You need to hire professional contractors. You need something done right, on time, the first time. Go shopping. You can find a professional or find someone who says he can do the work and "can give you a discount" before you start talking price. Should you hire him? I would say, no. ...
January 9, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Avoid the low bidder. You should avoid the low bidder. They usually cut corners in order to maintain their low pricing. This aggressive corner cutting usually works against you. You get cheaper parts, lower quality workmanship, or both. That’s why I avoid hiring low bidders and so should you. I recently hired ...
October 13, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos
Phishing…yes or no? This morning, I received a rather suspicious e-mail allegedly from Amazon.com. This looked like an order confirmation for a TV someone purchased and shipped to Alabama. Upon inspection, I learned this was a phishing attempt. I deleted the fraudulent message. I want to show how to identify a phishing ...
September 2, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos
If you see your password here, you better change it. When we choose passwords, most prefer easy to remember words. We're all guilty of doing that at least once. A client used her husband’s name, a woman who used her favorite baseball team and a man chose“12345” as his standard password. I kid ...
August 11, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos
Reduce interest-based ads’ effectiveness. Anybody out there tired of online ads that pull you away from your work? Same here. Online marketers track your web surfing habits. They then use that information to create interest-based ads they feel will appeal to you. I am showing two ads that appeal to me, ...
June 13, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos
Understanding passwords. The stronger your passwords, the more work an identity thief has to do to break them. A strong password is a password that: Has lowercase letters. Has uppercase letters. Has numbers, and Has special characters. We ...
May 13, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos
Protect your RFID charge cards. I bought an RFID blocking wallet…and so should you. RFID is an acronym. It stands for radio-frequency identification (RFID), which “uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information,” according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-frequency_identification. These tags are commonly found ...
May 2, 2016Mark Anthony Germanos