Dec 11, 2018

16 Blockchain Disruptions [Infographic]

Blockchain is one of the most revolutionary technologies to emerge in recent years. Many experts believe it will change our world in the next 20 years, as much as the Internet has over the last two decades. Let's find out how businesses from top industries use blockchain technology.



[Via BitFortune]

Dec 10, 2018

Bitdefender Antivirus Overview - Free Version vs Plus Version

If you don't have much experience with IT security programs then you need a solution with a user-friendly interface, like Bitdefender Antivirus. Not only is it easy to use, it's very reliable. The free version alone offers plenty of protection against viruses and malware. This is a fast program that can run at max speed without slowing your system down.

All you need to do in order to use the free version is to create an account to activate it with, which is a simple process that requires only your name and email. The lack of settings and complex configuration options means that the program is easy to install. You should have it up and running within minutes.

The free version of Bitdefender Antivirus alone offers the following benefits:

  • Fast installation and scanning, without slowing down the computer
  • Powerful protection in a light solution
  • Reliable, on-demand and on-access scanning
  • Essential protection through a minimalistic approach
  • No lag or annoying ads out of the blue
  • Automatic, real-time protection
  • Safe browsing and anti-phishing

There is a button to click on for a full system scan and a drag and drop spot for scanning specific folders or files. You can also view a timeline of recent activity,, which appears during a scan's progress.

Its anti-phishing capabilities are next-to-none. You can trust that you are getting the best protection possible when you shop online, pay bills, and do banking.

As great as the free version is, however, it's still not as great and comprehensive as Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. With the plus version, you can run your security from a mobile device. It has superior cyber-threat detection and multi-layer ransomware protection to keep all of your files safe.

Bitdefender Antivirus' Defense Against Ransomware

Ransomware is becoming a bigger problem this day and age, so the average person needs as much protection as he or she can get. Bitdefender Plus uses behavioral threat detection to keep your important documents safe from ransomware encryption. You'll have the peace of mind that your money and data are never compromised.

Another benefit of the Plus version is that it offers a Rescue Mode to prevent sophisticated viruses, such as rootkits, from affecting your system. When Bitdefender detects such threats it will reboot your PC in Rescue Mode to clean-up and restore your files properly.

Bitdefender Antivirus reviews praise this product's ability to protect PCs and mobile devices. There are other versions available for MAC users as well. It's recommended that you at least give the free version a try before deciding if this is the ideal antivirus and anti-ransomware solution for you.

You won't have to spend much money when investing in the Plus version, thanks to Bitdefender Antivirus promo codes. This antivirus software has won a lot of awards for its performance and fast-scanning technology. Compare Bitdefender coupon offers when shopping online.

To find out more about antivirus software, internet security suites, and VPNs along with coupons, discounts, and special offers, visit George's website (Best PC Security).


Dec 7, 2018

How to Become CompTIA Security+ Certified

This vendor-neutral certification is popular among IT enthusiasts who have some prior experience in IT administration and want to shift their focus to security. Mobile devices and cloud computing have changed the way that business is done. Hence, with the massive amount of data transmitted on networks, security has become an essential part of any organization. This certification validates the skill-set required to make the data flow safer and deter hackers.

Objectives of CompTIA Security+ Certification

The primary objective of this certification is to validate that the student is proficient in security measures to be adopted to deter network attacks. The exam aims to confirm that the examinee has adequate information about the following fields:
  • Competence in Network Security
  • Proficiency in Cryptography
  • Knowledge of identity management and access control
  • Ability to detect threat and vulnerabilities
  • Ability to secure application, data and host information
  • Ability to create the infrastructure to cater to security breaches
  • Ability to anticipate security risks and guard against them
  • Ability to react to security breaches

Syllabus of the CompTIA Security+ Certification

Before a candidate starts the preparation of the CompTIA Security+ exam, it is expected that the candidate is well versed in aspects of IT administration with a great focus on security. It is also expected that the candidate has a broad knowledge of the implementation of security measures. An inherent interest in the field of Network Security is an added advantage that lets candidates obtain the certification with ease.

Scope and Benefits of the CompTIA Security+ certification

Data networks are becoming more important each passing day. They are the backbone of all kinds of companies around the world. A person equipped with the knowledge of network security and with a certification in CompTIA Security+ certification will be able to secure these data networks and mitigate possible risk. There are following benefits of obtaining certification;

1. Globally recognized

This certification is a well-known in over 147 countries around the world. Once a candidate obtains the certification, he/she is capable of getting career opportunities related to IT security across the globe.

2. Earning potential

The earning potential associated with the CompTIA Sec+ is varied. Security Specialists, Administrators, and Security Managers are more in need today than ever before.

3. Vendor-neutral

This certification is a vendor-neutral certification which allows one to understand the basic concepts behind IT security without being tied to one specific brand. Obtaining this certification means that a person can work with a variety of software, hardware, and network configurations. This enables you to use your expertise in the security industry without being tied to a specific brand or network architecture.

4. Industry supported

The Security+ examination, its syllabus and examination questions are developed and maintained by experts in the field of IT security. The content of the syllabus is presented after in-depth survey feedback and contributions from a massive number of industries. Hence, having the certification means that the candidate is recognized as someone who can work in most industries.

Job roles after CompTIA Security+ certification

There are a considerable number of job opportunities available after the completion of the CompTIA Security+ certification. The job opportunities available are:

  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Security consultant
  • Security Specialist
  • Security Architect
  • Information Assurance Technician
  • Security Manager
  • Security Engineer


NOTE: If you are pursuing your Security+ or any other certifications, you can get a 45% off discount on test materials from PrepAway by using promo code GP264719 at check out! 

Dec 6, 2018

Your Brain on Passwords [Infographic]

Remembering a myriad of passwords or passphrases can be very difficult. It's one of the reasons that I started using LastPass years ago. You only have to remember one password when you use LastPass, and that is the password to access your LastPass vault. Every other password you need in the world can then be randomly generated and stored there keeping you secure!

On top of that, LastPass can be used on multiple workstations for free! If you want to take it with you on your mobile device, you'll have to upgrade to premium for the bargain price of $10 per year.

Anyway, the folks at LastPass put together this interesting infographic that shows how your brain works when it comes to passwords. Check it out!



Dec 5, 2018

I think I will be sticking with CompTIA certifications

I have been in the IT business for 14 years now. I know this because my now ex-wife was pregnant with my daughter right before I took my first job in IT. Well my daughter's 14th birthday is right around the corner. You do the math.

Since that time I've completed two bachelors degrees in computer networking and network security, and have earned several IT certifications including Microsoft, VMWare and of course CompTIA.

Early on I started with CompTIA certifications just to get my basics down. I quickly earned my A+, Network+ and Server+. After those, I started working on Microsoft certifications and eventually earned my MCSA, then turned around and got VMWare certified.

All of that was great, but really when it comes down to it, I'm a technology generalist. I don't just use Microsoft. I don't just use VMWare. I use a little bit of everything! That's why I've always liked CompTIA certifications. They are not vendor specific! The stuff you learn while studying them are good to know no matter what platform you are using!

Last year I finally got Security+ certified, which brought me back into the CompTIA fold, and just last week I earned my Cloud+ certification. With CompTIA's stackable certifications now, that makes me a CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional (CSCP).


Now I mentioned that I had already taken A+, Network+ and Server+. I took those back when CompTIA's certifications didn't expire, so if you look at my transcripts, CompTIA still recognizes me as being certified in those areas. The problem though is with their new stackable certification program, they don't recognize those certifications as being stackable apparently... I guess that means it's time to renew! At least, I'll renew my Network+ and Server+. I'm not too worried about A+ at this point in my career.

When I renew Network+ and Server+, that will make me  CompTIA Network Infrastructure Professional (CNIP) and CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional (CCAP) certified! 

On top of that, next year they are releasing a brand new single exam Linux+ certification. I plan to take that exam as well shortly after they do. With that and my renewed Network+, I'll be CompTIA Linux Network Professional (CLNP) certified!

I figure after that, I just need to keep these five individual certifications up to date, and thereby keep my stackable certifications up to date and I'll be good to go until I decide to retire.

Early on in my career, I might not have seen things this way, but at this point in my career I would rather keep things simple. I feel like my experience speaks for itself, and just keeping these certifications will just be gravy.

What do you think about this approach? Do you agree or disagree? Do you think it's still important to get vendor specific certifications if you are a technology generalist? Why or why not? Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments.

On a related topic, if you too are pursuing CompTIA or any other certifications, you can get a 45% off discount from PrepAway by using promo code GP264719 at check out! I thought I'd throw that in there.

Dec 4, 2018

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Microsoft to dump Edge and create a Chromium based browser!

Well, it's official, Microsoft is reportedly throwing in the towel on their latest attempt at browser relevance and are giving up on the widely unpopular Edge browser! It's kind of ironic too, since it was Microsoft that won the original browser wars of the late 90's when they killed off Netscape Navigator by installing Internet Explorer by default in Windows.

What goes around comes around I guess right? I mean, Microsoft was king of the heap until Firefox and eventually Chrome came around. Well, apparently Microsoft is officially throwing in the towel and will now be making their next browser based on Chromium, the engine that powers Chrome!

From BI:
...Microsoft is moving away from its own EdgeHTML rendering engine and towards Chromium, the web engine that powers Google Chrome. Chromium, first released by Google in 2008, has become the web's predominant standard, thanks to the wild success of the Chrome browser. 
The success of Chromium has become something of a headache for Microsoft, both internally and externally — the Verge reports that employees and customers alike have been "frustrated" that the Microsoft Edge browser doesn't work properly with some websites and apps that were optimized for Chromium. 
And so, it sounds like Microsoft is poised to release a new browser, based on Chromium, that would leave EdgeHTML in the past. Intriguingly, the Verge reports that this move would also open the door for a version of Google Chrome on the Windows app store — the main thing stopping that from happening, so far, is that Microsoft has required all web browsers in the Windows Store to use EdgeHTML. If EdgeHTML goes, so too will that barrier.
What do you think about this? Do you think Microsoft will finally give us a browser worth using? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Oct 24, 2018

How to Deal With an Overheating Smartphone

What causes overheating? You’ve felt it before, on more counts than you’d actually care to remember. How many times have you used an electric device and felt it heating up during usage? It happens to everything from computers and phones to kitchen appliances. But we’re kind of use to the notion of devices with moving parts or computers working on demanding tasks heating up, but overheating phones often catch people off guard, especially if the temperature goes beyond the safe range. Then it’s not a case of your phone being unpleasant to use or slow - it can damage your device or even cause it to catch fire or actually explode. So let’s take a deeper look at the nature of this issue and how to solve it.

Common Causes

Our phones use electricity to run all systems and enable the central processing unit (CPU) to carry out the necessary functions. When activities housed in the central system-on-a-chip (SoP) become overloaded, the CPU slows down hence the occasional long waits for phones to process data and perform operations. This is especially common in android phones with a lower RAM memory capacity. This also has a side-effect: CPU generates heat as it works. Bigger the workload = more heat. Many of us are used to this notion with our computers, but in those we have fans or even intricate liquid cooling systems. But with phones we went a long way to make them as compact as possible, which makes venting excess heat harder.

Graphically intense apps or apps requiring continuous and difficult calculations, such as high-end video games, HD video streaming services and so on, can easily overload your system and cause your phone to overheat. Special case must be made for viruses and malware - viruses and miners abuse your phone’s resources for their malicious intents even if you’re not doing anything demanding with your phone.

Other than overloading the CPU through performing different actions and operations, there are also a number of other reasons known to cause overheating to phones. Heating issues might be brought through the external environment in relation to environmental temperatures. When the phone is directly exposed to sunlight or extreme temperatures, you might receive a warning message to let your phone cool down. Though unless your phone has other heat-related issues, this would be solved by simply moving your phone.

The heat may also come from different parts, such as bluetooth or WiFi modules. When using them for a long time they’re known to heat up as well - not to a dangerous level, but they can contribute to overall issue. A very special case is having a faulty battery - those can cause the worst and most damaging cases of overheating, not only when the phone is used, but also while it’s charging.


How to Deal With an Overheating Phone

Now that we’ve addressed the question “why does your phone get hot”, it’s about time to look at measures to take to prevent and/or grapple with an already overheated device? Is your iPhone really hot and you don’t know what causes the overheating? Is your phone battery getting hot on a frequent basis and you still haven’t stemmed out the root of the problem? Hope the following tips help you tussle with your situation.

It’s always advised not to allow our devices to stay for too long on the chargers. As a matter of fact, experts advise phone buyers to only charge their phones to 80% during the day and only extend to 100% at night when the phones aren’t in use.Better to stick with 80% at all times for increased longevity of your battery life. In the same effect, don’t let your battery life drop too low reaching critical levels - while not critically bad, it’s not optimal.

When charging a phone, place it on top of a hard and cool surface as opposed to a sofa or bed. This is because the ‘clothed’ surfaces will only act to trap heat which worsens the situation. Similarly, if your phone got too heated for any reason don’t hurry to hide it in your pocket or bag - being exposed to air is the best solution here. But don’t place it into an actively cold place, like a fridge. Rapid changes of temperature put strain on the materials and can damage them - plus it may cause moisture to manifest on parts of the device. Just place your device in an open space away from sunlight. If it’s possible you might also want to remove its panels.

Dealing with the main offender - the CPU - might require a bit more of a personal touch. You need to look over how you use your device, how many apps you have running at the same time, how many connection methods are on (cellular, bluetooth, WiFi, 3G, 4G). When playing a game that requires a ton of processing from the SoP you might want to turn off some working in the background. Remember to reboot your phone from time to time. Also remember your cybersecurity tips and check your phone for possible malware if it might be at fault. Updating your apps might also help, as the developers might patch out certain bugs that overworked your phone for no reason.

But always remember than you can only do so much on your own. You can check online if other people with your phone model are having the same issues. If you’re using your phone responsibly but keep having heat-related issues that are not common for your device, then it’s time to contact the manufacturer or the service centre. You might have a defective battery or other hardware and the sooner you take care of it the better.

Conclusion

Future trends in phone technology are promising as newer models are being integrated with ‘internal-cooling-pipes’ that run to the processing unit. These trends will ensure the issue of overheating phones is a thing of the past. Until such models are actually a reality, the safety measures above will go a long way to secure your phone from getting easily overheated. Last but not least, you might also consider a phone upgrade if you are the ‘all-time surfer or gamer’ and just can’t help it.

Since that’s done with, what are the other annoying menaces that you’ve found out drains your battery life? Join the discussion in the comment box as we share more remedies on the same.




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