A strong password is a title that keeps changing hands year after year, specially with the rapid advances in tech. In 2010, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced the findings of a ZoneAlarm survey, revealing that 79% of consumers use risky password construction practices, such as including personal information and words.

26% of respondents confessed to reusing the same password for important accounts such as email, banking or shopping and social networking sites. In addition, as much as 8% admitted to copying an entire password found online in a listing of “good” passwords.
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The Emirati wedding planning portal Yebab.com offers Emirati bride about to get married in the UAE five essential tips. Those tried and trusted tips come with a guarantee to save time, money and effort. They are the result of the experience Yebab.com gathered while providing extensive online information about every aspect of the wedding industry in the UAE.
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Debt Burst help clients manage their finances, take control of their lives, create a secure financial future and most of all become debt free. They’ve helped over 40,000 clients and settled over $1 million dollars of debt from 2007 to 2010. Debt Burst sent out some sound tips, which we can put to good use while investing or considering to.

We start with some investment categories to consider when identifying, defining, and planning out the investment goals. Be sure to make short term and long-term goals and strategies.
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In my Arabic blog (blog.shabayek.com), I write a lot about entrepreneurs and their success stories, and Pierre Omidyar (eBay Founder) was one of them.

Lately, a blog reader and friend asked me to write for little ones as well.

I thought about for too long…

…and found that the best way to approach youngsters is through comics and graphic novels.
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In terms of Photography, Aerial view or Bird’s eye view is the view of an object from above, as if the observer were a bird.

Bird’s eye view photography is often used in making blueprints, floor plans and maps.

Thanks to drones getting advanced and cheaper, bird’s eye view photography is on the rise.

Not only that, but air-borne cameras keep advancing and reaching new heights (literally!).

I’ve hand-picked some of the best Bird’s eye view pictures taken by various artists in Dubai, UAE.

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haunted hotels

With Halloween just days away, the editors of Travelocity (one of the largest travel companies in the world) have picked six of their favorite haunted hotels around the US, and they are:

Haunted Hotels : 1- Hotel Jerome, Aspen, CO

The iconic Hotel Jerome’s 120-year history includes a resident ghost known as ‘water boy.’

Legend has it that in 1936, a 10-year-old drowned in the hotel’s swimming pool. The family stayed in Room 310, which overlooked the pool, on that fateful visit.

Throughout the years, many guests and hotel employees have encountered the ghost of the small boy. He is always soaking wet and will not speak, leaving behind only wet footprints. The haunting always occurs near Room 310. Read more about the Hotel Jerome.
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Ethos Consultancy announced the results of its 6th Annual UAE Bank Benchmarking Index for service excellence to find out the best banks in UAE. Ethos researchers conducted 483 branch visits, contacted Call Centers to make 378 inquiries, and submitted 231 inquiries via bank websites. This year’s (2010) study covered a total of 21 UAE retail banks, comprising 15 local and 6 international banks and focused on three geographical areas of operation, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
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A study by the authors of the New York Times bestseller Crucial Conversations showed that employees with poor people skills pay a “jerk tax” when being considered for promotion. The online poll, which analyzed 1,650 promotions, debunked the common misconception that jerky behavior is necessary to get ahead in business. The study collected responses via an online survey from 550 book readers in September of 2010 and according to its results, 92% said having poor interpersonal skills hinders advancement in their organization.
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Exceptional customer service experience creates loyal customers.

Customer service has the power to impact a company’s top and bottom lines, as studies show.

According to the Customer Experience Report, a Harris Interactive study sponsored by RightNow Technologies, customer experience is playing a significant role in determining where consumers choose to shop and how much they are willing to spend.

85% of participating consumers said they would be willing to pay more over the standard price of a good or service to ensure a superior customer experience.

Of those consumers that said they would pay more for an excellent customer experience:

  • 55% would pay 10% or more
  • 27% would pay 15% or more
  • 10% would pay 25% or more

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