Stephen Hawking says we’ve got about 1,000 years to find a new place to live. That isn’t even enough time for Lilliam to pack.
Google has just released a new mobile phone App called Trusted Contacts.
This might be a worthwhile App for those moving to Panama.
It is supported on the Android operating system and will be supported on iPhone’s IOS.
Here is why I think it is good and should be considered.
You register those that you consider your Trusted Contacts.
The App will allow your parents, siblings, close friends and relatives to find you in an emergency.
You can share your location with a trusted contact if you feel unsafe or want somebody to watch out for you.
Even in situations where you’re unable to get your phone, your trusted contacts can find you.
If a friend or family member asks for your location and you don’t respond within 5 minutes, your location is automatically shared with your loved one.
You can stay in touch. You can check up on loved ones by seeing if their phone has detected movement recently, or if their battery is critically low or empty.
I am setting Lilliam and my daughter up as my trusted contacts.
I have written up OPENDNS before, but maybe it would be worthwhile again.
OPENDNS is a good way to improve your Internet security in your home network or individual PC. I have recommended it to my daughter to help secure the Internet for my grandkids. OPENDNS can be set up to filter sites that young minds don’t need to find while surfing the Internet. My daughter and I are in the process of setting up a more secure home WiFi network.
You can go to opendns.com and set up for a personal account. It is free. After setting up an account, you enter the DNS setting for OPENDNS in your router or PC and you have better Internet protection.
If you use a home WiFi network, you can configure it with the level of restriction you want.
High – Protects against all adult-related sites, illegal activity, social networking sites, video sharing sites, and general time-wasters.
Medium – Protects against all adult-related sites and illegal activity.
Low – Protects against pornography.
None – Nothing blocked.
Custom – Choose the categories you want to block.
It isn’t perfect, but it is very good.
This cannot be used if you are using a VPN or UNLOCATOR to visit streaming sites. However, if you are using KODI, you don’t really need UNLOCATOR and it does block Adults sites on KODI if they are available.
I learned something about the various VPN providers while I was testing OPENDNS. I had it set to the medium setting and was researching various VPNs. I was surprised to find that several were flagged by OPENDNS as being non safe. Several were well known sites, such as HIDEMYASS, Express VPN, and a few others were flagged with non private connection warnings.
So if you are using a VPN or thinking about using a VPN, it might be worth activating OPENDNS to prevent signing up for one that is risky.
WiTopia, which I have used in the past, was not filtered, so I consider that it is still a good provider.
Facebook memories are a great way to see how fat you’ve gotten.
I’m a people person, but from a distance.
I just hired a private investigator to find out what I do all day.
I came across another expat blog providing experiences in Panama and added it to my blog link list. It is mebeinpanama. Check it out.
Someone just honked their horn to get me out of my parking space quicker so now we will both be here until we’re dead.
A Chiriquí Chatter reader sent me the following. I will try to drop by in the future, but you may be interested before I get around to it.
We found a new shop in town and thought we would let you know about it as you don´t seem to be running about as much as you used to. None of us is as spry as we once were. It´s a Chinese Porcelain shop and the merchandise is just beautiful. Ray took a picture of the outside of the shop.
Its located off the Super99/Public Market/Romero road. Go to the Mitsubishi Dealer, turn left and it´s a block and a half on the right. This is what we bought, with Stella helping to show it off.
Hope you go to visit in person, it´s worth an outing.
I received an email this morning that I will share with you.
Thanks to RG for the article.
Mr D.R. – There is a decent article in today’s Washington Post’s Travel section regarding Warden’s and what they do and a whole bunch more informative information.
(a long time follower living in Washington, D.C.)
CLICK HERE to read the article.