8 Easy Steps To Your Browser Security And Privacy

Bad news.

There’s really no such thing as the most secure browser.

Want proof?

In a poll in 2013, Firefox was voted as the most secure web browser. However, in a hacking contest in March of 2014, Firefox was deemed as the least secure after it went down to four zero-day exploits.

Because you can’t really rely on one browser to protect you and your data, it’s critical that you know how to make your favorite browser the most secure browser for you.

Here are some steps you can follow:

Check your browser’s default setting

The most convenient way to start using any device, including browsers, is by its default setting. It is, however, not the most secure way.

In fact, it can expose you to a lot of potential threats.

With your browser’s default configuration, hackers can easily access your program and even make internal changes without you knowing.

Creepy, right?

The best solution to that is to configure all your browsers as well as your operating system before use. Doing that can greatly increase your security.

Use only one browser when dealing with sensitive activities

use only one browser

Your computer probably has multiple browsers installed and that’s actually a good thing. It means you’ll be able to dedicate one browser for one activity only, limiting the risk of compromising your sensitive data.

Think of it this way:

You can use one browser to pay your bills or purchase something online. You can use a separate browser for researching and random browsing.

This way, if someone hacked the one you are using for general web browsing, the other browser won’t be compromised.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that using separate browsers will automatically protect your data. You also have to play your part to make your browser the most secure browser.

It can also help if you can make a complete browser comparison first before deciding which ones to use.

Update your browser

Security holes will keep on popping up as more and more security threats emerge. One of the few ways you can protect yourself is by updating your browser.

Make sure to follow your vendor’s instructions when updating your browser. If your operating system no longer supports newer browsers, it’s time to get that updated as well.

Browsers like Chrome and Firefox have an auto-update feature by default. If yours isn’t enabled, check if your computer’s firewall is preventing the auto-update or someone else has configured it the way it is.

Get an antivirus installed

A good anti-virus remains one of the best ways to stay protected on the internet. Just make sure that the one you are using is real as a fake antivirus software is already a security threat on its own.

And if you already have one, keep it up-to-date. Using an expired antivirus is more likely to put your security at risk.

Now, listen closely.

While you might think that the antivirus that came with your computer is enough to protect you, it actually isn’t. You see, free antivirus programs aren’t that comprehensive.

It can only provide limited protection and it can only detect certain threats. It has lower and slower scanning performance, too.

The bottom line?

Don’t skimp on your antivirus program and be sure to keep it updated.

Be careful in installing plugins and extensions

Extensions and plugins might look harmless but they can be extremely dangerous. They have access to your every move online. And because they know everything, you can just imagine the damage they can create.

They know what you’ve been searching and they can capture your passwords. These extensions can even insert advertisements in the pages you visit.

One problem with extensions is that they frequently require access to everything. For example, an extension that’s meant to make changes in Google.com will require access to everything related to Google.

Most of the time, that includes your email and Google account.

To stay safe, use fewer extensions and plugins as possible. If you aren’t using the ones already installed on your computer, uninstall them and stick with the ones you use frequently.

If you are planning on adding more, make sure to read the permissions they require.

Use pop-up blockers

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Ads and pages that pop out of nowhere aren’t just annoying; they can also be dangerous.

By using a pop-up blocker, you’ll be able to prevent those ads from installing harmful malware on your computer. They can also prevent your screen from cluttering.

Now, if the website you are trying to access needs you to temporarily disable the blocker, remember to reactivate it once you are done.

Turn on fraud protection

There are tons of untrustworthy websites on the internet. If you aren’t careful, you can inadvertently visit one of those phishing sites and expose your sensitive information.

Phishing sites are sites that are made to look legit and trustworthy so that they can get your personal details. This includes your credit card number and password in your cached data.

To stop that from happening, always turn on fraud protection. It can blacklist known phishing sites so you won’t be able to access them.

See Also: 7 Top Tips to Avoid Being Caught in a Phishing Net

Be careful with auto-complete features

Being able to log into your email or any of your accounts without typing your login details sound convenient. However, in terms of safety and security, it’s a totally different story.

Just think about what can happen when your laptop or device gets stolen or lost. It’s like giving away your personal login information to everyone.

For protection, always turn that feature off. You can do that by accessing your browser’s setting.

If you are using Chrome, for example, you can open its Setting window, select Advanced, and make the necessary changes in the Manage Password section.

In case you are using Firefox, access the Options window, select Privacy, and look for History. Once you are there, select Firefox will: Use custom settings for history and disable the Remember search and form history option.

These changes don’t take a lot of time. In fact, you can complete them in less than a minute.

See Also: How To Maintain Your Privacy Online


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5 Everyday Things That Will Disappear Really Soon

What happens to the world around us is called exponential growth. The most powerful processor, the fastest connection, the highest video quality— all of them double in performance each time a new module is out.

If you hear someone complaining how everything sucks, remind them that this is the best we’ve been off since forever. And no matter what it seems like, the facts prove that it gets better each year.

That’s why ordinary things that surround us now will be gone soon and you will only miss them in the 90s-nostalgia-kind of way. What comes to replace them is infinitely better.

So, what are the things that will disappear in our lifetime?


passwords fingerprint scanner

Replaced by: fingerprint scanners

Passwords are already migrating inside browsers and all-in-one apps, but that entails obvious security issues. So, the clear trend would be advanced fingerprint recognition.

Surprisingly enough, the technology has been around for quite some time. In fact, the concept has been around 1859 to be exact.

In that glorious year, Sir William Herschel came up with using handprints to tell his Indian employees from non-employees during payday. It must have been a hell of a turnout in his cabin by the end of the month that prompted that idea.

There are, however, a few troubles with current fingerprint scanners.

For one, fingerprints are actually not as unique as we’d like to think. There can be other people with the same or dangerously similar finger patterns as yours. The chances that this person gets near your smartphone are low, but they exist.

Scanning your fingers when they’re sweaty can be tricky. The same goes for older people whose skin is not elastic and clear enough for their scanners.


Replaced by: smart assistants and built-in tools

You’re probably surprised to see this on the list when there are millions of apps out there. Well, that is exactly the reason why they’ll be gone.

Apps have grown too niche and small.

People don’t need 500 icons on their Macs or iPhones and people shouldn’t be forced to pick only the best apps for their phone.

That can mean wasting time assessing quality, reading reviews, and ranking choices.

That’s why apps will soon merge into a single tool that can help us do stuff.

You can already see it happening with services like Setapp. Keeping up with the spirit of shared economy and subscription-based goods, Setapp rents us apps. You pay once a month for nearly a hundred of apps that can be used without separate purchases.

You still have to look for the app you need for a specific task, but it’s way faster than browsing the Mac App Store.

The next step would be merging all the apps into one intelligent assistant that draws the tools out when the need arises.

For instance, you’ll be telling your future assistant:

“Ok, Samantha, I want to edit this picture and then have it as a closing slide in my presentation.”

And your helper goes:

“You got it, Johnny.”

Done. You get your picture in your presentation.


Replaced by: WiGig

We already have wireless internet, chargers, headphones, and laptops.

No more than twenty years ago, having such technology as everyday items was unthinkable. With the progress speed we’ve picked up, wires will be entirely gone in three to five years.

The trouble with current WiFi is that it’s too slow for the amount of data we use, like VR and augmented reality. But the new Wireless Gigabit Alliance technology allows multi-gigabit per second speed of communication, which is exactly what we needed. It just needs time to get adopted.

And the headphone jack you’ve joked about since the iPhone 7 keynote. Yeah, that will be gone, too.


Replaced by: wearable AI and the internet of things

Smartphones are slowly dissolving into watches, ear-pods, your own hands, and other small wearables. People want them gone because it’s clearly not the best way to interact with the world anymore.

The futuristic vision is obviously a built-in connection via direct brain implants, like Neuralink or digital eye lenses. If it scares you, remember that trains were once called “the devil’s machines”.

So far, we’re stuck with less intrusive tools, like small wireless headphones or watches that can call, play music, and track your heart rate.

Home appliances will soon be converted into self-controlled and mainly voice-operated systems. Also, they will eventually be unified so you won’t have to use separate interfaces or commands for lights, kitchenware, and cleaning utilities.

You’ll get a real, actual “smart home” that welcomes you back from work, cooks you dinner, and kisses you goodnight (ok, scratch that, there should be a line somewhere).

Credit cards

credit cards

Replaced by: all things cashless

We’re already almost cashless and we’ll soon forget about credit cards as well.

The only remaining ethical question on our way to becoming a completely cashless society is the privacy of our purchases. What if you are not interested in letting your bank know your sex toy preferences?

Norway refused to adopt a nationwide cashless system because they decided to let their people buy stuff privately. However, this doesn’t seem to be a general trend or a major concern for most countries.

And after all, even if we still have cash, credit cards are over for good.

We can expect Apple Pay, Android Pay, and all kinds of pays to take over plastic cards within the next few years. When paired with advanced fingerprint scanning, it will eliminate or dramatically reduce fraud, speed up transactions, and improve shopping.

The future shines upon us with its beautiful artificial intelligence, drone deliveries, and car-charging roads. And the coolest thing is we’ve lived up to witness it all.

See Also: 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider AI Automation for Small Business

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YES, I Gave My Power Away

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Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

C.G. Jung

When I was younger I was all about romantic love. You know like in the movies. Where the girl is finally seen and fulfilled by the guy. I’ve watched Dirty Dancing countless times and knew it all by heart (also because of the dancing, but that’s another story). I just dreamed of finding that kind of love and my happy ever after.

I clearly remember how part of growing up was plain out scary for me. I felt afraid of the future – I think to some extent because I am a sensitive and emotional being, and in my late teens and early 20s there were so many emotions that felt overwhelming, which I didn’t know how to hold and process. I think it’s not that uncommon, and luckily I had strong support from friends and partners. But I feel like it’s been a journey of discovery, trial and error that has led me to understand more clearly what it means to be human, and especially what it means to step into my own power.

There’s a pattern that has followed me unconsciously for many, many years, which was about expecting others to make me happy. To pave the way for my desires and needs. I would dream of doing things and arriving somewhere in the future, but I would feel like it was up to others or outer circumstances to get there. Often a guy.

Ever since I was a teenager I dreamt of moving to a new country, to live in a foreign place. There was this part of me that longed to be free and act boldly. But looking closer into my choices I see that for a long time I would think “I wish my partner would want to move to a different country” or when being single; “I hope I meet a man who works internationally so we can live somewhere else”.

Especially in romantic relations so much of what I felt was projected onto the other person. I would feel lonely, empty, or afraid and instead of owning these emotions (I don’t think I was even really aware of them) I would react outwardly creating drama to distract myself or experience some other emotion instead.

It wasn’t until I felt like I lost everything that I started to see what was happening. My partner of seven years and I split up and as nauseating and heartbreaking as that was, somehow I came out stronger and more aware on the other side. I think for the first time in many years I really started to see what made me truly happy – without making it dependent on a guy.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle

In 2011 I went on a weeklong trip to Sicily on my own. I had been nudged to take some time to think things through by my dear friend and, at the time, co-founder of our common non-profit organization. What had started as an amazing adventure and exhilarating project of creating a non-profit together had begun to feel like a place where I couldn’t be fully myself. Looking back I see how once again I was expecting things of her that weren’t hers to own. I made it her problem to help me feel confident when all of my insecurities started to surface. Once we had this fun and light partnership, now I was, more often than not, being passive aggressive and taking my frustrations out on her. And that’s when it became clear that it was time for me to look within – to look at what I hadn’t been willing to look at.

In the airport, before heading to Italy I grabbed the book ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen, simply because of the title. I spent an intense week reading the book, which became like a conversation partner to me. While I was having a deeper conversation with myself about my choices, needs, and desires, it became clear that I had to leave our project and start doing what I really dreamed of: to travel.

Not too many months later, I went on my first longer solo-backpacking trip to Thailand, which included a four-day silent meditation retreat. I’ve never experienced such clarity about what made me happy, how I could find wholeness by going within, and what I needed to do, than during those four days. It felt as if I had come home to myself. I fell in love with Northern Thailand and knew I had to live there.

In November 2012 I traveled to Chiang Mai, unsure of when I would return. And the rest is history as they say…

I now know that it’s not about being alone or not needing other people, but it’s about creating self-awareness, gaining the actual skills to be in an intimate relationship with myself and learning to express my own needs, desires, and boundaries. I can make requests of others, but I can’t expect or demand them to do anything, and in the end, I’m the one who needs to make sure that I listen to myself.

I’m still a romantic deep down, and at the same time, I can’t tell you how liberating it feels to actually take the power back and take full responsibility for my life.

Some of the questions I ask myself these days that help me stay in my power include:

What makes my heart sing?

When do I give my power away?

Am I expecting others to do it for me?

How about you? Are you in a place where you take responsibility or do you often find yourself blaming others? I invite you to explore that…

Luise Jørgensen is a mindfulness coach who supports men and women to embody their personal power so they can live a fully expressed, wholehearted and meaningful life. She recently returned to Europe after having lived five years in Thailand, spending more than 4,000 hours immersed in mind and body practices. You can connect with her on her website, on and on Instagram where she explores her passion for mindful photography.

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This Could Hurt


This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff is a deeply funny and deeply affecting look at the twenty-first-century personnel machinations of a Manhattan market research firm’s HR department. Rosalita “Rosa” Guerrero, a woman of a certain age, has run the Ellery Consumer Research HR department with an iron fist wrapped in a St. John’s knitwear glove for fifteen years. The phrase in the title pops up in Rosa’s thoughts as she contemplates taking an underperforming subordinate named Rob to task, letting him know change is in the air.

If the book’s striking jacket design, featuring an iconic “pink slip,” hadn’t let us know already, we now do: Medoff plans to tell a story about loss. Rob will lose his job. Rosa will lose her mind to dementia (more on that in a moment). Other colleagues will lose spouses, opportunities, respect, you name it; a twenty-first-century corporate department reflects our twenty-first-century problems.

The plot steps off right then, with Rosa’s fully-in-charge demeanor disintegrating as she confuses Rob by mixing up the names of two peers. Something is not right, but Rob has too much chaos in his married-with-children life to do a lot about it. As Rosa deteriorates further, experiencing a serious stroke, it will be Rob’s equals Leo Smalls and Lucy Bender who save the day, doing everything from home care to office camouflage for their beloved leader. “From that day forward, Lucy took over Rosa’s project, Leo masterminded her day-to-day, and Katie handled her scheduling. Instead of waiting for Rosa’s go-ahead, the trio made decisions on her behalf.” Their carefully choreographed moves will be familiar to anyone who has cared for an aging parent or grandparent.

Wait, employees running interference for their cognitively impaired boss? Helping her home from the hospital, preparing her sickbed meals, and making sure no one notices when she’s gone (again) due to a physical therapy appointment? It beggars belief — but Medoff not only has a day job as a management consultant; she saw this scenario played out in real life when she worked for an HR executive who believed she was managing just fine after a stroke.

Real-life experience, no matter how painful, doesn’t necessarily translate into a terrific novel, but that is what This Could Hurt absolutely is. Medoff takes her raw material and molds it carefully, through the perspectives of Rosa, Rob, Lucy, Leo, and their department’s golden boy, Kenny. Each section has a distinct feel that mimics each person’s mental flow — for example, some of Lucy’s chapters include a plethora of footnotes, her mind’s way of keeping track of excess information. The details, too, are spot-on, from overweight Leo’s midlife need to have some “alone time” with his morning muffins to Rosa’s unblended chin foundation to Lucy’s hopeless crush on Rob’s old friend from Dartmouth. Most important: The stories intertwine and then untangle and then merge again with emotion and meaning. The five protagonists each have different information to provide about the others, and while This Could Hurt is not The Alexandria Quartet, Medoff uses their braided revelations to heighten the drama behind each storyline.

More significant, though, is the way this knitting-together reminds us that any group of human beings becomes a kind of family in which the boundaries between personal and the professional give way to a more fundamental dynamic. When we’re involved with an office “family,” there’s always at least one parent (Rosa is definitely the mother hen, until she becomes the lame duck), a few siblings (Leo and Rob quarrel, then form a truce; Lucy struggles with being an alpha female, Kenny with his golden-boy trajectory), and even assorted cousins and aunts who aren’t part of every decision but whose quirks have to be reckoned with when they drop in . . .

Medoff doesn’t let cisgender heteronormative males off the hook for one second, either. The “godfather” of Ellery is CEO Rutherford Beaumont, and his longtime retainer HR VP Peter Dreyfus functions as a sort of scapegoat for the 2008-era layoffs. Both men, we discover, have been in power too long, and while one of them will suffer the consequences for his actions, the other will not. Only two of the protagonists and the reader will ever know about this man’s predation.

So an employee is sexually preyed on, and the predator never has to answer for his actions — sound familiar? This Could Hurt was composed long before #MeToo entered our cultural lexicon, but it lands squarely on the concerns of the moment. As Leo says to Rob at one point, “You’re a white man with a wife. Your life is acceptable. You don’t have to hide in the shadows or pretend to be something you’re not.” Quietly and steadily, Jillian Medoff shows us how some weaknesses are supported by office-family devotion, while the corporate hierarchy tragically hides others.

In an epilogue, This Could Hurt concludes with a series of management flow charts that tell part but not all of the Ellery HR story, underscoring the idea that an office ecosystem can be as dysfunctional as any family — but more changeable. As the gig economy reshapes office life, employees may wind up forming different kinds of “families,” supporting each other differently but still supporting each other; and, in these charts, Medoff pays attention to new methods of collaboration — and fates for Leo, Rob, Lucy, and Kenny that may not classify as happy-ever-after but certainly offer second chances. A less generous novel might have been willing to sacrifice its characters in pursuit of the bottom line of social satire, but Medoff seems committed to treating her creations as more than human resources.

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Last night’s “super blue blood moon” was the second full moon of…

Last night’s “super blue blood moon” was the second full moon of January and appeared 14 percent bigger than the usual full moon. The reddish color is an effect of the lunar eclipse, when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. It’s the first time this has happened in 150 years. Did you see this rare and spectacular event? Photo from the Pony Express National Historic Trail in Nevada by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management. #SuperBlueBloodMoon

Top Business Ideas of 2018 You Should Consider

With 2017 under our belts, the holidays over, and a slew of unrealistic New Year resolutions to tackle, getting a good start for the new year isn’t easy. Our goals and resolutions have a tendency to change as our priorities shift.

New Year, New Me

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Just as you set your own goals for personal growth, you should also set your professional goals, too.

The predicted business trends of 2018, though all different, are based on a single and simple principle: personality. To put it plainly, the road to success in 2018 begins and ends with building character.

See Also: How to Set Personal SMART Goals To Succeed

Anti-Social Media

Companies are beginning to realize that social media does not and will never replace in-person interaction. Even Internet-based companies without a brick and mortar presence recognize this.

Thanks to social media, smart businesses will have an opportunity to reconnect with their customers. As consumers expect more and more of a personal touch from the companies they patronize, businesses will have to deliver.

Consumers are more likely to interact with posts made by humans rather than bot-modded accounts. Adding a face, voice or image to your business will be as important as ever this year as a new generation of consumers enters the industry. This generation highly values human relationships above all else.

Artificial intelligence is good for mundane and repetitive tasks, but it should not be applied to customer service. Real-time interaction between consumer and company benefits both parties.

Think of it this way:

With real-time interactions, consumers feel involved and listened to while companies get a clearer understanding of who their consumers are.

Savvy companies realize that social interaction goes further than a live stream. Since this generation is dedicated to social reform and community support, companies will be encouraged to give back to their communities as well as serve their customers.

Giving back to local or impoverished communities helps companies to appear not only stable and reliable but also aware of local needs.

Smart companies are already seeing the value of earning the trust of their customers rather than creating ads to get their attention.

New Generations

This year will mark the early stages of a business structure overhaul. The youngest of the millennials are taking over more leadership roles within their industries, bringing with them new and different management styles.

New employees will be seeking autonomy and flexibility from employers, rather than just a good salary. One-on-one encounters will help employees solve problems and improve teamwork.

Consumer demographics are also rapidly changing as this year will welcome a new era of 21st-century adults. Smart companies will take this paradigm shift into account, working quickly to understand this new generation of consumers and make room for them within their professional ranks.


Tech-savvy generations taking a front seat in management roles will boost lagging companies into the future. Young and new employees will have an easier time relating to their millennial bosses than previous generations.

See Also: 4 Useful Tips For Managing Millennials In The Workplace

Successful Trends

Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions disappear the minute you step into your office! The future ultimately remains a mystery to us, but with some smart predictions and a little dedication, we will be able to see 2018 as a great year for our personal and professional growth.

Think about your own resolutions and try to apply them in a professional setting. You’ll be surprised at how well they work together.

Remember, don’t be afraid to encourage your company to show a little personality and connect with customers.

It’s not too late to put your best foot forward this year. With the predicted business trends discussed in this infographic, success is closer than ever.


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The B&N Podcast: James Dashner

Every author has a story beyond the one that they put down on paper. The Barnes & Noble Podcast goes between the lines with today’s most interesting writers, exploring what inspires them, what confounds them, and what they were thinking when they wrote the books we’re talking about.

As readers we love to get lost in stories — but as fans, we’ve become addicted to “world building” — the excitement of exploring the terrain of a magical continent or alternate future. In this episode of the podcast, James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner series, joins us as The Death Cure, the third of his books to be adapted for the screen, arrives in theaters. He talks with us about how his lifelong love of movies has shaped his work, and about what he’s come to learn about the power of storytelling.


WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

The first two books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, are also #1 worldwide blockbusters featuring the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster!

Also look for The Fever Code, the much-buzzed-about series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built, and James Dashner’s newest bestselling series, the Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of MindsThe Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives.

See more books by James Dashner.

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A Plate of Jellyfish

Ernst Haeckel’s intention was to make the natural forms of elusive organisms accessible to artists, and supply them with a new visual vocabulary of protists, mollusks, trilobites, siphonophores, fungi, and echinoderms. In his first book are jellyfish that look like flowers, protists that resemble Fabergé eggs, presented like crown jewels on black velvet, the seeming cosmic vastness of the images belying their actual, microscopic size. Haeckel’s name has not endured as well as the words that he coined—among them, phylum, ecology, and stem cell. But artists took heed. Art Nouveau is crowded with the natural arabesques and patterns that seduced Haeckel.


6 College Health Tips They Won’t Teach You At Orientation

College years are a great time. It’s when you become more independent, make new friends, and learn a lot of new things. From managing your finances to taking care of your health, you start to become more responsible.

The tricky part is that you often need to learn those things from your own experience and if it’s your health we’re talking about, it isn’t always pleasant.

Most of the time, it’s inconvenient. You’ll have a pile of writing assignments to complete and a lot of catching up to do if you want to maintain your grades.

So, instead of waiting for an experience to teach you, why not start making positive changes in your life? You can start with these healthy tips for college students.

Be careful with food

Food poisoning might not last as long as flu does but it’s still unpleasant. The easiest way to avoid it is to wash your hands before you eat (and after, obviously) or simply sanitize it.

A sanitizer is a big help if you go around campus a lot and don’t always have time to go to the bathroom to wash your hands. Sanitize your phone as well. After all, you touch it all the time and put it near your face often.

Also, be careful with drinking from someone else’s cup in parties or eating food someone already ate. That’s the easiest way to become sick.

See Also: The Importance of Personal Hygiene for Healthy Living

Get your vaccines

vaccine before college

Getting a vaccine shot may not be that uncomfortable, but it can help you get through the year without getting ill too often. It’s not a complete guarantee that you won’t be sick, but it can help you greatly minimize the risk.

So, don’t forget to get a flu shot before the flu season starts.

Be careful with antibiotics

Antibiotics can fight the most serious forms of flu and help you recover quicker, but you need to be careful when you take them.

First of all, it’s important to finish the whole course of antibiotics to ensure that all the bacteria are completely eliminated.

Second, you need to avoid alcohol during the course. We know that drinking happens often in college.

A 2014 study on college drinking published by the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism showed that 60% of college students drank alcohol during the past month and almost with 2 out of 3 students engaged in binge drinking.

That study might look old but the situation now is pretty much similar, if not worse.

Even moderate drinking should be forgotten during your antibiotics course. This is important because some antibiotics simply become less effective when taken with alcohol.

And even if there’s no such side effect, alcohol simply makes your body more dehydrated, making it hard to recover from an illness.

Invest time in proper cleaning

The dirtier your room is, the easier it is for you to get sick. Even not changing your sheets on time after you recover from the flu can make you sick again.

Proper cleaning means not simply putting all things back to where they belong. If you really want to avoid illnesses, you need to start eliminating all the germs and dust in your room. Start vacuuming, sweeping, and wiping all the dust.

And if this sounds time-consuming, just think about your health.

You don’t need to do all those things every day or even every week. Do them at least once a month and do your best to keep your room generally tidy in between general cleaning. Spending 10 to 15 minutes cleaning daily is much easier than spending the whole weekend tidying up.

Create a first-aid kit

first aid kit

It doesn’t matter whether you bring it with you from home or create one when you’re already living in your dorm. Just make sure that you have one around.

Fill it with all kinds of medicine you might need for different kinds of emergencies. Make sure that there are medicines for the flu, stomach pain, and treating wounds.

Don’t forget to refill your kit when you run out of certain medicines, too.

Eat healthily and drink enough water

One of the easiest ways to avoid getting sick is to stick to a healthy diet on a daily basis. This isn’t always easy but it’s possible. All you need to do is to make it your top priority.

A proper nutrition boosts your immunity and gives you many other perks. For example, you’ll receive all necessary vitamins and minerals, which can make it easier for you to concentrate.

Also, don’t forget to drink enough water.

It’s what helps your brain to function better. It can also hydrate your body, improve digestion, and make your skin clearer.

See Also: 5 Easy Healthy Habits You Can Start Straight Away 

Staying healthy in college is easier than you think. Often, it’s all about basic nutrition and hygiene. These healthy tips for college students should be able to help you get started on the right track.

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