Aug 31

Recently I learned about a tool called Robo­Form* — and when I find some­thing really use­ful, I want to share the news!

At first, I assumed it was too good to be true or, worse, that it might actu­ally com­pro­mise my secu­rity online. But then I heard about it again, from a source I trust greatly and who has years of online expe­ri­ence (shout-out to Sab­rina Gib­son!), so I decided to look into it fur­ther. I gave the free ver­sion a try and fell in love! Seri­ously! I am SO DELIGHTED to have this new tool in place that when I reached the free-version limit (10 pass­words, I think), I imme­di­ately upgraded to the Pro ver­sion (under $25) for my 40+ pass­words!

Robo­Form stores all your inter­net user­names and pass­words so you don’t have to fig­ure out a sys­tem for remem­ber­ing them all. Fur­ther­more, nowa­days there is such a threat of iden­tity theft and hack­ers get­ting into our inter­net accounts (two friends of mine have recently been phished on Face­book), that I was glad to know Robo­Form helps pre­vent that, too, with its optional random-password gen­er­a­tion, which gen­er­ates a unique, strong pass­word for each site that calls for one. Robo­Form stores them all for you so you only need to remem­ber one, to enter the Robo­Form pro­gram and access all your oth­ers. You can view, copy, or change your pass­words at any time under the “Edit” option on the menu, but as far as any­one else is con­cerned — any­one who doesn’t have your Robo­Form pass­word — the pass­words are secured with military-level encryption.

One other thing: Robo­Form can also auto-fill forms for you, if you find your­self at a lot of dif­fer­ent web­sites that require the com­ple­tion of long forms with per­sonal data. You sup­ply the infor­ma­tion in an ini­tial set-up, and then click an icon when­ever you need a form filled. (I do make sure to read over the form just to make sure it all got filled out cor­rectly, and because some­times I might want to change the email address I’m sup­ply­ing or such, but it’s a help­ful resource nonetheless.)

In short, I think Robo­Form is one of the most use­ful resources I’ve ever encoun­tered for online work (and play!). At the very least, why not click here to learn more?

RoboForm: Learn more...

* http://​cmp​.ly/5

Jul 22

Yes­ter­day I took advan­tage of a webi­nar on Social Net­work­ing offered by Sab­rina Gib­son. She’s the Social Net­work­ing leader I’ve been learn­ing from in online train­ing since Decem­ber. Here’s what another mem­ber of the class had to say about her:

Linda Rus­sell on Sab­rina Gib­son — Social Net­work­ing (YouTube​.com)

Although this was an “intro” webi­nar, I decided to lis­ten in. I fig­ured either it would be good to have what I already knew reit­er­ated and rein­forced or she’d have some new infor­ma­tion to share, or both. Well, it turned out to be “both”!

I pro­moted this to some of you through my email list (If you are inter­ested in know­ing about resources like this, please fill in the brief form at the right of my home­page; I will NOT bom­bard your mail­box, and you can always un-subscribe if you change your mind), but I know some of you had sched­ule con­flicts yes­ter­day. So I am thrilled that Sab­rina has now made the record­ing of her webi­nar available!

Fol­low this link to check out what the webi­nar offers: http://​www​.Social​Max​i​miz​ing​.com/​V​i​deo3. And as a teaser, here are a few excerpts from the info page:

So many net­works, so lit­tle time! Have you put off Social Net­work­ing as just another “waste of time”?
Are you using Social Net­work­ing and not really find­ing any results? Are you con­fused as to what to do, when to do it or how to do it?…

If you are like most busi­ness own­ers you:

  • Are smart with where you spend your time and money
  • Rec­og­nize mar­ket­ing is a MUST to suc­ceed (espe­cially in this “new economy”)…
  • Desire to grow your business
  • May not under­stand tech­nol­ogy but rec­og­nize it is vital for success…

What I would like to share with you is a sim­ple step by step strat­egy so you don’t waste your time “tin­ker­ing around” with Social Net­works.  If you are not seri­ous about grow­ing your busi­ness, you can just stop read­ing now!  If you plan to “sur­vive” and even thrive in this new econ­omy, you need to do things differently…

Sab­rina has stated that the link to the webi­nar will only be avail­able for two weeks, so I strongly encour­age you to take advan­tage of it right away! (And while the info page says it’s a 1-hour event, it was actu­ally between 1–1/2 and 2! Can’t beat that for FREE!) Enjoy!

Oh, and please stop back here and leave a com­ment about what you thought of the webi­nar after you’ve viewed it. I’d love to hear!

Jul 15

Whew! After quite a few days of frus­tra­tion, I learned yes­ter­day (through Sab­rina Gib­son, my social-media coach) that Host­Ga­tor was the place to go to work out my Word­Press kinks!

See, though I don’t really under­stand it and prob­a­bly can’t explain it well, Host­Ga­tor is what enables me to have a “self-hosted” blog — to take my domain name (Final­Touch­Proof­readin­gAndEdit­ing) and use Word­Press blog­ging fea­tures with­out hav­ing my name buried inside a Word­Press URL. Don’t worry if you don’t under­stand that; I just fol­lowed Sabrina’s direc­tions for set­ting it up (and if you have a busi­ness you want to blog for, you might find it use­ful to learn more about this — I can put you in touch with the right people).

Until this morn­ing, I’d been tear­ing my hair out. See? It’s a lot shorter now than it used to be! 😉 Com­pare this — before the glitch –

Heidi with longish hair

Heidi with longish hair (Photo cour­tesy Gabriel Mann, age 5)

to this — after I’d yanked out half of my locks!

Heidi with short hair

Heidi with short hair (Photo cour­tesy Gabriel Mann, age 5)

(Of course, it was a wel­come change for summer.)

Any­way… my point is that Host­Ga­tor turned out to be the place I needed to go for answers! What’s more, they are so strong in the customer-service realm that the three issues I brought to the Live Chat tech­ni­cian (and one more that I added in along the way) are now all resolved, so I am out of panic mode and back into lov­ing my blog!!

So, you should see more of me in the near future! (And I just may become a Host­Ga­tor affil­i­ate, but for now, FYI, I make no “com­mis­sion” off of pro­mot­ing them here, other than the fun of pass­ing along a great tip and resource to my friends!)

Oh, and the change in the look of the blog is “col­lat­eral dam­age” from all the tech prob­lems. I may end up chang­ing it back, or chang­ing to some­thing a bit fancier, but for now, I’m just glad to be here, back with you!

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