There is nothing worse than having your personal accounts hacked. I personally had this happen to me. Fortunately my credit card company notified me to let me know, and my card was immediately cancelled. I did not have to pay any charges, but I did have to change 15 accounts that used that credit card! That took me the better part of a day. Nothing is absolutely secure, but there are ways to make your accounts stronger to try to prevent someone stealing your accounts.
1.) Be cautious of phone pranks that convince you that they are your bank or other major institution and ask for your personal information.
2.) Be cautious of websites that have offers that are too good to be true and take you to another site for purchase.
3.) Update your computers security software annually.
4.) Use a strong and unique password and change you passwords frequently. Avoid using the same password for all of your accounts.
5.) Use encryption option when it is available to you for emails and online banking.
6.) Backup your devices so that if you get bad virus, they can be fully wiped and rebuilt from scratch.
7.) Purchase a special card or wallet that blocks the signal for someone to steal your credit card information for just being in proximity to you.
A great way to get more information about cyber security is SANS Securing The Human at http://www.sans.org/info/167527.
Be informed and safe with you cyber security!
My doctor has me on an organic diet, but that can get expensive in a hurry. That's why I decided to take matters into my own hands this year and set up a veggie garden. Now mind you, it would have to be a HUGE one to cover all of my dietary needs. I didn't have the space or time for that nonsense. Instead I started with a smaller variety, and if that works well I can expand my planting the following year.
It's easy to set up a mini garden at home, even if you live in the smallest of apartments. Containers can be set in sunny spots and can grow the items you use most often. For me that included basil, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and cilantro. When using containers, make sure you add a good plant food to the mix. You will also need to water more often than when planting directly in the ground.
Another tip to keep in mind is to place your containers close to a water source. If you have to walk a distance or lug heavy watering cans, you are less likely to tend to your thirsty plants. I put my garden right next to a hose because I am one LAZY girl.
Finally, you'll want to make sure the "critters" in your neighborhood can't get at your plants. For me that meant keeping rabbits, deer, and raccoons out. An affordable mesh barrier can be purchased at your local hardware store. These work well and are easy to install.
Once your veggies start coming in, you'll want to harvest them quickly. This encourages new growth and also allows you to enjoy the "fruits" of your labor.
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