What is the Real Cost of Computer Viruses? [Infographic]

Getting a virus or piece of spyware on your computer can be downright annoying. If you’re lucky, it’s easy to fix, or your software of choice catches it before it gets out of hand. If you’re not so lucky, you’re probably one of the 16 million Americans who have had a “serious” vulnerability in the last two years.

Although you already know viruses and computer worms are a bother, what you may not know is just what they cost US households and workplaces each year. Today, we’re taking a closer look at what Americans spend on virus protection and removal, and what these vulnerabilities really cost in lost money, time, and labor. We’re also looking back at the five most expensive computer vulnerabilities of all time, and the financial impact they had not just on the US, but the world as a whole.

Keep reading to check out the infographic!

Watch the Internet in Real Time [Infographic]

The amount of data that is transmitted in a single second online is simply staggering. Currently, 24,000 gigabytes are uploaded to the Internet each and every second. However, according to a report from Cisco, we could expect to see this number climb higher very soon. By 2016, the amount of monthly Internet data is forecasted to reach 91 exabytes (or 100 billion gigabytes). Wow.

At WebFX, we’re fascinated with the Internet and everything in it. That’s why we decided to put together an infographic showing what happens each second on some of your favorite services, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pandora, reddit, and Yelp. Click here to watch the Internet in real time now!

Why No One’s Reading Most of Your Content (And How to Fix the Problem)

Between 2000 and 2013, the average attention span of a human being dropped from 12 seconds to 8. According to the same study, a typical office worker checks his or her email around 30 times per hour, while KPCB’s 2013 Internet trends report says that the average person checks their phone around 150 times per day.

Considering all these factors, why would it be any surprise that 17% of all pageviews on the Internet last 4 seconds or less? Competition for attention is fierce. The moment you think you have time to read a piece of content, research a topic, or do something as simple as shop online, distractions come up.

6667753991_c958d50c63_zThese distractions are what drive up your website’s bounce rate, reduce the amount of time visitors spend on your website, and keep potential customers or leads from absorbing most — if not all — of the content you worked so hard to produce. Whether it’s the need to get to work on a different task or an interruption that causes a visitor to say “I’ll come back and finish this later,” your blog posts, articles, and other pages are often never read to completion because our attention is so hard to earn in this busy, digital age.

So, most of your content is never getting read, and you may be missing out on leads because of it. How can you combat this problem? Here’s a closer look at how much of your website visitors are actually reading, and a few ways you can fix the attention problem.

Interview: Jon Gordon, Author & Speaker

Our InterviewFX series continues! In this exclusive series, we offer you insights and tips from marketers, entrepreneurs, authors, and other notable industry experts. Today, we’re extremely excited to bring you an interview with Jon Gordon, one of our absolute favorite authors here at WebFX.

We don’t just read Jon’s books — we live them. His Wall Street Journal Bestseller The Energy Bus has become not only a must-read for our team members, but it’s also inspiration for how we work every day. We even have posters on the wall and flyers on our desks to remind us of Jon’s “10 Rules for the Ride of Your Life.”

WebFX Energy Bus Poster

The rules of The Energy Bus offer great advice, including getting rid of “Energy Vampires,” or people who suck the energy out of the room with complaining and negativity. Jon recently had a chance to talk with us about his No Complaining Rule, Energy Vampires, and the importance of getting everyone onto The Energy Bus.

Keep reading to check out what Jon has to say!

Interview: Marci Fox, Ph.D.

Our InterviewFX series continues! Today we’re sitting down with licensed psychologist Marci Fox, Ph.D., co-author of the book “Think Confident, Be Confident.”

Dr Fox’s book is a favorite of many team members of WebFX, and has helped us create the positive work environment that we’re famous for. We also recently featured it on our list of the 5 best productivity and positivity books. The book takes psychological look at how people can eliminate self-doubt to make them more productive workers and better people.

Check out what she had to say in this five question interview!

Famous Internet Firsts: Then & Now [Infographic]

In 1971, Ray Tomlinson sent the world’s first email, a message passed from one computer to another placed directly beside it. Now, just 43 years later, we send approximately 182.9 billion email messages each and every day.

Email is just one example of the kind of explosive growth experienced by the Internet and its features. Since its development in the late 20th century, the Internet has quickly evolved into a necessity for our daily lives; less than 20 years ago, Internet access was considered a luxury, and it certainly wasn’t fast, either.

In our graphical representation of the Internet, we explore a series of famous Internet firsts you may not have known about, including the first spam email, the first item purchased online, and some of the first social media updates. We’ll also show you where these famous firsts are today, and how they’ve grown over the years. Some of the statistics may surprise you!