Internet Crime Complaint Center

Report a Cyber Crime

Cybercriminals are just like bullies, if they can keep you paralyzed fear to the point where you do nothing they have won. Even the idea if you are complaining; nothing will be done. They will win.

Frustration arises when you call the local police statiion to complain about having your hard earned money stolen. Because it was done through an online website you get passed on. Then you call the local District Attoney’s office, They say they could not help you. You reach out to the FBI. You have to travel 200 miles to talk to agents in charge of cyber crime.

I was raised with the movies of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s  where if you were wrong there were good guys like Marshall Dillion and Palidan to help right the wrong.

We do have a place to go to right those who wrong us through the internet. It is the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Use it is there for you and me.

 

Resolutions fo 2019 Part 3

Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)

KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) is the best advice I have ever gotten. In fact family and friends have to remind me periodically. It is my nature to make things complex.

Yesterday, on the morning news a notable psychologist was asked about the age issue of people making resolutions every year around January 1st. Then by March or April all resolve is gone. The only thing left is feeling of guilt.

I felt real good when I heard him explain the very same thing I have been writing about in these three blog posts. He it all up by saying, “No one will be able to stick to their resolutions until they first deal with the root causes them go only a few days or weeks and give up.”

The third element that keeps me from following through on a New Year’s Resolution is making things complex and very big.

So what is my Nee Year’s Resolution? It is in three parts. I will remind myself through the day.

  1. I do want to have better life.
  2. I will not work myself into the grave. I will get enough sleep and rest.
  3. I will constantly work at keeping my projects simple and not over think them.

What are the root causes that keeps you from following through on your New Year’s?

What are you going to do to overcome your stubbonly block or blocks?

Resolutions for 2019 Part 2

Sleep -

I know for myself, if I don’t get enough sleep my attitude, physical ability, and mental alertness is greatly reduced.

I recently read an article from the New York Times website titled, “New Office Hours Aim for Well Rested, More Productive Workers This article inspired me to think and looking at my own life and how my goals, personal or long range were reduced or did not get accomplished. Bottomline my lack of sleep reduces my energy level throughout the day.

Growing up we were told we needed at least 8 hours of sleep. We were to sleep between 9 pm to 5 am. I submit to you not everybody has an internal clock that makes us want to go to sleep at 9 pm and wake up at 5 am.

For me I start feeling tired about 4 or 5 pm. I wake up around 3 am. Then mid day I need to take a one or two hour nap.

I don’t sleep a full 8 hours at one time period. I sleep in stretches of 3 hours. Around midday, I start to get sleepy to the point my body starts to shut down. I take 2 to 3. Afterwards, I am refreshed and ready to tackle the remainder of the day which takes me to after 9 pm.

Let also consider some other factors the prevent us from accomplishing our goals?

  • Why Change?
  • Do you use the buddy system?

Questions to Think About

  1. What time during the day you start to feel sleepy?
  2. What would be your most productive time during the day?
  3. What times during the day do you get the most rest?

 

New Year’s Resolution 2019

Why does my New Year's Resolution don't last?

We have entered the time of the year where a good portion of us make resolutions for the coming year. They stem around a fault or weakness we have.  Almost all those resolutions will be set by the wayside within the next 30 days. By April those News Years Resolutions will be moved over to our personal guilt list.

This year I decided to take a different approach. I am looking at the factors which prevents me from accomplishing my News Year resolution. Then take 1, 2, or 3 of them and change them so I can complete a New Year’s Resolution.

Why Change?

Several years ago, I read the book titled, “Start with Why”.  That book gave me insight to what motivates me and why I keep migrating to certain behaviors. Some of those behaviors keep me from accomplishing what I want to accomplish. By answering the question “why?” it help me change attitudes and behavior I want to change.

Over my life time, I observed behaviors of drugs addicts and the very successful business people. They all have a few things in common. One of those behaviors stands out, over and above all the others. AA and other 12-step programs use it as their first step. The wording may not be exactly the same, but the meaning is the same. “We admitted we are powerless on our own – we need help.”

That admissions of needing help is the first step. The degree we want change is proportional to the amount of change we make.

I have met a lot of men and women who have seen an issue, in their lives that needed change. They may verbalize it, they may even start on the path to make a change in their life, but fall short in making that change.

I believe they were trying to go in a direction that does not fulfil their why. They make little progress is something their family, friends or social group says they should do or say.

It is not until a person’s real motivation is discovered and they start in a direction where any real success is made. There are going to be small failures along with successes. Not until we acknowledge who we really are and what motivates us will never have the ability to make those changes that will make us happy.

 

Thinking Questions

Now close your eyes, putt all social, all economic restrains aside. Take three deep breathes, then open your eyes. In the comment section below answer the questions below.

1. What do you dislike about yourself?

2. What would really make you happy?

3. What is holding your back?

Fake News,Bots, and So Much Noise – What is Real?

Fake News,Bots, and So Much Noise – What is Real?

There is so much finger pointing and so many accusations among politicians and those who have a public facing career. It can get overwhelming to read, hear and watch. Many people I know have told me they have stopped watching any news programs because it’s depressing. Others have been plowing through it in a state of confusion.

 

A group out of UC Berkeley has come up with a way to help us filter out the garbage from what is real in what we read. They’ve come up with three apps that each perform a specific task. They are available within a main website called RoBhat Labs.

 

Botcheck is used to learn if a Twitter account is a political propaganda bot.

For those who haven’t noticed, there are a bunch of little programs floating around the internet. They post text and media – just like a human would on Twitter and Facebook, as well as some other social media. The automation of bots can radically affect search engine rankings and public opinion. It’s very scary that their lies or misinformation can convince people that they are truthful or honest.   

 

SurfSafe offers a unique approach. Rather than telling you what news sources are honest, biased or fake, you pick the news source you want checked and then the app identifies its validity. You have the option to continue reading those sources or not.  (Before using the app, you can read the explanation of how it works.)

 

NewsBot is an app that lets you see all your Facebook messages and which way they are leaning, politically. It first prompts you to sign into Facebook Messenger, then it begins to scan.

 

I’m glad that, with all the stuff that is flying around Facebook, Twitter and even traditional news sources, there is a service that can identify the fake news for me.

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WordPress Where to Begin

Over the years I have worked with people who insisted on having their website look a certain way. The content was either over baring too much or not updating and fresh. Then they would look at me a say, “Why don’t people come to my website and buy my goods?”

I have tried to explain that what looks good to them (because they created it) may not be attractive to search engines and people who surf the internet.

The first rule before building any website is look at the compition. What is working for them and what is not. I am not saying copy their websites, but get a feel as to what works. Ask prospective customers what they like to see and what turns them off. Then build from it. You can always to what is known as A/B test later.

There are a few basic that will make a website. Realize these will not make you website instantly successful. But it will get you pointed in the right direction.

Be Personalable

Let the visitors see who you are. A picture or two of you and your team goes a long ways. They see real people. Seeing real people happily working goes a lot further than shapes, colors and bunch of words.

Capture who is visiting

Get people to give you their email address for a free PDF or discount coupon. This tells you you have something they want. Then you send them a an announcement or newsletter, keeping that connection alive.

Mobile Friendly

Every website these days not only should look good on you desktop or laptop computer, but on your tablet and cell phone. The reason being more and more people are using their smart cell phone for surfing the internet, doing research and making purchases.

I have often attended training for web development and design. They would say, “Mobile First”. Meaning design your website for mobile devices first then for the desktop and laptop.