The online community created by social media platforms can provide several rewards – new friends, entertainment, education – but along with that can raise the concern for privacy risks. It is smart to have limits as to what is revealed and to whom.
Here are some social media privacy best practices:
Be discreet – You don’t have to fill in every field when creating your profile. Also, don’t post information about your vacation plans, interior of your home etc., things that might make you more attractive to scam artists or thieves.
Think before you share – Remember that things you share could very well be shared outside your intended audience. Ask yourself “what would my parents, teachers, colleges, current or future employer, lender, law enforcement etc. think about this?” Protect your “e-reputation”.
Enlist your friends – Real friends will care about your reputation and respect your privacy. If someone has posted something in their own social media account that could affect you, ask them to remove it.
Smaller is often safer – Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know just to build your audience. You may not know them well enough to trust them which could increase risk that your privacy and security could be compromised.
Lock intruders out – Use every safety precaution to keep others out of your account. Set strong passwords, use a different password for each social media account, and lock your phone so a password is required.
Keep your whereabouts to your self – Telling your audience that you are out of town, at the airport, or on a two-week vacation could put you at risk for burglary, stalking etc.
Resist temptation – Don’t click on unknown links, which could be designed to infect your computer with a virus or data stealing spyware.
Looking for a great sale? Here is a list of the best products to buy in August plus the national days where you can score free items.
Close out summer by buying summer products — look for end-of-season clearance sales.
Back-to-school supplies – The start of school marks the need to buy small items such as pencils and expensive ones like laptops. Generally, the closer to the start of the school year you buy, the better your chances of getting a good price.
Outdoor products. Look for end of summer sales with a big deal on lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor equipment.
Swimsuits. There may not be many swimming days left by the time August rolls around, but that’s exactly why stores will have swimsuit clearance sales. Buy swimsuits for your family now for next year.
Mark your calendar: The first day of school is usually in August.
If you are a new gardener or would like to freshen up your skills, K-State Research and Extension is here to help. We offer a variety of local and research-based information for all your gardening questions. This video shows some of our favorite resources.
If you are needing assistance, here is a list or state resources/agencies that may be of help to you and the service that they provide.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) This program will provide nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of low-income individuals and families helping them afford the food they need to eat. This website has links at the top of the page to apply for assistance. http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/pages/food/foodassistance.aspx
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Healthy foods and services to low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and kids under age 5. Find out how to apply by using this website http://www.kansaswic.org/families.
Summer Food Service Program, provides free nutritious meals and snacks to all children 18 years old and under at approved summer food service program sites when school is not in session.
Senior Nutrition and Resources, provides prepared meals for eligible seniors through various settings such as congregate meal sites, home delivery or grab and go locations. Contact area agency on aging for a site near you.
Temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), monthly financial support to qualifying low-income families with children to help them pay for basic needs, including utilities, diapers and transportation. https://cssp.kees.ks.gov/apspssp/sspNonMed.portal
Hero Relief Fund provides childcare subsidies for essential workers who have countable gross income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. http://ksherorelief.com/
Evictions or Foreclosure Protection, Executive Order 20-10 issued by Governor Kelly, temporarily prohibiting certain foreclosures and evictions in Kansas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This protection extends until May 1, 2020 or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires, whichever is earlier.