Tips to Help Keep Cybercriminals at Bay This Holiday

first_imgWe love online shopping. Cybercriminals do, too.The uptick in online shopping during the holidays means more chances for cybercriminals to steal your data. This can happen in any number of ways – visiting compromised websites, clicking on phishing emails or fake social media posts, falling for holiday charity scams and even buying from fraudulent shopping sites. The methods vary and cybercriminals get more innovative each year, but their goal remains the same: steal your personal and financial information.Here are a few precautions you can take to help protect your information while shopping online:“S” stands for secure: Make sure the website you’re using is secure by looking at the URL. If it begins with https:// (there must be an “s” after http), then the website is secure and will encrypt your information. Also, strive to use sites with reputable brands you know and trust.Just say “no” to public computers for online shopping: Public computers (like those in libraries, hotel business centers, etc.) may contain malicious software that could steal your personal information.Be wary of public Wi-Fi:Public Wi-Fi may not be secure and could provide easy access for criminals to intercept your personal data.Strong passwords are a must: Strong passwords are one of the easiest and most important ways to secure your devices. Use a combination of numbers, letters and symbols to make your password complex and difficult to guess, and don’t use names of family members, pets or birthdays. And never use the same password across multiple sites (you may wish to try password manager software to make it easy to never repeat the same password).Resist the click: Bogus links and attachments in emails, tweets, social media posts and online advertising are ways cybercriminals can compromise your device. If it looks suspicious, delete it. Also, always hover over a link with your mouse and review the destination address carefully before you click.Stay in the know with account alerts: Activate fraud alerts with your bank, credit cards, and credit bureaus to help detect suspicious activities like new payee, money withdrawal, high-value credit card transaction, activity in unusual locations, etc.Ship securely: Be sure to ship your new purchases to a secure location. If you know you won’t be home, ship to your office or to a neighbor to help prevent package theft. Also, packages left on a porch or otherwise in site of the public could be an indicator you may be away from home and invite criminal activity.Staying safe online will continue to require vigilance, and the convenience of online shopping will continue to come with risks. But by being diligent when shopping online, you can help combat cybercriminal activity during the holidays and year-round.Wishing you a happy, and safe, holiday shopping season!last_img read more

Here Are the Top 10 Oscar-Nominated Performers That Should Come to Broadway

first_imgOscar season is in full swing, and this year’s roster of acting nominees has got us breaking into song and dance La La Land style! A few of the nominees are New York stage alums (two are Tony winners), and some have yet to set foot on a Broadway stage. We asked the fans which Academy Award nominees need to head to the Great White Way, be it for an epic return or Broadway debut. It seems fans want more from nominees who have already graced the Great White Way with their presence—but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some newbies. See for yourself in the top 10! Denzel Washington Nicole Kidman Viola Davis Natalie Portman Octavia Spencer Michelle Williamscenter_img View Comments Andrew Garfield Meryl Streep Emma Stone Ryan Goslinglast_img

Plants Enjoy Newspapers

first_imgWhen you finish reading this article, your plants would enjoy it, too. No, the wordswon’t mean much to them. But the paper they’re printed on will.A University of Georgia scientist says two or threenewspaper pages can make a world of difference to your garden and landscape plants — andto your water bill.”Recycling the newspaper under mulch is a trick I use in my own garden,” saidGary Wade, an ExtensionService horticulturist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s amazing how much water that canconserve.”Summer is always stressful in Georgia gardens and landscapes, Wade said. But this yearis hotter and drier than normal.”A number of areas around the state are restricting outdoor watering,” hesaid. “In other areas, water rates get higher as your usage increases.”Even where water is still plentiful and cheap, he said, it makes sense in suchdrought-stressful times to help your plants make the most of the water they get.Wade said he mainly uses full-size, black-ink newspaper pages.”Studies now show that even most color inks are made with food-color dyes thatwon’t hurt your plants,” he said. “But I still don’t use the color comics or thepull-out ad sections, particularly around food crops in the vegetable garden.”Use a leaf rake to gently pull back existing mulch, he said. Be careful not to disturbthe plants’ surface roots.”Then place two or three sheets of newspaper on the soil surface,” he said.”Wet it down good, and rake the mulch back over the newspaper. The newsprint will notonly hold moisture itself but acts as an added barrier to moisture loss.”Don’t make the paper layer more than two or three sheets thick. A thicker layer willactually keep water from getting through to the roots.The same newspaper trick works in the vegetable garden, too, he said. There, as in thelandscape, the mulch itself is important in such hot, dry weather.”Three to five inches of mulch will help hold moisture in the soil,” Wadesaid. “It helps prevent evaporation from the soil surface.”Fine-textured mulches such as pine straw, pine bark mininuggets and shreddedhardwood mulch conserve moisture better than coarse-textured mulches,” he said.In the landscape, mulch as large an area around the plant as you can. “The rootsof established woody ornamentals extend two to three times the canopy spread,” hesaid.In the vegetable garden, use mulch between rows. You may want to tape together rolls ofnewspaper pages to make applying the newsprint liner easier.last_img read more


first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaSeveral people have come to my office concerned with a worm-likeinsect with legs. They’re finding them by the hundreds. No, youbetter make that tens of thousands.What really concerned these folks was when they found the insectsin the wood-chip mulch around their foundations and crawling upthe walls of the house.The insects are millipedes, small, hard, cylindrical arthropodswith two pairs of legs on most body segments. You’ll probablyhear them called “thousand-legged worms.”Sometimes people confuse them with centipedes or “hundred-leggedworms.” There is a difference. And if you’ve ever been bitten bya centipede, you know there’s a big difference.Slow-movingMillipedes are common animals usually found in soil and debris orunder stones and bark. They’re slow-moving (even with all thoselegs).Most of them feed on plants or decaying materials. They don’tbite. They range from a few millimeters to about 4 inches long.Most are a dark color, sometimes with light markings. Many willgive off a bad-smelling liquid if they’re disturbed or mashed.The ones in the tropics can cause skin irritations.Centipedes are similar to millipedes, but their bodies are muchmore flattened. Their legs (15 or more pair) are arranged withone pair per body segment. They have a claw-like, poisonous jaw.Millipedes don’t bite. Centipedes do. And they hurt. I know –I’ve been bitten by one.Fast-movingCentipedes are also common animals and, like the millipedes, arefound in soil and debris, under bark and in rotting wood.Centipedes are fast-moving, though, and feed on insects. They’regenerally yellow to dark brown and can grow to about 6 inches.Both millipedes and centipedes can come indoors from mulchedareas or rotting wood around your foundation. Several commoninsecticides can control them. If you have problems with them,call your county office of the University of Georgia ExtensionService.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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In a first, Missouri sues China over coronavirus economic losses

first_img“The Chinese government lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease,” Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement.”They must be held accountable for their actions.”The lawsuit also accuses the Chinese government of making the pandemic worse by “hoarding” masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).US President Donald Trump, also a Republican, initially lavished praise on China and his counterpart Xi Jinping for the official response to the outbreak, which has since spread worldwide to infect more than 2.5 million people. But he and other senior US officials have also referred to it as the “Chinese virus” and in recent days have ramped up their rhetoric.China is already facing similar lawsuits filed in US courts on behalf of US business owners.International law experts told Reuters that efforts in US courts to hold China liable for the virus would probably fail.A legal doctrine called sovereign immunity offers foreign governments broad protection from being sued in US courts, said Tom Ginsburg, a professor of international law at the University of Chicago.Ginsburg said he thought the recent flurry of lawsuits against China serves a political end for Republican leaders facing an election in November.”We are seeing a lot of people on the political right focus on the China issue to cover up for the US government’s own errors,” Ginsburg said.Trump initially downplayed the seriousness of the virus, which has killed more than 43,000 people in the United States, out of nearly 800,000 infections, by Tuesday.It has also forced state governors to declare stay-at-home orders that have shuttered businesses and social activities, leading a record 22 million people to seek unemployment benefits in the past month.”If the United States wants to bring claims against China, it will have to do so in an international forum,” said Chimène Keitner, an international law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.”There is no civil jurisdiction over such claims in US courts.”In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also said China’s response was not under the jurisdiction of US courts, adding that it had provided updates on the outbreak to the United States since Jan. 3.”Such abuse of litigation is not conducive to the epidemic response at home in the United States and also runs counter to international cooperation,” Geng told a daily briefing on Wednesday, speaking about Missouri’s move.”What the United States should do is refute and reject such abuse of litigation.”  Missouri became on Tuesday the first US state to sue the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus, saying that China’s response to the outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan brought devastating economic losses to the state.In Beijing, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry dismissed the accusation on Wednesday as “nothing short of absurdity” and lacking any factual or legal basis.The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, alleges negligence, among other claims. It says Missouri and its residents suffered possibly tens of billions of dollars in economic damages, and seeks cash compensation.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Buyers seek homes equipped for work and life

first_img Digital marketers Anna and Morgan Richards work from their terrace home in Robina.Gold Coast entrepreneurs Anna and Morgan Richards are already living the work-life dream, having moved into Vue Terrace Homes in Robina nine months ago.The couple runs their digital network marketing business from their three-bedroom terrace home which has parkland and Gold Coast City skyline views.“We spend a lot of time in Zoom meetings and doing video podcasts, so one of the biggest factors when we were looking for a new home was internet speeds,” Ms Richards said.“Having our own dedicated office spaces with plenty of natural light and views is a big plus as well. “We keep pretty typical nine-to-five hours, but when we take a break, it is also important for us to have a balcony to sit outside and have a coffee or some lunch.Location was also part of the appeal for the couple who wanted easy access to recreational spaces to break up the work day. “It is really important that we can take a walk on the beach or through Robina City Parklands when they are finished, or go down to the pool and recreation deck for a quick swim,” Ms Richards said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Morgan and I have the perfect work-life balance and no matter how long the pandemic continues, I can’t see us working from a traditional office again any time soon.” Outdoor balconies and natural light make working from home more pleasant.Libby Sander, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University’s Business School, said the pandemic had fast-tracked many businesses into work from home mode – and properties needed to adjust.“In the future, we are likely to see more people working from home on a regular basis. We need to think about designing homes that have multiple designated work areas to support this shift,” she said.“Not everyone will have a dedicated separate office to work from home, and in the current climate, we are likely to see more than one person working from home. In addition, kids are schooling at home in many cases as well.“Creating a designated workspace is important for productivity, as well as physical and mental health. Working from bed, the couch or the kitchen table is unlikely to be effective.“Fresh air and natural light provide important physical and mental benefits, and it is important to take regular breaks, so people should set aside time in their day to get outside and go for a walk.”“Good lighting is essential, as is a well designed desk with a proper chair, and poor internet connectivity is a significant issue for many working at home at the moment.” Fast, reliable internet was a must-have for Morgan and Anna Richards.Homes that are well equipped to handle the demands of working remotely are being favoured by buyers who will continue to work from home post COVID-19.Real estate experts are picking up on a trend towards buyers seeking out homes that enable them to create an ideal work-life balance.Faster internet, dedicated office spaces and convenient access to recreational areas to break-up work routines are among the features home-based workers are wanting. Knight Frank Australia Business Development Manager Chris Litfin said the rise in people working from home has added to what was already a significant remote workforce on the Gold Coast.“Our city is an innovation incubator where a high percentage of people own their own businesses and professionals across a range of industries work from home or from collaborative working spaces,” Mr Litfin said.“Since the pandemic has hit, more professionals who had ordinarily worked from a traditional office have now transitioned to working from home – a situation that is likely to continue for some time.”Mr Litfin said there had been a notable trend towards buyers asking for properties that meet the needs of home-based businesses or have home office capabilities.“We are noticing those looking to buy a new home at the moment are taking into account the fact that they may be working from home for the foreseeable future, and some of the first questions they are asking are to do with whether or not a property meets their professional needs,” he said.last_img read more

Diamond Offshore dives into the red in 4Q

first_imgHouston-based offshore driller Diamond Offshore sank to a loss in the fourth quarter of 2017 as its revenues decreased compared to the same period of 2016. The driller on Monday posted a net loss of $31.94 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to a profit of $116.1 million in the same period of 2016.Diamond’s revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017 dropped to $346.2 million from $391.87 million in the prior-year quarter.“Although market conditions continue to be challenging, we were able to secure additional work for the Ocean Valor and Ocean Valiant, extending both of the rigs’ current contracts through 2020,” said Marc Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer.“These contract extensions comprise a majority of the additional 48 months of backlog Diamond was able to secure this past quarter.”Edwards went on to say, “The moored market continues to tighten, evidenced by our three other contract wins during the quarter.”Operational efficiency of the company’s fleet was 98.8% in the fourth quarter, compared to 94.3% in the third quarter of 2017, reflecting continued improvements from the company’s Pressure Control by the Hour service model.As of December 31, 2017, the company’s total contracted backlog was $2.4 billion, which represents approximately 21 rig years of work.last_img read more

‘Tisoy’ death toll climbs to 13

first_imgMANILA – At least 13 persons died in Luzon and Visayas from the onslaught of the country’s strongest storm so far this year. In Quezon, one died after being struck by lightning while fishing in Polilio Island, while another was hit by a felled tree. The council added that a total of 38 houses have been damaged in Regions V, VI, CAR and CARAGA, while a total of 18 road sections, 12 are impassable and three bridges were affected. Workers repair damaged houses along the coastline in the aftermath of Typhoon Tisoy in Legazpi City, Albay on Tuesday. Tisoy brought heavy rains and strong winds as it made its first landfall on Monday evening in Sorsogon province. BASILIO SEPE/GREENPEACE The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday morning that a total of 495,408 individuals or 123,912 families are being assisted in Regions III, V, VIII, NCR and MIMAROPA. One was killed in Leyte after also beinghit by a tree. Based on the reports from Police Regional Office 5, five were killed in Bicol region, where Typhoon “Tisoy” made its first two landfalls. Tisoy claimed five lives in Mimaropa, where it also hit land twice. Four people were from Oriental Mindoro while one died in Marinduque. Tisoy has made landfall for four times — in Gubat, Sorsogon; San Pascual, Masbate; Marinduque; and Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning./PNlast_img read more

Barcelona, Real Madrid join race to sign Man United target

first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke hinted in March that the player would be leaving the Bundesliga club.“Even before the coronavirus pandemic exploded, we said that our desire was for him to stay, but in the end you have to accept the player’s preference,” Watzke wrote in Bild, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.The winger was part of the England side who won the 2017 Under-20 World Cup and left City to join Dortmund the same summer for €8m.Read Also: PSG plot offer for £50m-rated Super Eagles starIt now appears his exit from the Bundesliga club may be accelerated, particularly in light of the recent arrival of striker Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg this January.Initially arriving as a replacement for Ousmane Dembele, who moved to Barcelona for an initial €105m, the 20-year-old has been a revelation at the Bundesliga club and has scored 31 goals for Borussia’s first team, including 17 this campaign.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Barcelona and Real Madrid have both entered the race to sign in-demand Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer, report Bild.Advertisement The English winger is set to be one of the most in-demand players this summer and will command a sizable transfer fee, with Manchester United and Chelsea both linked by multiple reports. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Largest Cities In The World6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuelast_img read more