Thoughts on Information Finding

Reflections and reblogs

WordPress Performance and Usability

I have created a handful of WordPress websites which are hosted on GoDaddy Managed WP. I did not choose the hosting environment – the customers did. Since GoDaddy will not allow me to use any caching plugins, another solution had to be found to solve performance issues.

I added several lines to .htaccess to force browser caching for various file types, and while this did speed up subsequent page loads, first time visitors were still loading slowly.

Finally I found the solution that cut the time the pages loaded in half. In a blog post on the Canonical SEO website, the author explains the inefficiencies in the default WordPress .htaccess code, and a very simple code replacement.

Voilà!

How I Stopped Robocalls From Disturbing My Life

During one of the recent data breaches, my information was breached. More specifically, my cell phone number is now in the hands of spammers.

Several times during the day, my phone will ring. The caller ID will display a number (usually out-of-state and cities where I know no one). In the beginning I would pick them up and either hear some marketing scam, or  hear nothing but noise in the background. So I stopped picking them up. But I would still have to run to my phone at all times of the day to see who it was to determine if I needed to pick it up. It was driving me crazy. I blocked number after number on my iPhone, but they continued to come up with new numbers.

In my frustration I took to Facebook with my rant, and my brother mentioned the service Nomorobo. It sounded perfect! Nomorobo develops a “black list” of phone numbers to block based on complaints received by the FTC. So if one phone number receives lots of complaints, Nomorobo will block that number from ringing the phone of a subscriber. In order to utilize this service, one has to sign up for Simultaneous Ringing with the phone carrier. Nomorobo quickly answers the spam calls, then hangs up.

However, Verizon Wireless does not offer the simultaneous ringing feature. I scoured their help boards, and their solution is for the customer to pay Verizon Wireless a fee to block a finite amount of numbers. I can already block unlimited numbers on the iPhone, I certainly wasn’t going to pay Verizon to do the same.

I was seriously considering changing my cell phone number. I know, though, I would have missed valuable telephone calls, and that solution was not acceptable either.

My solution: download a silent ringtone from iTunes, and set that as my default ringtone. In actual practice I only receive calls from a few of my contacts. So I manually set the custom ringtones for those contacts (plus a few who could possibly call me) to something other than the default.

Now my phone no longer rings unless one of those contacts call me. I can still see the call if I wake up my phone, and they can, of course, leave a voice mail. I still have an audible tone set for a new voice mail.  Legitimate callers will leave a message. I will subsequently add them to my contacts and give them an audible custom ringtone for future calls.

No more running across the room repeatedly during the day. In this small area of my life, I have restored peace.

 

 

Zorphia is Back

After being quiet for a while Zorphia spam has again appeared in my inbox.

Georgia left you a private message

Georgia
Georgia left you a message. Click on the button below to view it:

 

I actually received the message in two different email accounts – so “Georgia,” who has my phone number, is leaving me two different messages on a random website?

Or perhaps her contacts were all pilfered by a phisher?

There is nothing we can do to stop this, but I will continue to get the word out – stay away from Zorphia.

 

Has Zorpia Taken Action To Protect Privacy?

As I had posted previously, I have been receiving spam messages from Zorpia. I tweeted an article I found on the subject, and this reply came from Zorpia:

Then why did this appear in my inbox this morning??? I changed the links and the image to protect my coworker whose contacts were apparently phished from her. All Zorpia links are removed as well.

Hi Susan,
Rachel left you a private message

Rachel
Rachel has left a private message for you. Click on the button below to view it:
View Private Message
Regards,
The Zorpia Team

I know for a fact that Rachel did not leave me a private message on Zorpia. All I have to do is click on the links in my email and access to my email contacts would be granted to Zorpia.

Zorpia is a Pfishing Scam

Recently I have been receiving messages from a company called “Zorpia” informing me that “Rachel” had left me a private message. “Rachel” has my email address and my personal phone number, so I doubted she would leave me a message on a website I had never heard of. She doesn’t particularly like mainstream social networking, such as Facebook. I suspected, and my research has confirmed, that Zorpia is likely a pfishing scam, much like “ShoppyBag.”

It all started with PickyKidPix who opened the first Zorpia email from her friend Devin. Devin had no idea that such an email was sent out. No one does. I then got an email from my daughter that I had a message from her. Given that it was 11:00 pm and she was asleep, I opened the email. The only way to see the message was to allow it access to my Facebook.

Big mistake…

… Read More in PragmaticMom

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