The Top 4 VPN Pros And Cons – Why You Should Use One & What Are The Risks?

State-sponsored electronic surveillance has been under heavy scrutiny for some time now. However, the monitoring of online communication is not limited to just government agencies. The fact that every single form of online communication is monitored and collected by search and social giants such as Google and Facebook, as well by service providers (ISP), and e-commerce sites, has raised privacy concerns. And rightly so – private data and online activity can be hacked or misused in more ways than one. The Fight over Privacy Concerns Rages On The definition and boundaries of privacy can be very different in the virtual space. If anything, the Snowden revelations were probably just a premier of how, and to what extent privacy is under threat from mass surveillance by state and private players. While privacy concerns and the immediate need for stricter laws and regulations have resonated through all the right echo chambers, sadly, for all the talk about reforms and safeguards, precious little has been done. The Princeton Web Transparency & Accountability Project found that 76 percent of websites have hidden Google trackers. While 24 percent of websites have Facebook trackers. Yet, the demand for better algorithmic transparency and stringent privacy protection laws … Continue Reading…

What is DD-WRT? Everything You Need To Know About This Firmware

Did you know that it is possible to boost the performance of your Linksys wireless routers and give it advanced, business-class functionality by changing its firmware? This is possible with DD-WRT. By installing DD-WRT, you remove the inbuilt restrictions that come with your router firmware. This expands its capabilities and allows you to enjoy some advanced features. What Is DD-WRT? Quick Answer: DD-WRT is an alternative Linux-based, open-source firmware that was originally designed for the Linksys WRT54G router series, but it can be used with other models. You may have never heard of DD-WRT, but this firmware has been around for more than a decade, and it is regarded as one of the top third-party router firmware. Some companies (including Linksys) even ship routers pre-installed with DD-WRT. Now, you may be wondering what DD-WRT means. Well, this firmware was launched in 2005 by a team based in Dresden, Germany led by Sebastian Gottschall. The letters “DD” in the name of the firmware comes from the license-plate identification system used for cars registered in the city. Meanwhile, the “WRT” part of the name essentially stands for “wireless router“. It is thought to have been derived from the name of the original … Continue Reading…

The Top 6 Pros and Cons of Internet Censorship

It’s a question that lies at the heart of any social group, from a single family on up to a whole nation: who has the right to say what, to know what? When only certain people are privy to information, what changes about how people interact? When, if ever, is censorship a necessary evil, and what are the results of totally free speech? As democracies take over the world, free speech is universally seen as a bedrock human right. However, while there’s been a healthy debate about freedom of information for centuries, nobody on either side could have predicted the internet. Online data has recently emerged as a crucial battleground in the question of exactly how free speech should be. From SOPA and PIPA to the net neutrality debate, to the continuing problem of fake news, to the eternal problem of how much information about yourself you should make available online, questions of internet censorship are not going away anytime soon. In this article, we’ll break down a few of the most common arguments for and against censorship of information online, and see what happens when they collide with reality. What is Internet Censorship? The exact nature of internet censorship … Continue Reading…

The Top 9 InfusionSoft Alternatives For Your Business – Choosing The Right CRM

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InfusionSoft has been working hard to corner the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) market for small businesses, and while larger businesses might prefer to go with something like SalesForce, it’s hard to argue with Infusion’s growth numbers. In 2015, 25,000 businesses chose InfusionSoft for their CRM, and Infusion boasted an average 24 percent increase in customer retention and 28 hours saved each month. It’s got all the basic features you could ask for from any other service: contact and lead management, social media, email tracking, reporting, a mobile app. But it builds on top of them with features focused specifically on growth. They’ve got automatic lead capture and manual tagging, plus analytics. Along with automating marketing emails, their platform includes a coordinated sales workflow, and–in a strong move–e-commerce capability, allowing you to create a storefront complete with payment platform. However, like with all software decisions, the question of whether to go with Infusion or one of its close competitors ultimately depends on the needs of your business. The service definitely has drawbacks. Other CRM services might be more cost-effective, more customizable, or more open to third-party integrations. Infusion has also taken flack for requiring a one-time fee for onboarding training, which they … Continue Reading…

Net Neutrality Pros And Cons – The Big Issues Tackled, Whats Your Take?

Net Neutrality Pros and Cons

Net Neutrality has been a hot topic in recent months as debate ensues over the decision of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai to champion a repeal of the Obama-era laws that regulated how Internet service providers (ISPs) handled online traffic. It is not the only or the last policy of his that has or will be been repealed, respectively. You may have even come across petitions inviting you to take a stand against the FCC and ISPs by fighting for net neutrality. But the million-dollar question is what is net neutrality? And how does this affect you and me? What is Net Neutrality? Net neutrality refers to the concept that ISPs must treat all online traffic the same. The term was coined in 2003 by Tim Wu, a professor at the University of Virginia, in an article. Wu argued that the interests of ISPs must not prevent users from getting the best products and services. This means that some online activities need not attract more cost. For example, streaming movies online should not be more expensive than reading articles online or browsing on social media. Net neutrality prevents ISPs from throttling specific Internet traffic while prioritizing others. Ultimately, … Continue Reading…