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Friday, July 18, 2014

How To Turn Your Phone Into A Survival Tool

Emergencies happen, and it's always good to be prepared. Having basic first aid kits and an emergency disaster plan for your family is important, but taking a few extra measures to insure the safety of your family can be imperative. This article shows that if you have a phone, then you can enhance your chances of survival in case of an emergency. Smart phones can be useful for more than calling, texting, or updating your status on Facebok; there are several apps out there than can convert your phone into a survival tool.
Below are two very useful apps, click on the link below for more!
http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/design-and-tech/Know-or-Die-The-Best-Emergency-Apps.html

Bugle lets you register an activity with details pertaining to the nature of your visit, and the time of your return. If you do not check in at the time of your self-appointed deadline, anyone you have tagged in your circle gets a text or an email alarming them that you have not returned yet. This app is available for free.

Rescue Kit is a simplified, (and less reliable) version of a SPOT satellite beacon. It sends your GPS coordinates to rescuers and automatically prompts the emergency phone numbers used by many different countries. It also contains a flashlight feature that signals SOS in Morse code. This app is available for $2.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This Summer: As the Temperature Rises, So Does Credit Card Theft!

If you plan to travel this summer, whether it be visiting a place on the other side of the globe or just a few miles away, beware of the safety of your credit card! This great article from  http://www.consumer-action.org/modules/articles/recognizing_credit_card_fraud_english outlines the many ways credit card theft can occur. Click on the link to find out how you can prevent credit card theft from happening to you and your family!


Credit card theft can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time! As stated by the article; basic, simple ways to protect your information include:
  • Never write down your PIN on your card, on a sticky note, in a notebook or anywhere else-memorize it instead.
  • Don't write your credit card number or account number on a post card, a letter, or anything else that will be mailed out.
  • If you view your bank account online, don't use the "automatic sign on" feature. 
  • Invest in a shredder or shredding scissors. Shred all paperwork that contains your credit card information, such as bank statements. Also shred all unwanted credit card solicitations.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Independence Day Around the World

Get your grills out, because tomorrow is Independence Day! While firework shows at the beach, and BBQ with the family are common ways we celebrate this day in the US, the world celebrates it  many different, interesting ways. This article from huffingtonpost.com explores the various ways different countries honor their Independence Day.
photo source: http://4thofjuly-pictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/us-independence-day-2014.jpg
find the full story at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/02/independence-day-celebrat_n_222582.html