7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook

Berikut adalah nasihat yang berguna untuk pengguna facebook…. sila ambil perhatian!

by Consumer Reports Magazine
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Provided by ConsumerReports

1. Using a Weak Password

Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word “houses”: hO27usEs!

2. Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile

It’s an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you’ve already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.

3. Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls

For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don’t want anyone to have access to that information anyway.

4. Posting Your Child’s Name in a Caption

Don’t use a child’s name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn’t on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.

5. Mentioning That You’ll Be Away From Home

That’s like putting a “no one’s home” sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.

6. Letting Search Engines Find You

To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook’s privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn’t checked.

7. Permitting Youngsters to Use Facebook Unsupervised

Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. “What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious,” says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment “Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes” every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents’ regular comings and goings.

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Makan kekacang setiap hari menurunkan kolesterol?

Mengikut kajian terkini, pengambilan kekacang setiap hari dapat menurunkan kandungan kolesterol yang tinggi dalam darah dan seterusnya mengurangkan risiko mendapat penyakit jantung (koronari).

Anda sendiri pun boleh mencuba sejauh mana kebenaran kenyataan ini.

Hasil kajian tersebut dipanjangkan di bawah ini:

Eating Nuts Daily Lowers Cholesterol

Daily Helping of Nuts May Help Fight Heart Disease, New Study Finds

By Bill Hendrick
Reviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC

May 10, 2010 — Eating nuts on a daily basis improves blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, a new study says.

Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH, and colleagues from Loma Linda University in California, pooled data from 25 studies on nut consumption in seven countries, looking at 583 men and women with various cholesterol levels. None was on cholesterol-lowering medications. Nuts evaluated included almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and peanuts.

Patients in the trials ate an average of 67 grams, or about 2.4 ounces, of nuts daily.

This dietary practice resulted in an average 5.1% reduction in total cholesterol concentration, a 7.4% reduction in LDL or bad cholesterol, and an 8.3% reduction in the ratio of LDL to HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels.

In addition, triglyceride measurements declined by 10.2%, but only among people with initially elevated triglyceride readings. The cholesterol effects of nut consumption were similar in men and women, and were dose related.

Nuts Improve Cholesterol, Heart Health

Different types of nuts had similar effects on blood cholesterol levels, according to the authors. However, “effects of nut consumption were significantly modified by LDL, body mass index, and diet type: the lipid-lowering effects of nut consumption were greatest among subjects with high baseline LDL and with low body mass index and among those consuming Western diets.”

The findings support the inclusion of nuts in therapeutic dietary interventions for improving cholesterol levels, the authors say.

“Increasing consumption of nuts as part of an otherwise prudent diet can be expected to favorably affect blood lipid levels (at least in the short term), and have the potential to lower coronary heart disease risk,” the authors write.

Nevertheless, moderation is key. Although eating nuts on a regular basis appears to have significant health benefits, nut consumption should be limited to no more than 3 ounces per day because of their high calorie density.

Sabaté and fellow author Emilio Ros, MD, PhD, disclose receiving research funding from the California Walnut Commission, the Almond Board of California, the National Peanut Board, and the International Tree Nut Council. Sabaté has also received an honorarium as a member of the Pistachio Scientific Advisory Board.

The study is published in the May 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

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