Why You Should Never Send Anyone Compromising Photos

Why You Should Never Send Anyone Compromising Photos

You probably already know that you should never send anyone compromising photos of you, even if you have been dating for a while. But you also probably think that even if you did nothing bad would happen. That’s what I thought when I sent my boyfriend of four years a quick topless photo one night when he was on a business trip. I didn’t think anything of it and I even forgot that I sent it. Until about six months later when we broke up.

I ended the relationship and he took it badly. But, I thought after the dust settled that things would get back to normal. Unfortunately, I was very wrong. About a month after we finally ended things for good and he moved out I got a message from a friend on Facebook telling me to look at a website. They sent a link. And there, to my horror, was my topless photo with my name and my employer’s information. And my friend let me know that the link had been messaged by my ex to every single person on my Facebook friends list, including my boss and my co-workers.

I was mortified. And also terrified. I didn’t know what happen. I was afraid of losing my job and I was also afraid of being ostracized by co-workers. I was worried that clients or business associates would see those photos. I wanted to look on Twitter and Instagram to see if he was sending the link on those platforms but I didn’t have the courage to look. One of my friends looked for me and told me that the link had been tweeted to all of my ex’s ten thousand followers.

I called the police but they told me that there was nothing they could do. I was advised to print out the photo and the information from the website and start documenting any messages or contact I had with him in order to try and build a case against him. But there was no way to prove that he had uploaded the photo and because everything he was doing was online there was no way to stop him.

I started suffering from anxiety attacks all the time. I didn’t lose my job but I was definitely treated differently. My co-workers gossiped about me and I was passed over for a promotion that I had earned a few months after all this happened. Of course, I couldn’t prove that the photo had an impact on not getting the promotion but there’s a good chance it did. Eventually, I changed jobs but after just a few weeks my new employers received an email from an anonymous account with a link to the same site.

I never thought that one quick selfie would end up ruining my chances for promotion and following me from job to job. I trusted my boyfriend and I felt certain he would never do such a terrible thing. But it happened to me, and it can happen to you too. Think twice before sending any photos that could be used against you in the future.

What To Do With Your Old Electronics After The Holidays

What To Do With Your Old Electronics After The Holidays

Electronics are always some of the most popular holiday gifts but people are often not sure what to do with their old electronics after they get new ones. Electronics can’t be tossed in the trash because they contain elements that can be hazardous if they get into the soil in a landfill. So if you are planning on buying your family members electronics for Christmas, or if you end up getting surprised with new electronics like a new computer, new phone, new tablet, or new TV or video game systems here are a few of the ways that you and your family can get rid of the old and outdated electronics that you have:

Sell Them

To get rid of your old electronics and pick up some extra cash is to sell your old electronics. If you planning on selling a phone, tablet, or computer. Make sure that your information is totally wiped from the device before you try to sell it.

You can sell it privately through Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or another online local sales site. But be aware that you might not get any interest in your items right after the holidays. There will be many other people selling their items at that time. You might have better luck taking your electronics to a gaming store or a hobby store. Like Game Stop or any store that sells used electronics. They will give you less than retail price for the items but you won’t have to worry about arranging a private sale. And if you sell the items for store credit instead of cash you can get more because they will often give you about 25% more store credit than cash for your items.

Donate Them

If your items still work and they aren’t very old models you could donate them to a church group. A school, a senior center, or another organization that helps connect people with electronics. Many schools need tablets and computers. Once your items have been donated to a charitable group. They might also be auctioned off to raise money for the organization. Last year I got a new iPad Pro so I donated my old iPad Pro. Which was only a year old, to a local animal shelter. They held a raffle with the iPad Pro as the grand prize. They were able to raise almost $4000 in raffle ticket sales. Your old electronics can bring in big money for groups that are always in need of funds.

Recycle Them

If your electronics aren’t in good shape or if they are old and not really worth giving away. Selling you should recycle them. There should be a city facility where you live where you can drop off old electronics. You can bring them to many electronics stores. Drop them off to be recycled in the store’s recycling program. When you recycle those old electronics properly it helps protect the environment so it’s worth taking the time. To make sure they are handled and recycled properly.

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Got a Hot New Date? Keep Yourself on the Safe Side and Do a Background Check for New Dates

Got a Hot New Date? Keep Yourself on the Safe Side and Do a Background Check for New Dates

Being set up for a blind date or going on dating sites for a chance at love is not a bad thing. After all, many successful marriages sprung forth from such meetings. But while you can hope for the best when it comes to these kinds of dates, you should be aware of the risks it poses. And to stay on the safe side, you’d better do a background check for new dates so you don’t end up with a broken heart, or worse, broken bones and more.

Just to make it more clear, here are some of the risks that go on dates with people you don’t know have.

  • Your date can be a human trafficker who is ready to kidnap you and sell you to others.
  • Your date can be a rapist or sexual offender.
  • Your date can be any other type of criminal who wants to do you harm.
  • Your date can already be married and have a family.

These are just a few of what your date can end up to be and that you should be aware of.

But you should not ditch your date just because you think he may be one of the above. So, how can you tell if the guy is a cheater or a criminal? You can simply do a background check on him using tools on the internet such as the people search engine Kiwi Searches.

And when you are sure of your date, be more cautious and follow these tips.

  • Make sure to meet at a well-populated and well-lighted place.
  • Let someone you trust, like a family member or close friend, know about your plans of meeting someone.
  • Travel on separate cars. Don’t let your date pick you up or give him a ride on your car.
  • Don’t give out important details about your life such as your address.
  • Always have an exit plan if you don’t feel comfortable or safe with your date.
  • Make sure you are not followed to your home when your date is over.

The best relationship advice always has to do with safety. Love and trust. If you don’t have these feelings for your date, chances are he’s not the one for you.

So be cautious and always stay on the safe side of things, especially when it comes to dates and relationships. Know a thing or two about reading more here http://www.intechpublishing.com/signs-your-online-date-might-be-married/.

Signs Your Online Date Might Be Married

Signs Your Online Date Might Be Married

30 million people use online dating sites every month, and as many as 40% of them could already be married. I met and dated a guy for four months without knowing he was married the entire time. And when I confronted him he admitted cheating but said he had no plans to leave his wife. I want to save you from that heartache and having to do a reverse phone search. Here are a few of the signs:

Group Photos

If they won’t post any clear or identifiable photos of themselves as their profile pic or in their public photos. They might be married and they might be trying to remain incognito. The person I dated had only a group photo as a profile pic and kept all their other photos private. While using my old phone, I could barely find photos of them. I didn’t see a clear photo of his face until we had exchanged phone numbers.

It’s difficult when someone hurts you.

They Won’t Give You Personal Information

Of course, you should always be wary of giving your personal information to strangers at first. That’s just common sense. But if the person you are talking with is married even after you have given up some of your personal information to establish mutual trust they won’t give you their personal information. They may not want to give you their phone number, insisting that they will call or text you when they are free. Or they may give you a VOIP phone line that goes straight to voicemail and tell you to leave a message and they will call you back. Make sure you run a background check first!

They Talk And Text At Strange Hours

If you have moved to the talking on the phone and texting part of online dating and the person you’re dating is married or in a relationship, you might notice that they are very reluctant to talk on the phone or text with you and this is an obvious sign. They might ask you to message them on social media or email them instead of talk or text. If they do want to talk on the phone it could be at odd hours like during lunchtime when they’re at work, very early in the morning or very late at night. They also may only text you during brief periods of the day.

Should Parents Worry About The Amazon Echo Dot?

Should Parents Worry About The Amazon Echo Dot?

Amazon Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot sounds like it’s going to be a great addition to the Echo lineup, but some parents and law makers are worried about it. They are concerned with protecting the privacy of the kids who use it. That’s because this Echo model is different from other models. It records conversations and interactions while encouraging kids to give their personal information. Information that you would normally get from a cell phone spy app


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Amazon Echo Dot

Privacy experts are concerned that it is training kids to be compliant to technology, and teaching them to give up their privacy. But how much of their concerns are justified? While this level of technology is considered amazing, you might wonder how it will effect children. Theres other tech items coming out like the red hydrogen one holographic phone

Privacy Concerns

As a parent I don’t have any privacy concerns about the Amazon Echo. I ordered one for each of my kids and I’m excited to get them. I think it will be useful for them to have one device that they can use to read, learn, and play with. And I like the fact that it’s interactive but isn’t a tablet so they don’t need to spend hours in front of a screen. It will help them learn to be more independent and amuse themselves.

Ordering Items Online 

What I like best about the Amazon Echo Dot is that there are only certain features available for use. So my kids aren’t going to mistakenly order a ton of toilet paper or buy themselves 20 books by telling Alexa to order them. And I won’t have to worry about kids listening to music or hearing books that are too mature for them. This Echo has some great safety features and more kid friendly responses than the regular one. 

Recording Your Kids?

I don’t really like that the Echo makes recordings of my kids. But parents can go into the account and completely delete all recordings and all personal information. So when it comes to the Echo Dot, parents just need to take an active role in protecting the privacy of their kids and I don’t have a problem with that. Responsible parents should be monitoring these devices anyway. 

If your an actively involved parent, the new child friendly version of the Echo is a great tool. And it can be used an intercom which is fantastic. I’m so sick of screaming up to the second floor to get everyone to come downstairs for meals or family time. Being able to just tell them to come down through the Echo will be great. If you enjoyed this check out my last post about switching back to an older iPhone

Why I Switched Back To My Old iPhone

Why I Switched Back To My Old iPhone

Like everyone else I was very excited when the Apple iPhone X came out. It had so many cool features and such cutting-edge technology I couldn’t wait to try it. For about a month it was thrilling, but then I started to find it annoying. I was constantly terrified that I would drop it and the screen would shatter despite the protective case. It had glitches galore. I found myself thinking longingly of my old iPhone 6S that was sitting in the drawer. After about two months of using the iPhone X, I broke out my old 6S and put my SIM card back in that phone. Luckily I already knew how to back up my phone and didn’t have any issues. Now the iPhone X is sitting in a drawer.

Here’s why I went back to my old iPhone:

Not Having A Home Button Was Terrible

When the iPhone X came out one of the features that everyone was crazy about was that the X doesn’t have a home button. At first, I liked that too, but then I realized it was annoying and time-consuming to try and close apps, switch screens, or really do anything without a home button. Trying to back up my phone was also difficult when the home button wasn’t there. I found myself constantly pressing the bottom of the phone where the home button should have been. Maybe I’m just not ready to embrace the cutting edge, I don’t know. But I really missed the home button.

Facial Recognition Is A Nightmare

Facial recognition instead of Touch ID is another of the features that people were really excited about when the iPhone X debuted. After a couple days of using my face to unlock the phone and do many other tasks, I was over it. I miss Touch ID or just using my passcode to unlock the phone. When I tried to pay for items in the store using facial recognition, I was constantly holding up the line and looking like a total hipster. Not something I enjoyed.

It’s Just Too Much

I could talk about the other features that the iPhone X has that just didn’t work for me but ultimately the X is just too much phone for me. Even half of the things it can do are too much. Honestly, I really just wanted to streamline my phone use. I need a phone to call people, text, and check my email and social media. I don’t need a super powerful computer replacement or a super high tech camera that can take amazing videos or still photos. As long as my phone can take halfway decent selfies, that’s all I need.

Trying to back up my phone takes more time now on the iPhoneX.
The iPhone X is just too much for what I need.

So I went back to my iPhone 6s, and I’m totally happy with the switch. I’m sure the iPhone X is exactly right for someone younger, more creative, or more hip than myself, and I’m sure it’s a fantastic phone for someone who wants to do more with their phone. But the iPhone 6s does everything I need, including making the time to back up my phone a breeze, and it’s comfortable and familiar.

On a side note, does anyone want my new iPhone X? It’s only collecting dust. Contact me for pricing. I’m kidding……..but seriously, anyone interested?