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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Keeping It Clean, Including (and Especially) Our Gadgets

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how we live, and that is no exaggeration. Entire states have declared lockdowns, residents have been instructed to practice social distancing and to stay home. There seems to be no near end in sight yet as cases of patients confirmed positive of the virus have been steadily increasing.  If we are forced to see any upside to what’s happening, it’s that everyone has become more conscious of personal hygiene. All around the world, authorities have regularly campaigned for the public to adhere to sanitation practices like the 20-second rule of handwashing, keeping our hands away from our faces, and maintaining proper coughing and sneezing behavior. For us who can’t seem to live without a social media update every hour, good hygiene should also mean making sure our gadgets are virus-free.

There is still no documentation of the COVID-19 virus being transmitted through surfaces, as the most common means of transmission current is through direct human contact or respiratory droplets. However, health authorities such as the CDC suggest that surfaces should still be cleaned, as recent …

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Tech in the Time of Corona

How exactly will the coronavirus be stopped? Can it be stopped in the first place? According to developing news, the vaccine for it will not be available until a year from now. The effectiveness of people being quarantined and told to stay at home can only do so much, as people positive for the virus may not be fully known until all persons under investigation or monitoring cannot be tested for it. As it is now, there is a worldwide shortage of test kits that determine who has the virus. So, it seems that it may realty take a while before this virus becomes less of a problem for the entire world.

Thank god for science and technology, though as they may have some fixes to help with the current efforts. They may not yet be perfect solutions that will eliminate the problem in one clear swoop, but they can at least make what is being done now more effectively.

Can tracking apps prove useful?  

Tracking apps may as well be an effective tool to contain the coronavirus outbreak, as …

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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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Another Three Suggestions on What to Do While in a Lockdown

By now, unless you’re on a YOLO mindset, you should already be staying at home. You wouldn’t want to catch the COVID19 virus, would you? Even if you’re the altruistic, other-before-self kind of person, you shouldn’t really be outdoors because if you bring the virus with you home, your family and those who get in contact with you might be the ones to get sick. So really, stay home.

So, now that you’re being a good person and staying home, doing your part to “flatten the curve” and stop the spread of the virus, you can’t really say that you’re bored and left with nothing to do. You’re in the comforts of your home (or wherever it is you’ve chosen to camp during this lockdown period). True, you can’t do any and all outdoor activities, but there are still so any things you can do at home. Think about it: There are so many things we have put in the backburner, activities we have postponed; and now is the time to bring them back to the forefront. Need a bit …

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Keep Busy While Staying at Home  

Aren’t we living in ironic times?

Just when we’ve been feeling so drained and complaining about being overworked, spending 14 hours in the office just to bring home the bacon, not having time to pursue our passions (from crocheting to finally taking the weekend off for a paragliding adventure) because we just don’t have the time, the COVID19 pandemic hits the entire world. So, now we have all the time in the world, but we can’t do a lot outdoors because most of us are in lockdown. We can’t go out, we can’t have drinks with friends in our preferred club, and there goes your dream paragliding adventure.

So, how do we actually keep busy and not lose our sanity for the entire lockdown period? Before cabin fever sets in, here are some recommended activities we hope you’d consider.

Keep fit indoors

Just because you’re cooped up inside your house doesn’t mean you have to live a sedentary lifestyle and forget fitness. Everybody’s stuck up on their houses precisely because of this disease and reliable sources say the mortality rate …

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Be Assured of Your Internet Speed This Lockdown

Because of the COVID19 scare, a lot of people have been working from home. The problem is, many have discovered that their internet is working at a speed that is not to their expectations. Moreover, those who are staying at home and sourcing their entertainment from games and streaming entertainment their internet speeds aren’t up to par with what they were used to. So, in this period of people telecommuting and staying at home, what are the best ways to improve your internet speeds?

A quick note, though: If you are not sure of how exactly your internet is performing, try to run an internet speed test at various times throughout the day. Not only will you get exact numbers, but you will also get to check if there’s actually a fluctuation of your internet speeds, if it’s consistently slow throughout the day, or if there are only particular times of the day when it’s not as fast as the rest of the day.

Reset or reboot? 

If you have an average home network, you can enjoy a lot of …

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Don’t Lose Your Mind (Or Your Files) During This Lockdown

Unless you’ve been living a monastic existence or have been literally living under a rock, you may know that most parts of the world are already under quarantine. Some may call it self-isolation, while some may call it community lockdown, yet others simply call it stay-at-home orders – it’s all the same. From far north as Iceland to the people living Down Under, everyone has been observing various degrees of what has become popularly known as social distancing – giving you and the person closest to you physical distance, in an effort to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the COVI19 virus, which has reached pandemic proportions.

So, in this time of extreme uncertainty, when entire states are already telling citizens to stay home and not go out, what else can you do but follow orders and stay put at home? Chances are, your company has already allowed people to work from home, if no one has yet been forced to do so. And when you’re already home, there’s also a huge chance that after a day or …

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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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Software for Data Recovery DIY

It’s a nightmare everyone using a computer has: files accidentally getting deleted, important documents mysteriously disappearing, things you badly need in your laptop that you can’t find anymore. When this happens and you’ve verified that indeed, you may have lost that file in that particular laptop, you can explore two options. The first option is for you to take advantage of a professional who does a data recovery service for you. But then, you may also opt to take things in your own hands and recover that precious missing file with the help of data recovery software.

If user reviews are to be believed, data recovery software has improved in their performance in leaps and bounds since they were first used. While other software has lousy free trial versions, those who have tried free data recovery tools to salvage lost files have posted glowing reviews as well, comparable to paid versions. So, let’s see which of these programs come most recommended among users on the Internet.

Recuva

Recuva is a paid data recovery service that gets full marks on how …

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Which Streaming Device Should You Have?

It’s the era of media streaming. The days of having to be a slave to cable TV with limited choices of packages with so many unexplainable charges and fees. Cord cutters, rejoice! Future joiners of the cord-cutting bandwagon, feel free to explore your choices! This is because a streaming device that allows you to watch shows and movies and listen to music has become a hot ticket. For those with older models of smart TVs, or anyone who would want a reliable method of streaming can get a streaming device that will provide them exactly that.

But then, you may ask, “Isn’t streaming already available on computers and mobile devices through Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc.?” What do you need a streaming device for?” The advantage of having a streaming device is that you have a gadget that is dedicated only to giving you content, nothing else. Let’s see which of these devices are the most user-friendly, doesn’t lag that much, can play video from the most services, and is easily updated when new services become available.

Amazon Fire TV

Coming …

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Are you Ready for 5G?

All the buzz behind 5G is quite deafening, really. Tech news sites will not be complete without at least one news item every day featuring a country authorizing a particular company to build 5G infrastructure in their area, telcos promoting the technology to be the next big thing to its excited customers, and customers eagerly anticipating what 5G’s benefits are to them.

As its name suggests, 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology and is set to be faster than the current 4G networks consumers enjoy by at least twenty times. Now, isn’t that exciting? But then, this new technology will also require telco providers to modify their network infrastructure and in turn, may also require consumers who want to enjoy it to change their equipment. So, you might want to get ready to shell out for yet another new smartphone.

Let’s get to know 5G technology more and see what its effects are to us, casual technology consumers.

What is 5G, really?

As mentioned earlier, most of us only know 5G as the 5th generation of technology …

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Why Giving Windows 10 a Chance Isn’t Such a Bad Idea

There is a pattern of consumer behavior when it comes to upgraded stuff – people will hype it in anticipation weeks and days leading to the release date, crucify the developers of inevitable bugs for the earliest adaptors, and then months later, when the release has a gazillion patches and fixes and becomes stable, public opinion will be kinder. Just like most upgrades (particularly Microsoft ones), the launch of Window 10 was quite anticipated in the months and weeks before the release date and a public outcry (or at least those who were earliest to install the 2020 update) happened when bugs were discovered left and right (no audio, no search results, to name a few). Honestly speaking, with the death of Windows 7 still fresh, it might take a while (maybe until the end of the year) before the whole Windows-using public will really cozy up with Windows 10.

To help you in that process, here are a number of features that may come in handy with the ubiquitous OS’s latest update. Who knows, it might get you …

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Getting Your Not-So-New Laptop Up to Speed

We all dread that moment – when your x-year old laptop starts showing signs of wear and tear. It starts working a tad slower; it takes forever to load after you’ve booted it and you’re waiting for an eternity, praying for your desktop screen to appear ASAP. While all signs point to a much-needed upgrade and laying your trusty machine to rest in a recycling facility, you just can’t say goodbye. It can be for sentimental reasons – you’ve been through the best of times, the worst of times with your computer. It can also be because of financial reasons – you haven’t saved up yet for a new machine.

Whatever the cause of your deep attachment to your laptop is, you would need to make sure that your laptop can still function in some sort of serviceable level, especially if you still want to use it regularly for work. There are some things you can do to revive your reliable laptop, not as good as new, but in a way that will serve you well and affirm your decision …

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Will Streaming Kill Cable?

The proliferation of streaming services has been on the upswing with the introduction of apps and devices that allow people to watch television programs, movies, and even live events in real-time, wherever they are, and even without a TV! But this surge in streaming’s popularity has adversely affected the cable TV industry. With subscribers suddenly presented with the option that markets itself as having more advantages over having your TV corded, droves have switched loyalties, spelling a slow death to cable TV providers. Or are we counting out cable too soon? Let’s look at some factors and determine who the ultimate victor is in the showdown between cable TV and streaming services.

Channel variety: Cable is still king

While it is true that streaming services boast of content from all over the world at your fingertips, viewers still care more about local channels. After all, there is still great demand to know the latest news, weather forecasts, event calendars – all of which can only be provided by local TV channels. Alas, there are cable TV channels that cannot transition …

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Survive and Thrive Despite Windows 10’s Latest Update Bugs

New year, new updates! Microsoft is finally laying the much-maligned Windows 7 to rest, taking out the support rug under its feet, and introducing Windows 10. And as expected, early adopters to the update have a lot to say. Of course, it is also expected that the Windows 10 updates would still contain a lot of bugs. After all, no update is anticipated to be perfect from the moment of its release. But then, with the ubiquity of Windows, the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who have already jumped ship and eagerly downloaded the latest updates can’t help but nitpick on features that seem to have dampened their excitement for Windows 10.

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So, what features of Windows 10 have caught the ire of Windows users? What expected features have we taken for granted in our daily interactions with Windows have suddenly become problematic in this update? Have there been fixes and solutions to go around these bumps?  Let’s look at these common complaints:

Connectivity issues

Those who have updated their operating systems from Windows 8 …

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Coronavirus: Not Just for Humans Anymore!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know that the news item that’s been on headlines around the world is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. In China, thousands have been found out to have the virus, hundreds have died, and people who have tested positive for the virus have been discovered in 24 countries and counting. The number of victims is seen to continually increase until warmer climates arrive in some countries that would discourage the virus from spreading.  Unfortunately, the arrival of warm weather will take weeks, if not months.

But then, it’s not only human health that’s been infected by the coronavirus. Apparently, cybercriminals have also capitalized on this unfortunate trend to spread malware and stage email scams. Reports in Japan have verified that this virus has been trying to dupe unsuspecting Japanese email recipients who are currently already a bit cautious because of China’s proximity to the country. Although it has not yet spread in other countries, this Coronavirus also has the potential of spreading worldwide and causes substantial damage to businesses and sadly, people’s lives.…

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The Search for the Laptop That’s Right for You

Despite the proliferation of mobile devices that can do almost anything except cook your food (we can’t say that for certain in the future, though), laptops have remained to be a dependable tool for anyone immersed in technology. Laptops have stood the test of time and the challenge to its popularity by handier and smaller devices because they combine the best qualities of desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. They are more mobile, flexible, and almost as, if not equally or more powerful than desktops. On the other hand, laptops edge tablets and smartphones when it comes to power, multi-tasking, and user preference with image sizes. After all, not too many people can appreciate videos or even pictures displayed on a five, seven, or even an eight-inch screen.

Getting the best laptop can be a challenge though, as the market is saturated with different models, different brands, all offering different features that will surely benefit you.

Or not.

You will need to do some introspection on what best suits your needs, then consider your preferences, before finally picking the right one …

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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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Microsoft Edge: How To Use It

Windows 10’s default browser is Microsoft Edge. Compared to other web browsers, Microsoft Edge’s is more on the clean and minimalistic side, more so physically than technically. Because when it comes to speed browsing, Edge is up there as well. Microsoft Edge also has some great features. For example, it has an eBook and PDF reading capability that blocks out interference to give you only the best reading experience. The cons though are that some websites don’t open in Microsoft Edge. If you work with a lot of extensions, there isn’t much in Microsoft Edge. You also won’t get a history search.

 

If you want to find out how to use Edge if you haven’t already, this will be your tour.

 

But first, you will want to block cookies, pop-ups, and trackers. To do this, click the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of the screen and click Settings.

Scroll down and click ‘View advanced settings’. Make sure the following three switches are all set to ‘On’: ‘Block pop-ups’, ‘Send Do Not Track requests’ and ‘Block

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How To Secure Windows 10 From Viruses

What’s yesterday’s spyware protection has now become an even better security and protection for your computer. We’re talking about Windows Defender. It first made its debut in 2006 and since then, Microsoft has made it even better, making Windows 10 even more secure not just from internet threats, but also from viruses and malware.

 

To keep your Windows 10 running free from all the bad things that can harm it, there are other precautions and actions you can do to further safety and security. This includes the free tools that you can download to prevent computer or data damage.

 

First up is the trusty Windows Defender. If you have turned on your Windows Defender, it automatically runs a security check in the background to make sure everything is safe and sound. But if you want to double-check, you can always run a scan.

Select ‘Quick’ and press ‘Scan now’ to sweep your files and folders. For a deeper scan select ‘Full’.

(Via:https://www.techradar.com/how-to/internet/how-to-protect-windows-10-from-viruses-for-free-1310440)

 

Scan a specific folder if you don’t want either Quick or Full scans.…

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Speed Up Your Windows 10 System

By being around for 4 years now since its release, Windows 10 proves that it is unquestionably a proficient operating system from Microsoft. Compared to previous versions though, updates are now mandatory. You can always pause them, but keep in mind that they are important for the system to keep running smoothly.

While the actual update itself can cause lag, they won’t take eternity to finish. Unless you’ve delayed your updates far too long. These updates are the ones that address system bugs and errors that can cause your computer to slow in its performance. Along with start-up apps and temporary files in your system, there are other things that cause slow computer performance. Here’s what you can do to fix them.

 

If your computer has a few “extra” software, uninstall them. You can download for free or buy just about anything on the web, including software. But if you don’t use them often, it’s better to just remove them. You may have also noticed these extra programs when you first purchased your laptop or computer. These vendors partner …

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Easy Ways To Fast-Track Your Windows 10

Among all the Windows operating systems that Microsoft has released, Windows 10 is by far the most capable and competent. Debatably. But it truly is a notable and impressive operating system from Microsoft. Do note that it will take up much space and other things on your PC or laptop. But Microsoft always has succeeded in making operating systems efficient. More so with the Windows 10.

 

Some time ahead, you will feel your computer slowing down. A lot of things can cause it to slow down. But the good thing is that along with it are the fixes and other things you can do to turn things back to how they were, and even make the speed faster.

 

Who knew restarting your computer can actually be a good thing? If your computers are constantly on and working, the actions that were started before will still continue. This can actually slow down the computer.

You can fix this issue by shutting down your PC each day once you have finished using it, by clicking on the Windows button and

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How To Prevent Windows 10 Updates

Updates are important for your computer to run smoothly and efficiently. Updates are designed to not only keep your device and its programs to their latest versions. In addition, they are developed to fix errors and address issues on your computer. But updates can sometimes take a long time to start and finish. And in case you haven’t noticed, Windows 10 has an update almost every week. Sometimes less almost every less than a week if that makes sense.

 

One simply can’t stop Windows 10 from updating. It’s just a fact. However, you can delay it. Here’s what you can do.

 

Pause the automatic updates. A few years ago, this option wasn’t available. To attempt to stop an update from installing on that day, all you can do is assign a time for it to make the changes. But now, we finally have that saving button.

Click the Start menu, then the Settings cog. Now go to ‘Update & Security’, click ‘Windows Update’ on the left-hand side, then click ‘Advanced options’. Under ‘Pause Updates’, toggle the switch to

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How To Deactivate Push Notifications In Your Browsers

Browsing the web can both be delight and a nightmare. It is a delight because you will always have answers for your questions. The internet is a gold mine of information, after all. You’ll always see what you are looking for and more. But sometimes, it is a total disaster. One thing, you’re just surfing the net and the next, a pop-up video shows up along with a series of notifications. You didn’t want to do away with them so you closed the website only to find out that you still are receiving pop-up notifications. Sounds familiar? Say hello (or not) to push notifications.

Push notifications are messages that a website sends you in order to engage you with them. Their goal is to inform you of all things new about them so maybe you’ll take interest. For example, subscribing to a newsletter from a blogging site. You can get them even if the website that sent it to you is not open in your browser. They won’t have access to any of your contact details. However, they are still …

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