Oxymoron: Facebook Security

This whole FB phenomenon is a real paradox. It’s like if you don’t join in, then you’re considered to be a doofus, but if you do join, they want your cell phone number, birthdate, and all kinds of other info. Given FB’s security track record you need to be careful about how much info you share with the world.

And I’m not even going to apologize for having an attitude about it. If  they would tighten up security and eliminate viruses, trojans and other malware, it still wouldn’t mean that it’s OK to let everyone know what your birthday is.

Meanwhile, I have this to say: If you value the security of the information on your computer, be very careful with what you do on FB, who your ‘friends’ are and what you ‘like’. Sure, many people on FB are nice. However there are a few who ruin it for everyone else. Unsavory characters are looking for any little tidbit of info so that they can tuck that into the world wide database that they are building with your name, birthdate, phone number, passwords, SSN, etc.

The bottom line is, don’t allow anyone to see your birthdate, phone number, full name, and any other important personal info. Unfortunately, FB has a really bad habit of hiding the place to change those settings. I used to be able to find it under the Security Settings but I can’t find it right now. Facebook really makes me mad.

So, I had to do a search on “facebook hide birthday” and I found this:

How do I change my birthday and choose who I share it with?

To edit your birthday:

  1. Go to your Timeline and click About under your profile picture
  2. Scroll down to Basic Information and click next to Birth Date
  3. Use the dropdown menus to adjust your birthday
  4. Click Save

There are two audience selectors next to your birthday: one for the day and month and one for the year. Friends won’t get a notification about your upcoming birthday if you don’t share the day and month with them.

Note: If you’ve recently changed your birthday, you may have to wait a few days before you can change it again.

That worked today, but might change tomorrow.

Mouse troubles

Are you having trouble with your mouse?

Just to be clear, I’m talking about your computer mouse, not the live varmints or the ones that your cat brought you.

I know it might sound stupid, but just humor me, the first thing to do is to reboot the computer.

If rebooting didn’t solve the problem, and if you have a PS2 mouse (the round connector), shut the PC down then unplug the mouse and plug it back in. If you try to unplug and plug in the mouse with the PC running you have a chance of causing the motherboard to fail by trying to “hot plug” a PS2 connector. The chances are slim, but it has happened. Shut the computer down, check the connector for bent pins and the cable for damage; sometimes house pets like to chew on cables. Replace the mouse if it’s looking bad.

If it’s a wireless mouse with a USB adapter, check or replace the battery in the mouse; make sure that the + and – ends of the battery are oriented correctly. Someone had me drive out to their house and that was the whole problem; and yes, they needed to pay me for my time. As long as I was there I did a tuneup, but still, they felt kind of dumb.
Then make sure that the USB adapter is inserted into the PC or laptop.
If it’s still not working, look for a Connect button to push on the mouse.
If it’s still not working, try a different mouse with a USB connector.

If you have a USB mouse you can unplug it from the PC and plug it in again or maybe plug it into a different USB port. The computer will go thru the process of installing the driver software which takes a minute or so.

If it’s the real old kind with the ball, and it works but is jumpy, you can open the bottom cover around the ball and clean out the dust.

It is possible that the mouse has failed; that is rare, but it does happen.

I have also seen rare cases where plugging in a mouse causes real strange problems to occur. In that case, it doesn’t make any sense to spend time trying to solve the problem. Replace the mouse. Use the old one to entertain a cat.

If you have trouble with live mice, bring in a rat snake, ball python, or maybe a cat. Rat snakes are constrictors, so they are not poisonous and actually make great pets. Although, it’s important to keep them in a properly setup herptile terrarium. There are many great websites for ideas. One of the best is
http://house-of-reptiles.com/
in Tigard Oregon. Stop by their store for an up-close look at their many fascinating herp’s.

Learning something new

Once you stop learning, you might be dead.

I’m not sure who said that before, and I imagine that I have misquoted it. Anyway, I think you know what I mean.

So, here I am trying to learn something. Hopefully, I’ll make some progress.

Cheers for now.

Getting Started

Sorry I’m late. Been busy with helping other people.

I have a whole bunch of short articles to post – actually, they are questions that people have asked and answers that I have emailed back. So I’ll get going on that.

And I’m sorry, but no, I am not allowing comments at this time. Again, I apologize, but I just don’t have time to deal with comments. I need to make a living, and business has been very rough since 2009.

Please note that this site is hosted at InMotionHosting.com. I used Softaculous to install WordPress, and started thru their tutorials to get going.

If I can do this, you can too. Just go to InMotionHosting.com, sign up for their Business Hosting, pick your domain name, and away you go. If you need to upgrade later on, no sweat. Their support team is great, so if you have a question, do a chat session, send email, or call them. They’re great.

Or give me a call if you would like some hands on help. (I am very happy to help, but yes, my hourly rates will apply.)

Also check the link for Mr WordPress. That link will take you to the WordPress website where there is tons more info.

Hmmm… and just what is a ton of info?

Don’t waste too much thinking about that – unless you’re trying to get to sleep.