Jerk Alert – If You Own A Website, Beware of this Ripoff

bogus bill DNS

Let me amend that title: If you simply own a domain; you know, like “,” even if you haven’t built a website on it yet, watch out. You might get a bogus invoice in the mail one day from a company claiming you’re a customer. One of my clients got one this week:

Thank goodness my client is a smart cookie. Rather than just paying the bill, she took a shot of it and emailed it to me, asking, “Do I need to pay this?”

Absolutely not.

Since I’m ... 

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Manterruptions – It’s Not Just You

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Just sayin’. Or trying to, anyway… Women are interrupted far more often than men are. Mostly it’s men who do it, but women do it too. So if you’re interrupted often, it’s not just you. It’s a persistent and pervasive gender bias. Not complaining. Just sayin’. Be aware. Learn to adapt. And don’t perpetuate it yourself.

Read “How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women,” by Yonja Jacobi and Dylan Schweers, on Big Think.

Interesting ... 

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Password Hell

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Here’s what they all tell you:

  • Never use a password that includes names, numbers, or places from your life.
  • Never use the same password twice.
  • Never write down your passwords.
  • Never store your passwords on your computer or your phone.
  • Never give your passwords to anyone else.

Password Rules Are Hell

According to the rules above, you’re supposed to:

  • Use a different password for every account you have online
  • Use passwords that don’t contain anything from your life – i.e. people, pets, places you’ve been, favorite teams, or anything else that somebody might guess you would use
  • Keep no record of your passwords, anywhere
  • Trust absolutely no one with your passwords

Um, does that sound doable to you?

Heck no. It’s classic circular logic. Catch-22. Absurd. Impossible.

It’s Password Hell.

Most of Us Break the Password Best-Practice Rules

All these great rules leave us right where we started: Nowhere.

So most of us do what humans will do – we cheat. Either we use names and places that mean something to us to help us remember our passwords, or we use the ... 

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Nancy Shenker Did A Funny Thing For Business

Nancy Shenker - puppet

Last week I got an email from Nancy Shenker, guru of theONSwitch, and in it she announced that she’s starting a video series on business. Did I say just a video series? I should have said a puppet show video series on business. What?

I gave it a watch and I thought it was awesome. There’s Nancy all right, in person on camera, so no, it’s not an entire puppet show. But there’s also this great puppet Mimi who provides a light tone and comic relief. It’s the perfect ... 

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A Better, Tech-ier Way To Send Money Overseas

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The extent to which people are moving around the globe; traveling overseas, taking extended stays, becoming expats – well, you’d think the whole world was their home.

Wait a minute, the whole world is our home, isn’t it?

More Travel. More Money Moving Around the Globe.

As we grow older, many of us are traveling more, including internationally. Not only might we have more time to travel than when we were younger; thanks to the internet and laptops, many of us can take our work with us, making ... 

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Hectic Holidays? 3 Sites and Apps to Save You Time and Money Right Now and All Year

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You’re running around. You’re spending money. You’re starting to feel that familiar holiday-stress, that slippery-slope feeling: not enough time, too much spending.

Your natural instinct is to double down on the hours of holiday preparation, grit your teeth and shell out the money even though it’s starting to feel out of control.

You’re not alone. Holidays are stressful and exhausting for many. This is especially true for women, who are, let’s face it, often the holiday-makers of the ... 

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How to Use Tech to Donate to Good Causes For Free

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Contributing to the common good is one of the very best reasons for becoming more tech savvy. And it’s even better when your use of tech helps people in need (or the planet) at no cost to you, and via a process that makes your donations automatic and effortless. Once you set up your participation, you’ll ask yourself, “Why wouldn’t I do this?”

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the massive earthquakes in Mexico (can these disasters ... 

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Tech Aversion is The New “Old”


We’re not “old.” Not the way we saw our grandparents. We have active, connected, vibrant lives. Sure, one day we may stop working at our jobs, but we aren’t withdrawing from an involved life. We are young at heart and in spirit.

Yes, we are. But there is one area that we may be blind to in the “becoming old” category; not keeping up with technology. It’s our generation’s weakness, our Achilles heel, if you will, when it comes to staying young. Many of us aren’t even aware ... 

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Social Media Marketing: How To Stop Running On A Hamster Wheel In Hell

cartoon woman on hamster wheel

Last spring I conducted a webinar for Janet Neal’s Tribe of Superbwomen on social media marketing for the small business owner. I called it “How to Stop Running On The Social Media Marketing Hamster Wheel In Hell,” because that’s what so many entrepreneurial women do, particularly, I think, women over 50. We didn’t grow up with this stuff; many of us just aren’t as facile with it as those 30-somethings out ... 

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Check Out the Before-&-After Websites for Women’s-Advantage!

Womens-Advantage-old & new websites

Woo hoo! I just finished working with a brilliant client named Jenni Gabelsberg, the director of Women’s Advantage | Men’s Optimal Health, to redesign and upgrade her website, and I had so much fun working with her not only because it was satisfying to improve her design and add the SEO and security features that her site sorely needed, but because I so highly respect the work that they’re doing at the practice. Jenni and her staff bring relief from pain, discomfort, worry, ... 

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