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Beware of Identity Theft – 5 Worst Photos To Post Online

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

With the latest technology that the online industry can give us, we have so many ways to introduce ourselves online. Everyone can upload photos anytime, anywhere by just using our mobile phones.

With the cameras going into more sophisticated features, we all have the ability to make different posts and with the single snap of the camera, we can store it and later upload it online through different social networking sites like Facebook.

1. Don’t post your pictures showing your personal data.

Even if you make your social networking profile private, you aren’t sure that your friends can only be the one who can see your personal photos. Strangers and hackers are not the only threat but also the people you know can actually steal your identity. Consequently, even if your profile is private, meaning your friends only can see your photos, but if you think it more deeper, social networking sites are  notoriously complex. If you set your Facebook Photos settings to private, then your friends who are seeing those photos set their Facebook Photos Settings to Public, then the photos of you can actually be seen by others without you knowing. People between ages 18-24 are more prone to identity theft according to Javelin’s 2010 Identity Fraud Survey. But this year the age range shifted from 25-34. So beware of posting marriage certificates, drivers license and any other public documents that tells something about your personal identification.

2. Disable location services and geotagging

Don’t you know that every time you took a photo using your mobile phone, especially those with sophisticated cameras, it records EXIF data or metadata including, phone model,cameras’ speed, photo specifications and the date the photo was captured. Of course, you wouldn’t spend so much time knowing this because your purpose is to upload and post your own photos online. The sad thing about the photos captured is that geotagging. For GPS-enabled camera or phones, it stores your exact position in the metadata when you took a picture without you again knowing it. Some of the social networking sites disregards this data but some also includes it. Meaning, with just one photo you give your complete address to the whole wide world who knows how to view geotagging data.

3. Incriminating Photos

Many companies nowadays are searching for new hires online. They also use the web to know more about the personal backgrounds of their applicants . The point here is never upload or even accept tagged photos where you have incriminating and unprofessional posts. Make yourself look professional by avoiding this kinds of photos.

4. Cut out poorly cropped photos

Choose your profile pictures wisely. Don’t include cropped photos to your own photos. That will give another meaning to yourself. Give yourself a shot that will give your photo the best look.

5. Avoid webcam profile photos

There are a wide variety of cameras, cheap, easy to use, which means that something that is better than the built-in webcam or external to your computer. Although camera phones are often boast 5 megapixels or more, you can easily eclipse the image quality of a webcam, even on new computers. For many webcam optimized for video, image quality is degraded when it comes to images. FaceTime cameras by Apple, also on the iPad 2, the MacBook Air, and other devices are an example. The  moving photo will look great, but the still images can be grainy and fuzzy.

How to improve your self-portraits
To get a good shot, better to use a compact camera, a digital SLR camera for better image quality, or even your phone. As you can find a tripod for each of these devices (see Gorillamobile for your phone), set up the shot in advance which is well supported and well lit.

For a flattering image abroad, avoid the sun for high noon. Instead of taking your own picture – or better yet, ask for help from a friend – early morning and evening, when the photographers are known for the best type of lighting for portraits.

 

From : Upgrade Your Life

Christmas Season in the Philippines

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

116 Days before Christmas

September 1, 2011 – The Ber Months begins now. Filipinos all around the world are very excited about the very long Christmas Season here in the Philippines. From Print and TV ads, from the hosts of different TV shows, all of them are announcing that the Ber months has begun.

Even yesterday, I’ve watched different show in ABS-CBN, Ber months is a hot issue. This is the season where Filipinos prepare gifts for their children, the Ninong and Ninang starts to make a list of their “inaanak”, and every people is now thinking of having Christmas decorations in their houses.

After 3-5 days, you will see at night on the streets, delightful Parols. You will also hear different Christmas songs played on radio and even on TV. Despite all the problems we have now in our lives, we still have the time to prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus.

We learned how make things possible just to celebrate the Christmas Season with our whole family. We learned how to forgive for anyone who did bad things to us. And I think that’s the true meaning of Christmas. It’s about love, hope and forgiveness.

Lets start the Countdown! 116 Days Before Christmas!

Ber Months is Coming!

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The Filipinos still have a reason to smile as the “BER” months will begin on September 1st. That means, we now have to mark and begin to the countdown of the much awaited traditional Christmas.

We start to feel cool mornings, radio stations start playing Christmas carols. The Philippines have the longest Christmas season in the whole world.

Many Filipinos to start preparing their list of holiday shopping and gifts, even 155 days before Christmas.Although many people  wait until the last minute to purchase, usually after the release of 13 months of salary and bonus in December.

Shopping malls are busy and full of buyers with the atmosphere more lively and happy, until finally, the shops are decorated with beautiful Christmas ornaments.

Although typhoons are expected to arrive in the country by the end of the year, “BER” (September, October, November and December) months of this year will be exceptionally busy with different preparations on the upcoming Christmas Season.

The “BER” is also the period during which the police to intensify its campaign against crimes that often go until the start of the holidays. The authorities have repeatedly called for the public and shop owners to be vigilant during the season.

Philippines’ Christmas officially begins on December 16, with the “Misa de Gallo” or Midnight Mass, a religious activity that lasts nine days.

On Christmas Day, Filipinos wake up early at 4:30 in the morning to hear Mass and devotion to Christ the newborn. This tradition has given the Philippines the distinction of having the longest Christmas season in the world. The season extends beyond New Year and the Feast of the Epiphany in early January.

Despite economic difficulties, Filipinos remain hopeful of a happy Christmas celebration this year.

The Filipinos have learned to be frugal in difficult times. He added that a meeting with relatives and friends by sharing local dishes is enough to make the party memorable.

Don’t forget the true meaning of Christmas.

“God gave his only son to save us. “