Twelve Easy Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Many people think the Internet is full of boogeymen waiting to jump them after every click.  I think this is why so many users have trouble with computers.  They don’t trust them.  They’re convinced that one mis-click will end Social Security, start a war with Brazil, and all things chocolate will turn into vanilla.

There’s a widely-held belief that computers have this much power.

The truth is, the Internet isn’t all that bad.  It’s actually the user that has all the power.  Part of the  perceived problem is caused by common sense (or the suspension of).   Something happens where a user’s inhibitions go out the window while they’re online.  It’s like their mouse is injecting tequila into their bloodstream, and after a while —   WOOHOO!!!  Anything goes!  I’ll tell anyone anything!

The other part of the perceived problem is complacency.  If you’re in your pajamas, in your office, or better yet — in your pajamas while in your office, you feel safe and secluded.  Nothing can reach you there.  You start getting lazy about update notices, stop reading things through before clicking on them…and then BAM!  You’re nailed.

Vigilance is the key.  There is no vacation from following safe practices.  Just follow these twelve steps and keep yourself out of trouble: Read more of this post

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Prevent Embarrassing Email Mistakes

We’ve all been there.  You create a lengthy email that mentions something personal about a fellow employee, relative, friend, roommate, …you name it… and the second you hit SEND you realize it went to the wrong address.  How about the time you emailed your tax information to your accountant and he never received it?  Then there’s the one about the client waiting for a contract to be sent over and you send an email titled “Here it is!” with nothing attached?

These types of mistakes can cause a lot of wasted time and confusion and it’s completely understandable.  There are quite a few steps to preparing an email, and all of them have to be accurate for success.  You have to deal with contacts, CC: and BCC: fields, signatures, spelling checks, choosing “Reply” or “Reply to All”, forwarding addresses…there’s bound to be a faux pas in there somewhere.  The secret to making sure email is getting to its recipient is following a list of best practices.  Oh look!  I just happen to have a handy list to share right here: Read more of this post

Bringing Tablets to the Table

I was at a local big-box electronics retailer the other day and noticed there is still a big deal being made about the iPad.  Adults were swiping their fingers across the screen saying “Well, this could be very handy around the house.”  Senior citizens were flipping it around saying “Geeze Louise!  Look at this hotsy-totsy thing-a-mabob!”  Teens were texting friends that were standing right next to them saying “OMG DAT IPAD’S BANGIN IT 2M2H! IWO!”

The first thing that came to mind:  apparently I am only capable of understanding people who fall within my own age group.

The second thing that came to mind:  The iPad has been available for over a year now, and yet there is not a single successful competitor to the product.  It’s not due to lack of attempts.  Motorola released the Xoom tablet  a few months ago, the Dell Streak is available, Samsung’s Galaxy series is in stores…and nobody is buying them.  Tablets will be the primary way we’ll be using the Internet within the next few years, but it seems that Apple is holding all the cards at this point and it’s holding up progress.  It’s not that Apple is doing this on purpose…it just so happens that they have a number of factors that are working in their favor at the moment. Read more of this post

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