6 Tips to Help Make Cyper-Monday or Any Day a Safer Buying Adventure

Online shopping during the holidays is a convenient, green, inexpensive way to share the joy of the season. Cyber Monday is typically one busiest online spending days of the year. But as you gear up for the holidays don’t forget to take simple precautions to keep your credit card, banking and identity information safe.

ProtectMyID  has a few simply but very important steps to take to protect your identity online this holiday season:

1.   Never Shop on a Public Wi-Fi Connection – Although you may trust the baristas at your local coffee shop, you can’t always trust the person sitting next to you. Hackers can easily tap into Wi-Fi connections at public hot spots to steal your identity information. This can be especially dangerous when you are making purchases with your credit card on unsecured connections. Options: surf at home or set up Internet Tethering between your smartphone and laptop or tablet so that you are always surfing on an encrypted connect.

2.  Monitor Your Accounts – While you are doing a lot of shopping – online and in the store – it is good to keep an eye on your bank and credit card accounts. Match your receipts up to your statement to make sure that they are correct and there are no fraudulent charges. Keep an eye out for small charges, sometimes that is how crooks test to make sure they have a good card. For convenience, set up credit card account alerts that automatically email or text you every time you make a purchase. It makes detecting fraud a snap.

3.   Only Shop on Trusted Websites – Don’t just let the search engine pick the site for you, make sure you are using a trusted and well-known website. Type in the direct web address for the stores you are familiar with, and don’t shop on price alone.

4.   Read the Reviews – When shopping online for gifts this season, read the reviews of the actual seller, if available. While the site may be credited with security, purchasers may have had problems in the past that you want to know about before you buy from them.

5.   Look for Signs Shopping Sites are Protecting Your Data – On the web page where you enter your credit card or other personal information, look for an “s” after http in the Web address of that page and a secured padlock (https://). Encryption is a security measure that scrambles data as it travels through the Internet.

6.   Keep Your Web Browser Updated – The latest versions of the most popular browsers (FireFox, Safari, Internet Explorer) provide another layer of protection with web sites that use Extended Validation (EV) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates. The address bar turns green and has both https and the closed padlock. Make sure that when your computer is asking you to update your software you don’t ignore the requests.

Remember, the faster you detect identity theft, the easier it is to clean it up. Always be aware of what is on your credit report and your bank statements, as crooks rely on our lackadaisical attitude to continue their crooked ways.

I Was Almost Conned By This Guy

It was a restless night. Just too much on my mind. We left the TV on and I woke up to hear Kevin Trudeau talking on an info-commercial about how you can get FREE money from the government.

Well, I have heard that from Lesko but never got the book. And, I thought, in my foggy thinking, this guy is saying that the other guys book was not the way to go. He is saying that he gives less pages and just the right info.

I continued thinking, “I really could use FREE money”. My mind drifted to bills, goals that needed money, people that needed money, and I drifted back to sleep. Oh, I did not go to sleep until I wrote his number down on my bed stand.

Later that day, I looked and the number and was about to grab my credit card. Then I stopped. I said, “Rosie, you know better, check this guy and his offer out first.”  So, I did a search on google with his name and the word “scam” in the search.

Wow, there was enough there to make me laugh at how I almost gave this guy FREE  money. Some complained about paying large amounts for shipping. So, here is a post I just read so you can decide for yourself before listening to your impulses like I almost did.

Read this article about this famous info-commercial expert.

Now, if only we practice the technique but add truth to it that would be a good thing. What do you think? Is this article wrong? Did you buy the book and benefit from it? Are his critics just player haters? I do want to be fair because I never put money out to get the book.

Boomer Inventory Challenge-Week 2 in My Online Attic

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Baby Boomer Inventory Challenge

Leaving one of my hosts

I have decided to leave one of my hosts. I will be making the call to the new location  I have already started the move by pointing the domain names to Sedo where I am selling them. With Sedo, as soon as I get an offer I can place them into auction.

That task should be done before my next report.

Gabcast

Our very first taste of audio came via this site.  This site was in it’s early stages but provided free audio code to paste in your site. Now, I really did not know how to do that at all then. But listen to this greeting.

You can hear it blast at Blogging For Boomers, Ray has such a nice voice.

Radio.Userland is shutting down in December 2009.

I had this site listed in my notes. It provides a blogging platform and hosting solution. They were around a long time and they remind me of baby boomerism. They appeared to be very good and offered a good solution for many folks. I never used it but here is their announcement:

Radio UserLand service closing

UserLand has decided to close the Radio UserLand and Salon Radio services as of December 31, 2009.

You can continue to use your Radio weblog hosted with UserLand until the end of the year.

If you plan on continuing to use Radio to publish your blog, we would recommend that you look for an alternative web host if your weblog is being published to a UserLand server. You can use the FTP option [1] in Radio to publish to your own server.

The closure of Radio will also mean that the UserLand-hosted comments, trackbacks and stats tracking will be unavailable after the shutdown date.

If you have any questions, please send them to customerservice@userland.com

Tech Smith

Tech Smith are the makers of the wonderful video  and screen capture software,  Camtasia and Snagit. Now, I have both and discovered my user to user forumn login information. Ah, time to make a visit.

Words Can Hurt or Heal

I found the publishing ftp information for this one page site I have not visited since I was thin. Shame on me. It needs a complete overhaul. But I do need to do something before my customer service workshop next month. If I have enough, I am passing out the really cool cards with the powerful words. I am committed to helping to eliminate verbal abuse. I will get back on that road again with the re hauling of this site.

I once had a blog up called Words Blog but it was on the wrong host and needs to be restored. Wow, this trip to my online attic is bringing powerful reminders to flames of passion that are growing dim.

Finally…

Some of you remember reading our journal posts about the making of the story book DVD called, Crumbsnatcher Gets A New Name.

Well, we also installed a blog called Crumbsnatcher. But you could really call the blog DYFS for blog neglect. This week, actually yesterday, a post was made on this site. Not only that but Crumbsnatcher is now on Twitter. Those who know the story realize that this bird, who lived in birdtown, went through some stuff and had his name changed by me mother , Ms. Sarah, to Mighty Care Finch. Any way you can follow Mighty Care aka Crumbsnatcher on Twitter.

Have you done any work this week in your online attic?

Star Trek, Baby Boomers and New Exploration

For many of us blogging for the first time was a true trip into space. Now I am asking folks to join me in another adventure. That is exploring Google Labs.

Think about it you won’t even have to leave home. We will have food, exercise and every thing you need right on board.

The star ship is leaving tonight so get on board and check out the Google Labs