Friday, July 22, 2016

Is This Site Safe?

Hi All,

Norton Safe Web is enables users to find out if a website has any computer threats, identity threats or annoyance threats to users.  Basically Norton Safe Web analyzes websites for safety and security problems and gives users a report for review.   The Norton rating is a results of Symantec's automated analysis system. 

Click here to learn a bit more about Norton Safe Web. Click this link to get information from Norton Safe Web's link to Community Buzz which discusses latest reviews, latest threats and most reviewed sites.

Enjoy the site.

Regards,
Stu

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Elections, Politics and Voting

Hi All,

Just a quickie post about elections and politics. As if you don't know already that we are in an election year!  We are.

For some perspective readers might like visit this link from the Washington PostThe article is titled, 'A handful of states will decide the next president. One candidate has the edge.'

And no, I am not endorsing one candidate over another. Especially in such an important and controversial presidential election.

However, I will link to several use friendly websites that explain the electoral system, how to register to vote in New York State and links to the Democratic National Convention and to the Republican National Convention.  Click on the various links above to arrive at the sites you chose!

Enjoy the sites and the links.

Regards,
Stu

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More on Identity Theft

Hi All,

The statistics are telling - and daunting:

approximately 15 million US residents have their identities used fraudulently each year

From 2005 to 2010, the percentage of all households with one or more type of identity theft that suffered no direct financial loss increased from 18.5% to 23.7%.    

about 7% of persons age 16 or older were victims of identity theft in 2014, similar to findings in 2012  

For even more identity theft and fraud statistics, click on this link from StatisticBrain.com...

So...what to do about identity theft?

First, visit IdentityTheft.gov - which is part of the Federal Trade Commission

As they say IdentityTheft.gov can help you  report and recover from identity theft.  Their step-by-step plan is quick, easy and very, very effective.  

1. Tell them what happened - they ask questions about your situation.  The more information that you can provide the better the outcome. 

2. You get a recovery program.  They use the information you furnished in step one to help develop a personal recovery plan. 

3. Put the plan into action.  If you create an account, they (IdentityTheft.gov) will walk you through each recovery step, update your plan as needed, track your progress pre-fill forms and letters for you. 

If id theft has already happened, click on this link which explains 'what to do right away'. This particular page has links for contacting additional offices for certain accounts (utilities, phones, government benefits, checking accounts, student loans, investment accounts and more)

Hopefully id theft never happens to you, but if it does, these links might help. 

Regards, 
Stu                     

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Some Housing Links

Hi All,

Just found some interesting sites on the web regarding condominium manager issues. Click here for an article titled 'How to Handle Problems With a Condominium's Board of Managers'.  Link is from the Attorney General of the State of New York .

Another useful link for folks also comes from the New York State Attorney Generals office.  Titled 'A Housing Guide for Senior Citizens' the link might be useful for seniors trying to learn about legal protections for tenants, housing options, maintaining the home and help with utilities.

Note that both links open document with Adobe's pdf program.

Enjoy the housing links - hope they help.
Stu





Monday, June 13, 2016

Melissa Data -

Hi All, 

Need data? Need lots of data?  Look no further than MelissaData.com for free lookups for ZIP Codes, maps, ZIP+4, carrier routes, addresses, reverse phone, IP location, SIC codes, street names, property information and much more.

The data is very, very easily accessible and easy to find.  There are column headings for address and street data, everything related to ZIP codes, business and professional information, Federal resources and Maps/Aerial views...

Some site highlights include: 
address check, property viewerzip code demographics, public school links, death check,  reverse finder, and email to address!!!

Enjoy the data!

Regards, 
Stu




Monday, June 6, 2016

Have I Been Pwned?

Hi All,

Yet another computer/technology/internet related blog entry. A short one to be sure...but its valuable and helpful.

Have you been pwned?  Check to see if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach. 

Just enter your email address or your username and a new page comes up telling you whether or not you're email has been compromised. 

Users can get notified with updates about future pwnings...

The site has a list of the top 10 breaches.  The first three on the list (MySpace, LinkedIn and Adobe) have a total of over 676 million accounts compromised.  That's more than twice the population of the United States!!!

In any event, click on this link which explains the 'background on the who, the what and the why of Have I been pwned?  Basically its a very helpful FAQ for the site.

Okay...so now that you know you've been pwned...how do you protect yourself?  Click on the next several links that will help you after you've been pwned.

10 Steps to Protect Yourself From Data Breaches - CreditCards.com

How to Deal with a Security Breach? - Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Worried About Data Breaches? 7 Steps to Protect Yourself - Forbes.com

More About How to Protect Yourself From Data Breaches - FDIC.gov
 
5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Data Breaches - USAToday.com

Enjoy the site - and I hope you don't have to use the other 5 links to fix a data breach problem!

Regards,

Stu