Technology and Data Security

New technology and interconnectivity has long been pushed for modern convenience. Near field communication is being used to pay for things, and using your mobile device for banking is being encouraged. Although there are many benefits to ease of use there is also the challenge of security. Recently Equifax as well as other large companies encountered unwanted incursions into their systems that exposed the information of millions of people to unscrupulous hackers. So should you continue to rely on the newer technology? In the case of Equifax and other companies you do business with you probably do not have an …

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Fall Financial Checkup

October Is National Financial Planning Month, and it is the beginning of the fourth quarter. Either at the end of the fourth quarter last year, or the first quarter of this year most people thought about where they were financially and where they wanted to be. In fact, if you are like many people you reviewed and revised your budget for the year. Since the fourth quarter is here it is time to look at your performance and make any adjustments to help you reach your goals. Are you under budget for the year? Good job! Was it accidental, or …

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Camping, Hiking and the Outdoors

Aah, autumn has arrived and fall weather is all around us. If you like being outside then October is a great time to experience nature in the south. In Alabama there are many fantastic places you can spend your leisure time. A few ideas for you are as follows: If you only have a brief respite before you have to return indoors consider a walk. In the Birmingham area there are many great places where you can walk. Railroad Park in Birmingham is a favorite of many, but Veteran’s Park in Hoover, Lakeshore Trail in Homewood and Black Creek Park …

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Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun for All Ages

October is here again which means it is time to get your pirates and princesses (and / or yourself) prepared for the fun of the Halloween season.  To ensure that nothing hinders your family’s enjoyment of this popular holiday, please consider taking a few precautions before you embark on your fun adventures.  Below are a few tips to keep you and your family safe. Talk to your children Many parents have concerns about Halloween, yet may not communicate with their children the dangers they may face, or how to handle certain situations should they arise.  Make sure your children are …

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Put Your Grill to Good Use

Speaking of tailgating in the Football Time post, everyone knows that barbecuing is often a part of the tailgate experience. The easy thing to do is to pick up some chicken, hamburger meat, or franks to grill. Although those meats are typical (and good) for grilling, cooking something different can be fun. Using the recipe below you should be able to make a tasty treat that not only will please the beef eater, but also delight the bacon lover at your next event. Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tournedos Time: 20 minutes Effort: Easy Ingredients 4 Beef tournedos (surrounding fat & string removed) …

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Football Time

When October rolls around in the U.S. virtually everyone knows the great tradition of football is in full swing. From Pop Warner Football through the NFL the topic is almost certain to be mentioned frequently in conversations. In Alabama, colleges have been playing football for over 100 years so it is a very established sport. Involvement in football (whether watching, or participating) often spans across the ages. Is this involvement with football a good thing? It depends on the individual. Many friendships and business relationships have been forged through playing in, watching, or attending a game. Conversely, some people become …

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