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Why your computer is an open book !

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Team Leader at Digital Life Concepts
Former Paramedic, Shaun moved from Miami to Daytona Beach seeking to continue his passion for film and video. Having worked online in web marketing , he now applies his knowledge about video production and visual graphics to his independent short film and video projects, creates freelance marketing promos and sales video.

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Why your computer is an open book !

Would you want anyone to read your diary or journal?

Would you like it if anyone could check your online wish lists at Amazon?

Or browse through your home movies, favorite pictures of your kids, emails or bank statements?

Of course not!  

We all need and deserve a certain amount of privacy.  Many countries have very specific laws about privacy.  Yet it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain it.

The internet began as a place for the sharing and use of free information and it has grown beyond what many could have dreamed at that time. But it comes with a cost, protecting your personal data for your own safety. You don’t have to be a computer genius, a code slicer or hacker to find out the details of your personal life, financial information or passwords. Now, an eight year old could find this with no real difficulty.

Think of your IP address as…exactly what it is,… Your Online Address.  Even with Firewalls, Anti-spyware programs ( Malwarebytes is my choice)  and all of the other methods of keeping your information safe, there are still times when you are vulnerable,… while you are actively online. Whether it’s researching, work,  or streaming movies and  games, your live connection points directly to who and where you are.

Here are a few examples.

https://www.iplocation.net/

http://ipinfo.info/html/ip_address_tools.php

This list can go on and on.
And Just to show you a bit of  what I mean

 

So how does an honest person keep their privacy?  


Virtual Private Network is a good start!

V.P.N’s  can help you keep a level of real privacy online

Virtual Private Networks; no longer a luxury for governments, corporations, techno-freaks or the highly paranoid web surfer with a dubious browser history, the increased global surveillance of ordinary citizens makes it an indispensable product for today’s Internet user.

What is a Virtual Private Network?

Wikipedia Says;

“A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across the VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network.

Virtual Private Networks may allow employees to securely access a corporate intranet while located outside the office. They are used to securely connect geographically separated offices of an organization, creating one cohesive network. Individual Internet users may secure their wireless transactions with a VPN, to circumvent geo-restrictions and censorship, or to connect to proxy servers for the purpose of protecting personal identity and location. However, some Internet sites block access to known VPN technology to prevent the circumvention of their geo-restrictions.

A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption. A VPN available from the public Internet can provide some of the benefits of a wide area network (WAN). From a user perspective, the resources available within the private network can be accessed remotely. ” REF https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network 


Simply, a VPN is a method for you to connect to the internet, browsing a bit more safely.  It creates a virtual “Mask” on your I.P. address and connects to the sites you want without letting the whole world know your information.  It works in the background just like your firewall and antivirus programs. And just like those programs, VPN’s are just added protection. 

Nothing is perfect. Does anyone that remembers the commercial for “LifeLock” when they first opened for business, the C.E.O Todd Davis was so sure that his identification was safe.

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“LifeLock CEO’s Identity was stolen 13 times!”

But that what you get when you paint a target on yourself and post your Social Security number everywhere. lol.


Wired wrote;

“Lifelock promised in ads that its $10 monthly service would protect consumers from identity theft. The company also offered a $1 million guarantee to compensate customers for losses incurred if they became a victim after signing up for the service. The FTC called the claims bogus and accused LifeLock of operating a scam. In truth, the protection they provided left such a large hole … that you could drive that truck through it,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, referring to a LifeLock TV ad showing a truck painted with Davis’s Social Security number driving around city streets.”   

REF:   https://www.wired.com/2010/05/lifelock-identity-theft/

This was a great article in WIRED Magizine, click on the reference link to see the whole thing. So sad, you have to laugh.  

Image result for LifeLock ad showing a truck

 

 I think that like most things, the best way to avoid problems is to do much of the work yourself.  I assume that most of you  reading this article are not intentionally daring every hacker in the world to come find to by giving out your personal info. Right? Good.


So if you have made it this far, here is the pay off, the grand conclusion. Congratulations!

 I have spent some time check into VPN, free vs paid. I recommend you doing the same.

What? You might be asking? No sale? No Answer to my I-Don’t have a VPN- problem?!

 I could recommend one for you to try, and will because I like it.

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WindScribe  VPN

Windscribe is two part, VPN and Ad blocker. It has both a free and paid version and works with PC and MAC.

I found this after having tried several different kinds. Some were simple websites you log into, then browse from their own search engine, others worked like browser extensions with dubious results. Windscribe is simple to install, it does have a extension for your Google Chrome or Windows I.E. if you want it or can easily run in the background…like a good program should.  I’ll let them do their selling for themselves.

 

Click here to get started!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shaun Bennett

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Shaun Bennett is Chief Marketing Officer at Digital Life Concepts, with responsibility for marketing programs, brand management, and corporate sponsorships. Prior to starting Digital Life Concepts,he worked in strategic business development and marketing at several companies, and served in staff positions in the private sector. Notable is his ten years in Emergency Medicine, 3 as a Paramedic in Miami-Dade county , Shaun has also begun a video production company, where he directs major sponsorship and other partnering initiatives.

Shaun's greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach. His most recent project involved a strategic partnership with Rhino Enterprises to bring Digital Life Concept's core services to the fast-growing Mid-western market.
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Greetings all,

Due to an increase of spam subscribers and issues with our newsletter, I have had to authorize some drastic efforts to support the website’s compliance with its hosting.

Quite simply, we have deleted a good part of suspected spam subscribers. This was a difficult process and may have included more than a few of our honest to goodness followers and for that you have our most humble apologies.

I’m sure those that use this site and follow us in social media and on YouTube will understand the issues involved and forgive these drastic measures.

If you were one of these member that were deleted accidentally, please simply fill out the same form again. Please note that our old website subscription members were automatically set to receive our newsletter.

I do not believe in mass emailing and will now set the newsletter list as optional. It is worked on and sent every several months loading with great info and cool free stuff, so be sure to check that box if you want.

Again I apologize to any that were inconvenienced by this important house cleaning

 

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Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016

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Former Paramedic, Shaun moved from Miami to Daytona Beach seeking to continue his passion for film and video. Having worked online in web marketing , he now applies his knowledge about video production and visual graphics to his independent short film and video projects, creates freelance marketing promos and sales video.

He lives near the beach and likes fishing scuba diving and Movies
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Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016

Original article by Jayson DeMers, SEP 28, 2015 Source – http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2015/09/28/the-top-7-social-media-marketing-trends-that-will-dominate-2016/

Summary by Shaun Bennett

If I told you ten years ago that one day soon, there would be website’s on which you could share your opinion’s globally– partake in international debates or upload a video in real-time about what was happening in your life right at the moment—all of which would require no more effort than a few taps on your mobile device , you might have laughed in my face. If I told the same story to my employer and suggested that we—the company—should consider these site’s as a potential source of publicity for advertising…I might have been at best told to focus on my work and told to stop wasting time.

My… how things have changed. Today companies have entire departments dedicated to what was at one time considered “ wasting time” on social media websites. Teams of writers, graphic designers, S.E.O specialist’s and many more working together to ensure their efforts produce a significant ROI of their time. Personal profiles became company business pages and advertising text got a new names like “tweet’s”  ”posts” and so on.   This is was the rise of Social Media Marketing.

We have all seen how much has changed in the last ten years. Using it as a guide and with a bit of understanding of marketing trends, we can make a few predications on what will make or break business over the next year.

Increase of Live or “In-the-Moment updates

Much of social media is already in the moment though limited to text and photo. The innovation of app such as Snapchat and Periscope have created the ability to upload streaming video in nearly real time. With the ability to share live video to social media instead of recording and posting those video via and outside provided, we can safety say far well to the scheduled social media posting services. Many of these have been in decline as users are much more engaged by what is happening right now rather than reading an auto-generated post written in advance.

The Buy Now Button

The integration of online shopping and ability to purchase a product or service online without having to leave the the comfort of Facebook. Company business pages and sponsored advertisements now can add a Buy Now button on their page or post. Consumers can make purchases while continuing to catch up on the current status of their friends. by the end of next year most social platform will have a similar feature. Due to the rise of user connecting via mobile devise’s, creating the ability to make a purchase without leaving the social platform “ Never Leave The App”.

Increased In-application Functionality

Facebook is at the forefront of adding new functionality. With the new Instant Articles (Which I just signed up for) to videos that auto play while you’re scrolling your timeline, it would seem that creating and expanding functionality is paramount to success. Right now they are building a virtual assistant. How cool is that?!   So if you plan on success for your business in this soon to be future, you business better include some brilliant and creative app designers that are able to anticipate the needs and wants of consumers. This trend is affording marketers more and more opportunities to interact with the target audience within a platform.

 

In the last decade we have seen a quantum leap in the way we work, shop live and communicate. Social media has changed the game for both business and in our person lives. During the time it took to research , summarize and write this article ,which will be uploaded to my personal blog and shared to my social media. I checked my person Facebook account 3 times, installed Periscope to my mobile, connected it with my business Twitter account, made a Live broadcast about what I was doing (writing this post) singed up for Facebook’s Instant Articles, drank a second cup of coffee while proofreading this summary and right now I think that the future will hold a splendid amount of opportunities. Media communication is going to grow beyond our wildest dreams. I can only imagine the day when we will connected directly via implant to a Data Sphere that replaced the World Wide Web.

Movie soundtracks that should be removed?

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Shaun Bennett

Team Leader at Digital Life Concepts
Former Paramedic, Shaun moved from Miami to Daytona Beach seeking to continue his passion for film and video. Having worked online in web marketing , he now applies his knowledge about video production and visual graphics to his independent short film and video projects, creates freelance marketing promos and sales video.

He lives near the beach and likes fishing scuba diving and Movies
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The latest trend of messing with the musical aspects of films is a growing concern.

Most recent of which is the re-release of Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 film “Gravity” with the option to turn off Steven Price’s Oscar-winning score. Thus allowing the audience to “truly experience” the defying silence of space. This could become a new standard option in DVD and Blu-ray releases.

I have to make mention of the emotion that composers bring to the projects is, in my opinion, one of the most critical aspects of any film. Imagine   “Jurassic Park” without John Williams’s music carrying us thought the first time we looking upon the living fossil reaching up for the extra tasty leaves on the top of that tree. As for how this will impact us Full Sail students, I believe that we conduct our business as usual and if it becomes necessary to create a setting of the DVD to turn off the score, so be it. I, for one, am not going to let a small brand of nitpickers dictate to me the way I choose to create a film. I am aware of the wants and need of the audience and plan to use music to evoke emotion and carry the audience though the story. If some people want to go back to the days of silent film, I say, have fun.

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Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

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Former Paramedic, Shaun moved from Miami to Daytona Beach seeking to continue his passion for film and video. Having worked online in web marketing , he now applies his knowledge about video production and visual graphics to his independent short film and video projects, creates freelance marketing promos and sales video.

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Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

The veteran actor was best known for playing villains including Dracula, Count Dooku  in the Star Wars Prequel’s and  The Dark Wizard Lord Saruman in the Lord of the Rings franchise.

Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure

The decision to release the news days after was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple had been married for over 50 years.

As well as his career in film, Lee also released a series of heavy metal albums, including Charlemagne: The Omens of Death. He was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011.

His film career started in 1947 with a role in Gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors but it wasn’t until the late 50s, when Lee worked with Hammer, that he started gaining fame. His first role with the studio was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of 20 films that he made with Peter Cushing, who also became a close friend.

“Hammer was an important part of my life, and generally speaking, we all had a lot of fun,” he said in a 2001 interview.”

The veteran actor, immortalized in films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to James Bond and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away at 8:30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

His wife, the former Danish model Birgit Kroencke, decided to hold back the information for four days until all family members and friends were informed. The couple had been married for over 50 years and had one daughter, Christina.

The actor was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011.

News of his death prompted an outpouring of grief from actors, musicians, and even the Prime Minister, who all paid tribute to Lee’s great talent. His Lord of the Rings co-star Dominic Monaghan and Sir Roger Moore, who played 007 opposite Lee in The Man With The Golden Gun, were among those leading the tributes.