Michael Bastos Online Writings and Resume


Fire Sheep & your WordPress site

Many of you have read about Fire Sheep in the last few weeks since the ToorCon hacker’s conference. The program allows a novice want to be hacker to easily bring up cookie settings and be allowed to log into other people’s accounts within a local network and act as them online on any non SSL secured site. Basically if you’re in a coffee shop and you are using their free Wifi network, someone with the Fire Sheep plugin can login as you to your Facebook or any open session website online. To re...

The Great UML Project Divide

A UML is a Unified Modeling Language that software developers use to basically draw out the way a piece of software is going to work for their clients. There are other industry suggested paperwork that comes with it like responsabilities and details about the project, but the overall visual representation of the program comes from the UML during the development phase. If you’ve ever worked at a large corporation that is getting ready to launch a new internal program through their IT section t...

Online Training Done Right

When I ask people that take classes online what they are missing the most from a regular class or lecture, the first thing they tell me interactivity. In this case they miss being able to not just hear from the professor but ask questions, interact with him etc. Rule #1: They need to be interactive Most online classes are dull and boring text based or powerpoint presentations that require you to read more than if you just picked up a book on the subject. Most schools take advantage of this ...

Technological Comfort Zone

Everyone has a technology comfort zone, as I’m writing this I’m using an online blogging platform called WordPress that is easy to set up and use for anyone and has the most features with the lowest possible price, free. Yet it’s important that we distinguish the difference between what is our technology comfort zone verses our technology limitations and understand those differences otherwise we risk putting ourselves into a position where we are either paying a lot for something or working w...

Common Sense SEO Part 6 - Start Now

Now that you’ve read all of the first five topics of Common Sense SEO, the question that should be asked is what can I do now to get started right away. First you should remember to start on something now and iterate as you need to, planning only gets you so far if you don’t have something to test in the process, that’s just the developer in me speaking though. You need to get a few simple things off the ground first for your business while you plan out your content etc, want to make sure tha...