Prevent Phishing Attacks

The purpose of phishing is to collect sensitive information with the intention of using that information to gain access to otherwise protected data, networks, etc. An attackers success is contingent upon establishing trust with its victims. We live in a digital age, and gathering information has become much easier as we are well beyond the dumpster diving days.

There are various phishing techniques used by attackers that can negatively affect an organization and its employees. Common phishing techniques include:

  • Embedding a link in an email that redirects an employee to an unsecure website that requests sensitive information.
  • Installing a Trojan via a malicious email attachment or advertisement, allowing the intruder to exploit loopholes and obtain sensitive information.
  • Spoofing the sender address in an email to appear as a reputable source and request sensitive information.
  • Attempting to obtain company information over the phone by impersonating a known company vendor or IT department.

In order to protect itself against phishing attacks, a company can take the following steps:

  1. Educate employees and conduct training sessions with mock phishing scenarios.
  2. Deploy a Spam filter that detects viruses, blank senders, etc.
  3. Keep all systems current with the latest security patches and updates.
  4. Install an antivirus solution, schedule signature updates, and monitor the antivirus status on all equipment.
  5. Develop a security policy that includes, but is not limited to, password expiration and complexity.
  6. Deploy a web filter to block malicious websites.
  7. Encrypt all sensitive company information.
  8. Convert HTML email into Text Only email messages or disable HTML email messages.
  9. Require encryption for employees that are telecommuting.

Companies can implement multiple measures to protect themselves against phishing attacks that threaten the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their data. They must keep a pulse on the current phishing strategies and confirm that their current security policies and solutions can eliminate threats as they evolve. It is equally as important to make sure that employees understand the types of attacks they may face, the risks associated with these attacks, and how to address them. Informed employees and properly secured systems are key when protecting your company from phishing attacks.

Avast Cleanup

Avast, of course, is not a new company. It’s been one of the biggest names in computer security for years now. Its antivirus products have always been considered by experts as among the best. Now, it offers this helpful premium tool to help optimize PC performance.

It can be very irritating to see that you are running out of disk space. Instead of having to decide on which programs to uninstall, you can just use this Cleanup tool to remove tons of leftover junk files from applications, browsers, and Windows itself. There are literally hundreds of popular applications that it is programmed to remove useless junk from.

There are a variety of features such as Sleep Mode, which is a patented tune-up method that involves putting all resource-draining programs into hibernation to help your computer feel brand new again. The Browser Cleaner removes leftover cookies and browsing traces from every browser possible, including IE, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, etc.

Additional Avast Cleanup Features & Tools

  • Shortcut cleaner
  • Disk cleaner
  • 1-click maintenance
  • Registry cleaner
  • Tuning dashboard & action center
  • Bloatware removal

The Premium is available for 1, 2, or 3 years for 1, 3, 5, or 10 PCs. There is an option to include Avast Driver Updater and/or Avast SecureLine VPN (multi-device) to the order.

The good news is that you don’t have to order Premium right away, as a free trial is available to download, install, and try.

Keep in mind that Avast Cleanup is VERY thorough. It is programmed to analyze and clean up various parts of your computer: internet caches, old downloads, temporary files, memory dumps, unused cookies, and even Chkdsk file fragments. It’s surprising at how much data all of this can add up to. When there is ample room on the hard drive disk, it’s easier for the PC to perform better and faster.

It’s recommended that you make full use of the free trial period of Avast Cleanup. Test out all of its features to ensure that it really cleans out your computer and gives it a good “tuning”.

Hard Drive Selection

Rotational frequency has become a large selling point (5400/7200/10000/15000RPM) recently, so you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding out what the rotational frequency of your HDD is when you go to buy it. Now of course the faster it spins, the faster it can read from the disk (there are other advantages also), but be aware that the faster it spins, the more wear is put on the drive, and the more likely it is to encounter errors and malfunctions later in life. Hard drives are pretty much the only systems within your computer that have moving parts (CD-ROM, floppy disk drives, and fans also have moving parts, but they’re all cheap and if they break you won’t lose all the data you’ve accumulated over the course of owning your computer, be sure to back up your data regularly!).

If you know anything about physics or engineering, then you know that moving parts produce friction and wear, and a faster spinning platter (the part that holds the data and spins) means more friction, and therefore more wear on your drive. Of course the faster it spins the faster it can read data from the platter. So what can you do? well again you backup your data as much as possible and you get the fastest spinning drive money can buy (which is 7200RPM for ATA devices (the sort you are buying) and 15000RPM for SCSI and some Serial ATA devices (you might get Serial ATA, that depends on your motherboard)). So look for a “7200RPM” label on the drive you’re thinking of getting, it’s important!

The “buffer” I’m referring to is the transfer buffer that temporarily stores data to read from or write to the hard drive. The reason for this is that the bus (data channel between the hard drive and the motherboard) can only handle so much information at a time, and it takes a long time for the data to be found and retrieved from a platter (random seek time), so it takes a big chunk of the requested data and stores it in a very fast data buffer to be sent at the bus’s convenience. So with a larger buffer you can queue more data for transfer over the bus without having to keep sending requests to slowly find more data from the platters. Some newer drives come with as much as 8MB of buffer capacity, but it is more common to see 2 or 4MB. Usually a drive with a large amount will use that as a selling point and print it on the box/website, otherwise you can assume it has a 2/4MB buffer. My advice is to find one with as much as you can afford.

Now for the transfer rates you’re going to need to do some searching, the best way to find these numbers is to go to the manufacturer’s website and look at specification sheet for the model you’re looking to buy (actually this is the best way to get all the information I’ve talked about so far). One thing to look out for is that you may read something that says 133MB/s or ATA/133 or SATA150 or 150MB/s, and these are not the numbers you are looking for, those numbers describe the bus connecting the hard drive to the motherboard, and are theoretical peak numbers, which tell us virtually nothing. Also, if you are buying a Maxtor, don’t bother looking up actual transfer rates, as Maxtor is apparently afraid to release such information. Not to say Maxtor’s are bad drives, actually Maxtor has risen to the top in terms of technical support and they are much more willing to replace broken drives than some other companies, which is important since some ridiculously large amount (something like 10 or 15%) of hard drives are either dead on arrival or die within the first few weeks of use. As with the last two points, when looking at transfer speeds (if you can find them) always try to pick the one with the highest numbers you can afford.

Notice that the first three of the 4 major aspects were all speed related? That was done intentionally to give you a sense of the importance of speed in the hard drive, because they are very very slow creatures, and for your gaming experience you don’t need an enormous hard drive so much as a fast one. To increase speed substantially more you can set up a RAID, which is a network of hard drives which (in RAID0 mode) share portions of the same data, such that accessing data takes 1/n time (n = number of hard drives attached) compared to 1 hard drive. To do this you really need a hardware RAID chipset, which are commonly included on higher-end mainboards.

Finally, capacity is an unnecessary nicety. The smallest hard drives you can buy today that are still within those higher speed classes are all about 30GB, which is more than enough for your games. But since games are not everything, and if you happen to be an iTunes member or like to download anime then you will really want some extra space. So I would recommend getting something between 60 and 120GB, any more and you’re going to be paying through your teeth, any less and you might be looking to buy a supplementary hard drive in a couple years. And, oh yeah, 300GB hard drives from Maxtor are out, but they are comparatively slow, so I wouldn’t recommend getting one for gaming, I like to stick to single platter drives (40-100GB usually), as they produce less heat and are less likely to break down on me.

Online Privacy Matters

Protection is shutting your room blinds while preparing for bed. Protection is chatting with your specialist away from public scrutiny. While, all things considered, this sort of protection easily falls into place, with little thought, in the advanced space the possibility of security is skewed. For the most part since individuals don’t generally comprehend what advanced protection involves.

Individuals may expect it is about what they are doing, which is a little bit of the photo. In any case, online security has less to do with what you are doing, and more to do with your identity AND what you are doing. On the Internet, information has high esteem. It’s stolen, sold, gathered and examined.

There are numerous aspects to protection. There’s your main event, and your identity. Your identity is your by and by identifiable data (PII), which is as it sounds- – your name, date of birth, address, Social Security number, telephone numbers and then some. What you do are the pursuits you play out, the sites you visit, the articles you read, even what you purchase on the web.

At whatever point you download an application, visit a site or utilize an online networking stage, odds are that organization is gathering information on you. Individuals are doing as such a great deal more online through their PCs and cell phones today. We make buys, look into restorative conditions, orchestrate get-aways, associate with companions and relatives, pretty much anything possible. With these activities, individuals are incidentally making an immense computerized paper trail of information about themselves. While it may not be PII, these organizations still track what you do on the Web and gather that information to get a clearer picture of you.

An entire informational collection on an individual can bring a pretty penny, totally legitimately, as well. There are presently organizations known as “information expedites” that gather and keep up information on a large number of individuals, which they break down, bundle, and offer without the client’s learning or authorization. Information agents gather and pitch data to different organizations for some reasons, including focused on promoting, credit chance evaluation, and direct advertising. Fortunately, this information is typically anonymized, and does not contain PII.

We as a whole have things to stow away. It could be how much cash you make, your medicinal records or your ledger number. Concealing things is not awful. I don’t think these are the sorts of things you’d like communicated on your interpersonal organization for the whole world to see. This is the reason we should endeavor to ensure our entitlement to security.

Prior this year, a young lady obtained a couple of unremarkable things, for example, cotton balls, unscented salve and a few vitamins. In view of what the organization definitely thought about her, they could accurately anticipate that she was pregnant, and started focusing on her for infant things by sending her coupons via the post office. The issue? She was an adolescent young lady, and these coupons cautioned her dad (regrettably) that she was in reality pregnant.

Dreaded Spyware

Spyware is hard to detect and even harder to remove. It is a form of software that gets information from another computer by transmitting data covertly from the hard drive. It makes your computer work slower, you get more popups and advertising, and will work to collect your personal information like banking and credit card information, passwords and other login information.

Some of the ways spyware messes with the workings of your computer are it can disrupt the network connections, reduce your normal speeds, changes the settings that you put on the computer and redirects the browser searches. In addition, spyware can make it difficult to reset the computer and get your settings back to how they were before you were infected.

There are four major types of spyware that can get into your computer. They are system monitors, Trojans, adware and tracking cookies. Each of these can infiltrate the computer by piggybacking onto wanted downloads or programs from the internet. While the main download or program itself may be great, it’s what comes with it that causes the problem. With some they all come in a complete package, there is no way of knowing or detecting spyware is included until it’s already in the computer and wreaking havoc.

So how do you protect yourself and more importantly your computer from spyware? Invest in a good internet security program and/or a program that you can use to detect viruses and spyware and then quarantine them and get them out of your system. It is also a good idea to read through the user agreement before downloading anything onto your computer. A quick check online will allow you to see how ‘clean’ downloads are before you press that button and online forums are always buzzing about which downloads to avoid.

If your computer crashes because of spyware there is always help available at your local computer repair shop. Taking it to the experts can help you get back up and running in no time as they are experts in getting the bad out (spyware, malware, viruses) while trying to preserve the good (files, programs, data, etc.).

Android O

Smarter Connectivity

With the help of the lucrative feature ‘Wi-fi Aware’ of Android O, now devices can communicate with the Wi-fi network without any particular internet access point. This feature not only supports the Bluetooth Audio Codecs but also supports the LDAC codec. This latest Android version is going to introduce another feature of turning on the Wi-fi automatically to cater smarter connectivity.

Customized Navigation

This enhanced feature is extremely beneficial for the people having large smartphone screens. Most of the time, navigating around the various icons on the screen becomes exhaustive. To cater a better solution to this issue, the upcoming version of Android is offering facility of System UI Turner that would be remarkably beneficial for adjusting the navigation buttons. You can either arrange the buttons on the sides or you can arrange them compactly at the centre.

PIP (Picture in Picture)

PIP, a vital part of the Android Tv is now going to become a crucial part of the smartphones and Android O is making it possible. With this latest feature, multitasking is going to reach on a whole new level. For instance, while enjoying a video on the phone, at the same time you can continue chatting using another app. More interestingly, you can adjust the video screen according to your wish so that it doesn’t guard your chat screen.

Advanced Protection

This Android 8.0 would make your smartphone visible and more secure. While using any game or app, a tiny card would show up on the phone screen indicating that the app scanning process is going on for the malware and viruses.

Easy Selection of Sound

Initially, while setting up any ringtone from the files, it was necessary to copy the file to the storage system of the phone. Moreover, finding the MP3 using file manager and setting it from the settings of system sound was a bit complex process. Now, Android O is offering you a direct option to select sound of your choice.

Power PC

Power Supplies

Computer power supplies take the high (110V or 220V) DC voltages from an electrical outlet and convert it to the various lower AC voltages required for a system to operate. The typical voltages required inside a computer are 3.3V, 5V, and 12V, where the 3.3V and 5V lines are generally used to power circuitry, and the 12V line provides power to run items such as hard drives, optical drives, and cooling fans.

Power supplies are sold in terms of their total power output, in terms of wattage. Choosing the correct power supply means not only finding one that will provide enough power for all of the components connected to the system, but also one that is the correct size physically, has enough connections for typical drives and fans, and if necessary, that also has special connections for things such as Serial ATA drives and modern video cards.

Choosing a power supply with enough power shouldn’t be much of a problem, as having more power than you need is never a bad thing. Just because a power supply is rated for 400W, or perhaps 600W, does not imply that it is drawing that at any given time. It just indicates the total power available to the various lines inside the computer. For those interested in getting a good idea of their minimum power requirements, this Power Wattage Calculator is a convenient reference. In addition to checking out the total wattage of a power supply, looking for strong amperage ratings on the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V lines is also recommended, as power supplies with identical total power ratings may distribute the power to the various lines in different quantities.

Power supplies come in a few different physical sizes, but the most common are designed to fit the standard ATX and micro ATX (mATX) form factor cases. A typical ATX power supply, such as this Echo-Star 680W unit, measures 3.25″ x 6″ x 5.5″ and features two cooling fans to not only cool the power supply, but to also help draw hot air out of the computer. A typical mATX power supply, such as this A-Power 320W unit, measures 2.5″ x 5″ x 4″ and due to the smaller size features just one cooling fan. mATX cases are generally much smaller than ATX cases, and therefore have smaller power supplies, with generally lower power ratings, and fewer connectors.

The connectors on a power supply also deserve consideration. Most power supplies come with what looks to be an electric octopus of wires hanging off the back surface, and you need to make sure that somewhere in that tangled bundle are all of the connectors you need. The power supply should at least have as many connections as the number of drives, cooling fans, and other items found in the case. Up until recently power supplies had a fixed number of connections, and if you needed more, you needed to use splitters to distribute the power to all the components. Modular power supplies, such as the Ultra X-Connect 500W unit, are now available that eliminate that “electric octopus” all together, and allow the end user to connect just the cables they need. The flexibility of a modular power supply design not only lets you customize the connections to your needs, it also makes for a simple and tidy installation, since there are no extra wires dangling inside the case.

The selection of a high quality power supply may cost more money up front, but down the road it could wind up saving money. Many manufacturers now offer power supplies that consume less energy thanks to high quality internal components, advanced designs, and active power factor correction. These units are now able to provide the same power to the components in a computer, but due to increased efficiency, draw less power from the electrical outlet.

Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are intended to protect your electronics from a brief increase in voltage caused by such things as lightning, rolling blackouts, and heavy drawing electrical equipment. A surge protector reacts to divert the extra electricity to ground, and thus protects your expensive computer equipment from damage. A surge is any increase lasting three nanoseconds or longer, so a surge protector needs to react quickly. Most surge protectors also include a fuse (or breaker), and if the surge is too great to be handled without interruption, the fuse will blow. Although the fuse may be destroyed, it’s a small loss compared to what it may have saved.

Surge protectors come in all shapes and styles. Some basic models can even be found at your local dollar store, but offer no more than a few outlets connected to a breaker. No serious protection is obtained, but many people just want more outlets, not protection.

More serious surge protectors will probably cost a bit more than a dollar, but will offer some peace of mind that your equipment is actually being protected. In addition to protecting from electrical surges, some devices include extra features such as conditioning to filter out line noise and ports to protect other lines such as cable television, telephone, and networking.

The Fellowes Smart Surge Power Strip protects up to 10 devices from surges, as well as offering line conditioning and ports to protect your phone line. A highly appealing feature of such a surge protector is that 4 of the ports are designed to accept bulky AC adaptors. For those with surge protectors that weren’t designed to be this user friendly, there is still hope in the form of Power Strip Saver Cables. Basically just 7 inch long extension cords, these items can come in very handy when trying to connect multiple AC adaptors to a more traditional surge protector.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies

Many people familiar with Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) know that they can keep a computer up and running during a total power failure, but don’t know what else they do. Most UPSes will also provide protection from voltage surges and sags (when the voltage drops below normal), as well as protection from the possibility of a shift in the electricity’s frequency.

UPSes come in two varieties, standby and continuous, although standby versions are far more common and less expensive. A standby UPS allows the devices connected to it to run from the normal electrical connection until a loss of power is detected, at which point it quickly (in a matter of milliseconds) switches to the battery backup of the UPS. A continuous UPS always has the devices connected to it running off of battery power, while the batteries are recharged by the normal electrical connection.

UPSes are sold in terms of their capacity, in terms of VA (voltage multiplied by amperage). This implies that devices connected to the UPS can draw a maximum of so much amperage at a specific voltage. A run time after a power failure is also generally specified for a UPS based on a full load being placed on the device.

Selecting a UPS needs to be based on the intended use… A smaller unit, such as the Fenton 600VA, would be adequate for powering a typical desktop computer, monitor, and smaller peripherals such as a printer and lighting for what they rate as 15-23 minutes at full load. If multiple systems need to be powered, or perhaps there are plans for future expansion that will add to the power demands, a larger unit such as the Tripp Lite 1500VA may be more appropriate. The first two units are intended to be set in close proximity to the devices to be powered, perhaps on the floor behind a desk, but if you are seeking to add a UPS to a server, there are also rackmount solutions such as the Opti-UPS 1100VA.

No matter the application, sizing a UPS may seem overwhelming. One manufacturer, APC, has created a handy UPS Selector Application which will take some of the guess work out of choosing the right UPS for any particular application.

Portable vs Desktop iPad Stands

Portable

The portable stand is a useful choice for the busy and on-the-go professionals. The best stand is light and compact and easily collapses into a small package for ease in carrying. Some of the most portable stands are designed to fold flat and can weigh less than 1 ounce.

A stand with adjustable features is appealing and makes it possible to set it at several different angles to create the perfect working position. The lean of the stand can vary, but the more extreme angles are great for on-screen typing.

Also, the stand that easily accepts the tablet and case is likely to be the most desirable. This means the iPad doesn’t need to be removed from its protective case every time it is placed on the stand.

Even though a 1 ounce stand gives a relatively stable platform, the stands at a more substantial weight, such as 7 ounces or more, give the most reliable base. A further aspect that can impact the weight of the stand is the build material. Many of the portable stands are built in a light plastic, aluminum or heavy-gauge steel.

Desktop

For the iPad that is mostly left in a single location or even moved around the home from the kitchen counter to office desk, it is more practical to go with stability over portability.

A stand built-in heavy steel, wood or a similar material is great to give the stable and sturdy platform to work on. The ability to adjust the viewing angle is a nice feature; most include depths like 30 or 60 degrees. Plus, the desktop stands have the more stylish looks and usually weigh a bit more than the portable versions. A nice feature on most of these stands is to have a gripping material at the base of the holder to ensure the tablet stays in place and is easier to use while tapping the screen.

Stay Safe Online

Keep your computer, smartphone and tablet clean

  • Keep your device up to date with the latest software
    Software updates provide enhancements and security updates.
  • Keep your security software (anti-virus) up to date
    Security software needs latest virus definitions to identify new and emerging virus/malware. Yes, even Mac’s and smartphones needs security software.
  • Scan external devices (USB)
    USB and external devices can carry virus from infected devices onto yours. Make sure you enable external device scanning to ensure it doesn’t get onto your computer

Be very web savvy online

  • Watch out for dangerous links and attachmentsWhen there is doubt, delete it. Links/attachments in emails, tweets, SMS, posts and advertising are way cyber criminals can compromise your device. If its suspicious or too good to be true, delete it, block or mark it as junk.
  • Check for trusted websites
    When banking online or shopping, ensure they have SSL (secure socket layer) security. SSL protects passwords and your banking information securely.
  • Beware of Phishing
    Phishing is a way for cyber criminals to mask legitimate website with their own to steal your confidential login. Do not click on any requests to verify your password unless you requested it.
  • Risks with public Wi-Fi Hotspots
    Adjust your security level on your device when accessing public networks. Your device firewall and anti-virus can detect and adjust automatically when connecting to different networks. Turn off your Wi-Fi to public networks when you don’t need to use it anymore.

Protect your personal information

  • Keep your password complex
    Don’t use generic password. Keep it complex with the combination of upper case/lower case characters, numbers and symbols. If it’s too hard to remember, use a secure password manager to keep track.
  • Use Two Step Verification
    Two step verification will make it more difficult to access you online presence. If a cyber criminal has your password, they will be stopped if they don’t have access to your other devices and accounts.

Laptops for Programming

Walk around the block down any laptop aisle and you will probably notice that selecting laptops has become drastically thinner and more sleek. Wedding ushers wafer-thin systems represents a brand new vision for ultraportable precessing: some sort of no-compromises laptop light enough you will forget it’s in a person’s briefcase, that has a long-lasting battery that could keep you working regardless if no power outlet can be purchased. Rapidly storage, whether by using a full 128GB or maybe 256GB solid-state push (SSD) or, far more affordably, 32GB to be able to 64GB of eMMC sign, allow these ultraportables the opportunity to resume work in no time after being idle or simply asleep for days to weeks. Intel’s marketing target has migrated for the convertible-hybrid laptops in addition to detachable-hybrid tablets that going barefoot refers to seeing that 2-in-1 devices (see the subsequent section for far more information), but ultraportables continues to a distinct type.

Most essential, the overall category has thinned down generally speaking. No matter if you’re looking from sliver-thin ultraportables, mainstream Pcs, or perhaps gaming equipments, lap tops of every blend today are finer, lesser, and better fitted to life on the move. The most beneficial of such models will still runs you a pretty anything, particularly if contemplating a business system that will not weigh you down at the time you travel for do the job, but they also offer remarkable performance and the most useful come with various high-end features also. Hint screens (with 1080p resolution), full-size HDMI locations, in addition to 8 or more time of battery life tend to be commonplace, in addition to premium laptops (with advanced prices) now have high-resolution screens, up to be able to 3, 840-by-2, 160 resolution (4K) on the top bar end.

At the small end of the spectrum, 12- and 13-inch laptops, or ultraportables (more on these below), are worth considering if you plan on toting your laptop. These models are small enough to weigh 3 pounds or less, but large enough they include a full-size keyboard and a decent size-screen. The downside is that port selection tends to be minimal due to the limited amount of room available on side panels. These laptops usually serve simple needs like surfing the web or modest word processing, and they’re a good choice for business travelers who need to tote a laptop frequently. Even smaller 10- and 13-inch laptops have even less room for ports, and will have smaller keyboards and space between the keys, so you’ll have to adjust your typing style to accommodate.