For cyber criminals, what’s the easiest way to reach the most people with one scam? Facebook. With more than a billion users, Facebook has become an easy way for scammers to rip off as many people as possible at once — and in a variety of different ways.
Here’s how to spot some big scams that are making the rounds and how to protect yourself.
Three Facebook scams to watch out for
IT’S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION.
Wondering why you can’t re-create the wonderful flavor of your mother’s chicken recipe? It isn’t your fault—it’s the chicken’s.
Most meats and vegetables and some fruits have significantly less flavor than they did decades ago. Chicken has become especially bland—it has almost no flavor now. Read the rest of this entry »
If It Works for You?
The new Obamacare insurance marketplaces are getting lots of attention—much of it negative—but for many individuals, they are not the only option for finding health insurance coverage.
Many people don’t know that people without access to Medicare or an employer insurance plan can choose to skip the government-run marketplaces and buy their health coverage directly through insurance companies, brokers or agents instead (except for residents of Vermont and Washington, DC, where buying new policies outside the Obamacare marketplaces is not an option). To investigate policies available outside the marketplaces, contact insurance companies, brokers or agents and ask them if they have policies available that are not available through a government marketplace.
Even easier: Visit insurance shopping sites such as eHealthInsurance.com or GoHealth.com to find plans from many providers, including plans and even providers not listed in the Obamacare marketplace in your state.
Buying outside the marketplaces might expand the range of policies available but might increase costs, perhaps dramatically, when you consider the subsidies available inside the marketplaces.
Still, the availability of additional options outside the marketplaces could be welcome news for many. That includes some of the millions of Americans whose insurers have canceled their old plans, explaining that those plans don’t meet the new government requirements. The insurers have offered to replace the old policies with new ones, but many of those new ones carry higher premiums. What you need to know… Read the rest of this entry »
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Why Walking Is the #1 Way to Exercise
Why do I feel compelled to share this message? Because I’ve noticed that more and more people seem to be doing hard-core workouts these days.
I have several friends, for example, who have recently signed up for CrossFit or other “boot camp” style exercise programs.
There also seem to be more infomercials on TV for extreme workout regimens such as P90X, the program made famous by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan last summer, and the INSANITY workout, which is so hard to do, its creators say, that it will “push you past your limits.”
Even on the TV show The Biggest Loser, the trainers have the contestants working out to the point that they’re literally falling off treadmills.
But is it really necessary to exert yourself in such an intense way to greatly improve your health and fitness? I think many people believe that the answer is yes—and for this reason, these people don’t exercise.
And that’s terrible! Read the rest of this entry »
If you want your marriage to succeed, it pays to know why other marriages fail. I have tracked 373 married couples for the past 26 years as part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal was to investigate how marriages really work over the long term—but many marriages don’t work, at least not forever. Of those 373 couples, 46% have divorced, roughly in line with national averages.
What went wrong in those failed marriages? And what would those divorced people do differently if they could start over again? When I put those questions to my study participants, key trends emerged. Surprising: Sex was not a major issue when it came to what divorced people said they would “change” if they could start over again. And it wasn’t a key predictor of divorce over time in my study. Read the rest of this entry »