Month: October 2015

Is Giving In To Ransomware The Easiest Way Out?

The ugly head of Ransomware, a type of malware, has been cropping up for quite some time. And, every time it has cropped up, it has meant doom for the victims. Cryptolocker and Teslacrypt are two of the most prevalent ransomware families that have conned people into believing that enforcement agencies such as the FBI has apparently found objectionable content on your device and therefore has locked it down. Of course there’s a way you could unlock the device – pay up a ransom! This is the modus operandi that ransomware uses and most people who fall victim easily give in to this demand fearing that they may be exposed or simply to do away with the hassles of getting the device decrypted (ransomware encrypts the device). While all this time, every law enforcement agency was advising people against paying up, as they believed it would only boost the confidence of the cyber crooks, it is now that agencies such as the FBI is recommending people to pay up the ransom and get away. The entire decryption process is not only hassling, it is expensive as well. As per Joseph Bonavolonta, Assistant Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, “The amount of money made by these criminals is enormous and that’s because the overwhelming majority of institutions just pay the ransom … To be honest, we often...

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Sell your old laptop for $200 and bring home Windows 10!

Halloween’s around the corner and everybody’s planning surprises for their near ones. And guess who is up with some surprise for you – none other than Microsoft! Yes, in an unprecedented move, Microsoft is offering a one-of-its-kind offers wherein it is offering to buy your laptop for $200 or your MacBook for $300 if at all you are buying a new Windows 10 computer. As a part of the Easy Trade Up trade-in program, Microsoft is offering this deal for all customers who are considering upgrading to Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest Windows-based operating system. However, the catch is you’ve got to purchase a qualifying computer costing at least $600 and that too by 20 October, 2015. So, practically you have no time left… you’ve got to just hurry. And yes, there are a few more prerequisites to take care of in order to be eligible for the deal. This includes: The laptop that you are planning to replace shouldn’t be over 6 years old The screen size of the device shouldn’t be below 11.6 inches The brands that qualify for this offer include Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Razer, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony VAIO And importantly, it should be in good working condition So, if your laptop meets these criteria and you are interested in bringing home a brand new Windows 10 OS, just go ahead and grab...

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Speedafari on iOS 9: Load Web Pages Faster

While you are browsing the web on your iOS 9, it could be a frustrating situation to find that the Internet connection is pathetically slow and web pages are talking forever to open. You can’t do much about the slow connection, can you? But, you can surely do a lot about opening pages faster even when the connection is just a bar or two of the Edge signal! Well, you have, to your saving grace, the content blocker app – Speedafari to your rescue. For the uninitiated, Speedafari isn’t just one of the several content blocking apps available on your iOS 9 mobile device. Rather, it is an intelligent app that helps you load web pages faster by blocking all the unwanted portions in the page that mostly comprise of ads, tracking scripts and specialized fonts. How does Speedafari work? When you will run the Speedafari app for the first time, it will ask you to add the widget to your Today screen. It is here you can manage the app – turn it on or off, set its level of aggressiveness, etc. So, to make the app work for you – block unwanted contents so that a website will load up faster – you’ve got to enable it. To do so, Go to Settings and tap on Safari. Open up Content Blockers and toggle the Enable option. Return...

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Are Holographic Images Soon Going to be featured through the Google Glass?

Does the idea of an augmented reality headset offering you holographic images excite you? Well, if it does, you are surely going to be kicked about the Google patent for a wearable device showing up holograms! As per the latest update, Google has already filed for the patent that would enable the technology giant to feature holographic images, in place of the flat pictures that Google Glass presently offers. If this comes true, the augmented reality experience for the users will surely shoot up like never before and perhaps catapult the brand into the topmost slot of wearable devices. Not much is known about this yet but speculations are rife that this may be code named “Project Aura” and it may be developed as an advanced version of Google Glass that currently features only flat images. To work this out, Google has already expanded its team via new acquisitions and this has set the other technology biggies burning the midnight oil to enter into competition and produce solutions that are equivalent to this. While the entire news is presently just that ‘news’ – neither has Google confirmed anything on this yet nor has it announced anything about the patent. This has left the fans speculating about how the wearable device would actually look like and if it would be an advanced version of the Google Glass. The grant of...

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