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The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

I will not be surprised if you have never heard about Kevin Mitnick, he was the first hacker who was jailed for his activity.  Mitnick was put in jail because the government, the police and the public had no idea what it was he did, what he could do or how computers work.

This book has Kevin story – but it also talks about hacking in general.  One of my favorite stories is when Kevin tells a bank officer he can hack his back.  The guys disagrees – and Kevin proceeds to put virus infected software on a few thumb drives and then tosses them around the parking area and the place where people smoke.  Soon people find them and then, take them in the bank and plug them into their work computer…boom – access.

One of my favorite non-fiction books of all time, a must for the computer nerd you know.

Book Review:

The Art of Deception

  • Link to audio book
  • File Size: 1471 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076454280X
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 20, 2007)
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BBZHAK

Is the Internet Turning People into Recluses?

Is the Internet Turning People into Recluses?Do you ever feel guilty about the amount of time you spend at your computer each day? Do you feel bad that you have wasted an hour watching videos on YouTube or tweeting instead of doing something worthwhile? Do you sometimes feel that you are frittering away your life looking at other people’s profiles on Facebook instead of writing your first novel or decorating the bathroom?

It could be that it is time to rethink your lifestyle and your online habits. There are those who fear that our society is becoming reclusive and that we are losing our social skills and our ability to interact normally with the outside world due to overuse of the Internet. These days we are all communicating from different rooms rather than meeting together to talk.

The notion of Internet addiction is nothing new; in fact, it dates back to the 1990’s where it was even given a name – Internet Addiction Disorder. What is interesting reading these studies today is how many of the elements which were considered symptoms of this disorder have now become part and parcel of our daily lives.

Example symptoms of Internet Addiction Disorder as described in the 90’s include; the tendency to lose track of time when on the web; making use of online services regularly and checking emails several times each day! Well, it looks like many of us have those problems today!

Let’s not forget that back in the 90’s there was nothing like the same level of social activity on the Internet. Users were considered at risk of depression due to their disconnection from the outside world and their lack of friends, which contributed to elevated stress levels.

The studies concluded that the computer habits of ‘heavy’ users of the Internet resembled behavior symptomatic of other addictions, such as alcoholism or drug use. Withdrawal from society, lying about the time spent on the addiction and the breakdown of relationships with family and friends are just some of the signs of addiction.

How the times have changed!

These days, we are constantly being told that Internet is all about communication with others. Gone are the days of the lonely nerd in front of his computer. Nowadays, the rise of social media means that we have relationships with people all over the world. If you have 500 Facebook friends, then there is nothing to worry about, right!

The experts tell us that online communication is no substitute for the real thing. Asking your child in person what they think of the Nintendo DSi XL is better than typing “best toy 2011 Christmas” into a search box.

What’s more, it has been proven that physical contact with other people is actually beneficial to health. Communicating in person in a face-to-face situation can prevent you from turning into an Internet recluse, racked with anxiety and facing depression.

Critics of online communication warn of the superficial nature of the friendships, which we make online, too. They also fear that society in general is losing the ability to communication naturally and that social skills are being lost.

Is Internet Putting Our Kids in Danger?

All parents worry about their children and many these days are concerned about the amount of time their offspring spend online. It could be that a child who is lacking in self-confidence takes refuge in the relative safety of online relationships, which are easier to conduct. No need to look someone in the eye, no need to worry about what they think of your physical appearance.

It may be a good way for a shy child to socialize, but this kind of withdrawal from society can make it difficult for children to forge real relationships later on in life and can even lead to a lifetime of social isolation. It is important for young people to develop the social skills necessary for interaction in the outside world, too.

Internet and Social Problems

It is not just children who choose the safety of online relationships over real life. Communication is easier online than in person and if you dislike a person you can simply unfriend them. But the Internet is no substitute for a conversation and none of the essential non-verbal signs are present such as facial expression and body language.

It can be easy to be lured into the idea of living one’s social life only through the Internet. After all, there is the freedom to be whomever we want online, and there is complete control over the amount of contact we have with other people. If somebody makes you uncomfortable then it’s easy to avoid contact with them. This kind of luxury is not always available in real life.

The sense of not being in control is a major component in social anxiety, and socializing via the Internet means that you don’t have to confront those fears, but can simply avoid them. At the end of the day, it is so much easier to chat online than look straight in the eyes of someone who makes us feel intimidated.

Finally, many of us are prone to a little laziness and sometimes it is easier to chat with friends online rather than dress up and go out. If there’s a job to be done, then the Internet or a quick hand of Solitaire can be a great way of wasting time while the bills pile up and the dust accumulates.

Out with Computers, in with Communication

It’s time to take control of your use of all the high-tech equipment available today. Don’t be an Internet victim, don’t turn into a high-tech junkie, but learn how to use these tools efficiently without letting them take over your life. There are, after all, so many advantages to our use of computers in modern life.

There is evidence to suggest that making friends via the Internet gives people a far more diverse range of acquaintances than was previously possible. Increased contact with people from different walks of life, different age groups, background, nationality and race can only be beneficial, even if we may never meet most of them in person.

The Internet has also made it so much easier to find answers to questions. Whether it is a health question, a parenting concern, educational worries, there is no shortage of advice out there. We can easily ask people who have experienced similar problems or situations to give us some pointers. There are tons of people out there who are happy to help and to give of their time.

Internet has also been instrumental in reconnecting people suffering from physical or mental illness with others in similar situations and people who used to feel alone now have the support of networks all over the world.

What Can I Do to Change?

In our social lives, it is important to find a balance between an Internet social network and the real life social network of friends and colleagues.

It is time to call a halt to some bad habits, such as checking email every hour and logging on to Twitter and Facebook 20 times a day. It’s unnecessary and it’s time, which could be better spent elsewhere.

If you are not spending all day every day on your computer then you are going to spend it somewhere else. Think back to the days before all the mobile technology we have today. People got by and they had friends and family to help with problems. If you feel that you are using the Internet excessively as an escape from other aspects of your life, then it might be time to start talking rather than typing.

Getting out into the community can bring many rewards. Visiting friends or going out for coffee or a bite to eat, all of these elements can help to bring a positive change to your life. It’s too easy to become engrossed in the world of Internet when there’s a whole world right outside the front door!

Author: Pat Tate

As a senior Pat Tate started to explore Internet Marketing. She uses her blog as a journal to keep track of the people and programs that she has met along the way. Grandma’s Internet Marketing/blog

She is an avid golfer and invites women to join her to talk golf at Women’s Golf Center

She has always loved toys and as the proud Grandmother of five beautiful Grandchildren she gets to play with new ones. Grandma’s Toy Review

What Could Be Keeping Your Business From Growing?

Do you often find yourself confused, frustrated and in overwhelm? I know what that’s like. Been there, done that!

We were talking with our mentor just the other day and my husband and I told him we’d come to the conclusion that WE were the reason our business wasn’t growing.  You see, not only were we trying to run our major website, we were also in the process of starting a new one on top of the two we already have running.

Then our children are running their online businesses and we found ourselves entertaining their questions as well.

After we took a look at what we were doing, we realized we had to take some serious steps and restructure.

Here are 9 tips for not going into overwhelm mode:

  • Run one business at a time. Concentrate only on the business at hand.  It’s easy to come up with great ideas and run out and register a new domain.  It’s what happens after that, that gets you in trouble.  Once you start concentrating on the new domain, your time, energy and thought process is now divided.  The other business begins to suffer and the cash flow slows down.  Frustration sets in because you’re wondering why the first business is no longer working.  You’ve divided your attention.
  • Organizational skills are crucial, if you don’t have them partner with someone who does. Two heads, not on the same shoulder, are always better than one.  The ability to have someone to talk to and get feedback from is invaluable.
  • Make a to-do-list every night and check off each task by the end of the next day.
  • Unless you are fortunate enough to have deep pockets funding your new venture in the beginning phase of your business, you’ll be responsible for a lot of the work. So never have more than 5 things on your to-do-list to complete.
  • You don’t have to “Do” everything. Yes, there is someone who can do it just as good as you.
  • Learn to delegate and outsource.   It will make your life much easier. Professional writing services are available online if you need a writer. Or,  if you need someone to give your site or labels a new look and feel, try your local college. Internship programs can provide you with a willing and eager student looking to make their mark on the world.
  • Learn what it means to give priority to a situation.  If it’s a choice between a meeting with a potential backer and the graphic designer wanting to discuss the layout of your new page, meet with the potential money person.  I know you creative types would rather discuss the layout of the new page, that’s cool.  But do it after you meet with the person that can make sure the graphic designer gets paid.
  • Eating healthy foods and getting a good night’s rest is extremely important.  It’s stressful enough just working through the maze of life. When coupled with running a business and family life, your energy level suffers.  This compromises your immune system and keeps you from being effective in the running of your business.
  • You’re not superman or wonder woman, so be patient with yourself and your progress.

What could be keeping your business from growing?  It could be You!

Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows beautiful when she sees it. Juliette has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. She has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a Professional Image Consultant.

Currently Juliette works as a Skin Care Therapist, acting President and Chief Nose for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of product formulation and development of all scents produced for the line.

Affiliate Marketing – Week 2: ‘OK, this is hard’

I chose a “dark” photo which shows some degree of failure – but also hope…this is a perfect description of my second week in affiliate marketing.

You may have read one of my first two affiliate marketing posts – last week I publicly announced my intent to become a successful affiliate marketer.  As I do this – my plan it to blog my way through it to show and explain to others my methods, successes and failures.

Well – we’re basically at the end of week two and, holy crap…this is hard.  I have really not made much progress yet, for a couple of reasons.

  1. I need to give it some more priority.
    A few hours a week will not be enough.  I need to pencil in 2-3 hours a day.  That will be my method soon – I have started to clear off my plate to give me more time.  Without this kind of commitment – it will not work.
  2. There is a lot learn.
    I’ve also figured out that I have a lot to learn.  One of the three hours will probably need to be research and learning.

So – I have definitely not given up…I’m probably more sure than ever that I want to do this, but it is not as easy as I thought.  This is real work and should not be taken lightly.

More to come soon.

Affiliate Marketing – Day 2

Nothing like changing the game plan  on day two…but that is how I roll.  I want to be an affiliate marketing guy, but I don’t want to learn a whole new system.

After reviewing the BANS plan from yesterday – it looked great.  But it was missing one element I really needed wanted, WordPress.  I love WordPress and I also know from other research that WordPress is a great tool for affiliate marketing.  So, one step forward – two steps back.  But a better long term plan.

I did a bit more research and found phpBayPro (which helps with the eBay) and phpZonPro (which helps with the goods from Amazon).

My game plan here is to leverage both eBay and Amazon via tips, tricks and review articles as my seo-able content.

So far so good.  I’m gonna hit the woodshed and get two sites started.  One for eBay and one for Amazon.  That is my game plan for now – tomorrow we’ll see what Google Analytics can do for us.

Thanks for tuning in.

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