Monthly Archives: April 2014

How To Fix The Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug is being referred to as one of the most horrific Internet Bugs known to hit the Web since its inception. Internet Experts are claiming that ANYONE on the web with a website or accessing websites, social media, secured servers etc. IS affected, no exceptions! All social media sites, shopping channels, online VPN networks, Banks and domains are vulnerable.

Without getting too complicated in the explanation, and in an effort to focus on what you can do to protect yourself, here are the most important steps to making sure you are safe, secure, and protected going forward. Understanding what it is, how it works, then taking the necessary steps and actions to resolve and protect yourself is all that is required.

Everyone Needs to READ and DO THIS No Matter What!

heartbleedWhat is the Heartbleed Bug?

According to heartbleed.com, the Heartbleed Bug is “a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

In layman terms, this simply means that the information or passwords you thought were encrypted and protected are actually not secure and private. The suggestion is that every company with a web site should be in the process of updating their security to patch this nasty bug.

What Should I do Next?

Mashable.com has provided a great list of sites you’ll need to visit once they’ve incorporated the security patch, so you can change and update with new passwords, it’s really that simple but you’ll need to make sure that each site has implemented the security patch first. Be sure to check this list for which sites you’ll need to do update.

You will be receiving emails from many websites and online Internet services over the next few days/weeks/months that will look just like this one i received about 15 minutes ago from Issuu.com

Issuu SSL Notice
Here’s a short video that I personally found very helpful in the explanation of what the Heartbleed bug is, and what you need to do to protect yourself and secure all your online account information. Like it or not, at this very moment your presence and security on the Internet is now one of the most unprotected and vulnerable environments needing your immediate attention!!  This is no joke.

Expect to see and get many more emails like this from companies large and small in the days ahead…

Best Buy Alert   Tumblr Alert

More Heartbleed Resources:
Mashable list of web sites affected by Heartbleed
ZDNet List of Security Patches

Google Hangout Webinars

In this article, I’ll be testing a new webinar platform that combines Google hangouts, with a webinar style platform that uses YouTube for live streaming and then records the session for instant Youtube playback. This new platform coupled with it’s software and online tools offer some other really cool features too.

The landing and registration pages are pretty amazing and you can embed video right into the registration page. Here’s an example of a session coming up on April 11th, 2014 called “How To Build a Premier Agent Website.”  To see the customizable background sample, here’s a session I’ll be participating in called “Which Niche Can Make You Riche” on May 5th, 2014.

Hangout Webinar
One of my favorite features is the countdown page which also allow for an embedded video message to entertain or educate your registered attendees while they wait… instead of that annoying beep every 7 seconds while they wait for the presenter to arrive. In order to see that one, you’ll need to register for one of the above sessions:)

You can share your hangout/webinar on your sites and blogs using the custom video HTML like below.

Here’s what the “countdown” screen looks like if you try to access the Hangout/Webinar earlier than its scheduled time and date. I think this feature presents so many opportunities to educate, provide a trailer of sorts regarding what’s about to come, or simply entertain your attendees while they wait for you to arrive.

countdownOther features include the ability to create custom notifications and reminder pages. Use all kinds of HTML, cool images, custom graphics with links up the wazoo and there’s an editing and feature table that makes some desktop publishing apps look weak and worthless.

sample editor
There are a variety of other features and tools like the customizable “Thank You” page. You could also be charging a fee for admission. You even have the ability to play a pre-recorded video for your hangout/webinar session which appears as though you are there and live in person. You can market and provide links within the body of your recorded sessions and also within you’re live streaming sessions.

webinar stuff
A very feature rich, unique and intense product and service in my opinion. I’m looking forward to investigating this product much further and possibly using my existing platforms as backups to this one which very well may end up my primary training, education and support platform for the real estate industry professionals.

All in all, I think this is the perfect platform to help train, educate and support an unlimited amount of attendees who are willing to spend some time in a hangout doing a webinar that can be shared and showed on Youtube and then sent out to a variety of Social Media platforms where others can benefit from the single efforts of one person’s desire to help others.

View a Mobile Version of this Calendar

If you teach others, do webinars and seminars, use Google Hangouts to connect with other clients and community members etc, you may want to join me for one or more of these sessions above to see how it all comes together? I may even add a webinar/hangout on how to use this new product and platform to grow your own client base and your business bottom line.

As for me and my house, I’ll continue doing it for FREE!  🙂