Hacker News: This Ransomware Unlocks Your Files For Free If You Infect Others

Submitted by Sam Moore on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:47

Multi-level marketing comes to ransomware.

...to get their important files back, Popcorn Time gives victims option to pay a ransom to the cyber criminal or infect two other people and have them pay the ransom to get a free decryption key.

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/ransomware-malware.html

Analytics Toolkit: Future-Proofing Against Google Analytics Spam

Submitted by Sam Moore on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 21:26

If you're seeing this in your Analytics reports,

“Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!”

and are sufficiently technical to do something about it, here's a great article on how to proceed.

http://blog.analytics-toolkit.com/2016/future-proofing-your-ga-vs-google-analytics-spam/

Startup Shenanigans: The dark art of Growth Hacking.

Submitted by Sam Moore on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 20:06

And here's what it feels like to be less than authentic...

A few weeks ago I asked a friend who has been doing “growth hacking” for a long time to help promote Asteroid and to show me a few tricks. What I learned was depressing.

https://medium.com/startup-shenanigans/the-dark-art-of-growth-hacking-e3f7f5514f38#.2tr7d7yvu

Live.Institute: How being honest and purpose-driven can build real business growth

Submitted by Sam Moore on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 19:57

Reading the various growth strategies people flog out there, one could be forgiven for thinking it's necessary to become someone other than yourself in order to make a living. 
Here's an alternative view.

Consistency + quality content = success.

https://live.institute/talks-molly-33ea98ace9a6#.9jaduamvi

Another day, another clueless prospecting email

Submitted by Sam Moore on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 21:59

TemplateHere's a clearly automated email I got from a recruiter, looking to see if they could place one of their unfortunate victims with me. 
Can you tell I loathe the "staffing" business? 

Anyway, this thing is so full of crap it's hard to know where to start.
My company is 100% virtual, with as yet no staff - all contractors, all remote. There's no "work for us" section on my web site. 
And yet, Mr. X here would like me to believe he's checked out my site for opportunities, and found someone I'd like to hire.

Here's a clue:
If you start trying to build a relationship with me by bullshitting your way into my inbox, the best you can expect from me is a cold silence. I will never trust you, and I don't do business with people I don't trust.
On the other hand, I might write a blog post publicly shaming you; if you're lucky I'll leave your name out.
 

Bottom line: you can't automate relationships.

Hi,

My name is XXX XXXX, I am a recruiter for XX XX XX based out of XXXXX. XXX is national based in presence, and specializes in those hard to fill roles across all industry from a contract and direct hire standpoint.

I noticed one of your job openings, and would like to pass along a candidate that I am working with for your review.

Please note that we only get paid per placement.  So to review qualified candidates is free of charge!

If you are interested in reviewing the candidate, please let me know.

Best,

XXX XXXXX