This is my bold prediction (based on some experts who have led me to the conclusion) about shopping online this holiday season. This will be the year to subscribe to your favorite retailers and hope for some excellent online shopping deals. Anything and everything from free shipping to massive discounts. As I believe I have mentioned, I’m a fan of the grilled and barbecued meats. I just scored an online deal for nearly $200 worth of meats from the Omaha Steaks Company for $49. Thank you, Internet deal!
What you want and need to know is how to score these deals. And what many newcomers to the Internet want to know: Is it safe to shop online? To quickly address the question, yes, if you have properly protected your computer with an anti-virus/anti-spyware program that is capable of seeking and scanning for potential computer threats, you should be safe to shop online. It is best to do so on secure Internet connection, which your Internet service provider probably set up for you when you opened your account. In other words, your Internet connection should be password protected.
In order to score great deals, just visit the websites of some of your favorite product providers. This can be anything from travel to food to clothing and entertainment. There will be some place on the home page, or within the contact section that allows for you to sign up and receive great deals. When the economy is tight, it helps to be savvy. And as far as I know, savvy knows no age limit!
I was watching The Walking Dead on Sunday night. Oh yeah. I’m a big fan of the show. I have long been a fan of Frank Darabont, and even though he was dismissed from the show’s creative staff, I do enjoy the show…The Mrs. and I are both big fans, but she covers her face anytime the zombiefied folks start feeding. Really bothers her. I generally giggle at the gore. I was a real horror and sci-fi fantasy aficionado back in my day.
But. I digress. I got to thinking. What would happen if the world did just cease to exist as we knew it. Presently, that means the Internet just ceases to exist. Or stop working. I think that would equate to the apocalypse for a lot of people. I think about how many people wouldn’t be able to perform their jobs without the use of the Internet. I suppose as long as there was phone communication, things could continue at a much slower, vintage pace, but wow, do we rely on the Internet!
I suppose I could be OK an Internetless world, though I would prefer that it be one without zombies, and just a general relaxed pace. As I say that, I need to grab my Internet connection to safely watch the season premier of the show that I missed last week.
If you’re like me, you may sign up for a lot of things for potential discounts, access to discounts or to get information from organizations that you want to hear from. This may cause your email account to become inundated with junk, spam, or what I like to call crap. If you have this problem, and get tired of it, it’s quite easy to opt out of getting these email messages.
Simply open the email, scroll to the bottom and look for a link to click on. This link will generally be part of a sentence that says something similar to: If you would like to stop receiving these messages, please click on this link to unsubscribe.
Click on that link and it will more than likely take you to a page in which you need to enter your email address to confirm that you wish to be removed from the mailings. I do like getting certain messages, and for me it’s more about timing than anything else, so I’ll just file through, deleting messages based on subject matter. But if you find that irritating, simply unsubscribe yourself from the mailings. Legally, these businesses are required to oblige to your request, though it may take a couple or few weeks for changes to take place.
Can anyone use the Internet for profit? Absolutely. If you have something you want to sell, there are a variety of resources available online to get the job done. I’ve talked a little bit about Ebay, but there are additional sites (also owned by Amazon), and there are also community based sites such as Craigslist.org.
I don’t necessarily recommend the shopping process on Craigslist. There are scams on Craigslist daily. But I also purchased a very nice bicycle on Craigslist once upon a time. Be wise when you shop anywhere that is basically an unknown entity.
In order to list items on all of these sites, it’s relatively simple. Everything is a step-by-step process on auction and sale sites, as well as community based forums where you can just list things for sale by owner. Almost like an online garage sale.
As I look over my shoulder to check for wandering and curious eyes, there are other ways to supplement (or lose) some funds online if you’re a fan of poker or Sportsbooks. I’ll leave that there. If you’re curious about sites that I have used and find to be quite safe, as well as efficient in paying out to winners, just let me know and I’ll be happy to share!
Boy. That is a loaded statement. I remember. Every fall I get a little wistful and nostalgic. I used to listen to all the baseball games on the radio with my Dad, and then my son would listen with me as he got older. I suppose he is the last generation that really listened to games on the radio. I know there are still radio broadcasts, but with the advent of so many specialized regional sports channels, it is easy to see your team play.
I know I talk about sports a lot. As I mention, it keeps me young. I still play tennis with younger men who are anywhere from 25-50 years old. I get around. I’m not as quick as some of them, but I do have their endurance. Back on track, I love baseball. I wish I could still play that. Attempted to play a little co-ed softball, but I found the play to be rather boring.
As the fall classic nears, I wanted to offer another technological gem that I find myself to enjoy – perfectly safe for use, and allows you to watch as much baseball as you’d care to. If you’re like me, you still consider baseball America’s pastime.
I cannot say that I am the biggest fan of Bud Selig. Baseball’s commissioner, but I am appreciative that you can access any game you want through MLB.TV. I have the annual subscription which means I can watch both the ALCS and NLCS simultaneously. One on my computer, the other on the television. This makes it easier to keep tabs without having to switch back and forth and drive my wife crazy.
In my next post, I’ll offer a few suggestions as to Christmas presents for those who love technology. I know if you’re like me, you like to have your shopping done by Thanksgiving. Then I can just people watch for that final push. It is very entertaining.
As always, thanks for stopping by.
This will conclude my season-changing information on computer protection. We’ll get a little more technologically specific in the next post. If you have shuffled through the last couple posts about various forms of malware, then you understand the need for properly protecting a computer against these harmful entities.
It’s not complicated. If you’re very careful about the way you use your computer, then a free program might even do the trick for you. However, if you download a lot of things, even from emails from friends and family, it’s recommended to take advantage of something a little more potent against potential computer infections. It’s kind of like washing your hands a lot and being careful during flu season, vs. getting a flu shot.
Here is the program I use. I consider it the best 40 bucks I have spent, because it’s protection that lasts, and I’ve never had an infection cause any problems on my computer. No fraud, no slow computer issues, no dysfunction associated with viruses, trojan horses or spyware. There are others to choose from, but I enjoy the support from CyberDefender. I’ve actually learned a lot more about computers from using their products.
Regardless of the brand you choose, you need quality protection for your computer investment. You wouldn’t drive your new car without insurance, in the same way, your computer needs some sort of protection.
To continue from my last post on the Trojan horse, or Trojan virus, I wanted to offer a quick rundown of the things you might find infiltrating your computer without the proper protection. Even with the proper protection, some threats may get through, but if the program is worth its salt, it’ll find the issues and rectify the situation.
Malware – Any form of malicious software that is designed to corrupt a computer, or even invade personal accounts and information. Different types of malware include.
Spyware: Designed to do as the name suggests – Spy. This harmful malware can trace your computer activity, and even allow another party to access your personal information by spying through your computer.
Adware: Adware in and of itself isn’t harmful. All advertising software is considered adware; however, many adware applications from less than legitimate sources, may contain spyware.
Virus: Just as a virus attacks the function of the body, a computer virus will attack the crucial components of a CPU. A virus, like a biological virus, needs to attach to an existing program to continue in its function.
Worms: Worms are far less common than they used to be. They are designed to dig into a system similarly to a virus, yet they don’t need another program in order to self replicate and cause problems within a computer’s functions.
Don’t want any of this stuff on your PC? A protective program can do the trick.