How Does Google Work

It seems that everyone I know uses Google to search the internet for things they are looking for. While its said that Google gets 65% - 70% of the share of searches in the U.S., however, for many publishers, Google's share of incoming search traffic is much higher. That's certainly the case with major news sites like Reuters, Mashable, Dallas Morning News, and others.There have been many updates to the Google search algorithm in order for them to accomplish their spoken mission which is to return relevant websites related to the search term entered into the query.   Google has updated their algorithm dozens if not hundreds of times to make what they think are the best results available.They have introduced updates called Panda, Penguin, and now Hummingbird to name a few. [...]

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Family History: Do You Know Where You Came From?

Researching Your Family HistoryThanks to modern technology and the plethora of family research sites and databases, the average person is able to explore where they came from and delve into their family history. Many people are finding their way back to their first ancestors that stepped foot in the United States and others are even going beyond that, back to the country from which their ancestors came.In the past, this research was done by book or long hours of searching public records at county and city buildings. Today, the same records are being accessed, but can be done without ever leaving your home. Database searches can be done on birth records, death records, a ship's passenger list, census records that have been made public, marriage records, immigration records, and [...]

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Cybercrime: Don’t Be a Victim

Modern technology has brought about a whole new realm of crime. There are crimes being committed using cell phones, computers, or any other type of mobile device using a network.These crimes are labeled as "cybercrimes." This is an area of illegal activity that is growing rapidly. Not only do tech savvy criminals take advantage of the convenience of modern technology, but they also can commit the crime with speed, accuracy, and anonymity, in most cases.To give an example of the varying degree of cybercrime, it can be used to steal a person's identity, gain secure knowledge from a computer database, place attacks on computer data and systems, delve into and access a person's financial services, spread viruses, spread child pornography, and email scams, which are more commonly [...]

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3 Government Databases You Must Know About to Stay Safe

For over a decade, the United States has been on high alert to terrorist attacks, just as other parts of the world have too. There are so many world conflicts taking place that a country must take the proper precautions to protect its citizens.In an effort to keep our country safe, the United States Government has put together several government databases listing known criminals, terrorists, products, and companies that may not do import and export business with the U.S. This also means that individuals or entities in the U.S. are forbidden to do business with any person or business that have been blocked, denied, and debarred and appear in these databases. Where Do I Find the Government Databases? There are websites that one can access easily to view the government databases. [...]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Wage Garnishment

What is Wage Garnishment?Wage garnishment is a means for a creditor or agency to collect a debt that is owed by an individual. It could be for past due child support, back taxes, defaulted student loans, a past due credit card, or any other type of monetary judgment filed against an individual by a third party or creditor. A percentage of a debtor's income would be directly deducted from their pay by their employer to repay the debt until it is satisfied.Here are five things one should know about garnishing the wages of an individual:Each state or locality will have its own set of procedures; but most often the creditor, agency, or individual filing the garnishment will take the paperwork and information of the debtor's employer to the local sheriff's office. In turn, the [...]

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