I Want To Become A Vegan

I know this is a total departure from what this site has been about, however, after doing a lot of reading I have decided that I want to become a vegan.  A whole-food, plant-based diet could be just what the doctor ordered for me to start feeling better.

I have decided to start this journey, or transformation if you will, out in the open and document my every move right here on this site.

Become A Vegan
It is questions like this that really made me think long and hard that I need to try to become a vegan.

For those of you who do not know, a whole-food, plant-based diet is based on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet that is focused on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, in addition to foods that are highly refined such as bleached flour, oil, and refined sugar.

I have gotten the information below from the site ForksOverKnives.com, since the documentary of the same name is the first of its kind to get me to really start thinking about what I eat and how it relates to the way I feel.

According to their site, the following categories of food is what I will be focusing on the most:

  • Fruit: mangoes, bananas, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, cherries, etc.
  • Vegetables: lettuce, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, carrots, etc.
  • Tubers and starchy vegetables: potatoes, yams, yucca, winter squash, corn, green peas, etc.
  • Whole grains: millet, quinoa, barley, rice, whole wheat, oats, etc.
  • Legumes: kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, cannellini beans, black beans, etc.

Now that you know generally what sorts of foods you’ll be eating, let’s delve further into what the diet is and what it most definitely is not.

A Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet Is Not a Diet of Vegetables

You may have heard that people living this way eat lots of spinach, kale, and collard greens, and that this is, in fact, the primary basis for many of the meals. You may even think we live only on leafy and raw vegetables. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

While leafy vegetables are an important part of the whole-food, plant-based diet, they are a very poor calorie, i.e., energy, source to be sustainable. We would need to eat almost 16 pounds of cooked kale to get 2,000 calories of food! We certainly don’t eat this way, and we wouldn’t blame you for thinking it sounds crazy—we think so, too! In fact, it is virtually impossible to get enough calories from leafy vegetables alone to form a sustainable diet. Perhaps the most common reason for failure in this lifestyle is that people actually try to live on leafy vegetables alone. If you try to live on these vegetables, you become deficient in calories. Not eating enough calories leads you to feel hungry, which over time may result in decreased energy, feelings of deprivation, cravings, and even binges. These issues are not caused by switching to a plant-based diet—rather, they are all related to not eating enough.

Don’t get us wrong: We certainly recommend you eat generous amounts of leafy vegetables. But these are complementary foods that you eat regularly. They are not the energy source on your food plate.

So if leafy vegetables aren’t the basis of a whole-food, plant-based life- style, what is?

Starch-Based Foods and Fruit Form the Basis of the Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

In America most of us are accustomed to building our dinner plate around meat. This will change with your new lifestyle. The center of your plate is now going to be the starch-based comfort foods most of us have always loved, but that have long been relegated to side dishes or stigmatized because of a misperception that they are “unhealthy.” Yet these are the foods that people around the world have thrived on for generations: tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes; starchy vegetables like corn and peas; whole grains like brown rice, millet, quinoa, and buckwheat; and legumes like chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, and lima beans.

They may be prepared a bit differently—leaving out oil and dairy, for example—but most of them will nonetheless be familiar. Those that aren’t may become delightful new discoveries you’ll make as part of embarking on your new lifestyle. They come in the form of delicious dishes like Sweet Potato Lasagna, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Tuscan White Bean Burgers, Easy Thai Noodles, Lima Bean Soup, Shepherd’s Pot Pie, Black Bean and Rice Burritos, Polenta Curry, and Spicy French Fries. (Recipes for all these dishes can be found in The Forks Over Knives Plan.) In addition to starch-based foods, you can enjoy as much whole fruit as you like.

No More Eating For Single Nutrients . . . Focus on the “Package” and the Foods You Enjoy

The idea of eating a particular food for one nutrient is pervasive in our culture. We have been led to believe we should eat meat for protein, dairy for calcium, fish for omega-3 fatty acids, and even tomatoes for lycopene, among many others. This sort of thinking is misguided and has caused grave harm to human health. The quest for protein, for example, has steered us toward meat consumption. In this quest, we not only consume protein in excess of our needs, but also many harmful substances like dietary cholesterol that are only present in animal foods.

No food is a single nutrient, and we should never think of foods in that way. Any given food has countless nutrients. What matters most is the overall nutrient profile, i.e., the whole package. Whole, plant-based foods contain all the essential nutrients (with the exception of vitamin B12), and in proportions that are more consistent with human needs than animal-based or processed foods. So our question is really this: Why waste any of what we eat on inferior packages? As long as—over time—we choose a variety of whole, plant-based foods, we will easily meet our nutritional needs.

Even on this diet, people sometimes tend to worry about eating a certain type of green vegetable for calcium, beans for protein, nuts for fat, and so on. We ask you to let go of that kind of thinking. The most important thing in this lifestyle is to choose the whole, plant-based food you enjoy most!

Information Security – How To Protect Your Data

Physical Information Security

Both large companies and individuals pay significant sums every year to protect their electronic data—installing antivirus software, hiring identity protection services, and employing hardware designed to be as secure as possible. Individuals, however, tend to spend far less time, money, and effort, on physical security.

The safe storage, organization, and disposal of vital documents should be part of any individual’s credit and identity protection strategy. Large companies follow a number of protocols meant to secure physical documents, from shredding to simply locking doors. Most of these measures are possible for the individual who wants to secure their own important documents, though very few people go through the relatively painless process of doing so.

Complete Document Disposal

Common sense dictates that all documents containing valuable information should be shredded—bank and credit card statements, tax records, cancelled checks, etc. However, there are more innocuous documents that should meet this same fate, such as credit card offers, utility bills, phone records, and old medical records. If a thief gets hold of just one vital piece of information—namely your Social Security number—practically every piece of mail you get is a possible fraud waiting to happen.

(Up until not very long ago, many organizations—universities, utility companies, even states issuing driver’s licenses—were still using peoples’ Social Security numbers as their ID numbers within that organization. Luckily this practice has largely ended, but it’s worth checking your various ID and account numbers to make sure that none of those old Social Security-based numbers made it through.)

As such, shredding all discarded mail is a good habit to get into. You won’t miss anything, and it’s all headed to the same place anyway. Shredders can cost from $25 up to nearly $3,000, but for home use a cross-cut shredder costing under $100 will do the job just fine. (Avoid strip-cut shredders, as they only cut paper into long strips that are much easier to put together.) Just dispose of every piece of unwanted mail in the shredder immediately, and you won’t have to worry about any of those scenarios in which criminals can hijack your identity.

Complete Document Storage

Storing valuable documents involves more than just protecting those papers from thieves. In fact, there is a laundry list of reasons to keep your most important documents—birth and marriage certificates, Social Security cards, car titles—locked down. Fire, flood, or any other natural disaster can mean a complete loss. Safes are the best option for these most important documents and valuables, as they will resist natural disasters as well as a burglar’s desire to take them.

However, as most safes are fairly small, you’ll probably need additional document storage. Lockable filing cabinets fit the bill nicely, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the space you have available. In terms of security they also make sense, as even the small locks on a filing cabinet are enough to deter most would-be thieves. If you want additional security in place, you can always use measures that larger companies use and create a system of locks—a locked cabinet inside a locked room with only one key, for example.

Such extra measures should only be necessary if you have a significant number of important documents in your home—from a small business, for example, with client data in your office as well as your own. For most people, however, a simple safe attached to the home itself, along with a locked filing cabinet and a decent shredder for unwanted documents, should cover all the physical security bases.

Business Data: Higher Stakes Protection

Businesses, even the smallest ones, keep a wealth of sensitive data on-hand. And, if having one Social Security number stolen is bad, how bad is it to have every employee who works for you, or has ever worked for you, compromised? Or what about banking information for every customer you’ve ever serviced? This kind of scenario is incredibly damaging for large companies, and for a small one, it could mean the end of operations.

Identifying the Risks

Small businesses don’t practice identity protection, but data protection, a much more comprehensive activity that involves many of the same measures. Businesses have all the same problems that individuals do when protecting their vital information, along with an important additional factor: employees with access. Whenever a business has any employees at all, chances are they have access to data, often at multiple points (e.g., laptops, office computers, paper files, etc).

Before writing any data protection strategy, you must first inventory the data you have—once you know where it is, you can go about securing those locations. Identify all computers, portable drives, discs, cell phones, and physical files, along with what data resides in each. Then pinpoint which employees have access at each point. Does the sales team keep customer data in their Blackberries? Do you keep old customer files in a storage facility, the keys to which hang on a hook over your desk?

Done correctly, this task is time-consuming and difficult. You will need to identify every access point, who has right to use at each point, and what steps need to be taken at each to protect the information there. But once it is done, your data will be as safe as it can be.

Keep Your Data Lean

Once you understand where your vital data is, the next step is deciding how much of it you need. In most states, you don’t need to keep employee information longer than a year or two; be sure to shred old employee files at your first legal opportunity. Customer payment data—credit card or banking information—is only useful until the customer pays. After that point, you are putting their data and yourself at unnecessary risk. Only keeping what you need gives you less data to protect, thus cutting expenses and helping control costs as well as access.

Lock Down What You Keep

Locking down the filing cabinets is important in a home setting, but it’s non-negotiable in a business environment. Physical documents are the most compromised data in offices, due usually to a lack of effective security. Security in a small business context seems fairly straightforward—just store the information behind a lock, with the keys accessible to as few people as possible. These ideas apply to both physical and electronic security, as you can easily “lock” computers as well as file drawers.

It’s not as simple as locking the doors, however. In any business, employees will be required to unlock them; the fundamental task here is to make sure that they lock up again when they are finished. Requiring employees to log off their computers at the end of work sessions; keeping track of who accesses offsite storage facilities; a sign-in and sign-out system for sensitive files—all of these mechanisms will keep vital data safe.

At root, training your employees in data protection, and conveying how important it is, will provide the best line of defense against data theft. It’s up to you to create a “culture of security” and manage your employees into living it every day.

The Centerpiece: The Plan

Every business is different, from the level of sensitive information they deal with, to the number of employees, to simple location. As such, every small business needs its own security plan, covering five questions: where the security points are, what data needs to be there, how it is to be protected and disposed of (if necessary), and what to do if it does become compromised.

This plan can be simple or quite extensive, but whatever the case it needs to be taken seriously. It requires effort at its creation, as well as continued monitoring as the needs of the business—along with access points, volume of important data, and dozens of other factors—change. Large corporations dedicate millions of dollars and entire security departments to protecting their data. Small businesses must take their information security just as seriously.

Storing Data Properly

Data Storage: Never More Affordable

Though file sizes continue to grow, data storage has become incredibly cheap—only six years ago, cost per gigabyte of storage ran close to $150 for portable USB devices; today that cost can run under $2. Data storage is even cheaper if you buy an external hard drive, which can provide a terabyte of storage for less than $150. Mass data storage has never been more affordable, but there are still some considerations to keep in mind in regard to data security.

What is the Right Data Storage Solution for You?

It may seem like an easy decision to make, but your data storage strategy must take into account three important factors:

• Portability: How much data do I need to transfer to machines outside my own network?
• Size: How much data do I need to store, and how much will I need to store in the future?
• Accessibility: Do I need to access my data on a regular basis, or do I simply need backed-up files? Do I need to access my files remotely?

After considering these three factors, you’ll be able to make an educated decision among the many storage options available.

USB Drives: Portability and Accessibility

These drives are best for travelling professionals or students who need to bring a lot of data or programs with them, and have a computer to use at the other end of their trip. Rather than taking along a laptop, these drives hold all the data someone might need to work on the road.

Unfortunately, the maximum size of USB drives at this time is about 256GB, which is very large given the size of the device, but it’s certainly not enough for storing banks of high-definition photos or videos. What’s more, USB drives get lost—their size makes them easy to misplace, even in familiar surroundings. You can leave them plugged into borrowed machines, lose them under a stack of papers in a drawer, or simply drop them on a plane or in a taxi. For this latter reason, utilizing a USB drive as your sole data storage solution can put your files in harm’s way very easily.

Portable Hard Drives: The Ultimate Backup

Portable hard drives provide two appealing advantages: 1) a massive amount of storage, ideal for backing up every file in a system; and 2) very low price. Portability is something of an issue, as carrying around a separate hard drive isn’t very feasible, but carrying it around isn’t really the point. A dedicated backup drive creates a secure data “crate,” as you can plug it in, back up your files, and then unplug it, leaving that data safe should your main system become compromised. You can even store very sensitive information completely on this backup drive, removing any possibility that vital files (e.g., customer data, tax and financial information) spend any more time exposed than they have to.

Portability is the main drawback for external drives, but it isn’t the only one. A fire in your office or home renders all your careful data storage useless, and if you do keep some data exclusively on the removable drive, you need yet another storage device to backup that data. Another major issue is accessibility—when that drive is disconnected, you cannot access it whether you’re next door or 1,000 miles away. Not wanting to forget any important files, you could be tempted to pack more and more onto a portable USB drive, thus leading to potential data exposure.

Online Data Storage: Low Cost, High Convenience

Online data storage services provide disc space to users who wish to save their files over the Internet, allowing them access to their data anywhere. The cost is also quite low; most services provide unlimited storage for less than $10 per month—often far less. Files are secured via password protection on secure servers, and you can provide access to your files by creating additional user access accounts.

Online data storage is probably the best option for combining access, portability, and size (most services provide unlimited data storage for their flat monthly/annual fee). The time necessary to put all your data online depends on the speed of your Internet connection; a slow connection will mean a lot of time spent downloading files. However, once they are there, you can access them from anywhere, from any other computer.

If you have a little time to spare for the uploading, transferring files to an Internet-based storage service is an easy, inexpensive way to both store data and provide access to it anywhere in the world. It also makes travel easier, as packing your storage device becomes irrelevant.

Malicious Software Protection

From Prank to Profit: Malware Evolves

The earliest computer viruses were conceived as digital vandalism in the mid-1980s. Hackers and programmers in search of an audience would create malicious programs (malware) to show off, or simply to alleviate boredom. As time went on and more economic activity moved online, malware experienced an explosive evolution from potentially destructive nuisances, designed simply to inflict damage, into tools of economic theft or malicious, “forced” advertising, in the hands of criminals.

This latter-day malware is extremely dangerous from a data protection point of view; before the afflicted user even knows what’s happening, a malware program can steal vital information in any number of ways:

• Waiting for you to access legitimate Web sites, then imitating those sites to steal vital information once you enter it

• Stealing online gaming information, then using that data to access gaming accounts for more valuable information

• Stealing passwords and credit card numbers with keylog programs that relay your keystrokes to a remote user who can then determine your passwords

Spyware and adware—programs that install advertising software into your computer without your permission—are not as dangerous as the malware described above, but they can lead to problems of their own, namely slowing down your system and subjecting you to advertising material you do not want, such as adult Web sites or other inappropriate content.

What Makes Your Computer Vulnerable?

A number of factors increase your vulnerability to malware.

• Using one of the major operating systems—Windows, Apple OS, UNIX, or Linux—increases chances of attack, simply because the code used in these platforms is common knowledge. Some other programs—major Web browsers in particular—create even more security risks due to common use and frequent security breaches.

• Leaving computers online 24 hours a day increases the access malicious users have to your system, as well as the time necessary to break in.

• Allowing open access on wireless networks gives criminals access to networked computers.

• Running outdated protection software leaves your system open to newer programs that have their own methods for circumventing older countermeasures.

Obviously, some of these vulnerabilities are easy to address, while others require major changes to your computer system. You can, for example, switch Web browsers fairly easily, or take your computer offline when you are not using it. Other changes, like changing operating systems, might be too disruptive, and result in costly (in both time and money) conversions.

The good news is that even if you’d like to continue using your current setup, there are a multitude of anti-malware programs and countermeasures available to protect you.

Protection Programs Defined

Defensive programs are your main line of defense from dangerous malware and the malicious computer users running it. These programs fall into a few different categories, and use different techniques to combat different malware. You must have all of them installed to establish adequate electronic protection.

• Firewalls: Block unauthorized access to a network or computer while allowing authorized communication. They keep outside users from accessing private networks, fulfilling a preventative function—they simply block things without identifying them.

• Anti-Virus Programs: Running a virus protection program as a stand-alone measure will not provide you with enough protection; malicious programs meant for criminal activity behave very differently than simple viruses, which seek mostly to reproduce themselves and cause more of a nuisance than an actual security threat.

• Anti-Malware Programs: These programs combat malware in two ways: providing real-time prevention of malware instillation (preventative) and detection/removal of malware already installed in the system (reactive). These programs rely on constant updates, as malware evolves daily, and they are never 100% effective, but they provide a significant defense, and are even more effective when computer users update them and run defensive scans regularly. Some newer programs will even track down security patches you don’t yet have and install them for you.

Users as System Flaws

Unfortunately, no protective software can cover for user errors. Social engineering is an attack method in which criminals manipulate people into giving up their valuable information online, the same way that malicious telemarketers used to steal credit card numbers over the phone by promising vacations and other offers to their targets.

Online, this method works in much the same way; hackers will send emails or spoof Web sites that seem trustworthy, but in fact are traps designed to attain vital information. The best defense against these attacks is to trust no one—never give out important information in response to an email, phone call, or any other contact that you do not initiate with the company in question.

Passwords: Protecting the Gates

Though good password protection is fairly easy, users are too often lackadaisical in creating them; they settle for six- or seven-character words pulled straight from the dictionary, or the user’s personal life. A determined hacker only has to look at a Facebook page or utilize one of many password cracking programs available on the Internet to gain access. As such, password construction is more important than ever, and requires effort and creativity. Simply rotating through the same three passwords for every online account and program access point just won’t work.

Password Coding

The best password defense is a randomly-generated string of characters (12-15 characters long is a generally-accepted optimum length) with no relation to each other. Passwords like these are difficult to remember, but they remain your best defense—simply write them down and take the time to memorize them. To create passwords that are a bit easier for you to remember, come up with an encryption plan; for example, write out the alphabet, then randomly assign other letters, numbers, or symbols to each of the originals. Though it may seem like a bit of work, doing so puts you on your way to creating a strong password system that you can again and again.

If you do choose your own words, don’t simply open up a dictionary and pull something out. Be sure to insert numbers, capital letters, odd spelling, and symbols to make ensure password strength. Don’t settle for words spelled backwards or common abbreviations that you might like (e.g., SCUBA, SETI). Passwords like these are easily cracked, and with only a little extra effort you can do far better.

Here are some good password examples, and the words they derive from:

aLLi5gatoR974 not alligator
blacKBerri129 not Blackberry
DIScl23osure not disclosure

Above all, stay away from Social Security numbers, children’s birthdays, or other easily-guessed sequences that anyone who knows you (or can know you quickly via any social Web site) could find out easily.

Once you have good passwords, write them down—and by all means don’t store them on your computer in a folder called “Passwords.” Once you have them in hand, take care not to reveal them—never send passwords in an email, or type them while you’re on a public computer. It’s easy to forget that many computers are defaulted to remember Web IDs and passwords once they are typed in.

Patches: Protecting the Back Door

Patches are software fixes meant to fix issues discovered over time—primarily software bugs and security holes. Most users are never aware of these security issues in the first place; in fact, the software company itself is usually ignorant of the problem until a hacker somewhere exploits the gap and compromises someone’s computer system. Patches come out regularly, though people often do not utilize them in a timely fashion; according to Secunia, a Danish security software company, 95 out of every 100 computers are running unsafe software that requires updating.

Intelligent Patch Management

Chances are your operating system performs automatic software updates, finding new patches and downloading them as background activity, then applying them once you shut down your computer and restart. However, it never hurts to find out what the most current patches are, so you can make sure that your computer is up-to-date. What’s more, many users simply bypass their computer’s automatic update process by skipping it. The bottom line: let the automatic system work at the very least. And to truly protect your system, double-check available patches and make sure that you have them.

Of course, keeping track of patches yourself can be difficult to manage. Luckily, there are also programs available that will monitor the many programs installed on your computer and let you know which ones are running outdated versions. Then you can download the relevant patches and keep your computer updated at all times. Along with anti-malware programs, such patch maintenance is the foundation of secure computing, and should be monitored on a regular basis.

How To Stop Getting Spam

Why is Spam So Prevalent?

Spam is perhaps the least expensive means of advertising ever created. It costs the same to email one or one million people—specifically, nothing—and even if a tiny percentage of people respond to the message, the whole exercise is worth it.

Estimates are that spam accounts for 80 to 85% of all the email sent in the world today. Preventing it remains one of computer security’s most pressing tasks, as spam tends to spread every kind of malware, from the most innocuous to the most dangerous—viruses, worms, adware, rootkits, etc. Keeping spam out of your home or small business email account will reduce your exposure to these dangers.

Control Your Email Address

No one can send you anything without your email address. Unfortunately, we give this information out all the time—every online form you fill out, every job application, even comment cards at restaurants and other businesses ask for it, and we usually provide it without much thought.

Giving out your email address is a bad idea even if the organization you provide it to has no malicious intent. Take this scenario: you give your email address to a small business, which is then compromised by a virus attack. The virus sends itself to every member of the businesses’ email database, including you.

As you’ve provided your email address to the business, you take the attack email for regular correspondence, and thus let the virus into your own system, where it finds your address book and attacks all your contacts. Situations like this one are all too common, and are all the reason you need to withhold your email address from all but the most important correspondents.

Of course, there will be situations in which you do want to provide your contact information. For such cases it’s wise to keep a second email address, ideally with an email provider that allows for online checking of correspondence rather than automatic downloading to your machine. This way, you can see messages without actually allowing them onto your computer.

Take Your Privacy Seriously

Most every Web site you visit (the legitimate ones, anyway) will have a privacy policy. Be sure to read this policy before leaving any personal information, as it will tell you whether the site in question plans to share or sell the data it collects, thus paving the way for more spam in your inbox.

You can also elect not to receive additional email correspondence from most Web sites; simply uncheck (or check—make sure to read the directions carefully) the box that says you want the Web site’s owner to contact you with other information in the future. Do not surrender your right to choose who will contact you.

Social networking sites also provide far too much personal information unless you choose to limit it. As a matter of course, you should hide your email address on such sites to avoid its being picked up by spam “robots” that troll the Internet for email targets.

In addition, you should always choose to limit the personal information displayed on such sites, as malicious people could use that information in later phishing or social engineering attacks by impersonating friends or using personal information they gather from your unprotected profile. (“Social engineering” is simply a term for lying to people online using personal information against them, usually to perpetrate a fraud.)

Using Protective Tools

For the most part, your email service or program will provide assistance in blocking unwanted messages, as well as parts of messages (e.g., pictures, scripts, links) that could present a danger to your system. Disabling HTML in your emails, for example, foils spammers who send pictures with tags designed to notify them when the picture is displayed, thus indicating that the address is a legitimate target for more spam.

If you receive a message with pictures you want to see, you can always choose to view them; but setting your default to keep them hidden presents another hurdle to spammers.

In addition, most malware protection programs also offer email scanning. When selecting anti-malware software for your own system, look for this resource, and make sure it is actively scanning once installed.

Credit Monitoring – How To Fix Minor Credit Issues

Solving Small Credit Problems

Filling in the Gaps: What Credit Monitoring Can’t Do

Whether you do it yourself or have a credit protection company do it for you, monitoring your credit report is a serious matter. However, even the best credit monitoring can’t prevent most identity theft scenarios; the fact is, most identity thefts aren’t elaborate electronic schemes, but the results of a lost or stolen wallet, or a stray piece of mail. In other words, most identity theft takes before you can do anything about it.

What Happens Under the Credit Radar?

Fraudulent payday loans, stolen credit cards, utility accounts issued in your name—these are just a few examples of the small-scale identity theft that simple credit monitoring can uncover, but cannot prevent. These incidents show up on your credit report later; in fact, you may only learn of them once they do show up on your credit report. However you do find out, the next step is to deal with the problem quickly and correctly, to minimize the damage.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides a wealth of resources for fighting back against identity theft, and suggests taking the following four steps as quickly as possible:

1. If you haven’t done so already, place fraud alerts on your credit reports with all three credit agencies.
2. Close the accounts that you know (or suspect) have been used by identity thieves.
3. File a report with the FTC.
4. File a report with the local police.

By taking the latter two steps, you can create an Identity Theft Report, which allows the credit reporting companies to verify that you are a victim, and which accounts were damaged by the identity theft.

Placing Fraud Alerts

Protecting your identity from further abuse should be your first priority; placing fraud alerts will prevent additional illicit accounts from being opened. You must contact at least one of the three credit monitoring companies, as the one you call will notify the other two.

• TransUnion: (800) 680-7289; www.transunion.com
• Equifax: (800) 525-6285; www.equifax.com
• Experian: (888) 397-3742; www.experian.com

Once the alert is in place, get a copy of your credit report from each of these companies (you are entitled to one free report per year from each one) and review it for any other suspicious activity.

Closing Compromised Accounts

When you call companies to close fraudulent accounts, ask for the fraud department, and make sure that you understand what documentation they might need. Banks and credit card companies often need written permission to act on accounts; be sure to follow through on all the information they ask for, and do so quickly. If there are disputed charges on the account, ask for the paperwork necessary to have the charges removed, and if a whole new account was opened using your information, have the institution close it immediately.

When the situation is resolved, make sure you ask the company for a letter stating that the accounts in question are closed, and that any fraudulent debts have been removed from your responsibility. This letter will be invaluable if you have to file a dispute with the credit agencies to have bad charges removed.

Tell the FTC and the Police

The FTC has both a toll-free identity theft hotline (877-438-4338) and an online form (www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov) for submitting identity theft complaints. Telling the FTC allows the government to compile identity theft data and pass on valuable information to national law enforcement. An FTC complaint also lends weight to your case; in conjunction with a police report, your FTC ID Theft Complaint can provide you with the additional protections that come with a completed Identity Theft Report (i.e., blocking fraudulent information from your credit report, preventing companies from trying to collect on fraudulent debt, placing long-term fraud alerts on your credit file).

When filing your police report, ask if you can file it in person; by meeting the filing officer face-to-face, you can be sure to give them any supporting documentation, as well as your paperwork from the FTC. Otherwise, file your report over the phone or online. If the police in your jurisdiction will not take the report, contact your state Attorney General to find out which law enforcement entity in your area to go to.

If you can file in person, insist that the officer taking the report add your ID Theft Complaint from the FTC into their report, as these two documents together provide your best tools in disputing any charges incurred by the identity thieves. If you can, get a copy of the police report to submit to the companies in question; if you cannot, be sure to write down the police report number so you can at least provide proof that a report has been filed.

Credit Protection – What To Look For When Looking To Protect Your Credit

Shopping for Credit Protection

If you don’t have the time or inclination to send for your free credit reports, take yourself off of mailing lists, or otherwise take steps to protect your identity, you can still purchase peace of mind. Identity protection is big business, and there are many companies—some legitimate, some less so—that claim to protect your identity. If you decide to hire one of them, you need to know what they can do for you.

The Essentials: What You Get For Your Money

Every credit protection company offers a different slate of services. Before you decide on the right one for you, determine which services you need.

• Account Monitoring: Most all credit protection companies provide monitoring of your credit report. They will obtain the free reports that the credit rating agencies must, by law, provide you with every year, and most will look at your credit report with great frequency, even daily. If they see any suspicious activity they will notify you immediately, giving you the chance to catch problems early. Some companies will even monitor your bank and credit card accounts to ensure that all activity there is legitimately yours.

• Credit Freezing: This service involves a lockout of your credit, a freeze that keeps anyone—including you—from accessing your credit history. When you apply for a loan or otherwise need access to credit, you must call the company to unlock your file. You will often pay extra for this service, but it is among the most powerful identity protection tools around.

• Internet Monitoring: Some companies employ sophisticated electronic techniques to troll the Internet for your personal information, determining whether it is being passed around on disreputable Web sites or making its way into illicit databases. If they do detect your information out there, they will alert you and help “lock down” your personal information.

• Public Records Searches: A few firms will monitor court records, post office filings, alias changes, and even sex offender registries to make sure that no one is using your personal information fraudulently within the public sphere (e.g., registered as a sex offender with your address, using your Social Security number in conjunction with a new identity or name, etc.).

• Identity Recovery Resources: If your identity is stolen, these companies will assist you in mitigating the damage—contacting creditors on your behalf, disputing charges on your credit report, even helping to replace the contents of your wallet should it be stolen. Further, they often provide a monetary guarantee if your identity is stolen on their watch, though you must read the fine print to see just what that payout will cover.

Price vs. Service

Credit protection services run from the quite inexpensive (less than $5 per month) to four or five times that amount. Granted, you will probably get more services included with a more expensive fee, but you may be paying for more than what you need. If you are already taking steps to protect your identity, paying someone else to do the same job is a waste of money. Make sure the company you choose is covering only the bases you are not.

Dangers of Credit Protection Scams

As mentioned above, along with all the legitimate credit protection firms, there are a number of credit protection scams designed to take advantage of consumer fear. Here are a few ways to avoid such rip-offs:

• Never respond to a credit protection offer that comes via email. The chances are too high that it is spam, and that rather than offering you a service, the message is simply a lure to infect your computer or attain personal information.

• Offers of free credit reports almost always involve a bait and switch. You may get a free credit report (which you can get on your own very easily) but you’ll also get a monthly bill you didn’t anticipate when the company in question starts billing you for credit monitoring the next month. If you want the company’s services, you are entitled to pay for them; just be sure to read the fine print, and remember that no one asks for your credit card information unless they intend to use it.

• Be sure you understand any ID theft insurance the company in question offers. In other words, just because a firm offers $1 million to victims of identity theft doesn’t mean that you will get that money if the worst happens. Anyone can say they will pay you if your identity is compromised; a massive list of loopholes will render the coverage useless, however, and leave you out not only what the identity thieves have stolen, but all the money you’ve given to your “protection” company.

How To Avoid Getting Caught In A Phishing Scheme

If any scam defines the current sophistication of cybercriminals, it is phishing. In its most basic form, phishing is a construction of a fake Internet portal meant to imitate another legitimate one.

By exploiting the brand name of the original site, criminals are able to attain credit card and personal data from unsuspecting consumers. According to one study by Panda Security, about 57,000 new phishing sites are created weekly to lure unsuspecting people in and steal their valuable information.

The Anatomy of the Phishing Con

Phishing scams usually involve an email sent to the user warning of some dire event (e.g., closing of an account) or offer (e.g., free gift certificate). Concerned or elated, the emotionally-motivated user clicks on the link in the email telling them to act now.

That link takes the user to a Web site that looks exactly like the one in question; here the user enters login credentials, credit card numbers, a Social Security number, or other sensitive information which the criminal now has in their possession.

In many cases, simply logging in to the site gives criminals all they need; getting your login and password allows them to access your account, as well as any other accounts for which you have used the same password. The brands they choose to imitate are among the largest on the Internet (i.e., Amazon, eBay, Bank of America) and telling a fake site apart from a real one can be next to impossible.

What’s more, building such sites is not difficult, as the perpetrators simply steal source code from legitimate sites and change it slightly, perhaps adding fields for social security number or bank account numbers that are not on the real site.

Sometimes the emails themselves are the spearhead of the attack—a well-known scam involves an email that looks like it came from a legitimate wire transfer company. The email says there is an incoming money transfer, and it asks users to click on a link. Once the user does so, a Trojan installs on the computer in question, and the user is compromised.

Identifying Phishing Emails

If you look carefully at your email, you shouldn’t fall victim to phishing scams. After all, the main target of attack is you; if you simply delete the email, the phishing attack has failed. Here are a few things to look for in emails from so-called “legitimate” companies that can give them away as something less so:

• Poor grammar and misspellings: Though most phishing attacks originate in the United States, many do originate elsewhere in the world, and the people putting them together often have a poor grasp of English. Giant corporations, on the other hand, usually hire skilled people to write their correspondence. Poor grammar or spelling is a prime clue that the message in question is a scam.

• Strange Web addresses: Usually the Web address you’ll be asked to click to doesn’t seem quite right—banks, for example, won’t have “https” in front of them, indicating a secure connection. Other addresses will simply look strange, or the link might say one thing (e.g., www.citibank.com) and actually link somewhere else (e.g., http://web.da-us.citibank.com). You can determine the actual target of the link by mousing over it, but NOT clicking on it. Most browsers will display the actual link in the bottom of the browser window.

• Lack of security: Most companies that deal in sensitive information use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol, created to protect consumers. Instead of using http:// to begin the Web address, you will see https://, usually along with another little feature in the address bar. Wells Fargo, for example, has a small red “WF” logo, while Bank of America shows a miniature of its logo. If you don’t see these things at a Web site you are told to click to, provide no personal information, and close the site right away.

• Impersonal verbiage: When you are told your account is about to be closed and the salutation is “dear customer,” never believe it. Simply visit delete the email and visit the legitimate Web site in question. If there are any problems with your account, you’ll find out quickly.

Mesothelioma Lawyers – How To Find The Right Attorney

How To Choose A Lawyer For Mesothelioma Claims

A mesothelioma attorney will want to be chosen that meets maximum of an asbestos-exposure victims demands: proximity, popularity, convenience of meeting times, as well as rate. It will likely be sizable for those filing a declare to come across feelings of consolation as well as notion with the legal professional, as well as a sense which verbal exchange will live well-defined, open, as well as timely.

The plaintiff owns the case, and as such, should clearly be consulted by way of the attorney prior to any legal selections. Its far very vital to be wary of any attorney who says the case may additionally simply be won, on account that its miles truely impossible to ensure this sort of selection with any lawsuit. Although in that respect might be no means to assure an instance, in search of the service of ready as well as skilled mesothelioma attorney should imply a far higher threat for victims to win their instances.

While searching for for a mesothelioma lawyer, itll be most effective to find a legal professional that has treated comparable cases within the beyond. Mesothelioma could be tough to understand, and every hour that the attorney spends learning your ache is virtually a time which can be some distance better spent looking at helpful proof. Ask approximately the attorneys preceding revel in in managing asbestos victims, as well as his or her song report concerning asbestos or mesothelioma cases.

Other factors well worth considering when looking for the mesothelioma legal professional include reputation, preceding consumer testimonials and willingness to pursue appeals if vital. Taken into consideration, expense may also probably play an vital element in making the selection. Many mesothelioma attorneys operate on the contingency foundation, that means that they wont ask you to pay something except you are awarded with a few shape of repayment. You will may also inquire if theyll for my part manage your case or refer it elsewhere: referring it some other place may want to fee you extra.

Sooner or later, for some issue as very vital as the mesothelioma lawsuit, your legal professional need to now not simply be experienced, achieved, as well as dedicated, but also a depended on partner who knows that your fitness is usually of precedence. The nice mesothelioma legal professionals are those which arent merely expert at what they do, but are also supportive, thoughtful and compassionate. The extent of difficulty furnished by the mesothelioma lawyer is also very crucial. Is your legal professional willing to work with you on an character foundation to guarantee the most effective outcomes possibly? Do your attorney handle all steps important in the mesothelioma attorney technique? Small details which include those can often be a huge factor in the amount of repayment you may ultimately acquire.

Of path, first-rate may be mainly important, however you have to also search for the attorney who is honest in phrases of pricing. Many lawyers rate an initial interviewing rate, despite the fact that others may price on hourly foundation. Having stated that, in maximum instances, the right option might be to proceed with a attorney that best ask reimbursement in case you additionally get hold of compensation. Instead of having to pay per hour or the flat fee, she or he can be entitled to a percentage of the awarded reimbursement.

Mesothelioma Symptoms and Treatment

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium; the protective lining that covers the internal organs of the body. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos and the most common form of Mesothelioma is pleural, which affects the lungs, but it can also develop in the peritoneum, which lines the abdominal cavity, and the pericardium the sac that surrounds the heart. In males it can sometimes be found in the tunica vaginalis, which is the sac that surrounds the testis.

While Mesothelioma remains a relatively rare cancer, there are more and more cases being reported by the older generation who may have been exposed to asbestos in industrial working environments in their younger years. The countries with the highest rate of Mesothelioma cases are Britain, Belgium and Australia, with 30 per 1,000,000 per year.

What makes Mesothelioma so difficult to treat is the fact that it can take 20-50 years for symptoms to develop and when they do present themselves, they are commonly mistaken for other illnesses and suffers sometimes misdiagnose themselves before seeing a doctor.

Signs of Mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain, fatigue, hoarseness or wheezing and unexpected weight loss. In severe cases of the disease, Mesothelioma symptoms may include blood clots in veins, pleural effusion, low level of blood sugar and jaundice.

Because Mesothelioma symptoms are similar to a lot of other common conditions,and because of the latency of the disease, diagnosis of Mesothelioma can be difficult and by the time Mesothelioma is detected, it is often too late.

Unforunately, the life expentancy for people diagnosed with the cancer is rarely more than a couple of years and in most cases, is just a few months. There are, however, treatments available that can slow the progression of this aggressive cancer and expand the amount of time that sufferers have left. These include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and in some cases, surgery. Mesothelioma treatment can be effective in shrinking tumors in the early stages of the disease, but cures are incredibly rare and the prognosis remains sadly disappointing.

Because Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, many cases are due to working conditions of people in the past where asbestos was present in their working environment. Compensation may be available to those who contracted the disease due to inhaling asbestos or being exposed to the fumes in jobs they held and many dedicated law firms can help people affected to file lawsuits against their former employers.

How to Make a Mesothelioma Settlement

Mesothelioma agreement actions have reached from hundreds of thousand of greenbacks to millions of dollars considering the fact that court cases in opposition to employers and manufacturers of asbestos have been very commonplace. Since the technique of getting mesothelioma instances to court may be lengthy and really highly-priced, a few individuals choose a settlement of their claims without the gain of a jury trial.

A mesothelioma agreement basically includes money that can be provided to folks who are victims of mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure. The closing purpose of submitting a mesothelioma lawsuit is for reimbursement for the costs gathered by the patient, be it scientific, unemployment, accidents, or the real ache and struggling because of the devastating mesothelioma sickness.

Once the prognosis of mesothelioma is tested, the patient or a family member can seek criminal assistance right away from legal professionals who specialise in mesothelioma instances. Getting a attorney who focuses on mesothelioma cases is most popular on account that mesothelioma instances range from country to country.

It is high-quality to get a person who has a extensive understanding and experience in managing mesothelioma cases.

The victims of asbestos publicity can declare compensation from the asbestos industry for irreparable damage and financial security to surviving contributors.

Patients may also get repayment for varying motives:

• Nature of the disorder

A analysis of mesothelioma is never consolatory as the sufferers lifestyles expectancy stages from mere six to 8 months best. There are even very few doctors whore willing to treat or maybe take cases like this. As a end result, the sufferers have to be granted repayment without query because of this fatal disease. Clinical exams and remedy of this contamination could be very highly-priced which nearly usually leaves the sufferers own family bankrupt. Aside from the sanatorium payments and other clinical fees from distinctive treatment plans, the victim and his circle of relatives revel in extreme trauma from the entire ordeal.

• Unawareness of asbestos

The asbestos enterprise may be made to pay up to millions of greenbacks to surviving households of victims who have been unaware of the reasons of asbestos of their employment. For the reason that affected person unknowingly uncovered himself to asbestos and blind to the real dangers of the fibers and the organisation did no longer make it recognized to its personnel, then the affected person is a victim of condition and is therefore entitled to a financial repayment from the organisation and/or asbestos manufacturer.

Looking for mesothelioma compensation may be a trying technique, but there are some of attorneys, doctors, paralegal investigators, and lecturers specializing in asbestos litigation. Most usually than not, lawyers who take in mesothelioma cases accumulate their expenses handiest when the case is won and the fee is primarily based on a percent of the quantity granted as settlement to the patient or surviving families of the victims of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Treatment Support

Mesothelioma is a unprecedented type of most cancers that is because of exposure to asbestos, a mineral often determined in various business products. Its miles believed that many human beings, whore  by using mesothelioma, are not even aware about it. There are numerous neighborhood and country wide mesothelioma remedy forums that conduct free tests on humans showing signs and symptoms of the ailment. Mesothelioma sufferers seek sizable psychological and social assist thru such remedy boards.

There are many folks who display significant signs and symptoms of mesothelioma and are recommended to take proper treatment. Although, in winning situations of poverty, lack of knowledge or inaccessibility to true clinical treatment, many patients are deprived of a normal remedy that might reduce symptoms or relieve the pain resulting from mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma remedy boards amplify their help to sufferers of endometriosis of all age organizations. They offer facts on the disorder and its dangerous outcomes, if left untreated. Sufferers are up to date approximately recent scientific developments concerning the treatment of the disorder and are recommended, new techniques and medicines. Many boards also help sufferers to get connected with renowned physicians from around the globe.

Mesothelioma treatment forums are a platform for patients in receiving intellectual assist that helps them cope with the sickness. The forums additionally quick family members and pals of patients about the numerous tiers of the disease. Theyre cautioned on precautions that may be taken to reduce the results of the disease. Many sufferers with initial signs and symptoms of mesothelioma additionally participate in those forums to benefit records approximately the disease, shared throughout interactive educational presentations on mesothelioma.

Similarly to the country wide boards, there are many on-line aid and chat forums that teach humans about mesothelioma and proportion the stories of others whore  with the sickness. The important thing objective of these forums is to provide sound ways of clinical remedy to patients in exclusive corners of the sector. They assist enlighten sufferers and their family/ buddies about the seriousness of the sickness and the benefits of timely treatment.

Web Design Tips and Tricks Every Designer Should Know

Even the most experienced web designer could use a review of the basics. Of course, this becomes more difficult to obtain with such advanced technologies popping up everywhere we look. Have no fear, as this article by Nabil Faysal is designed to help. In the paragraph below will be some of the best web design tips you’ll need to get the balling rolling fast, hard, and where the readers want it.

Consider having your website use fixed-position navigation. This allows you to lock the panel for navigation in place while users scroll. This is easy for the visitor and good for marketers.

Check your pages for broken links. The worst experience for a visitor is to have interest in learning more only to click the dreaded dead end link. Check out your links manually on your own, or use a program for the scan.

Always mark files that must be opened in an external program with an icon. Many sites host PDF files, and less commonly, DOC files, that must be opened in Foxit Reader and Microsoft Word/OpenOffice, respectively. These files should be marked with an icon representing the file type, and a link to download the appropriate viewer if the user does not have it.

Wherever your logo appears on your site, you should accompany it with a complementary slogan or tagline. Ideally, this tagline should be catchy and informative, and should offer some basic summary of the purpose of your site or product offering. The combination of your logo and tagline should appear on every page to create a sense of cohesion.

If you want more visitors to your site, you need to design it in a way that makes it easy to update content. If your site can be easily updated it helps you to be able to quickly add new and relevant information. A site that is constantly updated will keep your visitors coming back for more.

Even more important than a good looking website is one that loads fast, and that means all of your files should be small. The reason behind this is because the file sizes will affect how fast your website loads. You want your website to load quickly so visitors wont lose patience with it. Even though broadband is common these days, there are still people stuck on 56K connections. Test to be sure that even computers with slow dial-up modems can connect quickly to your website.

If you want to build a website fast without having to learn a computer language, use a code generator. Using a code generator allows you to quickly build a site and prevents you from making a mistake when you have no idea what computer programming is. Code generators are not only fast, but you will be able to learn a lot too.

Test early and test often to maintain accuracy. This will give your site great usability. Make sure to keep improving and testing it as your website continues to grow.

Development platforms make the code for you, however, there are some that arent as trustworthy as the classic text editors. A WYSIWYG editor allows you to drag and drop, cut and paste, and basically create a website as you would a word processing document. Use a text editor to reduce mistakes, and additionally help to learn the process for yourself.

Anyone wishing to design a great-looking site should consider spending a lot of time on the header image. This is what visitors are noticing as soon as they log on to your website, so having something thats on topic and visually appealing is a good move. Creating your own instead of using a premade header is the best way to go.

Stay with a layout that is basic and not all that confusing so that you dont confuse yourself. Do this so that you get the basics down first then try your best to upgrade to an intermediate site and from there progress to a site that is more advanced in the end.

Selecting a good domain name is a very important aspect of website design. When you type an address in the web browser, do you use the famous www sub domain? Most people like to just type the address without using this, meaning you must design your site to be able to accept both.

Everyone wants to generate as much traffic as they can to their site as possible. Once you have all of your content up on your site, then you want to try your best to invest into a good search engine optimization tool that can help your site go up in rank amongst its competitors on search engines.

As you now know, whatever your skill is with web design, you always have to know the fundamentals. You can find the basics anywhere though, so at times is can be difficult to find exactly what you need. This article speaks for itself; it details several basic strategies that are an essential part of good web design.

Travel Tips To Live By

If you are traveling by boat, train, airplane, or automobile, there are plenty of things to consider when you’ve made that decision to go.

When touring by plane, strive to restrict yourself to some single 20-pound carry-on tote. In this way, you constantly understand where your baggage is. If you are traveling to several destinations in one excursion, there is not anything worse that having your baggage chasing you about while you-go without clear panties.

Should you are buying memorabilia as presents while touring, be innovative. You can employ a nearby paper as gift-wrap to offer a unique touch to it. When the paper is in a foreign-language or has photos, this functions particularly nicely. Other low-cost memorabilia, matchbooks, coasters, and clear napkins.

This may be among the greatest systems of travelling to pick from, if you are able to afford to travel by helicopter. It is a lot more personal than other flights and just as fast. It additionally enables you to avoid long lines or hold out in airports.

Whenever you are flying to your own traveling place, be sure to make use of the airport limousine or a possible airport pick-up service. This assures you could quickly arrive at your resort together with minimal potential discouragement and that you do not need to hold back in line to get a cab.

Pay with Eur! The American dollar will not hold quite just as much stature and stamina as it used to, thus commerce in to get a Eur to get the best remedy. You still need to carry some of US dollars for tipping, they are not easy to locate, and, therefore, are considered memorabilia because in many states instead of spending cash.

Bring duplicates of important info along with you as well as leave a copy having a buddy in the residence. In case you drop your passport, tickets or some significant documentation, photocopies can be quite a help in changing or confirming the records.

Regularly possess a duplicate of your passport accessible, and keep it a separate location than your real passport. In the case of a stolen or misplaced passport, having a duplicate will make changing it a lot simpler and quicker.

In the case, of your vacation abroad buy a cheap prepaid mobile phone in your own destination state. Many telephone companies have high fees for global use. As opposed to racking up a big account, buy cheap prepaid mobile phone when you arrive, so you could keep in contact less the huge statement.

Remember to bring a cam along with you. Locate one thats extremely lightweight and slender so you may take it along with you everywhere during your journey. An easy point and shoot digicam are all which you should capture all the memories youll make through your holiday.

Double check always if you are going to be on holiday to get a week or more if you see a laundry facility on-site. When you are there you are able to package a bit lighter and have the capacity to throw in many laundries rather if therell be subsequent. It is pleasant to attempt to package igniter, since airways do charge for heavy bags.

Locate cost-saving tips and draw on local web sites before you leave for the excursion. In lots of situations, you are getting much better cost to the entry and itll remove standing in long-lines to purchase your tickets when you are there. It will insure the occasion will never be sold out when you make it happen.

A young child will never be in a position to inform anyone how to make contact with you if they should wander away. The faster that someone can touch base along with you, the less likely your child will belong to harms way.

When touring by way of a chaotic airport with kids, dress them in brilliant coloured clothes. A bright colour will be simpler to understand, in the event you become distinguished. It will be an easy task to recall (and notify airport safety) what your child is wearing if they are dressed in more vivid, more uncommon colours.

Consistently take a tiny laptop and pencil when you vacation. There are lots of times when you might need to jot something down, if they are guidelines, a fresh pals details or booking verification number. You are able to make sure that you are constantly prepared, by taking a little pad of paper or laptop computer and also a pencil or pen.

A great suggestion in the event you are likely to vacation any time shortly will be to avoid ingesting any dish that is chilly. Eating a chilly dish will most likely make you ill. This trick should decidedly be used in the event you are touring abroad to an underdeveloped nation. It is better to play it safe.

Preparation is among the most critical characteristics you will need to think about whenever you are traveling. Before your flight, therefore, you have considerable time to get yourself situated, be sure that you consistently arrive at least one hour as well as a half. This will provide you with satisfaction.

It is crucial to maintaining together with your passport all the time when traveling worldwide. Since they cannot give consideration to where they set them while folks are traveling many passports are misplaced or stolen. It is important to place your passport in a secure place all the time.

Hopefully, you’ve now created yourself and checklist or task list about traveling. As your journey, whether it is for a company or for enjoyment the guidance set forth here should last well later on. Taking a vacation ought to be interesting and lively and now it may be with these records.

Fitness Tips That Will Enrich Your Life

When attempting to preserve a healthy way of living, Fitness is essential. You have a much better possibility at living a longer life and having even more endurance, by remaining in shape. Not just can you feel much better about yourself, however, others might take notice and end up being motivated to better themselves, which is a benefit in itself.

Do not get stuck behind your desk all day. If this is the case for you, attempt to integrate slightly workouts into your day. Stand up from your desk and either do a lap around a strength or the workplace step.

An excellent means to attain this is to discover something you like and turn that into your workout routine. Playing sports, riding bikes, or even a park date with your kids can be excellent methods to get in that day-to-day workout.

Constantly keep track of your workouts. Also make note of the times you consume and work out, and the temperature level each day.

Make sure to change your exercise shoes after a while to stay clear of having significant knee injuries. It is recommended that you figure out the expiration date of types on your exercise shoes.

An excellent method to do this is to stabilize on an unstable surface area like a couch cushion. You can likewise include something heavy as a phone book, and move it from hand to hand to improve your balance.

An excellent physical fitness suggestion is to begin carrying out cable television crossovers. Cable television crossovers are a wonderful means to develop the inner pectoral muscles. While it is not the very best workout to track on muscle, it is still a satisfying workout that can be a fantastic addition in the direction of completion of your chest exercise.

Follow these actions if you desire to enhance your balance. As soon as youve ended up being a specialist at this step, try it with your eyes shut.

To exercise your arms, keep your elbows tucked firmly into your body. Making use of both approaches can provide you a different workout session in a brief quantity of time.

Consume as quickly as you complete your exercise regimen. After an exhausting exercise, you require proteins and carbs.

Slim grips are one of the primary causes of tendinitis in a fitness center setting. They can be challenging to trigger and make use of unpleasant issues, so guide clear!

See to it to examine your body for any indications of injury or condition. Go to your physician frequently and have a check up and do some tests with your physician. This will guarantee that you are maintaining good and healthy and nothing will appear and amaze you.

Make sure to consume it right away if you eat a protein shake after exercise. Researches reveal that when an individual has a protein shake within 5 minutes of completing their exercise, they will acquire more muscle. Individuals who ate the beverage two hours later on did not get as much muscle.

A terrific physical fitness suggestion you ought to include to your physical fitness routine is to construct your forearm strength. One method you can attain this is by collapsing up papers with each hand.

When you are attempting to get into a great workout regimen, begin keeping a physical fitness journal. A journal is an excellent motivator that assists your screen, set and accomplish your physical fitness objectives.

Assess your physical fitness progression at two month periods, to identify if you are on track for your goal or if you have to enhance your effort. If you do not see outcomes promptly and longer periods can misinform you into assuming you are on the course to your physical fitness objective, when you are not, much shorter periods can be inhibiting.

Keep workout devices at work. Slipping in workout time at work is simple.

You will see your way of living entering a much better direction, by being fit. Eating working out, right and usually treating yourself much better will assist you with your physical fitness objectives. By keeping a regular and looking into numerous techniques of keeping fit, you can optimize your capacity to be a fit and pleased individual.

Dental Care Tips – Take Heed Before It’s Too Late

Practicing good dental care can sometimes be difficult during our stressful lives. But if you’re like many people who dread going to the dentist, then you will want to read this article that loaded with great tips about dental care. Keep reading to educate yourself on how to perform proper dental care as suggest from best dentist in Lebanon.

Soft-bristled brushes are recommended by most dentists. You should let your toothbrush air dry after each use to prevent bacterial growth. Store it in an upright position with plenty of space to allow the air to circulate.

Make sure you’re brushing your teeth properly. Theres not much use in brushing your teeth if you’re not doing it the correct way. You should also make sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes. If you’re unsure of whether or not you’re brushing your teeth correctly, don’t be scared to ask your dentist.

How much time do you spend on brushing your teeth? If you want to brush your teeth efficiently, you will have to spend some time on each tooth so you can brush both sides as well as the space in between teeth. Use an egg-timer if you want to make sure you spend enough time on brushing your teeth.

One of the first things people notice about you is your pearly white smile, whether you realize it or not. This is why you want to ensure that your teeth are looking their best at all times. Brushing and flossing your teeth everyday can ensure that you are flashing everyone your very best smile.

Make sure the tools you are using to clean your teeth are appropriate for your needs. Find a soft-bristled brush that feels good in your mouth (not too large or too small). Pick out a fluoride toothpaste that you are comfortable with. If you dont think, you are doing a good job brushing, think about getting an electronic brush that will do a lot of the work for you.

Teenagers commonly neglect their dental hygiene. One way to get people to brush, use mouthwash and floss regularly is to tell them that people arent very attractive when they have breath thats bad. You may find this is exactly the motivation that they need.

Strengthen your existing enamel with the foods that you eat. Certain vitamins and the mineral calcium, in particular, all help out with this. Foods that are good to accomplish this with include nuts, meats and dairy choices. Avoid sugary foods, soft drinks and sweetened teas, as these will do immediate damage to your enamel.

Consider asking your regular dentist about dental sealants. Sometimes brushing just isnt enough. A dental sealant is a protective coating that goes over the portions of your teeth used to chew food. These are often put over back molars and can be very helpful in the prevention of tooth decay.

To prevent cavities and keep your teeth as healthy as possible, brush your teeth after every single meal. The longer that food remains in your mouth, the greater the chance for decay. Although brushing immediately after meals is not always possible, try your best. If you are unable to brush, chewing on some dental gum is a good alternative.

In order to keep your teeth healthy and minimize health issues, which can arise as a result of poor dental hygiene, be sure to get periodic check-ups and cleanings. It is generally recommended that cleanings be scheduled twice annually. In addition to a brighter smile, regular cleanings enable the dentist to evaluate your dental health on an ongoing basis.

Dont settle for using just any toothpaste. This is when its time to buy expensive. Buy a product that has baking soda or a whitening formula and one that fights against tartar and plaque. If need be, get a recommendation from your dentist, and this will make your mouth feel instantly better.

When you have a lot of trouble with your teeth, ask your dentist about applying a sealant to your enamel. This keeps it hard and impermeable, ensuring that cavities are held at bay. The cost can be high, so ask for a quote before you get the appointment so you can afford it.

Brushing your teeth is not only important for the health of your teeth. It also ensures that your gums do not become unhealthy. The health of your gums is very important, and has been shown to be directly related to the health of your heart. Brush your gums gently so that they remain healthy.

Though you may not have given much thought to it before, the dental care tools you have at home play a large role in your overall dental health. Make sure to use fluoridated toothpaste and a brush with soft bristles. You may even want to purchase a battery-powered toothbrush that is often more effective at eliminating plaque build-up.

Be careful to avoid biting any hard surfaces because you can crack the enamel on your teeth. Do not chew ice even though that may be enjoyable on a hot summer day. The ice can make your teeth brittle and the enamel can be damaged without you even being aware of it.

Now you see all the dental problems that can be avoided when you have good dental care habits. Hopefully this article has given you many helpful tips that make it simple for you to continue practicing good dental habits. Read the tips again if you would like to make sure you’re doing everything right.

Fixing Credit – What I Have Learned

Fixing ones credit can be a simple task offered one understands exactly what to do. For somebody who does not have an understanding, credit can be a tough and complicated topic to take care of. It is not tough to discover exactly, what one requires to do by reviewing this short article and studying the ideas within.

Think about working with a professional in credit restoration to assess your credit report. A few of the collections accounts on the report can be inaccurate or duplicates of each other that we could miss out on. When faced can offer your FICO rating a substantial boost, an expert will be able to find compliance issues and other problems that.

For anyone finding out to fix their credit, is to pay even more than the minimum balance. It is a control that will rollover into other locations of your financial resources, such as unneeded spending and higher capability to budget plan, though not just does this improve your credit image and conserve you in finance charges. Paying even more than the minimum is a valued and important discipline, we can all take advantage of having.

Just take a DIY method to your credit rating improvement if you are prepared to do all of the work and deal with talking to various lenders and collection firms. If you do not feel like you are brave enough or able to deal with the pressure, work with a lawyer rather who is well versed on the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Think about talking with a credit repair work therapist if you need to fix your credit. Numerous credit rating enhancement therapists can assist you have even the biggest financial obligations settled in only a couple of years. A therapist will understand much better than you exactly what actions to take and exactly what channels to follow in settling your structure and financial obligation brand-new credit.

If you are in severe credit card financial obligation and are trying to improve your credit rating, get rid of all of your credit cards other than one. This enables you to simplify the procedure of paying your month-to-month expense and avoids you from charging even more onto cards that currently have high balances.

If you are attempting to fix your credit rating, it is crucial that you acquire a copy of your credit report frequently. Having a copy of your credit report will reveal what development you have made in fixing your credit and what locations require more work. In addition, having a copy of your credit report will permit you to identify and report any suspicious activity.

You ought to attempt to never only pay the minimum due on the account. When working to fix your credit, that is an essential thought to think about. This is imperative because not just of the period that it will require to settle the amount, however, likewise because, of the quantity of interest, you will wind up paying by extending the loan.

There are specific aspects you can try to find to acknowledge a credit rating repair work fraud. If a business recommends that you need to submit a disagreement on all info within your credit report history, despite the fact that you have notified them that a few of the details is present and right, you will understand that they are a dishonest company.

It is typically wise to begin little if you are trying to re-build your credit after it has taken a nosedive. You could desire to start by trying to acquire a division establishment credit card or maybe one for fuel.

When fixing your credit, examine your credit report for errors. Search for duplicity of info, accounts that do not belong to you, late payment reporting which are incorrect (constantly keep record of payments for backup) and records that are older than seven years. Discovering mistakes and notifying the credit bureaus is proactive in fixing your credit.

If they do not wish to need to spend for a professional, if one does not understand exactly what to do to fix their credit they need to talk to a professional or close friend who is well enlightened in concerns to credit. The resulting suggestions can typically be simply exactly what one has to fix their credit.

After you have completed paying with a financial obligation consolidation business, you must follow up with the credit reporting companies to ensure everything is upgraded on their end. See to it your financial obligations have been marked as paid and there arent any staying adverse marks versus your credit. If there are, you ought to call the financial obligation consolidation company.

Spend for a credit monitoring service. These services will take a charge from you to report to you monthly on the activity on your credit, means that you can enhance your rating, as well as will inform you to any prospective errors or omissions. If you are attempting to restore your credit, these services can be extremely valuable.

One means to start to fix your credit and minimize financial obligation is to begin with your tiniest expense and include additional to the payments on that account. The even more accounts you pay off, the greater your credit rating gets, and it looks terrific that you are working hard to pay off financial obligation!

To see to it, your credit report is in good condition, check for adverse public records. Things like liens and judgments versus you have an influence on the payment history section of your credit score, so it is a great idea to deal with having unfavorable details from public records gotten rid of from your credit history.

Fixing credit might leave some in confusion sensation even mad and disappointed. Discovering exactly what to do and taking the effort to follow with and do specifically what should be done can fill one will relief. Fixing credit will make one feel a lot more at ease about their lives.

My Thoughts On The Latest Fads

Every thing is increasing in cost as of late, including articles of clothing. It is unthinkable that some designer wear may price five times more than your fundamental manufacturers. With investing all that cash, you may realize custom appearances. You only need to understand just how to set your ensembles jointly. Read this entire post for a few guidance.

You always need to own a dark pair of trousers in a sleek material. Should you match it using an informal best it is possible to use these for an informal event? In the event your couple it with more silk best with shiny jewelry it is possible to use the same set of jeans for a much more proper event.

Make sure that you use some that arent too big or extremely little and suit you quite nicely, in case you must use tights. Sporting the incorrect dimensions may cause you to feel uneasy in the event you must fix them in public places and it does not seem good-for-you.

Do Not be scared to fill up your appearance with the amazing cap. In the past, it was trivial for people to use caps every day. That which was when the peak of vogue has, sadly, dropped to the roadside these days. Be daring, and complete your appearance with the super-trendy fedora or a quite sunshine cap.

You always need to own a white shirt in your essential clothing. It is possible to use almost any shade base to complement. Match it with pants to get an informal appearance for function. Put on a full-skirt for occasions if you are heading away to get a good supper. Use denims with it for a dynamic appearance.

Lipgloss is a womans closest friend! Theres nothing worse than dry, chapped, uneasy-sensation lips. That is where a quite lip gloss comes in! Whether you enjoy the very-slick appearance or something a bit dimmer, lipgloss is an excellent strategy to maintain your lips looking and feeling their finest during the evening.

You should not take with you lots of make-up. Utilize a couple of merchandises you enjoy that have been in shades befitting the summer season. You may even want independent day and night make-up products. After you choose it make-up will not continue eternally. If it remains for quite a long time in addition, it can increase bacteria.

Tapered jeans are whats in-style today. These types of denims are comfortable around all regions of your own body, from you waistline and buttocks, entirely all the way down to your own legs. The best portion of the denims is they look great with just about any set of sneakers!

Make sure whatever you use; the apparel suit you nicely. This is exceptionally crucial for people who are smaller in height. Substantial garments make an individual look untidy. They make a weighty man seem a quick man and bigger look smaller. Dont forget to purchase clothing that suit you nicely or have them changed.

Without costing too much, you are able to realize superb appearances in your ensembles. You are able to extend your bucks in the event you learn to purchase clothing which are flexible, which you may interchange together. Don’t forget the tips in the following article, and construct your clothing right into the set you will be happy to use.

Promote Your Business With Search Engine Optimization

There are a lot of people who have great ideas for services and products that others would need, but they just don’t know how to present these thing effectively online. They may try SEO methods to increase targeted traffic to their websites, but not have the expertise to make it work. In this case, its a good idea to consult with an SEO services company.

When attempting to use SEO on your site to increase traffic, make sure your site is coded well. Messy coding makes it difficult for spiders to index your site. When your website contains a lot of Flash content with no text to describe it, search engines wont see it at all.

Nothing will get your in trouble with search engines faster than plagiarizing content for your site. So always be sure that the content youre writing or accepting from other writers is 100% original and is not found elsewhere on the web. If you or your contributor is rewriting an article, it needs to be completely reworked. The topic can be the same, but the wording cannot.

Find your keywords. Search through other sites to find out what keywords will be most likely to link back to your website. Use this information to plan the keywords you will use to increase volume to your site. The better matches you have, the more likely you will be to increase visitors.

Use your keywords wisely. Include a keyword phrase in the main title of your page to make it a simple and efficient way to find you. Optimizing your ability to be quickly recognized is important, so do not forget that placement is key to your keywords. A blog or page title with a keyword phrase in it is very likely to attract attention.

Use a link wheel if you want, but be cautious. Link wheels allow your site to gain many links to it, quickly increasing your rankings. However, you must be careful not to have your site grow too quickly, because search engines are aware of this tactic and may blacklist you if they believe you are doing it.

Beware! Your search engine optimization process is not complete when your website appears high on the first search results page. You also need to ensure that your website is helpful and informative to the visitors who find it through the search engines. The engines track visitor behavior. A visitor who visits your site and then returns to the results page is a bounce, and the search engines will count bounces against your relevance.

For better search engine optimizations for your website, you should get your URL name listed in an online directory. It only costs a small amount to be listed in sites like Yahoo, Business Directory, Best of Web, Go Guides, and Google Directory. Search engines often scan these sites for new links

Its a good decision to figure out how to tie a current event in with your services or products. This helps because it brings in traffic that might not have been specifically looking for your product. It also adds informative content to your site.

Make sure to research your keywords before placing them into your content. Try using websites like Googles Keyword External Tool or Word Tracker to see what keywords are hot when it comes to your subject matter. By strategically using and placing keywords like this, you can raise your ranking in the search engine results.

If youre writing on a single topic, create a standing page with links to the updated content. Often, content will be updated as time passes, especially in the case of current events. It is best to create a summary page with links to the latest information and have that page rise to the top of the Search Engine Results Page (SERP).

The first rule of Search Engine Optimization is acknowledging that everything is not equal in search engine returns! Legitimate education sites, sites with an .edu extension receive higher ranking in search engine returns that do .com or .org sites. This is because these sites exist, in theory at least, solely for the purpose of providing relevant and objective information.

Set up a strategy on getting inbound links to your website from relevant, highly-ranked websites. Of course, everyones goal is to find a way for Wikipedia, the most highly ranked site of all, to send us its link juice. Your goal should be to find other websites whos topic matches yours to provide you with their Page Rank boosting links.

One thing you can do in a blog post to increase your search engine optimization is to create internal links in your post. If you are talking about a trip to Europe in the past, link to a former post that talks about it. This will be very helpful in having your readers spend more time on your blog.

One tip for increasing search engine optimization on your own blog is to guest post on other blogs. This will put your name and blog out there and drive traffic back to your own site. You can always trade with another blogger and both of you can benefit from helping each other.

After all is said and done, if you are having trouble figuring out SEO on your own and you hire SEO agency to help you, they should do more than just funnel traffic into your website. The main thing that they should accomplish is to optimize your website so that visitors stay, once there. Additionally, they should help you build a website that will continue to attract new visitors in a natural way.

More About How To Promote Your Business With Search Engine Optimization

Optimizing your web site for the major search engines is more vital than ever with the steadily increasing competition for visitors on the internet. Make sure that you know how to do this by using the techniques in this article by SEO NYC. If you do, you will soon see your website traffic to increase.

When using SEO on your site, dont forget about organizing your files in the directory. The more layers you have in your file directory, the less weight the search engine spiders will place on those pages. Organizing your files to be closer to the root directory will help to boost your rankings.

A domain name which contains your keywords can be a real boost to your efforts. After all, you want people to find your website easily. Keep in mind that not all people that come to your site go there due to advertisements, some people are there due to the products in your website.

Your meta description should make an impact and demand a call for action from the searcher. Use words and phrases that get people to respond in a motivated way. Incorporate phone numbers or specific sales dialogue that create a buying atmosphere before they even click through. Keep it short and to the point at 155 characters.

Adwords is a great tool for you to use. Doing your own SEO work may not always be strong enough to impact search rankings significantly. You will get the traffic you want by using these ads. Using a product from search engines for advertising can help your website out a lot.

To increase your traffic, create content that people want to link to. You can attract people with pictures and diagrams, how to articles or a list of top 10 tips. Once you find a method that works, keep creating content using the same structure. Provide useful information that people will be interested in enough to create a link to it.

Find the right keywords to list your website with Google. You can use the Google Keyword Tool for that. You should use a keyword that gets over a thousand searches a month, and that correspond to websites that do not get as much traffic as you do. This way, your website will appear on top of the search results.

Avoid deep directory hierarchies to optimize your websites search engine ranking. When a search engine has to trawl into deep sub-directories to find all of your content the indexing process slows to a crawl. Make sure that none of your website content is placed more than three sub-directories deep so search engines can index your whole site quickly.

Write titles suited for the search engine spiders as well as your readers. Clever titles dont usually convey the content of the article. Instead of being cute, simply create titles that tell the reader and the search engine robots what the article is about. Your title should make it clear that the reader will get something good from the article.

Create a CEO blog and utilize the many other social media platforms that are all over the web today. Getting your link out there is fairly simple these days. Having your link tied to that account can cause it to be recommended, tweeted and sent on to as many people as possible.

You should always monitor the ranking of your page using programs such as the Google Tool Bar or Alexa. You should also always know what websites the people visiting your website are from. This gives you an idea of what other kind of websites they may be visiting. Perhaps you can advertise there as well.

Join the local Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau for better search engine rankings. Local searches are more likely to then show your website due to the automatic inclusion of links by these organizations. Additionally, a good Better Business Bureau rating will increase the trust you receive from your prospective customers.

Making use of HTML header tags can help optimize a pages search engine ranking. While the lower levels of header tags are unrestricted, a page can only have one header assigned to the top (H1) level. This is typically reserved for the pages title. Including multiple H1 tags will break a pages HTML and render other SEO efforts pointless.

Keyphrases are becoming more important than keywords. Two or three word phrases are the best. If starting a new site, and you are not established with a keyword, you will never get to a top position with a new keyword. That is why it is important to use a keyphrase. Pick a keyphrase that has a lot of demand, but little supply.

By now you should have realized, if you did not already, just how important it is to optimize your site to get the best results from the search engines. Knowing how to do so is a key part of running a successful web site. So be sure to use the tips youve learned to raise your search rank.

Can A Chat Log Be Hacked

I am curious about this because I think that my boss is trying to do this. He is involved in this rather nasty feud with another executive in the corporation, both of them are convinced that the other is out to get them and I guess that it is true.

I was talking to the IT guy today and he was talking about how the guy was interested in some sort of whatsapp hacking software. He is trying to figure out if he has a spy in his shop, because he is convinced that some person in the department is selling him out to the rival.

I doubt that this is the case, but just because you are paranoid does not mean that you do not have enemies. He certainly has a lot of enemies, in fact many of them arise from the fact that he behaves irrationally because he is involved in this nonsense. It causes a lot of people to be afraid of him, because they think he is nuts.

In fact being nuts probably does not stop you from being good at what he does and the guy is good at his job. The problem is that his job is to also manage other people who have to do stuff and he is letting his foibles get in the way of that.

He is like you read about Josef Stalin or other dictators who are obsessed with maintaining their own power. Obviously we are talking about a very small amount of power relative to being dictator over one of the largest countries in the entire world, but the paranoia is similar.

The difference is that he does not get to kill and imprison every person who he thinks is some sort of threat to his position in the company.

Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale Review

Do you love cooking different food recipes in your kitchen? One thing that you may have noted by now is that the actual measurement of your ingredients is very important if you are interested in creating a perfect mixture for a perfect delicacy.

There are many kitchen tools such as Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Scale designed to help you achieve the perfect mixture of your ingredients for delicious meals.

Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale
Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale

Before committing to any specific scale, be sure to check out our list of the best digital food scales for your kitchen.

However, it is important to note that different digital food scales are designed and programmed differently and hence you should be careful when buying scales. For example, the 12lbs edition kitchen scale from Ozeri is easy and convenient to use and thus, perfect for you if you are already experienced or a beginner in cooking.

Before you can buy any kitchen scale, it is also important to note that although most models claim to offer precise weights and measurements, some scales such as the Ozeri touch scales are designed to offer extremely accurate measurements. The other issue that differs among digital scales is the design.

A scale with a sleek design such as ozeri pro digital kitchen food scale will complement your kitchen décor while at the same time offering the benefit of accurate measures.

It is not easy to choose the best scale because of the available options, but the following features make ozeri touch pro digital kitchen scale stand out among its competitors.

Accurate measurements

The professional Ozeri touch kitchen scale is highly accurate. It is designed with four high precision GFX sensors, which allows you to measure from 0.1oz to 11lbs. The scale despite not being a nutritional scale also comes with a helpful calorie/ nutritional guide book.

The scale also comes with a clear and bright LED display for easy reading. Furthermore, unlike other models, you do not have to wait for the scale to set itself.

Sleek and convenient design

The scale features an elegant award-winning thin design that makes it a piece of art you would like to display on your kitchen counter. Despite being stylish, the scale also features a highly functional design. It comes with two touch screen buttons for easy operation.

Features and specifications

-Easy to use touch sensitive buttons

-An award-winning thin design and strong tempered glass surface

-4 high precision GFX sensors

-Two lithium batteries

Customer Reviews and Scores

Ozeri Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale is a four star digital scale with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars out of 1261 customer reviews on Amazon.

Despite attracting 1261 customer reviews, it is only a 19 percent of viewers who rate the scale at or below 3 stars with amazing 66 percent rating the scale five stars. It is rare to find a problem with this scale but one customer complains about a malfunctioned delivery, which is quickly replaced after contacting courteous customer service.


Ozeri touch professional digital scale is a must have kitchen tool not only because of its durability, convenience, accuracy and ease of use but because it is the only scale you will struggle to find a problem among its reviews.

Zenith Digital Kitchen Food Scale Review

The Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri the first of its kind in todays modern world to ever infuse the highest quality of stainless steel within an utterly elegant, ultra-thin electronic scale.

Its impressive features are detailed here, its capabilities, and feedback from those who have actually bought and now use it in their very own kitchen.

Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri
Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri

Before committing to any specific scale, be sure to check out our list of the best digital food scales for your kitchen.

 Stainless Steel in its Highest Form

Not only does this digital food scale boast of utilizing the highest grade type of Stainless Steel, the SUS304, which is the most widely used in heavy duty products. It exhibits outstanding corrosion resistance and is no doubt, extremely durable that will let you enjoy your state-of-the-art scale for many years.

Sleek and Thin Design

As a consumer, you definitely want only whats best out there, and with the Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale, you get the best kitchen scale thats also the thinnest in the entire world! The brushed stainless steel surface elegantly curves at the edges, which defines the borders of the weighing platform integrated into a single piece on the sleek digital scale.


-One-touch Unit and Tare/Power button that produces instant, accurate measurements of food or any ingredient.

-Weight is displayed in lbs, fl.oz., oz, g, and ml, which are reliable since this digital food scale is equipped with four high-precision sensors that are sensitive to weight starting from 0.05 oz to 12 lbs: 10.80 oz, and in 0.05 oz / 1 gram graduations.

-Award-winning sleek and thin design is built with a high-contrast LCD screen with a cool blue backlight.

-The Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri is finished with a fingerprint resistant coating that will preserve its original form and luster over time.

-The thin, flat surface yields the biggest possible weighing area and conveniently holds whatever and however big it is you need to weigh.

-Uses 2 Lithium batteries (included) which are located in an easy-access battery compartment which eliminates fumbling around for the screwdriver.

Customer Reviews

This versatile kitchen scale that can be regarded as rare. Youve got to admit that its seldom that you find a product that meets your needs and gives you great value for your hard-earned money, yet built with the latest, most beautiful design.

This is exactly what customers have to say. Moreover, it can be easily cleaned and stored given its well-made surface and being thinly built.


The accuracy of measurements guarantees your well-being and will surely let you have healthier meals. This electronic scale presents you with the perfect combination of durability and world-class design, topped with the fact that you can delightfully use it in style.

Adding the Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri to your kitchen collection will instantly give your home a classy and contemporary look.

Kitchen Gurus Digital Food Scale Review

Every Healthy Kitchen needs a food scale. We all like indulging in the kitchen and creating sumptuous meals. Cooking involves the use of various appliances and gadgets that make our kitchen time easier.

Personally I have used many kitchen scales, and I thought I should try out the Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale. Most recipes require accurate measurements of grams or ounces of different ingredients, and so a food scale is necessary.

Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale
Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale

Before committing to any specific scale, be sure to check out our list of the best digital food scales for your kitchen.

From my experience of using this particular food scale, here is my experience of what the Kitchen Guru Top Digital Food Scale does. Learn if this product fits your expectations of a food scale for your kitchen.

Accurate Measurements

The food scale offers accurate measurements of portion sizes to know what you are eating. With a weighing of 4-high precision sensors, 10lb capacity and .1oz resolution, it is reliable for tracking your special diet requirements such as carbs, calories, sugars and fats.

Accurate measurements will enable you to bake like a professional and allow you to prepare your nutrition-packed foods.

Easy to Clean

The food scale comes with a hygienic glass top with touch sensitive keys making it easier to clean. The sleek low profile design of this food scale makes it easier to store in a drawer or cabinet. You can expect a clean glass surface always with no buttons that trap food.

Greater Service

Purchasing the Kitchen Guru Top digital food scale offers you the chance to experience the Company’s high professionalism giving you a 100% satisfaction guarantee, 5-year warranty and an A+ Customer service.

Furthermore, the Company is also part of an initiative to support the Global Orphan Project as such purchasing this food scale is also for a greater and noble right.

Some of the specifications of this product include the following:

Product Features:

· Zero feature for adding additional ingredients

· Easy to clean, with a durable tempered glass

· Designed in the USA with an Auto-Off Technology

· Touch Sensitive Buttons

· 1 Lithium Long Lasting Battery

· Responsive customer support

· 4 High Precision Gauges

· Easy to read high contrast LCD

Customer Reviews and Scores

The Kitchen Guru Glass Food Scale is one of the best kitchen scales on the market. If you are enthusiastic about your food portions and weighing of ingredients accurately, then this food scale with excellent customer support is the better option for your kitchen.

Customers who reviewed it online gave it a total of 4.8 out of five stars overall with a total of 663 reviews, endorsing it as a worthy purchase for a kitchen gadget. Aside from one buyer having a minor complain that the plate size on the scale is a bit small, and the scale buttons being a little touchy, there was no significant complaint affecting this gadget.


Every Kitchen requires various appliances. Eating healthy mandates checking your food portions as well as knowing what you cook and eat. Having the Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale as your kitchen appliance is the right start to a healthier kitchen. I would highly recommend this food scale for those who are enthusiastic about eating healthy.

EatSmart Precision Elite Kitchen Scale Review

Measuring food is an important factor to come up with the right serving portions and essential towards ensuring you and your family receive adequate nutrition.

Therefore, you must also have the right kitchen tool to provide you with the most accurate measurements and make the process as easy as it can be.

EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale 15 lb. Capacity
EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale 15 lb. Capacity

Before committing to any specific scale, be sure to check out our list of the best digital food scales for your kitchen.

The EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale is the most recent addition to the EatSmart collection of an innovative scale line that are made with the highest quality.

It was designed specifically to include all necessary features a cook, baker, foodie, or any person who wishes to burn extra calories would need. Here are the main points that comprise this electronic scale and have made it into a much preferred tool in the kitchen:

Precision Elite Technology

EatSmart boasts of superior accuracy with its Precision Elite Technology that can precisely measure to the nearest .05 oz or 1 gram. It can deliver both metric and imperial systems.

This makes it the perfect tool for everyday routine, whether in preparing food for family and guests, or monitoring your own intake of calories in your weight loss challenge.

Tare Feature

The EatSmart Precision Elite food scale is capable of subtracting the weight of the plate, bowl, or any container your food is in. It can be zeroed out for adding more ingredients, multiple times in one sitting! This way, you can effortlessly gain its correct weight without any fuss.

All you need to do is put it on top of the smooth stainless steel platform that holds ample space even for large mixing bowls.


-EatSmart Precision Elite professional food scale with the exquisite design of a durable stainless steel platform thats over 7 wide.

-Extra large LCD display with bright white backlight for visibility and clear, easy-to-read numbers.

-Displays ounces, pounds, grams and kilograms with a graduation of .05 oz / 1 gram measurements, up to a maximum of 15 lbs or 7 kgs.

-FREE EatSmart Calorie Factor guide book which allows for full control with a quick and easy method of calorie counting.-Tare feature for eliminating the weight of food containers right when you need it.

-Inclusive of 4 AAA batteries and has an Auto-Shutoff feature within 3 minutes for battery conservation and efficiency in the kitchen.

-Easy to clean and store almost anywhere when not in use.

Customer Reviews

This kitchen scale is one of the best you can get, with everything to love about it. Getting your own EatSmart Precision Elite backed up with over 700 customer reviews and the 100% EatSmart Guaranteed Satisfaction, which allows for a solid decision when buying a handy food scale.

What you will be receiving is not just the digital food scale you wanted, but you also acquire the Calorie Factor and Instruction Booklet for absolutely free!

It has gained a total of 4.8 stars amidst a 5-star rating on Amazon, which is fairly good and makes it evident that this is far from an ordinary food scale.


The EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale presents unique qualities in many different ways through the features and capabilities it was built with.

The usefulness of this electronic scale is topped with the contemporary design it holds. Its appearance would accentuate your kitchen with elegance and style.

This smart digital food scale could become your very helpful partner towards achieving your goals, not only on how exactly you want your meals to turn out, but with a better body and a healthier you!

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Digital Food Scale Review

Finding the best digital scales for your kitchen is not an easy task, for there are overwhelming options that you may be faced with during the process of buying one.

The OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale is among the most sought-after by many, comprised of the chef, the dieter, the foodie, and anyone who has a passion for food and cooking.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale

Before committing to any specific scale, be sure to check out our list of the best digital food scales for your kitchen.

Each electronic scale has its own features, capabilities, and come in various designs, shapes and sizes. What matters most is that you get accurate measurements where the quality of your food can be based.

These numbers are also critical to an individuals health. Here is an in-depth review of this digital food scale and find out what contributed to its widespread popularity. Check out and see if the Oxo food scale may just be exactly what you are looking for.

Pull-Out display

Aside from giving precise measurements, the feature that makes the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale stand out is the pull-out display. This unique display holds the capability of being detached while remaining in contact with the scales battery through a retractable cable.

It maintains connected such that you get accurate results as you weigh food within larger containers than produce shadows or block the display, and render you satisfied with a clear view. When done, simply return it to its station on your electronic food scale.

Zero Function

The innovative pull-out digital display is complemented with a Zero Function. This promotes ease of use and time efficiency, since theres no need for you to measure food one at a time and utilize different bowls or plates.

You can zero out the weight of whats currently in your container thats laid on your Oxo food scale, then add additional ingredients as you wish until you reach the 11-pound capacity.

Features and Specifications

-Holds up to 11 pounds of weight

-Measurements are in 1/8-oz (US) and arrive in 1-g (metric) increments for total accuracy

-Zero function for zeroing the weight on the scale prior to adding ingredients

-Handy Indicator shows how much capacity is left on your Oxo food scale

-Innovative pull-out display prevents shadowing from huge containers

-Easy-to-read display that presents large and clearly visible numbers, with an optional backlight for an even easier to read display

-Removable platform for quick cleaning

-Storage is not a problem with its thin and sleek built

-Elegant and durable stainless steel food scale, inclusive of 4 AAA batteries

Customer Reviews

Garnering an impressive number of more than 700 customer reviews to date, and an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in Amazon customer reviews, the Oxo food scale deserve its place in any kitchen.

Satisfied customers have found it quite practical, well-designed and built with features smart enough to know downright what people need. Its measurements are precise and can immediately be used, you almost wouldnt need the instruction manual.

Maybe the only underlying concern is having to handwash the platform, but this actually allows you to give ultimate care for your Oxo digital scale.


The OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale is bound to be your favorite kitchen tool with the innovative features it exhibits that altogether make it possible to fulfill the great purpose it serves.

You acquire a long-lasting kitchen tool ideal for everyday use.

Enjoy unhindered cooking of food and preparing meals with great convenience. Deliver delicious and nutritious dishes to your guests. Most importantly, you are able to achieve utmost health for you and your entire family.