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Digital Spring Cleaning; Cyber Tips to eliminate digital Clutter

NEW YORK (AP) — Spring cleaning isn’t just about tossing old furniture and torn clothing: It’s a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure you’re protected against hackers. That means evaluating all your passwords – and changing them if you haven’t in a while. You’ll also want to update your software and take stock of your personal information on devices and online. A little “cyber hygiene” can go a long way in guarding yourself from identity theft or other Internet attacks. Earlier, we shared some tips on securing your smartphone and protecting yourself against phishing...

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7 Home Maintenance Troublespots to Take Care of Today

    Okay, okay, I admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. The signs of potential trouble were there, yet I chose not to take them seriously. For quite a while, I’d been finding it more and more difficult to turn my key in the front door lock. I tried wiping the key down with a little olive oil and cleaned out the lock faceplate … which was full of dog hair. But I avoided taking the plunge and calling an actual handyman (or woman). Until I ended up locked into my apartment. Pretty scary for a minute there....

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Working from Your Home Office: the Unwritten Rules

  Just Google “the rules of telecommuting (aka working from home)”and you’ll find a ton of material out there on the interwebs. Here’s the thing, though — almost all of it focuses on zoning laws, company policies, and tracking work hours. That’s all well and good, but what about you, Joe or Jane Telecommuter, and your wellbeing? Fret not, there is a whole list of rules that will help you to survive and thrive as a work-from-home employee. They just haven’t appeared in written form … until now, that is! Make sure you can breathe. Fine, go ahead and cram...

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Fencing That’s More Than Just Functional

Security, privacy, animal-proofing … there are all kinds of excellent reasons to install a fence on your property. But one quality of fencing that’s not so commonly mentioned is its remarkable ability to add distinctive character and beauty to your yard. A handsome fence will even increase your home’s curb appeal. Whether you are about to construct a new fence or you’d just like to give your existing one a little facelift, consider the following suggestions. Choose a Nice-Looking Material to Build a New Fence Wrought iron has long been a top choice for strong, hardwearing fencing. However, this...

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7 Home Maintenance Troublespots to Take Care of Today

    Okay, okay, I admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. The signs of potential trouble were there, yet I chose not to take them seriously. For quite a while, I’d been finding it more and more difficult to turn my key in the front door lock. I tried wiping the key down with a little olive oil and cleaned out the lock faceplate … which was full of dog hair. But I avoided taking the plunge and calling an actual handyman (or woman). Until I ended up locked into my apartment. Pretty scary for a minute there....

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