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Avoid Telemarketing Fraud

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 19, 2016

When you send money or personal info to unfamiliar people, you increase your chances of becoming a victim. Therefore, the FBI offers some tips to help you recognize and avoid telemarketing fraud. Recognize Telemarketing Fraud Here are some warning signs of telemarketing fraud—what a caller may tell you: “Act ‘now’ or the offer won’t be […]

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Workplace Violence Warning Signs

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 19, 2016

Workplace violence affects society as a whole.  Hence, economic costs are substantial.  Also, there are intangible costs.  Specifically, workplace violence damages trust, community, and the sense of security that every worker deserves.  Therefore, it is important to recognize workplace violence warning signs. Employers have a legal and ethical obligation to promote a work environment free from […]

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Who’s At Risk For Workplace Violence?

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 19, 2016

The news stories air every day.  More and more violence is visited upon us while we are working. Which begs the question, who’s at risk for workplace violence?  Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats […]

Opioid Addiction Epidemic In America

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 18, 2016

The media and legislators are trying to figure out the opioid addiction epidemic in America.   And with good reason.  As The American Society of Addiction Medicine now reports: “Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic.  There were  18,893 […]

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Basic Firearm Safety

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 18, 2016

You may be brand new to firearms and shooting.  Or, you could be a grizzled old veteran shooter like me. In any case, basic firearm safety must always be first and foremost on your mind.  I offer the following basic firearm safety tips based on decades of shooting experience and having been a State of California Department […]

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Martial Arts For Self Defense

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 17, 2016

  There are many ways to protect yourself. And among the best is to learn a martial art. It can help you feel safer and defend yourself in a frightening situation.  Also, it can help you feel better about yourself and be more physically fit. But which martial art should you choose? That question requires some […]

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Business Scams

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 13, 2016

Business owners have enough to worry about with regulations, taxes, permits, licenses, compliance, and more.  But as if all that was not enough, scammers are targeting small businesses to bilk them out of their hard-earned cash.  The Federal Trade Commission www.ftc.gov  identifies the 5 most-common business scams. The Directory Listing Scam: Con artists call businesses, claiming […]

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Small Business Computer Security

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 11, 2016

A computer meltdown is one of the most damaging things that can happen to your enterprise.    So, small business computer security is critical to the on-going operation and success of your business.  Therefore, you, as a business owner, need to at least cover the basics.  Here are some small business computer security tips from the The […]

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Should Marijuana Be Legal?

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 11, 2016

Voters across the country must soon decide, should marijuana be legal?  Marijuana’s harmful effects on physical and mental health have been well-documented.  Refer to “10 Marijuana Myths” on this website for specifics.  However, there are also other considerations when deciding should marijuana be legal. Children: Pot is especially harmful to children as their brains and […]

Protect Your Business Against Ransomware

By Jeff Hastings | Sep 10, 2016

What Is It? You’ve heard that you must protect your business against randomware.   It’s an insidious type of malware that encrypts, or locks, valuable digital files.  Then it demands a ransom to release them. How Does It Attack? In a ransomware attack you see an email addressed to you. So you open it, or click on an attachment […]