Email Hacked

18 03 2013

One of the best favors you can do for yourself, and for free, is to add yourself to your email contact lists. Many of us already have at least two email accounts but if you do not I would strongly suggest that you create a second email account.

Treat your other email accounts as if they were a friend’s email account. Send an email to yourself in every email account you use then add your new “friend” to your email contact lists. When your email account is hacked, usually for the purpose of sending spam to all of your contacts, if you are a contact in your contact list the chances are great that you will be notified of the illegal activity by yourself. Often it is rather difficult to know when your email account has been compromised unless a friend or contact happens to notice that the email they received from you isn’t quite like your others and becomes suspicious enough to inquire or for some reason your email provider notifies you of suspicious attempts to log into your account.

Yahoo is notorious for having a problem with compromised accounts although they try to protect users with information and added security measures. Perhaps because the Yahoo web-based email accounts are so popular amongst the general populous the information thieves find it more lucrative and appealing to conduct their illegal activities there. You would like to know as soon as possible if you have fallen victim to these unscrupulous vandals and Yahoo is pretty good about informing you when your IP address does not match or has changed.

So you wake up one day and head to the inbox only to find an email from yourself that you did not send. Your very next step is to sign into the account that generated this email and promptly change your password. You should be able to come up with a pretty good and easy enough to remember password if you apply a tiny bit of thought to it. Think of a phrase like ‘Pizza Is So Scrumptious With A Friend Or 22‘ then use only the first letters of each word, add a symbol or two (hyphen, dash, slash, asterisk, question mark, etc..),  and a number.

PISSWAFO-22*

Additionally you can mix the upper and lower case letters in any way you choose and add more symbols to make it even harder to decipher your personal password.

PIssWaFo-22**%

The trick is to make your password as unique as possible. Avoid using sensitive information and well known words or phrases. The more variety the better and adding numbers and symbols will triple your password’s strength. Avoid tell-tale wording such as “my password” or your phone number and sequential numbers such as 1234 and 9876. Try to make the phrase something you will remember and practice it a few times. Make it as long or short as you like but bear in mind most passwords under 6 characters offer moderate protection at best. Until you get used to your new password you may want to keep a cheat sheet for yourself in a desk drawer or a text file in your music folder. You do not want to label such as “PASSWORD” or keep it with your other documents. Why make it easy for a hacker if your computer becomes compromised.

Orange Monkeys Like 2 Buy Blue Bananas At Night Not At 3:00 Or 999.

OML2BbBAnNA3:00O999.

As you can easily see it is not very hard to make and remember a quite sophisticated password. The more you use it and say it to yourself the easier it becomes to remember and you can always add more to it or move parts around to make it even more of a challenge for bad doers to hack.

Orange Monkeys Like 2 Buy Blue Bananas At Night Not At 3:00 Or 999 And With 43 Of Their Grape-Ape Friends.*

OML2BbBAnNA3:00O999AW43OTG-aF.*

Orange Monkeys Like 2 Buy Blue Bananas With 43 Of Their Grape-Ape Friends At Night Not At 3:00 Or 999.*

OML2BbBW43OTG-aFAnNA3:00O999.*

Your next move is to change your added security questions and check carefully all your other personal information. The hackers may change information to enable them to be able to gain access to your account even if you change your password and security questions so double-check all of your personal information and associated email accounts carefully. The last thing you should do is notify the email carrier about the compromise to your account information and the fact that you have changed your password and security questions and answers, and verified all your personal and contact information is correct.

Think before you click. Be careful of where you use other accounts to sign in. There are many websites that can become compromised easily and you could end up signing into a bogus website that will save your information for a hacking to occur later. I find it is rather convenient to be able to use my Facebook, Twitter or MSN account to sign into an account on another website but I have found that it is much safer for me to simply try to sign in without the convenient aid of these applications. As with any technology the applications that have the potential to make our lives simpler also have the potential to do harm. Be aware and be safe.





Icons and Cursors

13 02 2013

Looking for new icons or cursors? I know the perfect place for you to go. Most are free to use for personal and non-profit endeavors and many are donated to the public domain. Yes, I am speaking of professional quality icon and cursor sets. Even the instructions on how to use these items can be found all in one place. Check out some of the high quality creative work being uploaded, download your selections for free, visit the how to pages and then find out how you can create these items with the easiest to use software around! You will never know what you are missing if you do not visit RW Graphics!

Don’t just take my word for it, view the gallery and take a look at these items created with RW Software!
Click on any image to view the set.

Icons:

Dalek   Eggonpan    Knight-black
heart2    lipstick   Lollipops

Blue Peace Sign     Smiley Button    Music Note

soccer-ball   piggy-bank   soccer-whistle

RW logo   PowerPoint   GlassExcel

Cursors:

BlueGlass Cursors  Red Radar Cursors GreenTrim Animated Cursors   Doodle Cursors  Windows Bubble Cursors  Christmas CursorsStix Cursors





RW Designer

9 02 2013

rw-designer.comI would like to introduce you to Real World Graphics. In existence since 2006, Real World Graphics serves as the website for a wonderful collection of easy to use graphic software, desktop tools and online tools as well as a repository for artist’s creations with a forum where all topics related to the software and creation of artwork are to be found.

Ever get bored with your pc experience? You go to the computer and find that you are totally uninspired by what you find there. Same old stuff. So you look at your desktop wallpaper and decide that maybe a change is needed. You fumble around until you locate the means by which to change your desktop wallpaper imagery and thumb through all your options, no doubt many of which you have used before, but none seem to catch your eye. After trying a few out you decide to venture online to search for the perfect image to decorate your desktop.

The choices are limitless, finding the perfect one is a daunting task. After an hour (or hours) of searching you find that perfect desktop wallpaper and apply it. Yay! Something new! You are delighted with your newly found wallpaper and bask in the glow for several minutes. You have made your old pc so much more delightful and pleasant to use now, surely you will adore the time you spend at the computer now.

Remember back before you knew how to change your desktop wallpaper? You were clueless and fearful that you would mess it up. What if you could change other things on your personal computer? Customize it so that it is unlike any other pc around? What if you could change your icons? What if you could change your cursor set? Well my fellow world-wide web traveler you can!

What’s that? Change icons and cursors? You may be thinking that there is no way you could do that, it’s too complicated, you will mess it up and ruin your personal computer. Dismiss all those thoughts, none are further from the truth. You can customize your pc or laptop in these areas simply, quickly, painlessly and repeatedly as often as you desire!

The RW Designer website allows you to browse their gallery for your own perfect combination of customization, download for free and shows you how to implement your choices with step by step instructions! This is truly an easy task, children are doing it! Just imagine your tired old pc or laptop with new life and vigor! Imagine being delighted with wonderful exciting inspiring new imagery and the pride of knowing you did it all by yourself! Show your friends and watch how quickly they become amazed at your pc skills! Share with them how you did it and they will be eternally grateful!

Still don’t believe you can do it? Think you will have to study pages and pages of text articles before you can even think of changing something so complicated? It really is not so complicated and it is only scary when you don’t know how to do it. RW Designer’s founder and software author creator Vlastimil Miléř has an array of video tutorials and will walk you through everything with step by step instruction. Think you will still need more help than that? Need a goto person, someone to hold your hand a bit tighter? The forum is filled with very knowledgeable users that would be glad to assist you with any question you may have.

Alas, no more boring pc’s and laptops! As easy as 1-2-3! With the wide array of user creations available it’s a snap! Ah, but you desire something even more original and unique. Consider trying the graphic software and creating your own masterpieces! All of the easy to master graphic software applications are offered free to try for 30 days! Join the website by registering to show off your works of art or comment and rate others’ work to earn buttons which you can submit for neat prizes like a license voucher for RealWorld Photos Standard Edition, RealWorld Icon Editor Standard Edition, or RealWorld Photos Professional Edition!

With all these graphic software applications and online tools at hand there is no limit to what you can create! Stop by RW Designer today and be creative!

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