Phishers and Scammers: A Plague on Both Their Houses!

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As a relatively computer savvy person, there’s nothing more embarrassing or frustrating than getting hacked. It happened to me this week. Someone had nothing better to do than to use a third-party connection to annoy my Twitter buddies in my name. GRRRRRRR! It feels akin to having one’s wallet stolen. I contacted Twitter and followed their advice:

“Due to concern that your account may have been compromised in a phishing attack that took place off-Twitter, your password was reset. Please create a new password by opening this link (Twitter provides one) in your browser. This will reset your password. Remember to choose a strong password that is a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Do not reuse your old password. As a reminder, you should be extraordinarily suspicious of any third party that offers to artificially inflate your follower count. We do not endorse any of these sites.

Please make sure to:

  • Scan your computers for viruses / malware, especially if unauthorized tweets continue to be posted in your accounts even after you’ve changed the password.
  • Check the Connections page at and revoke the access privileges of any third party applications that you do not recognize.
  • Avoid providing your username and/or e-mail and password to untrusted third-party sites.
  • Remove any updates that you did not post personally.

You can also visit our help page for hacked or compromised accounts.”

Having taken care of Twitter, I went through all my important accounts and changed passwords, even though Twitter was the only account affected.

Thank goodness my Twitter buddies were understanding. Nonetheless, from now on I will be even more vigilant.

When was the last time you changed your passwords?

Hear My Voice – Voice Actors Helping Those In Need In Haiti

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From VoiceOverXtra.com: “The victims of the Haiti earthquake continue to need help, of course. And a voice-over event just announced for next Wednesday night, Feb. 10, will send all proceeds to the Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts – plus deliver to you a stirring evening discussion with some of the industry’s leading audiobook narrators. Hear My Voice – Voice Actors Helping Those In Need, is a unique tele-conference in which industry giants will share stories, advice and perspectives on making your way in the audiobook industry. It’s slated for 8 to 10 p.m. EST and will conclude with a 30-minute Q&A between panelists and the online attendees. The event is the brainchild of David Bourgeois, owner of Voice Coaches, the voice-over training firm, and David Goldberg, owner/producer Edge Studio, the voice-over training and audio production company. Bourgeois and Goldberg will co-host the event. Narrators currently on the growing list of narrators are Alan SklarCarol Monda and Grover Gardner. And remember, you’ll be able to talk with them live during the Q&A.”

“How to Attend: Participants will receive a dial-in PIN and an access code to attend the conference. Following the event, participants will also receive a link to download the audio, to replay it at home anytime. To attend, a minimum $25 registration donation is suggested, but larger donations are encouraged. All proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross’ Haiti relief efforts, say the sponsors. For more about the panelists and to register, please visit: www.voicecoaches.com/hearmyvoice