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Jim’s WebLetter for 4/26/14



Two weeks ago we learned about the Heartbleed bug that has been used to hack through the supposed secure internet allowing people to gain information on businesses and it’s personnel. This week, AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, released an article containing steps you can do to protect yourself while online. When I first read it, I wanted to print it out and post it up where I work so others would take advantage of its clear and concise instruction. Folks, if ever there was a time to protect yourself while on the Web, it’s now. http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2014/protect-personal-online-data.html

Speaking of the Heartbleed bug, seems that several large companies including Google and Facebook are working together to ensure there won’t be another incident like that again. In an article from Mashable’s Christina Warren, the Core Infrastructure Initiative will be funded by each of no less than a dozen major corporations over the next three years as it provides security for the internet. When it was revealed that some of the SSL Open creators knew of a glitch but decided not to rush to fix it, the need to rush in and create this Initiative was paramount. http://mashable.com/2014/04/24/facebook-google-microsoft-join-forces-to-prevent-another-heartbleed/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss

While on the subject of protection, I came across an article this week on protection of your eyes. I have often said that I could live with diminished capacity or even loss of certain senses, but without my eyesight, I would be totally lost. Two years ago, while having a routine eye check, I learned I was developing Closed Angle Glaucoma – which can lead to blindness. I underwent laser surgery which corrected the problem. So, I am a big believer in eye protection. That said, check out this website article about taking care of your eyes.

Also newsworthy this week, Apple iPad and iPhone gets an IOS upgrade, Facebook is getting into banking, and Google Maps help you go back in time. These stories and more in the newest edition of WebLetter Magazine, available now at http://web.jimonline.com

Own a tablet computer? I enjoy and use mine everyday. iTab Magazine has info for tablets, and their owners. Read this week about how tablets help fight depression in senior citizens, and how kids Re in love with tablets – any tablet. http://iTab.jimonline.com

I noticed an elderly couple in a nearby booth in the restaurant enjoying each other’s company. They looked to be in their high-80’s.
I wondered if they’d have to wait for a bus to take them home, while I, much younger, would enjoy a drive home in my car.
While I was wondering, they got up to leave … and reached down for their motorcycle helmets.
(Thanks, Jennifer)
Standing in line at the grocery-store checkout, my dad was pleased to hear bits of classical music. Unfortunately, the music would begin to play, only to quickly stop. The store’s sound system did not seem to be working properly.
Turning to the woman standing behind him in line, Dad commented on how lovely the music was and how he hoped the store would get their system fixed.
As the music started up again. Dad smiled at the lady and said, “There it is again! Isn’t it lovely?”
“Sir, it is indeed lovely, but it’s not from the store,” the woman replied with a smile. “Your cellphone is ringing!”
(Thanks, Tim)
Have a great weekend friends, and, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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