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Tips To Secure Video Conferences

Quick Powtoon Video Tutorial

I just started to use Powtoons again and found one of my early one’s that is still relevant these days. Take a look and if you”re new to video conferencing, i hope it helps.

Wearable Technology For Seniors

Listen to a new episode of Tech Brewed where I discuss wearable technology for seniors and some of the more popular apps for that technology.

Woman looking at smartwatch wearable technology
Woman looking at smartwatch wearable technology

Here’s a copy of the show text.

Welcome back to another episode of tech brewed. I am your host Greg Doig. If you love technology like I do, you’re in the right place again.

So a question I’l answer this week is:

What kind of wearable tech would benefit seniors?

Wearable technology has become very popular over the last decade. The rise of smart watches, fitness trackers, and other devices has helped us stay connected at all times. Nowadays, these gadgets are being developed to improve our lives in ways we never thought possible.

There are several types of wearable technology that can benefit seniors. Wearable devices make it easier to stay active at any age, and the Apple Watch dominates the sector with its numerous built-in health-related functions. Its senior-focused functions include a fall detector and an emergency feature that calls 9-1-1. Alternatives to the Apple Watch include Samsung, Garmin, and Fitbit devices.

The following are some examples of wearable technology that can be used by seniors:

1. Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers have been around since the 1990s, but they’ve only recently gained popularity. These devices help people keep track of their daily activities and exercise routines. This data can then be analyzed to determine if you’re meeting certain physical activity goals.

 They also provide feedback about how well you’re doing with your diet and workout routine.

Fitness trackers come in different shapes and sizes. Some track steps, while others track calories burned and distance traveled. A few even track sleep quality.

2. Smart Watches

Smart watches have been around for years, but now they’re becoming more sophisticated. Not only do they allow you to access information like the weather, your calendar,

 or emails, but they can also connect to smartphones via Bluetooth. This makes them great tools for checking messages, listening to music, or taking photos.

3. Sleep Monitors

Sleep monitors are one of the most common types of wearable technology. They use sensors to detect when you’re sleeping and waking up. Then, they send this information to your smartphone so you can get a better idea of what time you should wake up each morning.

4. Health Monitoring Devices

Health monitoring devices are a growing trend among seniors. Many of these devices are designed to help monitor various aspects of your health. For instance, there are blood pressure cuffs, glucose meters, and weight scales with builtin tech.

5. Heart Rate Monitors

Heart rate monitors are another type of wearable technology that can help seniors. These devices help measure your heart rate during workouts. It can also be helpful for those who suffer from high blood pressure.

6. Emergency Alert Systems

An emergency alert system is a good way to ensure that you don’t miss important alerts on your mobile device. These systems will notify you if there’s a medical emergency or natural disaster in your area. If you’re worried about losing power during a storm, you can set up a timer to automatically turn off electronics such as TVs, lights, and appliances.

7. Hearing Aid Amplifiers

Hearing aid amplifiers are another type of wearable tech that can benefit seniors. Most hearing aids work fine, but sometimes they need to be adjusted or replaced. An amplifier can improve the sound quality of your hearing aid. A proposed rule by the Food and Drug Administration to allow people to buy hearing aids without a prescription could encourage more companies to explore this market.

8. Voice Activated Technology

Voice activated technology is another form of wearable technology. This kind of technology uses voice commands to control smart home gadgets. You could ask Alexa to switch on the lights, adjust the temperature, or play some music.

9. Headphones

Headphones are a simple yet effective way to listen to music without disturbing anyone else. They’re especially useful for people who want to exercise alone. Many are wireless now and can connect to phones.

 If you want to get moving some more and are looking for some good apps to use on those smart phones, here are 6 to the top ones. Some do have in app purchases to add more features, of course.

1. MyFitnessPal (available on iOS Android  MyFitnessPal lets you set yourself a calorie goal and log all your food and drink to ensure you never go overboard again. You can also log your exercise, track your weight loss, keep up with your friends’ progress and more.

2. C25K (available on iOS Android is Designed for beginners (but suited to all fitness levels), this app will transform you from an exercise-hating couch potato to a runner capable of finishing a 5km run within just eight weeks. This highly popular program has helped thousands and requires just 30 minutes a day, three days a week to build up your fitness and endurance.

3. Nike+ Training Club (available on iOS Android With over 100 trainer-certified workouts available with the app for free. You can customize your workout plan depending on what equipment (if any) you have available, your starting fitness level and much more. You can also target specific areas of the body with different strength, endurance and mobility exercises.

4. MapMyWalk (available on iOS Android MapMyWalk, made by the same people behind MyFitnessPal, allows you to set goals and track everything about your walk – distance, speed, duration, steps, elevation, you name it. You can also see what routes your friends have mapped and discover new ones in your area.

5. 7 Minute Workout (available on iOS Android If you’ve got seven minutes to spare, you’ve got time to work out. This app, which boasts 20 million users, offers fast, effective and equipment-free routines and builds a program for you based on your goal – to get fit, lose weight or get strong. There’s also illustrations to help you get each exercise right and avoid injuries.

6. Daily Yoga (available on iOS Android Daily Yoga will help get you into a daily routine of strength- and mobility-building exercises for everyone from beginners to masters. The app also includes Pilates and meditation classes, and if you choose to upgrade, you can also unlock hundreds of new poses and classes. 

Wearable technology for seniors is very beneficial and offers convenience that makes staying in shape easier.

New Episode of Tech Brewed

I’ve relaunched my podcast for 2022. I ran into a problem with a certain virus last fall that did a job on my wind pipes along with some other issues. I wasn’t able to record sustained talks for some time. Thankfully that is behind me and we are in to a new start.

I updated some info for WordPress security along with other posts I’ve done recently. Take a listen and share with your friends. Comments on the various podcast platforms are welcome as long as they are constructive.

Here are the podcast notes/transcripts. Some edits made in the recording.

Introduction:  Many people run their business, blog, or website on the popular WordPress platform. The WordPress platform is a powerful and flexible system with many benefits; however, it is also a target for hackers, meaning that it’s essential to take steps to protect your site from being hacked. This article will go over some common ways to secure your WordPress installation.

To protect your site from being hacked, there are a few things you can do. 
Many host providers offer WordPress hosting packages, however, not all of them are secure, and we recommend that you not use a host that is not known and trusted. 

Good Web hosting companies are taking extensive measures to protect WordPress users from malicious attacks that are facilitated by vulnerabilities in the platform’s codebase. One solution that has been implemented with success is limiting access to WordPress via its web interface to authenticated users only, using HTTP authentication methods such as Basic Authentication or Digest Authentication. 

Managed WordPress Hosting A managed WordPress hosting plan offers some great benefits, including automated updates, free backups, free SSL certificates, and free site audits. 
The importance of WordPress security: Why it’s essential to secure your website with a strong password and pluginsUse strong passwords and two factor authenticationSecurity updates are released frequently that will keep your site safe against emerging online threats. To update your WordPress site manually, log in to your account and go to Updates > Update Now to login to the dashboard, click on Updates and then the Update Now button under Update Status. 

WordPress does not automatically upgrade outdated plugins and themes, leaving the site open to malicious attacks. Furthermore, WordPress requires some degree of user knowledge to secure it properly. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve WordPress security by utilizing the available plugins and tweaks. One way is to install a firewall such as Wordfence Security to block vulnerabilities and keep your site safe from attackers.
WordPress Security Plugins: Why You Need ThemA team of security specialists at Sucuri recently published “The Anatomy of a WordPress Hack,” which details the most common types of attacks that take place on WordPress websites and how such security vulnerabilities can be detected and fixed. These abuses include brute force login attempts, cross-site scripting attacks, cross-site request forgery attacks, and more.
The best way to prevent such attacks is to utilize a WordPress security plugin. Such a plugin can monitor your site for any suspicious activity, which will alert you if any such suspicious activity is detected. Fortunately, you can quickly and easily protect the site and mitigate WordPress security vulnerabilities before they are exploited with the right plugins.

Some WordPress Security Plugins

Wordfence is the leading provider of Security for WordPress sites. It has been named as one of the top five security plugins for WordPress on multiple occasions. The plugin automatically updates and scans your site and can fix some technical issues with your website before hackers do. Wordfence is a great way to protect your site from any malicious attacks and make sure it stays safe and secure. 
Jetpack Security In a world where cyber security is a growing issue, there are many different methods to protect your personal information. For instance, if you have a WordPress site or app, it is important to install Jetpack. With Jetpack security, hackers will be blocked from accessing your content on your website or app. Not only does this plugin provide one of the best ways to prevent hacking on your site, but it also improves how your content displays on mobile devices. 
BulletProof Security Bulletproof Security is the one-stop site for all your WordPress security needs. WordPress security is an often overlooked part of the website creation process. If you are not already using WordPress web hosting, BulletProof Security can help you select the best web host for your business. As well as make sure that your website is fully protected with security software like anti-virus and firewall protection. 
Sucuri Security  Sucuri Security offers a variety of services that help strengthen your website’s security and protect your data from theft or destruction. 
Wordfence Premium Wordfence Premium, a leading WordPress security plugin, is designed to keep your site safe from hackers. Taking five minutes to install this plugin will put you well ahead of 95% of the WordPress users who don’t take any kind of security precautions. With automatic updates for both your plugins and Wordfence Premium, you can rest assured that your site is always running at its full potential. 

Conclusion: A summary of the article and resources you’ve providedHave you ever wondered what the best way to keep your WordPress website safe is? Well, we’ve covered some key steps, but there are many ways to do this. But, the most important thing of all is common sense. Make sure to create strong passwords, install security plugins, and make your site is frequently updated. And if you are not familiar with how to do these things, contact a web designer in the area for help! 

Bonus MaterialWebsite Terms To KnowDomain Name System (DNS) is a system that converts domain names to IP addresses, thereby mapping the Internet into a logical and readable form. DNS is one of the few protocols that can be located in both client and server versions, which is why it plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy Internet.
Email Auto-ResponderAn email autoresponder is a program that automatically replies to any email on your behalf. It typically consists of a series of pre-written messages, and replies can be customized and sent depending on who sends the email. Email autoresponders are typically used as an information channel for businesses, nonprofits, and clubs.

How to Secure Your WordPress Site

Keeping your WordPress website secure is something every WordPress website owner worries about. And for good reason: if your site is hacked or goes down, you could lose business and customers, and it can take a long time and a lot of expense to get your site back online and back to the way it was. Before we get started, we want to make sure we’ve covered the most important things.

How do you go about keeping your WordPress website secure? There are a few things to keep in mind in order to keep your WordPress website safe.

It is important to keep your plugins, themes, and installation updated. 3. Only buy plugins and themes from reputable sources. If you download free themes and plugins, use the official directories.

If you have the ability, it is always better to keep things on a development server and only push to the production server once everything is tested.

It is also a good idea to use a plugin like Wordfence. It will scan your WordPress site for malware, blacklisting it if the plugin finds anything. Sucuri is another good security plugin for WordPress. Your hosting provider may also have additional tools available to secure your site.

Keep your files organized so you can easily track down any problems.

Some additional tips to secure your WordPress website:

1. use strong passwords

2. use secure WordPress hosting

3. disable the WordPress theme editor

4. take regular backups and store them on the server and on another location like Dropbox or other cloud services.

5. use SFTP to upload files to your site

6. add SSL to your site Some web hosting providers will provide a free SSL service but you may need more features for eCommerce sites.

Note: Using SFTP instead of FTP means that the files will be encrypted before you upload them. This prevents access to them while you’re transferring them to your site or downloading them to your computer.

This is important when you work on a public network, such as coffee-shop Wi-Fi. Although you should avoid using public Wi-Fi to manage the files in your WordPress site, in reality, we’ve all had times when we’ve needed to upload a file and can’t wait till we get back to a more secure internet connection.

Using strong passwords is the simplest and one of the most effective lines of defense against hackers. It doesn’t matter how complicated or difficult your password is, if you use the same user name and password on many accounts, your chances of getting hacked skyrocket.

It’s most important to make sure your WordPress password is at least 8 characters, with upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

Also, before you go with that ultra-cheap hosting provider, ask yourself if it might cost you more in the long run. The more people use that server, the more opportunities there are for introducing security problems. If you are serious about your WordPress site, you will want to make sure that you are secure. All it takes is one little hack, disgruntled employee, or one accident, and you will lose everything that you have worked to create. You can protect yourself with a few simple practices, but you might also want to consider the hosting plan that adds more security and backup features. Some will check your themes and plugins for flaws. You should also know malicious or insecure themes and plugins are also banned on many managed WordPress hosting services