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How to add Google +1 share button to your website or blog – Buddy Tuts

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It’s been only a few hours since Google released its relatively new feature +1 (plus one) for the entire web. Where most people are calling it an answer to the Facebook LIKE button but whether Google will be able to beat Facebook in this war is a question we will leave it for the future.

googleplusone How to add Google +1 share button to your website or blog   Buddy TutsAs of now what matters most is how you can add a Google +1 button to your blog/website. And its pretty simple actually, you just need 2 lines of code. Yes, it does require you to dig into your website code and make some changes but its quite a straight forward job.

First paste the below code right before your closing body tag which looks like </body>

<!– Place this tag in your head or just before your close body tag –>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script>

After this is done all you have to do is paste the below code wherever you would like the +1 button to be displayed.

<!– Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render –>
<g:plusone size=”small”></g:plusone>

That’s it. You are done. Now this will help you generate a lot of new traffic and help promoting your website better. Though the best way is still the hard way but this will surely add a little to your daily traffic quota.

There are 4 different sizes of buttons that you can use. You can create the same by clicking on this link. Google has already integrated +1 in its host of servcies like YouTube, Reader, Search, Profile, etc. Sites like Mashable, RottenTomatoes, Bloomberg have already integrated the button as well.

To know more and read further about this new feature – check this out.

Understanding what Credit Card Code means! – Buddy Tutorial

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I came across a very interesting post via mint.com today and thought its really worth spreading and sharing. This blog post will help you understand how to crack the number mentioned on your credit cards. What they mean and how you can find out whether a credit card number is valid or fake. Interesting right?

byJess.Net has explained the process with the help of an illustration very clearly. So grab a calculator or use your skills of mental mathematics and dive in. Know more about that credit card you use every day for various shopping trips. Also the information will come very handy for developers who want to check a credit card number’s validity while processing online payments.

Credit Card Code Cracked

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Now only with the code you can find out whether you have an Amex, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Along with industry and other details. To know more about Luhn Algorith – click here.

Type Rupee Symbol with your Keyboard – Buddy Tuts

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On 16th July’2010, Indian Rupee joined the elite group of currencies which have their own symbol. This symbol has been designed by Bombay IIT Post-Graduate B. Udaya Kumar. Though the symbol has already had many explanations, everyone has accepted it with open arms.

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Now that the symbol is out and you can start using it, the trouble comes as to how you can type it? Where all other currencies have this fixed, it will take a while for the Indian Currency to come with a dedicated key with the symbol on keyboards. But does not mean you cannot use it. icon wink Type Rupee Symbol with your Keyboard   Buddy Tuts

Steps to install Rupee Font

A new font designed by Foradian Technologies has been released which can be used to get this font. The steps to install the font are:

  1. Download the Rupee font.
  2. Copy the .ttf file to your fonts folder under control panel.
  3. Go to a text editor like MS Word.
  4. Select the Rupee font from your fonts list.
  5. The ‘~’ key next to numerical ’1′ key is the one that will help you achieve the symbol.

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That’s all it takes. Use the symbol where-ever you want, its just a key away. icon smile Type Rupee Symbol with your Keyboard   Buddy Tuts

In case you face any issues with versions or OS, consult this link.

WordPress Security Plugins and Tips – Buddy Tuts

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So, how many of my friends use wordpress here? WordPress today being the most preferable and popular platform of all the blogging platforms, it would not be surprising if the numbers are quite steep. icon smile WordPress Security Plugins and Tips – Buddy Tuts


But then the question that comes up is how many have you taken steps to ensure that your WordPress blog is secure?? I can see a lot of doubt on your face but worry not, this post will guide you  to improve your security.

A recent event triggered this thought in my mind that I should check my WordPress security. If you might have noticed in the past couple of days, ewebbuddy was throwing a Database not Available error though I could not find secure wordpress WordPress Security Plugins and Tips – Buddy Tutsanything wrong in my database. Recently I had upgraded my WP installation and I was worried that it might have been a result of some security loophole in which case I had to clean my installation and install everything back. The process is tedious but I couldn’t think of a better alternative. Thankfully I had backup of all the posts, so I was not afraid of losing any data. But further probing told me that it wasn’t a security issue but actually a issue due to certain changes made on the Cpanel by my host lunarpages. I was glad that the issue could be resolved but it got me thinking that is my blog secure enough?! And I took steps to ensure it is.

WordPress Security Tips

Here I have list down some of simplest things that you should check to improve your WP security:

  • Have strong Passwords - I know this might sound something that is told again and again but it is also one of the very crucial ones. It is very important that all your users have a strong password. That makes hacking with Brute force tough. Try to create a password which is alphanumeric, has some special characters and also has some letters in CAPS.
  • Delete/Rename Admin Account – When you install WordPress, by default an Admin account is created and a password is generated for you. Generally people tend to use this account for further use. Also, even if they make another account, they keep the admin account. This makes the account vulnerable. What you should do is that, either change the username “Admin” or simply create a new Administrator account and delete the ‘Admin’ account.
  • Select a good Host – Many of a times websites get hacked if the web-hosting company is not good enough and has vulnerabilities. I use Lunarpages which I have found over time to be a good host with an excellent support.
  • File/Folder Permissions – It is very important that your hosted files and folders are as tightly kept as possible. The permissions should ensure that it is not accessible to the outer world (read as hackers)! You can use an FTP tool like FileZilla to ensure that your File/Folder permissions are proper. Ensure that your all folders’ permission level is 755 and for files its 644.
  • Keep WP updated – Make sure that you always update your WordPress installation. Now WP has automatic upgrade option which makes this task a piece of cake. WordPress community is always upto making improvements to the platform and many security bugs are fixed with every release. Every upgrade make your installation less vulnerable.
  • Don’t Advertise your Version – Make sure that you do not go around and advertise your WP version anywhere. It may lead to someone making use of a security vulnerability for that particular version on your blog.
  • Secure WP-Config.php – This is the most important file of your installation as it contains the DB access credentials. To secure it, keep the file permissions to 750. Also you can move it One directory level up i.e. keep it outside the WordPress installation folder.

To know more and know it detail, check out the following post – Hardening WordPress

WordPress Security Plugins

Here are a couple of plugins that I have tested and found quite helpful in making your WP installation secure.

  1. WordPress Security Scan – Scans your installation to ensure there are no vulnerabilities and you have taken all required steps to secure your installation.
  2. Secure WordPress – Similar to WSS above but ensures further more security.
  3. WordPress Firewall – Applies a firewall on your installation which stops any HTTP injections and other intrusions to happen. If a firewall breach is suspected, an email is sent you immediately.

There are more plugins which might prove helpful but I have found that these basic ones make your installation quite strong and secure.

Hope you find this post helpful and make your installation secure. In case you have further tips, plugins do share them below. icon smile WordPress Security Plugins and Tips – Buddy Tuts Goood Day…!!

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Convert your Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot with Windows 7 – Buddy Tuts

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Sharing internet over Wi-fi has become quite popular now a days. Since service providers themselves are providing Wi-fi routers, accessing internet on multiple devices such as laptops, PDAs, mobile phones with a single internet connection has become very easy.

But if you have a normal broadband connection and want to create your own wireless network for sharing internet, either you can buy a Wi-Fi router which costs around 2500 INR or use the Windows 7′s Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual Wi-fi) technology which will turn your Windows 7 Laptop in to a Wi-Fi hotspot without any additional hardware. If you want to share internet with a desktop that doesn’t support Wi-Fi, you can get a USB Wi-Fi adapter or a PCI Wireless network card.

How to convert Windows 7 into wifi Hotspot?

If you are wondering what a Wi-Fi Hotspot is, well it is simply put a device that enables users to access internet over wireless LAN. Now how do we set up our Windows 7 machine to act like a Wi-Fi Hotspot? Well actually there are couple of ways to do it.

Windows 7 comes with a feature called Ad-hoc network (This was available on Windows Vista also), using which you can share internet with another device. I tried the same but did not feel it to be quite impressive. Here is a youtube video which explains how to do it.

Better and easier way is to use a tool called Called Connectify Me

How to use Connectify Me?

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With Connectify me all you need to do is just follow a simple wizard which will ask you a Network Name, a Password for the wireless network and the connection you would like to share.

Once you are done with the wizard, you can start the hotspot by clicking on Start Hotspot, which will make the network available for other devices. Just scan for the wireless network on another device, key in the password and you are done.

Connectify sits on your system tray and displays the number of clients connected to the network. Now starting and stopping the wireless network is just a click of button. Connectify also enables local sharing such as file sharing. All your shared folders will be available on the network, all you need to do is enter your windows login id and password to access your files wirelessly on another device.

This was a simple click and go method, but if you are interested in exploring more read on.

For the more Techie Readers here

If you wanted more features and wanted to change the functionality of the sharing then there is more for you.

There is a Open Source tool called Virtual Router on codeplex, which is entirely developed in C# 3.5 with WPF. Now comes the real fun, just download the code and create your own version of the Virtual Router…! You can go ahead and add a module to limit the internet bandwidth shared on the wireless network. You can add a module which logs all the URLs browsed on the wireless network for each connection, in case if you are planning to use it in an office environment, this will be helpful.

I tried both Connectify Me and Virtual Router from My Windows 7 laptop and could access internet on other devices such as another laptop, an iPhone, a blackberry mobile without any hiccups.

This is a guest post by my friend and another techie, Amitkumar Hegde.

How to download YouTube videos – BuddyQuery

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This is a kickstart to one of the sections I wanted to start long time back – BuddyQuery. This category will have answers to the simplest and smallest of Tech troubles. All you have to do is post the query in the “Skribit” box in the sidebar!

In this post we will talk about how you can Download videos from YouTube the easy way. I will not be talking about various softwares that you will need to download. The solutions present in this post are direct, online and ready to use. youtube html5 300x225 How to download YouTube videos   BuddyQuery

How to download videos to your desktop?

Please find some of the methods that you can use below:

1. Keepvid.com – This is one of the first websites that came up and has been my favorite ever since. Its quite simple and gives you the choice of downloading the videos in either .flv or .mp4 formats.

  • Simply copy the URL of the page on the video is there i.e. goto the video on YouTube.com and copy the link from the addressbar. Example – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5ya0dehxms
  • Goto www.keepvid.com and paste the link in the Textbox on the top of the page, click on download.
  • You will be provided download links  for both the formats. Download the one desired. Simple, eh?

2. Download directly – This option lets you download your video directly from address bar without going to any website. What more, you can download in the format you desire viz. flv, 3gp or mp4. Find the steps below:

Suppose you want to download following video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5ya0dehxms

Then after adding the OK the url will be like this

http://www.OKyoutube.com/watch?v=P5ya0dehxms – Will download it in FLV format.

If you want to download video in 3GP format then the url will be:

http://www.3.OKyoutube.com/watch?v=P5ya0dehxms

If you want to download video in MP4 format then the url will be:

http://www.4.OKyoutube.com/watch?v=P5ya0dehxms

Pretty neat, huh??

Apart from the above mentioned 2 methods there are several more similar sites and options. But why hunt for more when you know the best? icon wink How to download YouTube videos   BuddyQuery

So get going and get all those videos you love on your desktop. Subscribe to eWebBuddy if you still haven’t for more such tips.

Do leave a comment and let me know if this post was useful!

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Block Google Buzz Updates from Inbox : eWebBuddy Tricks

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From the moment Google Buzz was launched, it has created quite a BUZZ.. Have you jumped the bandwagon yet? To me it seemed initial stages of how wave will be integrated with GMail. And frankly I wasn’t much impressed but that could be just me. What did you think about Google Buzz?

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Well, coming back to the agenda of this post…if you have been using buzz and connecting to several of your friends one thing that must have irritated you are the Google Buzz Updates that you receive in your Inbox. Well if you have been looking for a work-around, here’s a trick that will come handy.

Block Google Buzz Updates From Inbox Trick

  1. Login to your gmail account and goto Settings(top-right corner)
  2. Click on the tab “Filters” and then “Create a new Filter”
  3. By default Google Buzz is associated with “label:buzz”, so simply in the ‘Has the words:’ textbox enter “label:buzz”.google filter Block Google Buzz Updates from Inbox : eWebBuddy Tricks
  4. Click on “Next Steps”. You may get a popup, click OK.
  5. Then check/select the option “Skip the Inbox” and click “Create Filter”google filter2 Block Google Buzz Updates from Inbox : eWebBuddy Tricks

That’s all, from the moment you do this, you will stop getting Google Buzz updates in your Inbox and this way it will be un-cluttered.

Turn off Buzz / Stop Using Buzz

You can also stop using buzz totally with the help of a small link at the footer/bottom of your gmail account. It says, “Turn off Buzz”. Get rid of Buzz totally! icon razz Block Google Buzz Updates from Inbox : eWebBuddy Tricks

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