#TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 4

Is Coffee Good for You? New Study Shows the Drink May Help People Live Longer—Even if It's DecafIf you know me, I'm a coffee drinker. I've cut back this year but I still do at least a cup per work day. But, there's always some study coming out saying "Decrease your coffee intake." Well, this one supports my habit so I decided I'd share it. It's probably the only one I'll see of its kind for a year. As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped AwayI'm really praying that they lost my paperwork. I'm sure many … Continue reading #TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 4

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

These days, privacy (or a lack thereof) can impact the rest of your life, from your credit score to your family’s day-to-day safety.  This Forbes article by Kashmir Hill touches on ways to protect your privacy in a day and age where technology is getting more sophisticated and less easy to keep up-to-date with.

The Verizon version of the Apple iPhone is dis...Please tell me you have a password protecting this.

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. My jaw dropped as it often does when someone I know tells me they’re choosing not to take one of the very simplest steps for privacy protection, allowing anyone to snoop through their phone with the greatest of ease, to see whichever messages, photos, and sensitive apps they please.

So this post is for you, guy with no iPad password, and for you, girl who stays signed into Gmail on her boyfriend’s computer, and for you, person walking down the street having a loud conversation on your mobile phone about your recent doctor’s diagnosis of that rash thing you have. These are the really, really simple things you should be doing to keep casual intruders from invading your privacy.

1. Password protect your devices: your smartphone, your iPad, your computer, your tablet, etc. Some open bookers tell me it’s “annoying” to take two seconds to type in a password before they can use their phone. C’mon, folks. Choosing not to password protect these devices is the digital equivalent of leaving your home or car unlocked. If you’re lucky, no one will take advantage of the access. Or maybe the contents will be ravaged and your favorite speakers and/or secrets stolen.  If you’re not paranoid enough, spend some time reading entries in Reddit Relationships, where many an Internet user goes to discuss issues of the heart. A good percentage of the entries start, “I know I shouldn’t have, but I peeked at my gf’s phone and read her text messages, and…”

2. Put a Google Alert on your name. This is an incredibly easy way to stay on top of what’s being said about you online. It takes less than a minute to do. Go here. Enter your name, and variations of your name, with quotation marks around it. Boom. You’re done.

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Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

No generation sees eye to eye with the one raising them or the one they raise and, with the technological advances of late, the gap is widening even more than usual. A few weeks ago, I came across this Forbes article by Kevin Kruse and thought, “This is where the rubber meets the road when relating technology to professionalism.” Fellow young professionals, as much as some of us feel like rules and decorum are archaic and shouldn’t matter as long as we get the job done well, they do matter. Many of us still work for or have to meet … Continue reading Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings