How To Use Facebook Marketing To Promote and Improve Your Business

how-to-use-facebook-marketingIf you’re struggling to promote and grow your small business, you have probably recognized the awesome potential of marketing on Facebook to their 1 billion or so active users.

It’s very true that Facebook offers some amazing potential for helping you grow your business, but you’ll need a clear, effective strategy if you want to take full advantage of it.

Facebook Marketing is simple in concept, but I can tell you from personal experience that there are countless ways to do it wrong and end up spending a ton of money with little in the way of tangible results to show for it. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Can I force my Google Play account to require a password for every purchase?

google-play-logoQuestion from Michelle H.:  I sometimes loan my phone to my 9 year old son so he can play a game, and I recently found out that he sneaked into the Google Play Store and bought several games without my permission.

We had a long mother-son talk and he assured me that he won’t do it again, but I’d really like to force the Play Store to ask for my password for every purchase. Is there a way to do that?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Scam alert: Some malicious apps will ‘root’ your Android phone without your permission

scamOne of the great things about modern smart phones is their ability to run apps that perform a wide variety of useful tasks. If you can think of something for your phone to do on your behalf, there is probably an app for it.

In reality, smart phones are in fact tiny computers, and the apps they run are actually computer programs. And there’s a downside to that: Any device that can run a computer program is subject to being attacked by hackers. [Continue Reading]

Picture of the Day: “Forest Fog at Twilight”

Today’s “Picture of the Day” features the beauty of a foggy German forest at twilight. I hope you like it!

You can see more of photographer Hannes Mauerer’s photos at Flickr. Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:

Camera: Panasonic DMC-LX2
Focal length: 6.3mm
Shutter speed: 1/80 second
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100

Thanks for checking out the “Picture of the Day”!

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Protect all of your electronic devices with a Whole House Surge Suppressor

whole-house-surge-suppressorIf your home is like most others these days it probably has surge suppressors plugged into the outlets that are powering a sensitive electronic device. And some homes have one plugged into every outlet.

These portable surge suppressors are fine for protecting your computer equipment, flat panel TVs and other devices from moderate power surges, but if your incoming power line gets struck by lightning or an intense power spike you can expect to be replacing many of those items the very next day.

And what about your heat pump, microwave, electric range, refrigerator and other major appliances? They all contain sensitive electronic circuits these days, and they typically aren’t protected by surge suppression at all! [Continue Reading]

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