Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The PlayStation Disaster and What you should Do

For the second time in the past few weeks millions of Americans personal information has been compromised by hackers. Now the hack attack on PlayStation Network has affected over 70 million people worldwide and has caused the service to be shut down for more than a week now. If you don't play online games or download movies to your PS3 then you have nothing to worry about, but for those of us that do what to do next?

You will need to change all of your account information as soon as the PSN network comes back online, but before that follow my guide on how to "Life Lock" your credit. Next I recommend using Yahoo Mail Plus to thwart off future events. It's around $20 dollars per year, but for that you get disposable email address along with a few other nice features. You simply create a prefix-suffix for your address (,,

The prefix will remain the same, but you can make up to 500 separate suffixes. These messages are still delivered to your in-box, and it keeps you from handing out your primary address. If the address ever becomes compromised create a new suffix for the effected account and delete the old address. I know there are plenty of tips and tricks out there, but I've tried most of them and I find this one the most effective.

The next great feature from the Yahoo's Mail Plus service is the ability to receive your email messages through POP access or mail forwarding. That way if you use another email program or client you can forward all of your Yahoo messages to your primary email address and create a filter/sub-folder for the Yahoo messages so they don't clutter up your inbox.

Have you been caught by the recent data breaches? I have, but I'm not worried. We live in a digital world and sometimes these things will happen, but don't let it deter you from getting on-line.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Get A Paid Android App Free Everyday

Did the word free grab your attention? Well it did if for me. A few months ago Amazon announced that they were coming out with an app store and I pretty much ignored it, my mistake. If you're an Android fan you may already be using AppBrain or another 3rd party application site, but Amazon have set themselves apart in a big way. They're giving away a FREE paid app every day! Which if you're an app junkie then you can't pass that up. First you will need to have an Amazon account and credit card on file if you don't already. They want charge you, but you will get an email saying you have been billed $0.00 for your current purchase.

Before downloading the Amazon App Store you will need to make a change on your phone. Go to Menu-Settings-Application and then check allow "Unknown Sources" box. Next go to the Amazon App Store and enter your phone number in the upper right corner. You will receive a text to download the app store. After the app has downloaded and installed simply enter in your Amazon username and password and you're good to go.

Amazon gives out one free paid app every 24 hours. Even if it's an app you're not interested in download it anyway. Because once you download an app it will remain in your Amazon app account even if you deleted if from your phone. That way if you change your mind you want have to pay for it later. How do you manage your android apps? Are you already using the Amazon App Store?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Blog Engage 500 USD Guest Blogging Contest #2 of 4

Normally I liked to keep you informed about technology, but today I'm dropping a note about the Blog Engage $500 USD Guest Blogging Contest. Blogengage is a great community for any new or established blogger to further your reach within your niche. I've been a part of this community for a few years now and I've met a lot of really great bloggers. Brian Belfitt is the founder of Blogengage. He has continually done an excellent job of keeping the community moving forward and improving the quality of the site overall. Now here are the details for the contest.

Start Date

April 16 2011

End date

May 31 2011

Contest Rules

In order to qualify for our contest you must write an article about the blog engage contest and it’s sponsors on your blog ASAP! The sooner you write the article about our contest and sponsors the more bonus points you get.
If you write about the contest and sponsors article in April you will get 300 Bonus points. If you write about the contest and sponsors article in May you will get 150 Bonus points.

Special 1000 USD Note

By entering into our contest your guest article is automatically entered into a chance to win the the1000 USD to the best guest blogger of 2011 contest
Dec 01 2011 I will allow all our guest bloggers that have submitted contest articles to pick the one article they want to use towards The Best of the Guest Blogger Year End 2011 Contest. These articles will be judged and the winner, the blogger who has the best article in 2011 will be awarded 1000 USD.

Contest prizes

First place 250 USD
Second Place 150 USD
Third place 100 USD

How to Win?

To win the contest you must get as many points as possible by tweeting, engaging here at blog engage, Linkin in votes, facebook likes, comments and sponsor reviews.
Tweets, 1 point up to a max of 250 points
Linked In Votes, 1 point, up to a max of 500 points
Facebook Likes, 1 point, up to a max of 500 points
Engages at Blog Engage, 2 points, Unlimited points
Comments that provide value, 2 points Unlimited Points
Sponsor Reviews, 10 points per review. max points based on unique content

Links to our contest sponsors

Ana Hoffman from Internet Marketing Tools
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Madden Corner Giveaway! Show Me Your Desktop!

So what does your desktop look like? Are a neat freak, or do you keep things all over the place. Me personally I like the minimalist approach, but with all the functionality. (video below) It's simple and clean. I took the back ground photo last year on a flight to Texas. 

By day I'm a weather forecaster so it's hard to pass up a good sky shot. The bar at the top is Nexus and it has plenty of options for customization.  The clock is from Rain Meter and it offers a lot of widgets and it keeps memory usage to a minimum. Now its time to show me yours. The winner will get $30 bucks just for showing me their desktop. How easy is that?

Now for the rules. To enter you get 1 point for doing these two things

Like my Facebook fan page and upload a picture or short video of your desktop.
Retweet this post and leave your tweet link with your comment here on the Madden Corner.

Get a bonus point for doing either of these things.

Subscribe to my RSS Feed.
Or Following me on Twitter.

Each point equals one vote. Each contestant can recieve a maxium of two votes if the bonus item is completed. Votes will be add for each contestant and the winner will be randomly selected on Thursday April 14th 2011 and announced Friday April 15th 2011. Winner will be contacted through his/her entry methods. The Madden Corner reserves the right to void any enter for not following the rules or any other reason deemed necessary. If any entry is voided another winner will be selected and notified immediately. Winner will be paid through Paypal within 5 days of notification. Entering contest means you agree to all the terms listed above. For any questions please use the contact tab at the top of this page and thank you for your participation.