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How to Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 15:01
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(NewsUSA) - When business giants Target, Home Depot and Sony got hacked, and personal information was compromised, data security, once again, became a hot topic and household word.

Sure, you know you need to do more to shield your identity, but let's face it, you can only do so much to protect yourself, and even that is reliant on other people or companies. Unfortunately, these same entities can clearly be careless.

When people aren't careful, the Internet can become a playground for criminal activity. Whether you're checking your email, banking information or doing some online shopping, you have already put yourself at risk of having your identity stolen.

Criminals have developed several ways to obtain personal data from innocent Internet users. According to the United States Department of Justice, cyber criminals can take over an individual's identity to conduct a wide range of crimes. Criminals like to make fraudulent withdrawals from bank accounts because victims usually don't become aware of the criminal activity until substantial and irreversible damage has already been done.

Enter Gabriel, a set of secure communication apps derived from a U.S. Department of Defense project and created by VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company.

Gabriel transmits information using automatic virtual private networks with military-grade encryption. Think Cryptograms.

"Gabriel has been designed and built with personal privacy and security as a foundational principle," says Dr. Robert Short, VirnetX Chief Technical Officer and Chief Scientist. "As a result, Gabriel provides uncompromising data security? users do not have to transmit data to, or store data with, any third party, including VirnetX. Users can therefore rest easy that their data is stored only on their devices."

Other benefits from using Gabriel include:

* Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members in your network.

* Receiving spamless e-mail.

* Allowing for person-to-person messages that disappear once the session has ended.

* Sharing pictures or files with other trusted Gabriel users in your network directly from your personal device.

All of the above is done with other members of your network with the assurance that the transmissions are secured with end-to-end encryption.

Simply put, Gabriel makes your online communications invisible. Think of it this way: if the bad guys can't see you, they can't attack you.

Gabriel is free to try. For more information, please visit

Prepare Your Pipes for a Winter Cold Snap

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:58
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(NewsUSA) - Winter has a certain amount of charm that comes with it -- from sledding and outdoor ice skating to snowmen and brightly lit trees. But when icy weather hits, and your pipes are ill-prepared, it can mean a long (and costly) spring.

Here's what happens: When temperatures drop, trapped water in pipes can freeze. Since water expands when it freezes, it can cause the pipes to rupture. When the pipes thaw, that's when homeowners might come home to a flooded basement.

Instead of waiting before it's too late, now is the time to insulate your pipes before the cold weather returns. Do it in the comfort of warm weather at your leisure so you're not rushed when the cold weather arrives.

Insulate pipes

This action step performs double duty, keeping hot water pipes warm and protecting cold water pipes from freezing, which can lead to immediate energy returns. Homeowners with existing insulation should check it before the cold weather comes to town. If either the insulation or its tape looks cracked or crumbles to the touch, it should be replaced. If the pipes have either wire or tape heaters, homeowners should contact the pipe heater's manufacturer before attempting to insulate pipes.

Old Man Winter

As a homeowner, you most likely will not be needing your hose or sprinklers this winter season. To that end, drain and store your lawn and gardening supplies before the first freeze. Even well-insulated homes reach freezing temperatures if left unheated.

Anti-leak technologies

Like any other industry, new technology is being developed to prevent water damage. One product, the FloLogic System, acts like a circuit breaker for the home plumbing system. The FloLogic system monitors a home's entire water flow from a single position on the water main. When the flow through the system's sensor exceeds a preset limit, the system shuts off the water and sounds an alarm at the keypad. If connected to a security system, FloLogic will notify the monitoring service. Shutting off the water prevents flooding, saving you from potentially costly repairs. Many insurers will also offer discounts to homeowners who use the FloLogic System.

If, however, a pipe is already frozen, homeowners should turn off the water, slowly thaw the pipe, then call a plumber to make necessary repairs.

For more information about the FloLogic System, and protecting your home from water damage, visit or call 1-877-FloLogic.

How to Keep Seniors Mobile at Home

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:12
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(NewsUSA) - You're getting older, and those day-to-day tasks that never took a second thought are becoming more difficult. Your kids are urging you to downsize and move to an apartment in a senior living community where everything would be on one level, but that's the last thing you want to do. After all, home is where your heart is, and it's where you want to stay.

Fortunately for today's seniors, there are many devices that make aging easier and safer. These devices can also increase mobility in the home. One device is a stairlift, like the ones made by Acorn Stairlifts of Orlando, Fla.

Stairlifts can be designed for straight or curved staircases, even outdoor patios and front steps.

If you're unsteady on your feet and are at risk of falling, or if you suffer from painful osteoarthritis, here are some more ways to increase mobility while staying safe in your home.

* Reduce clutter and move tripping hazards, like stacks of books, off the floor.

* If you live with cats, put collars with bells on them so you always know where they are. Pets, too, can be a tripping hazard.

* Consider using a cane. Today's canes come in pretty colors and patterns and will help you keep your balance as you're walking around the house.

* Invest in a grabber pole so you can reach cans and bags of food and other items stored on high shelves without using a stepladder.

For Gloria Clark, whose back and leg pain were so severe she had to crawl up the steps using her hands and feet, a stairlift "made all the difference in the world." And Charles and Nancy Spear say their stairlift has made their "home feel like it's 'ours' again."

While the original stairlifts were clunky and difficult to use, today's models are streamlined and fold up and out of the way when not in use. The newest models, like Acorn's, are powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current. The lifts have sensors around the perimeter of the foot platform that will stop the lift when a sensor is triggered by a foot that has slipped off the platform or an object that has fallen on the floor and is in the way.

To learn more about how a stairlift can make life easier for you, visit

Chew on This: New Portable Spittoon Makes for Less of a Mess

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 08:08
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(NewsUSA) - They are as iconic and as much a part of the fabric of U.S. history as the cowboys who used them. Then, just as it is now, the spittoon was popular and necessary.

In fact, as state lawmakers continue to outlaw cigarettes in bars, restaurants, workplaces and government buildings, smokers are opting for smokeless tobacco, and the spittoon (or something akin to it) is once again becoming a necessity.

Supporting the notion that smokeless tobacco use is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that four out of every 100 adults aged 18 years and older (men and women) use smokeless tobacco, about seven in every 100 are men. In addition, young adult males (aged 18-25 years) accounted for more than 10 in every 100. This bodes well for companies that provide accessories for smokeless tobacco users, such as Atlanta-based FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

One of the more inconvenient (not to mention messy) aspects of smokeless tobacco is the unsightly spit cup that users must carry around. According to its website, FLASR portable spittoons were invented to "provide you [the user] with an elegant and easy-to-use solution for taking your favorite tobacco products along wherever your travels lead you."

The FLASR flask that has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. In addition, the new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for everyday use or when taking the pleasure of snuff, dip or chew, hunting, fishing or to any other sport or event.

The small size of the FLASR portable tobacco flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively in public without unwanted attention.

The company plans on designing variations of the product to give consumers a greater choice of design options, including, but not limited to, brands and logos of sports teams, hobbies, interests and more.

For more information, visit

Move Over Rosé: It's High Season for Shandy

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 16:02
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(NewsUSA) - While last summer was a record-setting high season for French Provencal rosé, all signs seem to point to a new European invasion this year; the shandy is having its moment.

Hailing from 17th-century Europe, a shandy traditionally consists of beer mixed with equal parts lemonade, ginger beer or citrus soda. Originally known as the "Rich Man's Shandy Gaff," a mixture of champagne and ale, the drink evolved due to the vast majority of the general public who didn't have the means to spend for champagne, instead replacing it with ginger beer or lemonade.

The shandy has its deepest roots in Britain and Germany, where it is referred to as a "radler," German for cyclist; the name refers a bartender who, overwhelmed by a thirsty peloton, doubled his limited supply of beer by mixing it with lemonade. While shandies and radlers have remained a public house novelty to date in Europe the time is nigh for mainstream American acceptance.

Vermont-based Traveler Beer Company is now bridging the transatlantic gap to reengineer the Old World beverage for this side of the pond -- with a decidedly American craft twist.

"This beer mixes the great old European shandy tradition with good old American ingenuity," says Alan Newman, founder of The Traveler Beer Company. "Our mission is to introduce a broad audience to the American-craft shandy as a new mode of refreshment."

Inspired by the old European pub classic, The Traveler Beer Company takes the traditional shandy and infuses it with American craft beer innovation and passion. Rather than mixing ale with a citrus-flavored soda or lemonade, Traveler's craft American wheat beers are actually made with real fruit or fruit juices, such as lemon and grapefruit, making for a refreshingly approachable and seasonable craft beer.

Traveler Beer's flagship beverage is the Curious Traveler, made with lemon and lime. For those taken by the increasing popularity of grapefruit-based drinks, Illusive Traveler has also proven to be a standout for the brand.

Other craft brewers, such as Kansas City-based Boulevard and Brooklyn-based Sixpoint, are also introducing shandies and radlers to U.S. beer taps and beverage aisles with unique twists on the age-old tradition.

Rather than making Labor Day the last call for shandy-drinking season, The Traveler Beer Company releases a variety for all seasons. Jack-O Traveler, made with real pumpkin, hits shelves in the fall, and Jolly Traveler, with pomegranate, orange peel and holiday spice, hits in November, just in time for winter entertaining.

A Minor Auto Accident Can Cause Chronic Headaches

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:02
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(NewsUSA) - Too often, chronic headaches, including migraines, are the result of anything from a simple fender bender to a more major motor vehicle accident. For many, relief is as close as their dentist's office -- even years later.

"We recently helped a 106-year-old patient who had suffered from decades of chronic headaches resulting from an auto accident in 1964. She had seen multiple specialists without relief. She has not had a single headache since her TruDenta care," reported Dr. Sheila Birth of Birth-Stewart-Fletcher Orthodontics, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Extensive research now shows that many headaches -- up to 80 percent -- are the result of dental force imbalances. Dental force problems can often result from a micro or macro trauma to the head, neck, face or jaw. In addition to vehicle accidents, lasting effects can result from a simple fall or from playing soccer or other sports years ago.

Symptoms can range from frequent headaches or migraines, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo or TMJ disorder (pain in your jaw, face, neck or ears). Each of these symptoms can dramatically impact day-to-day life in other ways -- depression, fatigue, stress and anxiety are all common among these sufferers, as well as a statistically lower overall quality of life.

Now there is help with the non-invasive TruDenta system, available at more than 400 dental and orthodontic offices in 47 states.

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Potential candidates for TruDenta treatments are examined using a digital bite force analyzer to pinpoint imbalances in the bite. In just 15 minutes, a trained dental professional can determine whether the patient's symptoms are related to improper or imbalanced dental forces.

The TruDenta system has provided relief to thousands of headache sufferers.

The treatments are painless, pleasant, and require no drugs or needles and use technologies and modalities that were originally developed -- and perfected by -- physicians in sports medicine. TruDenta dentists have been able to rapidly and painlessly resolve issues for 95 percent of their diagnosed patients with lasting results.

TruDenta care is often covered by medical insurance. Fee for service is also an option, and most TruDenta doctors provide a free consultation.

For a free Headache Diary, please visit

To learn more, please visit

Expand Your Investment Portfolio With Real Estate

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:13
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(NewsUSA) - Don't let concerns about complexity keep you from the benefits of investing in real estate. The advantages of investment properties include rental income, value appreciation and equity growth, and locating, buying and managing property isn't as complicated as most people imagine.

"Finding worthwhile investment property shouldn't be a difficult or costly venture, especially in the current market," said Preston Despenas, co-founder and senior partner of Growth Equity Group. "In fact, there are many opportunities for investors to use real estate to diversify a retirement portfolio and amass wealth today, but the best opportunities might not be right in your backyard," he explained.

Considering a real estate investment, but not sure where to start? Keep these points in mind:

Find the right market

Real estate may be local, but the best opportunities might not be local to you. Don't rule out markets just because they're out of state.

Review key indicators

Consider the current inventory of property and whether the property values will rise or fall in the future. Other factors include job creation and its effect on local income levels and overall economic growth.

Maximize potential income

Renting is rising in popularity, and rental properties generate income for the owner of the property, which is an important component of the overall return on investment. When coupled with appreciating homes values, adding income-producing real estate may be an excellent choice for investors looking for a new way to diversify a financial portfolio. In fact, real estate tends to be less correlated with the stock and bond markets and thus is less volatile when the market experiences wide swings.

Seek expert advice

Turn to a specialized real estate investment group to help make both the initial and long-term investment in real estate simple and user-friendly. Such groups will handle all aspects of the investment, from market analysis to property management and maintenance.

"The right partner will make investing in real estate as easy as buying stock," said Brett Immel, co-founder and senior partner of Growth Equity Group.

For more information about investing in real estate, visit

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