We may not be in the same city or even the same country, but thanks to technology, I can help you with your computer challenges - as long as they aren't techie questions. I've started using a service called GoToMeeting, which allows us to share computer screens, see each other via webcam and talk. I can also record the whole session so you can go over it as often as you like. If you're interested in finding out more, email me at carol @creativehomecomputing.com and write 'Training' in the subject line so I'll be sure to see it.
The Internet can be a dangerous place. I have a number of websites, almost a dozen, and a couple of weeks ago found that they had been hacked. That means someone figured out my passwords and accessed the sites. Not content just to break in, they spread viruses throughout all of my websites. Then when anyone came to visit one of my sites, they would be warned that there was a virus and the site would be blocked by the anti-virus software on their own computer.
If you came to might site when it was infected and didn’t have anti-virus protection, the virus would have hopped on down to your computer. Since you should always have an anti-virus program installed on your machine you were probably spared that agony. I use a program called Avast on my own computer. AVG is also another really good option and both are free downloads. Some people also use McCafee, Kaspurskey, or Norton. There may be others as well, but those are the main ones. And if you have two different anti-virus programs running, they might cancel each other out, so in this case two is not better than one.
Anyway, once I found out my websites had a major problem, they had to be taken down and repaired and it took almost two weeks to finally get things back to normal. Regina, the lady who runs WP Security Lock and who managed to fix things, worked hard every day until she straightened it all out. Since I had so many websites and they were all so badly infected, it took her some time.
Regina also left me with some advice that I’d like to share:
If you use WordPress for your website, like I did, make sure all plugins are current and you have the most recent version.
Don’t use the same password on all of the different websites you log into. This is a big problem for most people because we can’t possibly remember so many passwords. I was writing all mine down, but ended up creating fairly easy ones so they wouldn’t be too difficult to enter. But that isn’t a good idea either since a really strong password should have all kinds of characters that would be really difficult to figure out.
Regina suggested I use something called LastPass and it will generate special passwords for you. Then you only have to remember the one login for their service and they do the rest. Sounds good to me!
It’s been awhile since I talked about Internet radio. In fact, I did my first show in 2009, really enjoyed it, and then got busy with other things until early this year. But Blog Talk Radio is still as popular as ever and I was asked to do an online training session on the topic for a group of business women.
Since the Internet is always changing, I quickly scheduled another radio episode and recorded it. Not a lot has changed and it’s as simple to do as ever. Other than using the Internet to start the broadcast, the entire session is done by talking into the telephone. The hardest part was the fact that I didn’t have a guest to interview and talking to the air for 30 minutes was a challenge. I have a new respect for radio hosts that do it on a regular basis.
If you’d like to have a listen, my show was about why people use social media for their businesses. And if you’ve always wanted to be a radio show host, I encourage you to give Blog Talk Radio a try. It’s free and even Santa Claus has an Internet radio show where he interacts with the children. Let me know how you make out in the comments below.
Until next time, Happy Computing, Carol
P.S. If you are interested in Social Media training, I have some recorded videos that take you through all of the main points. For more information on the Social Media modules, click here.
I don’t know about you, but I used to find joining a webinar to be a little bit intimidating. Although it has probably been a couple of years since the first time I tried to access a webinar on the Internet, I still remember how frustrated and stupid I felt. In fact, I could not for the life of me figure out how to hear properly and finally left in defeat. Then once I got used to watching and listening, I still couldn’t figure out how to talk when the lines were opened for comments.
As an FYI, it helps if you have a microphone and speakers plugged in to your computer. I know, it sounds silly that I wouldn’t know that, but I didn’t grow up with computers. In fact, I remember standing in front of a computer monitor shouting at it, thinking that way people could hear me. Okay, stop laughing.
Since my motto is “You’re never too old to learn”, fast forward to today and I am now conducting weekly webinars and really enjoying it. So I’ve created a quick, little video if you’re feeling as webinar challenged as I was. I hope it helps.
If you’ve been wondering what Twitter is all about and can’t seem to wrap your head around it, I may have the answer. I’ve created a little skit and compared Twitter to a dance in 1965. I hope it helps and if you are getting up there in years, like I am, some of the memories might give you a smile.
And yes, I was quite a Cassius Clay fan in my younger days.
Have you caught the Pinterest bug yet? I couldn’t for the life of me figure it out for a long time. I know, I’m a bit slow sometimes. But my daughter, Bridget, is a photographer and she really likes using Pinterest. Since I’m a visual learner, I think this might be useful for me once I got used to it. Bridget has created a great tutorial on using Pinterest which I’m including with the post. And if you’d like to know more about her, visit PhotosByBridget.net and enjoy some of her beautiful photos.
I think I mentioned before that I was busy doing training webinars ever week for 18 weeks. I really enjoyed it and have been asked a number of times when I'm going to start a new series. So another one is in the works and I'm hoping to start at the end of this month and do more in-depth sessions on some of the most popular topics.I also started get […]
Since webinars are a popular way to establish credibility, I have a special offer for the month of December only. I will conduct a 30 minute webinar interview with you for $50. It will include information about your business (or your book if you're an author), your website, and allow you to answer frequently asked questions to highlight your business. Y […]