NETWORKING: WHICH TYPE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? by Britney Balg

Networking is one concept of business management that can really make or break your business objectives. There are two types of networking; person to person or through the internet and media. Which one you choose will depend on your own style of running things. If you are very good at small talk and like meeting new people constantly, then you would benefit from person to person networking. There is some truth to the statement, “It’s all about who you know”. It’s not literally all about who you know but once you start putting yourself out there and making new connections, you will be surprised at how much business you can stir up.

On the other hand, maybe your time is better spent networking through social media. Perhaps your target audience is more involved with social media than going to business fairs or conventions. A really appealing aspect of social media networking is that it can be done at any time of day or night and allows you to reach a much further audience. On the flip side though, you may find it a bit time consuming to keep up with all the posting and following and tweeting. A lot of business professionals employ some sort of assistant to help them keep track of all their social media outlets. A bigger business is more likely to hire someone to do this out of an office. A cheaper and just as efficient alternative to this, especially for smaller business owners, is to hire a virtual assistant. A VA is able to communicate with you through email or phone call and then from their own home they can update, repost and blog for you. Which option you choose will depend on your current business situation and neither is necessarily better than the other, it’s just up to you to decide what works. 

Webcam Hackers: A Growing Problem

Ever get the feeling someone is watching you? Better yet, do you own a laptop? If so, then there is a chance someone is watching you! According to Channel 7 ABC News, 1/24/13, there is a new type of hacker in town and they’re capable of hacking into your webcam. The FBI says this unnerving and horrific phenomenon is a growing problem, not to be taken lightly.

32 year old Luis Mijangos, from Santa Ana California, was arrested and sentenced to 6 years in prison for cyber terrorism. His specialty was hacking into, predominantly female, webcams and taking photos and videos of the individuals on the other side of the webcam without their knowledge. He would then use the photos and images to extort sexual cyber favors from his victims via threat of exposing the images to the world wide web. Or, in some cases, Mijangos would expose certain sex videos, taken via webcam, by sending them to ex boyfriends, in an attempt to punish disobedient web targets. To learn more check out this LINK: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201201/luis-mijangos-hacker-webcam-virus-internet

It’s terrifying to think virtual peeping toms could be peeping through your webcam as you read this. It’s a shame there are even people that would stoop to this level. In a meager attempt to fight back, keep your anti-virus software running all the time and keep a sticky-note over the webcam whenever it’s not being used. There is no doubt that you need to keep you and your children safe, but do not live in fear of Big Brother, for that is what the hacker wants. For additional details, check out this LINK: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/07/05/ask-asa-protecting-yourself-from-webcam-hackers/ 

Inviting All You Saavy Bloggers Out There to Guest Write for MVBS!

MVBS is looking to enhance the versatility of our blog and is pleased to invite those of you who love to write, to share your ideas and opinions on our blog. For those of you who don’t already know, we are a Virtual Assistant Team that provides business support services to businesses and professionals on an as needed basis. We pride ourselves on providing our readers and followers with valuable information they can use.  We are specifically interested in business topics such as how-to’s, up and coming business news and opinions, inspirational business stories, social media information and insights, industry specific information (i.e. real estate, sales, etc.). Also, if you think your personal startup story could inspire and educate others or would like to submit a relevant topic not listed here, we would love to hear from you too.

If interested, contact us at mccluresolutions@hotmail.com and let’s inform and write!

 

***Please note that all posts and topics submitted are subject to review and approval.

McClure Virtual Business Solutions August 2011 Client of the Month – Gayle Morales of Keller Williams North Central

Our August Client of the Month is Gayle Morales, Realtor with Keller Williams North Central Massachusetts.  MVBS assists Gayle with business development services on a project basis. Gayle decided to become a Realtor because she extremely enjoys working with people.  It gives her great satisfaction helping her clients with one of the most important decisions in their life, the purchase of a home.

Her work experience has helped her to prioritize and be organized in the work place. She has a great understanding of the importance to remain calm in crisis situations and work well with people. She is talented and resourceful in handling any situation that comes her way.  Gayle’s  focus is always on a win – win outcome. She has been college educated in the Business industry has been told  that she is hardworking, thoughtful, patient, practical, sincere and honest. (and we at MVBS can vouch for that! 🙂 )

Gayle’s motto is “My goal is to help you achieve your goal”.

To find out more about Gayle’s services and your local real estate market, contact her at Gaylewithkellerwilliams@yahoo.com. She’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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