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It's time that you looked beyond Chrome and your default web browser. Here we try to list down some of these useful features in an effort to make you install one or more browser in your Android phone.

You will come across several mobile web browsers for Android offering the same core functionality but with a few unique features. According to Statcounter, majority of the mobile web browser users in India (over 55%) use UC Browserwhereas Chrome comes in second. Apart from the popular browsers, there are alternatives that provide interesting features often overlooked but equally necessary. 

Use in-built browsers

Social media apps and news readers, and in fact almost every app out there are bundling an internal browser to open web links. But these browsers are made just to display the text and no other multimedia content. If you’re more interested in only reading the text rather than exploring the photos and videos, then you should opt for the internal browsers which are actually switched on by default. 

Doodling on the fly

When you spot something interesting in an online story, the first thing you’d do is take a screenshot and share it on social media. Conventionally, it’s a long process where you take a screenshot, then head over to an image editing app, doodle over it and then share it. To make everything super easy, Mercury Browser includes several plugins (we’ll be covering a few) such as an internal screenshot and doodle function. You can take a screenshot, crop and then doodle over it, and then save the image. Right inside the browser you can navigate to the Files folder of the browser and then share away to wherever you want.

Easily switch between apps and the browser

It’s a pain when you have to switch to a browser to open a web link while scrolling through Reddit or Twitter. Flynx works the same way as the chat bubbles for Facebook Messenger. Every link opens in a pop-up bubble which loads in the background while you continue using the current app. This makes it quicker to switch between the app and the browser rather than having to wait until the entire page loads. You can open up multiple links as well, making it more convenient to open up several links in one go and switching to the browser once you’re done scrolling. It has a good looking minimalistic UI and if you’re interested, Brave Browser is another one with the same features in a different design.

Adding a passcode to your browser

Not everyone would be comfortable in sharing their browsing history but then you would suggest browsing in the incognito or private mode. But what if you want to save your history without giving anyone access to it? Mercury Browserlets you add a passcode through its privacy options so that all your history is hidden from uninvited users, unless you share your passcode too.

Reading news right in your browser

News buffs already have a separate app dedicated to serve them with news everyday. Since we move towards minimising the number of apps on our phone, UC Browser will be a really useful one for such users. The integration of UC News right inside the browser has ruled out the necessity of installing an extra app for news. It’s embedded in the app and appears on the homepage itself. You can browse through various categories such as Cricket, Entertainment, Humour, Gadget etc., and also edit them according to your preferences. The articles open up in optimised windows, putting readability first. 

Save every image on a web page

If you visit a link where you want to save all the images listed on that web page, Mercury Browser makes it quick. Such scenarios occur when you visit an image rich website and want to save several of the images on it. The plugins tab includes a Gallery Mode which pulls all the images on the web page, where you can select the ones you need and download them. This saves time in individually selecting every image and saving it.

Use a small web browser

Low-end phones fall short on storage space and the default browser only includes the barebone features to surf the web. Additional features costs you a lot of space when using other high-end browsers, but with the APUS Browser, you can get the regular ones such as ad blocking, offline reading, night mode, etc. in under 2MB.

Play Adobe Flash content

Adobe Flash was discontinued but that hasn’t motivated several websites to update their content, making it incompatible with newer browsers. Puffin Browser makes sure that all the Flash content is still playable through their remote servers that act as a medium to enable support.

Save data while browsing

If you’re on a tight budget on a data pack, or have poor connectivity in your area, it’s wiser to opt for a browser that optimises web pages by using less data. Opera Mini has been ruling this area for a very long time and still they are going strong. The ‘Extreme Mode’ will ensure that the basic website is loaded while compromising on rich content and sometimes, even making it difficult for some webpages to work properly. But at the end, it gets the job done based on the first two parameters mentioned.

Custom search in other websites

There are times where you want to search for content on specific websites and not just Google. Rather than using search queries, Mercury Browser includes quick buttons to directly search on websites such as Amazon, Wikipedia, YouTube etc. This feature comes up when you tap on the search bar, where you can toggle between the other websites. For quicker access, you can also add them as a notification bar through Notification Bar Options > Favourite Search Engines. If you can’t find the necessary website or search engine, you can manually add it through Search Engine Options > Search Engines > Add Search Engine and entering the title and URL.

Connect to the Tor network

If you’re a paranoid user who wants to stay completely anonymous on the internet, then the Tor browser must be your default desktop app. It’s also available for Android in the form of Orfox which is built over Firefox. You will also require the Orbot proxy app to connect using the Tor proxy servers, ensuring complete anonymity. Still under a Beta phase, the app keeps getting updates incrementally.

Verify what websites are tracking

Websites are collecting a lot of your information through cookies and the regular mobile browsers can’t scan any of that data. The Ghostery Privacy Browserdoes exactly that and lists down all the trackers active on the websites you visit. It’s completely upon you whether you want a few trackers to be active but if you hate any kind of tracking, you can switch them off in one tap.

View two webpages together

There must have been times where you wanted to open two web pages at a time when you needed to refer to some article while reading another. Although this can be done by switching tabs as you read, but a better way is to have a multi-window panel. Atlas Web Browser includes this very useful feature in its paid Atlas+ add-on, which is especially good for larger screens.

Capture the entire webpage

Taking screenshots is easy as mentioned above, but what if you wanted to take a screenshot of the entire page? ONE Browser offers the option to screen captures of the visible area, selected area or the full page.

Source : http://www.digit.in/

Auhtor : Abhijit Dey

WhatsApp has said that its messaging app will cease to work on older phones and operating systems as early as the end of this year.

The announcement comes after a warning earlier this year that the Facebook-owned company would be pulling support for older models, and that the deadline to upgrade was fast approaching.The same blog post was then updated to say some phones would be supported until June 30, 2017, while the service would be discontinued on others by the end of this year.
 
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The blog says: "When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people's use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 per cent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia.
 
"As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use."

Those using certain handsets will have to buy new ones if they want to use the world's most popular messaging app, which has a billion users globally.

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future," a spokesperson said.

iPhone users

WhatsApp will stop working on iPhone 3GS at the end of this year.It will also cease to function any iPhone running iOS 6, so any phone which hasn't been updated to a later operating system will lose WhatsApp.The change also affects first, second, third or fourth generation iPads that haven't been updated.

Android users

WhatsApp will cease to function on any Android tablet or phone running Android 2.1 or 2.2.This affects any phone released between 2010 and 2011 which hasn't been updated.

Windows phone users

Anyone still using Windows Phone 7 will not be able to use WhatsApp anymore.

Blackberry and Nokia users

People who have these phones are safe until June 2017: BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60.

Author:  Helena Horton

Nearly one in four Americans made money over the last 12 months by using their personal computers or other devices connected to the I nternet.

The Pew Research Center, an independent research group in Washington, found that people are using the Internet to find extra work.

They go online to sell things such as used books and furniture or they offer to provide services such as babysitting, house cleaning or computer repairs.

The Pew Center asked people if they make money from the Internet or computing devices, and, if so, what they do to earn their pay. The answers provided the findings of Pew’s new report on what has been called the “Gig Economy.”

Pew found that income earned on the Internet can come in many forms. Many Americans said they used their computers to do extra work.

About five percent of Americans said they did online computer work over the last year. Some of these people said they had jobs that paid a few pennies each to take surveys. In these surveys, people are asked for their opinions of different products or well-known people.

Others typed reports or other information on their home computers.

Using digital devices to offer a service online was another way to earn income.

About two percent of Americans earned money from ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. When drivers are ready to pick up passengers, they use their ride-share company’s app. The computer program lets them know when passengers are ready to be picked up and how to reach them.

Some people make their homes, apartments, or rooms inside their homes, available for money to people visiting their cities. A popular website people use to makes rooms available is www.airbnb.com.

Other people use apps on their computer devices that permit people to hire them to babysit, walk dogs or do repair or clean-up work. Apps operated from phones or tablets connect them to people looking for such services.

How Much Does Online Work Pay?

About 60 percent of people involved in the gig economy say the income they earn is important to them. But just one in five people who sell things online say the income is enough to be important to their lives.

Only 16 percent believe doing online work will lead to a meaningful career.

But 37 percent say the extra income earned from online jobs helps them make up for shortages in money.

The number one reason people gave for taking online jobs was that the work gave them something to do and was fun. Pew said that reason was listed by 42 percent of people it questioned.

But, opinions about the online economy are mixed.

Sixty-eight percent say the gig economy is good for people who want flexibility when they work. Flexibility means they do not have to work when they are at their regular jobs or have family or school events or other things they want or need to do.

Some People Feel Computer Work Is Advantage Employer

But, 23 percent say online work lets companies take advantage of employees and only 16 percent believe they can build careers with gig work. By taking advantage, some people mean they do not get paid enough for work done through online companies.

About one in five say they take online jobs to gain work experience, while 17 percent say it is because they cannot find other jobs.

What kind of people work online or use online devices to find work? The answer appears to be: mostly people who already have jobs.

According to Pew, 68 percent say they are already employed full time or part time. Twenty-three percent say they are students. Thirty-two percent say they have no other jobs.

Author: Jonathan Evans

Source:  http://learningenglish.voanews.com/

Harvard Business Review recently released a book of their top Management Tips. Here are the ones I felt were the most insightful and actionable.

Get Through Your To-Do List

Via Management Tips From Harvard Business Review:

Self-discipline is hard. Try these three tips to make your work more efficient every day:

  • Get three things done before noon. Statistics show that the team ahead at halftime is more likely to win the game. Enjoy your lunch knowing that you accomplished at least three tasks in the morning.
  • Sequence for speed. Break projects into parts. Take on the longer pieces at the beginning and make sure each subsequent part is shorter. If you leave the longest parts for last, you are more likely to run out of steam before the end of the day.
  • Tackle similar tasks at the same time. The mind thrives on repetition. You can build momentum by taking on similar projects at the same time.

More on productivity here.

Pretend You Have What You Want

Via Management Tips From Harvard Business Review:

Your mind is often your greatest tool, but asanyone who has been taken over by fear, frustration, or worry knows, it can also be your greatest enemy. Whether you’re concerned that you don’t have the respect of your peers or that a customer isn’t calling you back because she’s gone to a competitor, overthinking the issue only serves to compound the worry. Instead, pretend you have what you want. Act as if your peers respect you or as if the customer is loyal. These may be fantasies, but what you’re worrying about may be as well. It’s better to stop the worry and act confidently; chances are better that you’ll get what you want.

More on looking and acting like a leader here.

Prioritize Value Over Volume

Via Management Tips From Harvard Business Review:

Research has shown that multitasking results in mediocre outcomes. By putting too little attention on too many things, you fail to do anything well. However, the answer isn’t single-tasking either. Single-tasking is far too slow to help you succeed in today’s fast-paced world. Instead, identify the tasks that will create the most value and focus on those. By prioritizing value over volume and sharpening your focus on tasks that truly matter, you’ll increase the quality of your work and, ultimately, the value you provide. What to do with all those tasks that didn’t make the high-value list? Put them on a “do later” list. If they continually fail to make it to the high-value list, ask yourself: why do them at all?

More on time management here.

Schedule Regular Meetings With Yourself

Via Management Tips From Harvard Business Review:

As we continue venturing into uncharted economic waters, how can you keep your job on track and deliver your best? Schedule a weekly meeting with yourself. That’s right: no matter how busy you are, this is not a luxury. It’s essential.

Every week, take a quiet hour to reflect on recent critical events—conflicts, failures, opportunities you exploited, observations of others’ behavior, feedback from others. Consider how you responded, what went well, what didn’t, and what might be more effective in the future.Never cancel this meeting—it’s crucial.

More on what it takes to move up the ladder here.

Shed Your Excessive “Need To Be You”

Via Management Tips From Harvard Business Review:

One of the worst habits a leader can have is excusing his behavior with claims like, “That’s just the way I am!” Stop clinging to bad behaviors because you believe they are essential to who you are. Instead of insisting that you can’t change, think about how these behaviors may be impeding the success of those around you. Don’t think of these behaviors as character traits, but as possibilities for improvement.You’ll be surprised how easily you can change when it helps you succeed.

More on the best business attitude here.

Fire Yourself

Via Management Tips From Harvard Business Review:

Management shake-ups, though disruptive, can be good for a company. They bring in fresh perspectives and require that leaders take a hard look at their own performance. Do not wait for your company to get in trouble. Instead, fire yourself. Think about what you would do in your position if you were to start anew. What would you do differently if this were your first day on the job? Taking this step back can help you evaluate the strategies and approaches you are currently using, see things that are too difficult to see when you are entrenched, and reenergize yourself for the challenges ahead.

More on leadership perspective here.

Be A Both/And Leader

Via Management Tips From Harvard Business Review:

In today’s tough economy, should leaders be dogged, analytic, and organized or should they be empathic, charismatic, and communicative? The answer is simple: they need all those traits. Rather than categorizing yourself as a certain type of leader, explore the nuances that a complex, fast-moving business environment requires. Leaders need to confidently deliver tough messages with analytics as evidence, but they also need to be sensitive to how people receive those messages. Most leadership traits are not an either/or choice, but rather complementary sides of effective management.

Source : http://time.com

Author : Eric Barker

Firefox announced the launch of its Firefox Focus browser for iOS users. Firefox claims that it is a private browser designed to not leave behind traces of internet browsing on the device. Firefox Focus aims to protect online privacy by blocking web trackers and analytics, the company said.

Firefox reports that users can browse content with the knowledge that ‘browsing history, passwords, cookies’ can be deleted with a tap of the “Erase” button, which is located next to the search bar. The company claims that browsing on Firefox Focus is faster compared to other browsers thanks to default blocking of trackers and advertisements that slow down page loading times.

“For the times when you don’t want to leave a record on your phone. You may be looking for information that in certain situations is sensitive – searches for engagement rings, flights to Las Vegas or expensive cigars, for example. And sometimes you just want a super simple, super fast Web experience – no tabs, no menus, no pop-ups,” Firefox said in a blog post.

The browser is bare-boned with a single input box for entering the URL and search functionality using Google(UK) or Yahoo (US). Firefox Focus however, lacks features such as ‘Tabs’, ‘Menus’, and other features, reports The Guardian. There is also no option to change the default search engine from Yahoo, as of yet.

Customising tracking information is found under ‘Settings’. The following trackers can be blocked- ‘advertisements’, ‘analytics’, ‘social’ and others.

Apple’s decision to allow developers write Safari integrations resulted in Firefox initially launching the ‘Focus by Firefox’ in December 2015 as a content blocker for Safari. The new app can still integrate with Safari for blocking tracking information, Firefox added.

Mozilla told Engadget that depending on how the iOS app is received, it’ll consider building an Android version of Firefox Focus. The app is currently available for free on Apple’s App Store.

Author:  Tech Desk

Source:  http://indianexpress.com/

Fans and tech-savvy alike are always keen for any news regarding the latest development of the iPhone and their corresponding iOS updates. Such is the case as well for Pangu's jailbreak program for the iOS 10. Moreover, fans can also get a glimpse of what is to come with Apple's iOS 10.2 in development.

It was recently reported that Apple might not be rolling out its latest iOS 10.2 update until December, CNET has learned. However, it was said that their second developer's beta would give fans of the company a glimpse as to what they can expect once the update gets released.

Apart from the bug fixes that will come with the update, the source noted some cool new features that will make the upgrade to the iOS 10.2 all worth it.

First, CNET took note that the latest iPhone and/or iPad devices will be receiving 72 new emojis with the upgrade to iOS 10.2. It was said that part of the new emoji set will include notable smiley and sick faces, new work professions for both male and female, an array of food essentials, and a unique selfie arm as well.

Second, it was also listed by the source that the update will also include a "preserve camera settings" feature that will allow users to choose what mode or filter to open on every time they open the app. Instead of always going back to the default settings of the camera, it can now preserve and personalize the settings of its users.

Lastly, it was also mentioned that the Emergency SOS, which first appeared on the Apple Wathc, will now be available to other iOS devices as well. Once the iOS 10.2 rolls out in December, users can now call the proper authorities without having to take out their phones in emergency situations.

As such, rumors have also surfaced around the web regarding Pangu releasing the iOS 10 Jailbreak to the public this coming December, Neurogadget reported. Moreover, it was also suggested that the group is supposedly waiting for Apple to release the iOS 10.2 before they unveil to the public the Jailbreak program.

With all these said, it seems that Apple users will be expecting a lot of things this coming December.

Fans and tech-savvy alike are always keen for any news regarding the latest development of the iPhone and their corresponding iOS updates. Such is the case as well for Pangu's jailbreak program for the iOS 10. Moreover, fans can also get a glimpse of what is to come with Apple's iOS 10.2 in development, according to sources.

It was recently reported that Apple might not be rolling out its latest iOS 10.2 update until December, CNET learned. However, it was said that their second developer's beta would give fans of the company a glimpse as to what they can expect once the update gets released.

Apart from the bug fixes that will come with the update, the source noted some cool new features that will make the upgrade to the iOS 10.2 all worth it.

First, CNET took note that the latest iPhone and/or iPad devices will be receiving 72 new emojis with the upgrade to iOS 10.2. It was said that part of the new emoji set will include notable smiley and sick faces, new work professions for both male and female, an array of food essentials, and a unique selfie arm as well.

Second, it was also listed by the source that the update will also include a “preserve camera settings” feature that will allow users to choose what mode or filter to open on every time they open the app. Instead of always going back to the default settings of the camera, it can now preserve and personalize the settings of its users.

Lastly, it was also mentioned that the Emergency SOS, which first appeared on the Apple Wathc, will now be available to other iOS devices as well. Once the iOS 10.2 rolls out in December, users can now call the proper authorities without having to take out their phones in emergency situations.

As such, rumors have also surfaced around the web regarding Pangu releasing the iOS 10 Jailbreak to the public this coming December, Neurogadget reported. Moreover, it was also suggested that the group is supposedly waiting for Apple to release the iOS 10.2 before they unveil to the public the Jailbreak program.

Source : universityherald.com

Author :  Ernest Aguila

Police in China have exposed a child pornography ring involving more than 30 underage girls who were raped or molested, and have arrested hundreds of suspects from across China, the South China Morning Post reported.

Police arrested the primary suspect, surnamed Sun, in March after being informed by the US Homeland Security Department that Chinese Internet users had been uploading a large amount of child pornography on the dark web, Xinhua reported.

Hundreds of videos were uploaded on the dark web by the child pornography ring, according to Chinese media reports. The dark or deep web refers to Internet content inaccessible through conventional search engines, and is therefore a haven for cyber criminals.

According to the Jinghua Times, the videos showed more than 30 young girls being abducted. Some were taken by men on motorcycles, and then molested or raped.

The videos were accessed by Internet users more than 20,000 times, a police officer told the Jinghua Times.

Sun, 19, had three terabytes of pornography, including 400 gigabytes of child porn, when arrested at his Beijing apartment, Xinhua said.

Sun, a sophomore student at a Beijing university, revealed that he often purchased and distributed child pornography via instant messaging groups such as QQ, as well as via cloud drives. He would also upload the videos to foreign websites in exchange for porn videos that he "never saw in China", Sun was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Police said some videos on the dark web were produced and filmed in China, based on the language spoken and the surroundings they were shot in.

"Seeing so many children forced into such a nightmare at such a young age makes every one of our police officers involved in the case extremely angry and sad," said officer Zhang Min, who was in charge of the case.

The members of the chat groups Sun was in would also make requests to other group members to film videos of them sexually violating children, and then distribute these videos.

Some of the victims were neighbours of the suspects or living near their workplaces, officer Zhang said.

Sun was sentenced to 18 months in jail for distributing child pornography, the Xinhua report said. The other suspects are still being investigated.

Source:  straitstimes.com

Google recently came out with a good news, bad news announcement for small businesses who have a poor mobile experience on their websites. I’m a bad news first kind of guy, so I’ll start there:

Google is going to update their algorithm again, and if you’re on the wrong side of the law you might lose a lot of traffic.

The good news is that, unlike with other algorithm updates, they’re actually telling you about this one before they roll it out. Time is ticking down on the actual update going live, but you still have some time to get your mobile house in order.

So What Exactly is Happening?

In a nutshell, Google announced on their Webmaster Central blog that “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal” and also announced that they would be using more indexed content from apps in search results (which they’ve already started doing).

There’s a lot more information on the details around the update, and if you’re looking to get a deeper understanding of what’s happening there are already some great resources:

But if you own a small business you’re probably not interested in becoming a mobile SEO expert. The key questions you’re likely asking yourself are:

  1. How will this impact my business?
  2. What should I actually do?
  3. Do I need to get everything done by April 21st?
  4. What is all this going to cost me?

In this post, I’ll unpack these questions to help you evaluate the potential impact of the update for your business and give you a framework to evaluate what changes you should be making to your site and when, based on actual costs and business impact.

Does Your Site Even Have Major Issues to Fix?

The first step in this process is obviously to determine if your site is going to actually be at risk for the April 21 update. In addition to the resources outlined above, Google has offered webmasters a number of tools to help determine how “mobile friendly” their sites are:

  • The mobile friendliness tool, which gives you a mobile friendly or unfriendly thumbs up or thumbs down as well as a quick screenshot of your site as Google sees it, and specific recommendations for areas to fix if you’re “mobile unfriendly”.
  • Google’s Page Speed Insights tool which gives you a sense of your site’s mobile page speed and also offers recommendations on things to fix. Note the two tools report differently, with the mobile friendliness tool looking at the page the way Googlebot would, and the PageSpeed Insights tool fetches a page as a user would.
  • When logged into Webmaster Tools you can navigate to the Mobile Usability Report and see specific issues WMT is showing with specific pages there, as well. Google is also sending out notifications through Webmaster Tools for sites that won’t meet the mobile friendliness requirements, which you might find under your messages in Webmaster Tools if you haven’t seen the notification already (assuming your site isn’t mobile friendly).

So if your site is mobile friendly and loads really quickly on mobile devices, you can probably head out and get some other work done and skip the rest of this post.

But if your site is showing as not mobile friendly or even just showing extremely low mobile page speed scores, you’ll want to answer the question: what specifically should  you do next?

Mobile is Important, but its Impact Isn’t Equal for Everyone

Mobile traffic is growing, and mobile search is growing and this is going to be a major update, so this isn’t something you can ignore. If your site has a poor mobile experience (for smart phones and/or tablets), you could be throwing away conversions, and fixing it could be a massive opportunity for your business.

If your choice is “should my site be mobile friendly right away or mobile unfriendly indefinitely” my expert opinion is that you should make it mobile-friendly right away.

But if you’re a small business, that’s likely not the choice you’re looking at. You’re looking at prioritizing dev resources against other dev initiatives and against other company initiatives. It’s easy for me to tell you that it’s urgent to make your mobile site responsive because more people are searching and visiting your site via mobile devices, but what if your choice is to make your site mobile friendly or hire one all-star employee?

What if you’re weighing a mobile site overhaul against doubling down on a promotion that you know has been profitable for you in the past, but that you don’t quite have enough cash available to push harder on if you are revamping your website?

That all-star employee or profitable promotion might be the difference between you keeping the lights on and not, while a mobile site overhaul might just mean maintaining your status quo or an incremental short-term improvement.

You need to gather some information, and make your own business decision.

The first step is identifying the actual likely impact of the update on your current traffic.

How Much Mobile Traffic Do You Actually Get from Search?

I find that a lot of sites – and particularly busy small business owners – don’t know the answer to this question, but it’s a crucial starting point for understanding how urgent and the degree of impact an update like this will have on your business.

Within Google Analytics, you can quickly get a sense of the overall mobile traffic to your site by navigating to Audience > Mobile > Overview and looking at the breakdown of desktop / mobile / tablet:

An image of how you drill down to get a breakdown of mobile traffic from Google Analytics

You can quickly sense that for this site, mobile traffic alone makes up over 30% of all traffic. You’ll also want to look at goal numbers and value, which should also be present in the right columns of the same report.

Your site’s overall mobile and tablet traffic and goals should absolutely factor into your overall business decision, so note those numbers. But, for the change on the 21st, we’re particularly interested in search traffic, so we’ll need to use an advanced segment to look only at organic traffic.

To do this, click on “All Sessions” from the advanced segments drop down, and click “Organic Traffic” to look at the breakdown (and raw impact) for your organic traffic:

Screenshot of how to drill down to organic traffic only

 

You’ll see the same breakdown as above, but this time applied to organic traffic only.

Now you have a high-level understanding of how much of your organic traffic is coming from mobile search. Next, you want to understand where your mobile traffic is coming from. The mobile update will have a very different impact on your site if most of your mobile traffic is branded traffic coming to your homepage versus location-specific listings for your business that drive a lot of great traffic for individual landing pages that are poorly optimized for mobile.

You can get a more granular idea of what traffic is actually at risk by drilling down to look at the mobile organic traffic coming to your site by page.

You can do this by building a custom report. Click “Customization” in the top nav in Google Analytics, and then click “New Custom Report” and you’ll be taken to an interface where you can fill in your metrics (here you’ll want to select Users> users and Goal Conversions > Goal Completions, and any other key metrics for your site – this could be pageviews if you’re monetizing based on ad revenue, revenue or goal values if you have that data in Analytics, etc.) and your dimensions (in this case behavior > landing page) and save the report:

Screenshot of setting up a Google Analytics custom report for landing pages.

 

From there you want to again check off the advanced segment for organic traffic, and then add a second segment for Device Category by clicking Users > Device Category:

Screenshot of how to drill down to device category within a custom report in Google Analytics

Finally, click on the blue “advanced” link just above the traffic and goal grid and create a filter to show only mobile traffic:

Screenshot of how to configure a mobile only device category filter in a custom landing page report in Google Analytics

 

And you have a report for the pages that are driving your organic traffic from mobile only, as well as all of your key metrics:

Screenshot of mobile traffic by page breakdown in Google Analytics

If you want more information about the specific searches going to each of these pages, you can find information on the specific types of queries each page is ranking for by looking in Webmaster Tools at Search Queries > Search Traffic > Top Pages, then clicking Filter and filtering for mobile traffic:

How to view only mobile pages and search queries in Google Webmaster Tools

From there, Webmaster Tools will show you the top pages for mobile traffic (you can sort by impressions or clicks) and you can click into each page and see the actual search terms the page is showing up for. Note that this report doesn’t show actual conversion metrics, so these pages may be driving impressions and clicks without driving real revenue (which could be an opportunity, but also might mean less short-term revenue risk for those pages), and all of this data is rough estimates and could be subject to lags or outages, but it should give you a better picture of the types of terms searchers are finding various pages on your site for.

You can also use a tool like SEMrush to get more information about what those pages are ranking for (sadly, Google Analytics keyword data isn’t likely to be a lot of help in this case).

So now, you have a pretty strong sense of how much mobile traffic is coming to your site through search. You also know what shape that traffic is taking (is it branded? Where is it coming in through your site? What are the actual queries people are landing on your site with?).

You can make a decision on whether updating your site’s mobile experience by the 21st is a priority or not. If you’re getting 5-10% of a limited amount of organic traffic from mobile search and most of that traffic is branded and directed at your home page, you might want to put a mobile site overhaul on the “nice to have” long term project list.

If you’re getting 30% of your site’s traffic from mobile, it’s driving to various pages on your site, and organic traffic is a key revenue driver for your business you may need to move this up on the company to-do list.

My Site is at Risk: What Do I (and What Don’t I) Need to Fix Right Now?

Once you determine that mobile search traffic is significant enough to warrant addressing mobile issues before the April 21 update, it’s time to figure out which items – specifically – you need to update.

If you have a great developer, shoot them a note and let them know what your constraints and goals are (having checked your traffic, you should have a better sense of the overall business impact of the update, and can better spec out a budget for mobile enhancements) to find out what they can complete is the designated time-frame and whether that will address the issues with your current mobile performance.

If you’re like a lot of small businesses, you may not have a dedicated dev resource. For those folks, I reached out to my colleague Jamie Mazur, the co-founder and CTO at digital marketing agency All Points Digital. Jamie is currently in the process of helping several small to mid-sized businesses determine how to best handle the mobile update from a development perspective, and I asked him:

How should a small business with limited resources think about triaging development in the run-up to April 21st?

He answered:

The “Mobilegeddon” meme is dripping with doom-and-gloom. Before panicking over the Android/iPhone zombie apocalypse, business owners and IT managers need to take a step back and evaluate whether urgency around the April 21st deadline is warranted based on the realities of their business.

Look at the analytics and review the traffic coming from mobile devices. Where possible, analyze what revenue or soft return is attached to those visitors. Armed with this information, make an informed decision on whether a potentially expensive “rush job” or throw-away short-term fix is worth the cost.

Your choices are:

  • Ignore the deadline, and focus on creating a quality mobile-friendly user experience on your own timeline.
  • Enlist whoever you need, regardless of time or cost, to beat the clock while implementing a lasting solution
  • Hack in quick fixes to pass the “mobile-friendly” test to avoid the wrath of The Google

 

For those looking for the quick fix, there are a few basic strategies that we recommend:

  • Attempt a Plug & Play Solution: If your site is built using a basic WordPress theme, check for an update that may make it responsive. If one is not available, take a look at plugins like Wptouch.
  • Force Your Page to Fit: Uses the <meta name=”viewport” width=device-width initial-scale=1> tag appropriately. If you don’t know what this is, Google it or ask your developer.
  • Add Rudimentary Responsive Design to Trouble Spots: Audit your page styling (CSS and HTML) for fixed-positioning, larger fixed-size images, and font sizes. Use media queries to remove or restyle elements that are too large or small for a mobile device.
  • Let Google Be Your Guide: Use the mobile friendly test. Treat the results as your to do list.

For those for whom it matters, there is still time to escape Mobilegeddon. Don’t try to boil the ocean – just grab the low-hanging fruit. It may not be perfect, but you will end up with a better mobile experience than you have today, and you will likely retain your search positioning.

If mobile traffic just does not mean that much to you today, take a few deep breaths. Stop circling April 21st on your calendar, but plan to act soon. You won’t want to be left on the outside looking in at the hordes of web traffickers happily engaging through their devices.

So to recap, if you’re a small business worried about the impending mobile friendliness update, there are some straight-forward next-steps you can take to determine how to prepare:

  • Look at your analytics to get an idea of the actual business impact mobile traffic has on your business currently
  • Use the tools listed above to determine if your site has mobile usability issues.
  • Contact your current development resource (or a new one), and find out what you can get fixed when, and for how much.
  • Take all of that information and determine the best course of action for your business as a whole as you prepare for Google’s mobile friendliness algorithm update.

Regardless of what you decide to do in the next few weeks, keep in mind that your percentage of mobile visitors is likely to rise (possibly very aggressively) in the coming months and years, and you should have a long-term plan for creating a great mobile experience for your prospects – even if getting it perfeclty in place by the 21st isn’t possible, or pragmatic.

Source : searchenginejournal

Now’s the time to see if you’re being underpaid.

LinkedIn wants to help its users compare their salaries to their professional peers.

On Wednesday, the social network for the professional opened up access to its new salary tool to its users in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Now, professionals can look up aggregate data about the salaries of other users with the same job and in the same location to see how their own pay measures up.

“One of the things in our research that has become quite obvious is that salary is a big part of how people make career decisions,” LinkedIn director of product management Dan Shapero told Fortune.

When users input their profession and location, LinkedIn’s tool shows them a breakdown of others’ compensation. Users can then filter by years of experience, education level, and other criteria. According to Shapero, these filters can help LinkedIn’s users get a better sense of how they measure up. For example, they might discover that peers with more experience or a relevant graduate degree are consistently paid more. In turn, this might give them guidance as to how to achieve the compensation level they want.

One filter notably absent from the salary tool is gender. Studies have shown that women are often underpaid for doing similar work to male counterparts. Some companies have also begun to do away with compensation negotiations for new recruits as some studies have shown that women don’t negotiate as aggressively for higher salaries as men.

However, it would have been difficult to collect this data as gender is not included in the profile LinkedIn users fill out.

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“I think our goal is to facilitate conversations and help people make good decision,” said Shapero when asked about the lack of data by gender. Moreover, because LinkedIn aggregates salaries of both genders, it could help women get a sense of whether they’re being underpaid if the median pay is significantly higher than theirs, he explains.

To get a start on its new salary database, LinkedIn LNKD -0.33%  reached out to 1 million of its users across various locations and jobs and asked them to submit data about their compensation. Now that the tool is available to all LinkedIn users, they’ll be able to freely access results for one salary search, but will have to contribute their own salary to the database if they want to continue exploring the tool. LinkedIn Premium users can access the data without sharing their own. And while the data only covers jobs in the U.S., U.K., and Canada for now, users in other countries will be able to access it. This can come in handy if an engineer in Germany is considering a job in California, for example, and wants to get a sense of the market.

To ensure it has accurate data, LinkedIn has figured out that roughly 10% of data submitted by its users isn’t entirely reliable, so it discards it from the data is shows users.

 

LinkedIn plans to eventually work closely with universities to tailor its salary tool to the needs of students as they plan their careers. It also plans to add suggested coursework from Lynda.com, an online education company it purchased last year for $1.5 billion, as a way to help users work toward the compensation level they want, when applicable.

“We believe people would invest in themselves more if they knew the certain R.O.I. [return on investment],” said Shapero.

Of course, LinkedIn is far from the only company to provide this type of salary tool. For example, Glassdoor, a popular service for looking up reviews of companies from employees, recently debuted its own.

Source : fortune

Snapchat account getting hacked isn’t uncommon. There are various websites that claim to offer services to hack Snapchat accounts. Additionally, there are many phishing websites that claim to offer awesome features if you login with your Snapchat account details and then they hack your account. Plus, Snapchat now lets you send payments to other people by attaching your card with it, so it’s no surprise that hackers are looking to hack Snapchat accounts.

If you think your Snapchat account is hacked or there is some unusual activity, we are here to help you identify and recover your hacked Snapchat account. Without further ado, let’s get your account back!

Is Your Snapchat Account Really Hacked?

Before you try to recover your account, it’s best to identify if your Snapchat account is actually hacked and there is no misunderstanding. Below are some factors that should indicate if your account is hacked or not:

  • Any suspicious activity on your Snapchat account that wasn’t performed by you. Like changes in account settings, your display name, addition of new friends, messages that you don’t remember sending or any other particular activity you don’t recognize.
  • You are frequently logged out of your account and need to login.
  • You received an email that your Snapchat password was changed or Snapchat alerted you that your account was accessed from a different location or device. If you don’t recognize these changes, your account might be hacked.
  • You can’t login at all. Snapchat keeps saying that the password is wrong even when you are sure about entering the right password.

Gain Access and Secure Your Snapchat Account

If you are sure that your Snapchat account is hacked, let’s try to recover it. Here are the steps you should take to recover your hacked Snapchat account, if you can still access your account or if you can’t access it:

If You can Access Your Hacked Snapchat Account

In case the hacker hasn’t locked you out of the account and you can still login, here’s what you should do.

First tap on the “Ghost” icon or swipe down from it and tap on the “Settings” icon. In the Snapchat Settings, make sure the email address and phone number aren’t changed.

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Then, tap on “Password”  and change your password by providing the current password and entering a new one.

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Additionally, make sure your email account isn’t hacked. Take the right security measures offered by your email provider to protect your account. If your email account is hacked, your Snapchat account will be hacked again even if you secure it. You should also follow the security steps offered at the end of this article to further protect your account.

If You Can’t Access Your Account

If the hacker has changed the password and blocked you from accessing your Snapchat account, don’t worry, you may still be able to access it by using the “Forgot your password” option.

While logging in, tap on the “Forgot your password” link below and Snapchat will ask you whether you want to change the password using your phone number or email address. I will recommend you to use your phone number, as there is a greater chance it may not be compromised when compared to your email account.

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Snapchat will make you go through a captcha check and then, send a code to your phone. You can enter the code in the provided field and Snapchat will let you change your password and access the account.

If you choose to recover your Snapchat account via your email address, you will get a password change link as an email, which you can use to reset the password and access your Snapchat account.

Still Can’t Access Your Account?

If you were unable to change the password using your phone number or email, it means the hacker has changed both of these details in your Snapchat account settings. In that case, only the Snapchat support team can help you restore your hacked account.

Fortunately, Snapchat offers a help page, where you can provide the required details to recover your account even if its password, phone number and email has been changed. Go to Snapchat help page and select “Report a safety concern” from the options. Snapchat will ask your concern and you can select “I think my account was hacked”.

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You will see tips on how you can protect your account, here click on “Yes” next to “Still need help?”. Snapchat will ask you whether you were able access your account or not, select “No” here.

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Then, you will be asked to fill in all the details regarding your account, so that the Snapchat team may help you recover your account. You need to provide your Snapchat username, an email address where the Snapchat team can contact you, the email address connected to the Snapchat account last time you logged in, any third-party app where you connected your Snapchat account and a details section, where you can add additional details to help Snapchat identify and recover your account.

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When you provide all the aforementioned details, the Snapchat support team will review the details and contact you back. If they ask for any further information, just provide it and they should be able to help you recover your account.

Secure Your Snapchat Account

After going through the above steps, you should be able gain access to your Snapchat account. Once you’re inside your account, you can follow the below mentioned Snapchat security tips to secure your account against any future mishaps:

  • Use a Strong Password: Like any other online account, a strong password is the first defense against hackers. Make sure your Snapchat account password contains random words, numerals, characters and upper & lower case alphabets. You can use a password manager to save the complicating password.
  • Never Share your Account Information: Whether it is your friend or someone claiming to offer you incentives, you should never give up your account information. No one will ever need your account login credentials to offer services or solve a problem, including Snapchat support team.
  • Refrain From Using Third-party Apps and Services: There are dozens of third-party apps and services that will let you connect your Snapchat account to access more features. However, these services could be less secure and some could even be outright scams. The more you stay away from such services, the better.
  • Use Snapchat Login Verification: Snapchat offers 2-factor Authentication in the form of Login Verification to protect your account. Once Login Verification is enabled, you will have to provide your Snapchat account password and a random code sent to your phone to login. This will make it almost impossible for a hacker to hack your account, as they will need physical access to your phone. Here is the Snapchat support page that offers all the details regarding the Login Verification process.

Recovered your hacked Snapchat account?

In most cases, the “Forgot your password” option should be enough to recover your account. Although even if you are locked out, Snapchat team will be able to help if you provide the right details. If the account is truly yours, there should be no problem in providing details such as, last snap sent, last successful login time, old password and other similar details. Having said that, a hacked personal account can be pretty exhausting, mentally, so we hope you have recovered your Snapchat account using the aforementioned ways. Do let us know whether you were able to recover your Snapchat account or not in the comments section below.

Source : beebom

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