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How to stop people from stealing your online information

Most of our personal or professional work is done on computers. We keep important files, data and other sorts of crucial and critical information on the computers. We keep many of our personal photographs on our computers and much more stuff which is likely to be very personal in nature. In today’s world computer information theft is becoming a pain with each passing day as the hackers are coming up with new technologies and ways to steal one’s personal information to get something out of it. It is said that precaution is better than cure, and this fits in this situation also. It is always good to have adequate security measures on your computer so that no one steals your information and use it incorrectly.

In this post I will give you some steps and ideas to keep your information safe on the computer and protect it from Internet theft.

Step 1: The first and the foremost thing is not to share your personal information on the Internet. Trust me this is the best way. We often end up entering our information like name, age, location, phone number etc on many websites which require us to register before accessing the content. Try entering fake information here so that nobody knows about your personal details.

Step 2: Limit access to your personal information on social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut etc., so that not everybody can view the details about you. It is good if you not even let everything displayed in front of your friends as they might forward it to someone else.

Step 3: If you work on any public computer, never ever save your passwords in the browser. Browsers offer the user to save the password when they login to any website, but make sure that you do not save any password. If possible then always clear the history and temporary files while leaving the computer after work. Also make sure that you do not have auto fill feature turned on your computer because it still can save the information which you enter on various websites

Step 4: Always keep good firewalls running on your computer. Firewall is one of the best means of keeping your computer safe from intruders and it lets you know if someone tries to access your computer from somewhere. Installing a Firewall and keeping it running is not enough because you need to keep it updated as well. Always update your firewall and the antivirus software updated because they might miss on the new infections if not fully updated.

Step 5: When it comes to online purchasing, make sure that you shop from trusted websites only. If you shop from any unauthentic website then they might steal your card information and misuse it without your consent. Credit card information should not be given on any other site except the ones which use legitimate payment gateways for processing the transactions.

Latest Update for Xbox 360 from Microsoft® Includes Piracy Check

Xbox is a sixth–generation gaming console from Microsoft. It was released on November 15, 2001 in North America. After this, it was also launched in Japan, Australia and Europe. The recent version of Xbox is Xbox 360. Microsoft is competing with Sony PlayStation 2, Sega Dreamcast, and Nintendo GameCube. If you want to play online, you can play with Xbox Live. Xbox 360 is immensely popular among gaming enthusiasts. People prefer it for more reliability and accessibility.

Microsoft is very much interested in recent developments in Xbox 360. They are also developing newer versions of these famous gaming consoles. There are several other gaming consoles available today such as Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii. Xbox 360 has some of the best quality features like allows players to compete online, download arcade games, game demos, trailers, TV shows, music and movies and its Windows Media Center multimedia capabilities. Xbox 360 also has third party media streaming services like Netflix and ESPN in the USA or Sky Player in the UK. For specific regions, Xbox give access to their users with them.

Recently Microsoft released an update regarding its Xbox 360. These updates include change of Gamer Card and it also included a check on piracy when you re-enable disc booting on Xbox 360. There are rumors that these new updates are checking the pirated version of some of the most popular Xbox 360 games such as, Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Microsoft also released a piracy check update in November i.e. AP 2.5. To stay in the tough competition in this genre, Microsoft always develops and launches new updates for this gaming console. Piracy is a big threat to the software industry and Microsoft is also doing its part by launching updates that can find pirated versions of Xbox 360. Microsoft is still struggling with piracy related to Windows, so, these updates will remove and block all the pirated versions of Xbox 360.

How to Record a Network Stream with VLC Media Player

The VLC project was originally started in the year of 1996 which was originally designed for the client and server stream videos in a campus network.

VLC Media player is free software that is available online. It is an open source application and distributed license free. VLC player support multiple file formats like CDs, DVD, DivX, MPG, MP4, xVid, etc. The VLC application is platform independent which means it can work on any operating system and it also does not require any additional tool or codec pack to play videos and audios. VPL player can also support network streaming which means you can download any streaming videos which are played online.

Network stream is a new rage in cyber world and becoming more and more popular with increasing use of online videos and social networking websites.

Some servers provide this facility to upload and download any personal videos as well like youtube.com. Some websites also allows viewing some educational videos and complete streaming movies on their websites.

The all new VLC player allows you to play and download these network streaming videos which you can use in future time as well.

Here are some simple steps to record a Network Stream with VLC Media Player:

Step1:

The first thing you need to do is to download the installation file for VLC media player.

Go to the manufacturer link http://www.videolan.org/vlc/. Download the VLC player installation file and save it on the desired location on your computer.

Step2:

Double click on the installation file to initiate the installation process. Click on next and the VLC player is installed on your computer.

Step3:

Now you need to open a network streaming videos. This is generally a website where online videos are available to view. It can be any type of video like educational, movie, and the best example is youtube.com.

Now you need to copy the complete URL which is found at the top of your web browser and known as address bar. The URL must be ending with the file extension of the video being played on the website, for an example .wmv, .mpg.

Step4:

Now launch the VLC media player and click on the ‘File’ menu and select the option ‘Open Network stream’. After this, select the radio button ‘HTTP’ and then paste the copied URL into the URL field.

Step5:

Now you need to select the ‘Save/Stream’ option which is available under the ‘Advanced’ menu. Now select the option ‘Settings’ options and then select ‘Play locally’. Now select ‘File’ and then click on ‘Browse’. Now choose the saving location and then hit the ‘OK’ button. Now the video will start to stream through the VLC media player and will be saved on the local hard disk.

Step6:

Once the streaming process is finished, try to find the saved video file and rename the file as to any name you want for the particular file. You would also need to select the file extension as .MPG at the end of the file name.

These are very simple and useful steps to download streaming videos on your computer.

RSS: Now Get Online Articles Delivered to You

Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by the information that are simply overthrown at you the moment you open your web browser to your homepage or any other websites. You may be wondering how to indeed raise your efficiency to a whole new level by consuming web information using Really Simple Syndication or RSS

RSS provides an easy way to gather and display information from varied and multiple sources. It’s a small orange RSS or XML icons inviting you to “syndicate this page” on some of the sites that you visit regularly.

In other words RSS is a timesaver. Suppose you spend few minutes in scanning each site looking for new information, instead you can subscribe to RSS feeds for those sites and news articles that will be delivered to you as soon as they become available.

RSS feeds as targeted headlines for web surfing. They are compiled, updated and distributed in EML that is Extensible Markup Language. Each article contains a list of new articles from a site and also includes a title, summary and a link to the full article for each term.

To read these feeds you need a tool known as feed reader or news aggregator which maintains a list of the web feeds you syndicated, checks them at regular intervals for updates and displays their contents in readable format.

The pros of this technology are numerous, such as

  • RSS feeds are timely as the subscribers get updates and breaking news as soon as they are available.
  • RSS feeds are cost effective as the distribution and delivery costs are very low.
  • RSS helps to manage and organize content, the messages, articles all can be archived, sorted and categorized automatically.
  • It helps to maintain privacy and anonymity. You can fully control the subscription to and removal from RSS feeds. When selecting the feeds that you want to syndicate you don’t have to provide with your email or any personal information.

Now it’s time for some cons:

  • RSS feeds do not provide with any history. If you miss any article of interest you won’t be able to read them.
  • RSS feeds are bandwidth waster because they automatically download RSS files to check for updates and changes.
  • RSS feeds are complicated to set up as people are still unknown about its function and importance.
  • RSS feeds usually show an abridged version of the content which can be at times cryptic and may require you to open your web browser to see the full article.

So to start with RSS feeds you need to have feed reader. You can opt for the following two types of feed reader:

  • WEB-BASED:  which is convenient but comes with a price tag that is limited functionality and speed.
  • APPLICATION BASED: with this you can get a more polished and full-featured product but it lacks mobility.

When you want to unsubscribe from RSS feed then you simply have to click unsubscribe button in your RSS newsreader. You can also right-click the item or folder and from the drop down menu select Delete.

How to Remove Spyware from Your Computer

Your computer faces a number of threats all around from the online world. These could be viruses, spywares, Trojans, and other such elements as well that might not only destroy your data but your computer as well. The best solution to make your machine secure is to remove all this unwanted stuff so that you get the best out of your machine. Spyware is a category associated to all the unwanted programs and software available in the market. You can use antispyware scanner to find and remove such unwanted programs. You might need to remove them manually or try both ways to remove the spyware or similar unwanted software.

Antispyware scanner and Removal tool:

The most convenient way to remove spyware is to use the antispyware scanner available in the Windows or from a third party yet reputed source. The Windows Defender is an excellent feature that has been integrated with Windows 7 that helps you monitor all the unwanted software and help you make your computer secure from unwanted software. You are being notified every time any software accesses your computer and tries to install itself. You can take the possible action to get rid of the offer and make your computer secure.

Spyware scanners are most of the time integrated with your antivirus programs. You can check information related the spyware from the website that features the antivirus that you use on your machine. You can add the feature from the internet and scan your computer using the tool. This would detect all the possible spyware available on your machine and remove them accordingly to make your computer a good experience.

 

 

Manual Removal:

Spyware are not that easy to get rid of therefore you need to make a few moves to make sure that you get rid of this issue making your computer safe. You can try the manual methods once your antispyware software refuses to have the caliber to remove the said spyware. In case your Windows Defender feature fails, try any of the following features in order to make your machine a safe one:

  • Install a quality antivirus program that has a spyware program integrated. Many of the reputed antivirus software come with antispyware protection that is quite secure.
  • Check for all the software list in the Program and Features list and see how many of them are in your use. Delete or remove the ones that you don’t usually use. You need to be very careful while doing this making sure that you don’t remove one of the major software that you usually use. There are spyware that provide you with the uninstall feature.
  • The last thing that you can possible do is to reinstall Windows. There are some of the spyware that hide themselves therefore there is no chance that you can remove them. Try your utmost to remove the spyware through any method and reinstall the Windows once you fail in every attempt.

Once you are planning to reinstall Windows, make sure that you take a back up of all the important files and folders so that you do not lose anything at the end. Reinstallation of Windows would certainly help you get rid of the spyware completely.

Google VS Bing: The Search is On

Although Google is the most widely used search engine online, its competitors are quickly gaining ground and proving that consumerism is still a valued concept in this world. One of these major competitors is Bing. Although not many type Bing.com first when searching, many are aware of it and are quickly learning to appreciate the features it offers that Google does not.

A quick comparison shows you what offers both have put on the table. Bing with its edgy and modern homepage shows you a Flash image generator lures the people in because it’s human nature. Prettier things are more impressive. However, looking more closely, some things can’t be achieved through Bing. For example, Bing currently, does not allow video or news xml sitemaps. This makes it a bit harder to find the associated sub-sites when conducting a search.

Barring that little setback, Bing’s results look like they have more immediate content with local connotations that can be pursued without leaving the page. This makes it easier for you to find resources that are near your location, like weather, movie show times and upcoming shows. Although, Google does have similar results for weather but usually shows only one source.

Google, though, has one-upped Bing on the site links front. They can be edited in Google but not in Bing. These make it easier for the user to navigate the website without having to go to the site directly.

On Bing, the back links report on Bing Webmaster Tools offers a list of links pointing to your site and the value of those links. However, in this case, you can only download the first 1000 results.

In terms of news, in Google, you can submit your news site for review and its sitemap for Google to spider. Bing does not allow this but you can submit your news site for consideration by emailing regularly at bns@microsoft.com. You also have to ensure that you have an RSS feed for content.

On Google, you can submit your ecommerce feeds for free but Bing offers paid only submissions. This makes the concept more attractive on Google but the Bing casback is finishing in July so it’s too early to say what happens next.

Bing does offer other features that Google doesn’t. This makes it harder to decide which is better but you can be the judge of that.

Bing allows social sharing for results via search results. You can use other people’s data for faster progress when searching. The system is integrated into Facebook, Twitter and Email. It also offers document preview, similar to Ask.com’s system, allowing you to decide whether it is the document you wish to download.

One other feature of Bing is that it allows you to block previews of your page by adding the following line: <meta, content=nopreview> or you may add x-robots-tag:nopreview to your robots.txt file to block the preview for all pages.

It may seem complicated, but Bing is picking up the pace and is gradually rising up to the tiers of Yahoo, Ask.com and now, Google. Microsoft’s venture into this medium might prove fruitful in the years to come but right now, people seem to trust Google more. Indeed, it covers more sources than Bing does but for your basic needs, Google provides ample service for the conventional searcher. Either way, both can provide the services you need. It all comes down to who provides better sources. For now, it’s a race against the result pages and only you can determine which is better.

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