Take the PayPal Fight Phishing Challenge

December 22, 2007 – 1:46 pm
Fake emails are getting more sophisticated, so it can be tough to know whether an email is real or not. See how much you already know or learn some more... Here's a quiz that can help prevent identity theft. By the way, most reputable banks and financial institutions follow the same rules as PayPal, so what you learn here can apply to all of your financial identity theft prevention. https://www.paypal.com/fightphishing

4yourwebsite.com moves main office to Chattanooga, TN

February 20, 2007 – 5:53 pm
We are pleased to announce 4yourwebsite.com is moving our main office and expanding our business into the Chattanooga, TN area. We will be keeping our Asheville office open with the same mailing address and phone number for all of our current and future Asheville clients. You can even still drop stuff off to us, during regular business hours, at our 129 Bleachery Blvd location. As many of you know, we've been searching for over a year, for a house in the Asheville area with office space to expand our business (we outgrew our current space quite a while ago). A few months ago we expanded our search into other areas and have found the perfect place in Chattanooga. We found out, only a few days ago, that our offer has finally been accepted, and without a change to the original closing date which is February 28th. So, we have just barely ...

This Microsoft Security Vulnerability has the potential to be “The Big One”

August 11, 2006 – 6:19 pm
Vulnerability in Server Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution. For more information on this vulnerability, and to download the update, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-040If you have your Windows system set to automatically download critical updates then you should be all set. To double-check you can click Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs -- then look in the Currently installed programs and updates list for Security Update for Windows XP (KB921883) -- it will be pretty near the bottom of the list. If it's there then you are all set (for this week anyway), if not you should download and install it immediately. If you are responsible for system security or system support then this patch should be at the very top of your to-do list -- or, better yet, scratched off of your to-do list because it is already done.

What the Search Engines Want.. and How to Give it to Them

January 6, 2006 – 3:31 am
by Mike Pires, 4yourwebsite.com & Elizabeth Kirwin, Sidhe Communications One question which should concern all internet marketers is --- What are the search engines looking for? Search engines are based on computer logic, which sees information in text or numerical form, and has a hierarchical approach to font sizes, typefaces, and repetition of words or phrases. This article will give details about search engine preferences and explain how website content can be constructed to cater to these preferences to increase ranking on Google and other search engines. Is Your Site a Template? Google Ranks these Sites Low If your site is a template (mortgage, real estate, etc) and Google reads many sites repeated in the same format on the web, this picky search engine may kick your site from the top to the bottom of the list. Repetition of Industry Keywords Industry specific keywords can be harvested from website statistics programs or constructed from a strategic ...

Patch Your Windows System Now to Avoid Sober Worm Attack

January 5, 2006 – 4:47 am
The next Sober Worm hits tomorrow, patch your system now! Since there is no official patch available from Microsoft we are strongly urging all of our clients to patch their system manually and immediately. Be aware that this patch will prevent you from being able to double-click a picture and viewing it with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer (there is a work-around for this if you have Firefox installed). Here are the instructions: Click Start -> Run then enter CMD into the dialog box and click OK At the command prompt type the following exactly and then press ENTER: regsvr32 -u %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll You should then see a dialog box that says "DllUnregisterServer in C:\...\shimgvw.dll succeeded." Click OK and your system is patched. Next Click Start -> Control Panel and then Double-Click Folder Options. Then Click the File Types tab and find GIF, JPE, JPEG and JPG - change the "Opens with:" program for all of these ...

Website Optimization: Searching on the Internet Isn’t What It Used To Be

September 10, 2005 – 6:42 pm
This does not mean 10 years ago, or even 10 months ago - sometimes it can mean 10 minutes ago! A Website owner that knows everything there is to know about today's Internet technology, who doesn't keep up with the constant changes for even a few months, will be working with an ever increasing proportion of obsolete expertise and knowledge. This constantly changing face of technology, and especially search engine protocol, requires that Website owners do much more than just stay abreast of today's technology and search engine requirements. Optimum Website posturing means more than just keeping pace with the present, it requires the predictive vision and ability to see the very root essence of technological and search engine evolution. It is an art that brings the searcher and the searched together in the most ethical and up-to-date orchestration of art, information and technology. Mike Pires, co-owner of, www.4yourwebsite.com, located in Asheville, North ...

How to Get Your Dell Rebate (Our Trip to Dell and Back!)

September 10, 2005 – 5:55 pm
When all goes well it is as simple as follow the instructions, mail it in and get your check. Just in case it doesn't go smoothly be sure that you keep copies of everything (order numbers, case numbers, names, dates, etc.) and document all of your communications. We ended up too frustrated by email and phone call dead ends, so we made 5 copies of everything that we had (19 pages in all), wrote a 4 page letter to go with it and mailed it all to: Dell, Inc. One Dell Way Round Rock, TX 78682 We sent a copy to: Dell Customer Service Department Technical Support Dell Management Rebate Fulfillment Department And a CC: to Michael Dell just for good measure. Since all is resolved, we won't bore you with the details, but here is the intro to our 4 page letter: Dear Dell: Here's the short version of my ordeal with Dell: You owe me $200 and a hard drive. Please ...

Spider Food (2) :: Don’t put all of your eggs in one web basket

August 25, 2005 – 5:27 am
This article is the second in a series of Spider Food / Search Engine Optimization / SEO articles. Your website should promote your business and your business should promote your website. Have you heard the story of what Wal-Mart did to Rubbermaid? It is a very good illustration of why you should not put all of your eggs in one web basket. A few years ago, when Rubbermaid needed to raise prices because the cost of a a key raw material had gone up, Wal-Mart refused. Wal-Mart had the attitude that "You might be Rubbermaid, and you might have a great name, but you're not going to tell us what to do, we're not going to take your price increase, and we really don't care what it does to you." Since then, Rubbermaid has shut down many of its US facilities, and laid off more than 10,000 workers, there could ...

Caveat Emptor (Let the Buyer Beware) :: Do Not Count on Receiving Your Dell Rebate!

August 21, 2005 – 2:25 am
Update Published: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 :: This issue has been resolved by Dell, for the rest of the story see How to Get Your Dell Rebate (Our Trip to Dell and Back!) Original Article Published: Sun, 21 Aug 2005 Does Dell actually give those rebates that they promise? We're pretty sure that they do not, based on this response from the Dell REBATE FULFILLMENT DEPARTMENT after SIX months of phone calls (mostly waiting on hold and being transferred, disconnected or told to call other numbers) and emails (mostly canned responses). After finally being escalated to a Rebate Fulfillment Department Manager, who seemed to resolve the problem, all traces of her were gone when we tried to follow up with her six weeks later, as she suggested. We still had not received our rebate at that point - nor at this point either for that matter. Her name is gone from the ...

4yourwebsite Moves to Downtown Asheville

August 1, 2005 – 12:00 am
As of August 1st, 2005 4yourwebsite´s Asheville Web Design Office is now at 263 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. Still plenty of convenient parking and hours by appointment. A full-time receptionist is available for pick-up and drop-off of your Web Design materials. Please be sure to note this change of address in your records. Website, eMail Address and Phone Numbers remain the same.