Secure connections via safe data connection

Jan 09 2012

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) can be founded in ethernet. Some websites are offering SSL-certificates. Normally, you find Secure Sockets Layer when you want to order something in a shop and you have to enter personal information like name,city and payment-data. When you use SSL it is high quality connection being encrypted between a webserver and a webbrowser. Secure Sockets Layer is used by millions of websites to protect online transactions.
If you want to use a Secure Sockets Layer connection a SSL-certificate is necessary. If you want to create a safer connection you can activate on your webserver SSL. Then you have to answer lots of questions about your website and your company. This is important to identify your site. After you answered all questions, you receive 2 keys. They are created by your web server and they are cryptographic keys. One oft hem ist a private key and another is a public key.
Certificate informations
Your details are saved in data files. In a Certificate Signing Request (=CSR) you can find the public key. After creating CSR, you have to submit this. The certification authority validates details from yourself and creates a SSL certificate. Your issued Secure Sockets Layer certificate will match to your received private key. After that, webserver is able to create an encrypted link between a customer and your website.
Security from Secure Sockets Layer Certifications
Secure Sockets Layer protocol is invisible for website users. User providers’ receive a message they are using an SSL connection and if they agree with it. If they want to, they can read now certificate information. Normally, that means, user can see domain name, company name, address, country city and state. Furthermore, expiration date of the certificate is displayed, too. Most browser automatically opens a text message, if a website doesn’t contain a Secure Sockets Layer certificate and send a warning message. Browser check trustment information about certification authority. If an user opens an unsecure website, browser send warning to user that SSL certificate is wrong or old.

Links:
- SSL Certificate
- Google Webmaster Tool

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Users Guide to Google Webmaster Tools

Sep 28 2011

When I first logged into Google Webmaster Tools about a year ago, I was in awe at the tools that Google gives webmasters for control over their websites.   In that time, the Google has continued to add additional tools to help us out.

Last week I was setting up some friends on WordPress, so I had to use a few of these tools to tell the Google search engine spider how to interact with these websites.   While doing this, it struck me that I’ve never really seen a good Google Webmaster Tools guide that educates people of the tools available and explains how to properly use them.

Well, it was still about halfway down on my “to-do” list when I got up today, but now I don’t have to!  I was happy to run across a great guide on Daily Blog Tips this morning called The Blogger’s Guide to Google Webmaster Tools.  Stephen’s guide explains how to verify your blog, then shows you how to use all of the other tools that Google’s Webmaster Tools offers.  It pretty much covers everything I was going to, so I recommend you go check it out!

Are you taking advantage of this opportunity to tell Google how to index your website?

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How To: Create Your Own Feed Flare

Sep 28 2011

One of the great features of having your feed with Feedburner is the ability to easily integrate your website’s feed with one of their most popular features, FeedFlare. This can be found by going to the Optimize tab and clicking on FeedFlare.

However, unlike in the movie Office Space where you are required to have at least 16 pieces of flare at all times, with FeedFlare you can pick how many you want to display and actually choose from a bunch of existing flares, or create your own custom flare for your feed. I’ve seen numerous reasons for creating a custom flare, ranging from adding a copyright notice to your feed, to announcing contests, promoting posts, or even advertising affiliate links to your readers.

Making a custom FeedFlare is actually pretty easy, so I decided to draft up a quick post on how to make one. First, you need create a document in the .xml format and paste some code into it. In order to simply this part, I just went ahead and created a document that you can right-click and save (and name it whatever you want). Now edit the document and fill in the appropriate information in the fields where it asks you to.

Once you’ve got your document saved, just follow these steps:

  1. Upload it to your website somewhere (most people just drop it in there public_html folder).
  2. Locate the URL of the document (if placed in the public_html folder, it should be at http://www.yourdomainname.com/yourfeedflarename.xml).
  3. Now go to your FeedFlare section of your Feedburner account and paste this URL where it says “Add New Flare.”
  4. Activate your new FeedFlare!

Any questions? Post them in the comments below!

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Add GMail to Facebook with FMail

Sep 28 2011

I’ve spent a fair amount of time talking about Facebook on this blog, especially since Facebook applications were released. Since Facebook allowed developers to create Facebook applications, there have been some incredible applications created for us to use. One thing that was always missing was the ability to integrate your e-mail into your Facebook page.

It looks like that is no longer the case for Gmail users, as of the recent release of the Facebook application FMail now lets you check your GMail account from within your Facebook profile page.

Features included are most of the GMail features you’ve come to expect, including tabs for your mailbox actions (Inbox, Stars, Deleted Items, etc.), as well as the ability to compose new e-mails from within your profile page. If you are happy actually going to GMail to check your mail, I recommend you keep an eye on this application, as other features have been promised in future releases. I have a feeling this is one of those Facebook applications that will only get better over time.

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Google PageRank Penalty Confirmed, Causes Blogger Panic

Sep 28 2011

It looks like the buzz all around the blogosphere today is the recent confirmation that http://searchengineland.com/. Google’s interest in paid advertising comes from how Google PageRank is calculated, which uses inbound links to determine page relevance. While this has been rumored to be in the works since Google announced that it was against their policies to have paid links and sponsored reviews, it seems to have taken many bloggers by surprise.

So, now that the penalty has been confirmed, what does this mean for bloggers? I think it is to early to tell, but I have noticed several bloggers dropping http://www.kylescove.com/go/tla.php all together and quit doing paid reviews over the past few months in preparation.

The problem is, this doesn’t leave a whole lot of options for part time bloggers who rely on Google to send them traffic. If you don’t feel like sacrificing Google PageRank in order to monetize your blog http://kylescove.com/make-money-online-with-google-adsense/, it looks like you are going to have to use rel=nofollow with any of your banners, text links, or other advertising to avoid possible penalties.

Part of this site’s income actually comes from Text Link Ads, so I definitely have an interest in this. About a month ago, I noticed my Google PageRank actually dropped from PR5 (which I had been at for over a year), to where it is now at PR3. I thought it was due to a major overhaul I did to this website, but now it looks like I could have been penalized. At this point, I don’t have any plans to drop TLA, as it encompasses a large portion of my income, but I will definitely be looking into this further.

Has your site been penalized by Google over the past two months?

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Examining Blog Trends: Premium WordPress Themes

Sep 28 2011

One of the core functions of WordPress has always been the fact that it is open source software and the tremendous community that backs it.   Along with that community comes the free WordPress themes and plugins that we’ve all come to enjoy.

Over the past few months, an interesting trend has began with a variety of “premium” WordPress themes being released that have a cost associated with them.   Many of these themes come from freelance designers who make themes for clients for a living, and do a great job of it.  While some target bloggers, others are designed to be more of a Content Management System (CMS), which is used by many online magazines, news and sports sites.

The availability of these premium themes gives WordPress users a chance to stand out from the crowd of free themes out there and also allows the purchaser to see what they are going to get ahead of time.   It also benefits the designer by allowing them the opportunity to do the work once, then have a steady source of income trickle in and will likely result in even more income than if they were to create a custom made theme for a client.

I’ve been following these themes pretty closely over the past month and I think this is a trend that is here to stay.   I also think you will start to see more premium WordPress plugins available that have a cost associated with them.   I’ve already seen a few examples of this and expect that to continue as WordPress continues to grow in popularity.

If you’d like to see some examples of the premium WordPress themes available, I have thrown together a Premium WordPress Gallery over at Hack WordPress.  The post includes screenshots, costs associated with the theme, and more.

What do you think of the premium themes trend currently going around the blogosphere?

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