Max_SmartAnyone who owns a smartphone knows the joy and convenience of carrying around what is essentially a hand-held computer. Though at this point they do not have all the power and capabilities of laptops and desktop PCs, that scenario is not too far off in the future.

For many people, their smartphone or other portable device is the only computing device they own, which can put them at risk. As nice as it is to have a PC in your pocket, using it can also put a lot of personal information on display for hackers and other opportunists. And in this age of identity theft (amongst other threats), that’s not a risk you want to take lightly. Here are a few things to keep an eye on to keep your Android device secure.

  1. Many applications are not only unsafe, but can be damaging. Malware is a serious concern for anyone using an Android phone. Though Google has said they have cleaned up Google Play so the threats of malware have been reduced, quite the opposite has proven to be the case. And if you are downloading apps from outside sources, you could be putting yourself at even greater risk.
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RansomWith the continuing advancements in firewalls and safety features to protect computers from malware, more advanced ways to steal your private information and money continue to appear.

Whether you spend time surfing the Internet for business or pleasure, being informed and ready to deal with ransomware that inhibits your computer usage until you pay the “penalty fee” is essential to beating cyber criminals at their own game.

What Is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malware that completely locks up your computer and presents some sort of message of demand. That message will often claim that you have committed some illegal activity, such as a cybercrime, illegal copyright usage, pornographic activity, and so on. You are instructed to pay a penalty fee in order to get your computer unlocked. Most ransomware takes on the appearance of being from an authoritative establishment, such as the FBI or Police Cybercrime Investigation Department. FBI MoneyPak and Citadel Reveton are two common forms of ransomware to be alert for. [Click Here to Continue…]

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If you have just discovered the delights of voice input to your PC, and particularly if you have an accent (who doesn’t?), you will benefit from Dragon Naturally Speaking Training.

Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) is a voice-recognition program that allows you to input text to your PC by simply speaking into a microphone. The problem is that many microphones do not pick up every sound you make, so the words may not come out the way you want them to.

DNS can also have trouble recognizing accents. Fortunately, you can train the program to understand your way of saying things. The easiest way to do this is by reading long passages from books or speeches. The program actually has a built-in training mode just for this purpose. Another way to train the program is by teaching it individual words. No matter which method you use, you have to be patient, as accuracy tends to improve over time. Dragon Naturally Speaking training takes time, but is well worth the effort in the end.

I’m a freelance writer, so getting Dragon Naturally Speaking Training was really a professional investment for me.

Dragon is one of the world’s most powerful pieces of voice recognition software available – as long as you know how to use it correctly! I have a few colleagues who have had great success with Dragon Naturally Speaking, so I decided I had to try it out.

The program and the recommended microphone were not that expensive, considering the productivity boost they could provide, so I felt that I was making an economical purchase. In fact, I bought myself some Dragon Naturally Speaking training at the same time. I must admit I had some difficulty with the program at first. It takes patience to get Dragon running properly; both the user and the software need to practice with each other. I wanted to get this learning process over with as quickly as possible, though. That’s why paying for a little professional Dragon Naturally Speaking training sounded like such a good idea to me.

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Speed ControlI couldn’t even hazard a guess at the number of times I’ve been asked how to vary the playing speed of a video. And if you’re wondering why someone might want to do that, you’re probably not involved in a sport or other physical pastime.

Thanks in large part to the popularity of YouTube, there are now literally millions of how-to or demonstration videos readily available on every imaginable topic. But the problem with learning intricate moves from videos is that the subject is most often provided at normal speed, at which it can be difficult to determine exactly what the demonstrator is doing.

For example, in many martial art styles it is necessary for practitioners to learn and perform a choreographed pattern of movements called a kata. Some of these patterns can be very complex and fast moving at normal playback speeds.That’s just one example. You might want to learn some fancy dance steps, or how to hurdle. If a pattern can be demonstrated, then you’ll be able to follow and emulate the steps more easily if you slow it down.

The method I’m about to describe is certainly not the only one, but it’s the one I use to vary video playback speeds at will, and on-the-fly. I hope you’ll find it as useful as I do. [Click Here to Continue…]

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Facebook vs Google+On-line search and advertising company Google launched Google+ as their alternative to Facebook to compete in the social networking field of on-line services. Google and Facebook now compete in more areas than ever, including Games, Messaging/Email, Video calling, Photos and Videos. As of this writing, Google has approximately 166.8 million unique on-line visitors a day while on average 156.3 million people visit Facebook.

For obvious and well-publicised reasons, privacy and security are a major concern for anyone who uses online services today. Thus these social media platforms must place a high priority on the privacy and security of their users. Each company has been trying to steal a competitive edge on the other by touting the “superiority” of their own privacy and security efforts.

Information about their users’ web searching habits is very valuable to the likes of Google and Facebook. Such information can be used to towards more effective advertising and search results, based on the individual user’s habits and preferences. [Click Here to Continue…]

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Harpoon Moby Adobe

April 12, 2012

If you are one of the masochists still using Adobe Reader (a.k.a. “The Great Red Whale”), please check RIGHT NOW that you have the latest version installed. Click here for the Adobe Reader download page. There is no charge involved. Historically one of the major weaknesses of Adobe Reader has been related to potential security vulnerabilities […]

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A New Dawn for Internet Explorer

March 22, 2012

I’m only one of a vast army of consultants and IT pundits who have consistently, over a number of years, warned anyone who would listen to avoid Internet Explorer like the plague. There is simply no disputing the fact that it has been a significant security risk, not to mention its substandard features and performance […]

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Windows 8 Secrets

February 22, 2012

 Windows 8 will replace Windows 7 as a new operating system from Microsoft in 2012. There is already a version for developers, Windows 8 Developer Preview, which can be downloaded free from the Internet. Here are some of the features we are expecting to see in the new Windows 8 OS. Metro Style Entering Windows 8 […]

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Keeping the Internet Safe: 6 Ways to Avoid Being Hacked

February 15, 2012

The internet is convenient, but it also introduces a unique set of risks to our devices and identities if proper care isn’t taken. Here are some tips to keep you safe while surfing the web. 1. Install a Firewall or Anti-Virus Software Create a strong offense for yourself and install a firewall or anti-virus software […]

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How to Provide Time-Zone-Friendly Announcements

September 11, 2011

NEWSFLASH: The Internet is a global resource! Not exactly news, is it? Even the rawest beginner is well aware that the Internet and the World Wide Web are communications media that span the globe — and thus ALL TIME ZONES. So why is it that so many businesses and information publishers seem to forget that […]

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