LubyG https://lubyg.com Making The Web Slicker Sat, 22 Jun 2019 20:56:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://lubyg.com/files/2017/11/LubyGLogo300x300-150x150.jpg LubyG https://lubyg.com 32 32 17004178 Phishing Scams https://lubyg.com/phishing-scams/ Sat, 22 Jun 2019 20:56:56 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=9443 Phishing is a type of social engineering attack often used to steal user data, including login credentials and credit card numbers. It occurs when an attacker, masquerading as a trusted entity, dupes a victim into opening an email, instant message, or text message.

We get a lot of requests from clients to review emails sent to them. They seem to know something is wrong but contact us to verify. This is time-consuming for the customer and for us. As a general rule here are some pointers so you can avoid being duped.

Any time you get an email that seems to be legitimate hover your mouse over the link that it wants you to click. Without clicking it look at the bottom right corner of your browser screen. You will often see an odd web address that it wants to link you to. Also, if something seems legitimate, don’t click the links in the email. Go directly to the account and log in the way you normally would. For example, if it is a GoDaddy email go to Godaddy.com directly. If it is your bank, go directly to your bank website. Never click the links or call the phone numbers contained in the email.

If there is a phone number to call and you want to check this simply go to https://www.whitepages.com/ and click the Phone tab. Put in the phone number and if it is not the company that contacted you don’t be surprised. Here is an example of a phone number found in an email that seemed to come from GoDaddy.com. https://www.whitepages.com/phone/1-866-938-1119 It is safe to click that link. It shows a Wellness Spa in South Carolina is the owner of the number, not GoDaddy. There is no way to know if that number is still in service but it shows it is not the person or company who the email claims to be.

It only takes a couple of minutes or less to figure it out. When in doubt contact the company directly but never through the link or number provided in the email.

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Social Media & Marketing or Google Search? https://lubyg.com/social-media-marketing-or-google-search/ Tue, 07 May 2019 18:46:56 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=9427 Twitter

Here is an article from Pew Research on Twitter. It is detailed and goes into things you may not need to know. The bottom line is Twitter users are about 22% of the population and 10% of Twitter users account for 80% of Twitter posts. The median user tweets just twice each month, but a small cohort of extremely active Twitter users posts with much greater regularity.

The bottom line from my perspective is Twitter is almost useless when trying to reach a larger audience. While it is popular for people in some areas of interest (politics and Hollywood for example) it is not the greatest for reaching a broad market.

Most Popular

Pew also did a study into the most popular platforms for 2018, the last full year we can look at. It found that YouTube.com and Facebook.com lead the pack at around 70% of the market share. A large percentage of 18 to 24-year-olds use things like Snapchat and Instagram. They also visit these platforms several times per day. However, if your market is not the 18 to 24-year-old crowd you may be wasting valuable time working these platforms. Remember, it is all about ROI (return on investment). The younger demographic is not typically the group with the money to spend or the interest in what you may have to offer. YouTube.com is great but time-consuming. In addition, many people are not comfortable in front of the camera. If you are, it would be great if you created a YouTube.com channel for your business.

Despite using the various Social Media platforms for a broad range of reasons, just 3 percent of social media users say they have a lot of faith in the data they find on these sites. When it comes to business you should make sure the information you give is trustworthy. If posting a discount, sale or deal you should make sure it has a clear statement about limitations including any expiration date of the offer.

Timing

Timing can also be very important. People engage at various times of the day for various purposes on social media platforms. To complicate things these times differ somewhat with the platform. If you are posting for something like consumer goods here are a couple of examples. You will notice that Facebook has several high engagement days and times while there is one peak for Twitter (Sunday at 11 a.m.). See more at this web link.

 

Conclusion

There is much more to study about how to get the biggest bang for your buck or time. If you don’t have the time to do the research and post accordingly you can narrow your efforts. At this time the single best place to engage your audience on social media is Facebook. Of course, this can all change with time. The recent scandals that have plagued Facebook and Social media platforms are worth keeping an eye on. The tech world can change very quickly and you do not want to be behind your competitors.

It may be great if you can post to things like Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.  If you do not have a plan to easily distribute you can use WordPress as your website solution. In all the talk about Social Media, it is easy to forget the elephant in the room, Google. See this link. If you are not posting to your own website you are losing out on the largest part of your market. 

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Introducing We Who Served https://lubyg.com/introducing-we-who-served/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:22:33 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=9328 We Who Served

WeWhoServed.com is a unique advertising idea that helps business owners, their customers and veterans.  One key tag works across multiple businesses who join. If you get your discount key tag at your favorite restaurant you can also use it at any other participating business.

Customer Loyalty

Most of us use a discount key tag or card at our grocery store, pharmacy etc. Why do customers love them? It gives them discounts. Why do grocery stores and others participate? It creates customer loyalty!

How Much Does It Cost?

It works out to zero with a profit of at least double the cost of joining. 500 key tags can be purchased for $500 and businesses ask customers to donate $2 for the key tag. Business doubles their money immediately and consumers get discounts on future purchases.

It Is A No-Brainer

We talked about this with business owners and customers. Everyone agrees this brand new idea is a No-Brainer. Profits help veterans and customers remain loyal to participating businesses. No need for a business to spend thousands on advertising. After the key tags are purchased a business remains online for a small annual fee.

Business owners click here to Register your business today!

Example Card

Example of the We Who Served Discount Key Tag

 

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How Websites Work – Domain Names and Hosting https://lubyg.com/how-websites-work-domain-names-and-hosting/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:05:53 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=9222 There is a bit of confusion many business owners encounter when they get a website.

A website consists of two main parts, the domain name, and the hosting. The domain name is like the mailbox in front of your residence. The hosting is the land on which your residence is built.

Almost all existing businesses have a website. Over time it is easy to forget the process you or a webmaster went through to purchase and set up the tools to create your website. Your webmaster may have done it all for you. If that is the case the webmaster may have moved on and you can no longer get in touch with him or her. Suddenly your website goes down and you have no clue how to fix it or who to contact. We can help prevent that from happening. Below are the elements you will need to gain control over.

  • A domain name is the web address you give people like YourBusinessName.com. Ours is LubyG.com. We use capital letters to make it easier to read and remember.  We do it in our short domain name to give it some pizazz. Domain names are inexpensive and are purchased for a minimum of 1 year up to 10 years maximum. Prices vary by provider and domain extensions like .com, .net, .org, .us etc. We provide domain names at our cost.
  • Hosting is the platform on which your website is built. There are many different types of hosting accounts and prices vary widely. It is like leasing special computer space on the web. cPanel is one of the more popular types. cPanel can be used as an individual account or it can be used for an entire server that can host many accounts or one very popular website. Most modern websites are now hosted in WordPress and may be best hosted on a Managed WordPress hosting platform. This provides better security and performance.

It is best to have both your domain name and your hosting account in the same place. There are several reasons for that. First, it makes it easier to keep track of things. Second, if things go wrong having things in one place reduces your frustration with who to contact. Since hosting and domains work together it will help track down the way to fix an issue if it arises by placing one phone call.

It is also best to be able to speak to a clear English speaking tech support representative. Things can get confusing when it comes to technology.  Being able to understand the person on the other end of the phone can be very frustrating if you do not speak the same language.

We also have a special offer for those willing to invest $40 per month. We will set your website up on a Managed WordPress system (up to 5 pages). Click here to purchase then use our Contact Page to connect with a website developer. You can do your own Wix.com website for $29 per month or have a professional site for $40 per month and help veterans!

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Setting up SiteLock TrueShield on Enomcentral https://lubyg.com/setting-sitelock-trueshield-enomcentral/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 01:12:03 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=8735 Setting up SiteLock TrueShield on various domain providers differs in terminology. If you want to set up SiteLock with TrueShield properly on Enom follow these instructions. If your domain name is with us simply call Support to have them set it up for you.

Login to Enomcentral.com and click your domain name to edit.

Make sure you have selected Our Servers under the DNS Server Settings Tab and click Save. Use Manage Domain drop down menu.

DNS Server Settings SiteLock TrueShield

Next, select Host Records from the drop down menu. SiteLock will have given you 2 IP addresses. These are usually one number apart to help with load balancing. They also provide a CNAME record you must add.

Enom Host Records SiteLock TrueShield

If you are using a standard Cpanel system you must also set your email MX Record. Select Email Settings from the Manage Domain drop down menu. Add mail.yourdomain.com. using Pref 0 rather than the default 10. Substitute your domain name (.com, .net, .org etc) and DO NOT forget the period at the end.

Email SiteLock TrueShield Cpanel

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My Email has been hacked https://lubyg.com/my-email-has-been-hacked/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 02:01:32 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=6422 Yahoo is the most often hacked free email system based on hacked emails we receive. Hotmail, Gmail, AOL and All others can be hacked easily if you are using an insecure password. The https:// in front means absolutely nothing when it comes to getting hacked. The thing that secures your email is a strong password. Click here to see how strong your password is.

One of the easiest way to create a secure password is to use an old phone number like (212)Du6-3124 as it contains letters, numbers and symbols. You can use dots, dashes between the number sets or parenthesis around the area code. Don’t use your current phone number as someone could guess that.

We used letters in our phone numbers back in the day. You may be too young to recall something like this. If that is the case use one of your common passwords and add some symbols and a 4 digit pin number that you can remember plus upper and lower case letters. You can also swap out letters for symbols. I had a friend that used something like R@dio1420 where the letter a is replaced with @.

 

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Setting up Cpanel email on Android https://lubyg.com/setting-up-cpaail-on-android/ Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:57:48 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=8381 Use your native email app on your Android. See this link (opens in a new window so you can see our particular settings and the Cpanel instructions.)

When choosing account type use Other.

  1. Use IMAP
  2. Enter your email address AND where it asks for User put in your email address again. I never understood why they say User when they mean full email address.
  3. Use Manual Setup.
  4. Always use SSL Accept All Certificates for incoming and outgoing when selecting how to connect. This will set your ports automatically.
  5. Both incoming and outgoing use server.lubyghosting.com. Normally this defaults to imap.yourdomainname.com which is not correct!!
  6. The rest of the settings are fairly intuitive. Just refer to the Cpanel link above for everything else.
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Setting up Outlook using IMAP on server.lubyghosting.com https://lubyg.com/setting-up-outlook-using-imap-on-server-lubyghosting-com/ Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:54:20 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=8375 The screenshots are for Outlook using a MAC. Windows Outlook may look different but settings should be the same.

I will use a demo account called test under the domain 48hoursellout.com.

Add a New Account selecting IMAP

OutlookSetupMAC

Click More Options and set Authentication to use your full email address and password. A fundamental flaw with Microsoft Outlook is it users the term User name for Email Address. This is the number 1 cause for confusion among people trying to setup an email account with Microsoft products.

 

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I highly recommend you save yourself future agony and switch to MAC https://lubyg.com/i-highly-recommend-you-save-yourself-future-agony-and-switch-to-mac/ Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:24:35 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=8372 I switched from Windows to MAC back in 2009. It was the best decision I ever made. Yes, it took a while to get accustomed to. Yes, it does cost more. However, the old days of not being able to find compatible software are long over. All major companies create MAC compatible software.

The main selling points are – stability, ease of use, virus resistant, faster, updates to the operating system are free and when the operating system updates you will not be lost!

The main things to know with MAC are these:
1. Programs are downloaded in .dmg format rather than .exe for Windows.
2. Programs are called Applications. Starting a program is done with a single click. Opening files is the same as Windows, use a double click on a file and it will open the program associated with it.
3. In the upper left corner of every program window there are 3 buttons, Red, Yellow and Gree. Red shuts down that window but not the program, Yellow collapses the program window, Green makes the program go to Full Screen.
4. Instead of the Ctrl key use either the Command key or if using a Windows keyboard use the key with the Windows icon as the Command key. For example pasting text is Command V and Windows is Control V. The letters stay the same, it is just the Command key that is different. That is why I’m always messing up when working with Windows users on TeamViewer.
5. There is no Ctrl Alt Del to bring up and end programs that have locked up. The good thing is you never lose control over your desktop. At least I have not seen it in 5 years. There is only 1 program that I have ever seen go non-responsive and that is TeamViewer. To Quit a MAC program that is locked up Click Applications- Find the Folder that says Utilities – Click the Activity Monitor. Normally the unresponsive program will show up as red text. Click on it then click the X icon in the upper left then Force Quit.

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Start your own web hosting company for $79.99 per year! https://lubyg.com/start-your-own-web-hosting-company-for-79-99-per-year/ Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:42:28 +0000 http://lubyg.com/?p=8303

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As a Reseller $79.99 per year you get a Cpanel web host with Unlimited Sites, 5 Managed WordPress hosting platforms, a Site Builder (drag and drop) Email and so much more. Plus your own Reseller Site like LubyGHosting.com. Even if you do not use the Reseller option the plan gives you more than any other hosting company with all the hosting options above.

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