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Sunday, August 28, 2011

How knowledgeable are you about Internet Security? Week 1


How much do you really know about Internet Security?

Internet Security Myth: There are so many users on the Internet that the chances of being a target are slim to none.

Fact: Granted, there are millions of people constantly on the Internet, but that doesn't mean you have a lower chance of being a target than the next person. There are tools freely dispersed throughout the Internet that let anyone quickly and easily build malware, exploits, banking trojans and FakeAV used to infect users' machines or steal financial data from users. Many attacks are widespread as criminals try to recruit as many bots (infected computers) as they can. Criminals routinely infect search engine results for current news items or whatever the most searched items on the net are. Many legitimate websites are compromised as criminals know many users will connect to these seemingly innocent sites. Currently, Trend Micro is tracking over 432,000 new threats per day including email, web, file and vulnerabilities.

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The truth is, hackers will find you.  If you are not protected online, it's only a matter of time before someone will try to take advantage of you.  Keep yourself protected online!  Try out Titanium Maximum Security to protect every facet of your online life!



Check out my original post regarding Titanium Maximum Security for all of the details of this fantastic product.

You can download Titanium Maximum Security from Trend Micro right now for a FREE 30 day trial!  Or you can purchase a 1 year subscription for $79.95.  But download now, and use discount code "BZZ30" (case sensitive) to save $30 and get 1 year for only $49.95!!  Or you can download and print this $30 off coupon to purchase the product at Best Buy!


I'm a BzzAgent and was NOT compensated for this post. Although I received a 1 year paid subscription, my opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way by Trend Micro or BzzAgent. See my full Disclosure/Acknowledgement policy here.

Want to be a BzzAgent and reap all the fab rewards by doing what you love? Sign up today!

Trend Micro™ Titanium™ Maximum Security #review #imabzzagent



Online security is becoming increasingly important as technology becomes more advanced, and criminals and hackers become smarter and find more creative ways to ruin your life.  I've had a credit card hacked from a purchase online, and let me tell you, it isn't fun.  My credit card company rocks though!  They covered all of the fraudulent charges, which only amounted to about $3.00.  They say that hackers will get your credit card number, then make a couple of penny transactions to make sure the number will work.  As soon as those clear, they go to work demolishing your credit!

I learned my lesson the hard way, and have never once been unprotected online since.  Now, generally, people are keeping themselves pretty protected online.  But do you think about identity theft and credit card fraud when you use your iPad?  Your Smartphone?  Yeah, me either!  BzzAgent has opened my eyes to new security measures offered by Titanium Maximum Security.  A product that truly does it all!



Titanium Maximum Security protects your PC, Mac and even your mobile devices!  It protects against malware, spyware, spam and other threats that allow cybercriminals to steal your private information like passwords, credit card numbers or even home addresses.  And it protects and defends your data with tools like the Trend Micro Vault, Secure Erase file shredder and SafeSync secure online storage.

And I have young children who are just getting their feet wet in the world wide web.  And protecting them, as well as my own information online, is a key priority right now.  Titanium Maximum Security has customizable tools to help you keep your kids safe online and automatically shows you what links are safe and malicious on Facebook, Twitter and Myspace!

Titanium Maximum Security has all the bases covered when it comes to protecting you online. Check out the product's key features:

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Set and forget
Titanium Maximum Security is extremely easy to activate, and once it's done, you don't have to do a thing. Not only is the software non-intrusive, but it takes up less than half the disk space and memory of other security products — so your computer runs faster (and you avoid stress). From the main console, you can access easy-to-read security reports with all the details about the Internet threats that attack your computer. 


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Maximize your PC's performance
The System Tuner feature of Titanium Maximum Security can help you recover disk space, make Windows run faster and optimize your computer's performance.


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Keep your files private
Imagine if you lost your laptop— your laptop with hundreds of important files you want to keep private. What would you do? With Titanium Maximum Security, you can locate and lock your files remotely, and even wipe the data if necessary.


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Social networking security
Titanium Maximum Security automatically scans your Facebook, Twitter or MySpace wall to visually show you what links are safe or malicious


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Smartphone or tablet protection
Titanium Maximum Security allows you to extend your online protection to your smartphones and tablets including Android, Symbian, iOS and Windows devices


  • Titanium Maximum Security includes Mobile Security Personal Edition for Android and can be activated within the product. It allows you to: locate, lock and remotely erase data if your device is lost or stolen; block unwanted calls and texts; scan apps for viruses and other threats; and enable parental controls to keep kids safe
  • iOS security allows you to: securely surf the web on your iPhone or iPad by protecting you against malicious sites
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You can download Titanium Maximum Security from Trend Micro right now for a FREE 30 day trial!  Or you can purchase a 1 year subscription for $79.95.  But download now, and use discount code "BZZ30" (case sensitive) to save $30 and get 1 year for only $49.95!!  Or you can download and print this $30 off coupon to purchase the product at Best Buy!

I'm definitely on this bandwagon!  Thanks to BzzAgent, I'm currently downloading and installing the software, so stay tuned for a full review!

I'm a BzzAgent and was NOT compensated for this post. Although I received a 1 year paid subscription, my opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way by Trend Micro or BzzAgent. See my full Disclosure/Acknowledgement policy here.

Want to be a BzzAgent and reap all the fab rewards by doing what you love? Sign up today!

Cars 2: The Video Game for Wii Party! #review #imabzzagent

It's party time! My family and I saw Cars 2 the day that it came out. And we loved it! What a great way of continuing the story, but still coming up with a totally different plot for the movie. We thoroughly enjoyed it and were uber excited for Cars 2: The Video Game to come out so we could give that a try too!  Lucky for me, I'm a BzzAgent, and was given the opportunity to try out the game, free of charge! Yay me! We were happy to get some friends and family together to give the Cars 2: The Video Game a run for it's money!

We started off the party with Cars 2 coloring sheets.  The kids had a blast coloring and trying to remember what color everybody was!  You can print some of your own coloring sheets at Disney.com!




Then we continued the fun with a fantastic Mexican fiesta to honor the 'overseas' theme of Cars 2. Delicious!
















Then it was game time!
" Inspired by the new Disney Pixar animated film, Cars 2: The Video Game finds all of your kids' (and your) favorite pedal-to-the-metal characters from Radiator Springs back in action and ready to save the world.

This time, you'll be in the driver's seat as past favorites Lightening McQueen and Mater the tow truck join forces with fun new characters including international spies Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell to travel the globe, taking on dangerous missions, competing to become the fastest racecar in the world and using cunning spy skills and one-of-a-kind weapons in exciting, action-packed combat racing.

Of course, your family will also train to become secret agents at C.H.R.O.M.E. (the Command Headquarters for Recon Operations and Motorized Espionage), to help you perform maneuvers only Cars characters can do, such as backwards driving, air tricks, sidestepping to avoid obstacles, two wheel driving and more. you won't find moves like that, or characters like these, in any other game!"

The game offers these exciting features!

-Over 20 characters to choose from, including past favorites Lightning McQueen and Mater, as well as new spy personalities such as Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell, each with their own one-of-a-kind weapons and gadgets
****See all of the Cars 2 characters here!


-Action-packed missions unfold in 6 exotic locales around the world


-Adrenaline-filled combat racing keeps you on the edge of your seat


-Multi-player functionality provides high velocity fun for the whole family


-Available on Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo DS and PC/Mac


-ESRB Rating: Everyone to Everyone 10+


-Brand new! Just hit store shelves on June 21st. Be one of the first of your friends to enjoy it!




The game starts out a little tough.  One major downfall of the game, right off the bat, is that you can't just play it.  You are required to pass driving and trick training before you are granted access to any of the actual races.  This was something that made the kids lose interest pretty quickly. 


The tricks take a little practice to master, just to move on to the first race.  And when you are racing, you drive at a slow pace.  The only way to increase your speed is to do tricks.  When you perform stunts and trick maneuvers, you earn turbo power that increases your speed.  Without earning turbo, there's no way to actually win the race, since everyone else is faster than you.  The first couple of levels are fairly easy.  You can't run off the track, you just bump off, which is great for the smaller kids.  And it doesn't really matter what place you finish in.  First place gets you more points towards moving on to the next level.  But last place still gives you some points.  So you can move on, even if you're not very good.  You'll just move at a slower pace.

Another downfall of the game, is that the first couple of levels are a bit dark.  It should start out easier to navigate, then get tougher as you complete levels.

To me, this game doesn't compare to the ease and user-friendly racing on MarioKart.  This game is definitely tougher and a lot more complicated.  It was tough, even for the adults. 

On the up side, the game has incredible graphics, detailed and diverse tracks, and you are walked through most of the game, to make sure you know what you are doing.



My main problem with the game, is that you can't just 'free play'.  My kids are young enough where they just want the thrill of a racing game, not a training regimen.  This one is good for kids (or adults) who are into progressive games.  Games that require you to play for days to actually get anywhere.  I wish there were a way to just choose a character, and choose a race.  No politics...

I found the game tough to follow for the younger kids, for sure (even for me!). The ESRB Rating is 10+ but the average age of the kids at my party were 7 and 8 year olds.  They needed a bit of help setting up, and a little help with some of the tricks, but eventually they started to get the hang of it! The younger kids (5 and 6) liked the racing part, but the details of the game, the tricks, and the setup totally eluded them. My recommendation is for kids at least 7 and up.  But I did find it a great way to get the family all involved together.  Kids of almost any age can have fun with this game, with a little help from Mom and Dad.  What a great rainy day activity for the whole family!

My guests were all happy to receive a $5 off Cars 2: The Video Game coupon, as well, thanks to BzzAgent!  They left with full bellies, a coupon to get the game for themselves, and sore thumbs!

Check out the official Cars 2 site at Disney.com for all the hot details about the movie, as well as the game, downloads and activities too!  You can choose your format, check out the details of the game, see screen shots, and order online too!  Check it out!  Cars 2: The Video Game is available RIGHT NOW!

Also, head over the the Cars 2: The Video Game Facebook page for info about the game, updates, and reviews from real customers like you!


I'm a BzzAgent and was NOT compensated for this post. Although I received a free copy of the game, my opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way by Disney or BzzAgent. See my full Disclosure/Acknowledgement policy here.

Want to be a BzzAgent and reap all the fab rewards by doing what you love? Sign up today!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Zone Diet #review and #GIVEAWAY! 3 Winners! Ends 08/31/11

I am always looking for new ways to get on the weight loss train. I have a stubborn 30 pounds that I've been carrying around for a while now. Fad diets are definitely not cutting it! Are you with me? What if I told you that you could eat the foods you love, as in CARBS, and still lose weight? Yeah right, you say? Think again! Check out this array of foods. All of them are included in the Zone Diet!


Achieve Complete Nutrition with the Zone 1-2-3 Program

I gave the Zone Diet a good, solid two week go, and LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!! Stay tuned for my take on their foods.

Dr. Barry Sears has created this program to fit our busy needs, as well as giving us a chance to balance our bodies and lose a few pounds while we're at it. I think I love Dr. Sears. Check out his blog for tons of Dr. approved weight loss information!

"What makes us fat and keeps us fat is caused by subtle changes in our diet that have caused inflammation that affects hormonal communication. To re-establish this communication, you need adequate protein at every meal to induce satiety, to reduce the intake of carbohydrates to maintain the hormone insulin in a zone that is not too high, but not too low, and finally to dramatically lower the levels of omega-6 fatty acids in the diet to reduce inflammation."

So long story short, you can eat the foods you crave (in moderation, of course), and still enjoy a healthy body! I'm SO in!

Give the Zone Diet a try for a low price of $179.00 for a two week supply, and enjoy the following benefits:


-Your clothes will fit better as much of your weight loss is excess body fat, not loss of water or muscle
-You will enjoy improved mental focus and acuity as your blood sugar levels become more stable
-You will observe a surge in physical energy as you increase the release of stored body fat to be converted into chemical energy
-You will have an improved ability to handle stress
-Finally as you continue to reduce excess body fat, you will have decreased blood sugar, blood lipid, and blood pressure levels


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Dr. Sears was kind enough to send me a complimentary two week supply of the Zone Diet for a full review.  I was shocked when I opened the box!  My eyes caressed package after package of carbs.  The carbs I love.  Bagels, bread, pasta, orzo, bagel chips, soft baked pretzels, cookies.  Yes, I said cookies!  I got busy check out all the recipes included in the recipe booklet and meal planning guide included in the two week program.  There were tons of ideas on how to customize the recipes to tailor your needs and tastes.  Check out some of these ideas!
Imagine eating like this every day and still loving what you see on the scale!  And, on top of that, feeling like a million bucks!

I was incredibly impressed with the foods.  You think healthy carbs must be missing something right?  Texture?  Flavor?  Satiation?  No way!  I'm telling you, I'm picky when it comes to my carbs.  Nothing light or low fat will do.  Boy, have I changed my mind since trying the Zone Diet!  The bread is sweet, tender, and fluffy.  The bagels are good sized, soft baked, and full of flavor.  And the cookies.  Let me tell you about the cookies!  They are about the size of an Oreo, but they pack a flavorful punch!  Chewy, tender, filled with chocolate and other goodies!

I even tossed some of the pasta into a meal for my family and they had no idea!  Everythinig was absolutely delicious!  And for a two week supply for $179.00, the Zone Diet is definitely a lot cheaper than a lot of other "diet" programs.  And this one is guaranteed to please!  I only lost 3 pounds in the duration of the two week program, but it was enough to prove to me that eating foods you love can be a delicious way to lose weight and be healthier overall!

If you order now, you're program will include the following products.



  • You will receive two one-week shipments, back to back, with a wide selection of their newest and in-demand products.





  • Week 1 Shipment

    BREAKFAST

    LUNCH

    DINNER

    SNACKS








  • Week 2 Shipment

    BREAKFAST

    LUNCH

    DINNER

    SNACKS


    Your two week supply also includes Zone Daily Essentials Supplements as well as your own personal Zone Coach, trained to answer all of your questions!

    Check out their site for all the information on the program, as well as tons of other useful information.

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    Now on to the GIVEAWAY!

    Entry is as simple as it comes! Make sure you leave your email in your comment, or have it visible in your profile. You can't win if I can't contact you! And please leave a comment for each entry!



    3 Lucky Winners will each win a Two Week Supply of the Zone Diet!

    Manditory Entry:

    Check out the Zone Diet Recipes and tell me which one looks irresistible to you!


    Extra entries:

    *Follow me on Google Friend Connect (right sidebar) (2 EXTRA ENTRIES)

    *Follow me on Twitter (2 EXTRA ENTRIES)

    *Tweet the following. You can Tweet daily for one extra entry every day!

    #Win a Zone Diet 2 Week Supply of food ($179 ARV) 3 WINNERS!! @coriwestphal #GIVEAWAY http://bit.ly/nX1DTM
    (1 EXTRA ENTRY DAILY)

    *Blog about this giveaway. Nothing major. Just a quick snipit with a link back here! (5 EXTRA ENTRIES)

    *Add this giveaway to a giveaway linky.  Please provide the link in your comment. (10 EXTRA ENTRIES)

    That's it! The giveaway will run until 8/31/11 11:59:59 PM.

    Giveaway is for US addresses ONLY.
    There will be THREE lucky winners each receiving a two week supply of the Zone Diet.
    Winners will be chosen by Random.org.
    Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact me or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
    You MUST have a valid email visible in your profile, or in your comment, or your comments will be deleted (I have to be able to contact you).
    Prize will be mailed by The Zone Diet!


    Disclaimer:
    Dr. Barry Sears provided me with a two week supply of the Zone Diet and are providing the giveaway item. All opinions are my own. Please see my complete Disclosure/Acknowledgement Policy HERE.






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