You've probably heard by now about a major Internet security flaw that has the potential to affect virtually every site on the Internet.  

The nature of the flaw was such that some data that was sent encrypted from you to a website could be read by an attacker. Note that this doesn't mean that it did happen, only that it was a risk. 

Since 
Monday when the problem was first announced, sites that send encrypted data (including Everplans) have been working to eliminate this vulnerability.  

Security is at the core of what we do here at Everplans and the team has been working around the clock to make sure we are not vulnerable.  

For any site addressing this problem there is a 3-step process:

  • First, update the vulnerable software on all affected servers
  • Second, replace the secret keys used to encrypt secure web traffic
  • And the final step is up to you: For your security, you should consider changing your website passwords. Everplans has completed the first two steps and is recommending that members change their Everplans password. 

How To Change Your Password

1. Click This Link.

2. You will be asked to sign into your account.

3. After signing in you'll be on your "Account" page.  Select "User Info" on the left side of the page.

4. Follow the instructions on this page to change your password.


Please Note: This is a precaution. We have no reason to believe any Everplans accounts were compromised.

And, because this was a flaw that affected most all sites on the Internet, it would be a good idea to take this moment to change your passwords across the board for any other sites you use that may contain sensitive information. 

If you'd like to learn more about this flaw (called, poetically, Heartbleed), you can read these articles:

New York Times Coverage

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send us a note at contactus@everplans.com

Best, 

Abby Schneiderman and Adam Seifer
(Co-Founders, Everplans.com)


Channing Tatum, seen here in Magic Mike, probably wouldn't garner many complaints if he danced at a nursing home.
Source: Warner Home Video

Typical amenities at a nursing home: meals, housekeeping, 24-hour emergency medical services, and lapdances?

A Long Island nursing home is under fire for providing male strippers to its residents, according to The New York Post. While other nursing homes have more conventional activities like bingo night or watching Cocoon, the folks here were permitted to make it rain dollar bills over adult performers. Here's a choice selection from the story:

The son of one resident, 85-year-old Bernice Youngblood, was shocked when he showed up for a visit and found a picture of his mom stuffing dollar bills — which are supposed to be locked away in her commissary account — into a dancer’s briefs.

After expressing his displeasure to the staff he filed a lawsuit, claiming his mom “...was placed in apprehension of imminent, offensive, physical harm, as she was confused and bewildered as to why a muscular, almost nude man, was approaching her and placing his body and limbs, over [her].”

This apparently wasn't the first time residents at East Neck Nursing Center in West Babylon were treated to a "low-rent Chippendale’s striptease," and a nurse told the family that this was simply an "entertainment event."

Via The New York Post

Most people in America don't have alligators in their backyard. If you live in the south, particularly Florida, it's not uncommon. What is uncommon, and extremely reckless, is feeding them...and that's exactly what this woman who lives in a Port St. Lucie senior living complex did on a regular basis.

According to a news report from NBC 5 in Chicago (complete with video), the woman is seen attempting to feed the alligator like she's in a petting zoo. Her neighbors were quoted as saying that they've seen her do this "over and over again." When the gator got fresh the woman reared back and started kicking her legs:

Oddly enough, this leg-flailing technique proved quite effective and the alligator didn't eat her. Still, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission doesn't approve of this behavior and noted that it's illegal in Florida to feed alligators, mainly because these massive beasts can and will kill you. Plus, feeding stray animals means they'll come back for more. Unlike a sad-eyed dog or kitty-cat, alligators can't be tamed and according to the story "the gator was so used to getting fed, it would chase people with steaks."

To be fair, we've been guilty of chasing people who are carrying around steaks as well. They're delicious no matter what species you are.

Via NBC Chicago

Have you ever looked at a life insurance policy and thought "va-va-va-voom!" Us too, which is why we compiled the most scintillating, steamy policies ever to grace paper. So strap in and hold on to your riders as we reveal the 7 sexiest life insurance policies ever!!!

7. ING's Assignment of Life Insurace Policy As Collateral

We kick off the list with some flair. Just look at those orange highlights. What a delightful tease!

6. AXA Equitable

This is symmetrical, but still quite shapely. Well played, AXA Equitable. Well played, indeed.

5. MDA Insurance

A seductive green logo and the word "insurance" in come-hither purple? Simply naughty!

4. Old School AIG Life Insurance Policy

This old school AIG policy doesn't need to be fancy. It knows what you want...and it knows how to deliver. Raar!

3. SBI Life Insurance

If you like your forms with gray highlights, then SBI has a treat for you.

2. Liberty Bankers Life Insurance / The Capitol Life Insurance Company

Marvel at the majestic blue flag logo, experience new heights of ecstasy by the dashing red X above the owner's signature. (Or, as we like to say, "Red X-tasy.")

1. Classic Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York

Like a fine wine, this classic policy only gets better with age. C'est magnifique!

(Oh, and HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!!)

Click to learn all you need to know about Life Insurance. It's a real article with useful info. We promise!

Everplans has qualified as "news that's fit to print." 

The paper of record ran the most flattering story about us on their site, which also appeared in the Saturday March 29th edition of the paper. The New York Times article titled "Navigating the Logistics of Death Ahead of Time" tells the story of our Co-Founders Abby and Adam and their personal mission to make sure everyone can get an Everplan in place. It nails the essence of what we're starting to accomplish and we're so happy they're helping spread the word. Plus they created a really cool cartoon to go along with the story.

While we encourage everyone to read the story, here's an excerpt that made us especially proud:

Everplans The site, which is easy to use, is surely one of the most comprehensive. [Everplans ed. note: In comparison to other sites that cover the same space.] When you set up an account, you start by taking a short assessment to see how much planning you’ve already done, and why you’re there. Recently have a child? Caring for an aging parent? Based on that information, the service creates a to-do checklist, and tells you how to prioritize. It might suggest filling out vital personal information first, then creating a will and naming a health care power of attorney. (The site links to the relevant medical forms in each state.)

While we'd love to run the whole article we'll control ourselves and quit tootin' our own horn. Plus, we've got to get back to work and make sure our platform, content and resources are in tip-top shape to take the mystery, confusion and frustration out of planning so you can actually get it done.

Via The New York Times

We came across this clever alteration of a Game of Thrones' billboard in a New York City subway station. Rather than walking by the original billboard and going "GAAAH!" commuters will be going "AWWWW!" Season four of the ultra-violent and highly addictive show premieres on HBO in April, promising lots of action, deception and death, as evidenced by the non-altered "All Men Must Die" ad campaign:

It's amazing how a few pieces of paper can transform something so scary into something so hopeful. Fear not, die hard GoT fans, we're sure this will have no effect on the upcoming season.

Caregiving can be a difficult and sometimes thankless job. You're juggling a number of patients and they're all in different degrees of pain and not in the best of moods. Nurses often becomes the target of that frustration and are trained to let things go, move on and handle the next crisis. But they're human...and according to a recent list called 30 Things Nurses Almost Say, But Then Don't also have a great sense of humor. A few of our favorites on the list:

I’m not a waitress.

I’m not killing you.

You are allowed to do some things for yourself. For example, you may scratch your own nose.

Be nice to me. I know 100 ways to kill you just off the top of my head.

Despite your assumption, no, I can’t lift 3 times my own body weight.

To enjoy the rest of the list head over to Savor the Essence of Life.

You probably didn't know James Rebhorn by name. But you definitely knew his face. He was an acting workhorse, with over 125 film and television credits. He could play the perfect bureaucratic killjoy and then pivot and become the most caring father or trusted advisor. Though you'd never know it by his tireless work ethic, he had been suffering from skin cancer since 1992. He died on March 21 at his home in New Jersey and wrote his own touching and thoughtful obituary.

In it he thanks his parents for supporting his dreams and giving him the wise advice that "a job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done." His sister for being his confidant and "bridge over troubled waters." His wife for which "the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example." The advice he gives to his daughters is priceless:

His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it.

Some of his memorable roles:


As Claire Danes' bipolar father Frank Mathison on Showtime's Homeland.


The smarmy dean in Scent of a Woman who awakens Al Pacino's wrath.


The scheming politician in Independence Day, who kept Area 51 a secret from the president.


He was responsible for putting the Seinfeld crew behind bars in the finale.

Helpful Tip: Writing your own obituary is one of the greatest ways to let your family and friends know how important they were in your life.

Via St. Paul Lutheran Church, New Jersey

 


Source: Michael Clayton, Warner Home Video

While promoting her new vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive actress Tilda Swinton told The New York Posts' PageSix.com that she's not afraid of death:

“I think in a funny way we all do live forever. There aren’t that many people who aren’t spoken about after they die . . . I think immortality is probably overrated. I am all for the adventure. It’s coming and I’m not frightened.”

Swinton is known for playing fearless characters and it has apparently carried over into her real life. She won an Academy Award for her performance in Michael Clayton and is probably best known as The White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Source: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Perhaps playing a vampire made her realize that immortality would get boring. While many might not share Swinton's views on death, we certainly understand vampire fatigue. Between True Blood, Twilight, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, more Twilight, Dark Shadows, even more Twilight we're all vampire-d out.

Via New York Post

Drinking and cemeteries don't mix. At least not in France, according to this story on The Huffington Post.

A 61-year-old French widow was gathered with her friends and family toasting her late husband at his graveside on his birthday. A few cops crashed the party and issued her a $53 ticket (38 euros) since it's illegal to drink in the cemetery. The widow said it was one of her husband's last wishes and HuffPo quotes her as saying "It's not as if we sang or jumped on the graves."

We feel for the widow, but some cemeteries have very strict rules that extend way beyond drinking champagne. Some have headstone height restrictions, some only allow flat markers, some don't allow certain types of trees or plants at a gravesite. When you buy a cemetery plot it's like agreeing to live in an apartment and if you don't follow the rules you can get in trouble. On the flip side, other cemeteries are more leniant, like the beautiful Hollywood Forever in Los Angeles, which has movie showings and was featured in our Guru Guide: Funerals in Los Angeles- Downtown and Central.

Even though cemeteries are private property and rules vary, there's almost always room to negotiate. If this French widow wants to continue toasting her late husband on his birthday she should sit down with the cemetery owners and managers and work something out. Or else she should keep a little "ticket fund" money aside. At least it makes for a good story.

Via The Huffington Post