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Sunday Chatter – 12/27

December 27th, 2009 posted by · No Comments

Aweber’s System Breached, Company Issues Explanation/Apology

Aweber was forced to do some major damage control and PR work this week after their e-mail subscription service was breached by hackers, who were then able to send out hundreds of thousands, or maybe even millions, of e-mails. They blame the exploit on third party software that they use, which they say has since been fixed. Although access to e-mail addresses was obtained, Aweber says customer’s personal information and affiliate earnings were not affected. The security breach, although not under control, still doesn’t help subscribers who are still receiving a huge amount of unwanted spam. The hackers are still in possession of the e-mail addresses, and it’s not clear if the messages will ever stop. Aweber issued an explanation and apology on their website. It obviously wasn’t their fault, but I do feel sorry for them, as a number of customers have decided to take their business elsewhere.

Get Ready for 2010 by Cleaning Off Your Plate

As 2009 comes to a close, it’s important to do some ‘house cleaning’ business-wise and get ready to start a fresh year. The American Express OPEN Forum has a great list of tips on some things to do, such as cleaning out your e-mail inbox, finishing off any draft blog posts, and thanking your clients/readers for supporting you over the year. One of my favourites on the list is responding to business cards. You know all those cards people hand you at conferences, meetings, workshops, etc.? I’m sure you’ve had good intentions of touching base with these people, but just haven’t found the time. Drop them an e-mail wishing them a Happy Holiday or Happy New Year and stir up some interest to do business with them in 2010.

Firefox 4.0 Mockup Images

The future upgrade of Firefox was given a sneak peek this week, which is version 4.0, nearly a year away until it gets released. The new version appears to undergo major cosmetic changes, and if like the previous versions before it, will promise to be faster than ever. With most browsers working to compete with Google Chrome these days, including Safari, which has fallen second to Chrome, Firefox constantly needs to stay ahead of the curve. Isn’t there another browser out there too, something Explorer by Micro… something…? Hm, can’t remember it’s exact name, but it’s irrelevant at this point. I always welcome the new versions of Firefox, which have proved to increase my productivity if previous releases are any indication.

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