woensdag 10 augustus 2016

Guest Post: Ten Tips for Staying Safe Online by Dane Cobain

Ten Tips for Staying Safe Online

Hi, folks! My name’s Dane Cobain and I’m an author and social media marketer from High Wycombe in the UK. So far, I’ve released a supernatural thriller novella, a poetry collection and a literary fiction novel, but I’m here today to support my upcoming release, a non-fiction book called Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World.

Social Paranoia is all about the mistakes that people make on social networking sites, and what people can do to avoid them. There are so many things that can go wrong that I won’t be able to cover them all here, but I will be giving you my top ten tips.

So kick back, relax, check that no-one’s looking over your shoulder and let’s get started!

#1: Obey the grandma rule

If you’re ever in doubt about whether you should post something, think about your grandma (or, alternatively, a potential employer in the future). Ask yourself whether it’s something that you’d be comfortable saying in front of them – if not, don’t post it!

#2: Use strong passwords

A strong password should be at least eight characters long and feature a mixture of lower and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols. If possible, use a different password for every site that you use, and never, ever share your password with someone else. This will help you to avoid hacks, leaks and unauthorised account access.

#3: Remember the negativity bias

The negativity bias is an observable phenomenon in which people can perceive negativity even when it isn’t there. Always assume that someone might view your status updates with a negative eye, and make sure that they don’t have an unintended second meaning that could be misinterpreted.

#4: Have a crisis plan

If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Have an idea of what you’ll do if something goes wrong – for example, if one of your status updates goes viral for some reason, or if your account gets hacked. Know what you’re going to do in advance, so that if something does go wrong, you’re ready for it.

#5: Pay it forward

This is a useful mantra that it helps to bear in mind when you’re using social networking sites. It’s a similar concept to karma – what goes around, comes around. Be nice to other people on social networking sites, help them out when they need help and interact with their updates, and the favour will be returned.

#6: Avoid suspicious links

This is particularly important when checking e-mails or private messages. If a link looks suspicious, don’t click it – ask the sender to confirm its authenticity first. Some malicious viruses spread from user to user through these links, compromising account security and potentially damaging your computer.

#7: Use your real name

There are two reasons for this. The first is that if you use your real name, you’ll be more aware of what you’re doing when you’re using social sites, because it can easily be tied back to you. The second is that, if you use a fake name or a pseudonym and you get found out – particularly if there’s a conflict of interests there – then it can backfire and damage your reputation.

#8: Use up-to-date antivirus software

Make sure that you have antivirus and firewall software on any devices that you use to log in to social networking sites, and keep it up-to-date. Some viruses have the ability to compromise your login credentials, and so protecting yourself with software will help you to protect yourself against that.

#9: Maintain your privacy settings

Most social networking sites allow you to customise your privacy settings, to control who’s able to see your updates. Considering making your profile private unless people send you a friend request, and if you’re using Twitter but only to speak to friends, consider making your profile private so that people have to send follow requests before they can see your updates. That way, you’re in charge of who sees what you’re saying.

#10: Don’t leave computers or devices unattended

If you’re logged in at a machine, don’t leave it unattended, and clear your password history after use if you’re on a public computer. If you’re logged in your mobile phone, make sure that it has a passcode. This will stop people from gaining unauthorised access to your accounts by simply hijacking your machine.

So there you have it – those are my top ten tips for staying safe on social networking sites. Ultimately, it all comes down to common sense – use that, and you’ll probably be alright, but it always pays to be careful!

Want to find out more tips for online safety, or to read about some of the massive fails that people and brands have faced? Check out Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World after it launches on August 22nd!

No Rest for the Wicked

(supernatural thriller)

When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels. 

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home


Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press

Former.ly: The Rise and Fall of a Social Network

(literary fiction)

When Dan Roberts starts his new job at Former.ly, he has no idea what he’s getting into. The site deals in death – its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences.

But something strange is going on, and the site’s two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for.

Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World


Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World is the true story of how sometimes the updates that you post come back to haunt you. Filled with real case studies and practical advice, it’s a guidebook for everyone who has an online presence from consumers to massive corporations. 

Sometimes, people really are out to get you. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website, www.danecobain.com. His debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked, was released in the summer of 2015.


maandag 8 augustus 2016

Cover Reveal: Wicked Passion by Amanda J. Greene

Title: Wicked Passion

Series: Under Realm Assassins #3
Author: Amanda J. Greene


James Stonewoll is an Elite Assassin for the Under Realm Syndicate - an expert hunter and merciless killer. As a former Pirate, he thrives on danger, the more perilous the mission, the better and he can't resist his newest contract: eliminate a rebel shape-shifting magic thief that stalks the border of the Under Realm kidnapping and murdering innocent Others. But never did the centuries old vampire anticipate playing hero to a mythical temptress with luscious curves, tantalizing lips, and hypnotic eyes.

Captured and held prisoner, Katya Moro was trapped in a seemingly endless loop of unimaginable agony as her magic was slowly being torn from her soul. A gasp away from death, she is rescued by a sinful kiss and awakens in the strong arms of a powerful warrior whose roguish smile, sharp fangs, and intense strength unlock the dormant Succubus instincts within her – an all-consuming madness that demands complete surrender.

Gazing down at her, James knew he had to kill her. Dark Magic Wielders, like the beautiful female he’d found, were a grave threat to human society and were not permitted to roam the mortal world. But Katya’s smoky voice and sweet kisses stir a fierce hunger inside him. She is unpredictable, uncontrollable and… wickedly seductive – his perfect kind of dangerous. To keep her safe, James will protect her from the magic thieves that hunt her and his fellow assassins until he can find a way to return Katya to her home in the Under Realm.

Will Katya’s passion be able to conquer the darkness within his soul or will James let her go?

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About the author:

Amanda J. Greene is an erotic paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a full time university student, who works part time.

She lives in Southern California with her very supportive, military husband and their sweet cocker spaniel. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.

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