Privacy tips for the Internet of Things

Privacy tips for the Internet of Things

If you don’t like the idea of being tracked by your devices, you might think you have only two options: Avoid the technology altogether or simply surrender to the surveillance. But for most smart products, there are strategies that can at least restrict how much of your information gets collected.  

1. Password-protect anything that collects personal information. Many smart devices are managed through Internet-based accounts. Some have pass codes you can enter on the device as well. Use both. And … (read more)

Get the most out of your gas grill with these six barbecue tips

Get the most out of your gas grill with these six barbecue tips

Perfectly seared steaks and mouth-watering burgers hot off the grill signal that summer is in full swing. Add grilled corn and watermelon slices and it’s dinnertime. Grilling doesn’t take much fuss, but it can be tricky, resulting in rubbery chicken and charred rib-eyes. Here are six grilling tips from the experts at Consumer Reports.

Add flavor and tenderness with marinades. Use a marinade made with an acid, such as vinegar, lemon juice, or plain … (read more)

Don’t short sheet the bed and other tips for college living

Don’t short sheet the bed and other tips for college living

College students will be off to campus in the coming weeks and are shopping in earnest to furnish the rooms where they’ll be spending the next nine months. Towels? Check. Pillows? Check. Sheets. Not so fast. Before investing in a good set of bed linens, check the size of the dorm bed. Most college dorms have beds that are five inches longer than the standard twin so regular twin sheets won’t cover them. The extra-long twin sheets aren’t … (read more)

Get an edge on summer lawn care with these five mowing tips

Get an edge on summer lawn care with these five mowing tips

Even a top-performing walk-behind mower, lawn tractor, or rider won’t make your lawn the belle of the block if your mowing is too random. Here are some tips for smarter use of your mower or riding machine, along with some finishing touches to help your yard look its best before you fire up the grill this Memorial Day weekend.

Mind the mower. Keep your blade sharp, getting it sharpened monthly or at least twice a year. … (read more)

Food safety tips to prevent sidelining your Super Bowl guests

Food safety tips to prevent sidelining your Super Bowl guests

No matter what team you’re cheering for, the Super Bowl is a long game, typically four hours not counting the pre- and post-portions. That’s twice as long as it takes for bacteria to start multiplying in food that’s been left at room temperature for too long. As the host of a viewing party, make sure you observe the two-hour rule so your guests don’t remember your party for all the wrong reasons.

When it comes to food consumption, only … (read more)

Five hot tips for successful winter grilling

Five hot tips for successful winter grilling

Grilling season used to begin Memorial Day and end when those last burgers came off the grill on Labor Day. No more. Nearly two-thirds of grill owners polled said they grill year round, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, an industry group. And if you spend much of the winter shoveling snow—hello Rochester—year-round grilling brings outdoor living inside, just when you need it. Here are five tips from manufacturers on grilling in cold weather.

Dress the part. Bundle up, … (read more)

Don’t put granny’s glassware in the dishwasher and other tips

Don’t put granny’s glassware in the dishwasher and other tips

It’s the holidays, time to haul out the good silverware and china. But after the big meal, don’t be tempted to put these special items in the dishwasher where they may be harmed by the water spray or an abrasive detergent. Sure, most dishwashers have a gentle cycle but if you treasure your grandmother’s china or crystal, it’s best to clean them the old-fashioned way, by hand. Our experts offer this advice.

When hand washing your fine china and … (read more)

Water-saving tips that Thanksgiving cooks can be grateful for

Water-saving tips that Thanksgiving cooks can be grateful for

The holidays involve a lot of entertaining and all that entails—cooking, dirty dishes, and loads of laundry. You can do it all without throwing money down the drain along with the extra water you’re using and the energy it takes to heat it. The folks at WaterSense, the conservation program run by the Environmental Protection Agency, suggest some simple ways to save that your guests won’t even notice.

In the kitchen

Don’t run the tap when washing dishes in the … (read more)