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What is Cryptocurrency?

Feb 07, 2018 | Blog

Cryptocurrencies have become a global phenomenon known to most people. While still somehow geeky and not understood by most people, banks, governments and many companies are aware of its importance. A cryptocurrency is a virtual currency (it only exists on computers) designed to work as a medium of exchange. It uses cryptography to secure and verify transactions as well as to control the creation of new units of a particular cryptocurrency. Essentially, cryptocurrencies are limited entries in a database that no one can change unless specific conditions are fulfilled. Satoshi Nakamoto, the unknown inventor of Bitcoin, the first and still most important cryptocurrency, never intended to invent a currency. His goal was to invent something; many people failed to create before digital cash, which was to found a way of how to build a decentralized digital cash system. But how does a cryptocurrency works?

What are the best ways to store your passwords?

Jan 30, 2018 | Blog

It is always highly recommended that we all need to have different passwords for every online accounts that we are using, whether that is our Facebook account, emails or even finance ones. That being said, we have to agree that sometimes it is hard to keep up with all those different passwords especially if we make passwords as randomly possible with so many combinations of letters and numbers. So how should we do it? How to memorize all of them? Should we write them down in our diary, or save it on the PC, or always try to click on ‘Forgot your password?’. The good news is there are plenty of tools out there to secure our passwords and remember them for us. And here five of the easiest to use:

Should we capitalize the word Internet?

Jan 23, 2018 | Blog

The question of whether the word internet should be capitalized is so often debated that it has its own Wikipedia article. In 2016, Associated Press Stylebook, an English grammar style and usage guide created by American journalists, announced that internet and web (World Wide Web) should be lowercased. Along with them, many other publications prefer the lowercase form as well, while in Oxford Dictionaries internet still has the capital I. There are reasonable arguments on both sides. Capitalising Internet is still ongoing because lots of people do it and in general people are already used to it. There are internets (networks of networks) but only one Internet. While on the other hand, supporters who are against it consider that capital letters are unnecessary punctuation which should be eliminated where possible. The non-U.S. approach makes more sense. There is no good reason to capitalize internet.

Tips on How to Secure Your Phone

Dec 22, 2017 | Blog

Smartphones became a necessary part of our lives. Some might say that they are more precious than our wallet, keys or actual computers when it comes to sensitive information. We are using them not only for personal use, but also for shopping, socialising, browsing, banking, playing all kinds of games and more. While doing all of that, our accounts always stay logged in for easier use, which means whoever has access to it or try to access it, essentially has access to our whole lives too. Securing data on your smartphones is becoming more critical than securing your PC or laptop. One the most worrisome issues that can occurred is if your phone gets infected with malware, which can gain access to your phones via the apps you download from third-parties. Needless to say that nobody can properly protecting our own mobile phones but us.

How to make old smartphones useful?

Nov 24, 2017 | Blog

Smartphones, are an absolute necessity in today’s world. One of the most interesting things about smartphones is that they all seem to last around two years before they need to be retired. After which we end up buying new and better ones. Two years also happens to be just the right amount of time for companies to plan new versions or publish new models. Conspiracy or not, we all have to admit that during that time our phones always get to have a few bumps or scratches. So when the time comes for us to buy new phones, it always leaves us with our old phone and a question: What to do with it? The most common answer that you will get is to sell it. Which is a good way to help out with the cost of buying new ones, but sometimes the amount you can get for your old phones is just too small that is not even worth selling. Instead of selling it, here are a few useful tips that you could use.

Go Incognito and Browse in Private

Nov 15, 2017 | Blog

Did you know that you don’t have to leave a record of the website that you are visiting? And that you can browse any website you want without worrying about your browsing history afterwards? In order to do that you will have to activate Incognito Mode, sometimes also known as Private Mode. The main idea behind using this mode is for example if you’ve downloaded something that you don’t want the next person who uses the browser to see.

Internet Security Tips for Dummies

Oct 31, 2017 | Blog

No matter if you are a junior or senior PC user, the Internet is full of interesting sites, and tons of information that is available to you at any time, but it is also full of suspicious characters you need to guard against. No matter if you are a casual Internet user or experienced one you should read our security tips and tricks in order to stay safe on the Internet, and to understand better to how the Internet works.

Don’t Be an On-line Victim: Top 5 On-line Scams

Oct 13, 2017 | Blog

We can’t imagine life without Internet. It is something that we are all using on a daily basis, and something that is making our life easier to accomplish many things such as banking, research, travel, personal interests and shopping. But wherever we go, and whatever that we do on the Internet, we are leaving our virtual fingertips which scammers, hackers, con artists and other online miscreants can use to take advantage of.

What is Adblock, How to use it and When?

Oct 03, 2017 | Blog

Before we start talking about AdBlock first lets jump into some definitions like what is an extension. Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the browsers. They have little to no user interface and they are a plug-in that extends the functionality of a web browser and modify your web pages. Extensions can do many things, they are like any other piece of software, although very limited. The best place to start searching for an extension that you’d like would be Google Play store, if you are Chrome user or Add-ons for Firefox users, for example.

Speed up your Windows 10, Today!

Sep 15, 2017 | Blog

One of the things that we all dislike nowadays is a slow computer.  At that point we are all thinking on how much money it will cost us on improving our computer, on adding RAM, buying a faster SSD or new graphic card. But before doing that, there are few things that we can do to make our Windows faster without spending a single dollar. We present you 5 ways to speed up you Windows 10. Reboot your PC No matter how obvious this seems, people tend to forget even the obvious things. Restarting or rebooting your PC will remove some of the slow behaviours, but most importantly it will fix a low-level error because the problem code can start over again.  Essentially, when you restart your computer, you are clearing off the current state of your software and starting over again, as well as dumping out the junk and starting over again fresh.  The sleep or hibernate setting will save power, but a reboot will give your Windows a fresh start. It is highly recommended to be done...

Your Heavy Antivirus Program Can be the Cause of several PC problems, part 2

Jul 04, 2016 | Blog

In our previous blogpost, we explained to you the dangers of having a bulky antivirus program on your PC. It can not only slow down your computer but can cause it to crash, freeze or behave erratically. You cannot go without an antivirus because that would be irresponsible so a good way to avoid these problems while still having your PC protected at the same time is to use a light yet effective software such as PC Cure +. The program solves all the grave issues mentioned above as it is easy on the PC speed. It is most certainly not a resource hog as you will find that simple tasks such as opening your web browser or a Word document are easy to do. They will not take several minutes like all the other antiviruses programs out there. This is all because this particular antivirus allows you to schedule your background scan at any time you want! The real time scan of Antiviruses is generally heavy and extremely time consuming. So when your Anitivirus program decides to do it when...

Discover 4 Major Benefits of a Cleaner PC

Jun 01, 2016 | Blog

We all want our PCs to be working at their top performance, fastest speeds and maximum capabilities. All of this can actually be enhanced by simply using a clean PC that is not cluttered with unnecessary junk files. Some of the major benefits are listed below: No More Slow Computers When a PC’s hard drive is preoccupied and cluttered by useless temporary files, it seriously hampers its ability to perform well and at top speed. This is because all the files on the computer start to run slower than they normally would if the PC had free space available for more important and high priority operations. Even right now, end users and consumers use web browsing heavily, accessing information from the internet and downloading random items. But when the web browser’s unnecessary files such as history, recent activity, temporary or redundant files, new folders and random downloads accumulate, the result is a slower PC performance. This can easily be taken care of if your PC...

McDonald’s is Seriously Upping the Virtual Reality Game

Apr 10, 2016 | Blog

What is Virtual Reality? – For Those Who Don’t Know Virtual reality is one of the biggest trends right now in the tech world. It is also known as Immersive media or computer simulated reality that naturally combines your reality with the virtual world. Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created by computers using advanced software that makes the user accept it as a real environment, thereby superseding their beliefs. The simplest form of this is a 3D object that can be explored on a computer from all 360-degree angles. How McDonald’s Has stepped Into Change the Virtual Reality Game Experience Virtual reality can be experienced through headsets most commonly known as Head-mounted displays. Now, what McDonald’s has done is that it has given you the very ability to create these VR headsets through plain old cardboard. Yes! McDonald’s’ extremely iconic and foldable Happy Box which offers kiddy meals now has the ability to turn into a VR headset. The...

Facebook is Taking Security to a Whole New Level

Mar 28, 2016 | Blog

Anyone who uses modern technology today understands the importance of security. This not only concerns your mobile devices, but also includes all your different application accounts - be it Facebook, WhatsApp , and your email too. Even with a social media platform as large as Facebook that connects millions of people around the globe, impersonation and harassment continue to be a major issue that springs up far too frequently. Therefore, issues like these also need to be dealt with on a higher level and priority basis. Why Does Facebook Need to Increase Its Security? Facebook needs to increase its security because harassment and impersonation is definitely a cause of concern. Even though not everyone’s accounts are affected by this at least, a lot of people are being targeted and put at risk. It is generally believed that women are most vulnerable to such mal-practices and it is never a bad idea to increase your security. Even Facebook itself announced that the purpose of...

Celebrities and the Apps They Use

Mar 21, 2016 | Blog

With the rapid growth of technology and apps, a number of applications have been created to suit our needs and the needs of elite individuals in our world, particularly celebs. Celebs need to keep themselves virtually flawless and extremely relevant to the time. With so many celebrities who influence the way the world is perceived, here are some pretty cool applications that help them to do so. This is a list of the ones we think everyone can use to help attract more fans and followers. Creative Apps That Aren’t Just for Celebs Celebrities are thought to be super-humans who have perfect skin and everything that almost everyone else would love to have. They influence us a lot in many aspects of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. There is a cool application that makes celebs look extraordinarily more attractive. The app that Kim Kardashian uses to edit her photos before she shares them on her social media profiles is known as “ Perfect365 ”. Your friends and family members...

3 Tips on Keeping Your PC Cleaner

Mar 13, 2016 | Blog

PC cleanup is the one thing you can do daily that will offer you more disk memory space and assist in freeing up your valuable system resources. In addition, actual physical cleanup, such as dusting will actually help your computer breathe easier and in turn, extend the life of your PC. Here are a few practical tips that you should know on how to keep your PC cleaner . Uninstall Unnecessary Applications Even if you are extremely careful about the websites you visit and the applications you install on your computer, unnecessary programs or apps will still without a doubt creep their way in. Whether through unpatched exploits in the operating system or via widely used apps, user indifference, or even an accidental “OK” click in a dialog box may eventually lead to multiple unnecessary programs showing up on your Windows-based system. Scan your PC now to find out which programs are slowing your PC down. Getting rid of unnecessary programs will free up your system’s...

Use Two-Step Verification to Strengthen Your PC’s Security

Feb 23, 2016 | Blog

Just as no one can deny the importance of computers in this technologically progressing world, no one can also deny the importance of security for all the valuable information these computers contain. This is why there’s a need for ever new and advancing techniques for keeping your PCs (with all their information) as safe and secure as possible. In this blog we’re going to discuss some of the latest emerging 2-step verification techniques that give you enhanced security for your personal accounts and devices. This added level of security costs nothing and may even help prevent prying eyes from gaining full access to your Facebook, Gmail, or other private information when you step away for a few minutes. It may sound complicated, but it’s really simple. Here’s how it works. You Will Need a Mobile Phone for This The 2-step verification process is broken down into two simple steps, that’s right, 2 steps. The first is setting your main password which is further protected by a...

Why Do We Need an Antivirus Service?

Feb 04, 2016 | Blog

Nowadays, numerous aspects (both positive and negative) have accompanied the technological advancements in the telecommunication sector. Some of the positive aspects include increased Internet accessibility, development of super programming languages and consequently the invention of better software and programs. On the negative side, there has been an increase on cybercrime and the probability of young kids being exposed to extremely harmful content. More alarming is the invasion of viruses with the ability to cause total system damage. This calls for a counteractive measure and an antivirus program such as PC Cure+ and Viracure Antivirus which are proven to serve and protect their users best. Top 3 Advantages of a Good Antivirus Service 1. Protection from viruses – of course Viruses are the most common form of threats known to harm and infect people and their PC systems. Viruses come in multiple forms and are contracted from many different sources as well. A few...

Virtual and Augmented Reality Taking Over Entertainment

Feb 04, 2016 | Blog

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are two of the latest resurfacing technology trends that not only provide a novel way of information sharing but also provide new forms of entertainment, making them highly popular in the entertainment industry today. This is mostly because these two immersing systems give us an entirely new way of interacting with the technological world in our real life worlds. Experts agree that it won’t be long until we all start using this technology in our everyday lives. Where Can I Try Augmented Reality? Augmented Reality is the merging of virtual-reality with real-life , but the users who interact with this system can clearly distinguish between the two as all images are created with keeping the real world context in mind. Augmented reality does not replace the real world, it simply adds graphics, images and cues on top of the real world. We have seen this being used in numerous Hollywood movies such as Avatar, Wall-e, and Iron Man where...

The Simplest Way to Remove Malware From Your PC

Jan 20, 2016 | Blog

The term “malware” is an abbreviation for what is known as “malicious software.” Malware is used to attack computers and steal sensitive information from unsuspecting PC users. You never know who’s on the other side of the internet and trying to steal your personal information, which is why it’s always advised to scan your PC on a regular basis. Scan. Scan. Scan. Malicious and invasive software comes in many different forms and can be contracted via hostile programs, code or even web content. Malware can also serve many different functions such as logging your keystrokes, installing adware and enabling viruses to attack your computer. You should scan your PC for malware all the time just to be safe. Scan Your PC Now with PC Cure+ Using an Antivirus Getting a virus can be easy. However, it can be very hard to detect if your PC has been compromised by malware without a quality antivirus software. But, often times even having a good antivirus program may not be...

One Million New Computer Viruses Are Created Every Day

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Here’s how to protect your PC. Earlier this month, the global tech community was astonished to learn that the amount of malware in circulation on the Internet has increased by an astounding figure of 500 times over the course the past ten years. Evgeny Kaspersky, the chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, revealed the frightening statistic during a special conference at the National Polytechnic University of Armenia. Shield Your PC From Viruses Kaspersky’s tech security firm specializes in collecting and studying millions of viruses on the Internet. The company’s virus collection consists of a massive cache of 260 million unique virus samples. When commenting on the breadth of the company’s virus collection, Kaspersky stated that the number of viruses in circulation is constantly increasing and that his company is undergoing a huge burden collecting, “thousands and even millions of malicious files a day." The verification of this daunting data paints a dire picture...

Entrepreneurs must embrace the idea of using business plans

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Got any business plans? No need to worry if you are young, for you will definitely get ideas from what is discussed here. However, if you have been in the scene for quite some time, here is some good news for you. Though most wouldn’t like to believe this, technology is driving most businesses to their success . You either join the bandwagon or you and your business go down the drain pipe. Regardless your age and experience, the question is: will you open when technology comes knocking on your business’s door? Here are some wise tips to help entrepreneurs embrace technology: Take 1 step at a time Making an overhaul of the way things are done is without a doubt overpowering if done overnight. To avoid such frustrations, below is a detailed step by step process for you. • Geo tagging and Location-based systems Once you know those who are within your market jurisdiction, you have the upper hand in marketing. Now that GPS systems are available, even on phones, the whole...

How to minimize the risk of PC repair

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Malware and viruses cause us a great deal of PC repair every now and then. They generally affect a computer’s lifespan and thus proper PC care is fundamental. This article however brings to your attention the less noticed computer threats. The dangers we are talking about here are dirt, smoke and small pieces of hair whether from humans or pets. All these can penetrate our computer casings without us noticing. Unlike their counterparts, they are the main causes of hardware problems, and a major problem that’s associated with them overheating. Like humans, computers also need to breathe some fresh air, which most people don’t seem to realise. Step by step procedure of dealing with overheating problems Having determined that overheating is the main problem caused by airborne material, here is a procedural solution. • Cleaning your computer The first step here involves unscrewing your computer’s covers. Even if this is your first time to do so, there is no need to worry....

Keeping Your Mobiles and Smartphones Safe

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Mobiles have revolutionised communication. At first they were simply gadgets meant to make calls. The attachment has however grown with some people into an addiction to their smartphones. Though there are many advantages attached to owning mobile phones, so are there disadvantages. For instance, most users risk being mugged all in a bid to get a hold of their expensive mobiles. On a more advanced level, smartphone users face the risk of hacking whereby all your information might get into the wrong hands. The more mobiles you own, the more problems Like any other ground-breaking invention, mobiles and mobile phone parts have had their fair share in the black market. Walking around in the streets with one too many mobiles may attract some unwanted attention. Numerous reports of mobile phone thefts are reported on a daily basis. Seems everyone wants to get hold of a good phone , but not all are willing to pay the price. Here comes the question; what can one do to steer clear of...

Ways of Protecting Oneself From Email Phishing, Cons and Fake Websites

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

With the rise in fake websites, privacy concerns have been an emerging issue as well. Each time you click on your browsers, you risk exposing your personal information among other things. It gotten to the point where even finances are at risk on a regular basis. The scammers involved in this syndicate never tire. Every single day, they come up with new ways of tricking unsuspecting individuals and victims. Keep reading for a few tips that should help you avoid these scammers. Always keep your eyes open Since this art has been perfected over the years, it’s going to be quite hard to instantly notice the tricks put right in front of you. It is high time you considered thinking twice before visiting just any site on the internet, especially with pop-up links. Take note! Most scammers are extremely fast and efficient. One single click could expose most if not all of your information. When it comes to email phishing , you ought to be extra cautious. Avoid opening any suspicious...

How to save energy during summer

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

It’s the summer season again, which implies that energy expenditures will increase especially if you are used to energy consumption routines , such as insulation, installing new windows or even adjusting your thermostat. Below are a few tips that can help you save energy during the summer. Saving energy is the best way to stay cool! Room temperature, what exactly is it? A lot of homes have a central cooling and heating systems, which are generally known as HVAC systems, to keep up a temperature-controlled inside. Energy prices happen to be going up and HVAC systems are actually the cause of the huge power consumption. The Environmental Protection Agency evaluates that the average American family uses over $2,000 on energy expenditures each year. EPA states that half of the money is normally used on heating and cooling. The best way to not take care of your cooling system during summer weather is to ensure that you regulate your thermostat to at least 78°F (26°C) when...

How to remove the blue light from a computer screen?

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

You've probably noticed how the light on the screen of your mobile or laptop changes when it’s dark, becoming more blue and more annoying. That tiny blue light irritates your eyes and besides that, it’s not good for your health. This happens because there is a difference in lightning during the day than at night. If you don’t want to be blinded by your computer or mobile screen, there’s a free tool named “f.lux”, available for Windows, Mac and Linux, that reduces eye strain. Here’s how and why you should use it to protect yourselves from the blue light from a computer screen. It’s easy: use f.lux. What does f.lux exactly do?   Depending on the time of day, f.lux changes the color temperature of your computer’s display (warms up the colors) and makes it easier for you to look at the screen. During the day, everything is okay and your screen looks good (except when it’s sunny). When at night, you’ll notice that it’s quite difficult for you to look at the screen for a long...

How to Get the Most Out of My Cell Phone Battery?

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

It’s quite a task these days to keep your cell phone battery alive the entire day. Smartphones have improved the cell phone user experience over time, but anyhow, the battery is still something that suffers in the end. Why? Because despite the fact that new technologies have been drastically improved, they can barely last all day when in use. Most people use lots of apps which consume their battery at an incredible rate. This especially happens when you’re on the road. When you’re travelling and exploring new places, you rely on your mobile phone’s applications such as navigation, GPS apps, etc. The good news is that there ARE ways of saving your cell phone battery life. Check it out. Charging more for less time Situations where you’re out of reach of a charging cable and or have limited time to charge your cell phone, are most likely increasing. Since most of us are always in a hurry, there’s less and less time for the proper and full charging of a cell phone. Here are...

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away Your Old iPhone

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Old phones can be used in a good way Ever since iPhone announced that they’ve sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, we’ve been wondering what happened to the 10 million old iPhones that the new iPhone 6 has replaced. Yes, they could have been sold, given to someone, or recycled, BUT, they could’ve also been kept at home because an old phone might still be useful in a way you wouldn’t even imagine! If you have an old iPhone, don’t waste it, check out how to get the most of your old iPhone.   Here’s how to use your old iPhone? There ARE plenty of useful ways to get rid of your old phone, but think twice. Are you sure you really want to? If the answer is “Yes”, go for it, but first check out some of our ideas on the smart use of an old iPhone .   As monitoring device You can convert and old iPhone into a DIY surveillance system by just using an App that allows you to monitor certain activity of an exact area. You can use...

You Use Your Mobile on the Airplane? See Why You Shouldn’t

Dec 31, 2015 | Blog

Airplane mode - more than just for airplanes It’s a well-known fact that mobile phones shouldn’t be turned on while flying in a plane. We all know that turning the mobile off or switching it into airplane mode is some kind of must-do , but most people are not quite sure why. It’s an urban myth that the usage of mobile phones in the plane can lead to a plane crash, or to something just as dramatic as that scenario. Anyway, no, it cannot cause a plane to crash , but still, this “rule” wasn’t made for no reason. There are certain things that might be caused by mobile phone usage, BUT, even if you never fly, there are some benefits flight mode can provide.   Don’t turn the phone OFF, turn the Airplane Mode ON Airplane Mode is a useful feature that most of the portable electronic devices support nowadays. This mode has multiple benefits, and that’s why you should consider using airplane mode rather than turning off your smartphone , laptop, or tablet next time...

It’s Time To Move Your Office Outdoors

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Grab your laptop and enjoy the nature --> It is quite normal with the arrival of summer that you might wish to spend more time outside as opposed to being stuck the office where most of us should be during working hours. Working outside the office, especially in the summer sunshine, is a refreshing activity and can even result in better productivity. Who wouldn’t want to spend their time breathing in the fresh air while working? We bet, no one! Although it sounds like a GREAT idea, however, if you want your stay outside and be comfortable, you’ll have to be well equipped and ready for it. Follow this guide for making your workday outside more productive and pleasant.   Doing what you love, but still tired in the evenings? Tell me if you can relate to finding yourself too tired or stressed out each day after working hours, unable to do anything but eat and sleep, say no more, we’ve got you covered. You probably assume it’s related to the job you have or...

5 Main Rules For Staying Creative

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Find inspiration in your everyday life Creativity is something we were all born with, the only question is how often are we using it and is it being used for the right purposes. Every morning when we get up, there’s an imaginary plan in our heads, whether it’s about our daily routine, or plans about the future, job related or the pending free time. Brilliant ideas, solutions and reminders are occupying our thoughts all the time. Good ideas start fading over time, so it is very important to keep changing the way you observe the world in order to find inspiration for something bigger and better. Here’s a list of the 5 golden rules that will charge you with new creativity , just try implementing them in your everyday life and impressive results will start manifesting on their own.   1. Observe the world with different eyes Fresh ideas are everywhere around you, you just need to open your eyes. The most important thing is to keep an open mind and a...

Why Should You be on Google+?

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Be 1 step ahead of others With over 1 billion registered users worldwide (announced in February 2014), Google+ is the second largest social network in the world. Although it’s not as popular as Facebook, this social network has so much to offer, especially when we speak about benefits for the marketers. Google is one of the most powerful companies nowadays and they are making history with Google+, so it would be a shame if you didn’t participate while you had the chance. Find out how to use this priceless opportunity for your business and apply what Google+ has to offer!   Share content differently Most of the people compare Google+ to other social networks like Facebook and Twitter , and although it has a lot of the same features as its competitors, this social network has a different way of sharing content. Google+ is not made to be a competitor to other social networks, but to offer a unique approach in communicating between people mutually,...

Time Travel - Officially Possible

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Travel Back in Time and visit your favorite places The fact is, no matter how old we get, almost everyone has wished they could travel back in time at one point or another. Well, the company whose main goal is to satisfy customers’ needs and to be the leader in innovation, Google, recently justified those expectations and took care of time travel , as well. Sounds impossible? Don’t be so sure. Stepping back in time with Google View Google Maps ' popular Street View is the place where you can see almost any place without being physically present. But what if you would like to see how that exact same place used to look a couple of years ago? The newest Google View feature now allows exactly that. Last Wednesday, on their official website, Google   announced a brand new amazing feature on Google View that allows you to “travel back in time”. Google Street view has been collecting images of places since 2007 and the newly added feature lets the viewers ...

Children Safety Online

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

How to Keep Children and Teens Safe Online The internet is a vast and exciting place that everyone is entitled to enjoy, but the internet is also dangerous. We have to be wary of everything from hackers and phishing scams to various other criminals and predators. As dangerous as the internet can be, it is even more so when it comes to children and teens. The goal of parents, educators and law enforcement online is to protect children and teens from these notorious realities as well as from themselves. Most young people do not have the capacity for good decision-making, and as adults we must foster that ability for these generations that are coming of age in a digital world. Children growing up with current technologies (mobile devices, social media, etc.) may have a better understanding of how this tech works than the generations before them, but it is up to responsible adults to teach them the ways of digital citizenry. In this age of obliterated privacy and brazen digital...

A Worry-Free Web Guide

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

How to Surf the Web Safely in 2014 What would we do without the Internet? It has made our lives undisputedly easier—the Internet made it easier to communicate, has changed the way we consume media, conduct business and do, well, basically everything else. Unfortunately, the Internet has also made it easier for criminals to hack your life. If you want to stay safe online, here are some tips on how to surf the web safely in 2014. Keep Your Wits About You One of easiest and most cost-effective way to stay safe online is to be aware of what websites you visit and, particularly, what you click on. This is the preeminent online trap for the foolhardy and digitally-challenged. Hackers prey on the unwitting, hoping that they fall for the bait. More sophisticated hacks include malicious sites cloaked under a facsimile of the otherwise reputable site’s link you just clicked. It could be the equivalent of stealing candy from a baby, but a baby will cry if this happens,...

"One sec, my phone's about to die..."

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

How to Extend Mobile Battery Life One of the most frustrating things about mobile technology is battery life. You know what it feels like when your phone dies unexpectedly and you are relegated to being “wired” while your phone takes its time to recharge. We’ll explore the state of mobile battery technology (and even have some useful tips, too). So if you experience battery life depletion on a regular basis, it’s time that you check out how to extend your mobile battery’s lifespan. Makes & Models When it comes to battery life, mobile phones are definitely not created equal. Various devices use a myriad of different batteries. Sometimes, a manufacturer’s decision to use a certain type of battery is based on wanting to truly improve a device’s efficiency, but usually the battery type used is based on cost-effectiveness. These include: Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) Obsolete. Totally inefficient and environmentally bad. Nickel Metal Hybrid (NiMH) Archaic....

Mobiles and Wi-Fi

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

How to Protect Your Mobile Device on Public Wi - fi Hotspots As we become more and more connected with wireless access, it has opened mobile users up to an array of impending digital attacks from hackers cruising unsecured wi - fi networks for unsuspecting victims. If you use your mobile device as your office, you could be risking your very sensitive and important information simply by checking your Facebook at your favorite local coffee shop that you visit daily. Hackers don’t discriminate; an easy target is irresistible. Don’t become a victim! Here are some ways you can protect your mobile device on unsecured wi -fi hotspots. Since most public wi -fi hotspots are unsecured, it is best to avoid any connections that are not password-protected, particularly if you are conducting business or any type of transaction from your mobile device. By joining an unsecured network, you are basically inviting thieves to access your device. However, there...

How to Protect Your Privacy on Facebook

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Consider these smart privacy pointers In this age of privacy concerns, users really can only trust themselves. As we put more and more of our private lives online to share with the world, we have to remember that the world can be nefarious, and there are many that will look to exploit users through social media, particularly Facebook, who prides itself on protecting user privacy. Managing one’s Facebook account is crucial these days. Facebook is where hundreds of millions connect every day, both personally and professionally, and in many ways it is a vital part of one’s online reputation. If your Facebook profile is compromised, it can be bad for a personal profile and even worse for a business. However, Facebook provides users with its set of internal privacy settings that puts users in control of their Facebook. This is how to protect your privacy on Facebook.   Who Can See Your Posts? Facebook allows you to select who can see your posts. You can also...

Protect Yourself from Fake Websites and Phishing Scams

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

The two most common ways people get exploited are by fake websites and phishing scams. Privacy isn't really private in today’s world, it can even be a bit disturbing if you think about it. Your online identity, your reputation, and your finances are at risk every time you connect. Our personal and highly-sensitive information will always be compromised so long as there are malicious entities out there the cyber allies. Here are a few tips on how to protect yourself. Be Careful, Stay Alert! Fake sites and phishing scams are everywhere online because of how easy it is for scammers to hide their identity and use yours. Don’t let them! Be careful with your online activity. As more users carelessly access unknown websites using protected information on, for example, an unsecured wireless network or  Wi -Fi hotspot, a good scammer can easily get into your information without you ever knowing. The best way to  prevent phishing attacks  is having a keen sense of user...

Elements vs PCs and Laptops

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

It’s not just the threats of virus’s, spam and malware that can destroy a computers lifespan or longevity. There is a hidden danger in every home, work place and well pretty much everywhere you are with your computer. That’s right DUST the silent killer. Not just dust but also smoke, pet hair and anything airborne that can infiltrate your computers casing. In the past these small but lethally effective day to day elements have played a large if not key role in problems with my hardware. Just as humans and animals needs to ventilate and breathe so does your PC to refrain from overheating. I have created some advice steps to stop or deter the overheating or clogging of your system. I hope you find them useful. 1. Remove the casing to your laptop PC “tips for this can be found in your user manual or on YouTube if unsure”. Then using a plain can of air purchased from any PC or hardware shop, spray in the affected areas where you can see build up and being careful not to touch any of...

Tips to Stop Computer Fraud

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Precautions you can take regarding Email. Delete and do not open any emails from senders you do not know, also if there is an unsubscribe option do not click this as it can provoke an attack from phishers as they will know they got a valid email. Never give out personal information over anything by email especially if it’s an unsolicited mail or random popup, also if you get a request like this please inform your internet service provider. Never send out sensitive business or personal information when using an unsecured email address or address’s as this can result in any worthy info being stolen or abused. Precautions you can take regarding online actions. Most importantly always have anti-virus/anti-spyware software on your computer for more information click here . Try to do any transactions or actions with trusted or reputable companies. Make sure if you have to do any kind of business or transaction online to look for the padlock emblem in the url web...

How to Shop Safely and Not Get Jacked Online

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

Online shopping is the biggest phenomenon to happen to commerce since the invention of, well, commerce itself. A global market for everything is a mere Google search away, as you exercise your purchasing power as a consumer. But with a global marketplace exchange come global criminal elements looking to exploit users behind the safety of online anonymity and sometimes multiple timezones. Information is the coveted prize of these dastardly thieves, and they can get yours, too, if you’re not careful. Here are some ways to shop safely and not get jacked online. Better Secure That Site Make sure you’re using HTTPS . Check that the URL address begins with https:// and there is a padlock icon visible next to it. This means the site is secure and can be trusted. If not, do not hang around the site. Confidentiality in the Internet Age Everyone always wants to be in the know, but there is much confidential information out in cyberspace and it needs to be protected. It’s...

Google Tips and Tricks

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

The Internet search giant Google stands head and shoulders above everyone else when it comes to online searching. Most people know about auto suggestions and the ‘I feel lucky’ function, and you’ve probably tried using Google maps. However, these are just the tip of the iceberg, and there are many other ways you can use Google.  Searches Internet searches are Google’s bread and butter. There are a number of ways that you can limit your results, making them more precise. Looking for a specific file types You might be looking for a specific PDF file, or perhaps a PowerPoint, but when you search, Google returns a mishmash of websites that really aren't all that useful. The way to avoid this is the ‘filetype:’ search. You might be looking for a PowerPoint presentation on the Sioux Indians. To find this you simply type ‘Sioux Indians filetype:ppt’. Google has a list of abbreviations for various file types. These can, with just a hint of irony, be found using Google. ...

How to Uninstall a Windows 8 Application

Dec 22, 2015 | Blog

During the olden days of Windows, to uninstall an application, all you had to do is simply go to the control panel, click on Uninstall a Program or Programs and Features and then select the chosen program. After clicking on the selected application, the option appeared prompting you to uninstall or change the program.  That option is still available; however, Metro Apps that are preinstalled with Windows 8 or purchased for the Windows Store are not visible in the control panel. In order to remove these applications, you will need to use an alternate procedure. The following information will guide you through the process of successfully uninstalling your Windows 8 application. The first thing to do is go to the Metro Start screen. Next, scroll through the display of apps until you locate the one you desire to uninstall. After you have chosen the one that you wish to remove, use your mouse to right-click on it. Immediately, a new dialog box will appear. Within the dialog box, a...