The internet may have been around for decades, but it’s only now that many of us are learning out how navigate it’s intensely overstimulating array of information with any aptitude whatsoever. Here are some tips to get you started on a journey through the internet prepared and aware.
1. You can log out of Facebook remotely.
….which is definitely a good idea if you’re addicted and have to check it at work, at friends’ houses, at libraries, internet cafes, whatever. Log in on whatever device you want, go to “Settings” using the upper right dropdown menu, choose “Security” and then “When you’re logged in.” You should be shown a screen that displays on which devices you’re logged in and gives you the option of ending sessions accordingly.
2. Search phrases you can’t even remember.
If you’re ever trying to remember a quote, proverb or lyric, you can google whatever fragment you got and likely find what you’re looking for. If you’re really blanking, put quotes at the beginning and end of the phrase, add in whatever you can remember, and if there are missing words, just replace them with an asterisk.
3. Soft block frenemies.
On Twitter there’s the mute button and on Facebook you can always uncheck the box that says “Show in News Feed” when you run your curser over an unwanted post, or simply uncheck “Following” when you hover over the friend’s name.
This is a great way to avoid the bombardment of information coming certain kinds of internet users without making as bold a statement as unfriending them or blocking them. After all, they might post about it if they notice you did it.
4. Browse stress free with incognito mode.
All major browsers have incognito mode, a type of window you can open that doesn’t store your search history. This is great for looking at dumb stuff on the internet at work, watching explicit stuff you don’t want your spouse or partner to know about, or even just searching for a gift for something that also uses the computer. Just keep in mind that ISPs will know what sites you visited; get Tor if you want to avoid that.
5. Mute email threads.
Thank god, if only they had this for group messaging. Using Gmail, all you have to do is click on the “More” tab and then choose the mute option. You should stop receiving notifications as people chime in.
6. Emoji wherever possible.
Stop copy pasting from getemoji.com. If you have a Mac, all you have to do to add in an emoji to a text box that doesn’t have its own emoji dropdown menu is simultaneously press the command, control and space bar at the same time. With Windows, go to task bar>toolbar>touch keyboard and pick the smiley key.
7. Check out Gchat.
Gchat’s fun, but make it even more fun by typing in /ponystream. You’ll see.
8. Play YouTube videos in slow motion.
Just press the space key as you’re watching!
9. Go Cold Turkey.
Need to be more productive and less distracted? Download Cold Turkey onto your browser to keep you from visiting some sites instead of others. You can lock certain sites and applications on a timer to make sure you stay away from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, whatever.
Recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadina, California have created a new debate regarding the role tech companies should play in the fight against radical jihadists.
Hillary Clinton hosted a press conference after the tragedy in Paris unfolded weeks ago, asserting the role that tech companies must play in crisis of our modern age:
“We need to put the great disruptors at work at disrupting ISIS… Resolve means depriving the jihadists of virtual territory just as we work to deprive them of actual territory… They are using websites, social media, chat rooms, and other platforms to celebrate beheadings, recruit future terrorists, and call for attacks.”
The great disruptors aren’t so sure about their necessary role. Tech giants like Apple and Google have actively been fighting the government’s claims that the encryption services they provide for their clients is an unnecessary and dangerous hindrance of national surveillance efforts.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in which he stated that tech companies’ more rightful interference in terrorist affairs should involve keeping social media from becoming a tool to spread hatred or violence.
“We should build tools to help de-escalate tensions on social media, sort of like spell checkers, but for hate and harassment,” he recommended. He believed that social networks should figure out which accounts are held by terrorists and monitor them to make sure that they cannot disseminate violent videos or terrorist propaganda.
According to the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy, ISIS supporters used more than 46,000 Twitter accounts (potentially as many as 70,000) between September and December 2014.
Facebook spokesperson Jodi Seth stated that Facebook “shares the government’s goal” of keeping terrorist activity on its site to a minimum. “Facebook has zero tolerance for terrorists, terror propaganda or the praising of terror activity and we work aggressively to remove it as soon as we become aware of it,” she continued.
Seth explained that Facebook has a terrorist policy that involves passing on information to law enforcement as soon as it becomes aware of any planned attack or threat of imminent harm and sees fit to follow through with that policy on a daily basis.
“This is a developing cancer, and there’s a good chance that the answers today may need to be transformed as the nature of these exploits, propaganda techniques and heinous actions evolve.”
Not everyone believes that a share of the responsibility for managing the country’s safety should be put in tech companies’ hands.
Danny Obrien, international director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stated that “Social media companies shouldn’t take on the job of censoring speech on behalf of any government, and they certainly shouldn’t do so voluntarily.”
“Numerous circumstances would be problematic, to say the least,” he continued. “For example, would Facebook take down a post from a group that the Russian, Saudi, Syrian or Israeli government claimed were terrorists?”
“An issue of transparency remains on the table. Some social media groups have been more transparent than others about government requests to take down an account or remove content.”
A capacitor is made up of two electrical conductors called plates separated by an insulator called the dielectric. The two plates within a capacitor are each wired to two electrical connections on the outside called terminals, which can be hooked into an electric circuit. The point of capacitors is to store and release electrical energy; its two plates hold opposite charges and their separation creates an electric field, allowing for electric energy to be stored. To store additional electrical energy in a capacitor is called charging, while releasing that energy is called discharging.
A capacitor is distinct from a battery in that while a battery uses chemicals to store electrical energy and release it through a circuit at a slow, measured pace, a capacitor generally releases its energy much more rapidly. A capacitor would be used, for example, to generate the energy necessary to light a flash bulb on your camera. It may charge up using energy from your camera’s batteries before the flash goes off, but the devices are interconnected, yet not one in the same.
A capacitor can be charged simply by wiring it up to an electric circuit; when you turn on the power, the electric charge gradually builds up on the plates. If you disconnect the electric circuit and the capacitor, the charge will be stored on the plates (though it will likely leak some charge over time). If you keep them connected and then hook the capacitor up to an electric engine or a flash bulb, the charge will flow through the capacitor to the motor until the capacitor’s plates are all out of charge.
The amount of electrical energy that a single capacitor can store is called its capacitance. Capacitance is measured in farads (F). Because one farad is so large, most capacitors’ capacitance is measured in fractions of a farad. To increase a capacitor’s capacitance, its plate size can be increased, its plates can be placed closer together, and its dialectric can be replaced with an even more powerful insulator. Dialectrics can be composed of a variety of insulators, from normal air to ceramics to plastic.
Capacitors may only really store energy, but the way that they do so makes them very useful. Because they generally take a very precise, predictable amount of time to charge, they can be used as timing devices. They also can smooth voltage in circuits, help people to tune into particular radio and TV stations, and, in the form of larger supercapacitors, they can be used in place of batteries.
If the physics is still confusing you, imagine all of these elements in the context of a large cloud during a lightning storm: Ice particles flying around in the cloud rub against the air and gain static electrical charges. Lighter, positively charged particles move to the top of the cloud while negatively charged particles move to the bottom. The polarity of the cloud’s charges turn it into somewhat of a capacitor; the more static electricity builds, the more polar the cloud becomes and the more electrical potential is being stored in this growing storm. Once the voltage reaches a certain level, the air in the cloud converts from an insulator to a conductor, allowing for all of the energy to be released at once in the form of lightning.
Whether you’re keeping track of a family or running a business, archiving your data is going to be imperative to your success. Unfortunately, archives can be vulnerable to damage and destruction. Protecting archives has been a profession since the invention of librarians, but nowadays even hard drives have become antiquated technology.
The next big thing? Backing up your files to the cloud.
Saving your data to the cloud has a lot of advantages over regular old hard drive back-ups. For one, you don’t have to worry about keeping track of/protecting your back up hard drive. If you all your data and then find that you’ve also lost your hard drive, you’re definitely in trouble. With cloud storage, your information is stored on the internet, so you can access it from any advice. Although uploading all your data for the first time can be tedious, updates are manageable and most likely easier with a hard drive.
So once you’ve cross over to the cloud side, you’re faced with another dilemma: Which of the dozens of cloud storage providers is right for your particular needs? This is a question that takes a fair amount of research to answer, but here’s some info on a few options, just to get you started.
Named for the fires firefighters start to destroy fuel for wildfires, Backblaze offers unlimited storage capacity for $5 a month or $50 a year and can be set to automatically backup your files at whatever schedule best fits your needs. It does have some shortcomings however; Backblaze can only archive particular file types and excludes system, program and Windows files. There’s no way to share your files, and it also doesn’t have the ability to back up the entire system to an external hard drive. That said, its security definitely ranks among the most airtight of all cloud storage providers.
Carbonite offers several options as a cloud storage provider. For $59 a year, the Carbonite Home service offers unlimited backup for Windows and Mac systems. HomePlus ($99 a year) includes an external hard drive backup along with the ability to make copies. The $149 a year HomePremier service throws in a courier-recovery service where users can receive a copy of their backup in the mail.
Reviewers say Carbonite has an easy-to-use interface and even places a color-coded dot next to every file that will be affected by the backup. However, Carbonite does not provide a log of its operations. Its default backup includes only the desktop, music, document, photo, settings, email and video files. You can add other files, but Carbonite’s software has issues with system, Windows and program files. Carbonite can also back up files continuously or on a schedule. Your files will remain accessible from Carbonite’s online server for thirty days after you’ve deleted them from your computer’s hard drive.
CrashPlan can be used by a variety of users, from Mac to Windos to Linux. It also has apps for accessing data for AppleiOS and Android devices. It offers various plans, including a free version that allows you to back up to other computers (but not to the cloud). Paid versions allow you to back up your data online and users can purchase unlimited storage for no more than $50 a year. 10GB costs $25.
CrashPlan logs all tasks it performs and automatically backs up music, video and desktop files. Windows and system files can be backed up manually. It notices any changes made in your system’s files and automatically implements those changes into your next back up. It also never deletes your data.
All of these services have something special to offer, so it’s up to you to figure out what works best with your lifestyle and your archiving habits.
People are using some of the encrypted algorithm to store important files in the system or laptop. This encryption algorithm will be handled by software. It is very important to select most recommended software to do such algorithm process. Some of the software will fail and it leads to fail in recovering the stored file. This would make people in difficult stage. There are companies which are also working in recovering those encrypted files or folders from the system.
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Steps For Encrypted Data Recovery For Windows And Non-Windows Users
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