Secure Your WordPress Website

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Secure Your WordPress Website

One of the most important things you could do is securing your blog.Your blog can be big value for readers but if it is not secure, you could lose everything overnight.I will share some security tips that you should apply in your blog.

1. Backup, Backup and Backup!

It is said that no website can be made 100% secure.So if someone wants to break into your site, he will.If someone hacked your site and deleted everything from the server, with functional backups you would be back online in a matter of hours.

So remember to backup your blog often (preferable daily)! I prefer to backup my sites to more than one physical locations.

2. Change The “Admin” User

One of the most common methods to break into a website is the brute force one. Brute force attack is when someone try to guess the name of the admin and, once he finds that out, he will use scripts to try thousands of password combinations with that user name.

If the main user in your blog is called “admin”, you make it easier for them to break into your site.

How to change admin user to something else? Pretty easy. Simply create a new user for your blog, and give it “Administrator” privileges. Then login with that user, and delete the “admin” user. If you have posts published with “admin” WordPress will ask you if you want to move those posts under a new user.

3. Hide Your WordPress Version

By default WordPress let the world know the version that you are running, and this information can be used against you, because hackers know the security holes on each WordPress version.

Hiding that information is not difficult though. First of all you want to disable the “generator” meta tag. You can do that by adding the following code to the functions.php file of your theme:

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function hide_wp_vers()
{
return '';
}
add_filter('the_generator','hide_wp_vers');

The readme file is another place where hackers can find the version of your WordPress ,Simply access your server via FTP or Cpanel and delete that file.

4. Disable Folder Browsing

Another important thing is to protect your site’s folders.If people can browser your folders, they will be able to see a lot of informations, including what plugins you are running, what themes you have installed and so on. Such informations can be used to find security holes in your site and make it easier for hackers to break into your site.

If your web hosting is based on Linux, you can easily disable folder browser with a .htaccess file placed at the root of your server.
Just add the following line: Options -Indexes

If your hosting is not based on Linux, than upload a blank index.html page inside each folder.
That’s it.

5. Always Update

WordPress is an open source software, so its source code is public,and anyone can have access to it. This means that hackers are always looking for security holes.Sometimes they find them, but the WordPress community usually responds quickly and releases an updated version protected against
the new threats.

– See more at: http://wpth.net/how-to-secure-your-wordpress-website/#sthash.hw68Ivlu.dpuf

Digital Anarchy Primatte Chromakey 5.1.2 for Photoshop

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Digital Anarchy Primatte Chromakey 5.1.2 for Photoshop

Easier masking & new Backdrop features

Primatte Chromakey for Adobe Photoshop is easier than ever to use. Primatte 5.1 has a simplified interface and new tools to help your mask look amazing. Just click-and-drag to define the color that you want to remove, and leave your subject on a transparent layer. Primatte keeps details that are often difficult, like wispy hair and sheer fabric. 

Voila! After the mask is perfect, you can use the new Backdrop features to add a custom backdrop or overlay a logo within Primatte. Get the flexibility to add in any background your client wants to see… after the photo shoot.

Improved AutoMask: The best new feature in Primatte Chromakey is its incredible auto-masking. The AutoMask button has been completely redone to make your keying process on every image easier and with a high success rate. High volume photographers will see an improved and easier workflow. 

Successful Batching: Primatte works fluidly with Adobe Photoshop’s Actions and Batches. If you’re dealing with 500 school kids shot against greenscreen, you want to process the photographs inbatch groups. You don’t want to examine and mask each photo individually. Go home to get some sleep while Primatte does the work. 

Add Custom Backdrops: A new Backdrop feature adds custom backgrounds directly within Primatte. The ability to add new backgrounds makes for a smoother, speedier workflow with many types of green screen photography. Put your client in Maui or on safari without going into Photoshop.

Add Logo Overlays: An Overlay feature adds text or a logo for easy customer branding directly within Primatte. Overlays are especially useful if you want to do everything at once when creating a batch process with Primatte, as you don’t have to go in to Photoshop to add a team logo. 

Simplified interface: Primatte Chromakey 3.0 and 3.5 users will notice that new tools have appeared and others have been reorganized. We changed the way some features appear in order to make the interface less cluttered. We continued this streamlining process in version 5.0 and are positive that the new interface will speed up your workflow.

Powerful edge removal: Primatte software really shows its power when dealing with soft edges or semi-transparent areas. The Photoshop plugin easily creates a mask around areas of detail that are typically difficult to keep. Flyaway hair, a crystal glass, sheer material, even smoke and water. We keep ‘em all for you. 

Remove difficult spill: An important part of Primatte Chromakey software is its built-in removal of color spill. During a photoshoot, light bounces off the screen and may throw an undesirable color tint on your subject. Primatte Chromakey software will remove that unwanted color, like green spill on a model’s blonde hair. 

Fix Uneven Lighting: The new Fix Lighting tool helps with better keying around wrinkles, hotspots and shadows in unevenly lit screens. The new BG Blur tool will blur a custom background image to help simulate depth of field.

Better Light Wrap: An improved Light Wrap feature gives more realistic compositing of keyed subject against a custom background. Light Wrap generates a soft glow for the illusion that light from the background layer is reflecting along the edges of your subject.

Simple Transforms: In Primatte 5.1, your subject, backdrop or overlay can be moved, scaled and rotated with simple Transform controls. If you click multiple checkboxes, you can even transform those images together.

System Requirements

-Windows XP (64 bit), Vista, 7, 8 (32-64 bit)
-Adobe Photoshop CS2 to CC
-Adobe Elements 9.0 to 12.0

Language : English

 

 

Digital Anarchy Beauty Box 3.0.7 for Photoshop (64 bit)

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Digital Anarchy Beauty Box 3.0.7 for Photoshop (64 bit)

Apply Digital Makeup for a photo makeover after the shoot

The Beauty Box skin retouching plugin provides photographers and digital artists with an easy and powerful way of smoothing out skin and removing blemishes using Adobe Photoshop, Aperture and Photoshop Elements. Whether the software is used for a glamour shoot, senior portraits or just a personal photo, Beauty Box Photo achieves a consistently professional result.

Increased Speed: Beauty Box is up to 600% faster. By using OpenCL, Beauty Box Photo is super fast on both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards. 
Automatic Mask: The Auto-Mask button automatically creates an underlying mask. This is brand new in 3.0 and does an amazing job of accurately selecting skin tones.
Smart Skin Smoothing: Adjust the skin smoothing effects with three Smoothing controls. This uses sophisticated algorithms for smoothing the skin areas while retaining the skin texture. 
Shine Reduction: This slider lets you reduce the hot spots caused by bright lights on shiny/sweaty skin.
30+ Preset Styles: Add a variety of color effects on top of the basic retouching to give your photo a glamour, fashion, or dark and evil look.
Batch Processing: Let Beauty Box set the mask and smoothing automatically for batch processing. With the new speed increase, you can retouch up to 900 12mp images an hour. Great for labs or high volume photographers.
Control Over Mask: Make changes to the mask with advanced Mask tools (though generally you won’t need to!).
Detail Sharpening: Use fine-tuning controls to preserve important details like hair, eyelashes and jewelry.
Add Texture: Bring back skin texture like pore structure that can be lost because of the smoothing.

System Requirements

-Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (64 bit)
-Adobe Photoshop CS2 to CC
-Adobe Elements 9.0 to 12.0

Language : English

 

Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (2015)

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Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (2015)

Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health

by Rogers Detels (Editor), Martin Gulliford (Editor), Quarraisha Abdool Karim (Editor), Chorh Chuan Tan (Editor)

• No of Pages: 1854 pages

• Publisher: Oxford University Press; 6 edition (April 26, 2015)

• Language: English

• ISBN-13: 9780199661756

Description 

The Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health is the ultimate resource on the subject of public health and epidemiology. The sixth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, offering a global and comprehensive perspective on wide-ranging public health needs and priorities in modern health care.

The sixth edition, available both in print and online, retains its approach of dividing the complex, dynamic subject of public health into three topics. ‘The Scope of Public Health’ discusses the development of the discipline, determinants of health and disease, public health policies, and law and ethics. Next, the textbook focuses on ‘The Methods of Public Health,’ including the main science behind the discipline – epidemiology. Finally, ‘The Practice of Public Health’ examines specific public health problems and the options for prevention and control. As well as identifying these issues by system or disease, there is also an awareness of the unique needs of particular population groups.

New topics in this edition include: Climate change, genetic testing and epidemiology; new methods for measuring the burden of disease; life course approaches to epidemiology, behavioural economics; and physical activity, health and wellbeing.

Two new editors, Quarraisha Abdool Karim (South Africa) and Chorh Chuan Tan (Singapore), join the established editor team of Roger Detels (USA), and Martin Gulliford (UK), representing a truly global outlook. The contributors are experts who have been drawn from around the world, offering perspectives from vastly different health systems with ranging public health needs and priorities. 

The Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health remains the most comprehensive, accessible text in the field, and is an essential reference for students and practitioners in public health and epidemiology.

 

10 Reasons the Best Employees LOVE Their Jobs by Jeff Haden

10 Reasons the Best Employees LOVE Their Jobs by Jeff Haden

Pay is obviously important. So are benefits. But pay and benefits are also expected.So what makes a job more than just a list of duties?

When you actually care about what you do — and care about the people you do it with and for.

We go the extra mile when we feel we belong to a team, that we’re pursuing a higher purpose, that we’re working with people who care about us as individuals and not just as employees. Then we want to come to work because that work is more rewarding.

Caring gives work meaning and helps us love our jobs.

But caring has to start with the employer. We don’t genuinely care about our company until we first know our company cares about us — by showing it.

How do great companies do that?

1. They provide freedom.

Detailed internal systems are important, but unique people create unique experiences. Smart companies allow their employees to be individuals. Obvious example: Zappos, a company that sets overall guidelines and then allows employees to express their individuality within those guidelines.

Assigning authority is important, but true responsibility comes from feeling not just in charge but encouraged and empowered to do what is right — and to do what is right in the way the individual feels is best.

Give me a task to do and I’ll do it. Tell me it’s mine, and tell me to use my best judgment to get it done, and I’ll embrace it. I’ll care, because you trust me.

And I’ll trust you.

2. They build a true sense of team.

Go to any swim meet or track meet and you’ll see it happen: Kids swim or run faster in relays than they do in individual events. They know other people are counting on them — and they don’t want to let them down.

Everyone loves to feel that sense of teamwork and esprit de corps that turns a group of individuals into a real team. The key is to show how each person’s effort impacts other people, both at the team level and more broadly throughout the company.

Great companies help employees understand how their efforts impact others, especially in a positive way. We all work hard for our boss, but we work harder for the people beside us — especially when we know they count on us.

3. They set logical expectations.

Only one thing is worse than being criticized for doing something you thought you were supposed to do: not knowing what to do.

While it might sound contradictory, freedom and latitude are important but so are basic and understandable expectations. Good companies create and post best practices. Great companies absorb best practices, almost organically, because their employees can easily understand why certain decisions and principles make sense.

When you create a guideline or process, put twice as much effort into explainingwhy as you do explaining what.

Tell me what to do and I’ll do it. Tell me why and I’ll embrace it — and in the process care a lot more about doing it well.

4. They foster a unique sense of purpose.

Just like we all want to feel part of a team, we all like to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Feeling a true purpose starts with knowing what to care about and, more importantly, why to care.

Your company already has a purpose. (If it doesn’t, why are you in business?) But a step farther and let your employees create a few purposes of their own, for your customers or the community.

You may find that what they care about becomes what you care about — and in the process makes your company even better.

5. They encourage genuine input.

Every employee has ideas, and one of the differences between employees who care and employees who do not is whether they are allowed to share their ideas — and whether their ideas are taken seriously. (Reject my ideas without consideration and I immediately disengage.)

Great companies don’t just put out suggestion boxes. They ask leading, open-ended questions. They don’t say, “Should we do this, or this?” They say, “Do you know how we could make this better?” They probe gently. They help employees feel comfortable proposing new ways to get things done.

And when an idea isn’t feasible, they always take the time to explain why — which often leads to the employee coming up with an even better idea.

Employees who provide input clearly care about the company because they want to make it better. Make sure that input is valued and they will care even more, because now it’s not your company — it’s our company.

6. They see the person inside the employee.

We all hope to work with people we admire and respect.

And we all hope to be admired and respected by the people we work with. We want to be more than a title, more than a role. We want to be a person, too.

That’s why a kind word, a quick discussion about family, a brief chat about the triathlon I just finished or the trip I just took or the hobby I just started — those moments are infinitely more important than any meeting or performance evaluations.

I care about you when you care about me — and the best way to show you care is to show, by word and action, that you appreciate me as a person and not just an employee.

7. They treat each employee not just equally but fairly.

Every employee is different. Some need a nudge. Others need regular confidence boosts. Others need an occasional kick in the pants.

Some employees have earned greater freedom. Others have not.

Equal treatment is not always fair treatment. Employees care a lot more when they know a reward or discipline is, under unusual circumstances, based on what is right, not just what is written.

8. They dish out occasional tough love.

Even the best employees make mistakes. Even the best employees lose motivation.

Even the best employees occasionally need constructive feedback. Sometimes they even need a reality check, to know they are not just letting the company down but are letting themselves down. (A boss once shook his head and said, “You’re better than that.” I was crushed… and I vowed to prove that I was better than that.)

Shoot, sometimes expressing a little anger is even appropriate.

In the moment an otherwise great employee may hate a little tough love, but in time will realize you cared enough to want her to achieve her goals and dreams.

9. They give frequent public praise.

Just like every employee makes mistakes, every employee also does something well. (Yes, even your worst employee.)

That means every employee deserves some amount of praise. So do it. Find reasons to recognize average performers. Find ways to recognize relatively poor performers. Sometimes all it takes for an employee to turn a performance corner is a little public recognition. Some will want to experience that feeling again; others will want to live up to the faith you show in them.

Public praise shows you care, and that’s reason enough–but it also gives employees another reason to care.

10. They create genuine opportunities.

When does a job most become just a job? When there is no possibility of that job leading to greater things, inside or even outside the company. When there’s no hope, it’s just a job.

Every employee wakes up every day with the hope of a better future. Show them you care by helping create a path to that future.

Good companies assume their employees will benefit when their company grows. Great companies understand that building a better future for the company is directly dependent on building a better future for their employees.

First show you really care about your employees; only then will start to really care about your company.

That way everyone wins — and isn’t that the kind of company every employer wants to build?