Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to keep your password safe

Russian Hacker gangs have stolen more than 420 billion passwords from well known sites.  The internet has a growing threat of hackers from China and Russia that have government supporting these gangs into finding vulnerabilities in the US infrastructure and banking system.

Americans have to find a method to protect their passwords because of these hackers that find a way into your computer. Sometimes, the information is stolen by simply logging on to well known retail online; a recent example was the hacking into eBay a few months ago.  

There are methods of protecting your password and here are some tips:

The first tip is very difficult but it is the best option to protect your password;  change your password often; every month.
By constantly changing your password, hackers will have a difficult time getting into your system even if you purchase online using well known retail sites. 

Tip number two is in using internet browsers like Google that have a two step verification system in which when you log on, Google will send you a verification code by text which you will have to enter each time; you enter your account.  This is called two step verification, although it involves more steps to log on to your account, it is a good method to protect your account information on Google.

Third tip is in choosing passwords don't use personal information such as mother's maiden name, birthdates, consecutive numbers; these are obvious passwords and can be found on social media sites that we volunteer our information on online profiles, such as face book, Google profile, and twitter.   There are methods of keeping social media private by changing it from public to private.  Do not post birthdates, social security numbers, and family surnames on posts or profile; so that hackers can't mine your personal information.

Fourth tip use randomizer password sites that help create difficult passwords.  These computer generated passwords are created randomly with combinations of letters and numbers, usually are very long in length.  The only problem is that the passwords can not be forgotten, it would have to be saved or copy and pasted onto a saved word document or spreadsheet form.   These passwords cannot be forgotten because you will have difficult time entering site again.

Fifth tip, is that most passwords are stolen by opening phish scam emails; these emails are made to look like informative, marketing or financial banking customer service emails.  Many of these emails trick the reader into clicking onto a link informing them of an issue with their account, or purchase and adding a link where people can log on to their sites.  These emails trick people into giving their passwords and log in information when they click on link and enter information.  There are some emails that have key logger software that tracks the users online typing and browsing on the internet. 
The general rule to follow is to NEVER open emails that claim to be from banks, auction sites, retailers that ask for your password, and miscellaneous sites that you may have never heard of.   Beware of strangers emailing you or opening any links to unknown sites.   The best formula to protect yourself is to have a spam filter to delete incoming emails form strangers; and only open emails from known family and friends.   Beware of face book emails, you should check your face book and social media pages directly , don't click on links.
Banks, credit card companies do not send out emails to their clients regarding their personal accounts.  The best method is to visit the website directly by typing into the search address bar.   Never open a link!




Washington post commentors on Siberian crater story unbelievable

Sceince and technology has been politicized by the GOP conservatives whose anti science stance is generated by fuel fossil lobbyists and companies that contribute to their political funds. 

Ignoring climate change and science is not the way to deal with the changes happening in our World.   I was reading the Washington Post story on scientists knowing what has caused the Siberian craters opening in Russia.   The story was alarming and points to climate change; according to the scientists, the permafrost in Siberia had melted which was holding the Siberian landscape together.  This huge crater has opened and released methane gas which in turn is heating up the atmosphere; therefore heating up the planet.  The scientists say they want to do more testing to be sure of theory, but the ground is still opening more; they claim that they hear the running water under the ground and more of the land falling into crater.   I was reading some of the comments from the Washington Post under the story and it is really unbelievable.  The comment page should be identified as a climate denier wing nut page, with a lot of Rush Limbaugh listeners spamming the page with anti climate change political rhetoric.  Some even questioned the truthfulness of the scientists on the theory; here is just one example: Bold Big flank says Hey relax people  Man can't effect the environment, the science isn't in, no big deal. This is all alarmist nonsense by tree huggers. Get a big truck and roll burning coal it's all a big laugh.  We're "conservatives" but don't ask us what we want to conserve

only happens in America says How is anyone surprised that this is blamed on man made global warming? They've been telling us for years that the sky is falling so why not claim that the ground is falling?

Talk about Mitt Romney being severely conservative; this crowd is severely brainwashed. 

Note that the commenters don't offer a differing theory as to what is opening these craters and show no concern with what is being actually reported and photographed.  Fact craters are opening up in Siberia, fact scientists detected levels of methane;  rhetoric their comments that are all politicized.  Actually, the Senate had reported that their was a growing sentiment among Americans of climate denial and of rejection of science which alarmed the committee because Americans have always been innovators and inventors of science and technology.  This anti science movement can damage our economy in the long run; and this thinking is being driven by the brainwashing of Americans by Conservative talk radio.  America wake up and think for yourselves, don't follow what some conservative media hack says; follow and deny.  Think, research, question just basics to independent thinking;  our society has lost the ability to really question what they are listening to in conservative media especially ratings driven talk radio.  Here is link to that story; very great article in conservative Washington Post; click here

We are not in kansas anymore; Good GOP wins, really?


Something tells us we are not in Kansas anymore; Senator Pat Roberts wins over tea party or so they say; to tell you the truth can't tell the difference between traditional GOP over tea Party since both are the same. 

Governor Brown back has destroyed the state of Kansas with the extreme Tea Party leadership and building a tax free state.   Since he has been in office, schools have closed down, teachers and students uprooted from their district schools,  billions in debt, poor job creation and their bond rating has gone down.   The economy is so bad that even over 100 GOP local Kansas legislature representatives are voting for the Democrat Paul Davis  in  this Governors race, unreal.  You know its really bad when your party is voting against you in elections 2014.   This is a wake call for America, this is the Reaganomics national GOP model of no taxes, no regulations, extreme conservatism;  and it has been an economic and social experiment failure.   America under George Bush had a tax cut model for 8 years for wealthy and corporations, no infrastructure building, huge funds for defense; with no revenue we had huge deficits.   Now since Obama managed a small tax increase in 2012, the deficit is the lowest it has been in decades.   If you take money on a credit card and collect no TAX REVENUE for eight years you will never pay down debt.  Instead be forced to borrow more money, that is what GOP policies have done for eight years under Bush; in addition to extreme spending on two unpaid wars and an expensive unpaid  Medicare Drug prescription program.   
 Clinton knew how to run an economy that is why in the 1990s the economy was good;  but after 2000 when Bush came in there was a neglect of domestic policies and everything was concentrated in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The President has been in office for six years but has had only two years of implementing and passing legislation through Congress.  The President has not had a real partner ship with people willing to work with him; instead they have gone overboard in rhetoric calling him lawless for passing less executive orders than any other President; simply because he has to get some laws changed and done in Washington DC.  If you don't have a working partner that prefers to do what is good for the country but is more interested in partisan politics; both sides can not work together to pass laws.

President Obama if he is so lawless why hasn't immigration reform been done yet, why hasn't his job bill been passed?,  why hasn't his infrastructure bill been passed?   American people should ask these questions and when they do ; they will know that the GOP has engaged in rhetoric, lies and distortions of his executive orders.  No President can pass any new laws or executive orders that create new laws.  All Presidents have power of executive orders that involves changing existing laws only.   Congress is the only body of government that is supposed to pass laws; since the Tea Party and Ted Cruz got elected into the Senate; these two have controlled Boehner led GOP House.   If GOP gets the Senate there is no doubt; impeachment is on the table as told by Steve KING of Iowa.   I bet Iowa is proud of what they have in their Congress. 
 Don't get discouraged this election cycle make your voice heard and vote in 2014. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Solution to Israeli Gaza Bloodshed

What has to be done to stop the Israeli Gaza Conflict

The only solution to this conflict is to call for the destruction of Hamas; because this Terrorist organization is not a honest broker for peace. In a recent TV interview a reporter asked the leader of Hamas, the question "will you recognize the state of Israel and he said "No". The UN and the US brokered a three day cease fire for humanitarian aid for the Palestinians; and  Hamas used this cease fire to commit a suicide bomber attack on Israeli soldiers and kill four soldiers during the first hours of the cease fire. Hamas knew that the Israeli's were going to destroy the tunnels as negotiated and were laying in wait for the soldiers. Hamas used the cease fire to plan an attack on Israeli's; how can Israel trust any negotiated cease fire now?  Hamas in Spanish means "Never"  my guess is that in Arabic it means the same; since Arabs controlled Spain for over 700 years before the crusades.

The international community has to do more to stop this conflict before it spreads throughout the Middle east and has potential to generate terrorist attacks on Europeans and Americans at home and abroad. This conflict will spread and the threat of a Terrorism World War will occur. The UN is not an objective broker in this conflict because the spokesperson for the UN broke down and cried over the deaths of the Palestinian children on International TV; and Banki Moon made a statement against Israel shelling UN schools that caused the deaths of innocent children. These two very public TV appearances has promoted anti Israeli sentiment around the world especially in Europe in very heavily populated areas where Arabs live. The UN has demonstrated their bias towards the Hamas terror group and treated them as an honest broker in this matter. The UN has not condemned Hamas for the violation of this cease fire as of August 1, 2014, hours after it was supposed to start. Nor has the UN told Hamas to stop hiding their weapons inside UN or around the areas of these schools. The world media has not condemned the use of innocent children as Hamas human shields. If Hamas truly wants to protect their own innocent people; stop using them as props to hide their  missiles.

The world community should start to evacuate only woman, children and the elderly into temporary refugee camps outside of Gaza to remove them from allowing Hamas from using these innocent people as human shields. Allow the Israeli army to destroy the infrastructure and Hamas militants; once this group is eliminated, the world community can help to rebuild Gaza under the careful supervision of International monitors to make sure all supplies such as cement and construction supplies be used for the rebuilding of schools, hospitals, homes, bomb shelters and Gaza's infrastructure. Install the PLO as the only governing faction; and allow Gaza to have more autonomy and more independence within Gaza. Hold the PLO accountable with sanctions; if they reinstall Hamas or any other Terror group into governance. There will never be peace in this region if Hamas is left in power in Gaza. The Palestinians and Israeli's will never be true friends or good neighbors because there is decades of killing and destruction to get over. The Palestinians will always see Israel as an occupier of their lands; but the World community has acknowledged Israel as a state and has granted them this territory. It doesn't make sense for Palestinians to continue to teach their young children to hate Israel so much; that it destroys their own chances of developing their own independent State. As long as Hamas is in the Gaza strip creating terror acts against Israel; there will never be a two state solution.
 

Give America a stimulus

A few days ago I posted the first of a series of blog posts on how small towns should start a campaign to attract tourism to small town America to give our US economy a local boost.   If ABC could start the "Made in America" campaign which successfully has created jobs without the help of dysfunctional GOP led House in Congress; than Americans can do the same with generating ideas on how to create a vibrant economy in their small towns.  If the town doesn't have a tourist attraction, create an annual event that will drive visitors to your town.  If your town is in a suburb of a big city, attempt to create social media buzz about your town's unique history, local museums, shopping districts, offer discounts and organize travel packages that include hotel, travel to and from airport and any other incentives for tourists looking for great vacation at bargain prices. 

The rise of social media can create a great avenue for small towns to promote their events for free; like twitter, you tube, face book; just to name a few social media platforms.   Create a real unique video and get the attention of the media;  write a free press release that media outlets scour for news ideas.   These are just a few tips on how small town America can give themselves a stimulus.  It is not easy because it needs a leader, hard work, organization of town council and local Chamber of commerce to create a plan to attract tourists to their town.

Ocala is a prime example of  a quiet suburban town with great dining, great shopping, natural trails, huge national forest and great silver springs Park; just to name a few attractions.  

Ocala hosts many events on the town square area and an annual art festival.  There are many antique, vintage shops in the area, a great past time.  There are a lot of horse farms and is known as the horse capitol of the world. 

Ocala has potential to stimulate and create jobs by promoting many of these places, events and titles.   Ocala was voted best American town to live in 1996. 


Ducks in a pond inside Pine Run estates