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The New Predators – Today’s Scams

There is a few of these so will post one a day so it is not information overload

 

Tech Support.

 

phonescam  This is considered the biggest consumer scam in the U.S. at the moment.

             According to Microsoft in 2015 an estimated 3.3 million people many of them seniors were victimized by tech support cons. A cost of $1.5 billion to put it figuratively $454 per 10 seconds. 

Here is how it happens:- You get an unsolicited call from someone who claims to work for Microsoft, or windows, tech support. 

They tell you that viruses have been detected on your computer. They continue to tell you that you need to immediately call up a certain website and follow its instructions. A dummy screen may appear that shows viruses being detected and eliminated but in reality malware is being installed that allows the scammer to steal your usernames and passwords, hold your data for ransom or even use the webcam to spy on you.

Remedy – Hang up the phone. “Neither Microsoft or our partners make unsolicited phone calls” says Courtney Gregoire, senior attorney at the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. 

Do not click any links in unsolicited emails from “Microsoft” or in pop-up ads promising to speed up your computer. 

Make sure you download Windows 10 or the latest OS X says “William Woodworth from  Best Buys Geek Squad. “Each update is free and has lots of new security built in”

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Did You Know – 12/14/2015

1. Hot buttered rum 420 calories

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 ounces (1 stick) room-temperature unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark rum
  • 3/4 cups boiling water
  • Squeeze of Fresh orange juice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Beat butter, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg with a mixer on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute.

  2. Combine 2 tablespoons spiced butter with 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) dark rum in each of 4 heatproof glasses. Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over each, and stir. Top each with a squeeze of fresh orange juice.

  2.  Eggnog before the brandy – 240 calories

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Ingredients
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bourbon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites*
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Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir to combine.

Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve.

Cook’s Note: For cooked eggnog, follow procedure below.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine the milk, heavy cream and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and gradually temper the hot mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Then return everything to the pot and cook until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the heat, stir in the bourbon, pour into a medium mixing bowl, and set in the refrigerator to chill.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. With the mixer running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture.

CONTAINS RAW EGGS: The Food Network Kitchen suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.
Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2005

3.  One glass of Champagne – 40z – 85 calores

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Easy no recipe and I guess champagne wins on the calorie count.

 

5.  More Did You Knows and an important one.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Digital Privacy 
By Mark Nestmann

Revelations about clandestine data collection are old news now. Government agencies and thousands of commercial entities are able to access our personal information via the internet and by mining public databases. 

Data that you thought was removed and files you thought you deleted can still be recovered from your personal computer. And all computers are vulnerable to this. 

But luckily there are steps we can take to maintain some level of privacy in a non-private world. You can mask your digital presence. It doesn’t cost much, and it’s fairly easy even for the tech-unsavvy amongst us.

Here are some simple and effective ways to protect your digital privacy. 

  1. Secure your router. If you have a high-speed internet connection in your home, it probably connects to the internet through a device called a router. Routers are usually installed with a default password. Should someone take over your router, it’s relatively easy to change the settings to point to a computer controlled by that person. From that point forward, everything you do online can be monitored. So change the password on your router to one that can’t easily be guessed. 
  1. Configure your internet browser for privacy. As you surf the Web, you pick up a trail of temporary files that your browser stores, sometimes indefinitely. To minimize your digital trail, use the private browsing mode of your internet browser. This turns off all tracking features including browsing history, auto-complete, form and search bar entries, passwords, and download list entries. In addition, no cookies or web cache files are stored.
  1. Use a non-U.S. webmail provider. Webmail—services like Yahoo mail and Gmail—is extremely convenient. You can access your emails from anywhere and a virtually unlimited number of messages for free. But with U.S.-based webmail services, you can kiss your privacy goodbye. The police can legally read older emails (anything more than 180 days old) and Gmail, Yahoo, and other domestic email providers receive tens of thousands of subpoenas from police and other government agencies.

    To protect yourself, use a non-U.S. email service that takes privacy and security seriously. The one we use at The Nestmann Group is Century Media. This company offers end-to-end encrypted email and all its servers are based in Switzerland. That means your stored emails are secure from U.S. subpoenas, court orders, and snoops.
  1. Encrypt your emails, messages, and files. With an encryption program, no one but you and your intended recipient can read your email messages, text messages, and instant messages. The technology scrambles the message and a decryption key is needed to read the message. Some encryption programs available now make it nearly impossible to decipher your messages, even by the supercomputers used by the NSA.
  1. Encrypt your cloud storage. Storing data online, whether it’s email messages or the secret formula to Coca-Cola “in the cloud” is now routine. But like everything else, if you’re dealing with a U.S. company, it’s not necessarily private or secure. Take U.S.-based Dropbox, for example. Not only is Dropbox subject to extremely loose U.S. privacy laws, but researchers discovered that private Dropbox files you share can be indexed by search engines, making it possible for anyone who can find the link to open it.

    One way to protect yourself is to upload only encrypted files to Dropbox. Otherwise, consider one of the many Dropbox alternatives such as Tresorit.

 Source Interesting Website –  Mark Nestmann

 

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Did You Know – 05/26/2015

 

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1. Four cups of coffee a day could lower your chances of getting the deadly melanoma by 20% according to new research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The Caffeine and polyphenols are credited with the suppression of UV-induced tumor growth. Note to all my friends that have decaf – It does not offer the same benefits.

 

 

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2. Researchers asked people detailed questions about a film they had just seen. Those who were instructed to shut their eyes when questioned  correctly answered 23%  more than those who kept their lids open. 

The interesting part is that closing your eyes lowers your brains cognitive load by blocking out distractions. That helps you focus on the task of remembering.

Source: Aston University psychology lecturer Robert Nash

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3. Dry mouth can be a tooth-ache pain culprit – The saliva in your mouth helps neutralize acids in the mouth that can erode enamel and can lead to the dreaded toothache. Solution seems to be the old saying ‘Drink plenty of water’. I am sure you have heard that one over and over again.

Find out 8 ways to naturally cure a dry mouth

 

 

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4. Kill that bacteria that is the cause of swimmers ear.

My son and grandson have had this problem for years because they are water animals and love surfing and are in the pool all summer so I know this is a painful problem. Now we have the solution.

Vinegar acidifies the external auditory canal, killing the bacteria that causes the problem. 

Dilute white vinegar with an equal amount of distilled water and using an eye dropper put 3 drops in the affected ear 3 times daily .

Use, instead of ‘Over the counter’ products that dry out the ear canal. Get someone to put the drops in your ear so you don’t miss.

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5. Three High Tech Food Hacks

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1. SCIO – It is a handheld sensor you can shine on food and it will give you the foods chemical makeup on your smart phone. No cheap pre orders are $250.00. Go to

 

 

vessyl_holding-100361712-large2. Vessyl  – 13 oz smart cup tells you how much caffeine and calorie are in any drink and also tracking your real-time hydration needs. Syncs with smart phone. Also not cheap $200. 

 

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3. Food Scores – This I tried cause it was free. It did not compute the products I tried so it could be rather limited. Scan a bar code and the app scores that food from 1 to 10 about the nutrition, ingredients and degree of processing

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