Phishing scam

There is an issue with Bluehost right now regarding emails being sent out to account holders with information running like this: “Your personal account information has been changed.” with a link to click if you want it stopped…

DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!

According to a Bluehost support tech, it is a phishing scam.

So here’s what I did — I blocked the IP address 71.226.135.64 which came with the email and I changed my web host account password. Just to be sure.

Do it now as well. And be very careful in opening emails purported to be from legit partners. Do not click any link that comes in an email unless you are very sure of the source.

Anti-Cybercrime Bill

The House of Representatives passed the newest version of the Anti-Cybercrime Bill (HB 5808). It is also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 which includes online threats and online defamation as cybercrime offenses. The Senate had the old version of the bill Anti Cybercrime Bill (Senate Bill 2796). The House of Representatives and the Senate will consolidate both bills into one and will be passed into law after approval of the president.

Now, cybercrime not only includes online intrusion, hacking or illegal use of network resources but online libel as well.

For those found guilty of online defamation, penalty will be a minimum of Php500,000 and a maximum of 1M pesos plus jail time.

I am still vague about this bill because on one hand it will curtail the freedom of speech we bloggers have. But on another hand it will at least give us bloggers and other online people a rule to follow and a leash so as not to abuse the online freedom we are given.

What do you think of this Anti-Cybercrime Bill?

Fight SOPA!

Fight SOPA

People will not allow SOPA to happen. I am sure of it! So many people are fighting to stop SOPA and PIPA I am sure blood will be shed before it becomes a law. I hope it won’t happen because truly that would be the end of the internet as we know it.

Does anyone know what happened to SOPA now?

Alexa: Something weird’s going on with the ranks

I don’t know if you noticed it but there are weird updates going on in Alexa. I don’t know why all of a sudden all my blogs’ Alexa ranks are going down. I know that not everyone is having the same problems. I know that not all blogs are affected, especially those with good and regular traffic. But most of my blogs which are not getting much traffic got huge leaps of downward rank updates!

Are you experiencing the same thing?

In the past regular updates in your blog can bring a positive update in Alexa. But these days, even if you write 10 fresh entries a day you will be shocked to see your Alexa still going down.

What the hell is going on?!?

RIP, Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Another brilliant mind has left us. Steve Jobs passed away today. The mastermind behind Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died according to a statement from Apple. Jobs was 56.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

Rest in peace, Steve.

The world became a little more fun because of you.

Tweet! Tweet!

I love Twitter! I think I spend more time there than in Facebook. Updates are faster and there is more direct interaction than on Facebook. In Twitter, you can mention people you are not connected with unlike in Facebook where you have to be friends with the person or like the page about the person before you can interact with him/her. There’s also big possibility that those persons can read your tweets which is really exciting for an ordinary individual like me.

Take for example this favorite author of mine that I found in Twitter. I mentioned her and, wonder of wonders(!), she responded to my tweet! Can you imagine how that tweet made my day?

If you don’t have a Twitter account yet, or you don’t know what it’s all about, I suggest you go and open an account now. You can find me there at http://twitter.com/sacreyes. Let’s connect and exchange tweets!

😉

Keeping track of domain and web hosting renewals

I almost forgot to renew my Bluehost web hosting account! I wasn’t checking my email for a couple of weeks now for the simple reason that I keep forgetting to open it. When I opened my email yesterday, that’s when I found out a couple of reminders from someone in Bluehost went to my spam folder. I immediately checked and was horrified by what I found out!

My Paypal account has an $8 balance! How can I renew my Bluehost web hosting account with that amount?!?

I immediately asked around and fortunately, I have good blogger-friends who always help me out when I’m on a tight spot. This time around, Caren of Carensmoja.info through Gelliane of Everyday Adventures and (as usual) Angi of Say Cheese helped me out with my problem. I was able to renew my webhosting account the same day I found out it was about to expire! Thank you, ladies!

My advise to all of you, create an alarm. Or put a post-it with an upcoming expiry date of a domain name or a web hosting account. Do it and don’t be like me who found out about it at the last minute.

NOTE: If you don’t have a web hosting account yet, or you’re thinking of getting a new one, try Bluehost. They’re a reliable web hosting company.

NOTE2: This is not a paid ad but I will get an affiliate fee should you use my Bluehost Affiliate Link.

Fake Greenbelt Signage

Fake Greenbelt Signage

I became aware of a viral photo the other night. It’s a Fake Greenbelt Signage posted by someone obviously playing a prank saying poor people are not allowed inside Greenbelt 4. I heard that many people reacted negatively to it.

It’s obviously done by someone who has a lot of time in his/her hands. Do you really think that if Greenbelt intends for their mall to be for rich people only they will post a sign that says so? Of course not!

People will believe what they want to. Think before you react. And to the one who posted this fake signage… playing with people’s emotions is not funny at all.

Note: Click this link to read about the reaction of Ayala Malls management on the fake Greenbelt signage that’s gone viral the other day.

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