Day: June 25, 2020

6 tips to create a strong password for any site, and keep your data secure

It's not hard to create a strong password.
It’s not hard to create a strong password.

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  • To create a strong password, you should use a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

  • Once you’ve given one account a strong password, don’t reuse that password for other accounts — doing so means that if one account is hacked, all of your accounts can be compromised.

  • Using a password manager will help you keep track of your passwords, and allow you to create strong passwords for every account.

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Passwords can be immensely annoying, especially if you have many different accounts. Eventually, something will come along to replace them — many modern smartphones already use face or fingerprint scanners.

But right now, we have to use passwords. This means that you should know how to create strong and unique passwords to protect your accounts.

Why strong, complex

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Dueling Trump-Biden events offer contrasting virus responses

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — As President Donald Trump visited a Wisconsin shipyard to emphasize job growth and reviving an economy hammered by the coronavirus, Joe Biden spent Thursday in Pennsylvania warning “there are no miracles coming” to help the nation beat back the still deadly pandemic.

“Amazingly, he hasn’t grasped the most basic fact of this crisis: To fix the economy we have to get control over the virus,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said of Trump while speaking at a community center in Lancaster. “He’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him. His whining and self-pity. This pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us.”

The pandemic has largely prevented the two presidential candidates from holding dueling appearances in pivotal battleground states. On Thursday, it gave them an opportunity to show off their contrasting styles on a virus outbreak that has killed

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Reopening technical schools offer preview for fall colleges

MILWAUKEE – Under normal circumstances, there would be nothing particularly extraordinary about a group of aspiring surgical technicians gathering for a lab course at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

But when a group of seven students sat around a room at the school’s downtown campus earlier this month, they became some of the first collegians to return to the classrooms they had walked away from when the coronavirus pandemic hit. They also got a glimpse of what things could look like for college students across the country come fall.

They all wore masks. They kept their distance when possible. They had their temperatures taken upon arrival and followed markings on the floor to their classrooms.

Kimberly Lopez of West Allis has her gown tied as instructor Mary Kunicki, program director for the surgical tech program, talks through the process of properly putting on a surgical gown for a surgical tech class at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee.
Kimberly Lopez of West Allis has her gown tied as instructor Mary Kunicki, program director for the surgical tech program, talks through the process of properly putting on a surgical gown for a surgical tech class
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The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit

The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit
The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit

The coronavirus pandemic has upended life as we know it, mandating we sequester ourselves to slow the spread of a potentially deadly illness that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally.

That reality presents a whole host of complications to everyday life. One major issue: How do we educate our kids?

The initial spike in COVID-19 cases this spring forced nearly all classes to move online. Parents had to pivot overnight to being educators for their kids. Teachers had to make dramatic shifts in how they do things. That reality left folks across the country scrambling for resources.

A surge of new customers soon flooded the online lesson plan market. A lesson plan market is exactly what it sounds like: think Etsy or Amazon but for school resources. (TPT) is the most popular such site — a place where

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The best secured credit cards of 2020

Build your credit history with a secured card.
Build your credit history with a secured card.

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A credit card can be a great way to make a quick payment online, build credit, finance your purchases, and earn rewards. 

But when you apply for a credit card, the issuer normally checks your credit reports and looks for a strong history of paying back money you’ve borrowed. If you’re new to credit or have a spotty credit history, then it may be tough to qualify because the issuer knows it’s taking on more risk. A secured credit card can be a good solution in these cases: You

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$600 bonus unemployment benefits end soon. Here’s how to prepare

Another 1.5 million Americans filed jobless claims last week to receive unemployment benefits, and the payments are currently going to about 19.5 million people, the government reported Thursday.

A weekly benefit boost has made unemployment a little easier for those who lost their jobs to the coronavirus, but soon they’ll have to survive without the bonus money.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — the CARES Act that also brought you those stimulus checks — provides an extra $600 per week of unemployment through July 31. Lawmakers haven’t committed to an extension.

Standard unemployment payouts vary from state to state, and depending on where you live you may have trouble making ends meet on regular benefits alone.

Here are nine things you can do to prepare to cope with a smaller weekly payout.

Pad your emergency fund while you still can

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While you

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The 6 best credit cards that will save you the most money

The right credit card can help you save big on your next big purchase
The right credit card can help you save big on your next big purchase

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small fee for referring you. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

Whether you’re buying a new television, remodeling the kitchen or even covering an emergency bill, certain credit card perks can help you save money whenever you have to spend. Big purchases are great to charge to your credit card—if you have a personal payback plan and picked the right card, that is. A card with an introductory 0% APR period can also be a great financing choice when you want a long, interest-free repayment period. Plus, many cards come with extra benefits, like

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‘He’s completely out of control’

A bride-to-be is causing some uproar online after sharing the unwelcome guest her future sister-in-law wants to bring to her wedding.

The recently engaged 28-year-old, who explained her situation in Reddit’s AITA (Am I The A******) forum, described how her fiancé Zack’s sister Kerry has a problematic emotional support parrot named Jimmy.

“I love animals, but he’s COMPLETELY out of control,” she wrote. “He will try to bite anyone but Kerry who gets too close, and will fly and attack mostly men’s heads, to the point where I’ve heard stories from Zack of having to run out of the house to get away.”

‘I wasn’t convinced he even was a real support animal’

Though Kerry’s parrot Jimmy hasn’t been a huge problem during Kerry and Zack’s three-year relationship, things escalated recently when the couple had to tell Kerry that Jimmy would not be welcome at the wedding.

Evidently, upon learning

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Britain offers to back down on ‘tech tax’ after US fury

Facebook under scrutiny
Facebook under scrutiny

The Government is offering to narrow the scope of its digital tax after the US threatened tariffs on nations that target its technology companies. 

The compromise “would considerably ease the task of achieving a consensus-based solution and make a political agreement within reach this year,” according to a letter sent from finance chiefs from the UK, France, Spain and Italy to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The nations are offering up a “phased approach” to taxing “automated” digital technology companies, according to the letter, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.  

This suggests they would first look at search engines, social media networks and e-commerce and digital marketplaces like those offered by Amazon and eBay, which take a cut from sellers, but do not have a physical presence in the countries where the items are being sold, rather than consumer-facing businesses.  

US officials have warned that the digital tax could

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5 Coronavirus Questions To Ask Before Meeting Up With A Date In Person

Kaitlyn McQuin, a 28-year-old writer and actor living in New Orleans, said she’s been keeping her dating circle “very small” during the pandemic. She had one phone date in March and then went on her first in-person date (they hung out at a park where they could keep their distance) in early June. To feel safe meeting up with someone IRL these days, certain conversations need to happen that weren’t necessary in a pre-COVID-19 world. 

“I’d like to know how many people they’ve been around, if they’ve been wearing masks when they’re out in public — pro tip: do this! — and if they’ve had symptoms or have been ill,” McQuin told HuffPost. “This is a freaking pandemic, so I don’t see anything wrong with declining a date if the person you’re talking to doesn’t respect your personal and health-related boundaries.”

“Also, wearing a mask and taking precautions means

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