Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Series: Daily Mobility (9) ~ Antivirus

Vaccines are understood to be that ‘thing’ which helps you remain healthy physically. The ‘anti-virus’ (AV) is like the vaccine, it helps keep the computer healthy in operation. The various software negatively affecting your computer is called ‘malware,’ – malicious software, a term which includes a variety of viruses, worms and Trojan horses. This refers to any type of malicious software which your computer might get infected by. The reasons of getting this malware varies considerably, such as, (i) USBs sharing from one computer to another; (ii) downloading software or films from unknown servers from the Cloud; (iii) by surfing and going from one URL to another; (iv) receiving emails from unknown persons; (v) opening attachments from emails. Those who have fun in infecting other people’s computers are known as ‘cyber attackers.’ There are at least four openings which the malware may attack in your computer, namely, (i) executable files; (ii) scripts; (iii) macros and (iv) boot sector. However, with the help of an anti-virus in place and properly updated, together with the proper measures of safety, should keep you at bay from virus and various attacks. A good AV patrols your computer from the time you switch it on until powering off. The AV may control either the behavioural patterns of your computer or the Signature or characteristics of known programs. The aim of this article is not about how the AV works, but to highlight that each devise that is connected to the Internet must be protected firstly by a good AV and secondly, the owner must adopt a ‘best-practice’ approach to lessen the possibility of malware to infect the computer. One may also be tempted to install more than one AV software on the same computer. Actually, this is not effective at all, as this might create conflicts between the different AV software. Another way which you may have more protection is that you make all the necessary updates as you get them on your computer. Computer updates are patches which provide protection to your computer.
However, since the anti-virus is developed after the malware is out on leashed, the fear always remains that, first there is born the virus, and then the AV. Consequently, there is good reason not to be one of those millions of people around the world who would have to do ‘format’, or who would not be able to access any of his documents due to negligence for not purchasing a good AV software.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Series: Daily Mobility (8) ~ TED Talks

TED stands for: Technology, Entertainment Design. This started way back in 1984 with a conference set up. However, as time went by, it developed into a powerful 18minute-long lecture by experts in the field, delivering various insights into a plethora of themes such as, life aspects, technology advancements and their promotion in every day experiences, life coaching tips, etc. TED Talks (TT) are also a powerful way to learn and connect easily with the world around you through the myriad of presented themes. Also, it is a way of learning new and interesting aspects of life or things common to daily life which may be to a great benefit. So important and interesting are TT that in 2014 an article on the TIME Magazine was written, highlighting all the positive endorsements of TT. Here, I will list a number of them. First of all, why would you listen to a TT? The reason is simple: their mission is to ‘inspire, challenge, and be thought provoking…’. Having ‘inspiration’ is a beneficial aspect of the everyday working trait, which will help you not to fall in the daily routine which then becomes boring! Another interesting factor is that, people attending to TT have to have a general grasp of at least 12 different subjects, namely, math, science, medicine, architecture, economics, geography, education, literature, law, history, technology and politics. This aspects brings to the fore the high-level of speakers at TT and consequently, anyone will benefit from listening to a free online TT. Furthermore, the TT speakers are person who are ‘working on world problems, climate change issues, philanthropy, social injustice, education and governmental reform, efficiently feeding the planet, diagnosing infectious deceases and providing vaccines.’ TT are definitely a ‘must-listen’ while surfing on the NET. The main reason being that, it will definitely be interesting, highly knowledgeable expert delivering the 18minute lecture which will definitely impact your own thinking process. Then, the rest, is up to you!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Series: Daily Mobility (7) ~ Newspapers

News: Printed or digital? What is your preferred reading approach? Which smartphone? Which tablet? These are questions which are pertinent if you would like to start reading news. A quick Google search elicits more than 400 different news apps, all ready for download! Some are against payment, others are free with eventual payment if you would like to go for pro news updates. What is the advantage of reading news online? The main benefit is that online news are run by editors who surpass computers in terms of reasoning amongst other qualities in judging what news are published. In publishing news, editors combine a number of personal qualities which make online news not only attractive to the eye, but interesting to read. What is interesting though is that, according to a recent PewInternet research, an approximate 61% of millennials accrue and read their news from fb! Downloading a good news app is crucial for the right and enjoyable experience of reading online. This may be evaluated by the font-type, size, colours and the overall formatting of the news itself. Having each news-item in its proper box or within its line sections help to easily locate, read and identify them the second-time-round. Proper spacing is always a way that help you identify which section or category you are in. A good news app will also incorporate the ‘latest news section’ which will help you be informed on the latest happenings around the globe. However, what is of interest is that, the digital information – the like accessed on one’s own device – may not deliver a good amount of ‘emotional empathy’ when read, in contrast to reading the same news on a paper-based output, such as a book, newspaper or a magazine. Thus, it all boils down to what the user is after, namely, an emotional charge or the information itself. Whatever the decision, both on the information or the emotional charge, make sure that you benefit from what you are reading, because otherwise, we may voice out what Mark Twain once said: If you do not read good books [information], you have no advantage on someone who cannot read!