YOUR PRIVACY FOR SALE Call to: Protect Net Neutrality

Your privacy is at stake.  It is about to be sold and you will not be able to do anything about it unless you tell Congress and Senate “No”. Protect Net Neutrality at all costs.

PRIVACY INTERNET NEUTRALITY
NET NEUTRALITY YOU HAVE A LOT TO LOSE

Technology has changed our world.  Some of it good and some of it bad. It has made it easier for us to communicate and get information and even shop and get the best deal. But it has also provided a new frontier for crime and a way for some to commit crime and hurt others.  Laws were necessary to protect citizens when these new technologies created vulnerabilities that had never existed before. One of them “Net Neutrality”.  This prohibited your internet provider from selling your personal and private information.  This included what information you looked up and read about.

If a person was on a medication and didn’t feel right they might search for  information about side effects. It is likely that they would put in the name of that medication.  This information could be sold.  If your physician gave this information to someone it would be a violation of the HIPAA (which is the law that protects patient confidentiality and health records). Yet now this information will be freely sold for profit.   I often wonder if insurance companies would buy this information if they were someday, once again, allowed to deny insurance coverage to those people with a pre-existing diagnoses.

I am very disturbed by all of this as I personally value my privacy as should each and every one of us. I still have a landline and, because I live in a large city, pay monthly to have an unlisted phone number for security reasons. Today we have mobile phones with internet or smart phones, we have tablets that connect to the internet, and many of us have a computer or laptop. Everyone of these devices is presently protected by Net Neutrality.  I do not care if you are a conservative or a liberal you need to speak out and protect yourself.

Today, April 15, 2017,  I witnessed (via internet video) a Republican GOP representative Brad Bainum from Wisconsin tell a room full of older constituents to stop using the internet if they do not like his vote to sell their privacy in support of President Trump’s getting rid of Net Neutrality Protections. Doing this will put everyone’s private information at the door of not just advertisers but also at the door of more scammers and criminals that will take advantage of them. I do not care who you voted for. However your privacy is your privacy and you are entitled to it. If you break the law; that is completely different. This is not what we are talking about. Every person across this nation needs to speak up and defend their right to privacy and net (internet) neutrality. Do not let your private information be sold and then resold again and again to whomever. Contact your elected officials. The GOP controls the Senate and Congress and it is these individuals who will be handing your privacy away. Call or email them today.

Protect yourself and protect the future for others.  This technology needs these controls called Net Neutrality.  Do not let anyone profit and sell your privacy.

BAD Robocall: “Do Not Say Yes” Smart Home: GOOD

RoboCall Virtual AssistantVoice response technology has advanced. Bad is the new robocall that scams people. Good is a smart home device that respond to our verbal requests.

Alert Robocall BAD

If you have picked up the phone you have likely heard a women’s voice exclaim “Oops (giggle and then)  Oh I’m sorry.” She the asks “Can you hear me?”.    

It is important for you to know that you should not respond to this question with a “YES“.    DO NOT SAY “YES” !   

Innocent people across the country are getting calls from a new advanced virtual female robot.  She (the robot) sounds like you are being call by a live person.   Consumers that have replied with a “YES” are now reporting fraud and loss claims.   

It is now believed that these “YES” responses are being recorded and then edited. The “YES” is then used to make it sound like you’ve given permission for a purchase or some other transaction.  Technology and advances in speech recognition and voice responses by machines has reached a level where many people think they are talking to a live or real person.    Unfortunately this technology is now being used by bad guys trying to steal from you.

Smart Home GOOD

A “good” example of this technology are devices like Amazon’s Echo and Dot which use “Alexa” a virtual female voice that responds and interacts with owners.  It is currently estimated that close to 10 million homes have Amazon’s virtual “smart home” assistant.  Google has a  “smart home” virtual assistant called Google Home.  Apple also has a smart home device.

Click on the images below to learn more about these Smart Home Devices that truly are “Good” examples of this amazing technology that improve your life.

     Amazon Echo        Amazon Dot

The above devices can answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service.  They can controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others.  With the free Alexa App on your smart phone  you can view shopping and to-do lists that you asked the device to add to the lists.

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils that Repel Bugs – Are you Ready for Summer?

Essential Oils Repel Bugs

Are there alternatives to toxic bug sprays?  Should you be applying those chemicals to your skin?  Essential Oils have been used to repel bugs safely for decades. Commercially produced insect repellents should be used with caution on young children and the aging. These are the essential oils to repel bugs naturally for the summer.    These essential oils have a history of keeping the bugs away when applied to the skin.

 

  • Oil of lemon Eucalyptus –  For protection against mosquitos, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) equally recommends oil of lemon eucalyptus, to synthetic preparations containing DEET, and IR3535 for use on the skin. The CDC found oil of lemon eucalyptus to be more effective than other plant-based treatments. Studies show that products containing 40% oil of lemon eucalyptus was just as effective as products containing high concentrations of DEET.  Based upon testing oil of lemon eucalyptus should be re-applied every 4 hours.

Today some sellers have tried to capitalize on technology using ultrasound (inaudible high frequency sounds). Buyer beware these electronic devices have been shown to be ineffective based on studies done by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and many universities. 

Regular extensive DEET exposure has been associated with insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function.

  • Lavender – it is sweet smelling and it despite that bugs do not like it. Studies suggest that it is only effective when used with other essential oils for mosquitoes, flies and other insects.

 

  • PennyRoyal – be careful with this one.  It is a member of the mint family. It is toxic to both mosquitoes and fleas.  Unfortunately it is EXTREMELY TOXIC  to dogs. This ingredient should be avoided even in shampoos and conditioners with dogs. Dogs that lick on their dry fur after exposure to this oil can die. This has been verified after death by post-mortem chemical examination.  Do Not Use PennyRoyal On or Near Your Dog.

 

  • Eucalyptus – In the Journal of Medical Entomology (study of insects), Eucalyptus extract can reduce tick bites and infections.  Studies do show that it works to repel flies and mosquitoes.  There are unverified reports that it repels dust mites.

 

  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) – It has been applied to the skin for both lice and scabies. It is considered antiseptic for insect bites.  Never take or use orally or ingest. Note that in small concentrations (.1% to 1%), tea tree oil is tolerated and safe for cats and dogs. Improper dilutions of this highly concentrated oil can be harmful to pets. Tea Tree Oils are rapidly absorbed into the body whether taken orally or on the skin. This means topical application of concentrated oil can result in the same toxicity as accidental oral ingestion.  Tea tree oil repels ticks and fleas it does not kill them.  Use caution when using Tea Tree Oil.

 

  • Lemongrass – pleasant citrus scented oil.  Most literature  discusses its use to repel  mosquitoes.  When used with Geranium oil it is effective in repelling ticks.

It should be noted that naturally effective bug repellants are often a combination of oils.

Additional safety should be confirmed with appropriate health professionals (providers) before use.  Consumers should thoroughly read all associated warnings and safety information with respect to the proper use of any product.


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