What Do These Error Messages Mean?

There you are, surfing the Internet to your heart’s content. The connection is fairly stable, you are gaining momentum at work, and you are focused on finishing your tasks because your Netflix to-watch list is eagerly waiting. You are finishing your last item, which is to check a competitor’s website. There are ten minutes before you quit work at 5:00. Then suddenly, upon pressing the enter button after typing the website address, your browser keeps on declaring, “Connecting…” And you eagerly wait. Then, your browser’s screen goes blank. And then, you read something that makes you catch your breath and think that this is not happening. You just saw a “504 Gateway timeout” error message on the website you are about to be visiting. Your smile freezes as you bid your hopes of finishing work on time goodbye. Maybe the website will be up again in 5 minutes? 10 minutes? 30 minutes? An hour, maybe? You just have to keep your fingers crossed and don’t forget to hold on to your last ounce of sanity.

What timing, right? But unfortunately, …

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The Torrenting Life

One of the newest things I was introduced to in this pandemic is Korean dramas. Otherwise called K-dramas, I got hooked into it when I watched Kingdom, a historical drama that involved creatures that do not seem to die. History, zombies, and foreign cultures? Sign me up! I watched the show on Netflix and got so much into it that I asked for recommendations of other shows in a similar genre that I could watch. A friend gave me a name of a show that he claimed was on Netflix and so I opened my app in excitement, only to find out that the show was not available on Netflix USA, thank you geo-restrictions. I told my friend of my heartbreaking discovery and he told me to use a VPN to access it. I thought it would make sense to use a VPN, but then I would have to switch back and forth between using a VPM and not using one if I want access to content only available on Netflix USA. Ugh, that’s one hassle I don’t want to …

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The Art of Hiding With a VPN

Even if you do not consider yourself an expert when it comes to using the internet, a sure thing you may have heard of is a VPN. You may have already gotten a lot of recommendations for you to use it, especially since awareness and action of web users when it comes to protecting their privacy is at a high these days. I can still remember the last time people recommended me to install a VPN for my device, it was for Pokemon Go, where I was told to install a VPN so that I can catch monsters even outside my geographical area. So, I did without really understanding the whole affair.

Update: I got tired of playing Pokemon Go, so eventually I uninstalled the game from my smartphone but retained my VPN. Apparently, there were more benefits to having a VPN working for me aside from just me getting more exotic monsters. So, I did more reading on the benefits of having a VPN and, viola, indeed, a good VPN service does more than just change your location so …

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Quick Fixes to Some WFH Challenges

It has been months since the pandemic started and everyone has been mostly holed up at home, even for work. How have you been holding up? Can you claim that you have fully adjusted to this modern workplace that everybody has been subjected to without much of a choice? Truth be told, everyone welcomed the idea at first of working from home because of particular benefits such as getting to spend more time with the family and savings in time and money because there’s less commute and there’s no need to spend on clothes and food. And while it is true that most of us have already adjusted to the “new normal” of working from home, there are still a few kinks and persistent issues that continue to haunt even the most adjusted of us.

Yes, working from home has presented us with new challenges, but do not worry as there are fixes to them. While it is true that asking for help is more convenient when we were still reporting to the office as there are always those trusty …

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US Gets Into the China Apps Hate Bandwagon

So now, it is not only India that has been banning apps that have originated from China. In retaliation to armed skirmishes in the border they share with China, India has banned the use of Chinese apps such as the ubiquitous Tiktok and WeChat in July.   This move from India must have been quite successful as lately, US President Donald Trump has also made threats and in fact, already issued executive orders for the country’s app vendors to band the use of Chinese apps with the American mobile phone public.

It may seem like the President is banning the use of these Chinese apps in the middle of the trade war between the two countries, USA and China. Is this actually the cause of the ban? In the case of India, it was quite obvious that Tiktok and 59 other apps from China have been banned as a sort of retaliation as the army of both countries figured in deadly encounters in June. India cited some provisions in their Information technology Act as reasons for their action, although everyone knows …

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Giving Dating Apps a Try This Pandemic

Do you still remember the world BC (before COVID19)? I’m sure among the things that you miss would be your daily commute to work (not really?), Friday and Saturday nights out with friends, and if you are still single and ready to mingle, that occasional (twice a week? weekly? monthly?) date with someone you matched in a dating app. Now that we are still pretty much in quarantine, it really can be said that a lot of “romantic” or “love” lives have been put on hold because of social distancing. The irony of it all is that we have all the time for social media to compensate for our lack of actual social activities outdoors. The only hindrance to us fully enjoying is the fact that we can’t see each other face to face, at least in the meantime.

That is why people are asking, what is the good of trying to look for “the one” through a dating app if you can’t see each other face to face? You are only making yourself susceptible to being a victim of …

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What a Waste – Our World’s Problem With Electronic Waste

We are living in a materialistic world. We consume so much tech so it’s only natural for companies to produce much as well to keep up with the demand. Thus, it is no wonder that laptops, air conditioners, television sets, headphones, microwaves, smartphones, and other electronic gadgets have ended up as electronic waste, which the world has also been producing at astounding levels. In fact, a 2019 report states that humanity has generated record numbers of e-waste, and as with its non-electronic counterparts, increased wastes will always present a new challenge.  have been

According to the Global E-Waste Monitor, a United Nations University, International Telecommunication Union, and International Solid Waste Association effort, 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste was produced in 2019, which is higher compared to 2014 levels (when the first report was published) by 9.2 million metric tons. Out of this, only 17% of the total has been recycled.

Things have gone better, but still not good enough

Actually, things have improved with the world’s increased efforts in recycling. Whereas during the 1990s and early 200s, people were …

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Is It China Versus the World?

This article is in no way trying to promote hate or xenophobia, but when we are to ask which country the world hates on so much the most these days, it has got to be China. For one, the country is believed to be the birthplace of the Wuhan virus, which has since the start of the year infected thousands (if not millions already) of people throughout the world, brought the world economy to a freefall, and is set to change the way everyone in the world lives day to day. The pandemic happened in the middle of a trade war between the United States and China, which has since then been aggravated with the turn of events. Finally, if all of those things are not enough, China has not stopped in pursuing some aggressive actions in its territories and borders, with military clashes between the Chinese and Indian militaries in their shared borders in late June, as well as the Chinese government taking on a firmer stance in Hong Kong.

In the world of technology where China has become …

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Sharing Documents in the Time of Remote Working

As every working person has been adjusting to the new reality of everyone in quarantine due to the COVID19 virus, working from home has changed from being an exception to becoming the norm.  There are those of us who have done years in the office, reporting five to six days a week, who are so used to printing documents or manage important data through filing cabinets and in and out trays and thus will have to struggle a bit with dealing with data and information. With this new norm, we may need to embrace email and messaging document hacks.  Don’t worry, it shouldn’t be too long ago when you had to adjust to document and email management hacks in the office, so you should also be on your way to adapting to your own best practices in managing documents. Who knows, you’ll get your own system up and running efficiently soon, if you haven’t already.

Adapting to email and IM attachments

Since you are now working remotely, you do not have the luxury of printing important documents or storing them …

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A Changed World After the COVID19 Crisis

The entire world is currently in the throes of the COVID19 pandemic, affecting all facets of our lives. Governments of various countries have imposed lockdowns that have affected companies and office workers, making them miss their offices more. Financial institutions have concluded that the world economy will be on its worst depression since the Second World War. So many people are still being tested positive of the virus, and there seems to be no end in sight as the possibilities for a cure and a vaccine are still months, if not years away.

But then, the government can only hold their lockdowns as long as they can. China has already lifted its lockdown on Wuhan, believed to be the epicenter and origin of the virus, while reporting that its national economy will be contracting for the first time since the 1980s. Other “early adapter” countries like Japan and South Korea still demand their people to maintaining social distancing and prohibit public assemblies but have already allowed people to go back to work. This the question among people is, what will …

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Is Zoom Helping or Destroying Your Remote Work Efforts?

With most of the employed world currently now working at home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, apps and programs that make remote work easier have become household names. One such program is Zoom, a platform that facilitates video conferencing. However, with the rise of its popularity, many concerns about its security have also emerged. In just the past month since state and national governments started imposing lockdowns, the number of Zoom downloads has increased by more than 500%. High-profile personalities such as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have been known to use the platform as they are on quarantine to attend video conferences.

However, many sectors have also expressed concern regarding its use, with online security experts questioning its security features and doubting the safety of users’ data in the platform. New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, has already demanded the company to inform the public of measures it had taken for security concerns to be addressed and whether the sudden ballooning of its users is something the company can cope with. Zoom announced then that all its …

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How Do You Ace Working Remotely?

Because of the threat of COVID-19, companies and governments have found themselves implementing what can be considered as the largest work-from-home experiment in recorded human history. Many praise remote work as a great solution, as it allows employees to still work while still distancing themselves from each other during this uncertain time in what is seen as a responsible move to prevent the further spread of the virus. So, while most companies were in the primary stages of considering work-from-home policies only a few months ago, now it seems that they have been forced by circumstances to realize them. But even before the COVID19 pandemic forced this arrangement upon almost the entire world, there have already been enlightened groups that have embraced the benefits of remote work.

But then of course, like anything else, working from home also presents a number of challenges. Because employees are not supervised, productivity may be sacrificed. Moreover, cybersecurity can be a huge challenge, since the networks of employees working from home may not be as fortified as those in the office, making them a …

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How to Cope With Ransomware

With the coronavirus pandemic severely affecting healthcare organizations, you would think that cybercriminals would tone down on wreaking havoc on them. A lot of them have actually promised to stop their activities for the meantime until the situation improves, with some of them even offering free service for organizations that have been mistakenly encrypted. But then, there are still some gangs who are not promising anything, with one of them actually threatening to take their actions further especially to big pharma sites, as these organizations allegedly take advantage of the public panic to rake in more profits. For these, let’s take those promises with a bit of salt, shall we?

With most computer system and information technology specialists of companies working from home (unless some of them are actually staking out in their offices for the entire lockdown period), the risks companies face of getting cyber attacked is especially high.  When there is no one in the office to physically asses their systems, the response time of these IT people to any threat will be greatly affected. So, unless all …

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More Ways of Speeding Up Your Internet

By now, you may already be staying home so that you and your family can be spared from getting sick of the COVID19 virus. With staying at home during this lockdown period, that means you would need to work from home and do everything indoors, so you need to make sure your house is lockdown ready.

Do you have your groceries to last you at least an entire month? Do you have your first aid kit ready? Are all your previous bills settled already? Do you have copies of all your important work documents? Have you installed all the programs and apps needed for you to successfully telecommute? Most importantly, is your internet speed reliable?

Internet speed would prove to be the most important thing aside from food in this lockdown not only because will people try to work from home, which will require a stable internet connection, but also because they will be reliant on the world wide web for the most updated news about what’s happening outside their homes and for their sources of entertainment. From streaming video …

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Make Your Wi-Fi Work for You

As one American state after another has started to tell all their citizens to stay at home and be safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, people are depending on their home Wi-Fi for just about everything – from telecommuting to entertainment. After all, the priority now is to contain the COVID 19 situation; so as not to let it affect more people, people should not let themselves be exposed to the virus.

And it is in this light that reliable internet speeds will be of utmost importance so that people can still work from home, be updated with the latest information, and continue to be connected with family and friends. It will be no surprise that internet service providers will be overwhelmed in the coming days, if not weeks. But is there anything you can do to keep your Wi-Fi fast from your end? True, not all of us are tech experts, but the tech experts themselves say that we can do some slight tweaks to make sure that our Wi-Fi experience is maximized.

Lamps and other gadgets – stay away

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Don’t Be Held Captive By Ransomware

Aside from the Novel coronavirus, the only news that has been hogging the spotlight is the recent spate of cyber-attacks. We’ve only gone past the first month of the year, but entire companies, industries, and even local governments have already fallen victims to malicious attacks on their systems. These cyber-threats come in the form of ransomware, a malware that has been around for years but has been very active in the last weeks of December up until January. A good number of establishments and their systems have been under threat as user information is bound to be compromised if they do not succumb to the demands of these attackers.

The recent attacks in cyberspace have been brought about supposedly by what is called ransomware. And yes, it does appear threatening as it sounds, as not only do these programs wreak havoc on an entity’s systems, the name further suggests that there is a sort of criminal activity with a ransom demanded in exchange for the malware to not inflict further damage.

But before we get ahead of ourselves and launch …

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Affordable AI-Powered Software Can Help Prevent Malware Attacks

Hackers are smart people. They figure out codes for the sheer purpose of infecting our computers. The reason why they do it is because they want to steal critical information from our computers.

The Internet is a dangerous place. With just a few lines of code, hackers are able to infect your devices with an increasingly large number of powerful malware bots that can compromise everything from your browsing history to your entire hard drive, and they’re only becoming craftier by the day.

(Via: https://www.windowscentral.com/protect-your-pc-against-malware-ai-powered-software-now-just-40)

How can we protect our computers from these crafty hackers? Luckily for us, there is an AI-powered software that can stop viruses and malware from attacking our computers.

Heimdal Thor Foresight Home Malware Protection is an award-winning program that uses AI technology to block viruses and malware. Right now, thanks to Windows Central Digital Offers, a lifetime subscription for your PC is currently available for 20 percent off the regular $51 price, bringing the total down to just $40.

(Via: https://www.windowscentral.com/protect-your-pc-against-malware-ai-powered-software-now-just-40)

For just $40, we can get comprehensive protection. That’s a very affordable …

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Is There A Difference Between Data Security And Data Privacy?

Yes! There is a difference between data security and data privacy. To understand or to, at least, see the difference between the two, let’s define each one first. Data security is defined as:

Data security refers to ways organizations protect their data, including technical safeguards that help ensure data confidentiality, integrity and availability.

(Via: https://www.itprotoday.com/security/data-privacy-and-data-security-what-s-difference)

Now, let’s define data privacy.

Data privacy revolves around the use and governance of personal data. This can include everything from personally identifiable information (PII) to financial information, to information about a person’s career, education, health, family or criminal history.

(Via: https://www.itprotoday.com/security/data-privacy-and-data-security-what-s-difference)

See the difference?

From these definitions, it’s clear that these two terms—“data security” and “data privacy”—should not be used interchangeably. While they are certainly related and are both extremely important, they should be addressed in different, but integrated ways.

(Via: https://www.itprotoday.com/security/data-privacy-and-data-security-what-s-difference)

Security expert, Cindy Compert of CTO Data Security and Privacy for IBM Security, explains the intricacies of both terms.

“We like to say you can have security without privacy, but you can’t have privacy without security,” says Cindy Compert,

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Data Analysis Vs. Data Visualization: What’s The Difference?

We all work with data. Smart decisions can’t be made without data. It’s safe to say that data make the work go around. Just imagine if there weren’t any data. Where would we all be? We’d all be back in the dark ages where our survival was based merely on hunting for food. We have definitely gone a long way since then because our survival now relies on data.

Nowadays, the data industry has grown immensely. From data practitioners to data scientists, several skill sets have been created to deal solely with data.

Numerous job adverts focus on data visualization skills while not necessarily specifying the importance of analytical skills. Job titles reflect this trend with the emergence of new roles such as ‘data artist’, ‘data visualization expert’ and ‘data storyteller’, but organizations are still looking for people who can extract value from their data, so these roles must include analytical skills.

(Via: https://www.forbes.com/sites/evamurray/2019/03/29/what-is-the-difference-between-data-analysis-and-data-visualization/#3d7c8c606411)

In this huge data community, there are two terms that are bit confusing. These two data terms are data analysis and data visualization. What’s the …

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Keeping Online Data Safe With The Latest Tools

Online data sharing is easy nowadays. As matter of fact, it just takes a click to share data online. Once data is shared online, it automatically reaches a wide range of audiences. As convenient as it may seem, it could get quite dangerous. It’s hard to guarantee the privacy of online data.

Advances in digital technology are challenging our concept of privacy. In today’s world, huge volumes of data are being collected, shared and stored in unprecedented ways and at tremendous speeds. Everything we do with our connected devices generates data that can be used or misused without our knowledge. Controlling when and how our personal data is used by others seems impossible, especially since sharing this information is an integral part of our participation in today’s society.

(Via: https://phys.org/news/2019-04-tools-online-misuse.html)

Technology has made online data sharing inevitable. Even if you refuse to share data online, you will still find bits and pieces of your personal information floating on the world wide web. It’s just the way it is these days and there’s no way you can stop online data …

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RAID Vs. NAS: Differentiating These Two Data Storage Technologies

We all need data storage. All our personal and business files are dependent on it. It’s safe to say that the longevity of all our files rely a lot on which data storage technology we choose to use.

These days, the two most widely used data storage technologies are the redundant array of independent disks (RAID) and the network-attached storage (NAS). So, which data storage technology is better? It’s hard to say without differentiating one from the other first.

Let’s talk about the redundant array of independent disks or RAID first.

RAID, short for redundant array of independent disks, is a method of enhancing disk performance, increasing storage capacity and improving fault tolerance, depending on the RAID level chosen.

RAID enables the same data to be saved across multiple disks while still appearing as a single logical drive using specialized hardware or software called a RAID controller. RAID levels, which are denoted by a number, determine the performance characteristics of a given configuration and how much or little data protection they offer.

(Via: https://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/storage-networking/raid-vs-nas-how-they-differ-and-overlap.html)

There are several RAID levels. …

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Laptop In Check In Baggage Will Finally Be Allowed In U. S. Airports

Airport security checks can be a hassle. You practically need to strip down to get screened properly. You need to take off your shoes, your belt, your jacket, and accessories.

In U.S airports, you even have to take out your laptop from your carry-on bag. The carry-on bag can’t go through security check with a laptop inside. The laptop has to be taken out and that causes so much stress and hassle in the long cue of passengers.

The good news is, change is coming.

In a press call Friday, the TSA announced that it has signed a $97 million contract for 300 upgraded baggage-scanning machines. As reported by Bloomberg Government, the new technology will roll out this summer, with the recipient airports to be announced.

It’s akin to replacing X-ray machines with CT scanners. While an x-ray creates a single static image, a CT scan can produce a 360-degree image.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/tsa-laptops-in-bags)

These upgraded baggage-scanning machines will surely lessen the chaos in the security check. Finally, your laptop and toiletries stay inside your carry-on baggage. The whole world …

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Experts Share Their Insights On How To Recover Data

You should know how to recover data. As a matter of fact, everyone should know how to recover data. There’s always going to be a need to do so. Unfortunately, that need comes at a most unexpected time.

Spare yourself the agony of wasting time just to recover data. Instead, take it from the experts. Learn from them. Here are some valuable insights from the experts.

Make data your top priority. Here’s what Alan Conboy, of Scale Computing, has to say.

Mission-critical data fuels the speed of today’s businesses, which is why it’s essential that backup and disaster recovery plans are made a top priority. World Backup Day is an important reminder of this reality, with many organizations forgetting a few essentials to a solid backup plan.

(Via: https://www.dig-in.com/list/insights-on-the-importance-of-data-backup-and-disaster-recovery-strategies)

Have a reliable backup strategy. Make sure it works all the time. Here’s what Neil Barton, the chief technology officer of WhereScape, has to say:

Not only should organizations have a backup strategy, it is also extremely important for IT teams to test it regularly. The first time a business

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Data Loss: It’s Here To Stay

Can you avoid data loss? Unfortunately, you can’t. No matter how hard you try, there’s just no way you can avoid data loss. The truth is, it’s here to stay. No one is spared from the pain of losing data.

Data loss can happen in so many ways. Accidental deletion is one of the many reasons as to why data loss happens. Who hasn’t deleted data accidentally?

The limited lifespan of a computer is also a valid reason why data loss happens. Computers don’t last forever. As they become outdated or infected with a virus, they begin to fail. When computers begin to fail, data could get corrupted or lost.

Aside from reasons such as accidental deletion and computer failure, natural disasters could also lead to data loss. These are just a few of the many threats to data. Obviously, there’s no way anyone could ever avoid data loss. To make matters worse, there is an increasing number of people who are losing data.

65.1 percent of consumers or their family member lost data as a result of an accidental

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RAID Explained

What is RAID? If you’re not an IT person, you probably don’t know a lot about it. However, one thing is for sure. You’ve probably heard about it. If you’re working in an office where massive data are stored in servers, you’ve probably come across the RAID acronym.

RAIDs are boxes on your network that hold two or more drives, and constantly mirror your data. If one drive fails, you can rebuild the array to recover your data. These are also called NAS (for network-attached storage).

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/backups-act-like-your-business-depends-on-them)

Companies rely a lot on RAID systems. For starters, they’re very cost effective. Secondly, they can help lessen the impact of a data loss.

One of the reasons why many companies are using RAID is that the data in the array can simply be used. Those using the data need not be aware they are using RAID at all. When a failure occurred and the array is recovering, access to the data will be slower. Accessing the data during this time will also slow down the recovery process, but this

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