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Top three ways to keep your computer secure

Whenever you browse the Internet, remember, your computer is always at constant risk. At anytime your computer can get a virus infection and you won’t even realize it. And when your computer gets infected with a virus, the consequences can be really devastating. Getting worried? Here are five quick tips that can help protect your computer from all the potential intruders and emerging virus threats.

Get an antivirus

Installing a latest antivirus is one of the safest ways to keep your computer secured from known and unknown threats. However, installing an antivirus is not enough. It is extremely important to update the antivirus on a regular basis and run automated scans regularly. It should automatically scan anything you download from the Internet. Antivirus can help detect and delete all malicious threats at the initial level.

Use recommended firewall

When you are connected to the Internet, always make sure your computer’s firewall is active. It prevents hackers and malicious programs from spying on you or damaging your computer.

Use a safe Internet connection

If you use a home wireless network, remember to make the network password-protected. However, if it isn’t, anyone within range can easily connect to it and spy on your Internet activity. Apart from this, whenever you are connected to a public network, never submit any kind of sensitive information like your account number.

Note: Since hackers and malicious viruses are always looking for new ways to get into your computer to corrupt the data, it is recommended to take a backup. Safeguard the important items that are in your computer so they won’t be lost if a virus strikes, your computer crashes, or there is some other kind of disaster.

Connect all household electronic devices to Internet with Electric Imp

Soon you can connect every electronic item in your household to the Internet with the help of a tiny card named Imp Card. Former iPhone engineering manager Hugo Fiennes, former Gmail designer Kevin Fox, and firmware engineer Peter Hartley have founded a company named Electric Imp whose mission is to turn every product you own into an Internet-connected device.

How Imp Card works?

Imp Cards are SD-card sized chips that contain a Wi-Fi antenna and an embedded processor. To pair an Imp card with any piece of electronic gadget, you only need to connect it to an Imp microcontroller board. Electric Imp is also in talks with product manufactures to have Imp card compatible slots pre-installed. Once the gadgets are all linked up, they will connect to the Imp cloud. From there, you can remotely control them from a smartphone or even work with other connected equipment.

If you want to know more about this tiny card named Imp Card, click here.

Image credit: Electric Imp

Quick access to home and work locations on Google™ Maps

Google Inc. has made it easier for the users of Google Maps to save and re-visit the places that matter to them. Once the user signs in to his Google account, he can access the places that are frequently visited by him virtually. This has been made possible after the release of a recent Google Maps update for the web version. The update enables the user to define specific home and work locations that will stay attached to his Google account, no matter how much PC-hopping is done by him.

Saving home and work locations on Google Maps

To set home and work locations, the user needs to sign in with his Google Account. Once logged in, he has to click the ‘My Places’ tab in Google Maps and save the home and work locations. From the ‘My Places’ panel, the user can also edit or delete his saved locations by clicking the drop-down to the right of the home or work icons.

News source: Google Lat Long Blog

Internet TV on rise in the U.S.

According to the recent survey of Nielson, around three million Americans had cut their cable television subscriptions last year as an increasing number turned to the Internet.

The Nielsen survey released last week found that some of those getting rid of cable moved to packages from telecom provider or satellites, but overall subscriptions fell by 1.5 million, or around 1.5%.

Findings of survey

But still the survey proves that American TV watching is not dead. Approximately 98% of video programs watched are on TV sets, and the number of high definition TVs has grown by eight million. But the TVs are increasingly connected to the Internet or devices such as game consoles, allowing streaming of the content.

“After several years of consistent year-over-year growth, traditional TV viewing declined one half of one percent or roughly 46 minutes per month,” the Nielsen report said.

The usage of video programs on handsets has changed very little in the year, at around four hours per month, the survey found.

Internet Explorer Fix: What to Do When it won’t Run

Internet Explorer i.e. INTERNET EXPLORER at time will not work and will either will not come up at all or will close down after few seconds.

STEP 1: We will try to launch Internet Explorer which is blue in color and is denoted by “e”.

STEP 2: In case it does not open try to open another browser like Mozilla fire fox or Google chrome to find if it is computer problem or just a softer ware (INTERNET EXPLORER) problem. This Step is optional it is not necessary to have another browser don’t worry if you don’t find one.

STEP 3: In case other browser are coming up try again with INTERNET EXPLORER if it still does not comes up please try to open INTERNET EXPLORER without any add-ons. Stat>All Programs> AccessorInternet Explorers > System Tools> INTERNET EXPLORER no addon.(Click  )

STEP 4: If you are able to open INTERNET EXPLORER without addon  the problem internet Explorers with the toolbar that you may have installed recently. If not able to open Internet Explorer go to STEP no. 12

STEP 5: If you want to uninstall the toolbar you  try to reset the browser. Hold the windows key +R. Windows key is the key on your keyboard with Microsoft flag on it. Beside Crtl and Shift.

STEP 6: You will get Run box put the command in the run box “inetcpl.cpl” without the quotes and then click on ok as it will bring up internet propertInternet Explorers box on the screen also called as internet option.

STEP 7: Once you get internet propertInternet Explorers it will look like a box which has many tabs on it like general, tools privacy.

STEP 8: Depending on the Version you are using follow the STEPs as there are different tab and their function are different and you can check the version of the internet explorer by going to Help in the menu and then click on the one that says About Internet explorer. It can be 6 and above. As Internet explorer 5 and below are no more used.

STEP 9: For INTERNET EXPLORER 6, and below go to the programs tab and at the bottom on the right hand side select Reset Web setting. But make sure that all the Internet Explorer windows are closed before doing this. And once the settings are reset try to browse the Internet Explorer.

STEP 10: For INTERNET EXPLORER 7 and above go to the Tab called Advance and then click on reset at the bottom above Apply and then OK. But again make sure that all the Internet Explorer windows are closed. And then try to launch Internet explore again.

STEP 11: This should make the browser work in case is still does not work it is being blocked by one of the application. So we will disable the startup programs and check which one of them is blocking them.

STEP 12: Get the run box again (STEP 5) and type msconfig. And this will bring up system configuration utility and thus we can disable the program that load on your computer when ever it is being restarted or turned on.

STEP 13: Please click on startup tab. Last one in Windows XP. For Windows Vista and 7 it should be the second last one from the right. Click on Disable All at the bottom and then Apply and then click Ok and restart the computer. This should resolve the problem. However in case you are still not able to get the INTERNET EXPLORER working. Follow the next STEP

STEP 14: Please uninstall the INTERNET EXPLORER. Depending up on the OS here are the following STEPs

STEP 15: For XP Control panel and then Add/ Remove program

STEP 16: Please find Internet Explorer and uninstall it. And then restart the computer.

STEP 17: For Vista please click on Program and Features. And look for Internet Explorer and uninstall it.

STEP 18: Once you restart it should be back to the default browser when the OS was installed, and should not face any further problem.

Viruses, Spyware, and Malware

Nowadays, computers and Internet play a major role in daily life. With the increasing use of computers, there has been a rise in security threats such as viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, etc. Computer users are suffering losses due to malicious programs which easily install themselves from the Internet or other sources, and multiply by downloading other infected software. These malware are categorized as virus, spyware, and Trojans, just to name a few. Each of these programs harm your computer in different ways.

A virus is a program created with the intent of damaging important system files, corrupting the software, and causing various  kinds of errors. A virus can infect other computers as it spreads through the Internet, CDs, DVDs, pen drives, etc. The common symptoms of a virus infected computer include slow system performance, frequent occurrence of blue screen error, and hanging of applications.

Spyware is a type of program that infects your computer and starts collecting confidential information stored on the system. A very common spyware program is the keylogger which records keystrokes while a user is typing on the keyboard. There are other spyware which will trace your actions and browsing behavior on the Internet.

It is necessary for users to take security measures to ensure computer protection. You can install an effective antivirus and antispyware on your computer. Users should periodically perform a full system scan for the detection and removal of malware. The virus definitions should be updated regularly so that the security software is able to detect the latest security threats.

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