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Great advice! Report
Good advice. Report
I used to work at a place where I even saw folk's account numbers. You would not believe how easy it is to get information. Do the best you can but know that in today's world you are not secure. I'm not a doomsday person but just be aware that Anywhere you go online leaves a trail. If someone wants your info they can get it and I'm not tech savvy. Report
Thank you for the information. I just wanted to add, though, that when you blog or post messages, you are safer if you post about things that have already happened. If you say you are going to be somewhere, be somewhat vague about exactly where. Because someone might show up! That, or they might know that your house is vacant. So those are both good reasons to write about things after they have occurred. Report
I honestly think this is what caused my stress, trying to read everything and still get confused over the computer, I pad, and facebook before I make any more mistakes,Sparks is killing me by sitting here all day and night trying to learn! Report
How I wish that Spark People would only allow members to access message boards and blogs. As it is, Spark People is of much less help to me because everything posted here is instantly transmitted through Google. Report
I agree that it would be great if our Sparkpages wouldn't make it into web searches online. And if they must, I think that people should be required to create an account before seeing Sparkpages. While I post nothing that I would be devastated about if someone I knew were to find me online, I do prefer a bit of anonymity in my weight loss and healthy living journey.

Simply requiring people to create an account before getting to view a Sparkpage would deter many from signing up just to be nosy. And from a business strategy standpoint, it would increase SparkPeople's new account generation. Report
Thanks for the info, sure wish i had found it about 10 hours ago. now i know how to handle my situation that i have occuring now. I just wish that everything we put on a posting would not make it onto the internet, The people on the internet are using info they get off my sparkpage and puting it onto facebook where i dont have any control over who sees it there. But now i know how to handle that problem..thanks for a great place to meet other people who share my problems..... Report
Thanks for the info!! Report
My comment isnt's directly related to the article but it does concern computer safety. The only way I can input info for my nutrition tracker is to disable the pop up blocker. All three days that I've used the tracker I've had to clean up malware on my computer - this is something I've rarely had to deal with so I'm sure it's not coincidence. Is there some way to use the tracker without disabeling my pop up blocker? I don't want to mess up my computer nor do I want to spend an hour or two every day clearing out malware. Has anyone else had this problem? Aside from that, Sparky Stuff looks great and I can't wait to dive in head first! Report
i go to weight watchers and a friend there told me @ your site got a computer &learning how to use it 3weeks experience! i have heart problems all my arteries are over 80% blocked so i am very limited in what i do so i can't exercise !i need to lose at least 17lbs i feel even with the odds against me i can do this i use to nape daily do to bordom long days but it's been a week no naps rather read articles on losing weight doctor says every pound your overweight it is 10 lbs of pressure on your arteries so if i can lose i have more of a change to live longer thank you for your program! Report
Thanks for caring! It means alot!! :) Report
I have less of a comment as it is a question: earlier today I read advice on how to get
control of hypothyroidism with natural supplements. In addition there was a link
to a website that was promoting a supplement for mild adrenal insufficiency that looked
very promising. Unfortunately I lost that link and can't find it anymore. Is there anyone
out there who knows what I am talking about? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much in advance. :) Report
Thanks for the great advice. You can't be too careful these days. I remember the horror stories on the news and I hope everyone else does too.l Report
I greatly appreciate this article. As a data security professional for the last 25 years, I understand the aspects of privacy and risk management from both sides, the tech side and the people side.

If you're on SparkPeople through Firefox (the browser I recommend to people), the Firefox addons NoScript, FlashBlock, and World of Trust (WOT) are excellent tools to protect yourself. Also, I recommend setting Firefox to clear your private data when you close the window, or manually clear your private data when you've finished working on a private site.

If you're using Internet Explorer, make sure your firewall is turned on. Other than that, I can't help you.

Finally, make sure your anti-malware software (antivirus, spam blocker, spyware blocker) is up-to-date and is running frequently. Report

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