Logo Design for the masses, even an inexperienced Londoner!

Logo design in 15 minutes!

The number of free online sites offering Photoshop styled drag and drop design is quite frankly staggering. Which is great news if you need a logo or info-graphic on a tight budget. Long gone are the days when you needed to have deep pockets just to whip up a quick graphic or two. The business model for these sites is truly amazing, the snowball of traffic that the bigger names receive is the envy of every webmaster. Imagine giving away the bulk of your products and services and only charging for the “extras”. The Free traffic is so overwhelmingly massive that it can sustain the running the costs of these huge and resource hungry websites. As well as deliver the expected  healthy  margin of a digitally delivered online service, with no ad revenue!

Canva generated logo creation

Today I needed a logo for encouraging Iota cryptocurrency holders to buy services with the digital currency. Getting a bitcoin logo was quite easy, by Iota is still quite young, only coming to the market in 2017 and therefore didn’t seem to be much free to use icons available. So I had 15 minutes to spare and thought I would knock something together at canva.com. They have a wide range of  templates, so it was very easy to drill down to a suitable template and pull in the images I needed for a payment icon. The drag and drop makes the whole process a doddle and if you really do need to acquire images that are a bit special they will cost you pennies and are offered to the left of the palate. So just to recap.

Step 1. Watch video on loge design principles

Step 2 Head over to canva.com

Step 3 Choose a template that best matches your target graphic

Step 4 Re arrange and structure your design on the canvas

Step 5 Download your creation

Below is my simple creation which will be also offered on a free to use licence and hopefully be spread across many sites across the internet. Sometimes, you may need something very unique put together by a pro who spends hours on every curve and every pixel has a meaning. Obsession does not come close to describing the intensity of there art. If you’re in need of one of those Graphic designers then drop your details on the contact us page and we will put you in touch.

The Case for Iota, the cryptocurrency to power the third industrial revolution

I  recently  bought Iota crytocurrency because it was very clear that if we had to have a digital currency it’s properties had a greater advantage over the blockchain variations that will have serious issues scaling in the modern world. Investing  in cryptocurrency is risky but those who took that risk with web giants Amazon, Microsoft , Google, Facebook, Ebay have done very well for themselves. They key is to do the research initially and to keep doing the research to make sure the company your investing is achieving the goals as laid out in the published road map. Iota receives a lot of FUD from it’s blockchain cousins, who seemingly want to get rid of there FREE from fees baby cousin before it matures to  it’s full potential.  After watching this video in which Jeremy  Rifkin (Economist) lays out a road map to usher in a new economic system. It covers, climate change , declining productivity, IOTA devices and  there savings. Retro fitting  old infrastructure with IOT monitors and renewable energy technology to increase productivity globally.

For me it’s a confirmation that Iota has all the benefits to be the financial backbone for the smart devices for the new emerging economic models described in the speech by Jeremy Rifkin. He makes a great point that  currently 62 individuals who have amassed a net worth equal to 3.5 BILLION people. Which is half the worlds population to highlight the imbalance of the current system.  The only thing  about the video which I find annoying, as is seems to be holding on to theory of evolution. For a man that is so knowledgeable in the sciences, how is it he is completely unaware of the blueprint code in every cell called DNA. Any programmer on the planet would be to explain that complex code can not be brought about by chance or natural selection. A code with built in error checking does not come about by chance, 1 single plant cell has code more complex  then any spacecraft man has ever built, are we to believe  that NASA Orion Space merely evolved!! Aside from that it’s very good insight into where were heading in the third industrial revolution!

 

 

 

Bitcoin investor teen and multi Millionaire Eric Finman talks about the best decision he ever made.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4FNmp3mKp4 

Teen Millionaire Eric Finman agreed to an interview and this is what he said “so I was 18 years old when I made my first million dollars it felt pretty great. I felt great you know, I did put some towards buying a Lamborghini’s, there’s a dealership in Newport Beach that takes Bitcoin for Lamborghini’s. “I’m Eric Finman and I am one of the youngest Bitcoin millionaires in the world”. We walk through his sizeable city apartment and he further explains. “In this bedroom we got a lot of beds here, I have a lot of friends over I don’t really like cuddling. And I am pretty minimalistic so I don’t like to have too many clothes that’s pretty much it I like to just live life in a gym t-shirt and gym shorts perpetually”. He opens a huge wardrobe with few garments casually thrown in the bottom corner. “Hey you know if you got money there is no point in dressing well. I check my Bitcoin every 30 minutes so I get a notification like of the price, so I originally got into Bitcoin when I was just 12 years old. When I was about ten, bitcoin was twelve dollars a coin and myself and one of my brothers, we really he really got into it and we were very close and then we really got into all this big bling stuff I was very fortunate enough to have a kind grandmother. She had an extra thousand dollars to give her kids for a scholarship fund, so I put that $1,000 into Bitcoin so I was able to amass about 400 plus bitcoins so there you go”. 

He continues, “This is purse this is a website that allows you to like buy things off of Amazon and then it also like gives you a discount because using Bitcoin rather than all the fees of you know credit cards and all that stuff so that’s where I have like I’d like a hardware key I like to check I have like a hard drive that I like keep it in secure location. Basically it is a disruptive technology it’s not regulated if it can’t be tracked and it tends to attract people who are doing illegal things.  

There are a couple people kind of top politicians some Wall Street people they’re saying that bitcoin is not gonna work out and bitcoin is  kind of used for the bad things and  that recently has affected the price because politicians and Wall Street  people are very afraid of what bitcoin will do to them in their industry. So school was maybe not the best thing for me to say the least I didn’t really particularly enjoy it I had a lot of teachers that were maybe not the most positive one teacher told me to drop out and work at McDonald’s because that’s  all  I’ll ever amount to in life so I left I dropped out when I was fifteen and I went to start an education company that would help people learn better, it was to give people access to good teachers if you didn’t have any locally I wonder how I came up with that idea.  I think you can learn a thousand million times more on the internet than in the classroom everything is there for you.  You just need to have the motivation most people think that they have to go through this traditional path and they have to do this,  I’m kind of more aware that that’s maybe not so much the case. I think about how can I completely do something my way so if this is a traditional way of doing it. I think about how to redo this from scratch. How could I do that. I think career that was one you know. School that was two you know three you know kind of currency Bitcoin and all that stuff. That’s what I think is that in a sense that, society and the world and the world’s rules limit you in so many ways if you completely rethought about how you could do something your way completely from scratch what would that look like?” 

Folks you just got a fractional insight into the very fortunate teen Eric Finman.  

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The Anatomy of the Ian Balina Hack of 2 million in cryptocurrency

This week a popular youtuber Ian Balina a cryptocurrency evangelist was hacked of almost 2 million in Ethereum tokens and other alt coins a snapshot of his portfolio is below. This news was quite shocking for many people in this space as Ian does have a reputation as savvy ICO investor reputedly turning an initial investment of $90,000 US dollars into $4 million in under a year. Due to his transparency in showing his methods and showing his success he has built up a large social media following across YouTube , Facebook, twitter and Instagram. People are clearly looking to Ian for guidance, so I and others were quite surprised to discover how weak his defence system was in light of the resources he could deploy to have come up with a better system. Most individuals in the space with large portfolios usually keep their lucrative crypto gains on a hardware wallet such as a Trezor wallet or a ledger blue. Attacking these devices is difficult for an online hacker as they are seldom attached to the network and usually have mechanisms which make it difficult to establish through an infected computer which password the user is typing. I hope the other half of his portfolio is spread on 10 of these and locked away in a bank security vault! I can only assume that he chose to have these items in an online file as he planned to trade the tokens and did not want to carry a hardware wallet around the world with him as that would make him vulnerable to a “wrench attack” or an “evil maid attack”.  

So let’s have a look at how it was done, and inexpensively learn from poor old Ian’s mistakes. Ian kept the private and public keys to his Ethereum wallet in an encrypted file on the Evernote online platform. As long as he remembered the password to evernote.com he would be able to access  the files he created there to store his private keys. The hacker must of picked up a list of Ian’s most commonly used emails by researching his online content. They then must of probed each one by requesting a password reset request which possibly challenged the hacker to state which recovery address or method the email provider should use to perform the request. Even if they only showed a partial address it may have been enough for the hacker to guess the complete email address which turns out to be his old college address. So now they have the recovery address of his main email address but as yet cannot enter it. So, they need to put together a very authentic looking college admin email pretending to be from the college and claim there had been some unusual activity on his account and could he login via a link. Clearly you should be aware that this is spearfishing. This is where you prepare a bespoke email targeting one high net worth individual or a prominent person in a company with a view to get them to compromise their login password. I do feel for Ian Balina here because if the email is put together well and your in a bit of a lazy  mood you might not check the url and login on the link. I have done it myself when Btc-e went down and I received a timely email from WEX.nz admin. Fortunately I had no funds in that trading exchange so my guard was down and I took the bait and they stole my password, but like I said nothing was lost. 

Now here’s where the Hacker must have had patience or Ian neglected to realise the college email was the password recovery email of his main email account and had been compromised. Getting control of his main account would then mean they would have access to the evernote.com account if they initiated the password reset they would then be able to access the files containing the cryptocurrency private keys to his Ethereum wallets and tokens. Now the actual methods used are not disclosed in detail by Ian I have on extrapolated information from the very grey details I was able to pick up from posts online. 

Clearly if he had two factor authentication on all of these accounts and Authy (Password locked) instead of the popular Google authenticator it would of gone a long way to restricting the Hackers and perhaps given him the time to react. For example The hack took place while he was on a live YouTube stream  which seems the popular with hacks against YouTubers. I believe this is more about the victim being distracted and therefore not able to take the necessary steps to lock-down the affected accounts.

Hopefully we can learn from this crime and better protect ourselves and get help in accessing our security systems. If your interested in assessing your computers systems and security methods get in contact with us. We are also given out a free “Recovery email checklist” use the contact us form to request yours free.

 

Should you buy a Gaming Console or Invest in a Gaming PC

Should you buy a Gaming Console or Invest in a Gaming PC ?

 

It’s a great question should you buy a gaming  console with your hard earned money or spend a little extra and get that gaming pc you secretly desire. Well it depends, are you willing to spend the time and research to get the equipment that will deliver, as per your expectations. How far will your budget spread? Will a limited budget mean that you will have to build it all yourself, and how much research will need to be done to make sure your components are all compatible with each other? If you realise you can’t assemble the machine half way through the build as system components seem to be failing, do you have a plan B in place (That would be the telephone number of your local Game System builder). The video example on this page will show you the visual difference between the two and at the end of them both you will be somewhere closer to make that decision yourself. Also I can confirm you do not have to spend $10,000 on components to get a system running at 60 FPS that is easily possible on a 4K GPU starting at $250 surrounded by the right component including a SSD hard drive of good quality.

 

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Just enjoy the experience on a 4k GPU card at 60FPS (From £220.00) below including the amazing detail of the helicopter scene at 3 mins 14 sec: