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Things You Should Never Ignore When Looking for Broadband Deals

If you are not a tech savvy person, the idea of changing your internet could send cold shivers through you. If you are not that way minded, how can you find the best broadband and phone deals? The adverts make all the deals sound perfect. Perhaps these pointers will help you see through all the glitz and sparkle and get down to what really matters about your broadband deal.

There are key factors you should never ignore when searching for a new broadband deal, such as:

Advertised Speed

There is often a huge difference between the advertised speed and actual speed received by the users. Most broadband providers advertise the speed that is the maximum received by its users during peak hours. This speed is not even received by half of the users and the half does don’t experience it all the time.

To resolve the speed issue opt for a code of practice that clearly indicates how much speed you will receive on an average and also what the minimum speed will be. Being able to refer to the provider’s own code of practice helps if you are constantly receiving speed lower than the minimum range and there may be compensation.

Broadband Only Deals

Most broadband deals come with a landline service because you need a landline to use it. There are very few broadband-only deals and they are often expensive. It’s always a better idea to opt for broadband and landline deals rather than broadband-only.Even if you are not using it with a broadband and landline deal, you have to pay the rental charges. Sometimes this cancels out the discount but there are still offers around.

Glitches of Limited Data

Broadband deals with limited data are much cheaper than unlimited data deals. But beware, these limited data deals cost way more in excess usage.

Whenever you opt for a limited data deal and your use exceeds the limit, you have to pay a good price for each extra Mb. The sum of these charges for extra Mb sometimes exceeds the cost of the unlimited data package.

In the era of online gaming, streaming, surfing it is almost impossible to stay within data limits. This is the reason now most of the broadband packages come with unlimited data and they are not much more expensive. So instead of constraining your use and checking used Mb every now and then, it’s better to opt for a broadband deal with the convenience of unlimited data.

The difficulty for gamers is a problem any of us could face in the future. It’s real easy to find your household demand for smooth, reliable internet access outstripping your provision and find yourself paying as much in extra charges as you do your subscription or perhaps worse, suffering with a jumpy, buffering connection. It’s an easy fix. You can upgrade your contract at any time and without any interruption to your service. Providers are more than happy to jump at the chance to make more money. A quick phone call, and a bit more cash is usually all it takes.

Hackers Covet Your Identity; 5 Ways To Thwart Their Efforts

Each day people take a virtual trip through the internet to do their banking, make hotel reservations, shop for a new car, or engage in a myriad of other activities important to them.

It’s so routine that it’s easy to forget that you need to be just as careful about protecting yourself on those virtual journeys as you would on an actual one. “Hackers are creative about dreaming up new ideas for stealing your identity, so it’s important that you stay vigilant even if you already have taken action to guard yourself and your data,” says Chris Hoose, an IT consultant who works with small businesses.

Hoose says a few steps you can take to protect your identity include:

Use a password manager. One problem with passwords is that people often use simple ones that are easy to remember, but also easy to hack. A password manager  provides an encrypted database where you can store unique, long, complex passwords for each of your online accounts, and access them when you need them. “With a password manager, you can have better passwords that are harder to hack, and you don’t have to memorize them,” Hoose says.

Do your online activities with a VPN. Worried that your online browsing will lead identity thieves right back to you? One solution, Hoose says, is a virtual private network (VPN), which lends you a temporary IP address and hides your true IP address from every website or email you connect with. “It also prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location,” he says. “You just need to remember to connect to it when you want to use it.” A VPN usually costs about $40 to $50 a year, he says.

Be wary on social media. Most people check in on social media routinely to catch up on family news, connect with college buddies, or perhaps to share photos of a new puppy. Unfortunately, cyber thieves lurk in the background. “They know that social media platforms are an excellent source for personal information and information about your contacts, which makes identity theft that much easier for them,” Hoose says. To stay safe on social media, he suggests you check to see if you have already been compromised; avoid password reuse; update your security settings regularly; and limit your connections because the more you have, the more potential for a fraudulent or compromised account to send you a malicious link.

Keep tabs on your credit report. One way to make sure no one has taken on debt in your name, and damaged your credit in the process, is to request a full credit report from any of the three major agencies: Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. You can get a free copy from any of them through the site. Also, it might be time to get off the mailing list for all those credit offers you receive that say you are pre-approved. “Those offers are a gold mine for identity thieves,” Hoose says. You can opt out of pre-approved credit offers by visiting.

Be sure to install anti-virus/malware software. Your first and best line of defense against identity theft on your computer remains anti-virus software and anti-malware software, Hoose says. When choosing one, he suggests making use of the trial period most companies offer. “That way you can try them out and decide which one works best for you,” he says.

“The more people try to foil identity thieves, the more sophisticated those thieves seem to get in their methods,” Hoose says. “But by being watchful and attentive, you can stay safe and enjoy your time online.”

About Chris Hoose

Chris Hoose  s the president of Choose Networks, an IT consulting firm for small businesses. Hoose started the company in 2001 to give large-scale solutions and support to businesses that can’t afford their own in-house IT department. He earned a Master of Information Systems Management from Friends University.

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Benefits of SIP Termination Systems

Today, businesses cannot survive without efficient communication with partners and clients. In the digital age, landline systems of the past have become largely obsolete. You may often hear of VoIP and SIP as two major tech phenomena facilitating calls over the web, often for free.

Voice over IP is a well-known technology for Internet-based calling.
We all know that Skype users can call and see each other, and instant messengers offer similar features free of charge. When two people are online, they can talk freely. But what if you need to reach a cell phone number from an Internet-connected device? This is where SIP termination comes into play. If you choose your provider correctly, the benefits will be tangible.

The Term

The abbreviation stands for session initiation protocol, and termination refers to outbound calling. This option enables outgoing calls from Internet-based telephone systems to regular ones, whether cellular, or PSTN (public switched telephone network).

This way, you can make voice calls from your IP-based device (VoIP) to external phone networks anywhere on the planet. This outgoing call option is opposite to SIP origination, which refers to incoming calls to VoIP devices. A special number, referred to as either DID or DDI, will be assigned, and it is suitable for anyone who calls you, whether using a cell phone or PTSN.

When such a call is received, it is directed to your SIP user or IP address and can be answered from a VoIP/SIP device.


Advantages to Consider

1. Cost-cutting

The first obvious advantage of using the service is saving on communication costs, which are often significant, especially for international calls. You will be able to contact your partners, both locally and overseas, at a reduced cost.
For example, if you are based in the USA, but communicate with partners in Asia, they may call you on your DID number, which will cost them less. Meanwhile, you will be receiving calls in your American office via IP technology. You may be offered an unlimited number of channels that can be active at the same time, with payment per minute.

Tariffs generally depend on the following factors:


● the provider,
● the number of active lines (unless unlimited),
● the destination country,
● the city,
● the receiver’s mobile operator.

2. Format Diversity

SIP termination will make possible not only voice calls. The service may include extra features, such as video conferencing, instant messaging, streaming media, and even online games.

3. Expanded Reach and Flexibility

There are clear benefits for any company, regardless of type or size. SIP termination offers a market opportunity that should not be overlooked. Multinationals, airports, banks, and hotels are embracing the technology.

Overall, SIP systems are becoming increasingly widespread, and for a good reason. They help companies of any size and sector to streamline communication with partners and customers. SIP enables effortless communication between regular phones and IP-based devices with no geographical constraints.

CapitalOne breach: how to protect yourself

A massive data breach hit Capital One. Digital privacy expert Daniel Markuson shares the most essential steps consumers can take to keep themselves safer.

On Monday, it was announced that a data breach of Capital One compromised the personal information of approximately 100 million consumers in the United States and 6 million consumers in Canada. It is said to be one of the top 10 largest data breaches ever.

The bank announced that in addition to the credit card application data, portions of credit card customer data were also obtained, including credit scores, limits, balances, payment history, transaction data, and contact information. Stolen data also included 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 linked bank account numbers.

What to do if your account gets compromised

NordVPN’s digital privacy expert Daniel Markuson shares the most essential steps consumers can take to keep themselves safer.

Get back into your account

The first important step is to log into your online account and change the password immediately. Go through the privacy settings and check if you can make your account more secure. Invoke all recommended security settings.

It is as well advised to sign up for email or text alerts about your monetary transactions.

Freeze your credit

The best way to protect yourself is to freeze your credit. This makes it very difficult to open new accounts in your name, even if someone is using your stolen financial information. It is important to note, that credit freeze doesn’t influence your score.

With credit freeze invoked – most creditors will decline to open a new account as they will not be able to check your credit history.

Place a fraud alert and check credit reports

If freezing your credit is not an option for you – contact one of the credit bureauses and invoke a fraud alert. Fraud alerts flag creditors and they verify your identity before issuing new credit in your name. Such alerts usually last for a year but can be renewed.

Capital One said that they “will make free credit monitoring and identity protection available to everyone affected.” Check for credit inquiries, balances, and new accounts that you haven’t opened or applied for.

Check credit card statements

It is very important to regularly check your credit card statements online, even if you think that your data hasn’t been affected by the breach. If you see any strange activities on your balance – try to recall whether you authorized the charge. If you can’t recall it, inform your bank and the merchant immediately.

Make sure to keep all your documentation, such as order confirmation numbers or receipts.

Beware of phishing scams

Since hackers may have detailed information on more than 100 million individuals, there might be a spike in more personalized phishing scams. Such scams are usually very effective as criminals use a piece of real information, for example, your name and address.

Personalized phishing messages are designed to look as if they are coming from a legitimate bank or other familiar organization. Be vigilant and contact the organization before clicking on any links, filling in forms or transferring funds. For additional safety, use a VPN, like NordVPN, when browsing.

Report unusual activities

And finally, if you notice something unusual – report the incident to the authorities. Raising the alarm can help not only you, but others affected by the breach as well.

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5 Tech Trends For Businesses

5 Tech Trends That Businesses Can’t Afford To Ignore

With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, some business owners are left digitally disoriented as they try to figure out which of the latest innovations they need to invest in and what they can ignore.

It can make for confusing times.

All that bewilderment aside, though, these fast-developing advances also create opportunities that can help small and medium-sized businesses become more competitive – if they understand how to seize them.

“Technology exists today that at one time was available only to large corporations with huge technology budgets,” says Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com), an IT consultant who works with small businesses.

“Every year, technology becomes even more accessible to companies of all sizes.”

Hoose says businesses that want to stay on top of their games should make sure they invest in these technological trends, if they haven’t already:

The Internet of Things. Many Internet of Things-connected devices, such as smart refrigerators and thermostats, are designed for home use, but there are also applications for small businesses, Hoose says. Some examples: smart locks use digital keys that can’t be lost or stolen, and log a record of who uses a door and when; RFID tags on merchandise can prevent theft and automatically update inventory; and mobile-card readers can replace cash registers.

Artificial intelligence. Don’t be fooled into thinking that AI is something only the big organizations can afford to use, Hoose says. “It’s making inroads into technologies accessible for businesses of all sizes,” he says. “AI can help you offer increasingly personalized experiences to customers by maximizing your time and automating manual tasks, like data entry.” AI also can be used to improve decision making, Hoose says. Essentially, AI will help you take that jumble of data most businesses have and analyze it in a way that allows you to make better-informed judgments on the actions you need to take.

Telecommuting. The office world is changing and more workers spend at least a portion of their work week telecommuting. “In many cases remote employees use their own equipment, which can eliminate some of the company’s costs with purchasing and maintaining computers, printers and mobile phones,” Hoose says. Video conferencing, instant messaging and other advances are helping to make telecommuting a viable option, he says.

Customer-relationship-management (CRM) software. Any application that a business uses to interact with customers, analyze data, or recommend products and services to customers is “part of the CRM family,” Hoose says. “This type of software helps your team manage, control and build customer relationships,” he says. “It can log your team’s touchpoints with prospects, including emails, phone calls, voicemails and in-person meetings. You can have a complete record of your team’s interaction with a prospect that’s easy for anyone to access.”

Voice search. Consumers increasingly are making use of such AI assistants as Siri or Alexa to help them do internet searches using their voices. “Voice search is changing the way people find information because these queries are structured differently than when we type terms into a search engine,” Hoose says.

“Organizations of all types can benefit from optimizing their content to improve where they fall in a voice search.”

“To help propel your business going forward, it’s important to stay abreast of technology innovation,” Hoose says. “These technologies will help you expand your customer base, create more efficient in-house processes, and increase engagement from both customers and staff.”

About Chris Hoose

Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com) is the president of Choose Networks, an IT consulting firm for small businesses. Hoose started the company in 2001 to give large-scale solutions and support to businesses that can’t afford their own in-house IT department. He earned a Master of Information Systems Management from Friends University.

How to Design Your Own Interactive Magic Mirror

Interactive magic mirrors are an interesting piece of tech. In an instant, they are able to provide those that look into them with all sorts of information, from personal skincare tips to what the weather outside is like on that day. They are also transforming the way people are now shopping for clothes and makeup, as they are able to show customers what they look like in certain styles.

If interactive magic mirror tech has taken your fancy, why stop at being a consumer of it? Why not go the whole hog and design your very own? To see what you need to do in order to set about this somewhat difficult yet highly rewarding task, make sure to read on.

Source the right tools and equipment

When it comes to designing an interactive magic mirror, you need an abundance of tools and pieces of equipment by your side:

• Computer screen, mouse, and keyboard

• Basic mirror

• Raspberry PI (extremely important)

• USB power cord

• 8GB SD-card

• Adapter

HDMI-to-VGA adapter

As this is fundamentally a piece of IoT technology, you’re also going to need tools that help you to build a circuit board. The first thing that you need to source in this regard is a PCB design tool. By installing and implementing such a tool into your working process, you will be able to design PCBs from idea to manufacture with ease, especially when you allow the CircuitStudio how-to video to assist you along the way. Other tools needed in this instance include a breadboard, a soldering iron, and etching equipment.

Get your sizes spot on

It is incredibly important that you take the literal size of your task into consideration — if something is even just an inch out of place, the whole project could be ruined. This sentiment rings especially true when it comes to matching your mirror with your computer screen. By choosing a screen that doesn’t fit your mirror, the render that the screens gives will be out of place and, subsequently, made to be all but redundant.

Install your Raspberry PI

The previously mentioned piece of equipment known as the Raspberry PI plays a pivotal role in proceedings, so make sure that you don’t forget to source one. When it comes to installing this equipment, just make sure that only one cord is pulled through the bottom of the mirror’s case — this will stop the tech from becoming overloaded with data and, ultimately, it will stop it from overheating.

Don’t forget to install the Raspbian operating system, as doing so will give you free rein to tap into the PI boot sequence as and when you see fit going forward.

Connect your mirror to the Internet

After all the hard work that you put in, it would be a shame to ruin it all by forgetting to connect your magic mirror to the Internet. Once this connection is forged, your mirror will be able to display real-time information, such as weather reports and news bulletins.

When you decide to design a magic mirror, you will be sure to be occupied for months on end. It will all be worth it in the end, though.

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How to Get the Most Out of YouTube

YouTube is one of the largest platforms for video-streaming on the internet, enabling every internet user to find their favorite videos online whenever they would like to. It is an incredibly useful tool to use for everything for education to music sampling to just plain old entertainment, which makes it a site that many people cannot be withoutAlthough YouTube’s interface is clean and relatively easy to use, whether you make videos or just like watching them, here are some handy apps and programs that could greatly improve your overall YouTube experience. 

 

Additional Services

At $11.99 per month, YouTube Premium is an ideal subscription service when it comes to renovating your experience while giving you the YouTube you know and love. One of the greatest advantages of YouTube Premium is its ad-free nature. Say goodbye to the blaring advertisements that precede cookery guides to choral music and skip straight to the heart of your favorite video. You can also save videos to watch offline, another great benefit for those who travel or live in remote areas. Doing this will ensure that your video will never stop halfway through again. Other benefits include being able to play videos in the background while you browse and YouTube are even starting to develop shows under the banner YouTube Originals. 

 

Converter Tools

One great way to make the most of YouTube is the ability to take YouTube videos with you wherever you go. ConvertVideo is a YouTube to Mp3 converter that allows you to convert any video into an easily transportable format that you can that download to any device and watch away from the YouTube app. This service is absolutely free, meaning that you can convert unlimited videos to Mp3 that can be downloaded straight from their website, making taking your favorite videos with you an uncomplicated process. This can also help you to watch videos on browsers that struggle to support YouTube videos directly. 

 

Video Quality Report

If you have trouble with your video quality or resolution when using YouTube, Google’s Video Quality Report may be the answer. This extension shows you data on the quality of video that your internet provider supplies, enabling you to understand and fix what is potentially damaging your YouTube experience. This report also shows you what factors are affecting your YouTube and splits these into different definitions which you can then use to understand your video quality. 

 

Useful Extensions

Magic Actions is a Chrome extension that can enhance your watching experience with a variety of different functions. These options range from cinema mode, which includes a wider screen to the usual video size, and AutoHD, so you can watch all your video at the highest quality automatically. These allow you to have control over your own experience, choosing the options to suit you and your video usage. This aims to make your viewing experience more comfortable and suited to your needs.

 

Using YouTube for social media influencing

One of the staples of social media that can be found on just about every platform there is gifs. If YouTube is one of the sources you use for producing content for your blog posts, then turning sections of your own videos or of related content that your followers will enjoy into gifs is a great way to help promote engagement with your own online presence. The easiest way to do this is by using the Gif Maker tool on Giphy. This is an easy tool to use to produce quality gifs in a short amount of time that can be added to your videos, in your blog posts, or in messages on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Easter Eggs

It is not a well-known fact, but YouTube actually has a whole host of Easter Eggs that you can find to make the site look and behave differently in amusing ways. For example, if you type the word ‘awesome’ while a video is playing (not into the search bar, just on your keyboard) then the progress bar will start flashing in different bold colors. Another Easter Egg is to search for the ‘do the Harlem Shake’ into the search bar, and an icon will appear which says ‘pause’ in the upper left corner. When you click on this icon, the website will start to do the dance for you.

 

Perfect for a party

Karaoke is a great addition to any house party you want to hold, and YouTube actually has a function where you can turn music videos into Karaoke tunes for everyone to start singing along toAll you need to do is get Musixmatch lyrics for YouTube which will go through its extensive catalog of song lyrics and apply them in real time to the songs you want to sing along to. This tool is also great for finding out what the lyrics to songs are when the singer is hard to understand or is rapping particularly fast.

 

Make sharing the specifics easier

This might be one of the most simple YouTube hacks you will come across but will also prove to be one of the most useful. When you have a very long video and you want to share a specific part of it with a friend or, if you are working in a teaching capacity, to show your students a specific section, you can share the video with them starting at the precise time the extract startsSimply play the video up until the starting point and then hit pause. Then, do a right click on the video and select ‘copy video URL at current time’ to share the exact extract you want them to see without having to download and edit the video for ages. There are many different options to help you get the most out of YouTube, whatever your budget is. Whether you would like a more comfortable viewing experience, or the ability to watch videos anywhere and at any time, there is a set of applications to suit you and your needs.

Getting Rid Of That Online Spam: Best Anti-Spam Services

Every business which goes digital today knows the dangers of spam and its possible impact on the website’s operations. While fake bots write bad reviews or give one’s site bad scorings, there are some heroes ready to save your online presence from being a nightmare. These heroes are nothing else but the anti-spam services which are easy to install and maintain and the results of which usually outstand the client’s expectations.

If you are one of the businesses struggling with the spammers’ attacks and would like to protect yourself against such activities, there is a possible solution. And this is cleantalk.org which is considered to be one of the best anti spam service on the swathes of the Internet. In this article we will talk what makes anti-spam service so important for proper business’s operations in the digital world, so stay tuned!

How To Protect Oneself Against Spam Online

Spam may take a number of forms and manifestations. To begin with, there is an old junk mail which comes into being after spammers hack someone’s list of emails and use this for personal lucrative benefits. There is also a web spam known as a manipulation on the website ranking in the search engine. In this case, no SEO optimization is concerned but rather sneaky and unfair tricks.

Here is how anti-spam service may help to protect your company’s website from unwanted spamming:

•automatic screening of user’s behaviour: by tracing one’s users behaviour, the system concludes whether this behaviour reminds this of the bot or a real person. In the former case, the system will then prevent its activity and thus exempt the website from the potential spammer;

•junk-email filters: in many situations, though, service allows you to access logs of all the processed requests in order to check results of the filters and ensure that not a single of the e-mails was mistakenly considered as a junk one. Such a combination of efficient automatic checks as well as personal scamming through gives almost 100% accuracy;

•statistics analysis: in order to be able to make proper managerial decisions, one should always have figures to rely on. Therefore, for any service it is necessary to give managers the ability to see the data on spam activity for Countries, IPs, IP networks and emails.

To wrap things up, digital world is full of dangers when it comes to spammers and improper website behaviour. However, there are always possible solutions in the forms of specially designed services ensuring spam checks and analysis. These services help businesses which went online to make sure that their online activities are not subject to the interference of the fake bots and foes.

Boost Your Education With These Hacks

There are so many things you can do in this day and age to make the most of your education experience. College and university is such an important part in the development of your life, and is certainly something you need to keep in mind moving forward. There are a lot of things that play a role in the process of enhancing your education, and you need to look at how best to achieve this.

When you are at college and talking higher education, it is so important that you do as much as you can to improve your experience. This means looking at the best ways of boosting your studies and trying to get the best possible outcome you can. These are some of the best techniques and ideas to use that can help you achieve this moving forward right now.

Use the Internet to Help You

There are so many things these days that can affect and impact on modern education, and one of the biggest is the internet. The fact that the internet is so cheap and accessible these days makes a big difference to the way the world works, and how education has progressed. You can find out pretty much any information you need or want to through the use of the internet; it is an essential tool for learning and education in the modern world.

Class Notes

You also need to make sure you are making use of the programs and resources that are out there to help you. One of the best ways of achieving this is to check out the different Class Notes formats you can use. This is a site where people can share their notes and assignments for other students to use in exchange for cash. This is an invaluable resource for those looking to learn more and boost their education prospects for the future.

Attend all Your Classes

Of course, the most important part of the process is to make sure you attend all your classes. This is something that has to happen in order for you to learn and understand as much as you can. There are so many things that have to happen in order for this to be the case, but full attendance is key to ensuring you are focused on improving the way you learn.

Speak to Your Tutors

You might also decide that you would like to improve your future moving forward, and there are so many different ideas to keep in mind when it comes to improving this in the future. Speaking direct with your tutors and finding out how you can gain extra credit or improve your learning is so important. This is something you need to make sure you think about moving forward, so it’s essential to make sure you get this right.

It is essential to make sure you speak to the relevant people and do as much as you possibly can to improve your situation. There are a lot of hacks you can use that are going to help you improve your education experience and your capacity for learning. And the more you sort these out, the better they will be for the future – this is something you need to think about moving forward.