Experts Reveal The 10 Passwords That Can Be Hacked In Under One Second And How To Make Your Passwords Bulletproof

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About a month ago, I got a text from my brother that said ‘Dude, what’s up with your recent Facebook activity?’ I logged on to find that someone had hacked into my account and changed my profile picture to Alicia Keys with a goatee and posted a video on my timeline of aliens snorting cocaine accompanied with the caption ‘My weekend be like…’. Ok, that part wasn’t too far off, which makes it even scarier.

But hacking can be far worse than a couple profile update that make you look like a boner to all your friends and family. Many of us have been on the short end of a fraudulent bank account attack, where we have to file a claim, cancel our cards, and audit our statements going forward. That shit’s for the birds.

In any event, tech experts from online electrical retailer AO.com have revealed the ten most commonly used passwords, including a couple that would take less than one second to crack.

Via Daily Mail:

The easiest passwords to crack:

123456                   1234567890

123456789            1234567

qwerty                    password

12345678              123123

111111                       987654321

While some think choosing passwords based on memorable words makes you bulletproof, this idea couldn’t be any further from the truth. Hackers will go after personal information such as a date of birth, pet’s name or the street you grew up on, which can easily be pulled from social media profiles.

Words to avoid in your passwords:

Your name, partner’s or pet’s name

Your pet’s name

The name of the street you grew up on

Your favorite place to go on vacation

Favorite sports team

Daily Mail reports that xxperts from the Home Office’s Cyber Aware campaign advise choosing a password that’s made up of three random, unrelated words such as ‘teabrownpicture,’ which would take 35,000 years to crack. Adding a number will add complicate things by 227 million years.

Experts also advise that although it may be difficult to juggle, one should have different passwords for different accounts (i.e. online banking and social media).

 

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6 Credible Ways to Make Money From Your Blog

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If you started blogging as a hobby, or you’re thinking about it, and wishing it could become a reasonable source of income – it probably could. A blog doesn’t have to just be your online journal. Here are a few ways to turn your blog into a reasonable source of extra income, or possibly even a full-time income.

Sell Ads

If you write good content, and your blog is popular, you’ll likely have a fair amount of traffic to your site. Google’s Adsense will take care of getting the ads and dealing with companies, and you get a payout for advertising on your site, all you need to do is add a script to your page to display the ads. These are usually pay per click, meaning you get a commission for every person that clicks on the ad. If you’re happy to, or would prefer to, sell ads directly, WordPress has ad plugins that will let you do just that.

Affiliate Marketing

Not necessarily a review, but you do at least need to mention or recommend a product or service to your audience in a post. You’ll be given a link that tracks back to you so that referrals – anyone who clicks your link – can be credited to you. Like adsense, they’re usually pay per click.

Product Reviews

Company’s looking for a product review will send you a product to test, and usually keep. Depending on the company, you’ll also get paid to write a review and post it on your site. In most cases, this is a flat fee, rather than commission based, though you may still be required to link to the company site in your post.

SEO

Optimizing your own content will boost your site’s traffic, helping with other forms of income. You could also offer your services to other companies and websites. There are always people looking for good writers who know what they’re doing to help them with search engine optimization. If you want to find out more, watch SEO: The Movie.

Sell through your Site

If you have a following, some of your fans may be interested in what you have to offer. If you know your way around graphic design, sell some digital content – wallpapers, t-shirt designs, whatever works. If you’ve got another hobby, aside from blogging, add a store to your site. You might find to your surprise that people really do want to buy your knitted hats and crazy phone covers. There’s always the option to sell other people’s product for a commission, if you have a friend or family member in the craft business.

Sell Your Skills

So you’re a good writer, we’ve established that. If you’re having a hard time getting your own blog up and running, or just don’t have the time and energy to maintain it – freelance. The downside here is that you don’t always have much say in the content, but there are positives too. Freelance writing doesn’t leave your income dependant on how popular your blog is – you get paid for your content no matter what. Rates and requirements will vary quite a bit, but you can find freelance jobs on sites like upwork.com.

So outside of the questionable integrity of selling your subscribers’ email addresses to a marketing company, these are just some of the ways to make money off a blog. Keep in touch with your readers by reading and answering comments, it’ll keep them engaged. You can keep to your personal social media accounts, or set up accounts for your blog, but post and share to keep your site popular.

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The stock market’s robot revolution is here

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  • EquBot just launched the AI Powered Equity ETF (AIEQ), which uses IBM’s Watson technology to construct a stock portfolio.
  • The fund has outperformed the S&P 500 so far, but a much longer trading period is needed to assess whether it can truly offer market-beating returns.

 

The long-awaited rise of the machines is here, at least in the stock market.

The first artificial intelligence-powered exchange-traded fund launched on October 18. Called the AI Powered Equity ETF (ticker: AIEQ), it uses IBM‘s Watson supercomputing technology to analyze more data than humanly possible, all in the pursuit of building the perfect portfolio of 30 to 70 stocks.

The ETF ranks investments based on their "probability of benefiting from current economic conditions, trends, and world- and company-specific events" and picks those with the best chance at outperformance, according to a recent release.

And the technology enables it to do that while constantly analyzing information for 6,000 US-listed companies. The top three positions as of Friday were CIT Group, Penumbra and Genworth Financial

The fund was founded by EquBot, which is a part of IBM’s Global Entrepreneur program, and is offered to investors through a partnership with ETF Managers Group. EquBot initially sprouted from a discussion between the cofounders in an MBA classroom at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

The ETF launch comes at a time when passive investment has never been hotter. The combined assets of US ETFs hit $3.1 trillion in August, increasing roughly $700 billion in a single year, according to Investment Company Institute data. And many of those strategies already employ computer-driven quantitative strategies.

So what sets AIEQ apart? Chida Khatua, CEO and co-founder of EquBot, argues that their technology is more advanced, which gives it a big advantage.

"As powerful as many algorithms underlying expensive quantitative hedge funds and other vehicles might be, unless they’re also built with AI and machine learning baked right in, mistakes can be propogated and opportunities for outperformance can be missed," he said in the October 18 release.

In three days of trading, the fund has risen 0.8%, double the S&P 500 over the same period. What’s more, the ETF has averaged about 193,000 units traded per day, a strong showing for a fledgling fund. It had around $3.2 million in assets on Friday afternoon.

Of course, a much longer time frame will be needed to assess whether the ETF is actually able to translate its massive computing power into market-beating returns. But so far, so good.

SEE ALSO: If Trump is doing so horribly, why is the stock market doing so well?

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3 Reasons Your Testosterone Levels Are Low And How To Fix It

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We are in the middle of a manhood crisis.

Testosterone levels have been dropping since the 1970s — a trend that is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Forget everything you’ve heard about testosterone

Unfortunately, the word testosterone is starting to have a negative connotation. When someone mentions testosterone we are now conditioned to think of juiced-to-the-gills bodybuilders, horny teenagers or angry guys who pick a fight with everyone they run into.

That’s all wrong.

Testosterone is the most important hormone men produce. It’s what makes us men. And since testosterone levels are on the decline, it means we are getting less manly with each passing decade.

As men, we are more than our hormones. Once we make it through our teens, we define ourselves by our  accomplishments, our jobs, our friends, and the women we bring into our lives. The kicker is that testosterone impacts our desire to improve and achieve in all those areas.

Why this matters

Testosterone is a vital hormone when it comes to men’s health and wellness. It’s not only important for having sex and building muscle. It’s the hormone driving our desire to strive, to procreate and to take out our aggression.

Testosterone has an inverse relationship with estrogen. When one goes up, the other goes down in response. As our testosterone levels dip, our estrogen levels go up.

In men this can lead to:

Excess fat gain

Heart disease

Erectile dysfunction

Decreased libido

Depression

Lethargy

Lack of body hair

Shrunken testicles

Decreased immune system

Having optimal testosterone levels is vital to your health, wellness and performance. If your testosterone levels are not where they should be you’re at a serious disadvantage in the gym, with women and in your career.

Testosterone is a surprisingly controversial topic and there’s new research being done constantly to figure out what causes testosterone levels to decline — and how we can get them back to normal.

Here are three causes of declining testosterone levels and what you can do to reverse their effect.

You’re eating too much junk.

In our modern world, delicious foods are readily available at every turn. We never find ourselves on the brink of starvation like our ancestors once did. Which makes it easy to chronically overeat  — and primarily eat too much junk food.

This is bad for a couple of reason.

1) Junk foods typically contain terrible ingredients, and science seems to think these ingredients are impacting our hormone production. We just don’t know how drastic that impact is yet.

2) Junk foods are an easily digestible source of calories. Those calories aren’t filling, and we end up consuming more calories than we need.

Eating more calories leads to more fat gain over time, which can majorly impact your ability to produce testosterone. In fact, excess fat storage means that your body will typically begin to ramp up cortisol and estrogen production — and decrease testosterone production in response.

The fix:

Stop eating refined carbohydrates for a while.

Cut back on your alcohol intake (alcohol inhibits hormone production, and we also tend to eat lower quality food after drinking)

Eat plenty of fibrous vegetables

Eat red meats (the saturated fat will aid testosterone production)

You’re not lifting weights.

This is one of the most basic tenets of producing more testosterone. You need to be lifting heavy things. Lifting weights directly causes your body to respond by increasing its testosterone output. This has been known for years — and it’s part of the reason we associate testosterone with bros in the gym.

When you’re lifting weights, you’re forcing the muscles to adapt and recover by growing bigger and stronger. We obviously have to eat protein and quality carbohydrates to fuel recovery but, on a hormonal level, testosterone plays a huge role in recovery and muscle building processes.

On a more primal level, lifting weights offers a healthy outlet to take out your aggression. Anger is an emotion that’s partially fueled by testosterone, and when you tap into it relatively often (in a controlled setting like the gym) two things will happen:

You’ll feel angry less often because you will now have an outlet for your feelings of aggression.

Your body is going to respond by ramping up its testosterone production — because anger is a stimulus in itself.

The fix:

Get into a gym immediately and start lifting. You don’t have to join a hardcore powerlifting gym or anything like that. Hell, Planet Fitness will get the job done. The important thing is that you start exercising your right to exercise.

If you’re new to working out, most places offer initial consultations with personal trainers who can show you around. If you’re looking for a program to follow, consider hiring a personal training or finding resources online.

You’re relying on testosterone replacement therapy.

Testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT, has become the de facto choice for most guys who find out they’re suffering from low T levels. In theory, it’s a perfect solution: Rub a little cream, take a pill or get a shot and your testosterone levels are back to normal.

Life is rarely that simple. Many of the men who go through TRT experience minimal testosterone production to begin with. When they get on TRT, they rarely change their lifestyle. And because their body is receiving testosterone from an outside source, natural testosterone production decreases even more.

In the beginning stages of TRT, many men report feeling more “manly”, aggressive and sexually aroused and have a bigger desire to work out. Some even follow through on these desires. But those who don’t further perpetuate the problem — until they need to up the dosage of T.

The fix:

Consult with your Doctor and figure out a way to steadily decrease the amount of testosterone you’re receiving while actively work to increase your testosterone levels naturally. Some Doctor’s will take you off completely right from the start if you don’t have too far to go.

Once you’ve consulted with your Doctor, the suggestions listed above are the best ways to start increasing your testosterone.

Testosterone isn’t a hormone that should be demonized. It’s an integral part of men, and without it we as men suffer. Because of that, those around us suffer. Start taking action and get your testosterone levels in check. Not only will you be better because of it, those around you will.

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How to Have Morning Sex

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Most people think of sex as a nighttime activity—but it can be even more enjoyable first thing in the morning. You were going to hit the snooze button a few times anyway, so why not do something fun instead? Here’s how to have fantastic morning sex.

Why Morning Sex Is Great

Morning sex can be a great way to start your day. Sex typically helps us feel more connected to ourselves and our partners; it relaxes us, improves our mood, and puts a spring in our step. Even if you’re usually so groggy in the morning that the thought of having sex doesn’t sound appealing, you’re still likely to feel much, much better after actually having it.

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Morning sex can also be great for men who have erectile and orgasmic challenges. Most men will wake up with an erection, even those who struggle to get erections at other points of the day. (The phrase “morning wood” exists for a reason.) Many men also report that their erections feel stronger in the morning. Additionally, a lot of guys think they are able to last much longer during morning sex.

Morning sex is also awesome from a logistical standpoint. You’re hopefully waking up rested and relaxed. You’re not coming home after a long, crappy, stress-filled day. You’re already naked, or just wearing easy-to-remove pajamas. You can hop right into the shower afterwards for easy clean-up. What’s not to love?

Manage the Timing

If you need to be at work at a set time, you’re probably going to want to set your alarm a few minutes earlier, to give you and your partner time to get it on in the morning. I know the thought of setting your alarm even earlier might sound horrifying initially, but it can have fantastic benefits. One of the side effects of morning sex is that it forces you to slow down and get more enjoyment out of your morning, rather than leaping right out of bed and scrambling to get ready as quickly as possible.

How to Initiate

Here are a few recommendations for morning sex:

  • Schedule morning sex, or schedule morning quality time with each other. Even if you decide not to have sex that particular morning, you and your partner can still benefit from a few minutes of relaxed quality time with each other.
  • Surprise your partner by waking them up with some sort of sexy contact. Kiss their neck, sneak your hands down the sheets, or even start performing oral. (Of course, this should only be done with partners with whom you have established consent.)
  • Tell your partner that you were having a sexy dream about them. This is a great trick for people who tend to be shy about initiating sex.
  • Join your partner in the shower. You can brush your teeth, get clean, and wake up a bit. Then jump back into bed to finish things off. This is a good move if you tend to feel icky in the morning (more on this below).

Choose Your Pacing

People usually like two specific kinds of sex in the morning – sleepy, cuddly sex, or quickies. Quickies can be great during the workweek, if you only have a few minutes to spare. Sleepy sex is awesome on the weekends, or days that you have a little extra time. Try an easy position like spooning, or try masturbating side-by-side.

Troubleshooting Morning Issues

If you have the tendency to get up and go in the morning, resist the urge to check your phone first thing upon waking. The second you see work emails, your libido will be gone. Say hello to your partner first, and spend a few minutes cuddling and kissing. I guarantee you’ll have a better morning, even if you don’t do anything else.

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Some women experience lubrication issues in the morning, even if they feel horny. The solution here is simple—keep a bottle of lube in your bedside table for quick and easy access.

If you get self-conscious about your genitals smelling a little funky, first of all, know that your genitals are perfectly fine. But you can keep a pack of organic baby wipes in your bedside table for a fast clean-up.

The biggest complaint people have about morning sex is morning breath. But this is such an easy fix! Keep a package of breath strips in your bedside table. In just a few seconds, you’ll both have minty fresh breath.

Here are some other work-arounds:

  • Do things that don’t require you to kiss, like oral sex or mutual masturbation.http://bit.ly/2zDdiJI
  • Forbid yourselves from kissing. This can be surprisingly hot.
  • Get in positions where you can’t kiss. If you’re having intercourse, doggystyle or spooning can be great.

But honestly, morning breath really doesn’t need to be that big of a deal. Since you both have morning breath, it’s a bit easier to ignore. Once you’ve kissed for about 10 seconds, you hardly notice it anymore.

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This hack connects you to the Internet via a virtual modem

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Legend tells of a programmer named Martin Kirkholt Melhus who worked at a client site where there was no Internet. Realizing most of his work involved cutting and pasting from StackOverflow, he needed a way to get online. And so he turned his speaker and microphone into a working (in theory) modem. “This was only ever intended as a gimmick and a proof of concept – not something that I would actually use at work,” he wrote. “Please keep this in mind before arguing why I should be fired over this in various online comment sections.”

The system works in HTML5 and converts text to modem tones. The speed is obviously a bit slow but it should be enough to steal an entire chunk of Python and drag it into Visual Editor.

Writes Melhus:

Lately, I’ve been working with a client where my development computer is not connected to the Internet. This is a huge inconvenience, as the unavailability of Google and Stack Overflow vastly impact my productivity. Only recently have I begun to grasp how much of my time is actually spent copy/pasting between Visual Studio and the browser.

My office also features an Internet connected laptop and my development computer expose 3,5 mm jack sockets for audio devices. And thus my problems can be solved! Here’s how I made a modem for closing the gap with Web Audio.

The bottom line? Doing fun and clever things all the time is a great way to go through life. You can grab the code here and try your hand at modeming here.

Modem connection

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Today in pettiness: Dude sues airline for not serving authentic Champagne

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Today in pettiness: Dude sues airline for serving sparkling wine instead of Champagne

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As a man who just adores Edith Piaf has no doubt informed you, the term “Champagne” refers to a sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France. 

You are probably also aware that people often refer to all sparkling wine as “Champagne” — kind of a Kleenex/tissue scenario. One man, however, took such issue with this colloquialism that he decided to sue an airline for using it.

Per the BBC, Daniel MacDuff has elected to sue Sunwing Airlines for advertising a “Champagne service” when, in fact, he was served a cheaper sparkling wine instead. 1,600 other patrons have joined his class-action lawsuit.

The airline, for its part, called MacDuff’s case “frivolous and without merit.” However, it has erased all mention of Champagne from its website, instead calling the service a “welcome glass of sparkling wine.”

Anyway, life is short, and suing an airline because of a beverage is a great way to spend your time.

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Where, when, and how to watch this week’s meteor shower created by Halley’s Comet

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The Orionid meteor shower is happening this weekend. It produces some of the brightest meteors all year.

The most meteors will fall between Oct. 20-22. Expect to see between 10-30 meteors an hour. The best time to spot them is around 1:30 am each night.

By this time, the Moon will have set. Its absence provides darker skies to enjoy the show. But watch out for the weather.

Cloudy skies will be rolling across the US this weekend. Here are the best and worst places to watch on Oct 20, 21, and 22.

What makes the Orionids so special is where they come from. They’re actually debris from the famous Halley’s Comet.

For the best show, find a safe, dark place away from city lights. Many meteors will appear to come from the Orion constellation.

But experts advise to look away from Orion. That way, you’ll spot the meteors with the longest tails. Happy meteor hunting!

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People told the MongoDB founders they were ‘completely crazy’ and now the company is worth $1.6 billion

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  • A decade ago, people told the MongoDB founders they were crazy to try and build their tech company in New York instead of Silicon Valley.
  • On Thursday, MongoDB proved the naysayers wrong with a successful IPO.
  • It’s been a "surreal" experience for one of its founders, 36-year-old Eliot Horowitz, he tells Business Insider.

On Thursday, MongoDB pulled off a successful IPO, opening at $24, higher than its initial target range of $18 – $20 and raising $192 million.

MongoDB’s shares leaped 33% by day’s end, valuing it at $1.6 billion, on par with the last valuation it had as a private company. And that’s good news for the crop of other unicorns, startups valued at $1 billion or more, waiting in the wings for their own IPOs.

The New York-based database company has been a darling of the VC world and raised over $311 million from private investors. But it wasn’t always that way, recalls one of its cofounders, CTO Eliot Horowitz.

Horowitz helped cofounder Dwight Merriman write the company’s bread-and-butter product, the MongoDB database, when the company was founded in 2007. They were joined by cofounder Kevin Ryan. Merriman and Ryan were already known in New York for creating a hit tech company, DoubleClick, sold to a private equity firm for $1.1 billion. (Google later bought it for over $3 billion).

But DoubleClick was an adtech company and New York is the hub of advertising. The database world was centered in Silicon Valley.

"We started ten years ago and people thought we were completely crazy for starting a database company in New York. The early VC meetings where like, so when are moving to California? And Dwight and I were like, ‘uh, never,’" he recalls.

For a good four years people continuously told the founders that "you can’t build a database company in New York," he said.

Eliot HorowitzBut they did.

Although MongoDB did eventually bow to pressure and open an office in Palo Alto, California, New York remained the hub.

"When we started to hire people out of college and gave them the choice of do you want to go to New York or Palo Alto, they were like, ‘Well, New York. Because New York is more fun," he said.

The New York home base even caused the company to lose its CEO Max Schireson in 2014. Schireson, a former Oracle exec from the Bay Area, was living an exhausting bi-coastal lifestyle. He quit the job to see his kids more, a decision that set off a firestorm of analysis on work/life balance for men.

The company hired Dev Ittycheria as CEO who led them to this IPO on Thursday. By day’s end, Ittycheria’s 6% stake was worth $88 million.

A new kind of database

Even from New York, MongoDB became a leader in an entirely new kind of database market. MongoDB is a free and open source database for holding messy types of data, the types generated by and used by internet applications. It fills a different technical need than the traditional databases sold by Oracle and Microsoft that store more rigid types of data.

Its free version has been downloaded 30 million times and it has 4,300 paying customers, it says. It’s the fourth most popular database on the market, according to market watching site DB-Engines. Today, MongoDB employees 820 people in 29 offices.

For Horowitz, the best part of MongoDB’s success is seeing how companies use this new kind of database. For instance, he says Bosch uses it with special screwdriver drills that can measure the torque of the screws as they install them in airplanes. By tracking torque, they can "make airplanes safer, and I fly a lot so that’s cool," he said.

It’s also cool that Horowitz’s nearly 6% stake was worth $77 million by the close of market on Thursday.

How does that feel? "The day’s been a little surreal," he says.

SEE ALSO: Founder of $110 million startup CrowdFlower: I’m forever grateful to Travis Kalanick

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Pioneer and Canada partner to ensure musicians get paid for DJ play

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Pioneer DJ wants to make sure electronic artists get paid for the remixes you hear at the dance club. The company’s Kuvo entertainment service has partnered with Canada’s performing rights organizations (PRO) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) to beam music metadata into other PROs, according to a press release. Apparently this won’t cost DJs or venues a thing, either.

"After testing Kuvo extensively at one of Canada’s largest electronic music nightclubs, Coda in Toronto, SOCAN has welcomed the implementation of the service at any venue in the country wishing to use it," the statement reads.

Given how much music DJs put into a set and the very nature of the mashups they create, ensuring everyone gets their fair share of royalties can be pretty difficult. KUVO seems like a pretty elegant way of addressing that.

Club goers stand to benefit as well. If you hear a song on a night out and don’t want to deal with how flaky Shazam can be, if you have the Kuvo app installed on your phone, you’ll be able to see what’s playing.

The service is already being used in Austria, Belgium, Spain and the UK. This marks its first implementation in North America.

Source: Businesswire

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