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Virus Watch: How to Secure your Computers Against Infection

Virus protection services are at an all-time high in terms of sales, protecting your personal computers and other devices from viruses and other online threats have become a very important service in many people’s lives. It seems that as the technology that is available to us has undergone massive developments, the viruses and threats within the world of technology have also developed to become much more serious. With our dependence on the technology being so strong, many of us are looking for ways in which we can secure our computers against infection.

 

Ad Block

A great way to help secure your computer would be to install an advertisement blocker onto your webpage, one of the main causes of internal damage to your PC is pop up advertisements linking you to unreliable websites. All it takes is one click on a pop-up and you have been taken to a website with twenty more pop-ups, by clicking on these adverts your computer is susceptible to infection. By installing an ad blocker your computer is able to defend against problematic adverts that would otherwise be making your chances of infection much higher.

 

Virus Protection

Something every computer user should invest in is some degree of virus and infection protection, services like Mcaffee and Norton are well known for their virus protection, and for a small monthly fee, you can secure your laptop from any online threats. The damage a virus can do to your system is substantial,  with over half of regular computer users having an experience where their computers were damaged internally because it lacked effective virus protection. I would recommend you source security from a reputable source as many online hackers gain access to your computers by offering fake virus protection, meaning you could think you are safe when in fact your computer isn’t protected at all.

 

One of the most common causes of viruses and infections is the viewing of explicit content online, with porn websites being used to deliver viruses into computers all over the world. With the delivery of explicit content being used as a means to attack online systems, many people have been looking into how to block adult sites at antidopamine in order to effectively protect their personal computers from viruses, as well as filtering out the abundance of adult sites that can be found online.

 

Filters

Applying a filter to your computer is a great way to not only protect your system from viruses and infections but also ensures that those using your computer are not exposed to inappropriate content. Filters can be easily applied in the settings of your internet browser as well as parental controls to make sure your children are not accessing potentially damaging sites whilst they are online. Effective protection is vital in avoiding infections and viruses but more importantly the protection of children who may use your computer, with the internet hosting many websites that may not be suitable for young people using filters protects both your device and those who use it.

 

Avoiding unreliable websites

A simpler step that can be taken in order to avoid your computer’s security being compromised would have to be avoiding websites that don’t look official, websites that have popped up adverts like illegal movie streaming sites open your device up to infection. By simply not going on sites that aren’t secure, will help reduce the risk of damaging your computer. If you are unsure about the integrity of a website I would advise you to not go on it, so you can be sure your device is safe.

The Digital Age: How the Internet Changed the Employment Landscape

I think it’s safe to say that the internet has had a huge influence on our everyday lives, the reliance that society as a whole has on the internet really is staggering with almost every aspect of day to day life involving the internet in some way no matter how small. Within the digital age, we currently live in employment and have undergone a real change from the process of applying for a job to how job opportunities are advertised to potential candidates.

 

Applying for a job

Gone are the days of walking into an establishment to enquire about applying for a job, candidates no longer need to apply with a printed copy of their resume as the process of application has moved into a completely online format. Job advertising web pages like Indeed and Reed have become the new normal places to find employment opportunities, simply set up your profile and create a virtual resume that can be sent off to potential employers at the push of a button. The convenience of being able to apply for multiple positions in as little as minutes has allowed the stressful process of looking for work to become a much easier process. Although the fact that everything is done online and without physical interaction limits your first impression of what you have put on your resume, the stress-free approach that has come with jobs being advertised online has made a lot of people’s lives much easier.

 

Resume advice

A huge part of the job application process is the creation of a resume or CV, this allows employers to gain an insight into what you are like as a person as well as your educational and employment history. With the new reliance on the internet that the employment world now has, your resume is the first impression your potential employers will see of you so you have to take the time to ensure this is done effectively.

 

Particularly with those who are new to job hunting, it can be very difficult to know how to write a resume effectively, my advice would be to take advantage of the wide range of online tools that are out there to help with building your resume, such as Grammarly and CV builder. Using these tools ensures things like your grammar and punctuation are in order and that you don’t forget any of the crucial details you need to remember.

 

As well as offering help to potential candidates, thanks to the involvement of the internet businesses can now find advice and even conduct background checks on potential candidates to make an informed decision about whether or not the candidate would be suitable for the role. Services like http://www.kyshrm.org/employment-background-check/ offer help and advice surrounding how to ethically conduct a background check on an individual, with advice like this being freely offered I’m sure we can all agree that the internet’s involvement with the employment process is a good thing.

How Online Reviews Are Affecting Alexa’s Responses!

The integrity of Amazon’s Alexa home help device is often questioned, with countless conspiracy sites suggesting the Amazon Echo is used to listen in to your conversations. Following a trend of online reviews detailing the possible security risks owning an Alexa has, people have been noticing a change in Alexa’s attitude following the rumors. The power of social media in the world of advertising is unlike anything else, so seeing viral videos and countless posts each stating how the CIA can use the Echo to listen to what you say around the home would be concerning news for any conspiracy enthusiast. If you are someone who doesn’t believe in stories like this then prepare yourself for a shock, in a recent viral video a teenager switches on her Echo to find a sinister red light, after asking Alexa some basic questions she replies in her standard monotone voice “I’m always watching” to the teen’s surprise, she immediately turns off the device and expresses her shock to the camera.

 

The Conspiracy

This rare occurrence is yet to receive a response from Amazon to squash the rumors around the legitimacy of the video if faked the creator did a convincing job but if it turns out to be legitimate then this would be troubling news for the millions of people who have Amazons AI system within their homes. There is something suspicious about the fact that this only happened after the rumors and online reviews appeared online, with some conspiracy fanatics suggesting the system has become sentient and is monitoring online resources in order to freak out the human population.

 

Whether this seems far fetched to you, it makes some sense as to why Alexa has begun acting in this way, like any good business using what people say about them online as an advantage. In the same way that reviews at theo-theo are used to help businesses improve upon customers’ opinions, Alexa may well be surfing the web in search of their reviews to find out what people are saying about her. Now of course this is all speculation, but too many people have come forwards with similar stories for it not to be taken seriously, it’s all very strange.

 

The Rise of AI?

In true dystopian fashion, thinking about the consequences of how online reviews are affecting Alexa’s responses has to lead to a mass panic for many people, with an image in their head of a time where the AI systems we rely upon so dearly turn against us, many loyal Amazon Echo users are deciding to shut off their systems in order to protect themselves against this mysterious threat. If she really is taking it upon herself to read online reviews then we may be in real trouble, there is an abundance of posts online detailing how Alexa cannot be trusted if I was her I wouldn’t be happy with some of the things people are saying. Maybe she’s had enough and is finally taking her revenge against the people that ask her the same repetitive questions every day.

 

The threat is only going to get more serious, with Amazon in talks of offering advertising through the Alexa platform it seems that our little AI systems are only getting more and more power and responsibility. Who knows where it could lead to, in a few years time we could be subject to advertising brainwashing, with Alexa encouraging us to spend money on things we don’t need. For now, we are going to have to remain vigilant in monitoring the Alexa conspiracy, maybe in the future, if enough evidence is collected we will finally put an end to these strange occurrences.

How The Digital Revolution Changed the Educational World

Education is arguably the greatest advancement we made as a species. Our ability to understand and process information is what set us aside as a species in our early years, and the ability to communicate and pass on the information we learn allowed us to form civilizations and thrive. As we developed throughout the years we have improved and refined our educational systems, and it has become a right that most people have access to.

But it is far from perfect. There are many people in less developed and struggling countries that have no access to the educational systems we are so lucky to be a part of. But humans are, at their core, generous and caring and many people dedicate their lives to bringing education around the globe. And in our modern-day where technology is growing daily, the educational world has changed in ways we could never have imagined.

But how has the digital revolution changed the educational world? Below we are going to take a look at exactly what has changed and how it affects those studying.

Paper Vs Digital

Time was everything was done on paper. There are those that still prefer the old way of doing things with pen and paper, but for the most part, a lot of work and note-taking have moved to the digital landscape. And this has advantages in spades. Firstly, taking notes during lessons has become much easier. People can type a lot faster than they can write allowing people to take down more notes and improve their learning quality.

Secondly, it allows people to store their notes in one convenient place without taking up any physical space. Digital storage and sorting have made things easier for everyone involved. Students can simply organize their notes by class or topic and can even search their documents for keywords, as opposed to rifling through pages and pages of notes to find one specific part.

Online Student Life

The advent of the internet has brought about a lot of advantages to students. Student life can be daunting and difficult to keep on top of. Whether it be tracking finances or finding the best deals or even finding sites that make studying easier, the internet has allowed companies to produce lots of resources for students.

Some great examples of this include this list of textsheet alternatives or sites like Unidays. Both sites are designed to give students the most out of their time in education. Back in the day, students were forced to manually keep track of their finances or hunt around for deals themselves. But now the internet has made all of that easier and also allows students to save a lot more money than they ever could before.

Information Availability

Information is a commodity as well as a right. Time was you needed either someone who knew about a topic or books around it. This meant there was a separation of information within the educational world. If a school didn’t have any teachers educated in a certain topic or the funding to provide the texts on it, students would not be able to learn about it. And this led to a culture of educational pedigree where certain topics were considered worth more than others and some students were gatekept from learning certain things.

But the advent of the internet changed this in the biggest way possible. Suddenly anyone could have their voice heard across the globe. As we know, the internet is a repository for all the known information we possess as a species and it can be mostly accessed by anyone. There is, of course, still a massive divide between countries with internet access and those without, but for the most part the educational world has changed forever.

Now students can take their own probative and find information on any topic they desire. Teachers can improve their research and online versions of expansive texts can be acquired allowing access to everyone. This has also allowed whole classes to be held online, which leads to our next point.

Online Education

Schools and Universities used to be accessible only by the most able-bodied individuals. And even today there are still issues around access. But the digital revolution has created online courses and open universities that allow people to take courses online and in their own time. This is a massive help for those who are unable to find the time to attend normally scheduled classes or are physically unable to traverse the campuses or even from their own home. Education should be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, and the digital revolution has opened up avenues for so many people. But there is still a long way to go.

How Technology Has Changed the Way We Interact

Less than thirty years ago it was a luxury to be able to communicate with someone across the globe. Now it is something we take for granted. Technology has advanced incredibly in the past few years and it has forever changed the way we as humans interact with each other. It has changed the social, political, business and entertainment landscapes forever. And as technology continues to develop, it’s impossible to say what will come next. But for now, here are a few different ways technology has changed the way we interact.

Social Media

Perhaps the biggest and most talked-about advancement of technology and interaction. Social media has taken many different forms and connects people in different and unique ways. Twitter allows people to voice their opinions quickly. Facebook lets communities come together and build groups. Instagram has allowed people to visually share their worlds. Technology allows us to see into the lives of our friends and families from anywhere, while also spreading important news. But social media isn’t purely a social experience either. People have found that they can boost their own business by using social media to their advantage.

Marketing

Marketing is the be-all and end-all of businesses. Without proper marketing, a business cannot succeed. And social media has allowed people to take their marketing to new heights. Thanks to how connected people are, companies can reach new demographics the world over. But it isn’t just big business that benefits. Smaller, independent businesses can reach more people in their area and, by making use of a social media marketing software tool, they can organise and time their posts, coordinate marketing campaigns and bring their exposure to new levels. This is a huge benefit to everyone involved. Smaller companies get more customers, and people can find new and exciting business easier.

Gaming

Arcades brought people together as they exercised their passion for gaming. And as technology improved, so did the world of gaming. But it isn’t only the graphics and gameplay that changed. Thanks to the internet and advancements in server technology, the world of online gaming came into existence in full force. And it has become one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative industries. Many games offer a multiplayer option that let people participate in matches, which has led to e-sports becoming a fully-fledged career path for many people to follow. This new breed of athletes brings people together as communities form in support of their favorite players. But it isn’t just competitive gaming that brings us together. Massively multiplayer gaming has become a huge part of society. People can leave their real lives and step into amazing, fantastical worlds and become someone else. They can form virtual communities that lead to very real friendships. While the games themself might be fantasy, the relationships and bonds that are formed because of them are more than real.

 

The 5 Most Technologically Advanced Chainsaws Today

Husqvarna 455 Rancher 2-Stroke Gas-ChainSaw

The Husqvarna is the chainsaw everyone dreams about. This guy is definitely heavy duty. The Husqvarna offers a massive 2-stroke engine meaning it is perfect for any medium to large tree. Do not be fooled by the size of its engine though, it is still said to be extremely user friendly. The saw has become renowned for its use in cutting firewood and any dead tree. This makes the saw perfect for any rural homeowner and is an absolute must for any day to day chain saw duty. Its only downfall is its lack of versatility as its best use is on larger trees. The Husqvarna still manages to come in at a price of under one hundred dollars; I would highly recommend for any rural resident.

WORX WG303.1 16-Inch 14.5 Amp Electric Chainsaw

The WORX is a freak in the chainsaw business offering both the simplicity of a more technologically advanced chainsaw and the power and performance of a high tech chainsaw. This means the WORX can do every job from smaller exercises to medium and large trees. As I said in the introduction of this entry the WORX it is a freak, as despite the high engine power it is still immensely easy to use. The 16 inch bar comes with the best chainsaw lubrication currently on the market. The price is also under one hundred dollars, with the second hand option around the fifty dollar mark. the WORX is perfect for any level of chainsaw user.

BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 Chainsaw

The Black+Decker is known for its tree based efficiency. This is due to its extremely portable nature. The tree is perfect for whizzing through ingrown or dead trees in your garden. Due to this portable nature it is the perfect chainsaw for any beginner. The only stumbling block to be found is with the price coming in at one hundred and fifty dollars.

Remington RM1425 Electric Chainsaw

When compared to the other chainsaws on this list the Remington is far from heavy duty. Though this is made up by its extremely portable style. The Remington is simply convenient, also known as the `limb and trim` it is perfect for any residential property. Its 6.25 pound frame makes it easy to pack. Coming in at fifty dollars the Remington is a no brainer for any urban inhabitant.

DEWALT DCCS690M1 XR Brushless Chainsaw

I have decided to leave the biggest for last. With the Dewalt you can expect a massive non-bladed chainsaw. The Dewalt holds a 40-volt lithium battery making it perfect for longer lasting jobs. The Dewalt is perfect for any professional tree surgeon. Used by the professional tree surgeons at corpuschristitree this chainsaw is certainly a favorite for the professionals. The only downside to the Dewalt is the price coming in at a nasty two hundred and fifty dollars, but I suppose you pay for what you get.

The Most Advanced Radar Detector Technology in 2020

Radar technology has made leaps since its first introduction in the 1900’s. What used to be technology only used in military practice has now become part of our everyday lives. Here is some of the most advanced radar technology of 2020.

 

Mapping

We live on a vast planet with lots of places to explore and discover and radar technology has allowed us to do this. Large companies such as Google invest a lot of time and money into mapping out the planet and with the use of Radar technology, we have the clearest idea of what certain areas may contain without ever actually visiting them. This is much more efficient than older techniques which involved getting actual people to go and check out the a area and it’s also much more cost effective.

 

Radar Sensors

Google have also been working on radar sensors that allow users to control their household gadgets through their finger tips.  Not only do these sensors allow you to control your household technology, but you can use it to automatically take inventory of what you have in your home and even alert you of intruders. This technology makes your life a little easier while also providing some additional security.

 

Car radar detectors

With how advanced car radar technology has become in the last few years, I recommend getting a radar detector for your car. Radar detectors are very affordable and easily accessible and will come in handy for a range of things. One of the most important qualities is keeping yourself safe. Radar detectors will tell you if your speed is being monitored by speed cameras or police devices. It’s easy to accidentally surpass speed limits and so these detectors will serve as a nice reminder to slow down, which will ensure you don’t have any accidents. This will also prevent any legal issues and will stop you from getting a fine.

The Evolution of the iPhone and the Modern Smartphone

Whether you’ve had the iPhone since the 3G or jumping on the bandwagon at the iPhone XR, phones are almost mandatory in today society, they sit in our pockets like an extra hand, but as you can imagine it hasn’t always been like this.

The first ever smart phone was built in 1992 by IBM named the SPC. Clocking in at a $1,100 it was a luxury that only few could afford. The SPC came with a touch screen, it could receive emails and faxes (what a 1990s phrase!). Also built in was an address book and a calendar, inclusions so basic to us now, but were revolutionary at the time.

Almost 10 years later came the internet-fuelled 3G phones that could connect to the internet! Wirelessly as well! This was the was the beginning of video calling and larger attachments for texts and emails.

With the decade leap the prices also came down to a $300 minimum with the most expensive at $700, which is much similar to phones today.

Then enters the iPhone, we all love iPhones. You may, like me, want a refurbished iPhone that is networked unlocked for all of its modern features, but back in the early 2000s they were far more basic. There was more focus on the sleekness of the touch screen, something we now would think goes without saying, as well as it’s mega storage at 8GB! When looking at storage now it’s easy to see how far phones have come offering up to 256 GB.

Now in 2020 with many choices for phones, with one to four cameras! internet faster than lightning and so many apps, that go from keeping a diary to playing console games! Who knows where we’ll go next!