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Venezuela, my native country, is beautiful! Located in the Caribbean, it has perfect weather: 85 degrees all year around. Even though it was beautiful, it was also not very safe. I remember the first time I drove on the highway because I got a new job in the city, almost 2 hours away. I got several warnings from coworkers, friends and family, about driving at night. Local gangs would hide on the sides of the highway to throw nails and sharp objects with the intention of damaging car tires, so that unsuspecting drivers would have to stop. Thankfully this never happened to me! This malicious intent to harm someone with the goal to compromise them is the closest thing I can […]Read More
If you’re like most people today, chances are you use social media. Most use Facebook to interact with friends and family, or Instagram to share slices of life in pictures and videos, and LinkedIn for professional and business purposes. And then there are those who like putting pins of their favorite recipes, outfits, or crafts on Pinterest (Are you one of them?!), or sending out little snippets of opinion on Twitter. Most kids enjoy using Snapchat to send selfies with funny face filters to their friends, or Tiktok to watch the latest entertainment trends or do the most recent challenge. I use social media to connect with the people in my life, and in fact, you can connect with me on Facebook, […]Read More
I love fairytales! They have so many hidden messages and analogies. We can incorporate these lessons in our life, even if they were written many, many years ago. Did you read storybooks as a child? Which one is most memorable to you? One fairytale I remember vividly is the story of Little Red Riding Hood, or “La Caperucita Roja” in Spanish. The part that always struck me was when the wolf impersonated Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma and proceeded to eat the little girl, who was then rescued by the “good hunter” later. Little Red Riding Hood was inquisitive and curious – and her intuition was telling her something was off about her granny. Grandma’s eyes were bigger, her expression was […]Read More
I rely on my grocery list for shopping, how about you? Have you ever made a grocery list? Whenever I make a “mental list” chances are, I usually end up forgetting something important – and that means an extra trip to the store, buying something you didn’t need, and wasting money and time. When you make a list, whether on paper or electronically, you can keep your attention on the daily, weekly, and monthly needs to feed your family. Having a grocery list can help you maintain your health, your food, and your family’s cooking and eating habits. I love organizing things so that whenever I go shopping, I don’t get an item I don’t need, so I can optimize the space in my fridge and pantry. Having a cyber checklist is very […]Read More
Have you ever completed an online transaction right after you had an argument with your significant other, your kids, parents? Was it out of spite? Anger? Revenge? Have you clicked on a random link because you just wanted to, after a bad day at your job or after you just felt cranky? Or have you ever given out your personal information because you were distracted? And the moment you hit enter you regret it. One paragraph, so moved it up. Online regret is a reality! I have experienced it a lot and it can trigger negative thinking. Does this happen to you as well? And once you start feeling that regret, these and other thoughts start to fill your mind: Why […]Read More
How often do you update the apps on your phone? Once a year? Once a month? Once a week? Are you thinking to yourself, “Wait, I’m supposed to update my apps?” I know that many people say that they don’t understand why they should be updating their apps. Many think it’s a waste of time and, really, why bother? Many others don’t legitimately know how. Are software updates on my devices actually important? I often use this analogy to explain why updating your apps often is not only necessary, but essential to optimal cyberhealth: Let’s say there was an incident that resulted in one of the walls of your home having a big hole that a grown person can fit into. […]Read More
In my book, Happily Ever Cyber!, I share seven cyber stories from people who learned lessons about how to protect their cyber world. Michelle’s story is about her credit card being stolen by a Cybermonster, and how that put her thousands of dollars in debt! As a military wife, she didn’t know what to do because her husband was deployed overseas, and she had no way to contact him or stop the scammers from stealing her money. Her credit score was also impacted by this fraud, and it took many months to get back to normal again. Placing a Freeze On Your Credit Score Placing a freeze on your credit score can help your score be protected so that if an […]Read More
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