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Heartbleed: What does it mean to you.

These are scary times, but we have some advice, and have compiled places below where you can go for more info.

By now you have seen the news, probably had people ask you if you were changing all your passwords, and are wondering if you should be freaking out.

We try to keep people from freaking out, but we do think you should changes some passwords, and in general follow some of our password advice.

 

There are a couple of really important things to keep in mind.

  • While the Heartbleed vulnerability has gone undetected for a very long time, there are no known exploits or data losses. However, by the nature of the exploit, it is impossible to tell so its good be careful and vigilant.
  • Changing your password on unpatched servers does not make you safe. Its important to wait until a server has been patched before you change your password.
  • If you get a legit message from a service that you use asking you to change your password, please heed their advice. But also, beware of phishing scams. Bad people are out there and they will try to exploit your confusion. Be sure you are making changes on the legit site and not being scammed.

Below is a quick list of common services many of our clients use that have been patched that require password changes. If you use these services, go now and change your password. And, if you us that same login and password someplace else, you need to change your password there as well for safety.

  1. Dropbox
  2. Google Apps
  3. Facebook
  4. Instagram
  5. Pintrest
  6. Yahoo/Yahoo Mail
  7. Rackspace Mail
  8. Media Temple
  9. GoDaddy
  10. GitHub

Creativetechs Password Advice

Use a Password Manager (Keychain, 1Password, etc.)
Use different passwords everywhere. Yes this is difficult, but that is why we recommend a password manager.
Use complicated passwords. There is a ton of advice about how to create a complex password. (See links below) Just know that the longer the better, mix in Upper/lower case, add in some numbers or other characters.

 

Some useful links.

Heartbleed checker. Drop a url in here and see if the site you are visiting is safe.

The Heartbleed Hit List. Passwords you need to change right now.

Heartbleed explained in a video.

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I’ve got a special request this week. Jason and I are working on our next big online course. If you’ve ever gotten something out of an online class from CreativeTechs, we need your help now.

I’m hoping you’ll take the time to answer three questions in the comments below:

1. What makes the CreativeTechs training approach different?
(How does our class format compare to local classes, training videos, or other online webinars?)

2. Where do you live?
(We want to demonstrate the size of our audience with the comments on this post. Tell us where you live, and what time of day you join in for class.)

3. Does this live worldwide format really work?
(This is the important part. What does the experience feel like to you? Can you help describe this format to someone who’s never seen it?)

We’re planing an ambitious 6-month Photoshop course that builds from basics into advanced retouching techniques. To pull it off, we need new space, faster Internet, and some key partnerships. I’m talking with people this week, and I want to point skeptics among them to your comments to demonstrate that this online training format works.

We need your testimonials to help entice experts to Seattle for our little worldwide classroom. And I need to demonstrate the reach of our current classes in order to attract the support and sponsorship we’re going to need to keep this live class experience free.

Thanks!

Craig Swanson

PS. Scroll down to a comment I posted over the weeekend for my boldest public declaration so far about where we’re going with our online classroom. Scary and Exhilarating!

PS2. I’ve been updating and revising this post all weekend. So if early commenters don’t seem to be responding to the same questions, that’s MY fault, not theirs. :)

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Okay, I need help. Our online classes are really taking off, and before our new 10-Week Flash Course starts next month, we need someone helping record and edit the videos for each class.

What does the job entail?

This person needs to arrive about 90 minutes before class starts to test all the sound and video feeds. They need to oversee the video and audio recording during class. After class, they need to lightly edit the final recording, and prepare final video files to be uploaded on the web.

We’re currently looking for 1-or-2 people who can handle these tasks as we continue to add additional courses to our weekly schedule.

This person should be experienced supporting various video and audio setups, very computer savvy, experienced with Final Cut Pro and other editing tools. And most importantly, reliable and trustworthy.

A bonus would be finding someone with web production skills who can update online course pages with the newly uploaded videos.

If you are interested, please email training@creativetechs.com. You should come in and watch one of our live classes in action, and we can discuss the options. I’d like to start interviewing people after this Thursday’s InDesign class (10:30am – 1:00pm), so please help spread the word.

PS. This is a paid position, however I’m not sure what it should pay. It is certainly not a full-time position (although the way things are growing around here, you never know!)

MakeMacWork-Refresh250px.pngMake Mac Work is our sister blog focused on helping people who manage Macs in larger Enterprise environments. We’ve been working behind the scenes, and today we’re unveiling a clean new look to the site:

Jordan has updated most of the article archives for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. For a sense of this site’s technical focus, browse through some of the essential articles:

» Deploy Portable Home Directories
» Master Open Directory
» Configure Network Installation
» Manage Account Preferences
» Control Software Update
» Bind to Active Directory

If you are an IT professional who is responsible for supporting Macs, this website is a resource you’ll want to bookmark. Read more »

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You know all about Photoshop. You’ve worked in Illustrator. But Flash remains a mystery. That’s about to change.

In this special, free, 90-minute workshop, instructor Erik Fadiman helps you leverage what you already know about Photoshop and Illustrator to start working in Flash for the first time. Sign-up for this special class here:

Sign-Up: Flash Basics Workshop

Read on for time zone details. Read more »

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Thank you to everyone who has joined us so far during our worldwide training experiment. Jason and I are having a blast with our 10-Week Photoshop Course. I’ve got a couple important conversations coming up in the next two weeks that may allow us to expand our ability to offer courses like this in the future!

I need a long, long, list of positive comments that I can show when attracting new instructors (think Flash!), talking with stock agencies about sponsorship, and trying to grow past our current 1,000-participant limit.

I think we are onto something very special here. But how do I describe this experience to someone who may have preconceived ideas about what online webinars are like? How is our approach different from the myriad of other training options already available for Adobe products?

I’m looking for your help. I need both quantity and quality of comments. Even if you’ve emailed me before, or commented on previous posts, please repeat those thoughts here.

Help us make a strong, bold case for more free courses!

Craig Swanson

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The fourth week of our 10-week Photoshop course hit a few audio bumps during the live webcast. Happily, with the magic of video editing those few glitches have been removed from the recordings, and all is right with the world. This week focused on advanced selections, digging into Photoshop’s QuickMask mode, channels, another touch on the pen tool, and a quick look at the extract filter and the background eraser tool.

The live webinars are open to everyone worldwide (up to our 1,000 limit). And we sell the downloads afterwards for a small fee:

Purchase: Photoshop Wk 1 – Basics ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 2 – Layers ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 3 – Selection Basics ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 4 – Advanced Selections ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 5 – Layer Masks ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 6 – Pen Tool ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 7 – Brush Tools ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 8 – Retouching ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Bonus – Color Management Theory ($15)

Purchase: Special: Pre-purchase all 10-Weeks ($60 Special. See Note Below)

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Note: The discount price for the 10-Week download bundle will be creeping up by $5 each week for the remaining weeks of our course. So, next week it will be $60, and then $65 the week after.

The cost of each week’s download includes a 1-hour QuickTime movie of that week’s class, along with a PDF handout, and up to 1-hour of extra audience Q&A. We’re offering a special prepurchase discount of the full 10-weeks. You’ll be able to download the PDF handout on the day of class, and a recording of each completed class about 4 days later.

I’m delighted (and a bit amazed) to announce that our free-course experiment is working! We’ve maxed our 1,000 person webinar connection each week so far. And thanks to those of you have purchased the downloadable videos and PDFs, we’re ready to add another FREE course to the mix.


I’m ready to lead a course in April. We have two topics I can develop into a full multi-week course, and I’m interested to learn what class you’d most like to participate in.

Personally, I’m leaning towards teaching an online marketing course. With the economic worries right now, I sense a lot of creative professionals could use the help getting their online marketing strategy in order.

However font management is always a crowd pleaser for the graphic design community. I’ve been wanting to expand my font class into a multi-week format.

Read more »

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In the third week of our 10-week Photoshop course, Jason focused on selection basics. I think this class really showed the unique style Jason brings to teaching Photoshop. In the words of one participant, “I’m just floored! And I thought I knew all about selections! Thanks!”

Here is the essence of our experimental business model: Free live webinars that are open to everyone worldwide (up to our 1,000 limit). And we sell the downloads afterwards for a small fee:

Purchase: Photoshop Wk 1 – Basics ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 2 – Layers ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 3 – Selection Basics ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 4 – Advanced Selections ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 5 – Layer Masks ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 6 – Pen Tool ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 7 – Brush Tools ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 8 – Retouching ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Bonus – Color Management Theory ($15)

Purchase: Special: Pre-purchase all 10-Weeks ($60 Special. See Note Below)

View Cart

Note: The discount price for the 10-Week download bundle will be creeping up by $5 each week for the remaining weeks of our course. So, next week it will be $60, and then $65 the week after.

The cost of each week’s download includes a 1-hour QuickTime movie of that week’s class, along with a PDF handout, and up to 1-hour of extra audience Q&A. We’re offering a special prepurchase discount of the full 10-weeks. You’ll be able to download the PDF handout on the day of class, and a recording of each completed class about 4 days later.

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In the second week of our 10-week Photoshop course, Jason focused on the fundamentals of using Photoshop Layers. This was a terrific class! This topic is my personal favorite.

Here is the essence of our experimental business model: Free live webinars that are open to everyone worldwide (up to our 1,000 limit). And we sell the downloads afterwards for a small fee:

Purchase: Photoshop Wk 1 – Basics ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 2 – Layers ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 3 – Selection Basics ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 4 – Advanced Selections ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 5 – Layer Masks ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 6 – Pen Tool ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 7 – Brush Tools ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Wk 8 – Retouching ($15)
Purchase: Photoshop Bonus – Color Management Theory ($15)

Purchase: Special: Pre-purchase all 10-Weeks ($60 Special. See Note Below)

View Cart

Note: The discount price for the 10-Week download bundle will be creeping up by $5 each week for the remaining weeks of our course. So, next week it will be $60, and then $65 the week after.

The cost of each week’s download includes a 1-hour QuickTime movie of that week’s class, along with a PDF handout, and up to 1-hour of extra audience Q&A. We’re offering a special prepurchase discount of the full 10-weeks. You’ll be able to download the PDF handout on the day of class, and a recording of each completed class about 4 days later.