2014

Online Security Awareness Seminar (OSAS) – May 2014

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We would like to invite you to join our Online Security Awareness Seminar (OSAS) which we will offer in the last two weeks of May. Because of recent security problems such as Heartbleed and the issue with the InternetExplorer we dedicated some time to create this seminar for you. We decided to offer our seminar to everyone who is interested in this subject and to make it also as affordable as possible. During the seminar we will go over the following topics:

OSAS-2014System at risk
When you are working with a computer and the internet you are probably aware about the risks. Let us talk about those systems.

What kind of risks
Heartbleed demonstrated that even big players can not give you any guarantee to be protected. You also need to protect yourself. Let us give you a little overview and talk about the “What kind of risks” each system is facing.

Security vs Convenience
There has to be a balance between security and usability. How much is to much and what is the minimum? Let us talk about it.

Options to secure your system
Let us give you some example how you can protect your systems. We will talk about technics as well as software that can help you accomplishing this goal.

Password creation
We all use passwords to protect our computer, website, social media network, Bank Account and Email. Let us show you how to generate a more secure password which you can also easy remember, hopefully without leaving a clou to others.

At the end of our presentation we will have of course some time to chat with you and to answer questions you may have.

We are looking forward to welcome you in our Consultation Location in the International Mall at 88 West Pender Street where we will offer the seminar every business day from the 20th until the 30th May 2014 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. You can find the available dates for the seminar in our event calendar where you can also reserve a spot and pay the $10.00 administration fee. Please be informed that there is an additional fee charged by the event page provider as well as additional fees from your credit card provider.

Please be so kind and arrive 10 minutes before the event so we can start on time.

If you want to learn more about us please visit our website http://teccrab.com

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List of effected websites #Heartbleed

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teccrab-QandAWe are sure you have already heard of the internet nightmare called “Heartbleed”, a bug that is effecting a lot of websites. It is strongly recommended to change the password of the sites that are listed as “vulnerable”. You can find this list here:

https://github.com/musalbas/heartbleed-masstest/blob/master/top10000.txt

Unfortunately remembering hundreds of passwords isn’t easy and many of us use the same password for different platforms, even if that is not recommended. We therefore advise to change your passwords not just for the sites listed but also for any other account you may have across the web. We also would like to give you some tips how to generate a password that is secure and easier to remember.

Before we generate our passwords you should sort your accounts into groups like Email, Bank, Social Media for example or go with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or also possible Business and Private.

The next step is to come up with a sentence you can remember. Like “My zip code as a child was 555″

Based on this sentence we generate now our basic password by using the first letters combined with the number. Our basic password looks like this “Mzcaacw555″ and now, to have slightly different passwords for different accounts, we add the group to it. Here some examples:

Facebook = “Mzcaacw555-FB”
Twitter = “Mzcaacw555-TW”
Email = “Mzcaacw555-EM”

To make it even more secure we can also group some of our accounts in categories and subcategories. In our example we used Business and Private as the one category and than by service provider as a second category:

Facebook = “Mzcaacw555-FB”
Twitter = “Mzcaacw555-TW”
Email (private) = “Mzcaacw555-EM_P”
Email (business) = “Mzcaacw555-EM_B”

  • To keep your password safe we also recommend:
  • Change your password frequently.
  • Use different basic passwords for different groups.
  • If you use a public computer always use the “Logout” button when you are done.
  • If you speak another language, try to come up with a sentence in a different language instead of your mother tongue.

Some provider offer an Authenticator to protect your account. Blizzard and Google have for example an app you can download to your smart phone. The Authenticator generates a random number, which you need to enter when accessing your account.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

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INTERNeX HiGHLIGHTS – February 2014

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VideoProductionWe are very excited to announce that we started producing the INTERNeX HiGHLIGHTS for our partner INTERNeX International Exchange Ltd. again. In the first video we introduce Alexandra and Daniela, the two new PR Coordinators of INTERNeX. Alexandra will review the month of February while Daniela is giving a preview about the planed trips and events.

Both of them prepared their own script and it was also their first time in front of a camera. We thing they did a very good job and hope you will enjoy this 2 minute video.

Producing a short video like this does not take much time and can be made for a reasonable price. If you like to create your own video, we would be happy to assist you. For more information and to contact us please visit our website http://teccrab.com and ask us for a free consolation.

Need to know human anatomy? Learn it fast & easy.

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We found on Kickstarter this fantastic project made by Humanatomy and we would like to encourage you to support it. The application is a fun way to learn about the human anatomy and a great asset for future nurses, doctor or anybody who like to learn more about the human body. Let us list  some of the elements they want to include in this app from their Kickstarter Page:

Anatomy games. All our games are interactive with a combination of excellent images, correct terminology, and stats. You will be able to review, self test and track your improvements.

Reward and Tracking System. Earn badges for accuracy, speed and for improvement. The tracking system will monitor your improvements and challenges. If you are having trouble with one muscle, it will appear more often in the game.

Flashcards. We have the platform for the flashcard component. Each flash card will have the muscle image. You will be able to customize what you need to study. The origin, insertion, action, nerve and blood supply will be interactive. There are also tabs associated with each flashcard that takes you to a video, a memory aid or a note function. You will be able to build your own study decks.

Check out the related Kickstarter video on their YouTube Channel:

And don’t forget to check and support their project by visiting their Kickstarter Page at:

Career Opportunity 2014 – Sales and Customer Service Representative

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teccrab-inc-wp-bannerIn our first Blogpost of 2014 we would like to mention that we are currently seeking for our location in Vancouver a highly-driven, professional Sales and Customer Service Representative.

This position will require some knowledge of the online marketing, social media and video production industry. You will have to work directly with new clients and ensure that they receive services useful to their business; always aiming for a long term relationship with them.

Little bit about us
Our company offers a variety of services to smaller and larger businesses. We consult and support them to effectively promote their products, services, events and their brand and business online. For some of our services we work together with professionals from around the world which also allows us to offer additional services to our customers. If you want to learn more about teccrab inc. please visit our website at http://teccrab.com

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Introducing and selling our services to small and medium size businesses.
  • Developing a detailed and results-focused sales plan together with our CEO. The plan will be reviewed frequently and updated as required.
  • Establish and maintain strong and trusting relationships with business owners, managers and decision makers through personal contact and superior customer service. Meet with individual customers frequently to build a relationship for teccrab inc. and become their primary contact person.
  • Identify and analyze clients’ business requirements, propose potential solutions, source, negotiate and close new revenue streams. Your role is matching the service structure with the clients individual needs. Support from our team and our international partners will of course be provided, if needed.
  • You will need to represent and promote teccrab inc. in a positive and professional manner.
  • Provide weekly and monthly sales reports to our CEO.
  • Feeding and updating the database, scheduling meetings and general paperwork related to this position are also part of your duties and responsibilities.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • B2B selling experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Goal-oriented, self-motivator with the ability to work independently as well as with others.
  • Ability to work under pressure to achieve sales targets.
  • Good organizational and time management abilities.
  • Intermediate computer skills.
  • Capable of using Apple computers and software would be a plus

If you are interest in this position and working for our organization, please fill out the application form on our website http://teccrab.com/index.php/about/career.html

Please note that we will only accept applications via our online application form provided in this post. Please do not contact us via phone or Email. We thank you for your understanding.

Social Media – Possible Game Changers in 2014

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SocialMedia2013vs2014Before we all go into our well deserved Holiday Mode we would like to encourage you to take a moment to read this post with our opinion on the topic Social Media in 2014. If you follow the changes some platforms made or announced in 2013 you can maybe already guess what will become important for your business in 2014. But for those who are not following every single announcement or like to hear what we think, please read on to see our prediction for 2014.

Let us start with online videos. We think this will play a much more important role in 2014. Some social media experts pointed already last year out that 2013 is the year where you need to start a YouTube Channel and we think everyone who did will have an advantage in 2014. Not necessarily because of subscribers but because they already know what works for their business and what not. How much they need to invest in 2014 and how often they need to produce videos to keep their audience entertained and informed.

videoWhen talking about videos we need to talk about video advertisement too. Video ads will also become more important in 2014. But we think you should be careful because video ads can also become an annoying factor in 2014. You may have seen the announcement from Facebook regarding video ads in their newsfeed. We are sceptical and would like you to imagine the following to understand why we are not sure that this is a good idea. Imagine you login to your Facebook account and suddenly hundreds of video ads play their message at the same time. Well, even one or two at the same time will be annoying don’t you think? Now imagine your target group will get your video message on Facebook and the reaction might be that they are annoyed by it and do not buy your product or ask for your service just because of an automatically played video ad on Facebook.

prSince we are on the topic. Did you noticed that the Rating System on your company Facebook Page is now much more visible? The rating system was implemented a while ago and is around for some time now, but was never really a big part of a company Facebook Page until recently. Now the problem is, and we know that as a fact, if you have only a few followers and even fewer rate your site just one bad rating and you end up with a low overall score. Bigger companies with many ratings may not need to concern themselves with this, but small business owner should. Because one bad rating and you suddenly have to deal with a two star overall rating and this can become a problem to encourage new customers to try your product and services.

SEO and SEMWe are sure you have noticed that videos are the main thing that will become more important in 2014, but we also would like to mention copyright issues on YouTube. If you create a video, upload this to YouTube and include any kind of footage, sound effect or music that is not 100% yours, it can happen that suddenly an ad, even if you are not monetizing your videos, is playing in front of your video. This is because of the Copyright ID system from YouTube which became an important debate in the YouTube Gamer Community. We posted about this in one of our previous posts which you can find here: “Google / YouTube Copyright controversy

We hope that our post gave you a few ideas what to do in 2014 with your Social Media and Online Marketing Strategy and Budget. What do you think will become important and to watch out for in 2014? Leave a comment below and we wish everyone a Great Holliday Season.

Your teccrab Team