Don’t Get Burned Online

identity theft protection

Last week, we talked about the benefits of seniors and boomers using social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. This week, we’re going to discuss strategies and tips for enjoying all the Internet has to offer without risking your safety, identity, or financial security.

Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Nearly 10 million incidents of identity theft occur each year. The growing amount of data available online has made identity theft, among other forms of cyber crime, easier to accomplish. While the Internet has made it easier, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to protect oneself while online.

One of the best ways to keep your information safe is by using a secure password. The strongest passwords include letters, numbers and symbols and a combination of upper and lowercase letters. An example would be 79SdJk47!2. By using combinations of this nature, it makes it harder for online scammers to guess passwords and hack into your accounts. This includes everything from Facebook to your online banking. It also is important to use different passwords for different online accounts. If you use the same password for every account you access online and someone gains access to it, they can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. It is also important to change your passwords every so often. Continue reading

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Don’t Return to Your Hoarding Ways

staying organized to avoid being a hoarder

Blogger’s Note: The following blog post is the final installment in a three-part series about hoarding. The posts will explain hoarding, treatment options for hoarders, and offer advice in dealing with hoarding during the downsizing process. In this post, we discuss how to help a hoarder stay de-cluttered once the downsizing process has occurred.

Un-cluttering a home is never an easy process, but is especially difficult for hoarders. In our last two blogs, we discussed the problem of hoarding, and how to help a hoarder to clear out their home in order to downsize. Continue reading

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Helping Hoarders to De-Clutter Their Homes

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Blogger’s Note: The following blog post is one in a planned three-part series about hoarding. The posts will explain hoarding, treatment options for hoarders, and offer advice in dealing with hoarding during the downsizing process.

It is never easy to convince someone – especially seniors and boomers – that it is time to downsize their home.

It is not that most older individuals do not recognize the value in ridding themselves of a too-large home; the resistance in downsizing often comes from the realization that in order to do so effectively, belongings that have taken a lifetime to acquire will need to be sorted in order of importance. Many of these items will be relegated to the donation or discard pile. Continue reading

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