How Was the Year 2012 for the Gadget and SEO Industry?

2013 is already here. We all celebrated it with great enthusiasm. Yes, 2012 had been a memorable year for many of us. I personally opine that each year is memorable for some reason or the other, be it on the professional front or the personal grounds. Keeping the personal things personal, let's talk about the professional front a bit.

I work in the IT industry, which is the reason why I keep on writing about IT related issues. 2012 proved to be a great year for IT in many aspects. The things which attract me most are SEO and gadgets. Let's discuss the year for each of those.

SEO : For the SEO experts, the year 2012 was almost like a year of horror. Google pushed out many major updates in 2012, mostly the Panda version and the Penguin version. There were at least 3 Penguin updates, which Google calls major updates. These updates typically re-shaped how SEO industry was acting. Apart from that, there were at least twenty two Panda updates, which Google calls minor updates. Other than that, Google also came out with the famous "Exact Match Domain" (EMD) update.

Much stress was laid on fresh, unique, relevant and useful content and importance of 'link-building' was greatly reduced. As a result, content creators made merry while traditional SEO practices suffered a lot.

Google also came down harshly on sites violating DMCA and removed 50 million pages from its SERP which violated the DMCA.

Gadgets : This year saw some of the biggest changes since 2008. The new iPhone 5 was released among many fanfare and Google launched its own Nexus 4 and Nexus 10; the former being a Smartphone made in collaboration with LG and the latter being a 10 inch Android powered tablet made by Samsung.

Samsung and Apple kept their horns locked in legal battles about copyright and other things, around the world. This reminds me that Apple removed Google Maps from iPhone. Actually tried to replace it with their own map, but after much hue and cry, Google Maps were re-introduced for iPhone users.

The year 2012 also saw another change in personal computing trend. For the first time, more people accessed the internet using handheld devices than laptops and PCs. There was a survey which says that we will see a larger handheld device market than the PC and laptop market together in 2013. This has led many companies to plunge themselves into mobile app and mobile website development.

In an astonishing data, it was shown that Android devices are getting activated at a rate never seen before.

Google sponsored Android tops the chart of smart devices all over the world except the USA where Apple still is going strong. …

Who Do You Trust? Firewalls

After you ensure your passwords are strong and known only to you, you need to ensure your router is properly configured. I discussed these steps in my two previous posts of this series. In this article, we will talk about firewalls, what they are, where and how to use them.

As I have said before, Internet security should be implemented in layers. No one layer offers sufficient protection. Another layer you should always use is a firewall. A firewall is a guard at the door between two networks. It decides who and what goes through the door in both directions. If you have a door connecting your private network or computer with the Internet, you NEED a good door guard!

I will not try and describe how they work in detail. I began to, realized after typing three paragraphs, that most people do not need to understand the detail and, there is way too much of it! Technical types can argue about the nuances and exceptions to my explanation, but for most people, it is enough to understand firewalls at a basic level.

Firewalls control which applications on one computer can talk to which applications on another computer. Think of a firewall as a filter that can be configured to block or allow traffic to and from the Internet. You can filter traffic based upon the type (applications, ie: ftp, file sharing, etc.), and the source (particular computers or networks). Firewall configurations usually begin by blocking everything. Then exceptions are added as they are required. All firewalls can be configured to allow exceptions, including the firewall that comes with Windows.

Most personal firewalls like the one that comes with Windows, are already configured for the most common uses and block many applications that you do not normally use. The default configuration of Windows Firewall is a great place to start. Just make sure it is turned on! You can access Windows Firewall from Control Panel.

Windows Firewall is configured by entering exceptions to its rules for blocking traffic. Most of the time, Windows will configure these exceptions as you require them. For example, if you were to configure Remote Desktop to allow computers to connect to your computer, Windows will add the required exception to its firewall.

You should be protected from computers on the Internet trying to connect to your computer to use Remote Desktop, by your router. Your computer's private address is not accessible from the internet directly unless you configure your router to allow it. However, if you want an added layer of security, you can configure the exception rule in Windows Firewall to only allow Remote Desktop from computers on your home network. Remote Desktop will also require your computer's administrator's user name and password to connect, or another user's credentials that you specifically configured Remote Desktop to allow. I will talk about configuring routers to allow Remote Desktop and other applications from the Internet in a later post.

Even though your router can protect your …

Innovative Internet Marketing Resources You May Find Useful

When it comes to finding innovative Internet marketing ideas, one of the first places that you should look is online. Online, you will find a number of resources; resources that can provide you with updated information on innovative Internet marketing.

You can often find these resources, which tend to be online websites or online business journals, by performing a standard Internet search. What is nice about the Internet is that it is quick and easy to use. This means that you could, literally, search through hundreds of Internet marketing ideas, all in a few hours!

In addition to using the Internet, you may also want to search for innovative Internet marketing ideas in print. One of the best ways to do this is to examine printed business journals or printed business magazines. These are similar to the above mentioned online business journals, just they are in printed form. If you are interested in receiving the latest information on Internet marketing, it may be a good idea to buy a subscription to a number of business magazines or business journals. Most of these magazines and journals come out on a monthly basis, although some will come out on a weekly basis. For a reasonable fee, you can have innovative Internet marketing ideas and strategies delivered directly to your door!

You are also prompted to check out your local book stores. Book stores are home to millions of different books, many of which are business books that have a focus on marketing. The only downside to using your local book store, to search for innovative Internet marketing ideas, is that that some of the books that you may find may be considered old or outdated. That is why, when buying an Internet marketing book, you should pay close attention to the publishing date. In fact, it may even be a good idea to keep an eye out for newly released books. These books are the best way to find the best & most up-to-date Internet marketing ideas for you and your business. It is also important to note that you may also be able to find printed business journals and magazines for sale at your local book store.

It may also be a good idea to examine the selection of books that can be found in your local library. As with your local book store, it is important that you keep an eye on book publishing dates, especially if you are only looking for new, innovative Internet marketing ideas. In most cases, you will find that the books found inside your library are a little bit outdated, but, depending on your library, it may also be possible to find newly released books. Since most libraries are free to use, it would not hurt to give your local library a try. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can also try the Internet or one of your local book stores.

As you can see, there are a number of …