How To: Understand Google's New Privacy Policy and Protect Your Data

So you might be aware the Google launched a new privacy policy earlier this month. In fact, you might have bookmarked it for later reading, and then though "screw it" when it popped up in your face and clicked "I accept". Hmm. What did you just accept? Should you be worried? I read it. Accepted it. And then I took some measures to protect myself....more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake” The Best Direction at This Time 3-19-12

At a crossroad, wondering what decisions will hold more importance and greatest value in the long run.In particular, career ideals versus practical day-to-day personal security are in the spotlight.Opposing Energies: impulsive, workaholic, unmotivatedThought-provoking necessities such as the acquisition of new skills, or expanding hobbies to create practicality and a foundation for future development, is the best direction at this time....more

Home

I am home and ready to sleep in my own bed and it is good.When I was younger I loved traveling and sleeping anywhere. The adventure was all.Now, I love the leaving and the being away. But at the end of the day. I want to be in my own home, in my own bed....more

Bloggers! Ask Rep. Markey About Kids and Online Privacy

Do you worry about your kids' privacy online? Do you even know what information marketers are gathering about your child and his or her online habits? Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) -- who authored the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act of 1998 (COPPA) for the House -- is holding a conference call for bloggers with Jim Steyer from Common Sense Media at 1:30PM EST/12:30 PM CT/10:30 AM PT on Thursday, February 2nd (that's this week!) to discuss a new bipartisan bill he's co-sponsoring, H.R. 1895, Do Not Track Kids Online -- and he wants our questions, BlogHers! ...more
@savvyauntie Sure - go ahead and DM us! Or feel free to send an email to tdegnan@commonsense.org!more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake™” You Are On the Precipice 1-31-12

Now, I’ve been talking about opportunities and achievements all week.Today, release your hold on whatever you’re working on, and see what happens.While some projects feel like “Your baby” you won’t know your effect on them unless you let go and see them with different eyes, and have trust in the process.Opposing Energies: resistance, vacillation, lack of visionWhile your sense of identity and basis of security is contained in this work/job/project, you are on the precipice, ready with new creative energy....more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake™” Take the Leap of Faith and be Willing to be Responsible 1-22-12

Change is the dominant force today.While communications may be scarce and short, success is soon on the way.It could be a fortunate coincidence, or a fated meeting that represents improvements.Opposing Energies: confusion, greed, setbacks, delaysAllow time for unexpected delays.You may experience an unexpected coincidence and find yourself feeling inspired and sensing you’re on the right path.Wide Awake Words™ for today: synchronicity, appreciation, security, organized...more

Seasonal Security: A Poem

It’s that time of year, for holiday cheer,to give of ourselves and ring in the New Year.But while you celebrate, please keep in mind,criminals and hackers are not far behind. Mobile malware is here; it’s increased since last year.Be sure to install mobile malware protection,so that you don’t receive an unwelcome infection. QR codes are barcodes consumers can scan.With their smartphones in hand,a digital bar can locate a great deal, near or far.But not so fast: these codes can be tricky....more

Hope/Peace

"On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of the gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see" Isa....more

Home Secure Home

Traveling this holiday???Here are a few tips to keep your home safe while you're away:•Put entry door lights on photocell timer, keeps unwanted visitors away.•Shut off main water supply to the home, plumbing disasters can cost you thousands.•Unplug computers, TVs and video equipment. Power surges from bad storms can destroy devices.•Unplug toasters, irons, hair curlers etc....more

Dear Red One and Blue One

It should come as no surprise that I find you repulsive. Both of you. You're nothing more than soiled, foul-smelling loops of cheap terrycloth. Red, you're pretty much a joke. You were part of a four-pack sold at the Dollar Store! The baseball emblem that was so feebly embroidered upon you will soon be completely unraveled.  Blue, you were a resented purchase. You were expensive and in my eyes, unnecessary. Look at you now: The white half of the Pokeball isn't even white anymore. Despicable. ...more