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Posted 6/6/13 at 4:14 AM | Sylvie Simms

DDoS Attack Metrics Q1 2013

Malicious actors use DDoS attacks, or distributed denial of service attacks, to try to make an entire website, email system, voicemail system or network inaccessible to the users for which it’s intended. The goal of a DDoS attack is to make the targeted system unavailable due to extremely slow response time or an outage.

Over time, the nature of DDoS attacks has changed. They have become more intense and destructive. This infographic, DDoS Attack Metrics, compares key metrics of DDoS attacks mitigated by Prolexic in Q1 2013 compared with previous quarters.

This infographic reveals:

The total number of attacks per quarter have steadily increasedThe total number of infrastructure attacks have increased, while application layer attacks have decreasedThe average bits per second rate increase a whopping 691% over the past year, from 6.1 Gbps in Q1 2012 to 48.25 Gbps in Q1 2013The average bits per second went up 718% in just one quarter, from 5.9 Gbps in Q4 2012 to 48.25 Gbps in Q1 2013Average attack duration went up 7.14% from the prior quarter and 21% from the prior yearChina retained the position in Q1 2013 of being the leading origin of DDoS attacks

For a more detailed view into recent global DDoS attacks and a full analysis of them, download the most recent Global DDoS Attack Report. FULL POST

Posted 6/5/13 at 1:25 AM | Sylvie Simms

Food Facts For A Safe And Happy BBQ Season

Summer is fast approaching and you’ve got to start planning those pool parties! Before you break out the grill, brush up on some essential grilling guidelines and proper cooking temperatures to ensure you and your guests are having fun and staying healthy.

Before the meat even reaches the grocery store, it is carefully monitored to ensure that it is always kept in proper conditions. Meat is dried as much as possible and immediately stored in a cooler, or chill room, where refrigeration begins at 40° C down to 0°C. Temperature monitoring systems are put in place to ensure the most accurate readings.

Now that you’ve got some inside scoop, it’s time to throw your steaks on the grill!

Depending on what kind of meat you’ll be grilling, whether it be beef, poultry, pork or seafood, you’ll want some techniques for proper grilling methods, including a meat thermometer. We have compiled this collection of information you can turn to if you’re unsure! For instance, did you know that the danger zone for foodborne illnesses is between 40° F- 135°F? Or that you might want to remember to refrigerate your perishables after 2 hours of sitting out? From information on specific meat temperatures while grilling, to some essential cleaning and serving tips, this informational chart has got you covered for summer, enjoy! FULL POST

Posted 5/28/13 at 2:38 AM | Sylvie Simms

How Fashion is Influenced by Our Grandparents

Fashion trends change on a day-to-day basis; what’s hip today is lame tomorrow. Luckily, with a new emerging trend based on your grandpa’s old hand-me-downs, you can be stylish with just about any piece of vintage inspired clothing. Forget expensive designer labels and matching outfits! The hipster phenomenon thrives on those random retro, old-school pieces from the elegant sophisticated 30’s, up to 90’s grunge. Not sure if the hipster trend is right for you? Take a look at this infographic for the top 10 signs you dress like a hipster; you might not even be aware that you’re part of the cause until reading it. If you’re loving what you’re seeing and are a bit unsure of where to start, or simply don’t have some of gramps old boxes of clothes from the attic to rummage through, check out Primetime Clothing for some great retro styles to complete your hipster wardrobe!

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Posted 5/27/13 at 4:30 AM | Sylvie Simms

Ways To Keep Yourself Feeling Young

The aging process is a daunting and unwanted progression of life. Not only does it affect your appearance, it affects your memory as well. Factors from the environment as well as the foods you consume have a huge role in how gracefully you can age. There are multiple steps you can take to not only slow down the aging process, but reverse it as well. Staying away from environmental extremes, exercising, having a balanced diet, sleeping well, and taking appropriate supplements are just a few of the options available to look your best as you mature. Taking vitamins and acquiring a new skill, like signing up for a dance class or working on a crossword puzzle in the Sunday paper, can help sharpen your ability to pay attention and prevent age-related memory loss. In the U.S., one in eight Americans are 65 and over, with the average life expectancy in 1997 being 77 years old. Today, with multiple and readily available improvements to slow down the aging process, we’re well on our way to successfully improving the average lifespan to 100.

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Posted 5/14/13 at 8:00 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Cost of Assisted Living Services Across America

For many seniors, there comes a time when they may need help with some of the daily aspects of their lives. However, not everyone has the same needs as everyone else. Some seniors may require constant medical attention, while others may only need to have someone nearby in case of an emergency. Some may require assistance with almost all of their day to day tasks, while others may only need a helping hand every once in a while.

That’s why there is no "one size fits all” solution when it comes to assisted living. There are different types of homes and communities that provide different levels of assistance. So when it comes to deciding what kind of care your loved one needs, it’s important to be informed about your options.

This infographic breaks down different types of assisted living, and also takes a look at some of the other key data about assisted living in America.

The Cost of Assisted Living Services Across America
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AlwaysBestCare.com

Posted 5/2/13 at 1:42 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Importance of Customer Service

As technology puts business reviews at consumers’ fingertips, so does customer service become a greater priority for business owners. Yet, while an American Express Survey showed seven in ten Americans are willing to spend more for businesses with greater customer service, many business owners are making the mistake of using automated systems rather than call center services to manage inbound calls. This distances consumers from business representatives, creating a chokepoint of service and leaving consumers frustrated.

But companies who earn a reputation for excellent service do not go unrewarded. A report by the White House Office of Consumer Affairs says happy customers tell about 4 to 6 people about their experience, meaning that simple human to human service can bring in business that frustrating automated systems cannot. Most importantly, knowledgeable customer service representatives, whether in-store or at a call center services provider, maintains customer commitment; allows business to proceed smoothly; and ensures upsell opportunities are prioritized.

In the following infographic you will learn the good, the bad, and ugly about American customer service and how much money businesses are losing due to poor customer experiences. FULL POST

Posted 4/25/13 at 4:49 AM | Sylvie Simms

Global DDoS Attacks Key Metrics

Global DDoS Attack Key Metrics

Malicious actors use DDoS attacks, or distributed denial of service attacks, to try to make an entire website, email system, voicemail system, or network inaccessible to the users for which it’s intended. The goal of a DDoS attack is to make the targeted system unavailable due to extremely slow response time or an outage.

Over time, the nature of DDoS attacks has changed. They have become more intense and destructive. This infographic, Global DDoS Attack Key Metrics, compares key metrics of DDoS attacks mitigated by Prolexic in 2011 with attacks mitigated in 2012.

This infographic reveals:

  • The total number of DDoS attacks increased from 2011 to 2012.
  • The total number of infrastructure DDoS attacks increased from 2011 to 2012.
  • The total number of application layer DDoS attacks increased, though not by as much as the first two.
  • An increase in the number of attacks was expected, but as the number of attacks increased, the average length of time per attack decreased slightly.
  • During this time, the average bits per second, or bandwidth, of a typical DDoS attack increased dramatically – by more than 400%.
  • The average packets per second increased a whopping 710%.
Global DDoS Attacks Key Metrics
Global DDoS Attacks Key Metrics
Global DDoS Attacks Key Metrics

Posted 4/25/13 at 2:57 AM | Sylvie Simms

World Tours: A Backstage Pass

Summer is always an ideal time to create memories with friends at the beach, on the road, and especially at concerts. With some big names headlining arenas around the nation, this summer seems to be no exception.

Some of the more popular names in pop music, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and One Direction, to name a few, are selling out arenas on their worldwide tours. Then there are some highly anticipated tours that have created a large buzz on the web, like Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, and the always popular The Rolling Stones.

Will these summer tours be able to trump names like AC/DC, Madonna, or U2 in ticket sales? Only time will tell, but they have quite a number to live up to, with The Rolling Stones coming in on top, grossing an astounding $558+ million on their A Bigger Bang Tour.

Let’s not forget reunion tours of the past and present from colossal bands. Fleetwood Mac is set to tour once again. If you’re looking to be nostalgic, 98°, NKOTB and Boyz II Men will be starring in The Package Tour. With so many bands getting back together to tour, it leaves us wondering if other bands like The Spice Girls or The Police, who both last reunited in 2007, will ever hit the road one more time or if their last tours can be considered their farewell tours. FULL POST

Posted 4/24/13 at 2:26 AM | Sylvie Simms

Your Credit Card: Friend or Foe

Credit Cards can be a double edged sword. To come out a winner, consumers should understand the risks and benefits before they apply for a credit card. This infographic helps folks visualize at a glance the pros and cons of owning a credit card.

There are certain advantages to having a credit card such as purchasing power, ease of purchase, protection of purchases, and building a credit line. Other benefits include cash advances, price protection, extended return policies, store discounts, and charge backs.

With advantages also come potential disadvantages. Some of these disadvantages include going over your budget, increasing debt, and credit theft. Make sure you don’t fall into certain credit card traps such as past due balances or damaging your credit score.

We’ve created this infographic to help simplify the complex world of credit cards and help you make the best decision for your financial well being.

Your Credit Card: Friend or Foe
Your Credit Card: Friend or Foe
Your Credit Card: Friend or Foe

Posted 4/19/13 at 5:40 AM | Sylvie Simms

United States Flag Laws

A country’s flag is a source of great pride for its people, whether it’s being flown high on a nation holiday or waved proudly at an international sporting event. This is certainly no exception in the United States. Throughout the country’s history, the American flag has become just as much a part of the American identity as baseball, apple pie and fruited plains.

The American flag is, in fact, so much tied to the nation’s image that its care and treatment are regulated by law. These range from the simple rules of respect (don’t desecrate the flag by marking it up) to the slightly more specific (the proper procedure for raising a flag to half-mast).

This infographic breaks down all of these laws, and also takes a look at how the American flag has evolved throughout history, from 15 stars at the beginning to the 50 we know today.

United States Flag Laws
United States Flag Laws
United States Flag Laws

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