Jim’s WebLetter for 4/12/14


Maybe the biggest story to hit the internet this week is the result of the internet being hit. The result of some one or some internet group thinking that all was safe and secure when using SSL documents on an Open Source program. What does that all mean? Simply this … You can’t go free or even cheap when providing security for users connected to the internet.

For years we have been told that if you visit a website whose address begins with HTTPS, we were on a secure website. Now we find that “ain’t necessarily the case”. Some two-thirds of the World Wide Web has been powered on a system that may have been hacked over the past two years by a virus called Heartbleed, and no one knew. Now everyone is scrambling to secure themselves. Big names like Google, Yahoo, and Amazon dot com have worked around the clock and spent a ton to tells us they are fixing, or have fixed the issue. http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/8/5594266/how-heartbleed-broke-the-internet

What does this mean to you? In order to be safe, or at least feel safe, it’s best you go to each account you have and change your password. That includes, email, Facebook, Twitter, your online bank account … All of them. But only do it AFTER they have updated their system.

To be fair, not every online system was affected, and those places are considered safe. But when it comes to online banking, for instance, “an ounce of prevention”, as they say. Forbes Magazine has a story with links to a place to check out websites you normally visit that require signing in or registration of some kind … http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrymagid/2014/04/09/test-for-heartbleed-vulnerability-and-advice-on-changing-passwords/

I remember writing in 2012 that forecasters were predicting 2013 would be the year for security. As a result, antivirus and anti malware programs have been crowding the Web trying to convince you that they can provide a margin of safety while you surf. A new list came down from Techradar recently which gives a synopsis of the leading software available today. Mike Williams of TR keeps it short and sweet while giving you the reasons to try each of the leaders. For me on my PC, it’s Avast. See what you think … http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/applications/best-free-antivirus-9-reviewed-and-rated-1057786?src=rss&attr=all

For some time I have written about Google Now, the search feature that is becoming more intelligent the longer it exists. On your mobile device it can be spoken to and it will respond in kind. Now Google Now is preparing to release its newest features including car assist. When you park your car, it will remember where you left it and show you where to find it. As it continues to evolve, future events will include reminding you to pay bills and what things might be of interest to you. http://bgr.com/2014/04/09/google-now-where-you-parked-card/

There are so many things happening on the Web, I don’t have time to write about them. But it do post them in my WebLetter Magazine. It’s available right now at http://web.jimonline.com
And if you own a tablet computer or are thinking of purchasing, check out iTab, the magazine for tablets and their owners … http://iTab.jimonline.com. When it comes up, click the arrow key on the right to turn the pages. Then click the image or title to bring up the story. Enjoy!

A man died and went to The Judgment, they told him , “Before you meet with God, I should tell you — we’ve looked over your life, and to be honest you really didn’t do anything particularly good or bad. We’re not really sure what to do with you. Can you tell us anything you did that can help us make a decision?” The newly arrived soul thought for a moment and replied, “Yeah, once I was driving along and came upon a person who was being harassed by a group of thugs. So I pulled over, got out a bat, and went up to the leader of the thugs. He was a big, muscular guy with a ring pierced through his lip. Well, I tore the ring out of his lip, and told him he and his gang had better stop bothering this guy or they would have to deal with me!” “Wow that’s impressive, “When did this happen?” “About three minutes ago,” came the reply.
(Thanks, Tonya)
A boy asks his father, “Dad, are bugs good to eat?”
“That’s disgusting — don’t talk about things like that over dinner,” the dad replies.
After dinner the father asks, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?”
“Oh, nothing,” the boy says. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.”
(Thanks, Ted)
Have a great weekend friends and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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