Protect your family members from online fraud

My dad has a Ph.D. in zoology. He worked as a computer programmer for decades. He can identify a bird species from a flicker of a tail feather while we’re driving 70mph down a highway. He’s brilliant. And yet… he almost fell for an online scam. One day we were chatting, and he said, “Well, I have to go. I …

Why You Shouldn’t Use Public Wi-Fi

Let’s start with the opening sentences from a column in USA Today: “I don’t really need to worry about online privacy,” I used to think. “I’ve got nothing to hide. And who would want to know what I’m up to, anyway?” So begins the tale of a technology journalist who wrote an article on a plane then was approached by …

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive calls itself “a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more.” It’s the home of the Wayback Machine, a search engine that lets you hop back in time to see any website as it appeared years ago, such as the humble beginnings of this site: But the site goes way, way beyond …

How to Get Noticed in Email

In our house-buying/house-selling processes, there’s lots to keep up with. D.J. and I have missed a couple of important tasks that the agents had to remind us about. This is part of a series of tools via @BethBuysAHouse . We’ve acted on the first requests most of the time and didn’t need to be reminded of anything more than once. …

Using Canva for Brochures

Continuing on the theme of #BethBuysAHouse, here’s a quick and easy way to create a brochure that looks like it was professionally designed. My favorite graphic design tool, Canva, has thousands of templates you can use with a click. Their magazine templates are wonderful for creating rich brochures. I wrote and designed our “house story” within a couple of hours …

How To: Video Postcards with PicPlayPost

PicPlayPost is one of my favorite tools to make a quick video to share news, the energy of an event, testimonials… all kinds of stuff. In this series of posts I call #BethBuysAHouse, I created this video as if I was a real estate professional telling potential buyers about the houses I thought they’d be interested in. All I did …