Saving Your Face. Book.

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As I’m sure everyone has heard by now, the good old Book of Face made a big announcement today about turning all our FB data into a searchable database.  Or, as data savvy babes nerds like myself might say, query-able.  So basically, without getting into too many details, this means that your posts, personal info, and photos will be accessible to more people, in more ways.  It seems to be limited to going as far as friends of friends, but that’s still airing your dirty undies out for more people than you probably thought.

According to this article from NBC News, there are a few things you can do now to beef up your privacy settings so you’re not as accessible as you might be otherwise.  It’s a quick read with some good tips.  Take a look, it might just save your face (book).  Or your dirty undo’s.

Side note, if you’re really observant you might have noticed the measly number of “likes” Keep It Neat has on FB.  What gives?  That’s all on you guys.  So if you are reading this and are not “friends with” KIN on FB, how about changing that up?  Remember, the more likes we get, the more viewers we’ll get, the more viewers we get the more advertising revenue we’ll earn (as in ANY), and with more ad revenue, the more likely it’ll be that I can quit my job to stay home and play with A and KP all day, and organize.  And blog about it.  Don’t you want to read those posts?!  Look, I’ll even make it easier for you – click here, or on the blue Facebook button toward the bottom of this page, over on the right.  I’ll even add a screenshot for you below this post.  I’m spoon-feeding here – no excuses!

 

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Organizing Blog Re-Organizing.

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If that title confuses you, allow me to explain.  See, I write a blog about being organized, and today I did some straightening up around the blog.  AKA organizing blog re-organizing.  Task numero uno was to add some searchable blog categories.  You know, so if you were interested in all that I have to say about cleaning bathrooms on the fly, or keeping kid clutter at bay, you wouldn’t have to weed through every post I’ve written to find it.  What a novel idea, right?

If you scroll down a bit you’ll notice the new categories on my righthand sidebar (also shown in the screenshot above with fancy circles and arrows, but the image came out super small and I can’t figure out how to enlarge it, grr.).  They’ll be a work in progress for a bit while I decide what works, but they should help readers navigate the blog better.  The joys of organizing.

Feel free to click through and send me some feedback.  The comments section below is the best way to reach me, but I also check email at keepitneatblog@gmail.com.  So go on, have at ’em!

Google Sesame!

ScreenshotSome of you may recall this post of yore when I talked about keeping your online Usernames and Passwords organized and safe.  For the past few years I’ve been keeping mine saved in a Word document on the hard drive of my work computer, since that is where I end up doing most of my banking and bill paying (during lunch breaks, of course).

Well guess who just entered the twenty-first century and is now saving her “Open Sesame” Password (PW) List on Google Docs?  Yep, this girl.  I know lots of people who take advantage of Google’s awesome sharing applications like Calendar and Docs, but I have yet to really get my feet wet with Docs.

For those that don’t know, Google Docs is basically a virtual repository where you can save word processing docs, spreadsheets, etc.  If you have a Google account it’s just one of the options on the menu at the top of the page (circled in the pic above).  When you click on Documents it will list everything you currently have saved in there, and there are additional features available like sharing certain documents with other people (great for family calendars, family expense trackers, etc.)

So now I have my PW list saved in my Google Docs (also circled in the pic above), and can access it wherever and whenever I access the internet.  And as I mentioned in my original PW List post, I do not store my actual usernames and passwords but rather I use hints like “name”, “email”, and “standardPW”, “standardPW+1” (when you need an extra character), etc.  Some usernames and/or account ID numbers are OK to save, but I would never save actual passwords, and do not recommend doing so.  I’ve used my new Google Sesame PW List a few times and so far it’s working out, but I’ll of course keep you posted if it fails me down the road, or if there is some gigantic flaw in this plan that I haven’t yet discovered.

And if you’re wondering what sparked this change, it really came down to the fact that I was tired of B asking me almost every other week what our “Xfinity” password was so he could stream movies and TV on his iPad.  We’ve been having a month-long issue with one of our cable boxes (I know, you’d think I’d be able to help with that considering I might have a small connection to the Cable Guy…) so he’s been entertaining himself online.  Hmm.  That sounded wrong.  He’s been getting his TV fix on his iPad.  Much better.  Anyway, he has no memory for things like usernames and passwords, and I have no tolerance for his selective memory, especially when it involves grabbing my work laptop, booting up for 17 mins, and opening my PW list for him.  But I didn’t want to put the list on my home computer because then I’d have two lists going and they’d be sure to get out of sync.  So Google Docs seemed like the perfect solution.

Anyone else have crafty ways to remember or save your passwords?  Or have husbands with selective memory??

Open Sesame!

Every now and then I come across a great organizing product that makes me slightly mad because it’s an idea I’d had at some point but never had the wherewithall to create it.  The Open Sesame Password Reminder book is one of these frustrating things.

About three and a half years ago we bought our house and I also started going to school at night for my MBA.  For some reason these two events added like 8 more usernames and passwords for different sites that I now had to remember.  It was also a particularly busy summer at work and I can recall one specific day when I couldn’t remember my username or password for the online portal that managed my employer’s MBA tuition reimbursements.  I had until the end of the day to submit my class and textbook expenses for reimbursement and I couldn’t get on.  After three failed attempts I was locked out.  I hit lift off.

If you’re wondering how this story ends, I did in fact get it all resolved and my poor bank account was happily filled later that week.  But if you’re wondering why I’m telling you all this, it’s because I created my own Open Sesame document that day, and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of how clever the idea is for a marketable product.

I will admit my version is fairly JV, and the Open Sesame book is way cooler. I have a document on my work computer where I store all usernames and password hints (I do not store actual passwords, just a quick phrase to remind me what it is) for sites where I have a user account.  I created it in Word which was probably a mistake since now I have to manually alphabetize it when I add a new entry.  Excel would have been much better.  I’m a complete Excel junkie so I’m actually not quite sure why I didn’t start it there.  Perhaps I was just too frazzled that day.  But I do update and refer to this document all the time and am really glad that I have it.  If you like splurging on fun office supplies, this book a great idea for you.  If not, I still think keeping your usernames and password hints in one safe spot is a necessity in this day and age.  Starting a list on your computer or in a favorite notebook is more than sufficient.  Just make sure it’s some place that is safe, and that your hints aren’t too far fetched.  Remember, the goal of this idea is to help you remember your passwords, not curse yourself for being so damn forgetful…and cryptic.

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Here is a tip for keeping your inbox organized and free of unwanted e-clutter.  As you receive them, Flag/Star the emails from which you would like to be “unsubscribed” or move them to a special folder, and forget about them. Pick a day and time each week when you will have about 15 minutes to spare, and designate this as your Inbox Clean-Up time.  I use Friday morning.  Each week at this time, go to your Flagged/Starred emails or your unsubscribe folder, open each email and click on the “unsubscribe” link embedded within the email.  This will take you to a site with instructions for removing your email address from that particular retailer or marketer’s mailing list.  (If you don’t see such a link keep looking; it should be there as I believe it is a requirement for digital marketing).  Yes, it takes some effort each week, but it’s better than being annoyed every time you get another unwanted email from 1-800-Flowers.com just because you ordered balloons once for your friend’s 30th birthday, right?  And forgot to sign your name to the card leading her to believe she had a mysterious secret admirer…  But that’s a story for another time…  I’ll send it to your inbox.