How To Backup And Restore Files On Your PC Or Mac

Everyone knows you're supposed to make backups, but choosing a method can be confusing. Here's a rundown of your choices for Windows and Mac. Related article: Today's Backups Offer More Flexibility by Triona Guidry (The Northwest Herald) Built-In Backups All modern computers come with utilities which you can use to back up to an external … Continue reading How To Backup And Restore Files On Your PC Or Mac

Adobe’s Moved Creative Suite Exclusively To The Cloud. Is This Good Or Bad?

Adobe has announced that, from now on, the only way to get Creative Suite is via the cloud. That's right, no more boxed versions of CS - you get it via the Internet or no Photoshop or Illustrator for you. Many people are wondering how this is going to work in the real world, myself … Continue reading Adobe’s Moved Creative Suite Exclusively To The Cloud. Is This Good Or Bad?

How To Create Secure Passwords (Revised Edition)

Many people say to me, “I don’t need a secure password. I don’t have anything sensitive on my computer, so I don’t care if a hacker gets in.” You, my friends, are a hacker’s dream. Because it’s not necessarily your personal information they want, although they’ll happily steal your credit card info if they can. … Continue reading How To Create Secure Passwords (Revised Edition)

Apple & Amazon Customer Service Hacked: Can The Cloud Be Trusted?

Once your data is in the cloud you lose all control of it. A journalist's online persona was recently hijacked through hackers' clever and scary manipulation of Apple and Amazon's tech support. This could happen to any of us, at any time. A description of the incident from the journalist, Mat Honan, who works for … Continue reading Apple & Amazon Customer Service Hacked: Can The Cloud Be Trusted?

Lessons Learned From The LinkedIn Password Hack

Social media site LinkedIn suffered a major security breach this week as over 6 million passwords were stolen. First, here's a great quote from eWeek that explains why you need to pay attention to data breaches. The compromise of a LinkedIn account has three important ramifications, opined Carl Leonard, senior manager of security researcher at Websense. "First, the … Continue reading Lessons Learned From The LinkedIn Password Hack

Mobile Social Media – New Seminar April 17, 2012

Join me for an exciting new seminar, Mobile Social Media, on April 17, 2012! In this open-format session we'll talk about how you can use mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to access social media platforms. This is going to be fun! Some of today's mobile technology is really sweet, and pairing it with social media … Continue reading Mobile Social Media – New Seminar April 17, 2012

What To Do If Your Employer Demands Your Facebook Password

By now you’ve heard the controversy about employers demanding the Facebook passwords of prospective and current employees. As described on one of my favorite sites, the always irreverent Register: ...some employers aren’t happy with just seeing the public part of applicant profiles; they’re actually asking prospective employees to turn over their Facebook login and password... … Continue reading What To Do If Your Employer Demands Your Facebook Password

Securing WordPress Blogs, Plus Upcoming Seminars On Using Blogs, LinkedIn, And Facebook

I'd like to say thanks to Jane Friedman, former publisher and editorial director of Writer's Digest, for publishing my guest post on her WD blog, There Are No Rules. The post is called Ten Steps To Secure Your WordPress Blog From Hackers. It's geared toward those running their own installations of WordPress, but also applies to those … Continue reading Securing WordPress Blogs, Plus Upcoming Seminars On Using Blogs, LinkedIn, And Facebook