When getting ready for the year ahead, it’s a good idea to fill in the gaps in your software collection, especially when there is so much good software you can now get online for free.
Beware however – not all “free” things are really free. First, of course, you should avoid cracked versions of payware, because that can get you into trouble in more ways than one. Another thing to watch for is that some free software is supported by ads, while other software may have undesirable behaviors such as tracking what you do online.
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There are tons of ways to start a new online business and one business model that is attractive to many people is selling physical products through an ecommerce site.
Ecommerce businesses can be run from anywhere and have the potential to scale to 7-figure businesses or more.
However, running an ecommerce store can have many drawbacks, including providing customer service, building trust with potential buyers, keeping track of orders and managing inventory. The cost of warehousing and purchasing inventory alone can cost thousands of dollars.
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Designers wanting to reach the greatest heights in their profession must be willing to take risks and not simply follow whatever everyone else is doing. If you don't experiment to find your own unique style, you will never truly stand out, and as a result you probably won't reach your full potential as a designer.
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Sooner or later everyone who works in a creative field, no matter how inherently talented they may be, will be struck by creative block. What gives some individuals an advantage is that they're better able to deal with the situation, and with these tips, you will be well prepared to overcome the problem of creative block.
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The biggest change for 2018 has been the major overhaul of FireFox, and with it the way add-ons work in that browser. As a result, many popular add-ons are no longer being maintained or have become unavailable.
Most add-ons for Firefox are also available as extensions for Google Chrome. In this article, we’ll try to give preference to cross-browser add-ons / extensions, which within this context means they’ll work on Firefox, Chrome, and Chromium. We'll also give preference to free extensions that aren't known to pass your information to third parties and are not supported by ad revenue. We'll focus more on extensions that don't restrict you to a particular development technology.
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The one indispensable accessory for any professional graphic artist is the graphics tablet, but not all graphics tablets are equal. How do you choose the right one for your needs and budget? In this article, we'll look at some of the factors that are important in selecting graphics tablets.
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Are you looking to add some peace and tranquility to your life? Well, look no further! The Yoga and Mindfulness Icon Pack from Flaticon is beautifully designed to bring a sense of tranquility into your life. Each icon comes in three versions and what’s more, you can edit the colours! Free for personal and commercial use!
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Of all tech topics, security is possibly the most complex, and certainly the most important. This is because security is always evolving. It is a forced evolution, as we must adapt to constantly emerging threats.
There are various levels of security that we'll have responsibility for. The first level is ourselves or the organization we work for. The second level is our clients. And the third level is the users of the websites or applications we develop for our clients.
Despite our best efforts, clients will always find ways to undermine the protections we provide for them. They rely on us as IT professionals to help them stay safe, but paradoxically also rarely follow the safety advice we provide them with. Most users really are their own worst enemies.
What we need to do, then, is make it as difficult as possible for clients to compromise their own security, while also making it as easy as we can for them to do the tasks they need to do. Achieving both goals to perfection may be impossible, but in this article we'll cover some things you can do to cut down the risks of a security breach occurring.
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