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Why Having a Clean Social Media Is Vital in 2017

The 2017 Global Digital Overview showed that, across the world, some 2.7 billion people actively use different social media channels. This figure has increased every year. Unsurprisingly, businesses, and recruiters in particular, now use social media channels, including LinkedIn and Facebook, to vet potential employees. Employers will enter an applicant’s name in Google as a form of background check. They even hire screening companies for complete online and social media background checks.

Where once reputation management was only about businesses, therefore, it is now just as much about individuals. Indeed, before someone applies for any job, they should check out how they appear online first. Simply googling yourself is all it takes to find out what is said about you online. Do so in an incognito window, so that you see exactly what others would see about you.

Private and Privacy Is not the Same Thing

When you start a new social media account, you must read the small print, even if nobody does. This is because the small print will tell you exactly which information about you can be shared. Also, you should not make the mistake of thinking that your profile will be set up as private automatically. In fact, the opposite is true. You need to make sure you change your settings to be as private as possible – including not allowing anybody to tag you in pictures without your explicit consent!

Furthermore, it shouldn’t only be about LinkedIn and Facebook. Instagram accounts, for instance, are open and your profile picture can be found on lots of different sites. Twitter is similar, particularly if you haven’t set your Tweets to private. And if you change those settings now, then all your past Tweets will still be public. Then, there is your Google+ profile, as well as your YouTube channel. If you have any strange subscriptions on that channel, it will reflect badly on you. There is Soundcloud and Foursquare, and even that old Myspace account is still around.

Understanding Privacy Settings

It is vital that you always stay up to date with the privacy settings on all channels that you use. They change regularly, which means that something that was initially private may now be public. You regularly have to make manual adjustments, particularly if you’re looking for a new job. Conduct an audit every few months, in other words, to make sure everything is still private.

But at the same time, you shouldn’t be too private. If an employer cannot find you online at all, it will be highly suspect. With 2.1 billion people being active social media users, only very few people (the very young, the very old, and the very remote) do not have an online presence. You would be wrong to assume that you don’t have an online reputation because you cannot be found online. Rather, you will instantly have a negative reputation because it will look as if you either have something to hide, or that you are not modern and aware of today’s technology.

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Can You Predict Ovulation?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, then this question has to be at the forefront of your mind. You can only conceive during your ‘fertile window’ – a period of a few days in each cycle anchored in place by when you ovulate.

For conception to occur, active sperm have to encounter a fertile egg (usually in the fallopian tubes, sometimes in the uterus), which means that you opportunity to get pregnant each month is dictated by how long both sperm and egg can survive! As healthy sperm can survive in the body for four to five days, and an egg remains fertile for between twelve and twenty four hours, this gives you a period of four to five days in each menstrual cycle when you can get pregnant.

Predicting this window of time is really important, especially if you have a plan for the ideal time you want to get pregnant and give birth. It’s absolutely vital if you’re trying to counter the fertility effects of conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which makes ovulation rarer and less regular – identifying and anticipating that key moment is the key tool you have available to help you get pregnant.

Is there an answer, though? Plenty of products promise to be an ovulation predictor but do they work?

Ovulation Calculators

These are perhaps the most convenient, lowest effort solution available, which makes them inherently attractive to some. All you need to do is enter the date your last period started, and the length of your menstrual cycle, and it can place where you are in yours, and tell you when you’re due to menstruate.

These work well – for women with extremely regular cycles. If yours works like clockwork every month, this is a good option, but even then tools like this simply can’t pick up health issues that might cause a disruption to your cycle.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

Known as OPKs, these kits work like pregnancy test: they check your urine for a spike in a particular hormone, the Luteinising Hormone that prompts your ovaries to release an egg, in this case. If the test detects you’re experiencing a surge in this hormone it tells you’re ovulating!

The weakness of these tests is that they’re not good at picking up results if you have a disrupted hormonal background – if you have a naturally low surge of LH it may never pick it up even if you ovulate regularly!

Basal Body Temperature

This is one of the best measures, with real predictive power: your basal body temperature (the minimum it sinks to while you sleep) responds to your menstrual cycle, so taking your temperature with an accurate digital thermometer can predict when you’re due to be at your most fertile.

It can be hard work to get good readings, but with specialised products available to take some of the pain out of taking readings and turning data into predictions, it’s the best option for the majority of people!

Could You Be the Next Crime Victim?

Being a victim of crime is something no one wants to be a part of.

That said are you doing everything within your power to lower the chances of being the next victim? If you are not, you could be setting yourself up for trouble.

With that in mind, what steps can you take to steer clear of being a crime victim?

Don’t Think It Can’t Happen to You

In your quest to steer clear of ending up a victim, your first step should be to understand that it can happen to anyone.

That said you want to avoid having the notion that you are immune to it. Even when you think you’ve taken all the right steps to avoid crime, it can still surprise you.

Among some of the crimes and how you can avoid them:

1. Identity theft – One of the more troublesome crimes, identity theft can strike at any time. With that being the case, you want to have an identity protection plan backing you up. Whether you look into LifeLock identity protection service or another brand, protect yourself. Such coverage will alert you to any red flags as you look to protect your finances. The most notable is someone without authority has tried to access your finances. Remember, one successful identity theft caper can have dire consequences for your finances.

2. Property theft – No matter the items involved, property theft is another crime you want to be aware of. With that in mind, you should make sure all your property has protection at all times. An example of this would be your vehicle. Are you someone who leaves their vehicle unlocked all or most of the times? If so, you are asking for trouble. Even if you lock your car or truck on a regular basis, do not leave valuables in it. Items like laptops, phones and significant money should never be in your vehicle. If you need to leave something of value in your vehicle for only a brief period of time, lock it in the trunk. At least this way it is out of the public view should someone come upon your vehicle.

3. Home invasion – Another crime to stay on top of would be a homeinvasion. In such a scenario, a criminal would break into your home whether you are there or not at the time. If you are, things could be even worse. To best protect your home, having a security system in place is a good start. If you do not have one now, go online and see which companies offer the best systems. You can check with friends to see which home security systems they recommend. Even with a security system in place, use some commonsense too. This means not leaving doors unlocked to start with. If you are going to be away for any extended period of time, be sure to have your mail/newspapers picked up. Also make sure your grass is trimmed and any snow is shoveled. Never give off signs that your home is sitting there without you around.

In your efforts to avoid being a crime victim, will you come out on top?