We’re All Vulnerable to Hacks

It happens to everybody. Ah yes, I woke up this morning to messages from my friends saying that they my Facebook account has been hacked. Yup. I’ve changed my password and checking the apps that I’ve approved access to my Facebook account.

Here is some more information from Facebook


Your account may have been hacked if you notice:
Your email or password has been changed
Your name or birthday has been changed
Friend requests have been sent to people you don’t know
Messages have been sent that you didn’t write
Posts have been made that you didn’t create

Even if you haven’t been ‘hacked’, Facebook offers some extra security measures that you can add to help prevent these things from happening.

One that I’m going to try is login approvals. If you turn on login approvals, you will have to do an extra step each time you access your Facebook account on a new browser, computer, or mobile device.

To turn on or manage login approvals:

  1. Go to your Security Settings
  2. Scroll down to Login Approvals and click Edit
  3. Choose the approval method you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions
  4. Click Enable once you’ve selected and turned on an approval method

There are several login approval methods you can use with your Facebook account:

  • Text message (SMS) codes from your mobile phone
  • Security codes from Code Generator
  • Tapping your security key on a compatible device
  • Security codes from a third party app
  • Approving your login from a confirmed device
  • Using one of your printed recovery codes

Keep in mind: You can use as many login approval methods as you want, but you need to have at least text message (SMS) codes turned on, or at least both a security key and Code Generator turned on.

I’ll let you know if it gets a nuisance or if I feel just a little more secure.

Happy Friday.


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What is WordPress?

WordPress Computer
WordPress is an open-source, which means
anyone can use without having to pay a license,
website creation tool that is written in PHP. It’s so popular, almost 20% of all the websites out on the World Wide Web use WordPress!

But I’m not techy….can I use it?

Yes! That’s the point! WordPress gives you an interface, or webpage, where you can configure how you want your website to look without having to know a bit of HTML or CSS. If you are even lacking in the design skills, you can install a WordPress Theme (a free one or you can buy one), which give you a framework where you can just add your logo, your own headlines, your own links to social media, and your own photos, and you are ready to go!

But REALLY I can do it if I’m not techy?

TBH, unless you are familiar with how websites work and how you want your web pages to look, I would suggest starting with a website creator site such as Squarespace or Wix. I have used Weebly, which after a bit of a learning curve, also works nicely for those with limited web experience. But if you’re willing to put in the time and are comfortable, WordPress is definitely do-able.
If you are looking for some help for your business website, or just some advice, feel free to contact me!

But I just want a blog…

Then WordPress is the industry standard to use for blogging! I use WordPress on this site. I use the WordPress standard theme Twenty Seventeen, which I find is quite attractive.


What if I want something special?

Most likely, there will be a small program called a ‘plug-in’ that a developer has written and shared (open-source….remember?). But caveat emptor as some may break your website or other plug-ins that you use.
If there’s a specific topic you would like me to cover, let me know in the comments!
Til then,
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3 Free Stock Photos Websites That Won’t Look Stale

#1  – My total favorite – PicJumbo.  Most of the images you’ll find on my website are from PicJumbo.  I can’t say enough about how crystal clear & gorgeous these are.  Use with my blessings.

#2 – A recent discovery of mine – Barn Images .  They have photos on this website for free for commercial and personal use.  The colors are a tad on the muted side, but still gorgeous and I look forward to using more of them.

Photo by Igor Trepeshchenok / Barnimages.com

#3 – A great cross-website search tool – Pexels.  Pexels uses multiple sources for their collection of great photography.  All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.


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Wiping the Slate Clean

WordPress 4.7 & the new Twenty-Seventeen Default Theme

Just like I do on my iPhone 6 Plus (or any other technical device I have ever owned), I install WAYYYYY too many apps/themes/plugins/whatever and find I need to just wipe the slate clean and start over.  So with the launch of The Process Coach and the release of WordPress 4.7  I thought it was a great opportunity to just wipe the www.patriciabovell.com slate clean and just start over.

You will get to join me in the trials and successes I’ll be getting.  As an add on, I’ve also installed the brand new WP default theme, “Twenty-Seventeen” which actually looks pretty snifty.   The first thing you’ll notice is the front page has a huge bright area for a photo.   I added a quality Holiday theme photo I downloaded from one of my favorite free stock photo sites, PicJumbo.

Here’s a preview of the theme:  https://wordpress.org/themes/twentyseventeen


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