Many of my friends use Gmail but don’t realize they are taking major risks with their personal data. A good friend almost lost $100,000 this week due to security issues. You must be vigilant about protecting your computer with virus scan software, anti-spam software, using secure passwords, not using public wifi spots, and keeping an eye open for anything that seems out of the ordinary. Please take 5 minutes RIGHT NOW to better secure your Gmail/Google account. Share this important info with your friends.
Google has just implemented a very cool new feature that allows you to see what an area looked like in previous years as seen by Google Street View. This is a fascinating way to really see how an area has grown or changed over several years. I have created some quick instructions to make this easy for you to try. Go to Google Maps – www.Google.com/maps Enter an address or street and go to Street View Click on clock symbol. If you don’t have a clock symbol – there are no previous versions of Street View for that address Click on the dots of the timeline to view previous versions of Google Street View for that area. Use your mouse to rotate the view on the screen.
JD Hancock via Compfight My family is constantly on the go and we don’t always have access to a power source. I have really enjoyed using the ZAGGsparq portable charger. You charge it up by plugging in to an A/C outlet and then you carry it with you. Any device that can be charged with a USB cable will work as long as you have the cable. My kids love to use it while we are out and about and I like knowing that I will never have a dead battery in my phone! Learn about the ZAGGsparq on their website. I purchased mine at an AT&T store.
With so much information traveling through computers, the internet, and our cell phones, we have to take steps to keep ourselves and our data safe. Here are 5 ways you can stay safe in a digital world. Free Virus Scan Software – Comodo Antivirus a. This is a full version of anti virus software b. Do not download if you are already running antivirus on your pc like Norton, Mcafee, AVG, etc.. Use strong passwords or a password keeper program a. Mixing letters, numbers, and symbols is a good idea b. Use minimum of 8 characters when possible c. Use a program like KeePass which requires you to only remember the master password Backup all of the files on your pc a. If your computer is lost or stolen you can recover your files b. Online solutions like Carbonite.com allow you to access your files via the web once they have been backedup (Use code TAR1 to get a 20% discount!) Subscribe to identity theft programs a. NAR recommends Identity Secure b. Another option – LifeLock c. A free option is AllClear ID Use common sense. The best protection is prevention. a. Don’t open suspicious looking emails. Delete them! b. Don’t click on links that claim you have won a jackpot c. Don’t provide your bank info, social security, or personal information via email
Friend Lists – Put your friends in “lists” to post status updates to the appropriate group. Posts can be restricted for viewing by specific friends. Account Settings – Review Account Settings & Privacy Settings. Your minimum privacy default should be “friends” but “custom” is better. Conversation – Facebook is only effective if you are having a conversation with someone else. Talking to yourself or “selling at” someone is not. Engagement – Think of Facebook like a cocktail party. You want to have discussions with other people in the room. Ask about them! Be Authentic – Even over the internet people can tell when you aren’t being authentic. Be yourself. Don’t try to be a perfect version of you. Over Sharing – Don’t post about every workout, pictures of every meal, political, religious, or controversial opinions! Keep it to yourself! Operate in a Vacuum – Don’t operate in a vacuum. People like to talk about themselves. Make it more about them! What value can you add for them? Kaleidoscope – Like a Kaleidoscope, Facebook is a dynamic environment. Be willing to share, change, grow, connect, and you will reap rewards.
Keep your whereabouts safe on Facebook by modifying your privacy settings. The default setting on Facebook allows other people to “tag” you and do a “check in” on your behalf. That means people could claim you are somewhere that you are not or attach your name to a photo without your approval. This has more implications than the obvious of people viewing unflattering photos of you. If someone checked you in at a restaurant, that information shows up on the News Feed on Facebook, someone else reads it and realizes that you are away from home, then they might vandalize your home. This actually happened to a friend of mine while we were out one night. She was “checked in” by another friend on Facebook and we she returned home a few hours later, her house had been ransacked. The vandals stole 4 laptops, all of her jewelry, and many irreplaceable items. Fortunately her teenage children were not home at the time but the emotional impact was devastating to her entire family. Don’t let friends “tag” you on Facebook unless you approve the “tag.” The following tutorial provides step by step information to change your privacy settings on your personal Facebook page. Once you modify this setting you friends may still “tag” you and check you in but you must “approve” the tag/check in for it to show up publicly on Facebook. If you don’t “approve” their post then it will not show up in the News Feed. Keep your activities private because posting […]