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Adopting Useful Technologies

Following are emerging technologies to adopt in your daily life. Use these technologies to make life easier and better. For more information, read articles about  COVID Inspired Technolog y, Digital Etiquette , Emerging Trends , Music Streaming , Payment Apps , and Technology Tips . Technologies Worth Adopting Assistants  - use a digital assistant like Echo Show or Google Home instead of an alarm clock or radio Banking  - use banking apps for deposits, etc. instead of ATM’s GPS -  use map apps like Apple, Google, or Waze for navigation  Links  - Insert links into words instead of pasting lengthy URL's QR  - Scan QR codes on restaurant tables with smartphones instead of requesting a menu  Transfers  - Use transfer apps like Venmo and Zelle instead of cash Video  - watch  “How To” videos on YouTube instead of reading user manuals Streaming  - Use services like Amazon, Apple, and Spotify instead of radios

What to Do When Hacked

Below is a list of things to consider if your email or computer have been hacked. To avoid being hacked, read how to protect yourself online .  If you suspect you've been hacked, read articles about signs you’ve been hacked ,  action to take when hacked , and steps when your computer has been hijacked .  Checklist 1. Use a password manager to change your password 2. Consider changing your email address 3. Consider changing to another email provider  4. Alert your contacts to the hack 5. Vaporize your e-mail account if it was hacked 6. Check your financial accounts for unauthorized transactions 7. Protect your computer by scheduling continuous antivirus checks 8. Protect your data by encrypting your hard drive and using online backup 9. Protect your router by personalizing the username and password 10. Continuously install updates and security patches when received

Adjusting to Inflation

Below are tips for surviving Pandemic induced inflation. Economists predict that the inflation will continue through 2023 due to labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and a diminished supply of goods and services. Get more information by reading articles about the long-term outlook for inflation and  adjusting your life to inflation .  Tips Curb meal costs by dining at home Use apps to find lowest prices Delay purchase of cars and luxury items Substitute lower cost items when selecting goods Continue saving about 10 to 15% of income for retirement Maintain stock investments and consider inflation protected Series I Savings Bonds

Preventing Pandemic Burnout

 Below are some tips for avoiding pandemic fatigue. For additional tips, read articles about avoiding Pandemic problems ,   preventing COVID fatigue  and recognizing burnout symptoms .  Tips Breaks - walk to a different room or around the block at least every two hours every Excursion - talk a stroll in a park or drive to the countryside every week Exercise - schedule exercise sessions at least 3 times each week Health - consult a doctor or therapist f or help managing fatigue and mental health  News - limit daily news reading a newspaper or watching the nightly national news  Sleep - get at least 7 hours of sleep every night Stress - manage stress levels by practicing mindfulness and yoga Well-Being - schedule daily calls or visits with close family and friends

What to Expect From Winter Wave of Covid

Some experts expect this winter's Covid surge will be moderate compared to last year. The reason is rising vaccination rates for adults and the start of immunizations for kids. See your doctor if you experience symptoms or have been exposed to others with the virus. Stay safe by getting  a booster, continuing to mask indoors, and avoiding large gatherings. Also, get your flu shot ASAP so it won't interfere with getting a COVID booster. Read articles about what to expect from COVID this Winter , the urgency of getting vaccinated for the seasonal flu , and fighting the pandemic blues.  

Avoiding Breakthrough Infections

It is possible to have a breakthrough COVID-19 infection even if you're fully vaccinated. The symptoms usually last 2 weeks and are less likely to result in hospitalization or death. Those with breakthrough can infect others so consider getting tested if concerned. Stay at home and contact your doctor if you test positive.   Avoid breakthrough infections by getting a booster, wearing a mask, keeping socially distant, staying away from large gatherings, and abstaining from non-essential travel. For more information about breakthrough infections, visit the WebMD website and see the NPR article about Will Stone's breakthrough case.