Alert To Heartbleed Password Security Issues and WordPress

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Who's Guarding Your Passwords and Web Sites?

Who’s Guarding Your Passwords and Web Sites?

Several serious issues surrounding Internet security have raised their ugly heads once again in the past several days if you are unaware. Amongst the greatest concern is, of course, Heartbleed.

Major websites use an encryption method to transmit data users want to keep secure.  Computers sometimes send what is called a ‘heartbeat’ signal to check if there’s still a connection at the other end. This week it was reported hackers found a way to send phony messages and trick the computer at the other end revealing secure data. Continue Reading »

LinkedIn Publisher Accepts Michael Yublosky As A Blogger

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Wow!  I just applied for early admission for LinkedIn Publisher a few days ago.  The news of my acceptance came as a ‘Pop Up’ message on my profile last night.  (I should kick myself for not doing a screen capture!)

LinkedIn Publisher Icon

LinkedIn Publisher Icon Near Far Right

I now have a “pencil” icon in my “Share an update” window.  It is just to the left of the paperclip (attachment) icon.

I told Ely and Jack (Judy was at her mahjong Thursday night event and unavailable) and started researching all of the available help files on LinkedIn.

Thoughts of “what should I write my first blog on” raced through my head.  I made notes.  I talked with Ely about my initial decision to talk about networking.  This is in light of our recent launch of Chicago Speed Networking and Judy’s and my first E-book which is now in draft stage.

And, of course as usual, I decided to let the thought process percolate over night as I do (or should do) with all new opportunities.

This morning it came to me and I just finished the first draft to the LinkedIn Publisher blog which I hope to submit later today.  I asked Judy to review it and give me her thoughts.  She also commented:  “You can’t send Jack everything” to review.

I will not divulge my subject matter here, but it is a common theme I trumpet throughout my LinkedIn workshops and seminars.  I will show however you the graphic I designed for it (below).

LinkedIn Crossword Solution -

LinkedIn Crossword Solution –

As always your comments and suggestions are welcome below.

You can also apply for LinkedIn Publisher before the entire population is rolled out. Click here for the guidelines. You will be asked for two sources for online publications.


LinkedIn Marketing Help For Small Businesses

LinkedIn Marketing Help For Small Businesses

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March 24th Edition – LinkedIn Small Business Updates

Monday, March 24th, 2014

I sent this email out to a group of friends earlier and wanted to share these updates with you as well.

I know I am a little early this week with my two-week tips newsletter.

For those of you who do not know, I formed a “super LinkedIn users (and wannabees)” breakfast group which meets monthly. If any are interested, please contact me. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday, monthly, in Buffalo Grove, IL.

Last week I conveyed these three LinkedIn updates to the group for discussion -

LinkedIn Showcase Pages

LinkedIn Showcase Pages

1.  LinkedIn Publisher will soon allow all LinkedIn members to publish their own blog articles on LinkedIn.  Prior it was for a select group of Internet dignitaries and public figures. Right now it is being rolled out to “heavy users” of LinkedIn.  And, along the lines of other LinkedIn innovations – this is a gradual roll out and generally server based (depends on which server your particular profile resides on). So keep your sites (pun) set for your invitation.

2.  LinkedIn made it easier to connect with people in their upgraded “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” window (under the ‘Profile’ menu on the top navigation bar).  Also on the suggestions for connections under the people you may know windows.

3.  Your “Skills” are now ‘drag and drop’ enabled (once more, as it was in the beginning…).  This means if you want to emphasize a new or under performing, skill you can move it up to attract more endorsements (ugh!!!!!!) . Or the opposite, bury one you really do not do anymore. You need to be in your “edit profile’ window to enable.  Note: I still think recommendations are more important.

and the bonus offering…

4.  I know I have been fervently pitching launching company pages on LinkedIn, as in many prior cases and in all of my LinkedIn workshops in the greater Chicagoland area. This is especially true for small business owners. We now need to downshift, drop a gear or two, and ‘pivot’ our course.  LinkedIn has done this to us many, many times before if you recall.

LinkedIn is retiring the Products and Services tabs in favor of  the newer ‘Showcase’ page format on company pages.  You will still be able to edit existing tabs (don’t be surprised if they eventually eliminate these features as well). This too is a gradual server based roll out.

Learn more about LinkedIn or click on a LinkedIn category on the right sidebar to view other blog posts.

LinkedIn Marketing Help For Small Businesses

LinkedIn Marketing Help For Small Businesses

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Adding Anchor Text To Your LinkedIn Profile Web Site Links

Monday, February 24th, 2014

This is an update on a YouTube video blog I produced and shared on November 2, 2011. Part of this article (in quotes) is an actual transcript of the video.

Today I want to talk to you about adding links to your websites on your LinkedIn profile. A lot of the profiles I see don’t even have any links to their websites shown at all on their profile. Or, some are only using the generic or the default categories that are listed.Continue Reading »

How Do I Close My LinkedIn Account

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Earlier today was an all time first for me, being the advocate that I have been for LinkedIn since 2009.  I was asked by a friend to help his acquaintance shut down her LinkedIn profile.  I guess she had had enough of whatever.

So I wrote this brief tutorial in case you feel the need to do the same, here’s how:

If you really want to completely shut down your LinkedIn profile….

1.  Sign in to LinkedIn.

2.  Hover over the icon (or your miniature profile picture) at the top right of the black navigation menu.

3.  Scroll down and click on “Privacy and Settings”.  You probably will need to log in again for security measures.

4.  Scroll down all the way at the bottom, left, click on “Account”.

5.  A new window will open up.  At the bottom on the third column from the left, click on “Close Your Account” and follow instructions.

You will loose all of your information as well as your connections.  You might want to consider exporting your connections and their emails if you want to stay in touch.