BVNN Stories

With the BusinessVoice News Network (BVNN), your callers on hold will hear news and lifestyle stories mixed in with your existing On Hold Marketing. We upload three new BVNN stories each weekday. And with the no-touch system we provide, your staff doesn't have to do a thing.

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Most of us aren’t very good at picking strong passwords. Some of the biggest no-no’s are using names of sports teams, brands or pop culture references, or reusing passwords with slight variations. Instead, use a free password manager program that creates strong unique passwords and remembers them for you. Source Link 

This year, holiday travel may be over the river and through the woods to a hotel instead of grandmother’s house. In a survey, nearly half of families with children at home are opting for a personal vacation before the end of the year instead of a family visit. And a third say they’re not planning to celebrate the holidays at all. Source Link 

Spending time in nature can boost your mental health and now there’s evidence that a virtual experience may do the same thing. A study found that watching a nature-related TV show or experiencing nature in a virtual reality setting can promote mental wellness. Those facing limited outdoor access due to quarantine may benefit from a dose of digital nature. Source Link

Here's how you can “clearly” improve the look of your refrigerator and maybe your waistline too. Put small items like yogurt cups in clear plastic bins so they don’t get lost in the back of a shelf. And keep fresh fruit and raw vegetables up front in a clear container so you can see your way to healthy snacking. Source Link

When it comes to building a bond with your cat, the eyes have it. Researchers found that pet owners who used a slow blink had cats that were likely to slow blink back and accept an extended hand. The slow blink was also a good way to build trust with cats that are new to a home. Source Link 

The consumer version of the top face mask used in healthcare may not measure up in protection. Testing found that seven out of ten KN95 masks produced in China don’t actually filter out 95 percent of tiny infectious aerosol droplets. But KN95 masks can provide better protection for people who don’t often come in contact with respiratory particles. Source Link 

The easiest way to get control of managing your finances may be doing less. Automate bill payments and deposits to savings and investments and pay for everything with a credit card that you pay off each month. And consolidate all your account information like the type of account and password in one notebook or file folder. Source Link 

The terms may be used interchangeably but there’s a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning helps to remove dirt while disinfecting helps kill bacteria and viruses. Cleaning comes first by using a towel or soap and water, followed by a disinfectant product or a solution made from four teaspoons of bleach for each quart of water. Source Link 

Improving your memory may as simple as counting to one. Focusing on doing one thing at a time can improve your ability to store and process information. Researchers found that heavy multitaskers significantly underperformed at doing things that required working memory and sustained attention. Source Link 

You can make this a better day on a count of three. Start by taking three deep breaths every time you sit down at your desk or step to your work spot. Deep breathing calms the nervous system and is the first step to learning meditation that can help you reduce stress. Source Link 

If you use baking powder or baking soda be sure that it's at full strength. The shelf life for an open container is about six months and you can test it. Put one teaspoon of baking powder in ⅓ cup of warm tap water or mix baking soda with two teaspoons of vinegar and both should bubble. Source Link 

Depending on age, vivid dreams are the builders or the maintenance staff for your brain. During REM sleep the brain of an infant is building synapses that will allow neurons to connect and communicate with one another. The primary structure is finished after age two and from then on your sleep becomes more about brain maintenance and repair. Source Link 

When it comes to your teeth, the most effective brushing is not so fast, not so hard and not just on top. Plaque builds up at the gum line so focus your brushing there with smaller, gentle strokes. Don’t hold the toothbrush tightly in your fist; fingertip grip will help you brush correctly and be sure to brush for at least two minutes twice a day. Source Link

Wearing a face mask doesn't lead to carbon dioxide poisoning, even in people with lung disease. That’s according to a new study that looked at oxygen and carbon dioxide levels for healthy people and those with lung disease while using surgical masks. The effects on breathing were minimal even for those with severe lung impairment. Source Link 

Keeping your streaming history away from advertisers takes a few steps for devices and services. Smart TVs and streaming players like Roku and Fire TV have settings to limit such sharing. Services with commercials offer settings to reduce or remove your viewing history that can be used for targeted advertising. Source Link 

Using your health insurance isn’t something to do only when you’re sick. Many policies include wellness programs to improve your health and help you manage chronic conditions. Nutrition, smoking cessation, fitness, combating substance abuse and stress management are among the common wellness offerings that are often free or discounted. Source Link 

Can the same thing that makes your dishes sparkly clean defeat that grimy oven? A dishwasher tablet dipped in warm water can be used to scrub away tough stains on oven walls. It also works well on the glass and is effective on the surrounding metal part of the oven door. Wet it long enough to soak up a bit of water, but not too long that it starts to crumble. Source Link 

This could be the upside of suffering with a common cold -- it might protect you against COVID-19. When you get a cold your body’s memory B cells detect pathogens and produce antibodies to destroy them and remember them for the future. Researchers found that B cells that attacked previous common cold viruses also appeared to recognize the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Source Link