A Day In The Life… The Ups And Downs Of Being Captain Obvious!

By Brian Basilico

Today I want to get into A Day in The Life, and the ups and downs of being Captain Obvious. What I mean by that is, I want to talk about some stuff that is just so basic, but a lot of people don’t think about.

Today I’m going to give you five things – some ups and downs about being Captain Obvious.

Turn Down Spammers & Scammers

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The first thing I want to discuss is spammers and scammers. That is a downer. Now, why do people jump on and try to hack your computer or hack your web server? Well, straightforwardly, they’re looking for usernames or passwords so they can get access to credit card information. If they can’t get credit card information, chances are what they’re trying to do is use your email address or web server as a giant spam machine, so that you get dinged for it and they don’t, and they can spread their messages without getting blacklisted. This could turn your website, your web server, into a giant mess. Here’s the thing to help you be unhacked, or to avoid getting hacked. On a PC, you’re going to need some kind of software that’s going to help you with anti-virus. You don’t need it so much on Macs, especially iPhones and tablets like iPads, because they’ve already got a lot of that stuff built in.

For an example, when somebody sends you an email – let’s say they’re sending you a connection request for LinkedIn. Now I get these all the time, but the difference is that I have 11 email addresses. When I get one of these emails, I can tell immediately; if it’s not sent to the email address which is associated with my LinkedIn account, I know it’s spam. But they’re getting smarter. They’re figuring out how to figure out what your real email address is, and they’re sending requests to that.

Here’s what you have to do. You have to look down. Look down to where it says either, “Log in” or “Accept a request” and just roll your mouse over it. Do not click it, just hover. At the very bottom of your browser, you will see the URL that that link is going to go to. That URL will tell you whether it’s linkedin.com which is legit, or whether it’s somebody else’s website/ihackthisweb/login.php something along those lines. It’s just a URL that does not start with LinkedIn. If you see that, run away. Delete it and forget it.

So that’s the first thing. Avoid spammers, avoid scammers, and do your best to make sure that you’re protecting yourself.

Look Up And Review Your Renewals & Subscriptions

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The next thing I want you to do is what I call review and renew. This one is an upper. So what you have to do is look up everything that you have on a recurring charge on your charge cards. For me, it could be stock photography, web servers, URLs, whatever it is. I’ve had Go to the full article.

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