Jim’s WebLetter for 1/17/15

Hi-ya Friends!

The State of the Union speech President Obama will be making will see a new twist this year as Microsoft’s search engine Bing uses its’ Pulse to allow users to rate the topics Obama presents in his speech.  This Bing Blog story includes links to participate and see the result of the polling.  It will probably be more interesting than anything The Commander and Chief has to say. http://blogs.bing.com/search/2015/01/16/msnbc-and-cnn-to-use-bing-pulses-live-audience-voting-for-state-of-the-union/

So, as websites become increasingly susceptible to being hacked and personal email and cloud storage is broken into, seems a new website called Hacker’s List, looks to match hackers with people looking to gain access to email accounts, take down unflattering photos from a website or gain access to a company’s database. In less than three months of operation, they report over 500 hacking jobs have been put out to bid on the site.  Frankly, it’s sites like this that perpetuate the negativity of the Web.  The last thing we need to do is provide an opportunity to promote this sort of activity and I consider breaking into a website or database as illegal, whether the law is specific about the cyber activity or not.  Hopefully at some point the law will catch up with the 21st century and sites like Hackers List will be prohibited.  http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2015/01/15/need-some-espionage-done-hackers-are-for-hire-online/?_r=0

Gary Miliefsky is the CEO of SnoopWall.  He’s also the inventor of spyware-blocking technology, and an advisor to the US Department of Homeland Security.  For those of us who remember the old E.F. Hutton commercials, “when E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen”, here is one of these moments when you listen to what Gary suggests to protect yourself and computer from hackers. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2014/1220/Sony-hack-got-you-worried-Here-are-some-cyber-safety-tips

So, if you’re like me and in need of a good place to store your passwords that is safe and, how about free.  KeePass should be something you look into.  Your passwords in KeePass are stored inside an encrypted database that you control, on your own system, and are never synced or uploaded anywhere unless you want to take them from machine to machine. KeePass is also a portable app, meaning it’s super easy to take with you and use on multiple computers, even if that machine is locked down and all you have is a thumb drive.  You could pay for other services, or stick with a free one.  KeePass gets the job done.  http://keepass.info

If you own an iPhone or iPad and you’re dealing with issues from the latest operating system, IOS 8, you know that Apple rarely ever talks about a fix or a new update.  It is usually leaked or presupposed by people who follow this sort of thing.  Well, a story released this past week tells us to expect the next release this month and what Apple mobile owners should do to prepare for the new download.  http://www.gottabemobile.com/2015/01/12/8-things-to-do-before-ios-8-1-3-release-date/

Read more stories about iPads and other tablet computers in iTab.  http://iTab.jimonline.com

For more stories about the Web, read WebLetter, the companion magazine to Jim’s WebLetter. http://Web.jimonline.com

During John’s physical, the doctor asked him about his daily activity level.
John replied, “Well, yesterday morning, I waded along the edge of a lake, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, marched up and down several rocky hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, crawled out of quicksand, and jumped away from an aggressive rattlesnake.”
Inspired by the story, the doctor said, “You must be some outdoorsman!”
“No,” John sighed, “I’m just a lousy golfer.”
(Thanks, dad)
While cleaning the attic, Joan and Harry found an old stub for some shoes they left at the repair shop 10 years ago. They thought it would be funny to go to the shop and see if the shoes were still there. So they did. They handed the stub to the repair man who took it and looked in the back. He came out again and said, “They’ll be ready on Wednesday.”
(Thanks, George)
Thanks for your time and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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