protecting your identity

10 07 2008

I recently read where 15 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2006. I am sure that number has only gone up in recent years. On average people have to spend two weeks of their time and about $3200 to get their money back and restore their credit history. Two weeks may not sound like that long…if you are at the beach. But if you are on the phone dealing with Credit Agencies, and writing letters to your bank, I am sure it would seem like an eternity. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center there are 5 things that we all can do protect ourselves from becoming the next victim.

  • Lock your mailbox – sounds a bit overboard, but all it takes if for one thief to take your bank or credit card statement and start using your funds to make you a believer.
  • Encrypt your Documents – Laptops are frequent targets for theft at coffee shops and other public areas. Many times we have personal and financial information on there If someone nabs it, you will definitely want your hard drive to be unreadable to it’s new owner.
  • Be Careful at Work- I was surprised to learn that 50% of identity theft happens at the work place. Make sure you never leave your SS# or laying around on an application or direct deposit form. Try to keep that information between you and HR.
  • Lookout for Phone Scams – Never give out sensitive info to an unknown caller. Especially if they say they are your bank, Credit Card Company or government agency. If it is really that important, go in and speak in person.
  • Change your Passwords- Hackers can crack simple passwords in their sleep. Never use a single word of phrase. Avoid obvious dates as well. The best thing to do is to make your password 8 characters at minimum, and use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
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track your workout progress online

9 07 2008

I found this cool website that allows you to track the progress you are making in your quest to lose weight or get back in shape online. And the best part is…it’s absolutely free. Fitday.com allows you monitor your caloric food intake, measure the progress you are making on your exercise and workout goals, and keep yourself motivated by looking at the big picture.  It even has nutritional information for a ton of foods to help you understand what you should and should not eat. I have a hard time staying motivated to work out, but with this site I am able to stay on top of myself.





theleilatexts.blogspot.com

8 07 2008

This blog is awesome! It is basically a dialog between Leila Sales and random text messengers, who somehow send texts to her that were meant for other “Leilas”, due to a glitch in Verizon’s text network. Some great examples include:

My son checked at woodys for apt upstairs he said it unliveable and used for storage it smells like fish sorry dont giveup we will find something”

and

“Hey dont ferget da goodz yo knohumsayin go lakerz yo bring it bring it”

hmmm…I wonder what the goods are. Check it out when you have a few hours to kill.

Hey, if the spatula calls, tell it I went out for a bullfrog?

Hey, if the spatula calls, tell it I went out for a bullfrog?