Online Security

"IE has a BIG Security Flaw"

The article I'm going to link to here was posted on September 17th.

Microsoft Corp warned a newly discovered bug in its Internet Explorer web browser makes PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers.

Since then, IE HAS come out with an upgrade that should fix the problem. If you use the Internet Explorer browser, and haven't downloaded and installed the newest IE browser, be sure to do it ASAP.

Full Article

We Need to Fix This

"When Online Friends Pass"

Many of us have worked online for years. And, over those years, we have managed to develop many lasting friendships with other online business people and our readers. Often, we even talk on the phone or using Skype.

Over time, because we all get older and/or stuff happens, people pass out of this life into the next. I've lost several friends over the 15 years I've been online.

My most recent loss was Ron Rink. He was highly intelligent, had led a fascinating life and was great fun. Ron could always make me laugh.

We had been good friends for years – and he leaves a great hole in my online life. I knew he was terminally ill for about a year, but that doesn't make things any easier.

He told me a few weeks ago that it looked like he was coming into the home stretch. Then … nothing. I had no way of knowing if he was too ill to write or if he had passed. I finally checked Google for an obituary – and found it.

Which brings me to the point ...

As mentioned before, I've lost many good friends online. If you work online, you most likely have the same situation of making close online friends. These friends are just as real as our off-line friends. And, I'm NOT talking about Facebook friends, here!

The problem is, I wonder if our families are aware that we care about people we work with online just as if we were in office building. Or, do they think our online friends aren't “real” people?

In only a couple of instances have I been notified by a good friend's family that they have left our world. I'm usually left knowing only that they have disappeared until I track it down, or “hear” about it, later.

Of course, I have no way of knowing how many people keep passwords on their computers. Maybe more than I think since I don't bother. But, barring a computer being “locked,” it would be easy enough to access a person's email list – or, even address book – and notify friends and business associates of a family member's passing. In fact, even looking through the email would turn up those who are closest to the deceased.

When we go, our family provides an obituary and lets off-line friends know about services for us. Why is it different with online friends?

I suggest that online business people simply don't always think to leave instructions with our families.

We should rectify that.

Different Option

"Spammers Get Green Light"

This was sent to me a couple of months ago and, somehow, got lost in the shuffle. It needs to be heeded by online web site owners, though!

Google has basically given spammers a green light to spam their competitors with backlinks.

Check it out here

"A Different Option"

I've been very unhappy with Google search results for quite some time, now. When I want information, I want the links returned to me that are helpful to ME rather than Google!

The reason people only bother to look at the first page of results with Google is that, by half way down the page, Google is giving you irrelevant links to your query!

But, last week, I stumbled upon a search engine I didn't know existed. Now, if I put in “Maltese Dogs,” I get pages and pages of web sites only about Maltese dogs.

We've gotten so used to Google, we think this is the way all search engines work. Not true! This one still works as SEs were intended to work.

Check it out! (Don't let the simplicity and silly name fool you.) I LOVE this thing!


DNSChanger Malware

"Internet Doomsday"

“July 9, 2012 might be "Internet doomsday" for PC and Mac users who haven't taken steps to make sure their systems are not infected with what's being called DNSChanger malware.

That's right: Your Internet connection may not work that day because the safety net now in place from the FBI against the malware will be removed then, and if your computer is infected, you won't be able to get to the Internet.”

Read the full article and find out how to check your computer:

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