Saturday, August 23, 2014

Impersonators: Important Security Notice

English: KOLKATA WEST INTERNATIONAL CITY SCAM (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my friends on Facebook has posted a problem. Somebody had taken her photo and created a new account in her name.

Why would somebody do that? To speculate, there could be a few reasons like just being a troll, attention starved (typical with famous people), or trying to gather information from your friends. I suspect it's the last one in this case.

So what can you do about it?

Not much. Facebook allows for anonymous users and as long as they aren't harassing anyone or posting nude bodies with your had Photoshopped on them, they won't take it down.

However, you can minimize the damage.

Once in a while, do a Facebook Search for Yourself. If you discover that you are a target, see if their friends list is visible. If it is, go through it and contact all your friends about the problem and encourage them to unfriend the impersonator. You could have them report the page, but like I said before, it's likely they won't take the page down.

There are a lot of scammers out there that will use the information of your friends to convince you that they are your friend who is in trouble. This is why I suspect this person was targeted. OR it could be that they plan on targeting any of her friends. This is why it's important to warn all those who friend the imposter.

Watch your email and take care of phone calls that say that someone you love is at risk and needs money. Don't answer any phone number you don't recognize and let it go to voice mail. If you do get something distressing in voice mail, then call the person that is supposedly in trouble directly.

If you have any information on impersonators who aren't celebrities, then post in the comments below. This is pretty recent, so I'm only going on speculation and theories.

If you think you have been scammed, check with the local law enforcement.

More on this when I can more research.

In the meantime, the related articles below have all kinds of interesting info on scams.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Making a Website for Profit. Part Three

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George dollar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Part One | Part Two | Part Three

There's yet another blog site. Not that I recommend going away from blogger, but this might be best for those who don't want the bells and whistles that blogger provides. The same bells and whistles that could distract you from getting your thoughts onto the screen.

It's called Medium and it was created (surprise) by the original founder of blogger. It's also one of the apps that you can put on to you strikingly website.

The app allows you to either put your own profile on there, which will post your own unique content. Or, if you are not that creative, you can create your own category, and add your favorite story, or if you are lazy, you can just add a random category.

At the time of this writing, I don't have any content or categories of my own, but I did find a category called "Matter". Matter had a few interesting tech articles, so I figured that was the best choice.

Call me lazy, but really, I'm just impatient.

Okay, I was distracted. I wanted to get this article out sooner, but spent most of the time reading articles that had nothing to do with this post. This brings me to my warning: The articles are written by very talented people and if you are not careful, you will not be able to get anything done.

Anyway, Medium is fully integrated with Strikingly making it easier to get content onto your page. Getting fresh content onto your page will draw potential customers.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Making a Website for Profit! Part Two

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Part One | Part Two | Part Three

In my last post, I opened an account on strikingly and started a website. However, it's far from finished. I added two links to two stores. One for my Astore and one for my Cafepress Store.

It's the two ways you can make money off you blog or website. I have to say, though, the market is so saturated logo mugs, it's difficult to sell any... Unless, you get a lot of visitors and a really awesome logo that everyone will want.

Can you make money on Cafepress? Well, I haven't, but to be fair, I may post to this blog maybe a few times a month. Even the most popular bloggers seem to think this is a bad idea. There may be a few who can get away with it as they may be popular by other means, like an author or celebrity.

It looks pretty grim if you do a search online. It's true that Cafepress's base price is a bit high, which is why you don't see T-Shirts in my store. That said, I may put some on in the future. Some sites I came across said that they do make money off the product.

We will see.

That said, I'm going to actually put some effort into it, one last time. Then I will post my efforts and results in another post. Yeah, this is definitely another post for later.

Then there's the AStore. This one has a little more potential. Again, I hadn't made the effort on this blog, so I haven't made much. I'm not even sure if anyone buys something in these stores or they later check it out on the Amazon store itself.

That said, I had put stores on the site. Both are easy to set up and if there is a way to make money off these two stores, I will find out. The stores I will be promoting will be on this site.

As for the website I've been working on, it's just a demo site to show what available resources there are to start a business at home, possibly to even make a passive income.

As for the Website, I will still be tweaking it and posting my efforts. More posts to come.