Be Vigilant With Your Accounts – My PSA

As technology grows, more and more we see the bad guys come out to try to take advantage on the ones that cannot grow fast enough with the tech or who choose to move forward at a less fast pace.

Recently I’ve noticed that more and more, we are seeing emails show up in our inbox (email or instant messages etc) that looks like an official email from a service that we use.

No one is immune to these emails or pop up we receive, but we can and should take the time to scrutinise every piece of electronic mail we receive to make sure that we are not being preyed upon.

I have recently received emails that look like it’s an official email from the Apple company (which is what I’ll be using as an example); but similar emails can be found coming from all other companies such as Google if you use their services or maybe yahoo (who actually uses that anymore?). That said, please take some time to check each piece of email you receive.

 

Above you can see an email I received a few weeks ago and you’ll also notice I’ve highlighted a few things on this email that you can look for when going over them with a fine tooth comb.

 

I decided to click the link to find out where it would take me, after clicking the link we can see from the next screenshot it took me to a webpage that looks like that of the Apple Website, but upon a closer look we can see that the URL (the web address circled in red) is nowhere near what Apple.com looks like. So this would be a tell-tale sign that this might be a scam.

 

TL;DR – If you receive an email from any of the services that you use that ask for your username and password. Be leery about the links, don’t click the link or enter your personal information into any field.

If you can, manually go to the company website that might look fake and log in there.

Nearly half of millennials haven’t starting saving for retirement: Wells Fargo | via CNBC

If like me you’re a millennial, like me you should be obsessed with saving for retirement. As an outsider to the US I had no idea what 401k etc meant, as such like a lot of others, I luckily found answers to these questions from close family members that has the know how about retirement savings.

That said, I’m totally obsessed with shaving as much as I can from each pay cheque to save for retirement these days. Wish  I knew about this earlier but hopefully with patience and some time I can get caught up.

Have a a look at the article listed below for more information how the current state of affairs on retirement savings for millenials.

Source: Nearly half of millennials haven’t starting saving for retirement: Wells Fargo

Two Weeks Without Facebook App

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve removed the FB app from my phone & only access it on iPad or Computer a few times per day. Gotta say I don’t miss it at all.


Matter of fact, I kind of feel like I got some time back during my day not having to check it often because it’s not on my phone and do take some work to get on a Mac or iPad to check it. Apart from saving the time I have also saved a lot of data on my device along the way.

Someone who uses about 10-15 gigabytes of data each month, I can clearly see a sharp drop in the data being used over the past two weeks.

Now let’s see how long I can keep the Facebook app off my iPhone going forward. Let’s hear if anyone else have the same views.

Chrome… what? Time For A Change

Chromebook, yup that operating system that’s basically a browser where you can do almost everything you can with a regular old fashioned computer. And I find myself drawn to using it more and more these days.

We recently bought our daughter her first computer and it was an Acer chromebook ultra portable computer. We choose this computer as her first because of the ease of use of Chrome OS. Basically she log in with her Google account and everything is there in an instant ready to go. 

That said, I’ve found myself reaching over and grabbing this device over my older MacBook Pro these days more and more. I’ve also noticed that my wife who almost never use a computer unless she has to do actual work for her job and mostly live on iOS, has also been reaching out and using this device more and more too. I think this is a win for the Chrome OS.

We have been using this Acer chromebook for a few months now and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to do casual work and browsing etc.
I would still recommend another computer with more horsepower around the house for the heavy lifting for things such as photo and video editing etc.

But if you are looking for a couch computer or a computer to throw in your backpack, give chrome os a try.