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November 2016

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Ever notice how ads follow you wherever you go on the web. This web site claims to protect you from this kind of behavior by protecting your internet privacy. The Washington Post thinks these folks are pretty neat.

What you search for should be your own business -- that's why these folks don't collect any personal information and therefore, have none to sell, share or track you with.

When you search Google or Bing, and click on a link, your search information is usually sent to that site, along with your browser & computer info. This can uniquely identify you and that should be scary -- especially when the big search engines often share your proclivities with third-parties who build profiles about you. That's how those ads follow you everywhere. Your profile can also be sold, and potentially show up in unwanted places.

So, these folks offer a simple search engine (kind of like the original Google) that simplifies the search process and DOES NOT store your information letting you relax being pretty sure that no one is looking over your shoulder.


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It's happening a lot these days this ruse has even caught the Better Business Bureau's attention. You get a friend request and a little voice inside you asks, "Isn't Joey already a friend?" That's your tip to double check to see if Joey is already on your friend list. If Joey is DON"T ACCEPT the new duplicate request it's a fake.

It works like this: The scammer uses their account access to grab images and other information from your profile. They create a new account under your name and fill it with your photos, interests and status updates. The scammer then sends friend requests to your existing Facebook friends. People recognize your name and hit "accept," not realizing that the account is a fake. They don't notice anything is wrong until the scammer starts sending out requests for money along with spam and spoofing links.

If you spot a friend request that fits this mold the BBB recommends that you do this: 1. Always double check friend requests, 2. Don't blindly trust friends' recommendations, 3. Watch for poor grammar, 4. Alert your friends, 5. Report fake accounts to Facebook.

Semper paratus.

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Did anyone ever challenge you on your description of a particular color? If so here's a great place to go to confirm your opinion.

To our knowledge there isn't an "official color guide" because color descriptions are quite subjective. This compilation, however, pulls together hundreds of color variations and portrays them visually with a descriptive "name".

Now you can make your writing or vocabulary more colorful by expanding from just plain yellow to such variants as; blond, canary, daffodil, pineapple, banana or dozens of other descriptive names.

--- including plain old vanilla.

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Have you ever had a securities broker or firm pull the wool over your eyes. Do you have proof that their scheme was illegal? Want to do something about it? There is help and maybe even a reward for your effort in bringing the rascal to justice. Not only will you be able to level the playing field you'll get a new moniker: "Whistleblower".

A whistleblower is a person who knows of possible securities law violations and works with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to correct unlawful activities. Whistleblowers can help the SEC identify possible fraud and other violations allowing the Commission to minimize the harm to investors and more swiftly hold those responsible for unlawful conduct accountable.

The good news is that the Commission can provide monetary awards to eligible individuals who come forward with high-quality original information that leads to an enforcement action in which over $1,000,000 in sanctions is ordered. The range for awards is between 10% and 30% of the money collected.
Now you can go get the scoundrels and maybe even recover some of their ill-gotten gain!


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