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Growing market for internet of things poses security risk

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More electronic devices will soon connect to the internet, providing more convenience and information, but this internet of things also brings new security risks, according to security provider Malwarebytes.

Privacy issues top the list of concerns. Devices that include always-on cameras and microphones are prime targets for hacking by criminals hoping to steal or just harass consumers.

Those with smart appliances essentially agree to data collection and sharing when they make their purchases. Some smart refrigerators, for instance, keep track of what kinds of food you buy and can be integrated into applications to purchase groceries online. Televisions can keep track of what you are watching, and AI-powered devices like Alexa and Google Home keep a record of your search history. Depending on the fine print, that data can then be used to send you targeted ads or be sold to big data analysis companies.

As connected devices become more mainstream, vulnerabilities can and will arise that allow hackers to take control. Cars with automatic driving capability, for instance, opens the door for tech-savvy criminals to take over and ransom the vehicle back to the owner or even cause a crash. Recently, it was discovered that baby monitors can allow hackers to watch or speak to sleeping children. A strong password for these seemingly innocuous items is essential.

Internet-enabled security cameras acted as a backdoor to attack service providers like Twitter, Netflix, and CNN.

Consumers must remember there is usually very little protection built into connected devices. Instead, device safety depends on the security of the home network, where strong passwords and security are essential.

Before you buy an internet connected device, make sure it doesn’t have a generic username and password. These are usually posted somewhere on the dark web, just an invitation to a hacker.

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Weekend getaways the whole family will enjoy

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Not able to take time off from work this summer? Make the most of your weekends with these family getaways.

• Go camping. A campground close to home is a great place for a weekend getaway. Camping offers families time to connect without the distractions of home. Don’t forget the marshmallows for roasting over the fire.

• Stay in town. How often do you visit the museums and other attractions in your hometown? Consider dedicating a whole weekend to exploring what your region has to offer. As an extra treat, you can even book a hotel room for a night.

• Head to the cottage. Get out of town for a weekend and rent a cottage in the country. After a day of swimming, canoeing and exploring the woods, have a barbecue or grab a bite to eat in a nearby town.

It’s hard to be a working parent in the summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with your kids. Weekend getaways like these are sure to create memories they’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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Feet change and that can be a big surprise

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Suddenly your favorite brand of shoe just doesn’t feel right. Not as comfy. Seems kind of snug. What did that company do to change the best shoe they made?

Maybe nothing.

Our feet change and they change as we age. That can come as a surprise because everyone expects their appearance or hair to change in later life, but feet?

Sadly, yes.

According to orthopedists, it’s not that feet actually grow, but they can flatten and become wider and longer.

Those with rheumatoid arthritis might realize it early, since they can see ligament and bone changes in their body as a whole.

Diabetics, who must be monitor their feet for circulation and sensation, might not be surprised to see their shoe fit change.

Still, everyone of a certain age, has to recognize that their shoe size might be changing or has changed.

What happens is arches tend to flatten, making the foot longer. Ligaments loosen up, making the foot wider.

In fact, over time, we all see our shoe size increase by at least a half size and maybe more.

Here is what you can do: Don’t keep buying the same shoe size.

You’ve bought three pair of shoes in the last six months and none seem to fit as you expect. Try going up a size or half size. Go for a looser shoe. Make sure it is comfortable when you first try them on. Never try to ‘break in’ a shoe.

– Try on shoes at the end of the day, when feet are a little swollen.

– Consider an orthodic insole if you notice a loss in the arch height.

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Top tips for getting your hair done for an event

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If you’re attending a big event this season, you probably want to get your hair done by a professional. Here are some tips for working with a hairstylist to get the look you want.

Be realistic. Show your hairdresser examples of styles you like and listen to their advice. If the look won’t work, they’ll suggest alternatives.

Book a trial. It’s a good idea to try your style a week or two before the event. This’ll help you avoid any unpleasant surprises on the big day.

Don’t wash your hair. Your hair will hold the style better if it’s not squeaky clean.

Dress appropriately. Be comfortable, and make sure your top won’t ruin your hair when you change later. Wearing a button-down shirt is highly recommended.

Finally, if your event is taking place at a busy time of year and you want to guarantee a spot with your preferred stylist, be sure to book your appointment ahead of time.

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Father’s Day lineup: a day dedicated to Dad

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Does your kids’ dad deserve more than a tie and a hug for Father’s Day? This year, help your children celebrate their old man by dedicating the whole day to him.

Morning

Breakfast in bed is the perfect way to kick off Father’s Day. Older kids can help prepare and serve the meal, and little ones can decorate the serving tray or table. Excellent service is mandatory on such an important day, so everyone will need to be on their best behavior.

Afternoon

If he loves his car almost as much as he loves his kids, treat him to a car wash at home. Once the car is looking shiny and new, take a ride to the activity of Dad’s choice. The whole family is sure to enjoy whatever he picks, whether it’s mini-golf, the ice cream shop or the park.

Night

End the day with a movie marathon at home. Let Dad decide what you watch and nosh on. If he loves Mexican food, make nachos. If he appreciates the classic movie snacks, you can’t go wrong with buttery popcorn. And don’t forget to pick up his favorite candy so he can satisfy his sweet tooth.

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The changing face of fatherhood

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The days of men “babysitting” their own children are a thing of the past. Today’s fathers are more nurturing and more likely to contribute to child care and housework than ever before.

Starting when their kids are first born, modern dads are, in fact, more involved in rearing their children than their fathers and grandfathers were. As recently as the 1970s, it was rare for a man to be present when his child was born. Now it’s uncommon for a dad to not be in the delivery room when his child comes into the world.

The trend of fathers playing active roles in their kids’ lives continues throughout childhood, and today’s fathers spend more time caring for their kids. One study found that fathers from 11 wealthy western countries spent about an hour a day on child care activities in 2012, but that dads in 1965 spent an average of just 16 minutes a day actively parenting.

Contemporary fathers are also more likely to contribute to household work than previous generations were. American fathers do an average of 10 hours of housework a week, compared to four hours a week in 1965.

One specific task in particular that men have embraced is preparing family meals, and 43 percent of men regularly cook.

When men take on a more active role in parenting, their kids benefit. Studies show that children with involved dads perform better academically, have higher self-esteem and are less likely to have troubles with the law later in life.

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Notable famous fathers

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Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977)

For Father’s Day, here are three famous fathers worthy of note.

Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977)
Silent film star Charlie Chaplin had 11 children, 10 who survived childhood. His youngest son was born when he was 73 years old, making Chaplin one of the oldest famous fathers in history. Performing clearly ran in the family. Many of the Chaplin children followed in their father’s footsteps and became actors themselves.

Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018)

The theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking became famous after authoring the book, A Brief History of Time. He became equally well known for his disability-inducing struggle with ALS and the computer that allowed him to communicate using a single muscle in his cheek. Revered as a scientist and as a role model for people with disabilities, it may come as a surprise to some that Hawking fathered three children. He remained close to his kids until he died at the age of 76.

Prince William (1982)
The future king of England has a very important job that has nothing to do with the crown. It’s raising his three children with his wife, Catherine. His mother, Diana, was famously intent on giving her sons a normal childhood, and he’s carrying on the tradition with his own kids. He’s even gone as far as asking for the Queen’s permission to break with royal convention in order to travel on the same airplane as his kids.

Happy Father’s Day to all dads, famous or otherwise.

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