Tips for Staying Safe Online

With so many recent cyber attacks, staying safe online is becoming a harder and harder task. I often find myself second guessing whether or not I am truly safe from attackers. Here are some tips that will help you protect you and your family from cyber warfare.

1. Invest in Network Security
One of the worst things that can happen is if an attack gets between you and your destination. Imagine you send a letter to a friend, but before the it is delivered, an attack can read it and edit it. This is the exact problem that many people face online today. By using something called a virtual private network (VPN), you can keep your internet connection secure. When you have a VPN active, attackers will be unable to read your emails or change what you see. The only problem is that the most secure VPNs are not free. A couple bucks a month is definitely worth it to keep you and your browsing history out of the way of attackers. Private Internet Access is a company that offers a great VPN at a very affordable cost.

2. Use Different Passwords
Come on, I know you do it too. Hell, everybody does it. We all reuse the same password on multiple websites. And this is a problem. If an attacker manages to hack the mainframe of a website you visit, they can gain access to the database and learn what password you used on that site. Now imagine if you used that single password on every website. That attacker now has access to your facebook, youtube, bank account, email, and so much more. By using a unique password on every website, you can keep attackers from ruining your life. Be sure to tell your friends and family this tip so they can stay safe and fend off attackers as well.

3. Be Smart
A technique called social engineering is when an attack attempts to trick a victim into believing something false and doing something they shouldn’t be doing. For example, if someone left you a voicemail saying that they were your bank and you needed to call them back, what would you do? Most of us would just call that phone number back and tell them our bank account information. That attacker used social engineering to gain access to our bank information by pretending to be our bank! Now the question you are thinking is probably “how can I protect myself from this.”
To protect yourself from social engineering and phone scams, just follow these simple steps.

  • Don’t blindly accept what the person on the other end is telling you is a fact without concrete evidence.
  • Don’t waste your time trying to identify if a phone number belongs to a scammer. Instead use a phone number reputation website like Glasscaller to see what people in your community have experienced with a phone number.
  • Always take a few moments think before you reveal any identifying information through the phone.
  • Take the step to initiate the phone call instead of letting someone call you. Attackers can spoof their phone number and make it appear on caller id that they calling from a phone number they do not control.

4. Use privacy settings
All of the major social networks allow you to select who can see and comment on your profile. It may not be in your best interest if anyone can access the information you post online. If an attacked knows you are going on vacation for a week, they may come and break into your home and steal from you when you are not away.
Privacy settings can be a great way to keep your private life private. There is no reason your employer needs to know how much you love that hot new bikini you just purchased.

And last of all please remember that just because something awful happens online doesn’t mean your life is ruined. Take a break from the internet to relax and keep a clear mind. Too much time online is not healthy.

Apple’s iPhone 8

The luxury smart phone we have all been waiting for is planned to be released in stores this September. This newest iPhone brandishes some major changes and improvements over the previous generation. Whether or not you like the changes is up to you, but we will be disclosing them all in this post.

In my eyes, the most important part of the newest iPhone is the display. The iPhone 8 will feature an edge-to-edge display that is slightly curved at the sides. Contrary to previous iPhone’s, the iPhone 8 will allow users to enjoy a larger screen without a larger phone. The display also boasts True Tone technology which makes the image as perfect as it can be. Images on the display will look as life-like as they come.

The second major improvement is the camera. The iPhone 8 will feature a dual-lense rear-facing camera. This means that the back of your new phone will have TWO cameras. You may be thinking: why on earth would I want two cameras on my phone? It’s a bit difficult to explain, but a second camera allows app developers to create amazing augmented reality simulations. Thought PokemonGo was cool? Think again cause that is going to be thrown out of the park.

Just like most modern android phones, the iPhone 8 will be equipped with wireless charging. That means you won’t have to try to plug the damn adapter into your phone in the dark.  Just drop you phone onto a charging pad and it will automatically begin charging.

Annoyed with the iPhone 7’s earbud connector? We all thought Apple’s decision to remove the audio jack was terrible. Little did we know was that Apple was planning on removing corded audio all together. The iPhone 8 will come with wireless beatings earbuds that don’t even have to be plugged in to charge. They will be powered wirelessly from your phone. Amazing, huh?

Don’t like Touch ID? Well then the new iPhone 8 is for you. It will come equipped with facial recognition software called Face ID. It will let you unlock your iPhone by just looking at it. The technology uses 3D lasers and iris scanners to identify you and ensure that it isn’t just looking at a picture of you. Face ID has been said to be accurate enough to distinguish between identical twins!

The iPhone 8 won’t be for everyone however. Apple is planning on increasing the price even further past the iPhone 7’s whopping $977. Having the newest iPhone may make you the coolest girl around the block, but you wallet will hurt. Start saving up now and you may be able to afford it without having to lock yourself into a payment plan or payday loan.


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The Internet of Things

How It Works
The Internet of things is changing society and the world we live in. There are physical chips that transmit data to a network. This network helps the devices to communicate with each other. The place where the transmitted data go to is at the internet of things platform. It filters the data and takes the most significant data about industries with specialized needs. It takes data from devices and connects to a system where it can change how people shop, use energy and spend time. One example of this is traffic cameras where it can see accidents, weather, and traffic jams. This data then goes through a system where then it can alert people of traffic in an area and do more with the other data. Another example is in stores if more and more people buy a certain product then through the internet of things other stores can stock up on that product to make it more convenient and prevent a problem. The internet of things makes everything more efficient and more convenient. Billions of devices are connected to the internet and can give meaningful information to help the world we live in work properly.

Is the Internet of Things Good for the Future.
Most believe that the internet of things will create a brighter future through technology. I agree with this because technology is advancing the world and the internet of things is helping by giving meaningful data. The internet of things will change how we live in the near future. The internet of things connects smoke detectors, trains, cars, street lights, wind turbines, heart monitors, computers, mobile phones, and much more. The inter connecting networks help with people needs and wants. Also what needs to be changed and have to be improved. One prediction I have that the internet of thing will achieve is more cities will use internet of things devices. What I mean is cities will start to find the benefits of the internet of things and how it will make them more efficient. They will start to automate their systems to save both money and time. But of course, with an opinion, there will be people that will disagree. People think will all this technology and automation it might be impossible to control it. Technology is every where and people believe that internet of things makes it easier to hack into devices and ruin everything.

Internet of Things Security
The main problem with Internet of Things is that the idea is fairly new. The security had not been fully considered and caused a lot of problems. Experts have warned of the huge risk that many devices connected to the internet may be unsecured. Hacking was a definite possibility, but as the years passed since the idea of the internet of things the security increased due to the huge usage of the internet of things.

More Information on the Internet on Thing Platform
Having a good platform to collect data from devices, sensors, networks, and software can help swiftly deploy internet of things solutions. A platform can exchange certain data between applications. With technology changing the world it is a need that internet of things platforms to exist and work properly.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Internet of Things
There is more information, this makes it easier and more convenient to make correct choices. With internet of things, people can save huge amounts of time. It also can help save money, technology replaces human jobs which are in charge of monitoring supplies and other things.
It is very Complex and can cause many problems and bugs. There were many problems with keeping privacy protected and important data. There also a chance that the software can be hacked which but your privacy at risk. Your info can be misused or abused and it can many problems that may be difficult to fix.

All in all the internet of things is pushing the world we live in forward. But there is still a problem in this what we can’t just ignore. There are efforts to fix the internet of things to help it run the future. This era of technology will definitely have its positives and negatives.