(CBS News) Washing your hands after using the bathroom might be a common practice to stop the spread of germs, but not many women may wash their hands after they put them in their purse. But, according to a study conducted by the company Initial Washroom
Hygiene, perhaps they should.
Researchers with the hygiene and washroom services company swabbed handbags to find the dirtiest parts. Twenty percent of handbags swabbed had levels of bacteria-related contamination, which could potentially cross-contaminate other surfaces -- and contained more germs than the average toilet flush, CBS New York reported.
Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer, an infectious disease specialist with New York
Hospital-Queens, said that it's highly unlikely someone would get sick from
their handbag, people should still take precautions to stop the spread of
The items inside the purse didn't fair well either. Swabs revealed that face or hand cream were most-bacteria ridden items, followed by lipstick and mascara.
One item that may have spread bacteria to the purse is none other than the cell
"We don't want to put it down. It goes into the bathroom with some people -- not a good idea," Segal-Maurer said. "You really need to wipe it down."
Leather handbags were the most likely to contain the most bacteria, because the spongy material is a perfect breeding ground, according to the study..
Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces, so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned," Peter Barratt, technical Manager at Initial Hygiene, said in a press release. Once these germs are on the bags, they can easily be transferred via hands onto other surfaces. Regular hand sanitisation is essential to prevent the presence of bacteria in the first place and thorough cleaning of bags is recommended to prevent the build up of contamination."
Segal-Maurer suggested never putting your handbag on the bathroom floor and using anti-bacterial wipes to clean the bottom of the bag and handles. Also, never carry fruit in your purse.
According to a survey from AskMen.com, guys are more interested in a woman’s personality than anything else. At least, that’s what they say.
Here’s a full rundown of the survey results:
The male body image crisis of the Western World has zeroed in on yet another previously ignored body part — men's feet. Apparently the increasing tendency to show a bit of a leg in Britain while modeling flip-flops and sandals has resulted in more men seeking to transform their "Hobbit feet." London dermatologist Dr. Michael Prager says he performs two hair-removal sessions a day on men wanting silky smooth tootsies and that demand has doubled in the last year. Men pay approximately $1,000 to undergo about eight laser treatments, each lasting up to an hour, to remove the offending hair. Hate to think what all that back deforestation must cost
A Verizon case study recently revealed that some people will go through great lengths in order to be able to watch cat videos all day.
We first heard about it on TNW.
The study documents the scam of a developer, who is referred to as Bob. He worked at a "critical infrastructure" company in the U.S. and started outsourcing his work to China underneath his company's nose, and would only pay those people less than one fifth of his six-figure salary.
Here's how it was possible.
Bob's company had started letting employees work remotely from home on certain days, so it set up a VPN concentrator to facilitate that. The company implemented two-factor authentication for the connection, with the second factor being a physical, rotating token RSA key fob. So all Bob had to do was send the key over to China via FedEx.
The company eventually noticed strange activity in its VPN logs, so it asked Verizon for some help understanding what was going on. The logs showed that Bob was logged in from Shenyang, China, even though he was sitting at his desk.
The company initially thought there was some kind of malware routing traffic from an internal connection in China, and then back to the U.S.
But Verizon investigators quickly noticed a major red flag. The VPN connection wasn't new and had been active for at least six months.
So they zeroed in on Bob himself, and took a forensic image of Bob's computer to recover as many files as possible and check for signs of malware.
What they ended up finding were hundreds of PDF invoices from a third-party contractor in Shenyang, China.
A look at his browsing history revealed what his typical work day consisted of:
So while workers in China were doing Bob's job for him, Bob was sitting back, relaxing, watching cat videos, and earning "several hundred thousand dollars" a year.