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Saturday, January 29, 2011


It almost happened to me! I feel so foolish that I almost fell for a phishing scam that I can’t even write about the experience, but I do want you to know more about phishing so you won't fall prey to this type of vicious identity theft!

Basically, phishing is when criminals use electronic sources (phones, email, or any online sources) to trick individuals into sharing personal information. Phishing is a crime, but these criminals are rarely caught. They try to get your passwords, social security numbers, credit card information, your driver’s license number, and even your mother’s maiden name among other things. Sometimes a phishing incident involves sending emails posing as banks or credit card companies. The problem is that these emails look so close to the legitimate company that many fall for it.

Everyone must be diligent and on the alert so as not to be caught in these phishing scams. We can do this by heeding the following advice:

1. Don’t give anyone your private information, i.e. usernames, passwords, driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, account numbers, and more.

2. Be aware of urgency on the part of people involved in a phishing fraud attack.

3. Any email that seems questionable or suspicious, delete immediately. Do not open it.

4. Avoid hyperlinks.

5. Change your computer passwords frequently.

6. Remember that legitimate companies will never ask you to update or confirm information.

7. Use Internet firewalls and be sure to update them regularly.

8. Turn off your computer when you are not using it.

Yes, phishing could happen to you. Be alert and be sure to report any incident you have encountered to the Federal Trade Commission.

And guess what? I haven’t even touched on vishing. You may have to research that one yourself!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gifts for Seniors

Christmas is over. Lots of money was spent on gifts, gifts, and more gifts. So, two days after Christmas, my 83 year old father made the profound statement that the best gift he received in the past few years was a round, rubber jar opener given to him from his 23 year old grandson. I don’t know how much my son paid for the jar opener, but they can be purchased for as little as 99 cents. There were two reasons my dad said he liked the gift so much – it was practical and he uses it, and he enjoyed seeing his grandson participate in the ‘gift of giving.”

It is hard in today’s world to define the words used to represent our ageing society. Should we call people seniors, senior citizens, or the elderly? The reason it is hard to define is because these terms mean different things in different societies. In some societies, “old age” is considered those who have retired; in other societies they represent grandparents; and in others it represents those unable to care for themselves.

No matter what definition you might choose to use, all “seniors” enjoy gifts from their loved ones. But, depending on their individual stage in life or age, gifts may vary.

So, in no particular order other than alphabetically, you might be able to find a gift idea for your 50 year old AARP aged friend or your assisted-living family member. Good luck!

1. A reader – Nook or Kindle
2. Adult Bib
3. Arm rest organizer
4. Bed rail
5. Bird feeder
6. Blanket for their bed
7. Board games
8. Books about hobbies
9. Calendar with birthdays and special family occasions listed
10. Cell phone
11. Cologne/Perfume
12. Computer
13. Computer printer
14. Conventional photo album
15. Correspondence box including special occasion cards; stamped of course!
16. Deck of cards
17. Dice
18. Digital frame, preloaded
19. Dominoes
20. Eye glass holder
21. Folding cane
22. Foot bath
23. Golf putter set
24. Hair rollers
25. Hair cut/dye appointment
26. Hair styler
27. Home alarm system
28. iPAD
29. Keepsake box
30. Lap blankets
31. Lap desk
32. Large numerical telephone
33. Lighted cane
34. Long length brush
35. Lotions
36. Magnifying glass
37. Medical alert jewelry
38. Medical books
39. Milk carton holder
40. Music (check what kind of player they have)
41. Pedicure set
42. Pen and pencil cushion
43. Photo book
44. Playing cards, large print
45. Reacher with rotating claw
46. Recliner
47. Restaurant gift cards
48. Robe
49. Rubber jar opener
50. Scarves and gloves
51. Slippers
52. Sport seat
53. Subscription to favorite newspaper or magazine
54. Tabletop card holder
55. Walker
56. Walker bag
57. Walker basket
58. Wallet, for walker, wheelchair, or pocket
59. Wheelchair
60. Wheelchair cup holder

Saturday, January 1, 2011

30 Products New Moms Want!

While in reality, new babies don’t need much the first few weeks of life, there have been many articles written about what new moms need and/or want to have available for their newborn when they return home from the hospital. Obviously, a layette, diapers, baby-care products, and feeding necessities are absolutely necessary.

But, this list has compiled the top 30 products most new mothers would like to have available when they bring their baby home - these are not necessities, but part of a new mom's wish list for that new bundle of joy!

1. Activity gym
2. Baby bibs
3. Baby monitor
4. Bath kit
5. Bedding
6. Blankets
7. Bottles
8. Bouncer
9. Breast pump
10. Burp cloths
11. Camera
12. Car seat
13. Changing table
14. Crib, bassinet, or cradle
15. Diaper bag
16. Diaper pail
17. Diapers and baby wipes
18. Jumper
19. Lullaby CDs
20. Meals
21. Medical supplies
22. Nursing cover-up
23. Nursing Pillow
24. Sleepers
25. Pacifiers
26. Rocking chair
27. Sling or front carrier
28. Starter library
29. Stroller
30. Swing

Please comment if you see items missing from this list:)