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Simple, easy and money-saving ideas that also do something positive for the environment:

Adjust plants to outdoor life

When it gets warmer outdoors, it’s a good idea to transfer indoor plants outside to take advantage of warm temperatures, rain and sunlight. But be sure to place them in a shady, protected spot for a few weeks first. The plants will have acclimated to the low-light, low-humidity environment found indoors, and moving them outdoors to bright sunlight and heavy rain can shock them. Letting them slowly adjust to their new environment will ensure they thrive outside all summer long.

Unplug your device cords in car

Do you keep the cords for personal electronics, like GPS devices or your phone, plugged into your car’s USB ports overnight? Even when you turn your car off, these cables and cords can still draw a trickle of energy from your car’s battery. Over time, this can drain the battery and, in the worst cases, cause it to die. For some personal electronics, leaving them continuously plugged in can decrease their lifespan. Make a habit of unplugging your devices and their cords when you’re not driving.


Top 10 most common passwords

England’s National Cyber Security Centre analyzed passwords belonging to accounts worldwide that had been breached to find the 10 most common passwords used.

1. 123456

2. 123456789

3. qwerty

4. password

5. 111111

6. 12345678

7. abc123

8. 1234567

9. password1

10. 12345


By Chuck Sheppard

High School High Jinks: At Secaucus High School in New Jersey, two freshman boys received charges of computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity — instead of extra credit points — after they crashed the school’s Wi-Fi network on several occasions to avoid having to take exams, authorities announced April 1. reported that investigators believe the boys took requests from other students to jam the signals during specific times. One 10th-grader said arresting them seemed a little heavy-handed: “They are messing with people’s education, but they aren’t harming anyone.” Superintendent Jennifer Montesano said the “system has been restored and is now fully operational.” Back to the books, kids.

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