Receiving Money Through Paypal

I had a little problem with my PayPal account recently. I had some money in my PayPal account, but I had been paid in Canadian funds. And then I bought something on eBay. I had to pay it in American funds. I’d thought that the money would just come out of my PayPal account. But since the money was in Canadian funds, they wouldn’t take it. Instead they took it from my bank which took two weeks. If I had realized that, I could have had the funds changed into American. That would’ve solved everything. Now I know for the future. Thankfully, the eBay seller was more than accommodating.

[tags]eBay, Paypal, converting funds[/tags]

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Checking Flight Arrivals

These days, with the weather so changeable, it’s a good idea to make sure there are no flight delays before you head out to the airport. Here in Toronto, I checked the flight arrivals at GTAA (otherwise known as Pearson airport) before going to meet my daughter’s flight. 

I was so pleased to have found the site. In an easy to understand format, all of the air flights were listed. At a glance, I could see which planes were on time, which had arrived, and which flights were delayed, along with the new arrival time.  Sure enough, daughter’s flight had been delayed for quite some time. Taking a few minutes to hop on the Internet saved us hours of waiting around at the airport.

[tags]airport, flight delays, flight arrivals[/tags]

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WordPress Lessons Learned

More WordPress trials and lessons learned these days. First, my WordPress template clashed with a plugin I’d added and wouldn’t work anymore.  The solution was to have the information installed in the template code and now it shows on every page at the top and in the sidebar. Not quite what I wanted, but I’m leaving well-enough alone.

Then, there were too many themes in my WordPress themes folder and they were weighing down my blog, so I had to go through and delete some of them. 

Now, my WordPress blogs are exactly where I want them. But do they behave like good little children and stay that way? No, they do not. Today I am having trouble with the videos I’ve inserted in some of my posts. The last time I looked, there were the videos, looking sharp and intelligent. This afternoon, in their place are buttons that go nowhere when pressed. I’ve managed to fix one, I think, but the other has run away to Florida. Guess it’s even too cold here in Canada for videos!

[tags]Wordpress, blogs, plugins, themes[/tags]

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Kijiji and Craigslist Scams

I read recently about a rental scam on Kijiji. Some disgruntled tenants advertised the fixtures in the home they were renting. The renters said that the house was being demolished and people could freely take what they needed before it was torn down. No one seemed to think it sounded too good to be true, so people came and stripped everything in the house. Sure, the renters were arrested, but imagine the damage that had to be repaired.

Also in our area,  a local couple were taken for thousands when they bought a car sight unseen that was advertised on Craigslist . They were told that the car wasn’t availabe for viewing right away, but they were given all the particulars, including pictures and documents, so the couple thought it was a legitimate sale.  They were even shown an eBay listing for the car. And since it was such a fabulous buy, the couple didn’t want to miss out, so they paid first and found out later that it was a scam.

I know, crooks seem to get smarter all the time and many of us seem to forget our brains as soon as we think we can save money. Repeat after me: if it sounds too good ………

[tags]kijiji, craigslist, crooks, scams[/tags]

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Paypal Phishing Emails

I’m a bit nervous to be posting again since I’ve had so much trouble with my updates being sent to my list multiple times. I’m really sorry that happened and I’ve been assured that the problem is resolved, so here goes.

I’ve posted before about getting false emails from Paypal, telling me my account had a problem and I needed to click the link and fix it. I know better than to pay attention to them, but the most recent one gave me a panic attack. It was a short email, just advising me that a new email address (and then a specific hotmail address was mentioned) had been added to my Paypal account.

Well, I’ve never logged into my Paypal account so fast. There was no extra email address listed and I breathed a sigh of relief. But instead of forgetting about it, I forwarded the false email to Paypal. Here is their response:

“Thanks for forwarding that suspicious-looking email. You’re right – it
was a phishing attempt, and we’re working on stopping the fraud. By
reporting the problem, you’ve made a difference!

Identity thieves try to trick you into revealing your password or other
personal information through phishing emails and fake websites. To learn
more about online safety, click “Security Center” on any PayPal webpage.

Every email counts. When you forward suspicious-looking emails to
spoof@paypal.com, you help keep yourself and others safe from identity
theft. Your account security is very important to us, so we appreciate your
extra effort.”

It didn’t take me more than a minute to forward that email to Paypal. Maybe as a result, some of these crooks can be caught. I invite you to do the same and send any suspicious Paypal emails you receive to the address above. Together we can make the Internet a safer place.

[tags]Paypal, phishing emails, spoof email[/tags]

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Facebook – What I Don’t Like About It

All of my family are on Facebook, so it was just a matter of time before I registered too. It’s nice to keep up with what everyone is doing and much easier to post photos once for all to see.

And that is the one thing that I also don’t like about Facebook. The fact that if someone on my friends list posts photos, it’s possible for people that I don’t even know to see them.

For example, someone where my daughter works tagged a picture of her, so it showed up in daughter’s tagged photos. When I clicked on the photo, I was taken to the group of photos it was originally with. In this case, pictures of the company party. So I was able to look at all of the photos this other person took even though I don’t know her at all.

Maybe I’m being too sensitive about it, but I don’t like the fact that private pictures are not really private at all!

[tags]Facebook, photos, privacy issues[/tags]

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WordPress Sticky Plugin

For any of you who are using the old adhesive plugin with your WordPress blog, once you upgrade your WordPress, the plugin won’t work anymore. But there is an update called the Sticky plugin.

When I first installed it, I thought it wasn’t there, because it didn’t show up in the Publish Status field anymore. Now you have to scroll down, down, down to the bottom of your page and you’ll find it listed under Advanced Options.

So I found it and selected “Sticky” and then it worked, right? Of course not – this is a computer, remember? Next I tried selecting “Announcement” within the Sticky options and it put my post right at the top, just like I wanted it to. Again, I have no idea why this is. If anyone can tell me when I would use the Sticky selection in options, please let me know.

[tags]Adhesive plugin, WordPress, Sticky plugin[/tags]

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You Know More Than Many

If you’ve been on the Internet any length of time, you no doubt know more than many of the people around you. I was at a ladies’ get together last night, to bid farewell to a friend leaving for the States. It was the first time I had met a number of the women.

One was a fairly accomplished entrepreneur and mother of a university age daughter. When she found out that I did Internet training she began to ask me some questions about an email problem. I explained a few things and told her that her offending emails were probably spam. Her response “Spam? What is that?”

I kid you not. There are perfectly well educated people walking around out there who know very little about the Internet world. You are an exception, a trailblazer. So give yourself a pat on the back, you almost computer geek!

[tags]email, spam[/tags]

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Amazon Kindle

 

If you missed watching it on Oprah, here’s the scoop. I’m saving my pennies.

[tags]Amazon Kindle, video[/tags]

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Editing Email Contacts in Vista

I had a question from one of the seniors at our computer club yesterday. In XP, it was a simple matter to remove contacts in Outlook Express. You just went into the address book and deleted them. But she couldn’t figure out how to do it in Windows Vista. Now called Windows Mail, there is no longer an address book command.

It is still pretty simple though. Just not what you’d expect if you were used to the old way. You have to click on “Windows Contacts” in the Tools menu and find the contact you would like to remove. Then right click on that person’s name and select “delete”. Told you it was easy!

[tags]Vista, outlook express, removing email contacts[/tags]

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