Archive for September, 2013

01 sep

4 Common Facebook Security Mistakes

RobertCordrayFacebook is a very, very powerful tool. It can be used to connect with friends, succeed in business and even help you with your schoolwork. Facebook can also cause a lot of problems for you, too. Getting sucked into Facebook can be time consuming, unproductive and boring, but more importantly, it can be a huge risk to your personal security. If you don’t take care of your Facebook privacy, you could be compromising your personal privacy. Here are four of the most common Facebook security mistakes that people make today.

4. Too Much Info

Some people are very naive, and trust people enough that they will put their information on the internet. They’ll write down their personal phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, they might as well put down their credit card numbers, too. Ideally, your Facebook profile will only be visible to those you trust, but there are plenty of bad people out there who would love to get their hands on your personal information.

The most important information like that doesn’t need to be shared, anyway. Even if your profile tries to ensure advanced threat protection by adjusting all of the privacy settings set properly, the people you trust the most probably have the information that you’d post. Your friends and family should know where you live, what your phone number and email address is. Not only should you not put that information on the internet, but it’s also unnecessary. Keep it off the internet, and keep yourself safe.

3. Location

Facebook will occasionally give you the opportunity to share your location in a private message, when you’re tagging someone or creating a new status. Here’s a piece of advice: Don’t do it! You don’t need to make your location public knowledge at all times. Many people will travel far away so that they can escape “the grid” and have people not know where they are.

Part of this is not telling people when or where you go on vacation. We don’t need to know until you come back, I promise. When you return, you can post all of your pictures and videos, and everyone will love to see it, but in order to keep yourself safe, refrain from posting anything that will show where you are, when you’re there.

2. Have A Unique Password

One of the most common passwords in the U.S.A. is, in fact, “password”. Creative, right? Passwords like “ABCDEFG” or “111111” aren’t going to be fooling anyone, either. Having someone hack your account can be a lot more costly than you think.

When we see people’s accounts hacked, we usually see that they sent us some form of an annoying spam message, right? If someone hacks your Facebook, it could be a lot more costly. Many of us have our debit or credit card information on Facebook. If that gets into the wrong hands, you could be getting yourself into a lot of financial and legal trouble. Make sure to use a password that is unique to you, and hard for hackers to get a hold of.

1. Use Your Privacy Settings

Your Facebook privacy settings are there for a reason. Use them. Unfortunately, not everyone knows about your privacy settings. Basically they help you can choose the people that are able to see your postings, who can see your profile and how people can search for you. Block people who you think are annoying or who are a potential threat to your security. Don’t add strange people and don’t let them add you.

Set your privacy settings so that only people that you personally know can see your profile, and you’ll avoid a lot of trouble. Setting these settings will help you feel more safe, keep your information private and your Facebook experience will be more enjoyable.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on September 1st, 2013 in Technology | No comments

01 sep

6 Habits of Bad Managers

RobertCordrayMoving into a management position is often the next step on a career path, but many employees find that they are not naturally disposed to the new responsibilities a management position requires. Being a good manager requires wearing many different hats and maintaining a balance between pleasing bosses and pleasing subordinates. Often the added pressure will cause managers to develop some bad habits that lead to ineffective leadership and a negative work environment.

1. Hiring Second-Rate Employees

Managers need to be skilled in the field they work in, but many managers make the mistake of thinking that they need to be smarter than everyone they work over. This can often stem from pride or a sense of insecurity. These managers tend to quash their employeesí creativity and ingenuity and may insist on being right even though the best decision for the company goes against their own ideas.

Over time, these managers will tend to hire employees who will be subordinate to their ideas and donít threaten to show the manager up. The problem with this is self explanatory: the company will be left with mediocre teams that rely solely on the ideas of one person. Instead, managers should seek out the most skilled employees possible and draw on the expertise from everyone to get the best business results.

2. Being a Bully

While occasionally a workplace will see a single manager that bullies his or her subordinates, bullying tends to be part of a wider company culture that is either prevalent or tolerated. Many managers will become a bully that abuses employees verbally or even physically when they have too much pressure placed on themselves from their own managers. This type of negative culture leaves all employees in a state of fear because even if one employee hasnít been yelled at, they are left wondering when it will happen to them. Staff that live in fear cannot put forth their best effort and be creative nor can they trust their managers enough to come to them with a problem.

3. Focusing on Numbers not People

Managers have to wear many different hats, and often that means carefully managing a budget and getting certain productivity numbers. Since these numbers are often used to evaluate managers by their own boss, some managers will forget to manage their people and sit and crunch numbers all day. The problem is subordinates are rarely motivated by getting a certain number set each week, and if all they hear from their manager every week is a numbers report, they will quickly check out of their job or get frustrated from the lack of direction.

4. Not Giving Credit

It can be easy for managers to take all of the credit for the success of a project at meetings, but failing to acknowledge the contributions of subordinates makes you look dishonest and weak. Failing to express employee appreciation for outstanding accomplishments will quickly lead to discouragement and mediocre employees who feel there is no reason to put in an extra effort. The same goes for only criticizing employees or placing all of the blame on them when a project goes south.

5. Not Delegating

Whether they are unwilling to trust a subordinate with an important task, or simply cling to responsibilities to communicate their importance, some bosses will simply not let their employees do their job, which is to do what the boss no longer has time for. Delegating tasks doesnít diminish your importance, rather it simply shows you have a lot of important things to do. Nit picking and micro managing is merely taking the fast road to discontent and is likely to backfire in the end.

6. Not Setting the Example

If a manager wants employees to show up on time and have a good attitude at work, they need to start by doing that themselves. Staff will follow the lead of their manager, so if they see their manager skirting the rules or not upholding company values, they are not going to take those values seriously or seek to uphold them themselves.

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