is another side to London – a more quirky, if odd, adventurous side for all the fellows who follow the off the beaten path trail. This is a guide for all those non-conservative adventure lovers.

Mudlarking along the Thames

Mudlarking is an activity which is definitely in the weird category of this post. Mudlarking means digging through the mud searching for treasure and finding junk. It’s odd and probably not one of the touristy ideas you had in mind. Then again, you might find treasure, depending on your luck and patience, you might just want to try.

Some possible to finds in Thames' shore

Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park

For all those who want to have an interesting afternoon by listening to other people, you can venture to the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park where there are people, sometimes wackos really, vent out whatever’s in their mind in that particular moment.

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221B Baker Street

Yes, I’m serious. For all of you out there who don’t know what I’m talking about, this is the address of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. The house has been fashioned to look like the one described in the book and even contains Sherlock’s equally famous chair and pipe.

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All of the unique nightlife

If there’s something everyone needs to see in London it’s the unique nightlife. You have everything from top bands to a London strip club. If you’re a music fan then there’s a chance you’ll be able to see a band playing that will be future superstars! Make sure you have plenty of energy because the night never ends and you won’t want it to because you’ll be having such a blast.

There are more odd and interesting places in London that you can go to. However, I’ll save that for another post. For now, try these out first and don’t forget to spread the word and tell me what you think.

 

Planning a Long Distance Road Trip for Summer 2017
Aug201626

Even though summer 2016 is coming to a close, you may be looking forward to summer 2017 already, and if you’re planning on hitting the road for a long distance trip to places that you’ve never seen before, planning in advance will be necessary. Check out the helpful tips below to plan next summer’s trip with ease.

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Get Your Driving Licence If You Don’t Have One

First of all, if you don’t yet have a driving licence, there’s no better time than now to prepare to get one for your upcoming road trip next summer. After all, if you’re planning on going on your road trip alone, you’ll need to know how to drive, and if you’re travelling with friends or family, you should get your licence so that you won’t have to be a passenger the entire time and you can contribute some driving time to get to your destination faster. When preparing to get your driving license, take mock driving theory tests to practice, as that will increase your odds of passing the test the first time you take it.

Prepare Your Vehicle in Advance

Next, you’ll need to determine where you want to go. Do you want to take a cross-country trip, or would you rather stay a little more local and make your trip a shorter one? Regardless of where you’re planning on going, you’ll need some great Car Batteries and you’ll need to make repairs in advance to your vehicle and be certain that you give your car a thorough inspection to ensure it will run properly throughout your journey. Get the oil changed, top off the fluids, make sure your air conditioner and wiper blades work, and fill up the tyres.

Plan Your Stops in Advance

You should also plan all of your stops in advance so that you’ll know exactly where you need to go and when you need to stop after you hit the road. For example, if you’re planning on being on the road for 24 hours or longer to get to your destination, you may decide to stop at a rest area and sleep in the car or you may decide to stop at a hotel. Either way, knowing where you can stop will ease the anxiety and eliminate the fear of finding a place to go once you’re on the road in an unfamiliar place.

Set Your Budget

Finally, setting your budget for your road trip is necessary to ensure you’ll be able to do everything that you want to do without breaking the bank. Calculate how much you can spend on food and accommodation along the way, as well as once you arrive at your destination, and give yourself a little extra money, just in case you end up going over your budget. After all, when travelling to new places, you don’t know what local prices will be like.

Once you factor in your costs, route, and car, all you have to do is hit the open road, follow your GPS, and enjoy the scenery as you make your way towards your holiday destination.

Find The Oldest One of All Casinos in This World
Aug201620

Most of the professional gamblers want to get different interesting things about various casinos. Though nowadays, many of them are playing online, the oldest traditional casinos are still quite superb. Since the historic age, casinos had been built up as a revenue source. Some of these oldest casino gaming centres are-

Casino di Venezia

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This is a very old casino with its origin mainly in 1638, and this is situated only next to the Venetian canals. If you get into it, you may enjoy traditional architecture of Venice. Besides, the historical facts, related to the place, can also be felt.

It is said that this centre was originally designed only for the privileged class people in Venice. However, after almost hundred years, it became a casino. At present, this casino is giving pleasure to players with different games, like Chemin de Fer. So, enter this casino and feel the historic ambience.

Monte Carlo

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It is also an oldest entertainment unit or a casino gaming centre. It is now run by one of the public corporation, where the government of Monaco has shown its interest. The elaborate gambling unit can be seen in many films of James Bond. It is possibly one of the outstanding structures.

Casino Weisbaden

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If you have a trip to Germany or a resident of this country, you may have a look at this casino. Established in the year, 1810, this old casino site has classic interior parts and classy setting, which reflects the Greek tradition. Its design is timeless and is still a glorious architecture in the present century. Like any other casino, it also offers the games, like roulette and baccarat. This casino underwent a lot of modifications from the historical time to the present world.

Crockfords Club

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In the UK, this casino was started in the year, 1828, and it was intended only for members. However, it was thought that the betting games were organized in the same place before the establishment. There is also a belief that the present day’s casino has its origin in this venue. The decoration is stylish and majestic to draw clients. There are not only personal rooms, but also the gaming areas for playing with higher stakes. Moreover, some major political resolutions have also been taken in Crockfords. Though there is online casino in UK, you may experience Crockfords.

Golden Gate

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In Vegas, it is the oldest one. Though its name has been altered several times, the casino is of the ancient period. During the earlier period, the rate of its rooms was about one dollar per day. However, the only adverse point is that AC was not present in casino. If you want to play this time at Golden Gate, you can still get its historic mood.

Thus, these are some old casinos, which are continuously offering a pleasurable experience to the game lovers. With traditional environment, you can play the games comfortably. However, if you want online casinos, there are many sites which can provide useful news about most reliable gaming websites.

 

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