Technology Research Specialist

I'm a veteran analyst in the broadband telecommunications industry offering my research skills to businesses and non-profit organizations of any size. I have several years experience in creating professional reports on the topics of broadband Internet and mobile technology.

Most of my projects involve the following tasks:

  • Analysis and consolidation of data derived from multiple sources.
  • Conducting interviews either in-person or over the Internet.
  • Determining the requirements and specifications of the project.
  • Complete documentation and backup of all data gathered.
  • Managing procedures for making change requests with the project manager.
  • Timely completation of all deliverables with documentation included.

Navigating The Mobile Landscape

Posted September 18th, 2013

Hello fellow smartphone users! It has been a while since I posted and I wanted to address an area that is a hot topic right now - mobile technology.

Yes, right now most of our business and social activity on the Web is transitioning from tired old desktops to the fast-paced world of mobile communication. The mobile trend in social media has only accelerated and now most of our Internet communication is done from our smartphones.

I have to admit that I am one of those from an older generation and getting used to using my iPhone for things like checking Facebook, sending tweets or keeping notes hasn't come naturally for me. However, most of my clients are moving in that direction and a businesswoman like me needs to keep up with current uses of technology.

So, I finally started training myself in how to use social media in business. I signed up for the online courses taught by Eric Schwartzman. It has really been a major eye-opener! I'm amazed at how important these tools are for business these days. Luckily, I think I am not too late to jump on this train, and I recommend Eric's classes to anyone who needs to brush up on their social media skills - especially if you engage in business activity over the Internet.

The good news is that I plan on passing on what I learn to all my clients, :)

Protecting My Blog From Hackers

Posted April 19th, 2013

Like many Wordpress users, I have had one of my blogs hacked. Lost tons of information, had to waste a lot of time in setting things back up - all in all, a very frustrating experience.

That was a long time ago, although such hacking is apparantly still going on. I've learned a lot of lessons about running a blog since then. Making my blog secure was one of them, and I love to pass on what I learn to others. So, if you are one of the millions of Wordpress users out there, here is my list of essential plugins for WP security:

  • Block Bad Queries
  • Akismet
  • WordPress Firewall 2
  • Login LockDown
  • WordPress File Monitor Plus
  • SI Captcha
  • Wordfence
  • WP Security Scan
  • NoSpamNX
  • Fast Secure Contact Form

In my opinion, anyone using Wordpress should use ALL of these plugins. I hope that helps you to keep your own Wordpress blog secure.

Another thing - only allow comments if you really want them. Otherwise, you are just inviting all kinds of spam and bots and the hackers that come with them.

Finally, there is a troubleshooting utility that Paul showed me with an optional free monitoring feature that allows you to monitor your blog from your smartphone.

To find out what I can do for your company, please check my contact page or view the rest of my site to see my rates for various types of work.