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DNS Privacy: Solutions emerging, but deployment lags

Mat FordTechnology Programme ManagerRSSSubscribe

internetsociety.org I recently attended the DNS Privacy Workshop colocated with this year's NDSS 2017 in San Diego, California. DNS privacy has received considerable attention from researchers and engineers since the Snowden revelations of state-backed pervasive surveillance in 2013 and the workshop covered a lot of ground. For some Internet users, anonymity is critically important and a service like ToR exists to obfuscate the location and browsing habits of ToR users. Even ToR users have a need to resolve names using DNS however (for non-hidden services) and they are then vulnerable to the exit relay operator's DNS configuration. The addition of DNS data to existing attack techniques makes attacks more precise, especially for infrequently visited websites (e.g. dissident sites). Exit relay operators are therefore advised to run their own resolvers with QNAME minimisation. In the long term, adding confidentiality to DNS is necessary to prevent it being used as a vector for de-anonymisation of ToR users. Curiously, ToR was also discussed as a potential solution to the problem of DNS recursive resolver logs fal ...
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Outstanding Ways to Promote Your New Website

Bryan Caplan

Official Shawod Blog According to AdWeek, 81 percent of consumers want to see a company's website before they buy a product or service. Some people visit a particular website directly, perhaps through a link they saw on social media, in an email marketing campaign, or in a blog post they read but the majority, about 60 percent, begin by entering keywords into a search engine. If prospective customers don't see your website through online searches, or through your other marketing channels, you're not going to see much site traffic, and you're not building your business. The bottom line? There's not much point in taking the time to construct a new website if you don't have a plan to promote it. How Do You Measure Success? There are many metrics you can use to measure the success of your website, from bounce rate to traffic sources to keywords and conversion rate. Arguably, however, the most important is how much traffic you get. After all, if no one visits your site, the other metrics don't make much difference. The amount of web traffic you should be getting depends on what kind of business ...
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The Danger of Giving Up Social Media Passwords - So Many Other Services Are Connected

Dan YorkSenior Manager, Content and Web StrategyRSSTwitterGoogleplusLinkedinSubscribe

internetsociety.org "What's the harm in giving up my Twitter password?", you might say, "all someone can do is see my direct messages and post a tweet from me, right?" Think again. The reality today is that social media services are used for far more than just posting updates or photos of cats. They also act as "identity providers" allowing us to easily login to other sites and services. We've all seen the "Login with Twitter" or "Continue with Facebook" buttons on various sites. Or for Google or LinkedIn. These offer a tremendous convenience. You can rapidly sign into sites without having to remember yet-another-password. But if you give your passwords to your social media accounts to someone, they could potentially (a).Impersonate you on social media accounts and post updates in your name. (b).Sign in to the comment sections of various news media sites and leave comments using your name. (c).Connect in to photo sites and see our photos, and modify or delete the photos, or post new ones in your name. (d).Sign in to e-commerce sites, view your orders and purchase items. (e).Login to video sites a ...
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What the Year's Best Movies Can Teach Us About Small Business Success

Celia Shatzman

Official Bluehost Blog They'll make you laugh, cry, and ponder the limits of determination and strength. When it comes to movies nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, there is much we can learn. And that also includes what they can teach us about small business success. These are a few of the key lessons you can learn from this year's nominees. Master Communication We're not saying that you should learn how to speak to aliens like linguistics professor Louise Banks in Arrival. But there are plenty of lessons we can learn from Amy Adams's character without going that far. In the sci-fi flick, she races against the clock to learn how to communicate with aliens to find out why they have landed on Earth and what they want. While your business may not be quite as high stakes, it's certain that learning how to convey the right message is crucial for any small biz. Similar to Arrival, figure out what people are looking for and how you can deliver it. By keeping the lines of communication open, you'll be able to target the bottom line through knowing what people's needs and expectations are. ...
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