According to an urban planning consulting firm Demographia.
You probably know most of this — but it bears repeating. Every time you dispose of your old computer — remember that reformatting your hard drive doesn’t even come close to protecting your sensitive data.
Your also may have thought that when you ‘delete’ a file — the data is gone — Wrong. When you delete a file, the operating system does not remove the file from your hard drive. It only removes the reference of the file from the system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface. Before the file is overwritten, anyone can pretty easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or un-delete utility.
These people give you an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. This free gem can also securely erase individual files and is currently supported under most recent versions of Windows up to Windows Ten.
The price is certainly right and those who know anything (like PC World and CNet) like and recommend this gem.
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The good folks at AARP point out that Congress passed a law that will help people protect themselves from fraud (at no cost) by blocking the bad guys from opening up credit in their name. In the past, credit rating companies have charged people fees to freeze their credit reports — and you needed to pay a separate fee to each credit-rating agency. The no-fee service will go into effect shortly.
Fraudsters used this information to establish credit in another person’s name, posing significant potential financial liability on the unsuspecting. With a freeze in place, these rascals will find it much more difficult to set up a credit account in your name.
To avoid any delays, remember to unfreeze the accounts well before you will be looking for a new line of credit – or mortgage loan on a house purchase.
Check – Call – Compress. That’s the advice these folks share in this quick video — and it will take you only a minute or so to learn how to apply CPR and save the life of someone who is in cardiac arrest — the third ranked cause of death in the US.
These good folks at New York Presbyterian Hospital put together this short instructive resource to quickly help you save a life when the occasion arises. They point out that the survival rate of a victim decreases ten percent for every minute that CPR is not applied.
Knowing that effective hands using CPR triples the victim’s chance of survival, should be incentive for every man woman and child to take a minute to learn this easy technique.
These good folks urge you to take that minute today.
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We’ve had a hard time in Carmel Valley and Big Sur last year with fire. Then the rains and now we must be cautious with all of the tall grasses so we don’t end up with another huge disaster.
Punta Barro: Big Sur’s newest geographical feature (photo credit: Rock Knocker)
The Santa Lucia Mountains are very young. At just 5 million years old, they are still in the process of being born – punching upward out of the Pacific faster than the forces of wind, waves, rain, and gravity can wear them down. Their steep, unstable seaward wall, rising to over 5,000 feet at Cone Peak, is constantly eroding, sliding and collapsing into the sea.
This natural process has been greatly accelerated since the 1930s, when the construction of Highway One undercut and activated treacherous slopes and old slide zones from one end of Big Sur to the other.
Mud Creek is one of those treacherous slopes. It’s not even really a creek; just a highly saturated mountainside that constantly oozes mud and water and tends to creep or slide downhill during the rainy season. It’s been a…
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