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Online Privacy Issue with Spokeo - Remove Your Listing
Written by Mergen   
Monday, 10 January 2011 10:51

Yesterday, I ran across a website called Spokeo.  It had some of my private information shown, therefore I had myself removed from it.  You should consider doing the same too.  No need to give the bad guys any more help than they need.

What is Spokeo?  It is essentially the yellow pages 2.0.  It has the basic contact information, but it also attemps to get more information about your real estate property, guess your net worth, pull in your photos and comments from social media, etc.  See the image below from their homepage:


Managing Groups on LinkedIn? Avoid Spammers
Written by Mergen   
Thursday, 23 September 2010 09:38

Much to my delight, I just noticed today that LinkedIn has made it easier to avoid approving possible spammers as group members.


Joomla Security Tip #1 - Stay Up To Date with Security Email Newsletters
Written by Mergen   
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 17:02


Of late, Joomla Content Management System (CMS) driven websites are seeing increasing fishing and script attacks.

One of the most basic and fundamental ways to keep your website protected from these attacks is to keep your Joomla core continuously up to date.  However, knowing when the updates are released can be a bit cumbersome if you don't visit the website often.

Here is how you can stay up to date with the latest Joomla core patch releases

Yahoo Messenger Virus Fun - Be Safe: Don't Click & Surf
Written by Mergen   
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 12:14

Yahoo Messenger viruses have been very popular lately.  Even I, with my active scan protection and everything else, got infected once recently.  All I needed to do is probably follow my own advices. :D  If you do get infected, follow my instrucitons at the end of this post.

The First Type of Yahoo Messenger Virus

Anyway, there are two forms of Yahoo Messenger viruses that are quite popular. The more popular form is shown here:


This is actually not too difficult to avoid.  You simply don't click on these links.  Also, you make sure all of your antivirus, malware, and firewall protection software are up to date.  You can read this post on my personal blog:

Why Fusion Beer Is My Favorite Beer - Bottling Has Drinking in Mind
Written by Mergen   
Friday, 16 April 2010 13:55

Right now, I would say that Fusion is my favorite beer in Mongolia, hands down.

(FYI, Fusion is a beer produced by APU, one of the largest spirits companies in Mongolia.  Since about a year or two ago, they are going through rebranding on their products that are going quite well, I think.)

The reason has nothing to do with taste, although it isn't bad.  There are at least dozen other beers in Mongolia that taste just as well or better.  What Fusion does is something that should be implemented on ALL beers.

Fusion beer is extremely easy to open.  In fact, all you need is two beers.


How To Tell If Email is SPAM
Written by Mergen   
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 10:25

Earlier today, I received an email SPAM asking for my CV.  Well, this was a first.

Typically, email spams ask for credit card or bank information of some sorts.  The email pretended to be from Holiday Inn and had even included the photos of the Holiday Inn Executives.

In short, if you receive an email and you are not sure what do & whether the email/message is SPAM, you can follow the below steps:

  1. Do NOT click on any links within the email or Yahoo Messenger message window
  2. Review the URL/address of the link. If it is not something you can recognize, delete the email. If the link is something like This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and not This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , again delete the email.
  3. If the email is not something that is critically important that you respond, delete the email. If you feel the email is possibly important and still are not sure if it is a SPAM, review some of the guides below.

Here are some of the top ways to spot email SPAM.

Hope this was helpful.  Wish you a safe & secure email inbox!!

Effective Street Advertising Sign Use in Mongolia
Written by Mergen   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 19:41
Earlier in the day, I was at the train station when I noticed an advertising sign on the street.  Typically, I am not a huge fan of "push marketing" tactics.  In my humble opinion, they are costly and have little to no residual value.  However, I really think this may have been an exception.


The above is a street sign promoting awareness about "human trafficking in Mongolia".  At the top are the three organizations supporting this street advertising sign: Asia Foundation, Equal Rights NGO, and Mongolian Police Agency.

While I most definitely understand the sensitivity of the human trafficking issue, I still would like to take the approach of a marketing professional and give praise where it's due.  Based on my assumptions, probably this was an excellent advertising spend by the three organizations supporting this signage.

For my marketing thoughts on the street sign, please read on.

Google Experimenting with User Generated Content
Written by Mergen   
Friday, 19 March 2010 10:23

This morning, we received an email from Google.  It stated that Google would like to offer a direct link to our blog post from a Google Help page as part of Google's user generated content experiment.

Hi there:

My name is (removed for publishing purposes) and I’m reaching out from Google, Inc.  I noticed your previous blog post ( and based on the helpful content and high quality, I am planning to include a link directly to in the AdWords Help Center.

This is part of a user generated content experiment—we love helpful, user-generated content here at Google—and the plan is to offer a direct link to a handful of useful content articles, including your your article, for a few weeks in our Help Centers.  You may see an increase in traffic, though it is difficult for me to predict how much of an increase.

At the end of the experiment, I would appreciate your feedback via a survey.  I’m interested in how much your traffic increased as well as your thoughts on the experiment as a content author.  Pending the results, this practice may continue as a regular part of our Help Centers.

Let me know what you think,

NOTE: This article was prepared on March 19, 2010, but not published until April 13, 2010.  As of today, we have not been notified by Google of posting of our article.  Our article also does not show anywhere on the Google Help pages, as far as I can see.

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