How to Protect Yourself Online

Let’s be honest: the internet is a risky place. Just like offline, there are nefarious folks lurking around just looking for an opportunity to prey on others. Whether it be for monetary gain or just for their own amusement, scammers and hackers take a particular liking to whoever makes their job easy by leaving their computer open to cyberattacks. That’s why, even if you do nothing else to protect yourself online, you should at the very least install security software.

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You probably already have an anti-virus program installed, which works well for protecting you from some things, but it can’t do everything. Anti-virus programs mainly protect you from viruses, but it won’t do much if a hacker decides to access your computer while you’re connected to public Wi-Fi. To secure your connection, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is your best option.

When you connect to a VPN, your internet connection becomes encrypted and your IP address hidden, allowing you to browse the web anonymously. VPNs are remote servers that act as a secure tunnel through which you route your internet traffic, and they do a great job at adding an extra layer of security to your online sessions. There are many to choose from, so I’d recommend that you check out this VPN review to find the best one for your needs.

Strong Passwords

Security software can’t do all the work, so you’ll also need to do a few things on your end. Without strong passwords, your accounts are more likely to become compromised. A strong password will be at least eight characters long and include numbers, as well as uppercase and lowercase letters.

Another password tip: never use the same one across multiple accounts and change them regularly.

Don’t Share Too Much

With social media sites being so popular, it’s easy to share too much info, but it’s best to avoid giving out personal details to those you meet online. Don’t share your passwords, address, banking information, and other details that could be used to identify yourself with anyone you meet on the internet, even if it seems harmless at the time.

Stick To Trusted Sites

Websites aren’t always legitimate, and some that may seem fine really aren’t. Stick to the ones you know if possible in order to prevent any issues from occurring. For some additional security tips, check out this guide.

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Don’t Ring The Bell

“Growing up in a home where alcohol is a welcomed member of the family is a difficult situation for a kid. No one wants vodka as a sibling or even beer as a cousin. Unfortunately that is what happens when parents are alcoholics and alcohol becomes the most important aspect of life.

Although I did not grow up in an alcoholic household, I had friends who endured the agony of having drunken parents. One such friend could never have friends over in the morning because her mother was always “sick”. They had a bell on the gate to the backyard that was the entrance we always used. When entering through the gate friends were told to not let the bell clang because it would upset her parents. I didn’t understand what the purpose of the bell was if not to warn that someone was entering the yard, but still, I was careful.

Another friend had parents who spent a lot of time in our small town’s bar. Whenever she needed permission to stay overnight at my house or go somewhere with my family, she always had to go to the bar to get the note that told my parents that going with us was OK. They would always say “Now you girls go and be good” as we were leaving. I always thought “how would they know” if we were good or not because they were never home. My friend cooked the meals and got her young brother ready for school. Mornings at her house were just as quiet as at my other friend’s house. No noise for fear of waking her parents up. No smelly food like bacon, just cold cereal. She did nothing that would cause her parents to wake up and display their hangover irritability.

Often times when we are in the midst of things, we don’t really see what the situation is for a fact. My own children paid a high price for their father’s alcoholism. He never went with us to amusement parks, picnics, or any other events. Now I see that my children must have been very frustrated and their acting out was simply a plea for things to change.

No one really knows what a child goes through in an alcoholic home better than others who either have lived the situation or who are in the situation. Of course counseling would help, but that would be controlled by the parent. If the parent doesn’t want the world to know the true dynamics of the household, they will not be so eager to provide counseling to the child. If a school counselor gets involved that may lead to the possibility of the kid being put into foster care. While that may really be in the best interest of the child, children have a tendency to protect their parents – even abusers.” http://immortalalcoholic.blogspot.com/

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5 Outside Factors That Contribute To Overall Positivity

Hey, my name is Ryan.  I’m 21 and married to the love of my life and we have a beautiful daughter.  I love to write about positive things such as healthy eating, fitness, children, and even positivity itself on my blog, Thriving Lion “Naturally Healthy”.

While staying positive is a very agreed upon way to have a long, healthy, and happy life, there are a few outside factors that can contribute to your positivity, and overall happiness in life.  If taken care of individually, your ability to keep your glass half full instead of half empty will sky-rocket!

Eat Healthy

Being careful of what you eat, and aware of what you’re putting in your body, is a great place to start to increase your ability to stay happy and positive.  Eating fresh fruits and veggies, and keeping a balanced diet, will increase energy levels, keep you focused, and ultimately contribute to a happier and healthier life.

Clean and Declutter

Keeping a clean living space, workplace, and house is a great way to promote cleanliness, health, and optimism.  I find that when my office space is clean, I have better ideas, think clearly, and my work flow and overall happiness increase.

Stay Active

Staying physically active promotes a feeling of self-worth, and helps keep self esteem high, and in turn positive thinking flows freely.  Physical activity has been used to treat anti-positive psychological health such as depression and anxiety and proves to be a great way to stay happy and healthy.

Talk To Someone

Having that one relationship where you can speak freely and tell them everything on your mind is a great resource to have when trying to stay positive, happy, and healthy.  If an issue in your life is not immediately resolved, having a friend who will take your side and listen to your story will help you solve the problem without ever facing direct confrontation with the original dispute.  Use close friends and family to vent and talk to them about your issues.

Hobbies

One of the most important things that you can always do to stay optimistic is to make sure that you do the things that you love often.  Having hobbies that relieve stress, focus thoughts, and contribute to your overall happiness is key when trying to live a happy life.

Stay Positive, Stay Happy, Live and Learn