Check out this quick way to find local Norwood businesses on Facebook, and while you’re there, consider clicking the “Like” button. You can also click directly on the business to leave them a review. Likes and reviews can really help local small businesses set themselves apart from bigger competition and can lead to more customers and more sales.
I’ve got more passwords than I can count. Work email, Personal email. Facebook, Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat. Pinterest. LinkedIN, Online Banking. Every single credit card. The Patient portal for my doctor’s office (and my childrens portals as well). Netflix, Hulu, Plex, Reddit, Ancestry, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Verizon for cable, Sprint for my cell phone, Online shopping at Amazon, Kohl’s, Target, Old Navy, Home Depot, Sears, eBay… it’s easy to forget all the places where we have online accounts. and how many passwords we’re using.
in fact, the average computer user has over 130 passwords to remember. And the worst thing you can do from a security standpoint is use the same password for every site because it makes a hackers job much easier.
Lastpass is a web based app that allows you to save all your different passwords in one vault, out in the cloud, and set one master password to get that vault open. Your password vault is encrypted so even the team at LastPass can’t access your passwords. Set one secure password for the vault and never worry about remembering each and every site password ever again. I suggest a long phrase that’s easy to remember and type. For example, I might choose Chara33BigZchamps2011 or Gronkspike87NEpatsSBx4
With my one master vault password, I can log in and access literally 1000’s of passwords I would certainly have forgotten. This is especially true for those sites you only visit once or twice a year.
Another nice feature included in Lastpass – you can create multiple profiles containing all your contact info, like the stuff they ask for every time you sign up for a website – and lock them down with the vault password too. My PC Overhaul profile has my name, street address, phone number, credit card, date of birth and credit card numbers for the business. When I go to a site to buy parts for a customer, the checkout process is simple. I click on my PC Overhaul profile in lastpass and it fills all that information in for me. And you can have as many different profiles as you want. I have a profile for work, another for personal purchases, and a 3rd for web forums (using my spam email account).
Lastpass also has the ability to create randomized secure passwords for you. This is handy if you always plan on using Lastpass to log in to sites, but won’t be helpful otherwise.
Once you have it installed, whenever you go to a site with a saved password, lastpass offers to autofill the username and password fields for you. You enter the vault password and can choose not to be prompted for the vault password for a period of time. If you know you will be in front of the computer for 3 hours, you can set it to leave the vault open for that long, and after that time anyone with access to your system will be asked for the master vault password again to get in.
There are literally dozens of handy features to lastpass, especially considering it’s a free app, I highly recommend you check it out.
Supporting a local small business on Facebook is simple to do, takes very little time and is absolutely free.
When you like, share or comment on a Facebook post, all your friends can potentially see it. That kind of exposure is incredibly valuable for smaller locally owned businesses who don’t have the budget for lots of paid advertising.
You can also check in to local businesses on your smartphone. This shows that the business is active and has a good customer base.
If you buy their products or use their services, consider leaving them a review on Facebook, Yelp! or Google. Reviews are vital to your online presence.
A business with lots of activity on their Facebook page is likely to show up closer to the top of Google’s search rankings than a page that has little to no activity.
For example, if there are two pizza restaurants in town, Google has to decide which order to rank them when you search for pizza. If one has a Facebook page with lots of likes, comments and reviews, and people are checking in regularly but the other has no Facebook page, or a page without any activity, Google uses that information (among other factors) to make their decision.
Even if you don’t buy the product or use the service, your likes shares and comments can make a huge difference for a local small business, so please take the time to help them out.
Over the years you may have unknowingly given Facebook apps access to your personal information and photos.
Every time you install an app on Facebook, you agree to give the app access to certain parts of your profile. It makes complete sense that Google maps needs to access your location, or Instagram would need to access your photos.
What we tend to forget are all the other apps we’ve given various permissions to over the years. Every quiz you’ve ever taken, or that old favorite app, “See who looked at your profile”, may have had access to your profile for YEARS.
For example, I opened up my apps on the left and chose the “Cities I’ve Visited” app (which I only used once). Let’s take a look at what this app has been able to see on my Facebook profile.
This app can see virtually everything on my profile, and it needs to be removed. By clicking the privacy at the top right of my Facebook page, I can access the Privacy Checkup.
Hit “Next” to go to step 2 where you can review your approved apps.
I’ve scrolled through to find the “Cities I’ve Visited” app. Click the X next to the app to remove it.
You can repeat the process with as many apps as you’d like, and when you’re done, click next and then finish to exit the Privacy Checkup.
If you’d like to backup all the data on your Facebook account, this post is for you.
To see the full list of data you can download, check out the list here. Photos are probably the main thing most people wan to backup, followed by private messages, and those are included in the download.
Click on the little down arrow at the top right of your Facebook page and go to settings.
Directly underneath all your general account settings is an option to download a copy of your Facebook data.
Click on the green Start my Archive button to get the process going.
Depending on the size of your archive, it can take a long time to create the archive. Facebook will send an email to your registered Facebook email address when it’s ready.
At the bottom of email is a link to the archive.
Verify your password and the download should begin.
Once you have downloaded and extracted the .zip file, you’ll see some folders with your archived files inside them.
A look inside my html folder shows some of the many files you can back up. Obviously these will vary depending on how much you use your Facebook account and what you do with it.
It’s amazing some of the information you can get from these archived files, like all the IP addresses you (or anyone else) have used to log into your account. The main thing lacking from this archive is the information for all your contacts. For some reason, Facebook doesn’t allow you to back these up. Still, if your goal is to back up your messages and photos, this will do the trick.
Adjustyourprivacy.com allows you to easily check your privacy settings on a large number of social media sites. It also lets you view both your Facebook and Google+ profiles as “public” users so you can see what it looks like to a stranger. Simple, effective and best of all, free!
To mark their 10 year anniversary, Facebook has created a highlight video just for you, or more specifically, for all of us.
Click this link to look back at your time on Facebook, see when you joined, which posts got the most likes and some photos you’ve shared over the years. It’s a little scary to think about how much time we have all spent there and some of the things we have said and shared!