HINTS FROM HELOISE

Garden City Telegram

Protect your credit card

Dear Heloise: I gave my credit card to the girl at the fast food window, and then she got her phone out and was texting, or she could have been taking a picture of the back of my card, which has all the pertinent info on it: the 16 digit account number, the expiration date, my name and that three digit security code. 

This made me nervous, so I called the card company. They said I am not responsible for any unauthorized charges, I can freeze my card on their website, and the phone representatives can always help. - Robin T. in Tennessee

Robin, the vast majority of service workers are honest and would not take a picture of your credit card, but if you got an uneasy feeling, it's a good idea to check the account and make sure everything is OK.

Credit card companies are getting away from raised numbers on the cards. Those were needed when cards were run through an old-fashioned card reader that left three carbonless copies in the wake of its swipe.

Readers, what was the last transaction you remember being run through the manual "cha-chunk" card reader? Let's go down memory lane! - Heloise

TECH TALK TUESDAY

Dear Readers: If you watch a lot of videos online, you may already know what a screen grab is. It's one frame of video used to illustrate the content of the video.

Many times, the host or producer of the video may use a picture that is contrary to the tone of the content of the video just to "grab" your attention! - Heloise

MAIL FAIL

Dear Heloise: I was wanting to lessen the amount of email I get. My email provider on my desktop application will allow me to right-click and block all future emails from the unwanted sender, and also delete all current emails that maybe I haven't read yet.

This has lowered the volume of email I get considerably! - Mel R. in New York

COVID SELF-SCREENING

Dear Readers: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.CDC.gov) has put together a COVID self-assessment test. If you've been in contact with someone who may have COVID, the Coronavirus Self-Checker can help you.

It will ask you what state you're in, your gender, your age and what symptoms you may be experiencing. Common symptoms of COVID include:

-  Heaviness in the chest and difficulty breathing

-  Dizziness and lightheadedness

-  Confusion and disorientation

-  Bluish lips/face

-  Dehydration and slurred speech, among other symptoms 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the Self-Checker will advise you to reach out for medical help. This tool can be a good first step in determining if you may have contracted COVID-19. - Heloise

ICE IS NICE

Dear Heloise: I can get mild panic attacks on occasion. I've found that when I get one, that is to say, a really uneasy feeling of nervousness and anxiety, I take a few ice cubes in my hands and hold them. The coldness of the ice gives my brain something else to think about other than my uneasiness. - Brayden B., age 16, in Arizona

Brayden, happy this helps you. If your symptoms do not dissipate, I want you to tell your family doctor. -- Heloise

Send a money-saving or time saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.

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