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Stay Private: 5 Ways to Protect Yourself in Social Media

We’ve all heard of the dangers of social media – from the accumulation of stalkers-who-could-possibly-be-serial-killers to your mom knowing how hard you party. To tell you honestly, your private info might not be too private in your social media accounts. There are ways to safe social networking, though, and you better be safe than sorry.

1. Don’t post what you don’t want others to know

This is the simplest yet the most effective thing you could ever do to keep your private information safe. Control yourself from posting every tidbit of your personal life, not only because if you’re not cautious, they may be used against you, but also because you might be affected of the reality that most of your “friends” don’t actually care about them. And avoid detrimental status updates or tweets that are not only rude, but also hurtful to other people. Everything you post will be remembered, by the internet at least, and might be used against you. So think twice.

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Attention College Applicants: Admissions Can See Your Facebook Page
Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/03/23/attention-college-applicants-admissions-facebook-page/#ixzz2XxX7FuEB

2. Don’t “accept” strangers

Mothers’ rule of “don’t talk to strangers” still applies to your social network accounts. Better yet, don’t accept them as a “friend” on Facebook or grant their request to follow you on Twitter if you’re not sure they can be trusted with whatever you post online. You’re not being rude by doing so; you’re just making sure you are not exposing your private stuff to people who are entirely non-existent in your life.

3. Don’t post in public

There’s a reason why you can customize the ‘Who Can See My Posts’ option on Facebook, because for sure, the “friends” you did not accept will only keep on creeping up on you through your visible posts. ‘Protect your tweets’ on Twitter and make your photos on Instagram private as well. It can do a lot of wonders; trust me.

4. Don’t link everything to Facebook

The ‘linking’ feature social networks have may appear to make your online social life easier and less hassle. However, it may not only be dangerous for your info to be shared that much, but it will also be a hassle to every one of your friends in every social networking account that you own since they will be seeing the same posts over and over again. If you really want to go on with it, you can always customize your settings.

Don’t link everything to Facebook

Don’t link everything to Facebook

5. Limit who can find you

By ensuring that your profile can only be found by people you know, limit access only to Friends, or perhaps to Friends of Friends. Through this, you are blocking search engines from finding you unless the person enters the correct email address or mobile number you have given to Facebook.

Because you have signed up for a social network account, you are accountable to everything you post online. Know how to protect yourself and be a responsible online user.

3 Cost-Free Ways To Find Out Whether Your Spouse Is Cheating On You

The most painful experience that you can go through is finding out that your spouse is cheating on you. Infidelity is probably the worst sin that your partner can commit to ultimately destroy your relationship.

But sometimes, the discovery that your partner is cheating on you does not come easy. In many instances it is pure accidental. A woman decides to shop by herself at a mall and sees her husband, who had left her a message that he’ll be late at work, walking unsuspectingly with another woman. They clearly aren’t friends and their sweetness readily gives the illicit affair away.

Now if you have a gut-feel that your spouse is sleeping around with another woman, what should you do? Here are 3 simple ways to catch him red-handed without having to spend a single cent.

Cheating Signs: How To Know If Your Wife Is Being Unfaithful

Cheating Signs: How To Know If Your Wife Is Being Unfaithful

Scavenge through his stuff

One indication that your spouse might be cheating on you is his sudden secretiveness. Out of the blue he snaps at you for touching his things which is not being his usual self or you notice that he’s been tucking his stuff away from you and out of your reach. Wait for an opportunity to scavenge secretly among his things. You might find something big like a curious slip of paper with an anonymous number on it, or a hanky with a lipstick mark, or his cellular phone with very intriguing text messages. Keep these as you might need them as hard evidence in a later confrontation.

Follow him around

You’ve noticed that your husband is coming home unusually late for the past weeks and he’s told you he is busy with overtime work. Take the opportunity to discover whether he’s doing monkey business by secretly taking a day off at your office and waiting on him to come out of his workplace. If need be, bring along a close friend with a car so you can follow him around. You are most likely to discover something fishy.

Watch out for a slip of the tongue

One way or another, liars get caught by loopholes in their stories. Get well rehearsed for a subtle and tactful interrogation. On his most unexpected moment, ask him about something you know he is truly unprepared for. For example, tell him a white lie that a woman left him a message in his phone while he was in the bath or that a close friend had mentioned seeing him with a woman. Watch the tone of your voice to make your questions appear casual and innocent. One way or another he might stumble in his excuse. He might be able to think up an escape but his nervous gestures will give him away.

Cheating Wife? 71 Percent Of Men Still In Love After Spouse Cheats: Survey

Cheating Wife? 71 Percent Of Men Still In Love After Spouse Cheats: Survey

Always remember that you have the power to change the situation with your husband. If you suspect he’s cheating on you, don’t be afraid to look for the truth. Assert your rights as a wife and if the future looks bleak between you and your cheating spouse, don’t think twice about leaving. You’ll definitely be a much happier and freer woman.

Top 3 Foods That May Trigger Your Children’s Allergies

Kids may always be the one prone to food allergies and it makes you worried, especially when you still know little what kinds of food your child is allergic with. If you’re clueless yet, here are some of the worst foods that mostly cause allergy which you might want to keep out of your children’s reach.

1. Easy with the milk

While we all know that an infant needs milk for sustenance and growth, you better assess how it reacts with your child first. It’s possible for children to develop an allergy on milk. They are more allergic to cow’s milk as it affects about 2.5 percent of all infants. However, other milks such as goat and sheep milk may cause allergic reactions as well. The cause is usually directed to two major milk proteins which are casein and whey. The sugar in milk, on the other hand, may not cause allergy but rather food intolerance. Although infants may outgrow their milk allergy by age five, they will usually be at risk for developing other allergies such as beef allergy.

Causes of Fatigue and Sleepiness

Causes of Fatigue and Sleepiness

2. Eggs are not such a good idea

You better think twice before serving eggs to your kids for breakfast. About 2.5% of young children are affected by this type of allergy, making it the most common. They may be allergic to either of the white, yolk, or both. Although they will also outgrow this allergy five years later, they already have an increased risk at developing other allergies such as asthma. You also have to take note that egg allergic children should not be given an influenza shot. However, the MMR vaccine can be safely given to these children, though it was once a concern in children with egg allergies.

3. Eliminate so

This type of legume approximately affects 0.3% of children but is usually outgrown by children at a young age. It also barely causes life-threatening reactions when the allergy strikes but the itching and skin redness will still be there to cause your child some discomfort. Since soy may be related to those who are allergic in cow’s milk as well, experts suggest infant formulas using hydrolyzed proteins to be given to milk-allergic children.

Fast food and takeaways linked to surge in child asthma and allergies

Fast food and takeaways linked to surge in child asthma and allergies

Different types of food may appear to cause allergic reactions to your child. Some of it may occur at an early age and may be outgrown later on in life, or it may occur in reverse. If you suspect the cause of your child’s allergies from the food he or she may have eaten beforehand, or if you haven’t known the real cause yet, it’s better to take minimal amount of these top three foods and assess any abnormal reaction from your child. It is better to be cautious especially when it comes to our health.

5 Ways to Use Loyalty Cards and Get the Highest Return

Loyalty cards are excellent ways to entice customers to continue patronizing a company. There are a lot of perks that you can enjoy if you have a loyalty card. You get more if you spend more. You can also choose from different rewards. Sounds good? You can actually get good returns if you know how to use your loyalty card effectively. Here are 5 ways to use your loyalty cards properly and get the highest return:

1. Spend money only on what you need

Just because you have a loyalty card doesn’t mean that you have to buy whatever you find in order to get points. Buy only those that you truly need. Don’t be too attached with your loyalty cards. And after the purchase, don’t forget to collect applicable points.

How to get a flight upgrade: 15 ways to get bumped up to business

How to get a flight upgrade: 15 ways to get bumped up to business

2. Be wise in using your credit

You get bonus points when using affiliated credit cards for your purchases. However, if you don’t pay your balance on time, your rewards will be consumed by the penalties. So make sure that you have the means to pay your credit card every month before taking advantage of bonus points.

3. Get travel points

The best way to get a lot of points is to travel. Fly and make use of your credit card for your tickets. There are some carriers that have lots of partners. Before you choose an airline, find out if you can use your credit card will give you points.

4. Join more than one program

By joining at least two programs, you’ll have enough points to get the reward that you want. For instance, if you want to travel with your whole family, you may have to use the rewards you have for two airline companies to get free tickets for everyone.

5. Watch out for bonus offers and new announcements

Take the time to visit websites where you will get information regarding bonus offers. You also need to know the latest updates of the program. There are some companies that allow trading of points. Getting to know what the program covers allows you to make the most out of the program and go for rewards that suit your needs.

Credit card reward programs carry risks

Credit card reward programs carry risks

Loyalty cards are great treats for people who know how to use them properly. It’s easy to make use of loyalty cards. Then again, it doesn’t mean you can use yours whenever you want. Be a wise shopper. Companies have loyalty programs so you’ll acquire their products or services. Don’t just look at the points you’ll earn or the rewards you’ll get. And never buy something you don’t need just for the sake of getting points. Also, to make the most out of the program, watch out for affiliated credit cards as well as other ways for you to get bonus points. This way, you’ll take advantage of the program without actually spending on things that you don’t need.