How Do You Protect Your Identity Online?

How do you protect your identity online?

When banking or shopping online, make sure to use sites with web addresses that begin with “https://” or “shttp://”, which are secure, unlike simple “http://” sites. Here’s more from the Viewpoints internet safety guide.

Considering the rate at which our online lives are growing, web safety is more important than ever. But how do you protect your identity online? Previously, all we had to worry about was having a solid email password, but now we have to keep a closer eye on everything from apps to gaming devices. Identity theft is a serious crime. June is National Internet Safety Month, so Viewpoints created an internet safety guide with the best ways to protect yourself as you continue exploring the digital universe.

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Forget Sunscreen, Sun Pills May Be Wave Of the Future


Researchers at King’s College London have discovered that coral produces natural compounds to protect itself from damaging UV rays. Scientists say these compounds may lead to a new type of sunscreen for humans.

Creamy, sticky, smelly. Sunscreen products are essential for skin protection but a pain to apply. For those who don’t like lotions or sprays, sun protective clothing is an option—though not a great one if you’re experiencing heat like we are here in Chicago. Enter sunscreen pills, the little pearls poised to be the skin-shielding wave of the future.

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VIDEO: A Quick Trick To Making the Best Instant Coffee

VIDEO: Want to learn how to make a cup of the best instant coffee? created this how-to video on the whipping technique.  

Coffee snobs are quick to turn their noses up at instant coffee, but perhaps that’s unfair. Yes, the just-add-water brew can be hard to justify in the face of the convenience provided by one-touch Keurig brewers and is less indulgent than a frothy drink from a local shop or, better, made at home. On the other hand, it’s cheap, easy and uniquely portable. Luckily, I have a trick for dressing up the average instant coffee — and all it requires is a little muscle.

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Best Holiday Coffee Flavors

Holiday coffee flavors

Skip the line at Starbucks. Stock your kitchen with these flavored K-Cups and syrups for the best holiday coffee flavors.

‘Tis the season to bundle up, snuggle up and warm up with your favorite coffee. Have you seen those extra-long lines snaking out of your local Starbucks? They might have something to do with the special seasonal flavors the company offers during the holidays. With flavors like gingerbread latte, caramel brulee latte and peppermint mocha — not to mention those red festive cups — it’s not hard to imagine why people are lining up. The problem is, Starbucks drinks are expensive, especially if you need a daily fix. Luckily, you can get a dose of seasonal holiday coffee flavors at home with holiday flavored K-Cups, blends and syrups.

If you’re one of the lucky Keurig owners, you know how easy it is to press and brew. If you brew coffee another way, you can amp it up with flavored blends or even special syrups. Now, with holiday flavors, you can treat yourself, your family or your party guests with festive concoctions without the heavy price tag. Here are some of the best holiday coffee flavors out there:

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Coffee Lover Gift Ideas For Every Budget

coffee gift ideas

These coffee lover gift ideas will please the coffee connoisseur in your life — from small to large budgets.

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to make decisions about what to give to others — or ask for yourself. This is the perfect time to add to a coffee connoisseur’s collection, whether that person is just discovering their love of coffee, or a longtime java fan. Here, I’m sharing some of the season’s most popular coffee makers and accessories.

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The Right Coffee Maker For Your Holiday Entertaining Needs

holiday entertaining

Cap off the perfect party with a fresh cup of coffee from one of Viewpoints favorite coffee makers.

When you’re entertaining for the holidays — especially if you have guests staying with you — you’re likely to consume and serve a lot of coffee. With so many great coffee makers on sale these days, you might be wondering which one to pick up ahead of the holiday guest rush in order to have exactly what you need for your home. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as picking up the newest model that’s on sale, but it’s also not complicated if you can identify your needs.

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Best Black Friday Sales On Coffee Makers

Black Friday Coffee Maker Sales

The weather is getting colder and Black Friday Sales are the perfect excuse to get that new coffee maker to keep you warm.

The most exciting shopping season of the year is nearly upon us! If you’re looking to gift your favorite coffee lover an amazing gift, or looking to stock your own countertop, you’ll want to keep an eye on the after-Thanksgiving Black Friday deals on coffee makers.

Here, we’ve got a rundown of the best sales from a variety of sources including online and brick-and-mortar options. You’ll notice similar deals across different stores, so make sure to check the retailers’ other deals before deciding where to go. Now get your pen ready — it’s time to plan your holiday coffee shopping.

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Self-Stirring Coffee Mug: Necessary or Ridiculous?

VIDEO: How can a mug stir itself without batteries or a stirring straw? Watch this innovative design at work. 

One of the small but significant challenges that comes with enjoying a hot drink is making sure it’s properly mixed. There’s little worse than a pool of honey stuck at the bottom of your teacup, floating bits of hot chocolate mix atop your warm milk or improperly dissolved sugar in your coffee. The problem intensifies in popular coffee shops like Starbucks. We all know those skinny popsicle sticks do nothing more than swirl everything around.

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Impress Coffee Brewer: Brew the Perfect Travel Mug In Three Minutes

VIDEO: Think the Impress Coffee Brewer sounds too good to be true? See how this travel mug brews a perfect cup of coffee in three minutes. 

A few weeks ago, I told you to skip French press coffee during the week to give your mornings a head start. Well, allow me to take that back. There’s a new on-the-go coffee brewer that makes toting a gourmet cup as simple as grabbing a travel mug. Coffee-loving commuters, rejoice.

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