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  Have you written passwords down on something and then put that something where you can always find it at your desk?  Is it stuck under your keyboard?  Is it in an unlocked desk drawer?  Or simply stuck to your monitor? READ MORE >>

In the midst of a busy workday, you receive a phone call from an outside number. The caller identifies themselves as a member of tech support calling about your computer. They may request your password, ask you to download a file, or request remote connection to your system. READ MORE >>

  Email is commonplace in the business world, with over 108 billion emails sent and received per day. The fact that emails are circulating in big numbers makes them a good target for scammers. We all need to be careful when opening emails. Consider this scenario that was recently brought to my attention: READ MORE >>

  We're all feeling a budget pinch from high fuel prices, and the crunch is making us more tuned-in to gas-saving alternatives. Many people have traded their large vehicles for something that uses less gas, but I need to drive a truck, and I have to pull a trailer, so trading it for a fuel efficient car isn't an option. READ MORE >>

  Flash flooding is among the most dangerous roadway hazards a driver can face. However, with the right knowledge, you can keep your car, your family and yourself safe even when one of these events comes to pass.  Knowledge is power READ MORE >>

An average of 75 people have died in the U.S. from flash floods each year from 2004-2013, according to the National Weather Service. That's more than double the average death toll from lightning. Percent of flood-related deaths by situation from 1995-2010, excluding Hurricane Katrina flood deaths. READ MORE >>

  The better data you have on your air conditioning’s performance, the better you’ll be able to spot problems and extend your equipment’s useful life. You can find complimentary air conditioning logs here, which can help you track operating characteristics and alert you to trouble down the road. READ MORE >>

For many decades, having a job meant being an employee of a company—often for life. Today, it’s a different story. That’s because many people are a part of the so-called gig economy of independent consultants who often move from one job to the next. READ MORE >>

After a close call in my apartment–who knew olive oil is bad for high-heat cooking? – it dawned on me that I had never used a fire extinguisher. I’m no fire chief, but learning on the fly while your smoke detector is blaring seems like the wrong time to figure that out. READ MORE >>

  Everyone knows the saying about the grass being greener on the other side. If you don’t take care of your lawn mower, the grass will be shorter on the other side, too. Lawn mowers are a considerable investment, and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute says they are typically replaced every six years. READ MORE >>

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