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By Martin William
Health is one of the most important assets of life and shouldn’t be compromised for anything. Unfortunately, it’s sad to see that the majority of people take this blessing for granted and make little to no effort in trying to improve it. You may be busy with your busy life schedule, but trust me, you will regret not doing anything for the sake of your health later in life. Healthy habits have been long lost from our routines, and this bitter reality can be confirmed by answering the questions mentioned below:
- When was the last time you ate homemade fresh vegetable cuisine?
- When was the last time you drank at least 4 liters of water a day?
- When was the last time you slept on time?
- When was the last time you took a mental health break from everything?
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It’s pretty obvious that you are in deep thoughts right now because you don’t remember that last time you did each one of these mentioned things! Well, it’s never too late to start making a life-changing move for the sake of your health, and if you are one of those individuals who really want to do something positive for their health, now is the time my friend, that you start making an effort. Let it be clear that it all comes down to commitment and consistency. It’s not like that you adopt healthy habits for three days and move back to your previous unhealthy routine the fourth day. You have to make a commitment with yourself and then stick to it. Once you are ready, below are some tips that will help you to get on track.
Start Eating Healthy
Of course, it all starts from what’s going inside your body. You must add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and say goodbye to junk food. You can Google simple recipes to prepare healthy cuisine at home and nourish your body with all the essential nutrients that it’s deprived of over the years. Trust me, you will start noticing the change within days. You will ultimately start feeling fresh and energetic and a different kind of glow will appear on your skin. Consider adding smoothies to your breakfast as these drinks are very healthy.
One important thing that most people leave unnoticed is, to start a healthy lifestyle, it is of immense importance that the food that is going inside you is properly clean and free of all bacterias. Before cooking anything, make sure that your utensils are properly washed, and you must sanitize your hands. This reduces the risk of bacteria entering our food, thus making it all healthy for us.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Mental health is extremely important and crucial for your overall well-being and healthy lifestyle. It’s sad to see them paying no attention to their mental health. Every year, thousands of people fall victim to anxiety and depression. It’s better to give your mind some rest than losing it all soon. People are seen working extra hours, doing night shifts, and overburdening their brains more than they can actually take.
Remember that your brain is basically the central processing system of your body. How can you expect your body to work all fit when your brain is not in a good condition. If you ever feel that you are experiencing anxiety as a result of extra workload, immediately rest your mind and take a break. You can consider reading different books and informative articles on the internet to divert your mind. Consider reading an article on dragonfly to discover the unknown facts related to them.
Add Exercise to Your Routine
Exercise is very important for your well-being and a healthy lifestyle. By adding exercise to your daily routine, you can keep your joints from getting stiff. People who don’t exercise develop joint problems at a very early age because they are not providing any movement to their bones. Exercise also helps you to stay fit and burn some extra calories during the day. Consider adding morning walks and yoga to your daily routine and notice the difference within some days. Your body will start behaving in a totally different and positive way.
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By- Tejas Maheta
Free VPNs tend to get a bad rap (and often for good reasons, which we'll discuss in a second). Still, there are some safe and free VPN services recommended by expats - just click the link for some solid options. Next, scroll on to see how you can put them to good use while you're abroad.
Privacy and Security (to a Certain Degree)
One of the main purposes of a VPN is to encrypt your network traffic – garble it, basically – to keep it safe from:
- ISPs that want to sell your browsing and location data for a profit
- Hackers and script kiddies lurking at every corner public hotspot
- Government surveillance agencies spying on their own citizens
Even free VPNs can do as much, as long as you go with a trustworthy provider such as those linked at the start.
On top of that, VPNs hide your real life location by masking your IP address and assigning a new one based on the server you connect to. Useful in case some cyberstalkers or trolls lure you into clicking on IP-grabbing links or scripts to determine your location. Unfortunately, it's not as effective against GPS tracking (though there are some paid VPNs out there that can spoof GPS).
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Unblock Some Websites While Abroad
While not as versatile as a subscription-based VPN, free VPNs still have some unblocking ability that can be useful to an expat. For instance, you can access your home banking or investment accounts, which in most cases block foreign traffic. Understandably so, since a lot of cyber attacks tend to be linked to international hacker networks.
Using a VPN also allows you to access small news sites from back home, who simply don't find it worth it to comply with GDPR regulations in the EU. Alternatively, you can set your virtual location outside the EU to get around all those annoying cookie consent pop-ups. Funny little side effect, but it can definitely save you some grey hairs while browsing.
Finally, free VPNs can unblock some content such as region-locked music videos, or age-restricted YouTube videos in the EU without having to give up your ID or credit card information to Google. You won't have much luck using free VPNs on content platforms like Netflix, though. Those of you looking to bypass geo-restrictions on streaming sites are better off using a sub-based VPN.
One of the main purposes of a VPN is to encrypt your network traffic.Wikipedia
Bypass Firewalls and Censorship
VPNs sure seem like a master thief's skeleton key, don't they? So many Internet barriers out there, all of them nullified with the help of a single tool. And yes, they can easily get around firewalls as well.
For the most part, you'll be using a VPN to unblock social media and other "distractions" at work or at school. Believe it or not, airport and hotel Wi-Fi can be pretty restrictive too. Thankfully, VPNs make short work of their firewall rules.
And while not as effective as a paid option, free VPNs can also help during Internet blackouts caused by government censorship. Look no further than the recent Hong Kong protests, the frequent social media shutdowns in Turkey, and similar cases worldwide. All of these have one thing in common: free VPN usage shot up immensely as people sought ways to contact their loved ones or post their outrage online.
Why the Negative View of Free VPNs?
You've seen all the great things you can accomplish with a free VPN. So why all the bad press about them? Well, here are some fairly valid concerns that apply to a decent chunk of free providers:
- They sell user data – after all, they need to pay for operational costs somehow. It just so happens that advertisers find your browsing habits highly valuable.
- Several free VPNs based in Hong Kong breached their "no-logs" policies and ended up leaking 1.2 TB of user data online. This isn't an uncommon occurrence, considering the data harvesting practices of most free VPNs.
- They can infect your device with malware that can extract sensitive info or otherwise cause damage. In one major case, user devices were hijacked into a botnet and used in a large scale denial-of-service attack.
Other criticisms are directed at their data caps, slow performance, the small number of overcrowded servers, and the bandwidth throttling. Add to that the fact that they don't unblock region-specific Netflix libraries or other streaming sites, and you can see why people aren't too thrilled about them.
Still, if you're not looking for anything fancy, a free VPN should tide you over until you can fit an actual subscription into your budget. Just stick to the trusty VPNs we've linked to in the beginning.
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The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple has started rolling out iOS 12.5.5 to older models of the iPhone and iPad. "This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users," Apple said in the release notes for iOS 12.5.5.
The update is available for the iPad Air, the iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, as well as the 6th gen iPod touch, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. All of these devices were dropped from support with iOS 13. The iOS 12.5.5 update addresses issues related to maliciously crafted PDFs, web content, and apps.
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Apple had previously rolled out iOS 12.5.4 in June with security fixes for WebKit vulnerabilities and other issues. Apple has also started seeded the first betas of iOS 15.1 as well as iPadOS 15.1. After removing SharePlay in iOS 15 beta 2, Apple has re-enabled the feature in the iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, and tvOS 15.1 betas. Apple decided to pull SharePlay from the iOS 15 launch because it was not properly functioning and was still riddled with issues.
It adds features to the Health app like support for storing health-related data for Covid-19 immunisations and test results. With the latest iOS 15.1 Beta, one can now add vaccination cards to the Apple Wallet application. (IANS/ MBI)
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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Lakme Fashion Week, announced a collaboration to celebrate "NBA 75" the leagues landmark 75th Anniversary Season in 2021-22. As part of the collaboration, the NBA and Lakme Fashion Week will offer fashion designers from across India the opportunity to submit designs for an "NBA 75" collection. Select designs will be evaluated by a panel comprised of fashion designers, industry experts and local influencers, with the winning designer announced at the upcoming October edition of Lakme Fashion Week.
The winner will then be mentored by a leading fashion expert and will work alongside the NBA on a capsule collection to commemorate NBA 75. The NBA 75 range, which will include jerseys, t-shirts, headwear, sweatpants, hoodies, jackets and other apparel, will be unveiled at Lakme Fashion Week in March 2022.
"We are excited to collaborate with Lakme Fashion Week and offer Indian designers the chance to express their vision in celebration of NBA 75," said NBA Asia Executive Vice President & Managing Director Scott Levy. "The NBA and its players are synonymous with fashion and culture, and this friendly competition will showcase the talent and passion that Indian designers have for basketball and the NBA during our landmark 75th Anniversary Season." The collection will be available for purchase after the event on the NBAStore.in and at select retail destinations. (IANS/ MBI)
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