Data Breaches [infographic]

October 4, 2011 |  by  |  Business, Internet, Tech  |  2 Comments
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Although I have very limited knowledge of business, big or small, this infographic about data breaches still feels like a very big deal. Data breeches can, and will, affect even us little people with no knowledge of business because we all have information stored and accessible through various businesses and corporations. *cough* Sony Playstation Network *cough* People always assume that just big companies are subject to data breaches, but that is definitely not the case. The ever expanding area of small business is just as susceptible.

Some ways to keep your data secure are to keep secure passwords and firewalls to protect your information and the information of your customers/clients, be sure that your employees are trustworthy and are keeping an eye out for potential leaks or intrusions, and to consult an expert. The expertise of the hacker is definitely growing and the safest way to be protected is to be protected by a professional. Keep your information protected by an insurance plan that will cover losses. [Via]

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Filling the Gap: How Students Pay for College [infographic]

October 3, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  1 Comment
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Over the weekend I heard some of the best news I could possibly hear. Arrested Development will be coming back for a final season to be capped off by a movie. Although this is completely irrelevant to today’s infographic I felt this was news that needed to be shared. Supposedly there is going to be a nine or ten part series allowing us to see what the characters have been up to for the past five years. Fox, who was stupid enough to take Arrested Development off the air and replace it with Family Guy reportedly will not be airing the series. It will air either on showtime or be broadcast on Netflix’s instant streaming, unfortunately it looks as though we will have to wait until some time in 2012 before this becomes a reality.

Now for business, today’s infographic Filling the Gap: How Students Pay for College details the ridiculous costs of college and how we manage to pay for them. As someone who is still in College I understand the woes of college expenses. Although my parents are both teachers and don’t have the biggest income and I have a sister attending college as well, the government believes my parents can pay a majority of our tuition no problem. Offering my sister and I very small unsubsidized loans and even smaller subsidized loans. As a result I have worked my whole college career to pay for all the extras needed in College.

If you’re a student hopefully today’s infographic will provide you with some information on filling the gap in your expenses. Hey after all if you need a little extra money you could just donate some organs, I’m sure they pay top dollar for those.[Private Student Loans]

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Big Germ on Campus [infographic]

September 30, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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As a college student myself, today’s infographic made me feel unsanitary. I had no idea the extent of bacteria and other unwanted germs lived on my bed. Weirdly enough, the Junior year of college is actually the cleanest year your bed will ever have at university. I’m not sure why the 3rd year is the cleanest, but I know I’m proud to be a Junior. By the way, your pillows are nasty. I usually wash my pillow cases every time I use the washing machine, but I don’t often clean the pillow itself. Yuck.

Most people know college is a dirty time in people’s lives. Because of the constant visiting friends, study-groups and party-goers a super clean house is something rare. My roommates and I try our best to keep our place clean with general rules like all dishes go straight to the dishwasher. This works pretty well and we’re unlike most college households where sink is the place with the biggest pile of filth.

SleepBetter.org has put together a series of infographics on the germs of our sleeping arrangements. Ever wonder the creatures that can get on your bed when you sleep with your cat or dog? Find out about your four-legged-friends, and check out some of the other infographics about sleep research at [SleepBetter.org]

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Spotify and its Competition [infographic]

September 29, 2011 |  by  |  Music  |  2 Comments
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Napster had its up and downs, but now it’s safe to say you need to find a new music service. iTunes is well organized and has a large collection of songs, but it quickly becomes impossible to afford. If you have a diverse music taste like me, you want access to many different bands all the time. Buying hundreds of CDs is fun until you realize you have no money to buy concert tickets to see the live shows.

Today’s infographic is here to help you out. It stacks up the major music subscription services and rates them on various features. I have not explored the majority of these, but I have downloaded the free trial of Spotify, and it is awesome. It is great to be able to search an artist and listen to entire songs rather than short samples. If I’m not mistaken, the unlimited streaming trial lasts for 6 months! Although it is a little creepy, I enjoy the connection with Facebook and the ability to see your friend’s playlists and what they’re listening to.

Since I’m not an expert on this subject, please leave me some comments on your experiences with these various services. If you think one of these is way better than Spotify, I want to try it out! [Via]

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7 Allergens in Your Home [infographic]

September 28, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Allergy sufferers, your home may be less of a refuge than you would like. Even bed, that sanctum of solace, could be making your allergies worse. According to today’s infographic, there are approximately 1,000 to 10,000 dust mites in the average bed. (Cue Phantom of the Opera Overture.)

Now that we are all aware of the small vermin taking up residence in our residence, aggravating our allergies, what are our options? Regularly washing bedding and covering mattresses with plastic are two tactics. Unfortunately, dust mites are not the only culprits. Dust (that thick film over your fan blades), mold, dead roaches, pollen, and pet dander all top the hit-list of major household allergy contributors. Take a look at the infographic below for harsh reality and some great allergy-prevention tips. [Via]

7 Household Allergens Infographic

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