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On October 12, 2018, Facebook publicly announced that they had experienced a data breach affecting 30 Million users. The breach happened in September of this year when hackers gained access to Facebook’s servers and took advantage of software loopholes to steal personal information from user profiles. This data breach is particularly serious because the hackers stole information which makes people vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. The hackers stole a variety of data including names, gender, location, birthdates, devices used, academic details, professional details, messages and more.

It’s Time to Act:

For some people, hearing that Facebook got hacked isn’t really a big deal because they are cautious about how much they post online. But for many who’ve made a habit of sharing their lives completely online, news of the hack is devastating. Thanks to multiple recent data-breach scandals, Facebook and social media in general have suddenly found themselves at the center of the debate about people’s right to privacy. If you are among the many people who want things to change, you can either wait for new laws and regulations to get passed in order to preserve your online privacy, or you can take responsibility for your own safety and decide to be selective about how you participate in social media. Quite frankly, it would be much easier for you to take matters into your own hands.

Don’t Do it for the Likes:

There’s nothing wrong with having a Facebook profile, or using social media in general. In fact, social media can help build and maintain meaningful relationships in our lives. However, if things get to the point where you crave approval for every moment of your life by constantly posting your experiences online, you will probably end up oversharing to the point of being exposed to hackers. Getting millions of likes on social media might make you feel important, but if that prestige comes at the expense of giving up your privacy to corporations and hackers, it’s not worth it.

There has never been a more urgent time to become smart about how you share, and protect, sensitive personal information with others. While congress and corporations go through their own long process of sorting out privacy problems, here are some common sense precautions to take in order to protect yourself from cyberattacks:

1. Don’t Volunteer Information: Don’t scatter your personal information on each and every website which asks for it. The less corporations like Facebook know about you, the smaller the target on your back.

2. Maintain your Devices: Always makes sure to update the operating systems on computers/smart devices and replace their default firewalls with sophisticated antivirus security suites.

3. Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when Devices are Idle: Wireless connectivity provides a backdoor for anyone with the right equipment to hack into devices. Unless you are actively using Wi-Fi, make sure to disable it before setting it aside, or switching it off.

4. Inspect the Webpages You Visit: Before you ever decide to click any buttons on a webpage, always assess it to determine whether it’s been disguised for phishing. If you notice anything peculiar on a web page such as typos, altered format or inconsistent information, stop browsing immediately.

It’s time to face facts. Hackers mean business, and they’re not going away any time soon. You can either allow yourself to be a sitting duck and deliver all your personal information to them by oversharing online, or you can protect yourself by being responsible about your online behavior. Learn to be happy in your own truth. Learn to live in the moment and be content about your life without chasing likes. It might feel strange at first after spending so much time on social media, but in the long run it will definitely keep you safe from hackers.

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On Oct. 8, 2018, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report with its most urgent warning ever about climate change. In the report, the IPCC cautions that the world as a whole has fallen behind, and is doing far too little to reverse the destructive effects of climate change. The IPCC’s research, which was conducted over a period of three years, recommends that every government in the world should take up a collective effort to transform the way people use land, consume energy, manufacture products, and use transportation. Failure to make any changes will trigger coral reef extinction, expose millions of people to floods, and make it difficult to farm certain grains due to chemical imbalances in water supply.

The future is in Your Hands:

Even though the IPCC published their report in order to reach out to governments, the ultimate power to conserve the environment does not lie with the state, or with large institutions. It depends more on the collective will and individual initiative that ordinary citizens take to practice environmental conservation on a daily basis. Posting outrage on social media all day may create awareness, but awareness without action does nothing to reverse pollution. Only through recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of natural resources can the detrimental culture of pollution be eliminated. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do for a living, everybody can play a constructive part to tackle pollution by:

1. Recycling:

Recycling refers to the process of converting waste and garbage into new products rather than disposing of it in landfills, incinerators and water bodies. Outside of outlawing irresponsible manufacturing practices, recycling is the most effective measure people can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that precipitate climate change. The most beneficial way to recycle as an individual is as follows:

▪ Don’t just throw out garbage. Dispose of it in a categorized manner. Collect recyclable waste in separate bins and then send it to facilities that can process the waste further into new products. Every city has recycling centers that are ready and equipped to receive materials from the public.

▪ Never dispose of electronics or potentially hazardous items in open dumpsters. Always seek out special collection events, or permanent collection centers, that cater specifically to proper disposal of sensitive materials such as: Electronics, Batteries, Used Oil, Paints, Cleaners, Pesticides, Glass, and Tires.

2. Reusing Waste:

Recycling is a process that demands manufacturing new items from scratch. There are however ways that people can make use of waste without having to generate new products, and that’s through reusing. Reusing refers to the process of cleaning and refurbishing waste so as to reduce the volume of materials being channeled into garbage disposal facilities. It may sound unsavory, but the majority of what people throw out is actually still viable for some form of daily application or another. Reusing waste helps conserve the environment by easing the burden of activity on disposal facilities and ensuring that products are consumed to their maximum possible functionality. Simple ways to reuse include:

▪ Donating used items to charity. Before getting rid of clothes, vehicles, furniture, toys or other such durable items, try and find a charity or thrift store that’s willing to repurpose them in some way.

▪ Avoid disposable products. If you have a choice to use long-lasting consumer items, it is much more ecological to purchase such goods than ones that quickly end up in the trash. For instance, paper plates and Styrofoam cups require far more natural and financial resources to use than permanent tableware.

▪ Purchase goods made from recyclable materials. Creating demand for recycled products encourages manufacturers to invest more in environmental protection.

3. Reducing Consumption:

By far the most effortless way to make a difference in terms of being environmentally conscious is through efficient consumption of resources. Ironically, when people have ready access to a supply-chain, they tend to use goods and services neglectfully by either using too much, or throwing things away gratuitously. The basic act of consuming resources efficiently is environmentally conscious because it decreases the volume of waste generated. Practical ways to reduce consumption include:

▪ Use of power-save settings on electronic devices and switching them off when not operational.

▪ Use of energy-efficient technology.

▪ Going Paperless: as much as practically possible, opt to maintain digital records instead of filing all records in hardcopy.

▪ Performing basic repairs on items with minor damage instead of throwing them out entirely. For instance, just because an outfit loses a button doesn’t mean it’s obsolete.

▪ Brainstorming how to re-use plastic goods before disposing of them. Plastics can often be refurbished as containers in a variety of ways.

▪ Purchasing products with minimal packaging.

The clock is ticking on how much humanity can do to save itself from the consequences of reckless pollution. One of the most important decisions you can ever make to improve the lives of other people is to take care of the planet that we all call home. Every little effort makes a difference, so commit to playing your part now. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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