Should you be Worried About Bots?

An Internet Bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. 6422482

In January, The New York Times published an article entitled “Buying Online Influence From a Shadowy Market, Fake Followers Are Counterfeit Coins in a Booming Social Media Economy.”

Several of my students’, understandably so were quite freaked out and cut out the article and gave it to me in class. After reading it and giving the article some thought, it is my hope that you find what I have to say helpful and quell your fears.

  1. Know exactly who your audience is.
  2. Meet your audience (your friends, fans, and followers) in real life.
  3. Never pay for lists.
  4. Review your friends, followers and fans often enough so that if you do not recognize a name, you can Block it.
  5. Educate your friends who continue to send out group email to use Bcc: (blind carbon copy).

Remember that there is no shortcut to being popular. If something is too good to be true, It Is!



How to Organize Your Web Based Email Contacts

How to Merge the Duplicates and Organize your Email Contacts:

  1. On your computer…. > open your web browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox)
  2. In the address bar at the very top > enter in….
  1. if you have multiple email addresses… click on the + sign or grey tab to open a new tab and type in one of the above domain names
  2. Next…. sign in with your email address and your password
  • in Gmail click on the 9 little boxes in the upper right corner > click on Contacts
  • in Outlook click on the 9 little boxes in the upper left corner > click on People
  • in Yahoo click on the little head that is to the right of Mail
  • in Comcast click on Address Book
  1. scroll down to find your duplicates > click the little box before each duplicate so that a check mark appears in that box > under More or Manage > click Merge
  • Keep your iPhone nearby so that you can see the changes update in real time
  1. Next click on the just email addresses > and enter that persons name and click save
  2. if you have 2 entries for that person (1, phone number and 1, email address) click the phone number and email address and click More or Manage to Merge the phone number entry with the email address entry

On your iPhone:

  1. go to Settings (grey gear icon)
  2. click accounts & passwords
  3. tap your other email address 
  4. turn off the green light on just that email address
  5. the idea is to have, use and see just 1 address book/contact list from your iPhone
  6. *** remember that all of your email addresses have their own address book/contact list, but that you don’t have to view all of them on your iPhone***
  7. the email and the address book are located in each cloud,, and so on…. 
Good Luck!

My Classes Have Officially Started

Taught my first class of 2018 this afternoon at The Oaks U at The Oaks in Osprey, FL.

What fun we had learning all about Texting and iMessage. We even learned how to Bitmoji ourselves and then text it.  73557

I plan to have a busy fun filled weekend and then prepare for: Macintosh, Facebook for Beginners, Illustrator Business and Branding, Why is it so Cloudy?, uLearn iPhone, Google Apps, How to Blog in WordPress, Social Media Marketing, Tweet, Tweet, Twitter, and Instagram. Whew!

There is still room if you would like to Sign Up – Call 941-361-6590 for ACE Suncoast and 941-955-8866 for Ringling College of Continuing Studies.

New Year Tech Resolutions

Now accepting appointments starting January 9th if you should need help with any of the following: cartoon

  1. Make backups of your photos, videos, and music
  2. Strengthen your digital security
  3. Use a password app if you want to keep your accounts secure
  4. Spring clean your PC/Mac
  5. Upgrade your tech


Call or Text, Bonnie 941-350-6396.

Or Take a Class.

Good luck in 2018.

Apple iPhone & Amazon Echo are great companions

  1. Find your iPhone & your Keys

  • Download the TrackR App on your iPhone.
  • Open the app, select Find Your iPhone With Alexa, and follow the instructions. Then, ask Alexa to enable TrackR.
  • Once it’s all set up, all you have to do is say “Alexa, tell TrackR to find my phone” and she will.
  • If you own a Tile device, Alexa can find your keys too (assuming your physical Tile device is attached to them).
  • Just say “Alexa, ask Tile to find my phone.” or “Alexa, ask Tile to find my keys.”

2. Stream Apple Music or your iTunes Library via Bluetooth

  • Alexa can play very nice holiday music through Amazon, but you can also program Alexa to play your Apple Music, or your locally stored iTunes library.
  • Just, say “Alexa, Pair.”
  • Then, under Settings on your iPhone > tap the Bluetooth menu and select Echo.

3. Call your Friends and Family

  • Alexa can access your Contacts.
  • Say “Alexa? – Call Jill”

4. Control your Echo Remotely

  • Download the Amazon Shopping App.
  • Use the little microphone icon next to the search bar to communicate with Echo from another room. Alexa is linked to your Amazon account.

5. Set Up Routines

  • Download the Alexa App.
  • Alexa can automatically turn on your lights and read you the latest news and give you traffic information.
  • Tap Routines > then press the + to create a new Routine.