Jim’s WebLetter for 6/3/11

Hi-ya JWL readers!

Cyber attacks are happening at an alarming rate right now. Just this week I received an email allegedly from YouTube telling me my inbox was full on my account and that I needed to log in using the link supplied to view it. Guess what … it was a Phishing email trying to get my information. How did I know? Here’s a trick … if you simply mouse over the link, look down to the bottom corner of the Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser your are using and notice that the real link shows up for you to see. If it’s not the same link that your mousing over or the link looks suspicious, it’s probably bogus. The best thing to do is reach up and click on “SPAM” and delete the email. Don’t click on the link and follow it. If you know the link to the site you own, as in my case with YouTube, type in the address or go to your bookmarks and click that link. This is how we keep from getting our information stolen, or have viruses penetrate our computer systems.

Speaking of cyber attacks, Sony was hit again (third time for them), also Google reported that a number of Gmail accounts were invaded. Most of this can be written off as operator carelessness. But this isn’t to say that there are some clever people making things happen on the Web. Sophisticated software is being written and used to break passwords and get into otherwise secure accounts. The best thing you can do is to be careful of opening suspicious emails and change your passwords frequently making those passwords with letters, numbers and punctuation marks. Some companies now require it.

Video streaming services are popping up with more big names attached. Who’s joining the group of video viewers that includes the likes of Netflix, YouTube and Hulu? Disney. CEO Bob Iger says the video streaming site will be up within a year. Iger also was quoted as saying that he believes tablets and smartphones are going to revolutionize the media business. Don’t be surprised as Disney releases more social games as well as video content with their new site. http://allthingsd.com/20110602/disneys-iger-at-d9-new-disney-com-streaming-site-to-launch-in-the-next-year/

I have a new client who needs to get organized. You probably know someone in the same situation. I told him about Google. Most people know that Google is a search engine and that they also have email. Some know that they also have a calendar, and a place to create and store documents. But how do you tie all this in together and get organized? I turned to a well-known institution of information for businesses … Inc Magazine online. Inc has an article designed to educate and give you step by step on setting up and using Google products to benefit your business. Here’s the link … http://www.inc.com/guides/201105/getting-your-business-organized-with-google.html

YouTube has added Creative Commons, which features loads of clips you can use, to their YouTube Video Editor. If you’re already shooting and editing video, even home movies, consider working with their online editor. Here’s the article about using Creative Commons … http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2011/06/youtube-and-creative-commons-raising.html

The first-time father, beside himself with excitement over the birth of his son, was determined to do everything right.
“So, tell me, Nurse,” he asked as his new family headed out the hospital door, “what time should we wake the little guy in the morning?”
(thanks, Tony)
A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt uneasy, not knowing about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials.
“Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing,” she said.
“So would I,” replied the technician. “It’s a floor-cleaning machine.”
(thanks, Terry)
When Donna found out she was pregnant, she told the good news to anyone who would listen. But her 4-year-old son overheard some of his parents’ private conversations. One day when Donna and her 4-year-old were shopping a woman asked the little boy if he was excited about the new baby.
“Yes!” the 4-year-old said, “and I know what we are going to name it, too. If it’s a girl we’re going to call her Christina, and if it’s another boy we’re going to call it quits!”
(thanks, Jim & Carol)
So have a lovely weekend shooting and editing video, or learning to get organized, or just changing your passwords. And until next weekend, God bless you and keep you safe.

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