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Walk Georgia is a web-based fitness program designed to encourage activity and exercise! Participate individually or within a group.
Radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. It occurs naturally and is released into the soil, easily entering buildings through the foundation. The only way to know if you have radon is to test.
Tips on how to make environmentally-conscious decisions and live green!
Make healthy food and lifestyle choices on a budget. This series of eight, interactive lessons includes activities and recipe demonstrations.
Childcare Provider Trainings
UGA Extension provides entity-approved training to help child care providers meet state licensing requirements. Check the calendar for training events near you.
Establishing, maintaining, and protecting Your Good Credit can save you thousands of dollars over time. This series will teach you the basics of credit reports and scores.
Search for budgeting apps for your smartphone and you will find options for almost every type of spender or saver. Budgeting apps can be a helpful money management tool. Be sure to keep your personal and financial information safe by choosing a secure app.
Some apps require you to enter your purchases. Others may require you to enter user names and passwords for your accounts at financial institutions to collect spending information. Apps that do not require users to enter bank account numbers, PINs, or other personal information pose less risk.
Before you download, make sure the app comes from a reputable company. Check reviews of the app. Be skeptical of overly positive comments in app stores. The Federal Trade Commission has sued entities for promoting apps with fake reviews.
Pay attention to prompts when you download the app. Many budgeting apps ask for access to your contacts. A budgeting app should not require access to personal data on your phone in order to operate efficiently.
Even the best apps come with some risks. Frequently check for updates for your budgeting app. Updates often contain security patches that protect your personal information.
Avoid using the same user names and passwords for your budgeting app and online bank accounts. Use strong passwords. A combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols is harder to hack.
If your phone has the option, setting up a PIN adds an additional layer of security for your account information. You may also wish to use a security app to scan your phone, remotely lock your phone, and backup the data on your phone.
Consider how comfortable you are using any financial service. The more accounts you have online, the more vulnerable you are to having your information stolen in a security breach. Close accounts you no longer need or use.
Privacy may be an even bigger issue than security with phone apps.
App companies may sell your information to marketers who track your spending habits and send targeted ads to your smartphone. App providers can change privacy policies without notice.