What's Up Wednesdays: Security and Influence

Last week, I tipped my hat to the top thinkers of November. This week, I turn to the Internet community to find some fascinating articles on security and influence. If you spend any amount of time online, especially if you rely on the Internet for your livelihood, you’ll want to spend some time reading these posts. Enjoy and have a happy and productive hump day!

Ray Ebersole takes care of everything to do with computers for several schools in his district and he’s been instrumental in my overcoming of three virus attacks. Needless to say, Ray knows a thing or two about that magical machine in front of our faces. If you have multiple privilege levels for users on your computer network, you may want to know about the “runas” command, since it could save you a lot of valuable time and headache.

JP Holecka, who most of you may know better as Jaypiddy, derives his inspiration from a variety of different sources. He’s been working with his dyslexia for a number of years, but he takes comfort in seeing the success and influence achieved by some famous people with dyslexia. Did you know that Robin Williams and Richard Branson are both dyslexic? I’d say they’ve done quite well for themselves.

Fabrizio Pilato shared a fascinating link with me regarding privacy concerns at Google. Should we be worried? According to Google SEO Eric Schmidt, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” That doesn’t mean that I want every telemarketer to know my phone number and credit card information, does it?

Darren Barefoot recently authored a book with Julie Szabo called Friends with Benefits (expect the review here at some point). The process has been quite the learning experience for Darren, since he can now better compare self-publishing and traditional publishing. You have more control and profitability with e-books, but you may be able to exert a larger influence on the world with a traditional “dead tree edition” book.

David Pitlyuk had the unfortunate experience of having his site hijacked without him even knowing it. Since his server was potentially compromised, he took an appropriate set of steps to rectify the situation. I had a similar experience a long while ago where they inserted errant text on my blog. With Dave’s situation, his site brought up a call for a data.js file when viewed in Internet Explorer. Change those passwords often!