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Identity Theft Stinks… A Few Pointers to Avoid It!

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Talk about bad luck.

 

First, my dad got his identity hacked while he was in North Shore Hospital battling Leukemia.

 

Then , while in remission, someone broke into another account and tried to buy $400 worth of Great Adventure tickets on his American Express.  They didn’t even invite him!

 

The last time someone bought airline tickets in Dubai for Egypt.

 

Poor man never catches a break.  (well, he has me, so he isn’t doing all that bad… haha)

 

Did you know that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes with over 15 million people being effected annually and resulting in over fifty billion in damages?

 

Right now are you thinking – COME ON DIZEE!  Yesterday was animal testing, today is Identity Theft?  Where is the happy blog you promised us?! 

 

I would argue you would be happier without having your identity stolen… #amiright?

 

Dad is really smart when it comes to this stuff, so if he can have his identity stolen (multiple times) it makes someone like me (aka Doofy Dizee) very nervous.

 

(See, I can write this because he doesn’t read my blog.  If he knew I called him ‘really smart’ there would be no living with him!)
Here are some of his suggestions to keep your identity safe:

  • Don’t use the same password for each account

    Often hackers will assume you have the same password for multiple accounts. 

    So, if your Facebook Account is hacked, they will try all the big guys (amazon, discover  card, etc) and some of the little guys (Macys, Old Navy) to see if they can gain access to other accounts of yours.  

    Therefore it is important to differentiate between accounts.  A simple way would be setting your passwords up like this:

    Wal-mart account – WMpa$$word
    Yahoo Account – Yhpa$$word
    Amazon Account – Azpa$$word

    You get the idea.  Clever….

  •  Check if your credit card has a free notification service 

    Dad’s American Express card provides  free instant notification when his account is used and the card is not present.  In this instance, the hackers were not able to complete the purchase of Great Adventure tickets. 

      (Note to self, do this soon!)

 

  • Use different security questions for each account

     I am totally guilty of this one!  Look, I have enough problems remembering if I brushed my teeth in the morning, I couldn’t be expected to remember different security questions! But it is true, if your account gets compromised, the hackers could use this information to try to gain access to a different account. 

 

Can you imagine if these identity thieves used their brains for good?  We would have a cure for cancer, a balanced national budget and an end to poverty.

Now, please excuse me while I change all the passwords on my accounts…..

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Dizee’s Public Service Announcement….

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What do Sally Hansen, Bobbi Brown, Clairol, Arm & Hammer and Estee Lauder have in common?

 

They all still test on animals.  Isn’t that so 1970’s?  Click here to get a complete list – I was very disappointed to see some of the names there…

 

Guess what else– 96% of dogs used in testing are Beagles, primarily for product and drug testing.

 

 

The same traits which make beagles such excellent family dogs also work against them when it comes to testing, poking and prodding.  They are friendly animals who rarely bite and adjust well to whatever is thrown at them.

 

I was horrified!  I don’t know why, but I just assumed animal testing was passé.  I guess ignorance is bliss …  You can check here for a comprehensive list from PETA of those who do and don’t test on animals.

 

So, I have made a conscience effort to start changing my spending habits – I will be sharing some cruelty-free alternatives that I have already fallen in love with (and some that aren’t too hot).

 

 

And I found my reward for when I hit my goal weight – this adorable shirt! And I love that I would be supporting the Beagle Freedom Fund.  They do wonderful things to find these poor laboratory patients new, loving homes.  If you have a minute (and waterproof mascara) you should check out some of their rescues.

 

Thank you for allowing me my rant!

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3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Had A Baby

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ahhh, hindsight is 20/20, isn’t it?

    1. Anesthesiologists are not miracle workers.  Giving birth still hurt.  But you get a baby out of it, so it turns out OK. 
    2. After 18 hours of labor & popping out my little bundle of joy, I still looked pregnant!  This is another joke life plays on you.  Finally, when I got down to my pre-baby weight – boom, preggers again. 
    3. Babies eat, sleep and poop money.  Here are some programs I wish I had known about at the beginning! 
      1. Formula
        Similac - By joining, I received fantastic coupons & free samples.  
        Enfamil -  Same deal as Similac.  Partner up with someone who uses Enfamil, both of you sign up to the programs & swap coupons.
      2. Diapers
        1. Pampers Gifts to Grow:  Awesome program.  Every pack of diapers or wipes come with a special code.  Accumulate enough and you can put your points towards fantastic rewards – shutterfly books, BJ’s gift cards & toys.  Here is a list I compiled thanks to Money Saving Mom & Couponing to Disney. Don’t spend all your points in one place!
        2. Huggies Enjoy the Ride:   This program is similar to Pampers Gifts to Grow.  This means FREE STUFF.  And, thanks to Money Saving Mom and Couponing to Disney, here are some rewards to start you off.

           BJRJL-BZZLF-BDPGB,    BKTXH-RBZFX-LLPGB,    BKJBP-WGSZR-PNPGB,   BKLCD-QSHXR-LTPGB,    BKZRQ-KHCFK-QWPGB

      3. Food
        1. Yo Baby-  Both my boys LOVE their yogurt.  Sign up to be eligible for coupons for free yogurt and other great stuff… 
        2. Beach Nut Rewards :  sign up and receive coupons!!!  Click here for free a toddler pack! (I received a coupon for a free Stage 4 product!)
        3. Gerber – receive the  Gerber Generation Back Pack when you are in the hospital.  Check and see if your hospital is participating.  You can also sign up for their program here
      4. Information
        1. Baby Center - I loved this site!  There is a ton of information available on just about every topic.    I typically would search ‘When will baby sleep through the nite’ during those 2 AM feedings….
      5. The Whole Deal
        1. Amazon Moms : My friend Lisa (the genius who told me about Ebates) was telling me how much she loves the Amazon Mom’s program. You can save up to 30% on diapers & wipes, plus, most other items are 15% off.  And, when you spend $25, you get free shipping

 Happy Shopping & Saving!

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