The conference, which over 6,000 developers are attending at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, is still going on right now and will conclude tomorrow. But there has been quite a lot of buzz about what Google has already announced.
Here’s a rundown of the biggest announcements from the Google I/O developer conference so far:
That’s not all. Watch for more updates on Google’s Official Blog.
You can also keep up-to-the-minute on Google announcements and even watch live streaming video of the ongoing developers conference here.
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These days criminals are using a variety of techniques to compromise and gain access to accounts across the Internet. They then often use these compromised accounts to send spam or gain unauthorized access to a victim’s private information (emails, banking information, etc.).
Just take a look at all the recent stories about stolen passwords and hacked accounts from some of the most popular sites on the Internet today.
1. Be Careful What You Click
Never reply to emails or click on email links that ask for your username and password. Our spam prevention partners have tracked a significant increase in phishing worldwide. Criminals often use phishing scams to help gather credentials. Phishing is a term used to describe false emails sent from spammers claiming to be sent from a legitimate company (for example, EarthLink or well-known banks) and asking for your username and password. These fraudulent emails may look quite authentic – so beware.
2. Use Varying Usernames and Passwords
Don’t use the same username and password across multiple sites like email, banking and social network sites. Recent security research revealed that, on average, people use the same credentials to log into 49 different sites. Email usernames and passwords can be acquired from security breaches suffered by other service or product providers (tens of millions of credentials have been reported this year alone by other service or product providers). If you are using the same password for your EarthLink account as other accounts that were breached, then spammers may use this information to access your EarthLink email and send spam.
For these reasons, it’s good to have a system to generate strong, unique passwords for all the sites you use. Just follow these three simple steps.
You can change your EarthLink password here at any time.
3. Run an Antivirus Program to Curb Malware Infections
Some malware today is designed to run stealthily on your computer while it records the usernames and passwords to sites you access (your Web Mail, online banking, etc.). Some security firms are reporting malware infection rates as high as 1 in 3 computers worldwide. To protect yourself, the first step is to run an antivirus scan on your computer. This can be done with any antivirus program of your choice. EarthLink offers Norton 360 Online as a premium antivirus subscription with a Free 30-Day Trial if you want to check it out.
4. Choose Your Secret Hint and Word Wisely
A secret word or hint is often used to verify your identity when account changes are being made. You should not use information associated with you that is readily available on the Internet or through other sources. If you are unsure, try doing a quick Internet search for yourself to see what you can find. If you can find it, so can a hacker.
Stay safe out there and never hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions around email or password security.
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Cable Internet access is more than just extremely fast. It’s also an extremely reliable way to connect to the Internet.
But connection issues do occasionally come up. The good news? Often you can quickly and easily troubleshoot and resolve the issue by looking at the cable Internet modem lights.
So, if you ever have problems connecting to the Internet, take a look at the cable modem lights and follow these recommendations.
Cable Modem Connection Light is Out
Cable Modem Power Light is Out
Cable Modem PC Light is Out
Cable Modem Light is Blinking
Cable Modem Light is Orange
How to Power Cycle Your Cable Internet Modem
We’ve previously posted about several of the sections of the Control Center, including how to build your website, how to manage your domain email, how to manage your website, and how to manage your domain.
Today we’ll focus on the Manage Account section of the Control Center. It offers you one centralized place to access essential settings information, account statistics, alerts, available services, important account-related dates, disk usage, and more.
So let’s take a look.
As always, you should start by going to control.earthlink.net and logging in with your Web Hosting domain name, username, and password. (If you have multiple domain names, you can access them all by using your primary domain information.)
Then, simply click the Account tab at the top of your screen to go to the Manage Account section of your Control Center.
If you have more than one domain name, the first thing you’ll want to do is use the Show & Manage menu to select the domain you want to manage.
Click the plus sign (+) next to FTP Settings, Mail Settings or FTP Dropbox Settings to verify these account-related settings. You’ll need the FTP setting if you are going to FTP files to your website (rather than only using our built-in Site Builder to control your website). Use the Mail Settings if you want to set up an email client to access your domain name email or use our Web Mail for Web Hosting.
This section gives you a quick look at a few of your most important stats:
Click the Assistants Manager icon if you want to add users to your web hosting account and assign them specific privileges. See our previous post on adding web hosting assistants.
It’s a good idea to click into the Alerts page of your Control Center every now and then to see if there are any issues that require your attention. Alerts listed here may be billing issues, system updates, announcements of planned downtime and other important information. Click to open and read any alert you have and then click the X to close the alert. Then choose to Mark as unread, Mark as read or Delete.
Click the My Services icon to view all available services as well as upcoming billing dates for all your web hosting services. This section gives you a quick look at this information only; if you need to modify any account information or make a payment, click the My EarthLink Account icon instead.
My EarthLink Account
Clicking My EarthLink Account opens a new browser window with our My Account portal, the place to go when you want to make any changes or updates to your Web Hosting account. See our previous post about My Account for more information.
The Account Statistics section we mentioned above already gave you a quick look at your primary account statistics. Click into Disk Usage if you want a bit more. You’ll get a more detailed look at your available disk space, used disk space, free disk space, available bandwidth, current bandwidth, and email boxes. All stats are in megabytes (MB) except mailboxes, which show current number of boxes and the total allowed for your web hosting plan.
The statistics listed on top of the Disk Usage page are for the current month only. If you want to see how this information compares to other months, use the drop-down menu to select previous months.
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The Web turned 20 this week, on Tuesday April 30.
It was on that day back in 1993 that Tim Berners-Lee, father of the Web, and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) made the very first website public.
Though that historic world’s first website went offline long ago, it was recently recreated and is once again live at its original URL. We encourage you to take a look back to the future: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
No, it’s not much to look at. But it is one of the major milestones in the history of both technology and culture.
Also of historical importance on this anniversary of the Web is Berners-Lee’s original 1989 proposal to CERN to convince them to back his idea for the Web (which at the time he was calling “Mesh”). See the proposal for the Web.
It’s astounding to think: Just 20 years ago there was one lone website. Today there are an estimated 630 million websites, according to CERN.
Also astounding: EarthLink’s 20-year anniversary is just 11 months away in March 2014.
I knew EarthLink was founded in 1994, but it was just this week as the news reports came in about the 20th anniversary of the Web that it struck me just how close to the very beginnings of the Web EarthLink started.
And we’re still going strong.
From all of us here at EarthLink: Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web!
Twitter, the big social network known for its little, 140-character post limit, is really branching out these days.
No, it’s not giving you more characters, but it is expanding its scope: into both music and comedy.
Last Thursday saw the launch of Twitter #music, which was officially announced on TV’s Good Morning America.
According to the company’s official blog post announcement, Twitter #music is “a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter.”
The new music service, currently available as on the web at music.twitter.com or as an iOS app for iPhone and iPad (sorry Android users), uses tweets and other engagement metrics to promote the most popular music tracks and emerging artists. It also showcases the music-related Twitter activity of artists and makes it simple to check out artist profiles or tweet songs.
Twitter pulls the tracks from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. Everybody can listen to song previews; Spotify and Rdio subscribers can sync their accounts to get access to full tracks.
So, why would you want to listen to music on Twitter versus all the other options you have?
Well, you might not. But the unique experience Twitter #music can offer is that it can recommend songs and artists based on your Twitter follower data (artists you follow directly, as well as the artists followed by the people you follow) in the Suggested tab. It can also play music that’s tweeted out by people you follow who use the #NowPlaying hashtag; you can access that music in the #NowPlaying tab.
Check it out and let us know what you think of Twitter #music.
If last week was about Twitter getting its groove on, next week looks like lots of laughs.
Cable TV channel Comedy Central is hosting a five-day comedy festival that will feature both young comics like Amy Schumer and legends like Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, as well as directors Paul Feig and Judd Apatow. And the festival, called #ComedyFest, will take place almost entirely on Twitter.
Jokes will be tweeted with the festival’s #ComedyFest hashtag and clips of comedy routines and panel discussions will be shared on Twitter using the Vine video platform.
#ComedyFest kicks off next Monday, April 29. You can see the full festival line-up on Comedy Central’s Tumblr page.
Be sure to follow @ComedyCentral on Twitter for festival updates.
Let us know what your favorite tweeted jokes are in the comment section below.
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Domain names are such an important part of business web hosting that web hosting is often called domain hosting or domain web hosting.
We’ve previously posted about the best domain names for SEO, branding and online success, how to choose a domain name, step by step, and why you should buy multiple version of your domain name.
To get started, go to our Web Hosting Control Center at control.earthlink.net and sign in with your domain name, user name and password. Then click Manage Domain from the top navigation. Depending on the status of your domain, you’ll see six to nine icons representing all your domain name management options.
DNS Records: First, the warning: you probably shouldn’t change DNS settings unless you really know what you’re doing. If you make a mistake, your entire domain could be inaccessible for up to 72 hours. Ouch! If you’re not scared off, the DNS manager makes it easy to make changes to your zone file, which allows you to set up domain redirects, add subdomains, and add email servers to your domain. Add or delete MX Records, A Records and CNAME Records.
Change Domain Password: This one’s very simple: click this icon to change the password for your domain. The Transfer Authorization Code of your domain will be set to match your domain password.
Manage Nameservers: Click this icon to manage all the nameservers on your domain. If your domain is locked, you’ll need to unlock it first before you can change any of your nameservers. Luckily that Lock/Unlock Domains tool is in the same Manage Domain section of the Control Center.
Manage Domain Contacts: This tool lets you make changes to the contact information associated with your website. Click the checkbox above the contacts form if you want to use the same person as your Registrant, Administrative, and Technical contact; otherwise enter unique contact information for each type.
Lock/Unlock Domains: To prevent your domain name from being hijacked, you may want to click here and lock your domain. If it’s already locked, click here to unlock if you need to change your nameservers or transfer to another domain registrar.
Domain Monitor Settings: Domain Monitor is a complete, unmetered domain status monitoring tool. It lets you monitor the daily status of any domain and get daily email updates when one or more of your domain names changes status.
Domain Guard Settings: Domain Guard lets you know each time a new domain is registered that is similar to yours. This can help you protect your trademarks, copyrights, and brand.
Domain Redirect: This tool makes it simple to redirect pages or directories on your website to other locations. You choose whether you want them to be 301 redirects (permanent redirect that’s best for SEO) or a 302 temporary redirect. You can also specify Global Redirection of your domain to one version (www.YourDomain.com or YourDomain.com), which is also beneficial for SEO.
Add Subdomain: Create a new subsection of your website that replaces the www domain prefix in your URL instead of appearing after the domain.
For example, the EarthLink.net domain has several subdomains (support, webmail, myaccount, control, etc.):
Simply enter any keyword you want to use as a subdomain and click the Add Sub-Domain button.
That’s all there is to it.
And remember, you don’t have to do it all yourself. You can add an assistant to your web hosting account to help you manage your domain.
If you’re using Dial-up Internet access to get online, it’s smart to keep a list of troubleshooting tips in case something ever goes wrong.
The good news is that most of the things that do go wrong are very easy to fix. Trust us —we’ve been helping our dial-up Internet members connect more reliably since way back in 1994.
So, if you ever can’t connect to the Internet, the dial-up Internet experts here at EarthLink recommend you try our top 10 dial-up solutions:
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For months now, the Facebook rumors and speculation have been flying:
Well, the when question has been answered. But what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled last Thursday wasn’t exactly the long-rumored and now-expected Facebook Phone. But neither was it just another Facebook mobile phone app. It’s really something in the middle. Something called Facebook Home.
Facebook Home is a kind of super-app that takes over your Android phone’s home and lock screens and fills them with live updates from your Facebook account with a feature called Cover Feed.
With Facebook Home, you’ll not only be able to see your Facebook news feed, including full-screen photos, but you’ll also be able to Like things, comment on posts, or initiate Facebook Messenger Chats. New messages, by the way, will pop up a round icon showing your friend’s face. It’s a new feature called “Chat Heads” that will allow you to chat even while using other phone features.
As Facebook describes it, Home is “the family of apps that puts your friends at the heart of your phone.” Visit the official Facebook Home page for their overview and highlights. There’s also a brief FAQ that covers the basics of using Facebook Home.
But what about some more objective opinions?
Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg wrote that he “found Facebook Home easy to use, elegantly designed and addictive,” noting that it prompted him to interact with Facebook more than ever. For big Facebook fans, he added, this could be “a big win.”
The New York Times’ David Pogue had a more mixed response, mostly noting the tradeoffs Home users will have to make (loss of easy access to other apps) and some “confusing” aspects of the user interface. In summary, he wrote “everything in Home is attractive, smooth and quick. At the same time, there’s something vaguely incoherent about the whole operation.”
On Mashable, Lance Ulanoff writes that he found the scrolling Cover Feed “undeniably compelling” and that Facebook Home may “suck you back in” if you’ve been drifting away from Facebook. He said in just 36 hours, it prompted him to spend “more time on Facebook than I have in the past three months.” But, he reminds us that the Cover Feed is expected to get ads at some point in the near future, a feature that “may annoy some people.”
Facebook Home is scheduled to be available tomorrow, April 12, as a free download from the Google Play store on these four Android phones:
Other Android phones will follow. No iPhone, however. Apple’s iOS doesn’t allow the same kind of Home screen takeover that Google’s Android OS does.
And speaking of phones, there is one new phone that’s being called, informally at leaset, the Facebook Phone. It’s the HTC First — as in the first phone to have Facebook Home preinstalled, which Facebook claims is “the best Home experience possible.”
Reviews of the HTC First and its Facebook Home integration were mixed. TechCrunch called the new phone “an impressive first try” and did a nice round-up of other HTC First and Facebook Home reviews.
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Social media has completely permeated our culture. No one will be mad if you pass up using super-specific social networking sites and apps (like Pinterest), but you’ll definitely get sideways looks if you tell people you’re not on Facebook.
It’s odd that, with all the popularity of social media, theredon’t seem to be any tips sheets or guides on how to “properly” use it. And that’s exactly why EarthLink has put together a quick cheat sheet to help you with the basics:
When the internet was newer, anonymity was key. Disguising your true identity with usernames like “HappyMom97″ was a socially acceptable way to communicate through your computer. This is no longer the case. People want to find you (actual people from your past and present, like your friends, relatives, and coworkers), so it’s expected that you will now use your real name and a real photo in your social media profiles (some sites, like Google+, even require it!). That being said, please NEVER including sensitive information like addresses, phone numbers, or even your current and past employment (the one exception is LinkedIN, a professional social site where it pays to show off your resume).
WRITE FOR YOUR MOTHER
If you wouldn’t want your mother to read it or see it, don’t post about it or upload a picture of it. Only share photos of yourself that you’d be proud for an employer to see (the number of employers using social media to check up on applicants and current employees is on the rise), and try to avoid heated discussions. Those conversations always work better face-to-face, and people reading it can easily take what you say out of context, no matter how well-worded or thought-out it is.
BE FRIENDS WITH…FRIENDS
Only “friend” people you know in real life. If you get a message from a stranger, feel free to message back (most sites allow messaging…like an in-social-media email…between non “friends”), but don’t “add” them until you’ve met or spoken outside of social media.
KNOW HOW TO COMMUNICATE
Use these as a jumping off point to get yourself settled into communicating through social media. It’s meant to be a fun way to represent yourself online, so have fun with it!
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