April 24, 2014

Do you use Twitter? Sometimes fun things do happen.

going against the crowdTwitter. Ah twitter. Say it all in a  #hash tag in under a 130 characters. But say what? And say it to whom? I am still not sure what I am suppose to do with twitter.  I feel like a small fish in a very big sea. Sometimes though a fun thing happens, and you realize maybe the world is not so big and vast when it comes to people touching other people. 

I love Masterchef Australia, and then I started watching Masterchef UK season 9, and I just finished it last night. It was quite enjoyable.  The cooking was amazing. One of the contestants you could not help but like and root for is a talented young lady named Natalie Coleman. She is a lovely person, humble, hard working, sweet and close to her family. She feeds her Grandpa and Uncle, to help look after them and because she loves them. She tries out her recipes on her Grandpa. He must love that.  She is a creative and talented cook. She seemed to have things so well thought out. I thought it must be her career in finance, she was so orderly and always made sense with her food. I wanted her to win. Also I love it when the girls win!

Natalie-Coleman_Wins Masterchef 2013So she won and I was excited for her and I looked her up online, and she is doing many things now like cooking shows and creating a cookbook with the other two finalists from her season. I found her twitter account and I congratulated her. Drop in the big bucket of the twitter ocean, right? She favorited my tweet and said, “Techno lovin’ foody! MasterChef Winner 2013  http://t.co/QXPxQrUDmg” Natalie Coleman @NatalieColeman1

I thought that was so cool. I just watched her win last night, ( she actually won last Dec, and had to keep it quiet until May of this year.)  and then I can just connect with her that easily? That kind of stuff is what makes social media fun, right?

Another fun thing I use the internet for all the time is finding songs I hear on programs with a piece of music I like.
In the Masterchef  UK penultimate season 9 episode they had this beautiful piano piece near the end that I had to find. It just gripped me.
Those of you who know me, know I am a search engine ninja. I can find just about any information you could ask for online. People, places, things and all things helpful…
One of the keys to finding obscure information online is to google it in many different ways. You can just drop in related words, or a question, or a sentence, or even if you only have one line of lyrics, it is amazing how fast you can find a song or piece of music with limited information.
In this case I asked the question, “what was the piano piece at the end of Masterchef UK episode 22″? It took me about 30 minutes to finally find a facebook group where one member posted the name of the piece and where the music could be found. Score! I love it when that happens.
I went straight to Amazon and bought it for 99 cents. How great is that? Talk about instant gratification, (delayed by the search, but all the sweeter for the hunt.)
 I do not personally use any of those song recognition apps like Shazam or Soundhound and there are more, but thank goodness other people do, because those apps seem to find quite a bit of music and then the users will post it. I sincerely thank all the people who leave the rest of us breadcrumbs online to find things. I try to pay that forward on websites when I know the answers.

Good karma right? Take a listen to the piece of music I found. It is called “Snow Falls” by Adam Burns.

Snow Falls

So my question of the day is, do you use twitter and how do you use it? Really use it. Because most people I meet and know, sign up try it out for awhile and then stop using it. I have my websites set up to auto post to twitter, facebook and linkedin when I publish a new post. I use a free program called twitterfeed. It is very simple to use, and you only need to spend about 30 minutes one time setting it up and then you never go back there again. This works for me, since I get stressed out trying to track everyone and things on the social media scene. I get a big case of the “overwhelms”.  Do you get that too when you work online?

There is so much to do online already. I have my work which is all web based and then to spend time tweeting and promoting myself is like the last block of a Jenga game that will topple me.  Do you have a fun story or cool connection you made because of twitter?

Leave your story in the comment section. Feel free to leave a link to your website or social media ID. It is fun to hear those stories and it takes some of the drudgery out of working online 24/7.
Reach for your dreams and they will reach for youWe all need to remember, life is short and we have to some fun in what we are trying to do, just like all those Masterchef contestants who inspire me to try new things and have fun in the kitchen. Seeing them reaching for their dreams, helps remind me to reach for mine too.

 

Fruit Spam using Instagram-Beware of links

Fruit Spam InstagramFruit spam?

Fruit spam.

If you’ve been noticing a strange rise of fruit-related pictures in your Instagram feed today, don’t worry. Your friends haven’t become (even more) obsessed with taking pictures of their healthy meals.

Well, you might want to worry a wee bit, because the pictures might be linked to a fruit-themed spam attack that’s slowly making its way around the popular photo-sharing service. It’s unclear just how said spammers are getting a hold of users’ login credentials, but the attack results in a number of pictures of fruit – of all things – being posted to a person’s Instagram account.

The text accompanying the pictures also includes a Bitly hyperlink – clicked on more than 35,000 times as of this article’s writing – that takes users to a fake BBC page promoting weight-loss coffee.

“Ever seen this stuff? I guess its super healthy, im giving it a try. I saw it on Dr Oz’s show! Link is in my bio #lovemyfollowers #health,” reads an example of one spammy photo’s description.

To its credit, Bitly is now throwing up a giant warning message for users attempting to click through to the aforementioned link. It’s possible the fake BBC site could just be a follow-through for the spam attack that attempts to pull money (and credit card credentials) from users foolish enough to place an order for the coffee, but there could also be some kind of method for pulling a user’s login credentials hosted on the itself. That’s the part we remain a bit in the dark on – how spammers get one’s credentials in the first place and load up one’s account with the fruity photos (in addition to changing a user’s bio to reference said fake BBC page).

Read More Here.

Fruit Spam InstagramInstagram Suffers Weird, Fruit-based Flood of Spam

Update 12:59 PT: An Instagram spokeswoman responded to our request for comment with the following: “Earlier today a small portion of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were posted from their accounts. Our security and spam team quickly took actions to secure the accounts involved, and the posted photos are being deleted.”

Anecdotally, it’s happened to multiple tech-savvy users in AllThingsD staffers’ feeds, including at least one Facebook employee. Om Malik over at GigaOm is also seeing similar activity in his own feed.

Instagram seems to be auto-recognizing some of this suspicious activity. One affected user I spoke to told me that Instagram sent him a standard password reset email shortly after he noticed the errant activity, and he was automatically logged out of the service. He changed his password and seems to be fine right now.

Something odd though perhaps unrelated: Twitter also saw a surge in spam earlier in the week, also focused on odd diet programs and suggestions. Related? Maybe, maybe not.

Still waiting for Facebook to explain exactly what’s going on. We’ll update when we hear back.

Meanwhile, look on the bright side: At least the spammers left our latte pics alone.

Read full article here.

If you are an Instagram user, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen quite a few photos of fruit appearing in your stream recently, along with messages extolling a miracle fruit diet. Spammers are posting the photos to a user’s profile, as well as changing the URL in that person’s bio.

The scale of this seems to be pretty large. The link (which has been generated through bit.ly for some users) takes you to a fake BBC page and is getting a lot of attention. The stats for that bit.ly link are shown in the graphic below, with more than 30,000 clicks so far. It appears to be one of the first large-scale spam attacks to hit Instagram, a service that has grown exponentially over the past year. The service, which just launched video two weeks ago, now gets 130 million active users per month.

Read Full Article here:

How to safely check “view source” on fake email

How to safely check your email, called “view source” video.

Fake Email, Email Scams, Email Viruses and Malware.

Every day I get some very bad and dangerous email in my inbox. I run so many websites and have over 10 business email addresses, so between all of those I get quite the variety of fraudulent email.
I have been teaching about email and Internet Safety since 1999.

Did you know there is a way you can look at your questionable email safely?

Many of the latest fraud emails say they are from Payment locations, such as your bank, or PayPal, or it may say you missed a UPS or Fed Ex delivery ,or a bill is due, or the bank needs you to click something to confirm, or even a fake, “you have been paid” email. The go to great lengths to look as real as possible and use enticing subject lines.

There are so many fraud scams and fake emails it is overwhelming and very easy to be fooled. Here is a breakdown of one such email I recently got in my inbox.

Subject Line: Completed: Please DocuSign this document: Confidential Company Agreement 2013..pdf and it showed the email coming from me to myself!

 

This one spoofs your own email address and says it comes from yourself.
Big warning lights went off for me when I saw that PDF attachment.

I googled Docusign and quickly found that is aware of this fake email and has a full warning on their website.

http://www.docusign.com/spam

 

Another set of fake emails I have been viewing message source,  and getting lots of virus emails from lately is“securebank.com”

Secure Bank does not seem to be a real bank and the website has a warning about these emails here.

http://www.securebank.com/

When you view source and see an address in the fake email, you can copy and paste it and go there to check.

Most of the major companies and banks will also have warnings about these emails on their site. If ever in doubt call or google the company and the subject line from the email and you will immediately see all the fraud warnings in the search engines and on the websites they supposedly came from.

Be sure you have good anti virus software installed on your computer first, just in case the website is infected too.
I use Avast the free version for over 12 years now and it is the best. It has protected all my computers.
I have a teenager who goes to a many web sites that hackers love to infect. Sites that offer things like free screensavers and free downloads,  so my computers get put through the acid test for safety.
I highly recommend Avast the free version. Many a time their warning system has saved us from disaster. They also warn you about your emails.
You can get it here: Avast Free Download Page

Below I have the text version of how to check your emails safely, which is “view source”.

For video directions, view YouTube Video I made here.
Best viewed in full screen mode.

 

How to view Email Headers in the major email programs.

Outlook 2011

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Ctrl+Click (or right-click with a two-button mouse) on the message from the message list.
  3. Select View Source.

Full headers will appear in a new TextEdit document.

Outlook 2010

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Open the email message in a new window.
  3. Click on the File tab from the menu bar and choose Properties.

Full headers will appear in the box within the properties window.

Mac Mail

  1. Open Mac Mail.
  2. Click on the message you would like to view headers for.
  3. Go to the View menu.
  4. Select Message, then Long Headers.

The full headers will appear in the window below your inbox.

 

Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. Open Thunderbird.
  2. Click on the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. Click the View menu, and select Message Source.

The full headers will appear in a new window.

Gmail

  1. Log in to Gmail.
  2. Open the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. Click the down arrow next to Reply, at the top of the message pane.
  4. Select Show Original.

The full headers will appear in a new window.

 

AOL

  1. Log in to your AOL account.
  2. Open the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. In the Action menu, select View Message Source.

The full headers will appear in a new window.

Yahoo! Mail

  1. Log in to your Yahoo! Mail account.
  2. Select the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. Click the Actions dropdown and select View Full Headers.

The full headers will appear in a new window.

 

Before you open any of those suspicious emails be sure to:

  1. Do not click open the email.
  2. View Message Source instead. You cannot get infected or have a problem this way, but you can still read the message safely.
  3. Do not open any attachments or download anything from a suspicious email
  4. Google the subject in the email and see what comes up
  5. If still in doubt, never ever click any links and CALL your bank or the place the email says it is coming from.

 

A good source to check scams and hoaxes is this website:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

When it comes to frauds and scams the Internet is a great resource to learn about what is happening.
It only takes a minute and it will save you from being infected, scammed or ripped off.

 

 

Email Scams, Fake Email, How to check it video

Email Safety tips and scamsFake Email, Email Scams, Email Viruses.

Every day I get some very bad and dangerous email in my inbox. I run so many websites and have about 10 business email addresses, so between all of those I get quite the variety of fraudulent email. I have been teaching about this since 1999. I am going to start documenting on this post the email I get when I see a new scam, and help others avoid getting a virus, or getting scammed. There is so much of it, I am just going to start with today’s inbox.

Did you know there is a way you can look at your questionable email safely? I made a video on how to do that. Best viewed in full screen mode.

Update 6/13

Fake “you have been tagged notifications” from Facebook.

Beware of fake Facebook Tag notifications

Be wary of fake emails claiming to be from Facebook saying that you have been tagged in a photograph [18 July 2012]

If you click on the link within the email, you are not taken immediately to the real Facebook website but instead taken to a site designed to infect your computer with malware. 

Within four seconds of clicking on the link your website browser is redirected to a Facebook page of a presumably entirely innocent individual.

If you look closely the email comes from a misspelt URL,mailto:notification@faceboook.com

The email reads as follows;

Subject: Christine McLain Gibs tagged a photo of you on Facebook

Hi,

“Christine McLain Gibs” has added a photo of you 

 [See Photo] [See All Notifications]

Security on Facebook

Never click on links you can’t verify and always check to see if the spelling is correct.
_____________________________________________________________

Fake and Dangerous Docusign email. Has a virus in the attachment.

Update: 2/6/13 Fake Linkedin email! It said join my network and looked like a regular linkedin email.I clicked it to see who this person was , and bells went off on my computer, (Avast, best free protection EVER!)
and it closed the site and told me I just dodged a bullet and that that site was a vicious virus interjection website.
Whew. Scary!
So I went back and did the “view message source and guess what kids? It was not legit.
Well it fooled me, and I know what I am doing. That is how good these guys are, they are figuring out new ways 24/7 to get us and infect our computers! The majority of these guys operate out of Russia, Romania, Nigeria and Belgium.

This is what it looked like:
how to protect yourself from fake email

This is another fake email making the rounds right now.

Subject Line: Completed: Please DocuSign this document : Confidential Company Agreement 2013..pdf

This one spoofs your own email address and says it comes from yourself!
Docusign is aware of it and has a full warning on their website.

http://www.docusign.com/spam

I have been viewing message source and getting lots of virus emails from “securebank.com”

Secure Bank does not seem to be a real bank and the website has a warning about these emails here.

http://www.securebank.com/

When you view source and see an address in the fake email, you can copy and paste it and go there to check.

Be sure you have good anti virus software installed on your computer first, just in case the website is infected too.
I use Avast the free version for over 12 years now and it is the bomb! It has protected all my computers.
And I have a teenager who goes to a bunch of sites that hackers love to infect, like free screensavers and free downloads, so
I highly recommend Avast the free version.
You can get it here: Avast Free Download Page

How to view Email Headers in the major email programs.

Outlook 2011

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Ctrl+Click (or right-click with a two-button mouse) on the message from the message list.
  3. Select View Source.

Full headers will appear in a new TextEdit document.

Outlook 2010

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Open the email message in a new window.
  3. Click on the File tab from the menu bar and choose Properties.

Full headers will appear in the box within the properties window.

Mac Mail

  1. Open Mac Mail.
  2. Click on the message you would like to view headers for.
  3. Go to the View menu.
  4. Select Message, then Long Headers.

The full headers will appear in the window below your inbox.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. Open Thunderbird.
  2. Click on the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. Click the View menu, and select Message Source.

The full headers will appear in a new window.

Gmail

  1. Log in to Gmail.
  2. Open the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. Click the down arrow next to Reply, at the top of the message pane.
  4. Select Show Original.

The full headers will appear in a new window.

 

AOL

  1. Log in to your AOL account.
  2. Open the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. In the Action menu, select View Message Source.

The full headers will appear in a new window.

Yahoo! Mail

  1. Log in to your Yahoo! Mail account.
  2. Select the message you’d like to view headers for.
  3. Click the Actions dropdown and select View Full Headers.

The full headers will appear in a new window.

Before you open any of those suspicious emails be sure to:

  1. Do not click open the email.
  2. View Message Source instead. You cannot get infected or have a problem this way, but you can still read the message safely.
  3. Do not open any attachments or download anything from a suspicious email
  4. Google the subject in the email and see what comes up
  5. If still in doubt, never ever click any links and CALL your bank or the place the email says it is coming from.

A good source to check scams and hoaxes is this website:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

When it comes to frauds and scams the Internet is a great resource to learn about what is happening.
It only takes a minute and it will save you from being infected, scammed or ripped off.

WordPress Bootcamp-still have some openings for Oct 13 at Stanford!

WordPress Bootcamp Learn WordPress live

If any of you live in the area and want to learn about WordPress or brush up on your current skills. Join me at my WordPress Bootcamp tomorrow at Stanford.  I am offering any CWC members a special deal. Just click here:
http://wordpressbootcamp.net/welcome-cwc-writers-special-offer/

All others, please click here:

Oct 13th, 2012-Stanford University, Ca

For all you East Bay people join me Nov 10th at the beautiful Mills College Campus in Oakland.

Class is from 9-12 with an Q&A session afterwards.

Here is what we cover in our WordPress BootCamp.

1. Logging In

Several ways to login, and how to get to the dashboard.

2. The Dashboard Part One

Media, Links, Pages, Posts, Comments.

3. Themes and Menus

Custom Themes, Upgrade, Use free themes, search themes by color or layout.

4. Custom Menu Section, Parent and Child Pages Explained

How to set up a custom menu, and what are parent and child pages?

Setting up a custom menu, and what is a parent and child page?

5. General Settings Dashboard | User Section

6. General Settings Dashboard | Writing | Reading | Discussion

7. How to create and publish a Post or a Page

8. Adding tags or keywords and categories|SEO tools and how to use a great SEO plugin

9. Working with Images Part One

10. Working with Images Part Two |Slideshows and Gallery

Included in this course is a follow up video course, which covers all the above in videos.

 WordPress Bootcamp

Oct 13th, 2012-Stanford University, Ca

Nov 10th, 2012- Mills College, Oakland

Self Publishing Bootcamp/Both Classes

Oct 13th, 2012-Stanford University, Ca

Nov 10th, 2012- Mills College, Oakland


Did your web design company or person leave you hanging?


I often get new business from very frustrated website owners who have basically been abandoned by the person or company they hired to help then with their website. Sometimes their websites are half finished on a test site and the person seems to have mysteriously disappeared or stopped answering their phone.

 

Other larger companies who offer website design, farm out the work, and slap the site up, but give no help or direction to the poor website owner.
Often the reason for this is they are not actually doing the work themselves.
I recently had a client who came to me with that  very situation. Their website was up, but it had no keywords, tags, or any kind of the most basic SEO done. The client was more than willing to do it themselves, but the company insisted she needed to pay their “SEO dept”, once again most likely contracted out, or farmed out for the help. I have always cautioned clients about paying for SEO services. It is an area full of people who failed at other get rich quick schemes.  Remember a few years ago when you would get all those invites in the mail for “free dinners” at a hotel, and it was about getting rich quick in some kind of real estate venure? Well those are often the types I run into that decided to become “SEO Experts”.

The problem with many of these type of website related services and web designers and website companies themselves, is there is nothing required to stick up a website and call yourself an expert.
This is why I tell you, check references, check the work they have done before and beware!

People that are good at what I do,( build Websites and use and teach WordPress),  and other things like SEO, are very transparent. They use their real names, they have real clients whose websites you can look at and check their traffic and website rankings and the best ones have a great blog that offer tons of free help and information so you can help yourself.
Here are a few quick tools that can help you check on other sites and see how they are doing, or check your own website out.

Google Page Rank Tool:

Check Page Rank of your Web site pages instantly:



This page rank checking tool is powered by Page Rank Checker service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever wonder how many of your website pages are actually indexed on Google and in the search engines?

To check this out all your have to do it enter:
site:yourwebsiteurl.com
So for instance for me to check out this site I would go to google search and enter
site:askmepc-webdesign.com
This shows me all the pages on google that I have indexed, which is around 230 pages.
Another fun tool you can only use on Firefox is the SEObook tool for the toolbar.
This is real SEO website, with training and a proven track record.
With one click you can see what I have below in the image for any website.
This will help you know your competition and also check out fraudulant companies and so called SEO and Web Designers/WordPress designers.

Seo tool for toolbar seobook

If you have been left hanging, or just need some help with your WordPress Website, or to convert and HTML website to WordPress, or WordPress training, please feel free to contact me for a free consult to discuss your needs.
You can see my testimonials here, with real people, first and last names and websites that are still up and running!
If you need a website, please fill out my pre-planning sheet here. 

I will never leave you hanging out there alone in cyberspace.
When you need help, I am a phone call or email away!

 

Video of saving a whale from fishermans net. Are whales intelligent like humans?

Freeing humpback whale from fishermens nettingI went out to dinner with two of my friends, Elisa Southard, (author of “Break Through the Noise“) and Barbara Santos, (author of “Practice Aloha: Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style” ). We had a grand old time.

We were celebrating Barbara’s birthday, (Happy Birthday Barb!), and Elisa asked us if we had seen the video of these people who work with the Great Whale Conservatory, saving a whale, and she emailed it to us. I got a kick out of the fact that as we were talking, Elisa could get on her Android phone  and email us a link, and look things up, like books we were discussing and other things in conversation. This is how modern life has evolved with technology today.

The video is amazing and I just had to share it with you. It made me cry when they cut the humpback whale free from all these yards of netting it had gotten terribly tangled in and the whale was near death. It seemed to know they were helping it, and once free it put on a heck of show for them which seemed like a thank you to me and to them.

This made me wonder, do whales have higher intelligence? I googled the question and found this:

“Whales boast the brain cells that ‘make us human”

Whales may share our kind of intelligence, researchers say after discovering brain cells previously found only in humans and other primates.

They were touted as the brain cells that set humans and the other great apes apart from all other mammals. Now it has been discovered that some whales also have spindle neurons – specialised brain cells that are involved in processing emotions and helping us interact socially.

Spindle cells, named after their long, spindle-shaped bodies, are the cells that are credited with allowing us to feel love and to suffer emotionally. Their discovery in whales will stimulate debate both on the level of whale intelligence and on the ethics of hunting them.

The cells occur in parts of the human brain that are thought to be responsible for our social organisation, empathy, speech, intuition about the feelings of others, and rapid “gut” reactions.

Click here to read full article from NEW SCIENTIST

Amazing stuff! Watch the video below.