Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Review Island Hotels – Where to Stay

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Review Island Hotels - Where to Stay

People flock to Galveston year-round for lots of reasons. They enjoy the beaches, attractions and wildlife for weeks at a time, or for just a night or two before setting off to cruise the Caribbean. Fortunately, the island offers a wide variety of accommodations, from swanky resorts and beach houses to budget-conscious lodging and cozy bed-and-breakfasts. Choosing the place that’s right for you may seem like an overwhelming task, but the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to help! Call their toll-free visitor line (888-GAL-ISLE) for suggestions.

Hotels for Every Need

Whether you want luxury or just a clean place to crash after a day on the beach, Galveston has dozens of hotel options, most near the center of the island and major attractions.

Charming Bed and Breakfasts

Quaint and cozy, bed and breakfasts shouldn’t be overlooked. They offer all the comforts of home and are particularly suitable for couples seeking romantic getaways or picture-perfect places for weddings.

Family-Friendly Houses and Condos

These range from upscale condos with luxury amenities to beachfront homes that sleep entire families. Though situated all over the island, those on the West End offer a bit more privacy, as well as plenty of room (typically) for large groups.

Moody Gardens Offers New Attractions, Discounts for Spring Break

Spring break is almost here and Moody Gardens is offering new attractions, experiences and discounts to provide an enjoyable daytrip or extended vacation at one of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas.

Galveston’s Pier 21 – An All Day Affair

Galveston’s Pier 21 has restaurants, an exclusive hotel, marina, theater, harbor tours and attractions.

#LoveGalveston Photo Contest – A Chance to Win Cash, and Be the Face of Galveston

There’s nothing like spending “island time” with your family, taking in the Galveston coast while making memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. While your memories may be priceless, capturing them in a photograph could lead to some extra bonuses.

10 Reasons You Should Get On “Island Time” in Galveston

The advent of spring in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets.

Exploring Galveston’s Past through Museums, Attractions and Historic Buildings

When visiting the beach or relaxing at one of Galveston’s renowned resort hotels, the island’s historic past might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

First of 1 Million Cubic Yards of Sand Has Been Pumped Onto the Beach

The first of 1 million cubic yards of sand has been pumped onto the beach in a $19 million project to replenish over 3.5 miles of beach along Galveston’s seawall.

Planning a Meeting? Why Not in Galveston?

Most visitors come to Galveston to relax on the beaches, stroll the Strand, maybe visit museums and to dine at some of the island’s most popular restaurants. Yet despite it being a vacation destination, Galveston is also a great place to hold meetings.

Rosenberg Library Presents Its January 2017 Treasure

On January 1, 1999—New Year’s Day—thousands of emotional Galvestonians gathered to witness the implosion of the Buccaneer Hotel—a beachfront icon which stood for more than 70 years on Seawall Boulevard.

Galveston.com Announces 2016 Best of the Island Winners

After weeks of nominations and tens of thousands of votes, we at Galveston.com are thrilled to present the Winners of the 2016 BEST OF GALVESTON AWARDS, “the Oscars of the Gulf Coast” according to The Houston Chronicle.

Home and Other Short-Term Rentals a Good Choice When Planning an Island Visit

Thinking about where to stay when spending time in Galveston? Why not try something new!

Galveston Financial Capital: Services

For help starting or expanding your business, connect with the Galveston County Small Business Development Center.

Consulting –

GC SBDC’s professional business consultants help you develop business plans and strategies, identify financing options, prepare loan packages and conduct financial check-ups using ProfitCents, a financial analytical software.  Our consultants have extensive, practical experience in varied fields including marketing, finance, retail and management. Most have been business owners themselves, many have advanced degrees. A Spanish to English translator is available upon request.

Workshops & Seminars –

GC SBDC’s affordable workshops and seminars cover business topics including marketing, finance, management, computers, taxes and executive skills enhancement. Our instructors share their real-world experience with you in our state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs. Our training seminars are designed to help broaden your business knowledge and improve your skills, whether you are new to entrepreneurship or a seasoned entrepreneur.

Specialty Programs –

Sell your products and services to federal, state and local government agencies, pursue international markets, receive free technical engineering assistance, or obtain discounted professional services through our specialty programs.

Business Library –

Whether you are starting, operating, or growing your business in Galveston County, our business research librarian can help you find the information you need to be successful.  Our business information services include access to our business library — a comprehensive research and reference library offering extensive online and print business tools and resources — and general reference assistance in conducting industry and market research.

 

Security and Risk Online: Strengthening your Online Protection

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In this modern world, identity theft is a huge black market industry today. Don’t be just another statistics and take precautionary measures to protect your identity online today. Here are some useful ways to follow:

Stay away from public Wi-Fi

Connecting to a free public Wi-Fi is risky. It provides an easy way for hackers to steal your identity and track what you’re doing online. They may steal your logins and obtain any sensitive information if you aren’t being extra careful.

Software updates are important

You might find software updates that keep on popping on your screen as a disruption and insignificant but what you don’t know is that their updates are very important for many different reasons. One thing is because software updates could save you from outside attacks. Outdated software is like living in a house with no locks on the doors, you are so unprotected and vulnerable inviting unwanted intruders to access important things.

Phishers! Phishers!

Phishers are tech-savvy con artists and identity thieves whose goal is to steal sensitive information from their victims using fake websites, fake emails, and other sophisticated techniques to steal information.  Email phishing scams are the most effective strategy cybercriminals used to steal your information. If you ever encounter an email asking to confirm any information, don’t give away details.

Check if you’re already a victim

There’s a certain website called hasmyidentitybeenstolen.com that can detect whether your email address is at risk and if it’s on the dark web already. All you have to do is to enter your email address and confirmed it. This is so legit that the CEO of this site has been featured in BBC Rip-Off Britain last year 2015.

Check your online bills and statements

Regularly monitor your online bills, in this manner you’ll quickly detect if there’s a malicious activity going on your accounts and to quickly take actions before it’s too late.

 

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group Review: A top-notch service with a resilient team

A dependable and trusted service, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group has it. What’s more is their amiable and knowledgeable team. Customers were often satisfied with their services and good reviews about them were abundant on the internet.

Taking care of your car has never been this special with Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group. George Mandair, along with other seasoned managers, frequently receives good feedbacks from their customers because of their trustworthy and good service. They always give their best shot in assisting people with car related concerns.

With their years of experience in this field, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group has also been active in the trades on South Coast of Hampshire. Their good service has been known to a lot of people there for more than a decade already.

Defined as a reliable family run company, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group could indeed handle properly any of your car issues. They can assist you in brake checks, car servicing, looking for good tyres, MOTs, along with free seasonal checks. With their current online service, you can also get a quick tyre quote as well as reserve your tyres for fitting.

In order to provide a fair convenience to their customers, Tyre&Auto depots also provide a local collect and a return service to them. It is recommended to ask their team about the service once you booked.

Stated earlier are some of the services that their entire depots offer to customers. But the company has more to offer and it includes checking of your car’s windscreen wipers and doing a full engine overhaul to your vehicle.

A lot of customers had seen their good skills and capability in handling car-related works, and most of them were pleased with the company’s honest service. In addition, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group offers a good array of free service checks as well. You may inquire at their local depot to find out more about their services.

Tokyo Online Fraud detection firm outs $1b Russian ad-fraud gang and its robo-browsing Methbot

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A $1 billion Russia-based criminal gang has been bilking online advertisers by impersonating high-profile Web sites like ESPN, Vogue, CBS Sports, Fox News and the Huffington Post and selling phony ad slots, but that’s about to end.

Online fraud-prevention firm White Ops is releasing data today that will enable online advertisers and ad marketplaces to block the efforts of the group, which is cashing in on its intimate knowledge of the automated infrastructure that controls the buying and selling of video ads.

The group has been ramping up its activities since October so that it now reaps roughly $3 million to $5 million per day from unsuspecting advertisers and gives them nothing in return, says White Ops, which discovered the first hints of the scam in September.

When someone clicks on a video that’s posted to a Web page, the video is often preceded by a short advertising video known as pre-roll. The pre-roll slot is sold realtime – within 100 milliseconds – via an automated auction. That click to request the video is what initiates the ad auction, and the browser directly receives the pre-roll from the advertiser that wins, says White Ops CEO Michael Tiffany.

The system relies on information provided by the browser to verify what site the browser user is visiting and that it actually receives the pre-roll ad. “The ecosystem believes what the browser says about what site you’re at,” he says.

Beware Methobot

The gang, which Tiffany calls AFT13, has created a robo-browser called Methbot that spoofs all the necessary interactions needed to initiate, carry out and complete the ad transactions. So Methbot contacts an ad exchange and says it needs a pre-roll for a video on Vogue.com, for example. The system runs an instant auction, settles on an ad and sends it to Methbot, which verifies that it received it and played it.

Then the advertiser pays the entity the website that the browser claimed to be visiting, but that entity resolves ultimately to AFK13, not to Voguecom, in this example, he says.

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Beyond this, AFK13 spoofs the geolocation of the IP addresses that the Methbot servers use so it seems they are all owned by U.S. internet service providers. The proxy IP addresses mask the fact that Methbot traffic is generated by servers as opposed to individual personal computers generating legitimate traffic. It also hides that the servers are located in data centers in Dallas and Amsterdam.

This helps Methbot duck detection mechanisms that look for a few IP addresses that generate enormous volumes of requests Tiffany says, enabling AFK13 to sell 200 million to 300 million false ad impressions per day for 1.3 cents per view on average, White Ops says. The fraud network does its work from an estimated 800 to 1,000 nodes in its data centers and operates 24 hours per day, with a sales cycle of 5 seconds per impression.

Methbot further avoids detection by selling the ads on more than 6,000 domains representing about 250,000 URLs.

To pull this all off, AFK13 has amassed an impressive infrastructure that includes:

The servers that generate all the Methbot browser activity.

A bank of 500,000 IPv4 addresses (worth about $4 million if sold on the open market).

A means of registering those IP addresses so they appear to be allocated to U.S. ISPs.

Methbot software.

The software has been upgraded over the period that White Ops became aware of it, Tiffany says. For example, White Ops first caught on to the scam when it noted a small error in an HTTP header used by the group. One value, known as Cache-Control, contained a colon, which violated the specification for that value. Since then the error has been corrected.

Online Security: Which? Files Supercomplaint Against Banks Over Transfer Fraud

Banks may face formal inquiry into whether they can refuse to reimburse victims conned into transferring money into fraudsters’ accounts

UK banks should do more to protect customers tricked into transferring money to fraudsters, according to a consumer body that has lodged a “supercomplaint” with financial regulators. The move by Which? means banks could now face a formal investigation into whether they can continue refusing to reimburse victims.

The organisation submitted its first supercomplaint this year in the same week that official data revealed that fraud in the UK payments industry had soared by 53% as criminals develop increasingly sophisticated tactics to steal bank customers’ cash.

Which? said banks should “shoulder more responsibility” when someone is conned into transferring money to another person’s account, just as they reimburse customers who lose money due to scams involving debit and credit cards or fraudulent account activity.

Some customers have lost considerable sums. In March this year the Guardian featured the case of Sarah and David Fisher, who were conned out of £25,000 after a fraudster posed as their builder and emailed them a fake invoice that was virtually identical to the one they were expecting.

The explosion in online and mobile banking means UK consumers now make more than 70m bank transfers a month, compared with just over 100m in a whole year just a decade ago. Which? claims that “protections have not kept up”.

Using its legal powers, the organisation has submitted a supercomplaint to the Payment Systems Regulator, the watchdog for the UK’s £75tn payment systems industry, which must now respond within 90 days.

There are many financial frauds that directly target customers, such as phishing emails and phone- and text-based scams. However, among the biggest growth areas are impersonation and deception scams where fraudsters hack into someone’s email account and then pose as the builder, solicitor, landscape gardener or other tradesperson that the consumer has legitimately employed. Typically, the victim receives an invoice via email, which does not rouse suspicion because they were expecting it. It looks authentic and is usually for the correct amount – however, unbeknown to the consumer, the bank account number and sort code have been changed to those of the fraudster.

This is what happened to the Fishers, from north-west London. Last October they received a genuine invoice for building work that was being carried out, then what appeared to be a follow-up email from the same firm with a fresh invoice attached that included “our new banking details”. The couple duly paid the requested £25,000, and while it quickly emerged they had been scammed, by the time the bank that operated the account used to accept their money was alerted, the cash had been withdrawn.

Almost a year after the incident, they have yet to recover a penny of their money. Sarah Fisher, a record label manager, told the Guardian this week that the police had identified the fraudster as someone living in Denmark. As a result, the case was “not being progressed” and had effectively come to a halt.

She added: “We took it to the financial ombudsman, who said that Barclays [which operated the account] had not behaved improperly.” However, she said their MP, Tulip Siddiq, had said the case raised important issues and intended to pursue the matter in parliament.

Victims conned in this way currently have no legal right to get their money back from their bank, said Which?. Banks typically refuse to refund customers on the basis that they made the payment voluntarily. However, Which? said: “Consumers can only protect themselves so far. People cannot be expected to detect complex scams pressuring them to transfer money immediately, or lookalike bills from their solicitor or builder.”

The organisation said banks had invested in security systems to detect and prevent fraud where they were liable to reimburse the victim, but added: “There aren’t sufficient checks if someone is tricked into transferring money directly to another person’s account.”

Which? said it wanted the regulators to formally investigate the scale of bank transfer fraud and how much it was costing consumers, and propose new measures and greater liability for banks to ensure consumers are better protected.

The Payment Systems Regulator confirmed that it had received the supercomplaint and said it would examine the evidence Which? had supplied and gather its own, “to build a clearer picture of the issue and decide a course of action”.

Possible outcomes might include regulatory action, a review or a referral of the complaint to another body.

Group Holiday in Southbourne Dorset : Things to do in Moreton

Group Holiday in Southbourne Dorset Things to do in Moreton

Moreton is an attractive and character-filled village as many in Dorset are. However, it sets itself apart with a number of unusual associations of international reknown. Quiet, peaceful, off the beaten track, Moreton is a mixture of village styles – linear in part near the ford with a little thatched street, dispersed in other areas reflecting a time when occupants would have their own field patches to cultivate.

Essentially, Moreton centres on the large Georgian house, home to the Frampton family since at least the 14th century. Nearby, and close to the site of earlier Frampton houses, the village church and the thatched-roofed street form the recognisable part of the village and further afield lie the farms making up what Thomas Hardy described as the ‘vale of the great dairies’.

The old wooden village hall lies a quarter of a mile to the west of the street yet represents the centre of the dispersed part of the village. The village hall and two Nissen huts (one in a farm yard, another in a field) are the last remnants of the locally billetted US Army stationed here and elsewhere in preparation for the invasion of mainland Europe on D Day.

Dorset is full of lovely villages similar to Moreton. However, various elements of Moreton set it apart – the amazing windows in St Nicholas’ and St Magnus’ Church; the longest ford in the south of England; the grave of Lawrence of Arabia and the seat of James Frampton who, as High Sherriff of Dorset (and also the landlord) arrested the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

The St Nicholas’ and St Magnus’ Church windows are engraved or etched glass – the original standard stained glass was destroyed (as was half the church) by a stray bomb from a German WW2 aircraft. Over the next three decades local fundraising and donations allowed the church to become the most complete work of the famous Laurence Whistler. A visit to this lovely bright and peaceful church is a must.

T.E.Lawrence was stationed at nearby Bovington and rented (then bought) his cottage, Clouds Hill, from his cousins the Framptons. They were the landlords of Moreton Estate. On his untimely death his mother, who was abroad at the time, asked the Framptons if Lawrence could be buried in the graveyard. This request was granted and photographs in the village tearooms show the great and the good attending his funeral. These include Sir Winston and Lady Churchill and Seigfried Sassoon, as well as the choir boys from the village school (now the tearooms). His gravestone lies not at the church itself but in the removed churchyard near the garden centre. The portico structure marking the churchyard has moved from its original location opposite the tearooms. Lawrence’s grave is under the Cypress tree at the far end of the churchyard.

Geology has blessed the village with what must be one of the longest fords in the country – at least 70 yards across, frequently traversed by horses heading off into the forestry to the north. The ford is paired with a narrow footbridge and is another tranquil spot for the visitor to enjoy.

The association with the Tolpuddle Martyrs is less well known, though in his time sherrif James Frampton was widely linked to what became an internationally renowned incident. While it is generally acknowledged that the Martyrs were treated badly, it is less well understood that Frampton’s actions were a product of his youth. He is held to have been one of the pimpernels liberating the French aristocracy from the guillotine and he saw the barn burning, rioting and destruction of agricultural machinery as a deeper threat. Most of the Martyrs returned and it is interesting to note that the descendants of both the Martyrs and Framptons are still to be found in Moreton and Tolpuddle!