Beware of LinkedIn Phishing Scams

Written: August 20, 2013

I use LinkedIn every week to keep in touch with business contacts and network with other freelance professionals. Today I received an invitation to connect on LinkedIn and it looked 100% legitimate:

LinkedIn Phishing Scam

 

Without even thinking about it I clicked on the link: View Profile

This link went to some scam site in Russia.

I had been fooled by an official-looking email that looks 100% legitimate, like a real email from LinkedIn. Had I taken just a second and hovered my mouse over the link View Profile, then I would’ve discovered that this email was instead a spam:

View Profile scam

 

I love being connected by email and LinkedIn, but I don’t like wasting my precious business time by clicking links to Russian spam sites.

 

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Meals on Wheels

Written: August 7, 2013

In my networking at the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce I met a business owner from Lake Oswego who introduced me to the Meals on Wheels of Lake Oswego, a volunteer group that feeds seniors and community members during the week. This is a very worthy cause, so I offered to setup, design and develop their first web site pro-bono.

Meals on Wheels

We used 1and1 for our web hosting and domain registration services because they offer good uptime, low prices, and excellent service.

Next, we setup a PayPal account so that this non-profit could start accepting donations on their site.

Donations

 

There’s a blog feature, plus a contact page that sends out an email message without revealing their email address.

To make updates easy, we used WordPress as the Content Management System. Their volunteers use a web browser to maintain and update their new web site.

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When Electronic Devices Fail

Written: July 23, 2013

My son recently bought his first MP3 player from Eclipse that is packed with useful features:

Eclipse 2.8V

 

He’s been visiting the library to check out music on CD, then we import the CD on my MacBook Pro to iTunes, and finally copy it over to his MP3 player with a USB cable. It worked well for a few days, then all of a sudden it would no longer connect with the USB cable.

We tried connecting his MP3 player to another computer, same failure to connect by USB. Then we tried another USB cable, that was it, the original USB cable simply failed on us. I’d like to think that products made in China are becoming higher quality, however this was another example of poor quality with, “Made in China”.

I was kind of glad that it was something simple that failed like the USB cable, instead of the actual MP3 player itself.

In our connected world we rely greatly on devices like this for both entertainment and business, so when they stop working we lose much productive time and effort.

Our family has used other devices from Apple, Amazon, HTC, Samsung and Google without any failures like this recent device. What devices have you used, and how reliable are they?

How Long Should Hardware Last?

Written: July 16, 2013

In my small business I buy computer hardware to help me communicate with clients, do work and keep informed. Recently my Apple magic mouse died after only about three years of use.

apple magic mouse

This Apple mouse is a thing of beauty, and like most Apple hardware it’s pricey at $69.00. My short-term remedy was to swap out the dead mouse with a Logitech wireless mouse and then plan a trip to my local Apple store at Bridgeport Village.

logitech mouse

 

I’ve been using Logitech mice for decades and never had one die on me, oh well.

The amount of time required for me to buy the replacement Apple magic mouse was a business loss, and hopefully one that will not happen again. I’m thankful that my computer hardware and software enable me to run my web development business very efficiently, it’s just when something goes down I lose my productivity gains.

Current trends say that we are replacing our laptops at a slower pace now and choosing to hold onto them longer than before.

I’ve been replacing my laptop every two years for a newer model, although I still buy used laptops like the MacBook Pro to be fiscally conservative. What has your experience been with hardware reliability and upgrading?

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