Earth Day 2015!

by Anne Middleton, on April 14th, 2015
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A day of loving our planet occurs on April 22nd…just around the corner from now.  What? You didn’t recall? Well it’s time to rejoice for the annual international Earth Day celebration!

This momentous day was initiated in 1970 when tree hugging was considered to be slightly insane and constituted bizarre behavior.  Forty-five years ago it simply was not fashionable to engage in eco-friendly actions to shield our earth from our selfish environmental habits.

At that time in our history, air pollution was commonly accepted and the word “environment” appeared only spelling bees (and was one of the most difficult words I personally learned to spell with the patience of my dad).

Wow how the world has changed since then. In 2015 our social consciousness has created a celebration of our biosphere.

Global festivals and rallies will be organized and attended by thousands of people in over 192 countries as they demonstrate support for environmental protection. People from Asia to Europe to the United States will participate in activities to raise public awareness for the health of the earth. To find ways to participate in your city, you can log onto http://www.earthday.org/2015.

Protect the Earth, Protect Your Data
In today’s technology focused world, we are continually searching for the latest gadget or most updated device.  It is stimulating to be the first person to show-off our technology acumen and as we scramble to locate the hippest, freshest electronic apparatus being introduced.

As you procure a new computer, mobile phone or other such contraption, always assure your information is protected.  Many of these machines offer some defense against malware, hacking or nasty virus to infiltrate your recent acquisition. But it is a wise person who adopts a “more is better” outlook on internet security.

Everyone should consider integrating additional anti-malware, anti-spyware and antivirus software with extra security management features to improve overall internet security.

McAfee is more than just an antivirus company. They are the world's largest dedicated security technology company delivering proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems and networks around the world.

Most likely, you are familiar with Norton products.  This leader in anti-virus software continues to shield consumers and businesses of all sizes from the latest malware and emerging online threats.  Norton actually provides real-time protection against existing and emerging threats.

And a more recent, yet very experienced corporation who has entered the arena to guard our information is Bitdefender. Bitdefender antivirus solutions provide state-of-the-art, proactive protection from e-threats, including online banking attacks.

But Wait, There’s One More Step
What happens to the old electronics that are being replaced?

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s website reminds us that electronic products are manufacturer utilizing valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture.

Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.

So as you engage in your Spring Cleaning rituals and celebrate our amazing world on Earth Day, take a moment to recycle your gadgets, protect your data and, of course, hug a tree.