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Gamer or non-gamer, every Android user dreads the day that he will need to part with his app data. Whether it is an OS upgrade or a new phone purchase, it can be difficult to wrap things up on one phone and move up. While apps can always be installed again, numerous personal settings on various apps and hard-earned accomplishments on games can be hard to get back. While Google Drive offers cloud backup for some apps, it only helps a little. Many people feel forced to make a choice. They make a pros-and-cons list for what they feel they gain upgrading their phone versus keeping their app data. With a new class of backup apps today, though, you no longer need to make a choice. Finding a backup solution … Continue reading
When a computer malfunction, it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint where exactly the problem may lie. The best way to trace a problem to the part causing it is to test every single component that you see. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do this; you just have to painstakingly work your way through your entire computer - the problem could really be anywhere. Head for the RAM first Even if you do need to look at every component, it's usually a good idea to put one sensitive area at the top of your list - your computer's RAM. Malfunctioning RAM is often the cause of problems that appear to defy explanation. Before you go to the trouble of swapping out your RAM sticks to see if you … Continue reading
You use your webcam often for chatting with friends and family, but this simple video camera could be the first thing hackers target on your computer. It's becoming more commonplace for hackers to secretly turn on webcams and spy on users. They can discover when you're home or not and peek in on your most private moments. Don't let strangers into your home. Protect yourself by making your computer's camera hack proof. Use All-In-One Anti-Virus Protection Anti-virus is a must for keeping your computer safe. It can also prevent hackers from gaining access to your webcam. When you download software or click malicious links, you could be downloading code that gives hackers remote access to your computer, including the camera. Standard anti-virus itself isn't enough. Choose software that offers … Continue reading
Microsoft Office has always come in the familiar installable version for your computer. With Office 365, Microsoft also offers Office as an SaaS product (software-as-a-service) - you pay a subscription to use full-featured Office software online with nothing installed on your computer. Many people don't realize that there's a third version, though - it's called Microsoft Office Online (it's at Office.com) and it's as free as Google Docs. How does Microsoft Office Online compare to the desktop version of Office? If you were to choose among Office on your computer, Office Online and Google Docs, which would make the most sense? Comparing Regular Office with Office Online The first advantage to using Office Online is that it works on everything - you aren't limited to Windows or Mac computers … Continue reading
TrueCrypt is one of the best open-source encryption solutions available to individuals and businesses. Creating an encrypted volume is easy and TrueCrypt offers several ways to encrypt your data, all for free. One of the options available to you is the "hidden volume" method of protecting your data. You can have your data protected within an encrypted volume with three different encryption algorithms and a sixty-character password. Encryption does not protect you from coercion or extortion. There are situations where you can be forced to hand over your password. The weakest link to your data's security is you. With TrueCrypt's hidden volume feature you can deny that you even know your data exists, let alone the password that reveals it. A hidden volume is an encrypted volume that resides … Continue reading
Have you ever accessed your bank account through your Android device? There is a virus that can harvest your banking credentials from your phone and forward it to cyber-criminals in a neatly formatted email. The FakePlayer virus will hijack your phone's SMS functionality and send text messages to expensive premium-rate phone numbers. NickiSpy listens to your discussions with friends and family and forwards them to a remote server. British Telecom once said that most Android phones are infected with some sort of malware. But how does someone get these viruses? Repackaging Over 80 percent of Android malware piggybacks on legitimate apps. A malware author downloads an app, dissects it and inserts malicious code. He then reassembles the app and uploads it to the Google appstore or an alternative market. … Continue reading
Encryption is the process of encoding data to make it indecipherable to anyone who doesn't have access to the original encoding method. Encryption keeps data safe from unauthorized parties. How does encryption work? Myriad encryption formulas exist. It could be in elementary encryption formula, for instance, to replace every letter of a word with the letter that would follow it and the alphabet. By this method, the word phone would become qipof - which clearly won't make sense to anyone who doesn't have access to the formula used. The encryption algorithms in use in personal computing today are nothing like this simple formula - they tend to be so complex, even supercomputers wouldn't be able to break them. Do you need encryption? For casual users, encryption isn't necessary - … Continue reading
As smoothly as Windows works when freshly installed, system slow-downs over time are inevitable. As systems become unresponsive over time many people just give up on them and perform a clean reinstall. There are few problems that this approach won't cure, after all. This process is time-consuming, though. You need to back up your system, reinstall drivers, software and all updates. Finding a way out It would be much easier if you had a way where you didn't have to run through this depressing routine once or twice each year. While there is no way to keep a Windows installation responsive indefinitely, you certainly can follow these simple precautions to keep it going for longer. Avoid downloads from untrustworthy sites Websites that offer you pirated games, software cracks and … Continue reading
Mobile apps lend more functionality to your mobile devices. They also enable you to perform a lot of tasks--from communicating with other people to shopping online--quickly and efficiently through the limited screen interface of your mobile device. The price of this modern-day convenience, however, is the increase in security risks. Some apps are inherently vulnerable to hacking and malware attacks. It may be because their developers do not want to inconvenience users with security checks. So the apps are left with backdoors that make them susceptible to different lines of attack. For a critical mobile app that carries sensitive personal information, having such backdoors already built in to the software can be disastrous. You might not want to deal with a mobile banking app, for example, that can be … Continue reading
Windows is renowned for its memory consumption. In an effort to keep Windows running on every possible system configuration available, Microsoft has packaged its OS with tons of unnecessary services and programs that drag your performance and boot times to the dirt. Where most Linux systems take an average of 15-20 seconds to start-up, Windows can take up to a half-hour . Fortunately, slow performance is not a permanent drawback of Windows. This guide will show you how to remove bloat-ware, reduce your start-up times and ramp your system performance. Before you start, make sure you create a system restore point. Type in sdclt.exe in a command-line terminal to get directly to the Windows restore program. Proceed through the backup wizard until a restore point is created for your … Continue reading