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Friday, October 29, 2010

Home Renovation Scams to look for.

I read this article on the yahoo news on home renovation scams. Its a good read and provides some tips to look for when doing home renovations and what you look for in a contractor. One tip is never pay a contractor the full amount until the job is complete. Its expected to pay a third for materials but never the full amount until the job is complete.

Anyway here is the yahoo article on Home Renovation tips to avoid scams.

Friday, October 22, 2010

USB tips on preventing viruses from getting to your PC computer

I read this article from PC news and provides a few tips to secure your USB thumb drive from viruses that are out of your control. Have you ever had this happen to you when you have a clean thumb drive and you go to a different computer only for your thumb drive to become infected?

Well read on for a few tips. USB thumb drive tips to prevent your drive from infections

Craigslist this site has become infested with scam artist

When craigslist first came out my friends and I use to use it to buy or trade things online with like minded people who honestly wanted to buy and sell things on craigslist. But lately it seems craigslist has become a scary place for those who post stuff.

A friend of mine posted a weight machine he was selling and sold it like normal. A few days later someone tried to break in his property and the thief  was the person who had purchased the weight machine. Seems these thieves are looking to see what else you got at your place that's up for the taking.Luckily this guy didn't get to take anything.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A few things to not do on Facebook tips to protect yourself from scams

If your a Facebook fan like I am it sometimes can be addicting to tell people whats going on your personal life. The reality is that there are those who use facebook to find out things about you without you even knowing.

1) First thing you should never do on facebook even when you have your profile private. Never complain about your job or how bad your boss is. What can happen is lets say I post something on Facebook and on of my friends comments on my posting. Now their friends are able to see your comment even though you have your profile private.

2) Never put your full birthday information especially if your profile is set to public. If a scam artist wanted to they can get your first and last name and then your birth day. They are closer to setting up fraudulent accounts in your name under a different address.

3) Ok here is a simple one to remember. Never use a weak password such as 12345 lol. Use a password with more then 6 characters with at least one capital and one alpha numeric character in your password.

4) Privacy on Facebook. Leaving your account open to so people can see what your like., what you put on your wall and your photos. Make sure you place your profile to private and only allow friends to view your information.

5) A good tip on the facebook privacy page is to set the Facebook privacy to prevent user search. This way it will prevent people from looking you up especially someone you don't want finding you like an ex girl friend or boy friend.

Anyway surf save online as always and stay protected against scams on and offline.

If you got anymore tips or experiences tell me about it and comment.

Monday, October 18, 2010

ATT doing away with unlimited Data Plan

This may be old news to some but new to those who have not heard but ATT is doing away with their unlimited Data plan. If your an Iphone user and stream video this may be bad news for you. So what does this all mean? Now you will be charged only for percentage you use when you go online to check emails, stream videos and so on. Talk about ATT going back to the stone age when internet usage was by the amount of megabites you used on your modem.

Their plans go like this they will charge you per month a flat fee of 30 bucks for example and you get 30 gigs of use. If you go over that you get charged your 30 dollars on top of what you went over. So if your watching funny videos on youtube you may not get such a funny bill at the end of the month which will leave ATT smiling to the bank because of your time online with your Iphone. I do hope Apple will get smart and look at other service providers to support their line of products.

Anyway thats my opinion which is why now I am with a different phone carrier.

Here is more information from Yahoo news on this topic you want to read more about it. So tell me what you think of the pay as you go versus the unlimited plan?