60-Seconds #341 : Is this really necessary? What are they thinking?

Have you revisited a site from your past recently? Were you shocked at what you found? At one point I stopped tracking spam sites. They had ALL become spam sites. But then, while researching the new iPad Pro, Google referred me to the site of an old friend "Cult of Mac", so I clicked to go there ... there was a loud whooshing sound as it took my breath away! WTF is THIS? April 2, 2017

60-Seconds #340 : Does Stephen Hawking or Wolf Blitzer know they are spam heros?

It occured to me the other day that I sure am glad I'm not Stephen Hawking. But then the little voice said aren't you ashamed of yourself, Mr. Hawking along with Wolf Blitzer*, Anderson Cooper* and Jon Stewart* have been attacked by cyber crime in one of the worst ways possible! Cybercrime has exploited his condition and made him the most spoofed celebrity in 2016! Too bad there isn't some way he can get back at the low-life spammers at Inteligen*. January 31, 2017

Graphic Novel: The private beach of sexy and cynical Trudy Honeyvan!

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Everyday life takes on touches of the bizarre in these tales of sexy and cynical Trudy Honeyvan and her circle of twenty-something friends. From oddball coincidences to occasional UFO sightings to an ominously cryptic message from a Magic 8 Ball, Trudy's world is becoming increasingly weird — right up to the point when a pair of mysterious men in black ask her to "lend ambiance" to a nightclub called Heaven's Rift. January 17, 2017

Graphic Novel: Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra

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A tale of blood and vengeance set in the rip-roaring 1930s, this graphic novel stars Arron Day, alias Blackjack, an African-American soldier of fortune. January 11, 2017

2017 Prediction: cyber clouds with chance of pain: threats, invasions, cyber wars and you!

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cyber_security_roundup Unfortunately this edition has to be way beyond 60-seconds. I'm in the second reading of Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It, actually I'm listening to the Audible version, and just ordered the print version. This could possibly be the most important book of the decade and I urge anyone reading this to get a copy and study it.
      Many of you already know that I've been involved in tracking cyber activities since the late 1980s. I have not been digging into the intracies of how it works or the background -- but rather about discovery, tracking and reporting. I've been a highly active Spamcop user/agent, and active participating Knujon user and evangelist. As a reporter for UGNN and Safenetting, I've have closely followed the threats arriving in the mailbox and on the web, as well as tracking and discovering where the threats are coming from, who could be behind them, and the owners/publishers of the sites and internet resources they use. What we've learned over the past decade is that following the money trail is not necessarily the thread to chase. Since the late 1990s, cyber crime and cyber intrusion has taken on another level of divisiveness for religious, political and societal gain.

If you read (or listen to) Future Crimes you will begin to understand what the security community has been preaching about for over three decades. Add these references to your reading list, and you'll see the rest of the iceberg that is the cyber world:

  • Tor and The Dark Net: Remain Anonymous and Evade NSA Spying
  • @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex Paperback
  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data
  • The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld
  • Cybersecurity for Beginners
  • How to Access the Deep Web
January 1, 2017

60-Seconds : Click Bait, Fake News and you

After I got flamed on Facebook for citing marketing and social media trends, went back and dug out the research on click bait and fake news I've been doing for UGNN. Here's the latest update, and industry buzz on the topic December 11, 2016

60-Seconds #338 : Getting flamed on Facebook isn't always bad

FLAMED : I was flamed in a comment on a friend's Facebook the other day because I quoted publishing community sentiment about Trump, fake news, click bait and the amount of free air time Trump leveraged from social media. People just don't believe that each time Obama or Clinton mentioned Trump, it was a positive marketing point in favor of Trump. If you mention that "Obama and Clinton actually aided in the Trump victory by concentrating on him and NOT Hillary," be careful, you'll probably get flamed like I did. December 11, 2016

60-Seconds #337 : Sirius Radio set a Spam Trap and caught me!

Like anyone, I hate to be had. This is one for the record books, and probably becoming fairly widespread -- but I don't call in very often, so this was new to me. Sirius wouldn't let me follow online instructions and made me call for help. What happened next really fried me! December 1, 2016

60 Seconds 333: Google searches fail. Is it time for a new search engine?

The world has become married to Google. Everyone uses Google Search on a daily basis. Web sites everywhere live and die by Google's hand. I'm wondering -- if I had the kind of money Google has, and I was designing a search engine, wouldn't I make the actual target of the search query turn up on the FIRST PAGE? I certainly would. Any good designer would -- at least you think they would. If you go to a restaurant and order the $35 Steak, wouldn't you expect to get steak? Google seems to disagree May 31, 2016

60 Seconds #329 : 10 Ways to BREAK the Creative Block for designers, illustrators, writers

If you think you've got the creative block, don't think you're alone. We all get it, and we all have to break it. I've been doing this for nearly half a century. During my seminar days, the creative block was one of the most popular questions from attendees. "Fred, how do you get creative ideas?" ... "How can I break writer's block?" Everyone has his or her favorites. These have proven over the years to work... try'em out next time you're stuck for a story, a drawing, and ad concept or anytime you need a creative jumpstart. February 24, 2016