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August 2014

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Years ago, and for many decades, there was an old radio (later TV) show called the "Shadow". A wealthy man about town named Lamont Cranston possessed the power to turn invisible at will. He used this power for good.

Today some modern day internet Lamont Cranstons bring us a service that make us the modern day Shadow. Every day they help hundreds of thousands of people to protect their privacy and identity online by making users invisible while on the net.

This type of service is generally known as an "anonymizer". Most anonymizers do not work with sites such as Facebook, Gmail, etc. These folks do, so now you can hide behind this modern day Lamont Cranston to protect your identity!

And, guess what - the service is on the house!

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We are always pleased to be of service to our Cyber Friends and to provide you with these monthly CyberTips. As members of the Real Estate CyberSpace Society we are always current on ways to expand their normal high standards of service with the very latest Internet and other CyberSpace strategies and tools. Click Here for hundreds of Cyber Tricks and Great Places in back issues.

Uncle Charlie is a bit forgetful, so from time to time we wonder if he received our email. We also would like to know if he read it. However, we don't want to pester him with one of those "acknowledgement" replies. For that matter if our mail is business related some may not even want the recipient to know that they are tracking the e-mail.

These folks have been offering their robust e-mail tracking services for many years and keep adding features. Not only can you tell that the recipient opened the e-mail - you will know how long it was read - if it was forwarded to anyone and to whom.

There are over 20 features -- for example, if you attached a file, you will get a report showing if the file was opened -- and how long it was read.

You can use this service for two weeks without cost and if you decide you like the bells and whistles you can get annual use of the services at the price we paid for the Island of Manhattan in November 1626 -- $24!

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Trick 1

When you write a letter, an e-mail or a business memo, is it easy to read - or do folks need a PhD. to muddle through a polysyllabic jumble of confused hyperbole? (See!)

This great place allows you to paste in a sample of your writing and receive an instant "Readability Index" rating. The lower the score the more difficult the words are to easily comprehend.

Here's the range:
90.0-100.0 Easily understood by an average 11-year-old student
60.0-70.0 Easily understood by 13- to 15-year-old students
0.0-30.0 Best understood by university graduates

For example: Reader's Digest magazine has a readability index of about 65, Time magazine scores about 52 and the Harvard Law Review has a general readability score in the low 30s.

You can go there and try it out with a paragraph from your upcoming great American novel. If it scores 92 you should have a huge audience - tough reviews - but a big audience!

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Are you getting tired of the bombardment of truckloads full of junk e-mail? Not sure who to complain to? If so, here is some help.

It's a place you can go to easily find the abuse contact address for a domain name. This is where you can send complaints about spam originating from that domain. Just fill in the "go" box with the domain name of the recalcitrant (ex: type in Then shoot of an e-mail compliant to the abuse e-address.

PS: For some e-mail techie fun, be sure to click the "tools" tab in the upper left corner at this great place.

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