Wireless Security Primer – Key Terms

All devices on your wireless home network must use the same settings as your Wireless Router. WEP encryption is recommended to increase the security of your wireless network.

The SSID is the unique name shared among all devices in a wireless network. The SSID must be identical for all devices in the wireless network. It is case-sensitive and must not exceed 32 alphanumeric characters, which may be any keyboard character. I recommend that you change the default SSID to a unique name of your choice.

SSID Broadcast
Disabling SSID broadcasting can be a useful security feature. However, when SSID broadcasting is disabled, Wireless site survey tools such as Windows XP’s Zero Configuration utility will not function. It is best to disable the SSID broadcast AFTER you have configured all of your wireless network clients.

This setting specifies the default 802.11b channel used by the Wireless LAN communication. Wireless clients will scan through all available channels searching
for an Access Point.

With the new increased speeds, it’s now possible to stream all sorts of content directly to wireless connected devices not just those hard wired. For example you can stream high definition media across a properly configured wireless network to a myriad of devices. Try signing up for the free trial of BBC iPlayer abroad and you can gain access to thousands of shows and programmes on the BBC network. The following video demonstrates how simple it is:

An acronym for Wired Equivalent Privacy, WEP is an
encryption scheme used to protect your wireless data communications. WEP uses a combination of 40-bit keys to provide access control to your network and encryption security for every data transmission. To decode a data transmission,
each wireless client on the network must use an identical
64 or 128-bit key.
Note: Disable WEP while you build your wireless home network

Quick Tip: Buy an access point with a firewall installed – and don’t turn it off.

Additional Network Security Rules to Remember

  • Look for the SSL-enabled (Secure Sockets Layer) The leading security protocol on the Internet. When an SSL session is started, the server sends its public key to the browser, which the browser uses to send a randomly generated secret key back to the server in order to have a secret key exchange for that session.
  • Whenever you exchange sensitive information. this is usually indicated by a pad lock or some other visual indicator at the bottom of your browser also look for the URL in the browse window that starts with https:// – If a web page offers a secure version of the service use it. Always use secure, since it uses SSL encryption
  • Don’t use insecure email protocols like POP (Post Office Protocol) A standard mail server commonly used on the Internet.
  • Or IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) A standard mail server expected to be widely used on the Internet unless you also use SSL encryption. Check you email software and consult you administrator for more information. Usually web based email has a secure connection, but just check to make sure it start https://
  • Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) if your company provides one.

Quick Tip: One of the easiest things you can do to protect your wireless home network is to change the default configuration settings on your router

Useful Links on Private Proxies for Instagram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwPeaN6EfRs

Fancy Being a Full Time YouTuber ? Yes It’s Possible.

Now we’ve all probably see the stories of those YouTube millionaires who prance around while millions follow them.  In reality, this is probably is not suited to all of us especially those on the wrong side of 40.  The reality is that when you have millions of followers it’s actually extremely easy to make money from YouTube, there’s loads of opportunities for advertising revenue and paid product placement.   Getting those followers though can be very difficult and for every millionaire there are hundreds of thousands who rake in a few dollars a month from their channels.

So what’s your option if you aren’t a stunning 20 something blonde with a wacky personality and an exhibitionist streak?  Well there are other ways of making money that are perhaps not as lucrative but way more predictable.  You see viral is difficult to achieve, and some may say even harder to maintain.  I remember several people who were all the rage a decade ago but have now faded into the annals of digital history.

The problem is that you can spend ages thinking about and creating a potential viral video but chances are it will fail.  Indeed when a video goes seriously viral it’s almost always unexpected, hoped for perhaps but unexpected nonetheless.   My advice is don’t try, if you have a YouTube channel aim for a certain level of quality and provide useful information.  However you shouldn’t spend loads of money and effort on single videos unless you have a very flexible budget and plans on YouTube domination.

Many people who make a very good living from YouTube have learnt the hard way that the safest way to increase revenue is to keep adding videos.  It’s that simple, if you keep adding videos you’re building up your potential ad revenue each time plus expanding your channel.  The difficulty is that producing decent videos regularly can be hard work, unless of course  you have some sort of tool.

I’ve started using something called Content Samurai which helps bypass this problem. It’s a simple program which can be used to create videos very quickly and to an extremely high standard.   It was first released a year or so ago, but to be honest it was a bit basic then and I quickly got fed up of the videos it produced.  However now there’s a few new features that have been added which make a huge difference to both how easy it to use and the quality of the videos.

Here’s a quick look at  the program in operation – Create Videos Quickly , which you can find hosted on Youtube.

As you can see you can go from a few lines of text to a fully featured video in a few minutes. If you really went crazy then you could probably finish in a couple of minutes. Although what I like now about the new release of Content Samurai is that it’s now possible to spend a little more time and effort and really customize your presentations.

It’s true that to some extent you can spot a Content Samurai video quite easily but not all of them. There are some being produced with custom graphics, professional intros and video backgrounds that look professional quality and some. This technical video called IP address changer incorporates a brief screen cast which makes it stand out from the standard template.

The crucial fact though it to remember that you can produce lots of videos very quickly indeed and that’s it main selling point. If you get used to the software which doesn’t take long you can easily generate significant numbers of videos extremely quickly. Uploading in quantity is always a decent tactic with YouTube, some will sink, some will do ok and other videos may go viral. However you’ll never know which is which until you release them.