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Image description: Spend some time “hanging out” with members of the U.S. Paralympic team on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will host a Google Hangout with veteran members who will be competing the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games.
This hangout gives you the chance to meet some of the Veteran athletes, and ask them how the VA Adaptive Sports program has helped them not only stay active but also put them on the path to the Paralympics.
You can sign up to attend the live event and submit your questions in advance on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the hashtag #MissionRedefined,
And make sure to tune in Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET to watch the hangout live.  

Image description: Spend some time “hanging out” with members of the U.S. Paralympic team on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will host a Google Hangout with veteran members who will be competing the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games.

This hangout gives you the chance to meet some of the Veteran athletes, and ask them how the VA Adaptive Sports program has helped them not only stay active but also put them on the path to the Paralympics.

You can sign up to attend the live event and submit your questions in advance on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the hashtag #MissionRedefined,

And make sure to tune in Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET to watch the hangout live.  

Enter the Flu App Challenge

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Enter the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Flu App Challenge and you could win $15,000.

All you have to do is create a web app, game or tool that teaches the public how to prevent and treat the flu using information from the CDC.

The deadline for submissions is May, 27.

Read the rules and enter at fluapp.challenge.gov.

Safe Social Networking

Social media websites and applications are a now normal part of everyday life, allowing you to connect with friends and family across the world. Some of the newer social media tools use GPS technology that allow you to “check in” by posting your location on social media channels to receive special offers from retailers. While it is tempting to keep your friends updated on your life, these posts can make you vulnerable to cyber stalkers or home invasions.

Here are some helpful hints to keep you safe online:

  • Ensure that your contact information is only visible to the people you know and trust.
  • Only post information that you are comfortable with anyone seeing.
  • Don’t share personal information with people that you don’t know.
  • Use your privacy settings to manage who can see your content, including messages, and pictures.
  • Remember, even if you delete something you post online, it might not be gone.
  • Beware of cyber-bullying and online confrontations. Online activities can have real world consequences.

Find more tips for protecting yourself online from the Federal Trade Commission.