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While we’ve had an idea for awhile that some companies may be casually checking social media history before deciding whether to hire someone, a new report reveals that more and more companies are formally adding social media evaluations to their list of things that could disqualify a job candidate, alongside things like background checks and drug testing.

According to the 2018 MRINetwork Reputation Management Study, 18% of employers are now formally reviewing candidates social media profiles, while another 17% are considering following suit. As for what they are looking for, 39% say they are searching for questionable content or behavior, while 27% want to see active engagement in trade or professional associations, and 19% are looking for offensive social or political views.

Luckily, more and more job seekers are aware of how their social media presence affects their job search, with 48% of people saying they believe their social media presence is either important or very important to employers, and 70% aware that questionable content or behavior is a big red flag to possible employers. To avoid losing out on a gig because of their social media account, many make their profiles private, and then set up separate professional accounts just for recruiters and hiring managers. 

Source: Yahoo Finance


Considering all the news about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica it shouldn’t come as much of a shock to find out that folks are feeling a bit unsettled about social media these days. In fact, a new survey finds 60% of Americans don’t trust that social media sites are protecting their privacy online.

Overall, 73% of Americans are convinced social media companies are selling their data, which is a whopping increase of 24% from the last survey in 2014. Of course that isn’t stopping folks from using such sites, with 87% of Americans saying they still use social media daily.

So what are Americans’ biggest fears when it comes to online privacy? Well, 86% are worried about having personal data stolen, while another 85% are worried about identity theft, and 84% are worried about downloading virus/malware.

As for what needs to be done, more laws may be the answer. The survey finds that 40% of Americans believe current privacy laws are too week and don’t provide reasonable protections, while only 28% think Congress understands the implications of online privacy.

Source: Online Privacy Data


There are few things worse then shelling out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on a new smartphone only to destroy it by dropping it on the floor. But it turns out, there are some phones that are more likely to survive the clumsy drop, and a new report uncovers the best ones out there.

Tom’s Guide just tested 12 of the leading handsets for their first ever Drop Everything report, revealing which phones out there are most likely to survive being dropped on the floor, and it may have you rethinking your next purchase.

The phone deemed the toughest overall is the Motorola Moto Z2 Force, which has a shatterproof display. That phone scored an 8.5 out of ten and is so durable it withstood multiple drops on both wood and concrete from four and six-feet high. Not only that, it also survived a plunge into a toilet and came out unscathed.

Now for iPhone users there is some good news. The iPhone X, which costs a whopping $1,000, earned the title of toughest non-ruggedized phone, earning a 6.6. It suffered the least damage from a four-foot drop of all other phones in this category.

But not all iPhones are created equally. The least durable phone overall proved to be the iPhone SE, which cracked so badly it didn’t even make it through all rounds of testing.

Results of Tom’s Guide Drop Test

  1. Motorola Moto Z2 Force (8.5)
  2. LG X Venture (6.6)
  3. Apple iPhone X (6.2)
  4. LG V30 (6.0)
  5. Samsung Galaxy S9 (6.0)
  6. Motorola Moto G5 Plus (5.1)
  7. Apple iPhone 8 (4.9)
  8. Google Pixel 2 XL (4.3)
  9. Huawei Mate 10 Pro (4.3)
  10. OnePlus 5T (4.3)
  11. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (4.3)
  12. Apple iPhone SE (3.9) 

Source: Tom’s Guide


Have you heard of sunscreen pills? There are lots of companies selling supplements they claim can protect your skin from sun damage from UV rays. And if that sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is and the FDA has issued a statement warning the public not to use these sunscreen pills because they don’t work and can be dangerous.

In a new statement, the FDA doesn’t hold back and basically calls B.S. on sunscreen pills. “These companies are putting people’s health at risk by giving consumers a false sense of security that a dietary supplement could prevent sunburn, reduce early skin aging caused by the sun, or protect from the risks of skin cancer,” the statement reads.

The thing is, there are no rules about what constitutes a sunscreen pill. Companies just throw something together and claim it protects as well as regular sunscreen and people want to believe it. But sun protection doesn’t work from the inside out.

"Most sunscreens contain physical and/or chemical UV blockers that absorb the sun's harmful rays and protect the skin from DNA damage and premature aging," says Dr. Gary Goldenberg, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. “You just can't get that in pill form.”

So listen to the FDA and wear regular sunscreen, don’t think you can pop a pill and get the same coverage. It’s messy and a pain, but it beats skin cancer and sunburns.

Source: Women's Health


As much as we love them, sugary cereals really don’t cut it when you want to eat a healthy breakfast. This has caused consumers to turn away from such sugary treats but despite that Kellogg’s is giving it all they’ve got to get folks back in the fold.

The latest attempt to attract customers is the addition of a new wild berry star to Froot Loops, the first time in ten years they’ve added a new Froot Loop flavor. And that’s not all. They are also attempting to rebrand cereal as something that’s perfect to eat anytime, using the new slogan “Whatever Froots Your Loops,” for Froot Loops specifically, and selling cereals in bags to make them more like snacks. 

And Froot Loops isn’t the only way they're trying to attract new customers. In 2016 they added cinnamon Frosted Flakes to their line, along with a chocolate version this past November, and earlier this year they introduced a limited-edition cereal with a unicorn. Other cereal companies are also jumping on the bandwagon with General Mills introducing Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios last year, and adding a unicorn-shaped marshmallow to Lucky Charms, while Post added cinnamon to its Fruity Pebbles brand.

Source: Money

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