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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Stop, Think, Connect: Cyber Security Tips

October 7, 2016 2:27 am


Every internet user agrees: cyber security is a must.

“As every one of us, our families and our communities become increasingly connected, it becomes even more critical to practice good cyber security habits,” says Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). “A recent NCSA/Microsoft survey of 13- to 17-year-old teens, and parents of 13- to 17 year olds, revealed a strong interest in securing personal information.”

Kaiser and the NCSA have answered that call through the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ initiative, which has educated internet users on cyber security for over a decade. The campaign’s tips include:

Lock down your login. Enable the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, one-time codes or security keys—usernames and passwords are not enough to protect banking, email and social media accounts.

Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on internet-connected devices, including computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets, up to date.

Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to a level you’re comfortable with. Remember: it's okay to limit how and with whom you share information.

Protect personal information. Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value, just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected by apps and websites.

Share with care. Think before posting about yourself or others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.

When it doubt, throw it out. Cybercriminals often use links in email, social posts and texts to try to obtain personal information. If something appears suspicious—even if you know the source—delete it.

Source: National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)
 

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How to Deter Deer—and Disease—from Your Property

October 7, 2016 2:27 am


Deer are just about everywhere, and, unfortunately, they carry disease-causing insects. They’ll soon be encroaching on properties in search of food, so as a homeowner, it’s important to deter them.

Deer ticks, which can thrive even in a garden, can travel into a home simply by a passing person or pet—in fact, experts say most cases of tick-borne disease begin by exposure in a backyard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ticks transmit a number of diseases, including Lyme.

Erecting a tall fence around your property can prevent entry, but only somewhat—most deer can jump as high as 10 feet, and many communities enforce height restrictions that could make yours unlawful. You may have even planted species deer don’t like, only to find some are entering and eating, anyway.

One of the more effective methods, according to the experts at Bobbex, is deer repellant, specifically an all-natural, topical foliar spray with scent- and taste-aversion ingredients. Be sure to purchase a spray that is child- and pet-safe, and able to withstand elements like rain and snow, Bobbex’s experts recommend.

For more preventative measures, visit CDC.gov/ticks.

Source: Bobbex
 

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