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What Is Pyrrhotite and How Can It Affect My Home?

June 29, 2016 2:45 am

One of the highest-impact issues in the residential construction industry has hit home. Pyrrhotite, an iron sulfide mineral prone to oxidation, has extensively damaged homes in New England—and others may be next.

The effects of pyrrhotite first came to light in Canada in the 1970s, when the mineral’s oxidation process caused foundations to crumble.

New issues have now surfaced, with 1,700 residential buildings potentially at risk. Connecticut alone has issued nearly 30 subpoenas to insurance companies as part of its investigation.

Many of the homes that show pyrrhotite damage were built in the 1980s and 1990s. If you suspect your foundation may be crumbling because of pyrrhotite, contact your insurance company to initiate an inspection.

Remember, cracks may take 10 or more years after the foundation is poured to develop. Reference cracks in the walls and floor individually to secure an adequate recommendation for repair.

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Digital Detox: Tips for Summer Travel

June 29, 2016 2:45 am

(Family Features)—Most of us have pledged to unplug while on a vacation—a “digital detox”—only to back-pedal on that promise at the onset. Staying connected, however, can expose travelers to more than a less-than-relaxing excursion.

Security risks are high for vacationers, according to the experts at Intel Security. They are especially vulnerable because they are less inclined to be vigilant while on vacation.

Intel Security’s experts recommend vacationers remain on alert for thieves targeting smartphones, as well as to secure devices that may otherwise give cyber criminals access to personal data.

To lessen the impact should your phone be stolen, back it up before you travel, and set up a password or PIN code for added protection, the Intel Security experts suggest.

Avoid posting information about your vacation on social media before and during the trip. This is type of information can give thieves and cyber criminals the green light to burglarize your home and/or attack your devices.

While on vacation, avoid using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Connecting to an unprotected network could inadvertently give cyber criminals access to your data, including private work-related files you may be viewing while traveling.

Do not unplug, however, when it comes to your finances, Intel Security experts advise. Monitor your accounts for suspicious activity. If you believe you have been victimized by a cyber criminal, take action immediately to recover any losses.

Source: Intel Security

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