Jim’s WebLetter for 5/3/14


It’s Shrimp Festival weekend on the island with some 100+ thousand visitors. Chance of rain but it never stopped the festivities before, so enjoy!

So, it’s a new weekend and there’s a new internet threat. And you thought the Heartbleed issue was enough to deal with … Seems if you use your account info to log into a different website or application, you could be allowing access to the bad guys. This pertains to Facebook, Google, PayPal, and Yahoo accounts in particular. Here’s the scenario, you want to log into a program and they offer you easy login by using, say, your Facebook account. When you do, you subject all your personal information and the personal information of all your friends to a source who has created a fake login page. Get detail on this threat from a source you can trust … http://lifehacker.com/security-flaw-found-in-oauth-and-openid-heres-what-it-1570872265

This week, Apple released a statement telling its users that it will contact them if they receive a request from the NSA asking for information about you. Following that, other communications have come forward with the same pledge. Exceptions to the new policy include cases where a child could be in danger. Read the brief story about this new policy …

Own an Android tablet? Thinking of buying a tablet? Get helpful tips and learn of the best apps to power it with in this week’s iTab Magazine. The magazine for tablets and their owners. http://iTab.jimonline.com

Thisissand (one word) is an app that changes the pixels on your screen into digital sand. Thisissand is a unique playground for creating and sharing amazing sandscapes on your tablet, phone or laptop/desktop screen. Sound like fun, or a great waste of time? Whichever, it’s a lesson in virtual ability. Try and see for yourself. http://www.thisissand.com/about/

Google Drive is the cloud service offering several features, but importantly, free space for storing things like documents and photos. But, until now, it was fairly unprotected. If someone could break into your Gmail account, they could access your Drive account as well. Now, Google has introduced a separate pass code system making it more secure.

The companion magazine to Jim’s WebLetter is updated with new stories of Windows Internet Explorer patch release and more in this weeks edition … http://web.jimonline.com

When we moved across the country, my wife and I decided to drive both of our cars. Nathan, our eight-year-old, worriedly asked, “How will we keep from getting separated?”
“We’ll drive slowly so that one car can follow the other,” I reassured him.
“Yeah, but what if we DO get separated?” he persisted.
“Well, then I guess we’ll never see each other again,” I quipped.
“Okay,” he said. “I’m riding with Mom.”
(Thanks, Steve)
As I approached my husband-to-be at the front of the church, I noticed tears in his eyes. I knew he was about to break down. To lighten the moment I made some outrageous faces at him. It worked! The ceremony proceeded smoothly and I was proud of my quick thinking … until I saw the video.
(Thanks, Marty)
Have a great weekend and, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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