3rd Anniversary of Writing Souls. What a Journey!

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This week it has been three years…seems like we started just yesterday….what a journey! From starting with a single writeup to creating content for dozens of clients today, from creating one ebook to showcasing over 100 titles today, it has been a journey full of learning, challenges, disappointments and success…we have seen it all. But we were able to get here today all because of the love we have received from all of you, our customers, our associates, our team members and our loyal readers.
We thank you all for this and hope you will continue to support us like this.
We are about to launch our very own app and are going to diversify into unknown territories. So we will need our readers and well wishers to stand by us.
We promise to keep you entertained with lively and interesting content.
With that being said, cheers to three years…

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Online Scam & Fraud – Semalt Expert Knows How To Minimize Exposure

The website plays a major role in people’s lives in the world today. Many websites offer genuine content and products. However, there are also others that online users should look out for all the same. The reason is due to the increased fraud and scam activities conducted online.

Oliver King, the leading expert from Semalt, provides the issues that can help to tackle online fraud and scam.

Most Common Internet Scams

The manner in which scammers try to gain information from unsuspecting users continues to diversify. The following is a list of ten top internet and email scams.

1. Nigerian scam

These are emails from a Nigerian who claims to be of royalty and expecting an inheritance and needs help to acquire it.

2. Guaranteed Credit Card Acceptance or Loan

They offer guaranteed acceptance of a credit card or loan. They may look believable since some credit card companies do charge a fee.

3. Lottery Scam

These are where victims continue to play sweepstakes but never win.

4. Phishing

These are links used to redirect users to websites where they try to convince them to part with personal information using tempting offers.

5. Overpayment scam

It involves stolen non-authorized money orders provided for expensive items. Once deposited into the bank, the scammer asks for the balance together with the item. Later is when the institution notified of a declined payment.

6. Career opportunities

Scammers offer an opportunity for employment and request bank details for commission payments. They take this opportunity to steal identities for further fraud.

7. Charitable donations

These benefit from the charitable nature of individuals where people send money to non-existence charities.

8. Free holiday

Travel scams may seem free, only to realize that they are expensive endeavors upon sign up and arrival.

9. Pyramid scheme

These are rich quick schemes with a slight variation that scammers reach out through emails.

10. Make money from the comfort of the house

These are sometimes genuine, but some scammers may want to take advantage such as sending money in exchange for juicy tips. They may also send programs which run multiple ad windows which are more advantageous to spammers.

Online Scam and Fraud Stats

Fraud involves pretenses, using a false identity, or creating counterfeit services or products. People are asked to care about minding the instance of this happening since it affects their security as well. Cybercrime is a constant threat and can be as damaging as someone breaking into one’s home. The average cost per individual has gone up by 50% from $197 in 2012 to $298 in 2013 with attacks increasing in sophistication. The cost to the US is $113 billion.

Recognizing Online Financial Fraud

The most common types of online auctions and e-store cries are non-delivery, misrepresentation, and the triangulation or mule scam. These involve some form of payment, and the goods arrive with no problems. Later, authorities inform that payment was illegal.

Other forms include:

  • Black market and counterfeit goods
  • Shill bidding in auctions where owners, together with accomplices, bid on their property to hike prices
  • Escrow service fraud which involves fake websites
  • The counterfeit payment plot

Contest and Romance Fraud

  • Online lotteries, Contests, and Sweepstakes
  • Prizes and Sweepstakes scams
  • Online dating scams
  • Foreign lotteries
  • Reshipping using U.S. residents
  • Mail Order Bride scams

Exploiting Human Nature

Spammers and fraudsters understand the human nature and exploit it for their advantage. Some of the scams used against people in difficult situations include:

  • Advance fee scams
  • Charities fraud
  • Internet pharmacy fraud
  • Other online frauds such as job scams, investment fraud, Nigerian scams, pyramid scams, online advertising fraud

Younger and Older Internet Users

Although online fraud and scams may be worrying and sometimes confusing, it is imperative that all individuals remain proactively protected by being alert, skeptical, and always questioning things that seem odd. To protect kids and older adults, one must trust nobody, lock down information, always be aware, defend all the gears and gadgets, seize teachable moments.

Online Fraud Risks for Business

Any business that does its activities online is at risk of fraudulent activity. Some of the tips to prevent it from such risk include:

  • Secure and protect all assets
  • Do not mix business with pleasure
  • Lock down the IT infrastructure
  • Dedicate a single computer to banking
  • Close any points of entry into the company
  • Conduct basic background checks on employees
  • Coverage is crucial

Fighting Back

Members can make use of the National Fraud Information Center, The National Cyber Security Alliance, The Business Software Alliance, and GetNetWise. The FBI recently teamed up with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Delicious Brownies

Brownies is a baked dessert crossed between a cake and a soft cookie. It comes in a various forms. The variation can make by brown sugar and chocolate bits. Brownies developed in 19th century and popularized in U.S. and Canada in the first half of 20th century. Brownies can be eaten with milk or coffee. Brownies are common in lunch boxes and popular in restaurants and coffee shops. This is a popular item in children’s menu and in elder’s too. Here is the recipe of brownies given.

Ingredients

  • White butter-1/2 cup
  • Powder sugar-3/4cup
  • Honey- ½ cup
  • Flour- ½ cup
  • Baking powder- 1 and a1/2 tea spoonful
  • Vanilla essence-1 tea spoonful
  • Coco powder- ½ cup
  • One pinch of salt
  • Chopped cashew nut-1/2 cup

Directions: Mix white butter, powder sugar and honey all together. Blend eggs one by one then add flour, salt, coco powder and cashew nut. Pour the mixture in a tray and sprinkle cashew nut for garnishing. Bake it in a moderate heat for 10-15 minutes and your delicious brownies is ready. Enjoy!

My first Europe tour: excitements and planning

Hi, its Koel here!

Today I would like to share my wonderful travel experiences with you. Each story will be like a gift to my readers from my creative self. Some of the articles will reflect my own travel experiences and some will contain stories shared by my friends.

Let me start my stories from our first Europe tour. As we all know that the Bengalees ‘just’ love to travel! And what can be better than a long Europe tour with family. I got that chance when my husband Subhadip went to Poland with a European Union fellowship for two months. He had to stay in Warsaw, which is the capital of Poland. So, I and my daughter Aishiki went there with him. From there we made a plan to travel to different tourist destinations in France and Italy.

Though I love to travel but it’s not that I traveled much before. It was for the first time when I was going abroad and taking a flight. So, I started shopping as well as took mental preparation for a long tour, especially when we are going to take our little girl who was just two years old then. Naturally, we needed to be a bit more careful and cautious about her. I took few packets of baby foods in my bag. Subhadip always takes few packets of dry food with him whenever he travels abroad.

Together we made detailed preparations for our dream tour and were finally ready to go!

Baby Potato Curry

Baby potato curry is an Indian vegetarian menu and popularly served as a delicious, spicy side dish. Potato plays a significant role in the regular Indian meals and the use of “baby potato” makes your dish even tastier.

To make a yummy baby potato curry, you need boiled baby potatoes, boiled peas, tomatoes pureed, grated onions, green chilies, garlic, ginger and garam masala.

At first, roast the baby potatoes; take a frying pan and mix ginger, garlic and chilies to make a fine paste. Take a separate kadai to fry onions till it turns brown. Add garam masala, haldi, chili powder, dried coconut, salt and sugar to your taste and fry till the oil separates. Add the roasted baby potatoes and the tomato puree to give your finishing touches to the dish.

Mix well, garnish with coriander leaves, serve hot and enjoy its awesome taste!

Fast food chains: necessity or dependence?

How much leisure time do we get to spend with our family these days? May be, not much! We are now becoming busier by every passing day. In one hand, we are committing to the hectic schedules of our day-to-day lives, and on the other hand, we struggle to find quality time for ourselves.

Although we don’t get to manage enough time for our family, we all love to take quick bites at the fast food chains.

The concept of quick service restaurants first came in Europe and eventually became extremely popular all over the world, especially in the US. Today MacDonald’s, KFC, Taco-Bell, Subway, Arby’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza etc. are the most popular fast food chains in the US.

All these chains are offering their delicious food items in minutes through dine-ins, drive-ins, takeaways, mobile cars or through quick home deliveries.

We just can’t remember when these fast food and quick service restaurants made a permanent place in our daily lives. Although it adds a different level of satisfaction, these omnipresent fast food chains are slowly replacing the traditional and ethnic gourmet foods, like cheese and wine.

Unknowingly, we are committing to these quick service restaurants and becoming fast food addicts. Our necessity is becoming dependence!

But, end of the day, in spite of their growing dominance, we the foodies get to taste a variety of delicacies at a reasonable price at every corner of the city, from shopping malls to multiplexes, from work places to tourist destinations!

Ghost Writng

What is ghostwriting?

Ghostwriting is that where anonymous writers writes books, manuscripts, articles for others. Political leaders, celebrities often hire ghostwriters for writing their autobiographies. Sometimes song writers hired ghost writers for writing songs and lyrics. Screenplay authors hire ghostwriters for writing and editing script. Sometimes ghostwriters have to do substantial amount of research to retain up the style of the author. For this sometime they acknowledged by the author and called “researcher” or “research Assistant”.

Ghostwriters are paid for their works but don’t get credit for that. It sounds odd but it is a common practice in the blogging world and in professional content writing. Sometimes ghosts take lower prices if the author shares the credit with the ghostwriter.

In this blog let me share some of my ghostwriting works which are published online, in the name of others!!!

Blog Writing Services

Convincing and engaging blog writing skill is all important in today’s blogging struggle. Trust me, it’s real! Quality content writing is not an easy job and time is just too short to do a thorough research on each digital content that you post on you site. Moreover, everything that you post today, gets pushed back over time. And, your customers and viewers always demand fresh, attractive and updated contents…

How to cope up with this pressure? What if you don’t have the necessary time or skill to keep your blog up-to-date? A professional blog writing service might be of great help to you!

But, how to look for a good blog writing solutions? What are the services on offer? Here is a brief survey on some of the well-known blog writing facilities.

In general, you get a complete blog management service from most of the established service providers, from understanding your business to content writing and posting. Textworkers, Blogmutt, Bloghands and Writeraccess are some of the popular content service providers that have already established their footmarks in this field. All of them provide expert blog writing solutions across various niches.

What about the monetary impact?

End of the day, it’s all about patience and consistency. Pace yourself nice and steady to apply your content management strategy. Your marketing investment will help grow your website ranking and connections, eventually realizing the return of your invested money.

Expert blog writing services pen down each article with your content keywords in mind. Once posted on your website, these optimized blog posts will eventually boost and maintain high rankings on the search pages.

Expert blog writing can make a big difference to your business!

But, quality blog writing requires writing expertise and SEO knowledge. Each effective blog needs a catchy headline, and includes creative and engaging contents.

A good blog is the one that holds the attention of a reader and at the same time, conversational and engaging in nature. It should not seem like output of an intensive research effort from one Google-savvy writer, instead a good blog post is like an art. The simplest things are often the hardest ones to express. The professional blog writing services have all the necessary expertize in timely delivery of structured, content-rich blog posts, adhering to your unique specifications.

Let the experts manage your digital contents so that you free up your time for more important tasks!