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Robert Siciliano December 15, 2016 - Robert Siciliano

10 ways to beef up Digital Security

#1. Keep everything up to date. You know those annoying popups telling you updates are available? Do you ever click out of them? Dont. Always update at the time these appear.

#2. Two-step verification. Two-step verification or authentication should be set up for all your accounts that offer it. A unique one-time code is sent to the users phone or via e-mail that must be entered in the login field.

#3. Unneeded browser extensions? Review your browser extensions. Uninstall the ones you dont use. Too many extensions can slow down your computer.

#4. Encryption. Encryption software will scramble your e-mail and other correspondence so that prying eyes cant read them, but you and your intended correspondent can. If you must use public Wi-Fi (like at a coffee house), install a virtual private network to encrypt transactions.

#5. Lock screen protection for your mobile device. Your smartphone has lock screen protection in the form of a password to prevent a non-authorized user from gaining access. If you leave your phone lying around or lose it, youre protected if you have a password. Otherwise you are screwed.

In the same vein, your laptop should have protection from non-authorized users. Set up a password that allows access to using the device, including after hibernation periods.

#6. Check active logins. Some accounts allow you to check active logins to see if any unauthorized users have been in your accounts, such as Twitter, Facebook and Gmail.

#7. How easy can someone impersonate you? Could anyone phone your bank or medical carrier and give the correct information to bypass security, such as your favorite pets name? Who might know this information? Well, if its on your Facebook page, anyone who can view it. How much of your personal information is actually online? Many accounts allow a secondary password Ask them.

#8. Simple but powerful layers of protection.

Dont have login information written down on hardcopy.

Cover your webcam with tape (yes, cybercrooks have been known to spy on people this way).

#9. Sharing your personal life with the whole world. Set all of your social media accounts to the private settings you desire. Do you really want a potential employer to see you hurling at your late-night party? Make sure images that you post are not geo-tagged with your home address.

#10. Web tools. Check out the various toolbars that you can add to your browser to beef up security. Be selective and check ratings.

Robert Siciliano, personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen. See him knockem dead in this identity theft prevention video.

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Steven Hughes July 14, 2015 - Motivation

7 Habits Happy People Have (But Never Talk About)
by Marc and Angel Hack Life
(Good Timing) Read #7 - It's huge...
Definitely worth the read....

All of this has given us keen insight into the specific behaviors that make human beings happy. Weve literally watched people go from feeling down in the dumps to being on top of the world in a matter of weeks, simply by making subtle, effective changes to their daily habits.

Not surprisingly though, once these people get it figured out, their happiness habits become second nature to them, and thus, they never talk about them. Bystanders may witness their public displays of contentment, but remain clueless as to the source of their happiness. So thats precisely what I want to discuss today the habits happy people have, but never talk about.

1. They dont get caught up in other peoples drama. Never, ever create unnecessary drama, and dont put up with those who spew drama your way. The happiest people Ive ever met care less about what random people say about them, especially if their remarks are rude. In fact, happy people are often thankful for all the rude, obnoxious, and difficult people they meet in life, because these people serve as important reminders of how NOT to be. They simply smile and walk the other way. I challenge you to follow in their footsteps.

2. They give (love) to others whenever they are able. While giving is considered an unselfish act (and it is), giving can also be more beneficial for the giver than the receiver. In many cases, providing social support is actually more beneficial to our happiness than receiving it. Happy people know this, which is precisely why they are always looking for ways to help others, while unhappy people stand around asking, Whats in it for me?

3. They leave space to love themselves too. The most painful thing is completely losing yourself in the process of loving someone else too much, and completely forgetting that you are special too. Yes, nurture others, but dont forget about yourself. Happy people know self-love isnt selfish. They put their needs first because they see the power of showing up fully for others. When you take care of yourself, you are better able to help the people you care about. If you sacrifice all your needs in order to help them, youre only showing up as a shell of your true self.

4. They sincerely practice gratitude. Gratitude is arguably the king of happiness. The more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic. Bottom line: Consider how very fortunate you are. Consider it every day. The more you count your blessings, the more blessings there will be to count, and the happier you will be.

5. They develop strategies for coping in hard times. A happy life and a meaningful life are not necessarily the same thing. Its hard to be happy when tragedy strikes, for instance. But who lives longer and fares better after problems? Ive witnessed and experienced enough hardships to confidently know the answer: those who find benefits in their struggles. How you respond to the hard times is what shapes your character. Remember, you become what you believe. Look at things objectively. Find the lesson and move forward. Dont let a hard lesson harden your heart for too long.

6. They are focused on the present. Never let your past dictate who you are today, but let it be a lesson thats part of who you will become tomorrow. No regrets. No looking back in anger. Just hold on to life and move forward. We have no way of knowing what lies ahead, but thats what makes the journey even more exciting thats what makes life worth living today. Happy people know this, and thats precisely why they make the most of the present.

7. They dedicate time to meaningful pursuits. When the Guardian recently asked a hospice nurse about the top regrets of the dying, one of the most common regrets was that people regretted not being true to their dreams. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, its easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people do not honor even half of their dreams and end up dying knowing that it was due to choices they made, or didnt make. Good health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it. As they say, there are seven days in the week, and someday isnt one of them.


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