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DirectBuy of Barrie holding charity toy drive. Donations from December 11th charity event to help families in need




As part of the event, both members as well as the general public are invited to visit the DirectBuy of Barrie location from 1:00pm to 5:00pm to donate a toy that will most certainly put a smile on the face of a deserving child this holiday season.


“Christmas is a time of giving, and what better way to give than to help a family in need by putting a present under the tree for a child who wouldn’t otherwise receive one,” said Christine Demarsh, owner of DirectBuy of Barrie. “The stimulation, happiness and memories that toys provide are very important to the growth of children, and we’re helping to put toys into the hands of those who would otherwise have never gotten them.”


For 20 years, Rock 95 and Kool FM have been helping the community through their Toy Drive efforts to help give families and their children in central Ontario a more enjoyable Christmas. In fact, more than 10,000 toys are distributed annually and more than 5,000 children and families in the region are assisted by their efforts each year.


If you’re unable to make it to DirectBuy of Barrie during the event but still wish to donate a toy or financial assistance, you may drop off a new, unwrapped toy – or make a monetary donation – at the Rock 95 / Kool FM station or anywhere that you see Rock 95 / Kool FM coin box. All toys and monetary donations stay in the communities where they were donated, meaning that those toys and donations made in Barrie will benefit Barrie families in need.


“It’s important that these toy drives are available for those families in our community who find it very difficult to provide their children with presents and toys during the Holidays,” said Demarsh. “We are proud to be involved in such a needed cause.”


DirectBuy of Barrie, located in Bayfield Mall at 320 Bayfield St., in Barrie, Ontario, offers consumers thousands of items including kitchen cabinets, flat-screen televisions and major appliances from more than 500 manufacturers or their authorized suppliers.


To assist members with their home renovation projects, DirectBuy of Barrie employs product specialists who are specially trained in one of five areas of merchandise: Home Furnishings, Home Improvement, Flooring, Entertainment/Outdoor, and Accessories. Additionally, members benefit from the use of a children’s play area, café and a members’ lounge to relax in while shopping.


About DirectBuy

Consumers who are interested in joining DirectBuy are encouraged to attend an exclusive Open House event, which is designed to educate families about DirectBuy’s unique business model. The Open House also helps consumers better understand how DirectBuy members avoid traditional retail markup when purchasing brand-name merchandise.


Since 1971, DirectBuy has been showing hundreds of thousands of consumers unparalleled ways to save as they shop for virtually everything for in and around their homes –from furnishings, home improvement and flooring, to entertainment and outdoor products, accessories, and much, much more. With more than 145 locations in North America, DirectBuy offers its members access to more than 500 brand-name manufacturers or their authorized suppliers in Canada.


For more information on a DirectBuy membership, visit www.directbuycares.com. Consumers interested in seeing DirectBuy’s savings, service, and selection up close may obtain a Visitor’s Pass to attend an Open House by visiting www.directbuy.com or www.directbuycares.com.

How to Protect Your Laptop Hard Drive While Traveling

You know when you purchase a laptop it will probably take at least a few trips with you. Whether you are a businessperson on the go or lucky enough to be going on vacation, sooner or later you’ll be bringing your computer with you. It’s important to realize how much you stand to lose if someone walks off with it. Everything from your address, possibly your social security number, bank account information, corporate information, and more can fall into the hands of a nefarious person. The following steps will aid in protecting you if your computer is stolen:

Use a BIOS or hard drive password
Use Bitlocker Drive Encryption or Windows file encryption
Choose a strong password

Many laptops these days come with built in hard drive encryption on the BIOS. The Basic Input/Output System is the first little piece of software that starts when you press the power button on your computer. If you go into its settings and look under security, you will see something to the effect of hard drive security, protect this hard drive with a password. This basically tells the drive not to accept any command other than the enter password command and will render it completely useless without the correct response.

If you find your computer doesn’t have the previous type of protection you should consider using some type of  Windows encryption. This can come in a couple of different flavors depending upon which operating system you are using. If you have XP Pro, your only option is to use file encryption. Pick the folders you want to protect such as your My Documents folder and right-click it. Go to properties, advanced, and check encrypt contents to secure data. Make sure you apply it to the folder and subfolders. This will prevent anyone from being able to read or copy your sensitive data without knowing your user password. The next option is newer and only applies to Vista or Windows 7. It’s called BitLocker Drive Encryption and encrypts your entire hard drive. Unfortunately, it’s only available with Ultimate and Enterprise versions.

The final line of defense if your computer is stolen is to pick a good, strong user password. That way if someone pulls your hard drive and runs a password cracking tool on it it will be exponentially tougher for the program to decipher your password. A strong password should be a bare minimum of eight characters and consist of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters.

In addition to the above-mentioned tactics, something as simple as using a cable lock while you are not around your laptop and having some type of locating software installed on your system will prevent or help locate your computer if it’s stolen. You can imagine how important it is to protect your data on your laptop. If nothing else, it provides piece-of-mind if you discover your computer has decided to take a ‘vacation’ on its own.

Eric Alan Anderson is a Systems & Support Administrator for a mid-sized BioPharma Company. He has over ten years experience in the Information Technology field. He is involved with many sites and his latest explores the Executive Resume Writing Service and provides a look at Executive Resume Writing