Homestead Intuit Websites – Making The Switch Due To Malware Hack

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Unfortunately as I write this I am angry at having received an email from Google this morning telling me that our sister site HelpWriteResume.com has malware attached to it and therefore violated their ad policy, etc. Contacting Homestead is usually a long wait to try to chat, call them (which I refuse to do), and/or search the community forum for advice and others issue similarities. The hosting company has finally responded via a forum message and the waiting game is on.

How many small business owners lose money from events like these happening to their sites? I already see from the comments that some are hurting from the malware.  I know we are just small and sometimes home based companies compared to the big corporations with multi-level IT Dept’s who also get hacked.  But seriously, something should be done to protect our web real estate from the virtual vandalism that goes on.  I propose small business owners band together and find a hosting company that really cares about their customers website up-time.  I have a friend who I am speaking to now so I can transfer my domain out from Homestead.com but if anyone knows of other secure, reliable hosting companies that are affordable for small businesses I would appreciate it if you replied and shared it in the comments.  I am sure there are many others who had to totally rearrange their work day today to deal with this Homestead Security Breach.

If anyone else needs assistance transferring or cleaning up their websites feel free to reach out via the below contact form as most tech support work can be done remotely. As small business owners we are all in this together!

Thanks for reading, listening, and letting me vent on here.  Best of luck to all! -<Mill>

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Be Certain You Are Comfortable With The Entire Cost of FREE APPS – Facebook Messenger Especially

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Credit: Some entries from Sam Fiorella’s great 8/2/14 Huff Post Tech Article to which I’ve added some imagery to help stress to the public the urgency of this situation. At the very least I want everyone to know what they are doing. Don’t come crying to me when an identity thief, hacker, old boyfriend or the likes have enough info about you to ruin your life as you know it. By then it’s too late to undo the online collateral damage. Help Sam and I spread the word by sharing either of our articles,~Dr Mill Computer Wiz

“How much access to your (and your friends’) personal data are you prepared to share for access to free mobile apps? I suspect the amount is significantly less than that which you actually agreed to share when blindly accepting the Terms of Service.”

Facebook Messenger Free?

There is no such thing as free

Here’s a word for word summarized version of the permissions you grant Facebook:

  • ·Requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and, even more startling, direct control over your mobile device.
  • Opening the full application also requires more memory, bandwidth, and battery life.
  • Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.
  • Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.
  • Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.
  • Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.
  • Allows the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.
  • Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.
  • Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others.
  • Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
  • Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.
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NO SUCH THING AS FREE APPS                             Image Credit: AppFreakBlog

“no app is truly free. “Free” online apps are paid for by the provision of personal data such as name, location, browsing history, etc. In turn, mobile developers and social networks charge advertisers to serve up highly targeted ads to specific groups of people.” You have been warned.

Instead install ChatSecure App that easily imports all your Facebook Friends into the app also showing you if they’re online or not just like Messenger, except they encrypt your messages. You can download the app via their page at the above link. (Free & Open Source Secure Messaging for iPhone/Android)

-Mill Montejo a/k/a DrMillComputerWiz

The History and Future of Distance Education

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I’m a firm believer in education. Especially today when there are fewer jobs, and a tech skills shortage.  I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. The stats and figures and future predictions below make an information junkie like me very happy. Since education affects us all, from a student perspective, an educator, an employer, a job seeker, I thought I’d share this great infographic curated from an “innovator in lowering education costs via eLearning” – StraighterLine.com

However the available online free or fee based courses can differ widely so I wanted to include a guide for everyone to do their own research before settling on any one school for training themselves.  Here’s a link to help start your research:

http://www.skilledup.com/learn/programming/best-online-programming-courses-2013/

 

Words of Wisdom From Steve Jobs

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Words of Wisdom From Steve Jobs

Curated from:

 

1) “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” (Tweet this quote!)

2) “Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” (Tweet this quote!)

3) “You can’t con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.” (Tweet this quote!)

4) “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” (Tweet this quote!)

5) “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is better than two doubles.” (Tweet this quote!)

6) “The computer is the most remarkable tool we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” (Tweet this quote!)

7) “I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.” (Tweet this quote!)

8) “I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.” (Tweet this quote!)

9) “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” (Tweet this quote!)

10) “Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” (Tweet this quote!)

11) “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” (Tweet this quote!)

12) “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.” (Tweet this quote!)

13) “My model for business is The Beatles. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” (Tweet this quote!)

14) “I don’t really care about being right, I just care about success. I don’t mind being wrong, and I’ll admit that I’m wrong a lot. It doesn’t really matter to me too much. What matters to me is that we do the right thing.” (Tweet this quote!)

15) “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help make the big choices in life. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” (Tweet this quote!)

16) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” (Tweet this quote!)