Written: January 14, 2013
As a small business owner I receive my fair share of unwanted email messages, so today I wanted to show you what a typical phishing email looks like:
Phishing is where the bad guys are impersonating someone else, like the Better Business Bureau, and then they want you to click a link or download a file, however this link or download will likely cause harm to your computer, so don’t do it.
What tipped me off that this was a bogus email?
Using precautions like this you can stay victim-free when reading email each day.Tags: email, phishing
Written: January 12, 2013
I enjoy blogging on a regular basis with my customized WordPress web site, however I don’t much like it when spammers clog up my blog by submitting comments. The first step in slowing this bad behavior is to install and activate the Akismet plugin:
Clever spammers will always find a way around Akismet and so I recently starting receiving bogus comments from this guy:
I did a Google search and quickly found out that WordPress has a built-in feature to stop spam comments being sent from a specific IP address. Find this at: Settings> Discussion
I typed in the IP address of 22.214.171.124 to stop this guy from sending me any more bogus comments. Thank you WordPress for being so flexible to use, and now more secure at stopping spam comments. The only downside now is that legitimate comments from that IP address will now also be blocked, but I can live with that.Tags: blog, WordPress
Funny title, but I just had to share how Frontier sent me a wonderful mailer that promised either a $100 Apple Gift Card just to renew my existing service, or a $150 Apple Gift Card to add a new service.
I phoned the 888 number and was connected with a service representative that first asked for my 10 digit account number on my monthly paper bill. I told her that I don’t receive a paper bill because I opted into their paper-free program. I provided her my name, phone numbers, and address, but none of that was sufficient to appease her.
I looked at my Quicken record where it shows the monthly payment to Frontier, however there was no account number listed.
Finally, she explained that to qualify for the $100 Apple Gift Card required that I have two or more Frontier services, however I only have one service – FIOS for Internet.
I had no intention of adding a second service, so the call ended with me receiving no Apple Gift Card.
My tip to the marketing department at Frontier, don’t bait and switch me with an offer that clearly states:
“Renew your existing Frontier plan today and we’ll give you a $100 Apple Gift Card as our special way of saying ‘thanks’ for your loyalty.”
I think that loyalty rewards are wonderful, just not from Frontier.
Written: January 8, 2013
I like to measure things and recently I noticed that my iPad and Android phones had slow speeds for upload and download in the range of 1Mbps, while my laptop on the same WiFi network was seeing speeds at least 10X faster:
To get the App visit the Apple App or Android Play stores and search for “speedtest“, on your desktop browse to: www.speedtest.net
A minute later I finished a Google search and discovered that the WiFi Router that Frontier ships to your home or office has a feature called Wireless QoS that is turned on, but instead should be turned off. To get a 10X speed up on your iDevices or Android devices login to your Frontier router with this address in a web browser: 192.168.1.1
You’ll see a main menu:
Click the icon for: Wireless Settings
Now click the link for: Advanced Security Settings
At the bottom of the screen click: Other Advanced Wireless Options
A warning appears, Choose: Yes
At the very bottom of the screen click: WMM Settings
Finally we arrive at the screen which shows that WMM is Enabled, or turned on:
Uncheck both of these boxes and click the blue Apply button, then your Router will tell you to wait while updating:
At last, we are done with our WiFi changes:
Run the speedtest App on your iPad or Android device and enjoy the blazing fast speeds:
I’m baffled as to why Frontier would ship their WiFi router with such a slow default setting on WMM, however I’m thankful that a quick Google search unveiled the 10X speed fix for my WiFi on iPad and Android devices.