How That 10 Concerts Meme Makes You Vulnerable to Hackers


Whether you braved a stadium full of screaming fans to see Justin Timberlake or got elbowed in the face during a Green Day show, few memories are as lasting as your first concert experience. But even though it's fun to remember (or let's face it, make fun of) the bands you saw live as a kid or teen, you should probably avoid reminiscing about them on Facebook if you don’t want to fall vulnerable to hackers, USA Today points out.

If you've been on social media in the past week, you’ve probably seen the popular "10 concerts" meme, in which Facebook users list 10 music shows: nine they've actually attended, and one that they didn't. As their friends puzzle out which of these shows is the fake one, the guessing game often turns into a walk down memory lane as everyone shares their own unforgettable performances. Sometimes, participants also pair their lists with notes in which they recall their first or favorite concerts.

Your first concert doesn't need to be a closely guarded secret (unless it really is that humiliating), but you shouldn't ever reveal it online: As you may recall, it's the answer to a common security question—"What was your first concert?"—used by banks and other institutions to prevent digital intruders from accessing your accounts.

"If I'm a hacker, I'm taking full advantage of this," Fatemeh Khatibloo, an analyst with Forrester Research, told USA Today. "Don't make those kinds of answers about your life public."

If you’ve participated in the "10 concerts" meme, consider deleting your post, or only sharing it with a few trustworthy friends. That said, going forward, it's a good idea to re-think the way you answer these types of security questions. In addition to the first band you saw live, other questions ask for easily searchable info, including your mother’s maiden name and the name of the street you grew up on. Protect yourself by answering with lies—example, say your mom’s maiden name is Dumbledore, or you were raised on Diagon Alley—or to be extra-safe, use a a password manager to generate a random string of numbers, letters, and symbols to use as your password.

[h/t USA Today]

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

Indestructible Shoes
Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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Life of Pix, Pexels

No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado