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The Best Software That Will Stop Keyloggers in Their Tracks

21 Nov

Identity theft can happen in many ways, but perhaps one of the most common methods of stealing your personal info has to be through keylogging. If you’ve been the victim of identity theft, whether it’s been something harmless like your dating site or something big like your personal email, and you don’t know how someone stole it, then most likely it was because of a keylogger. They’re sneaky, and can attack anyone.

A keylogger is an infection that stays on your computer/mobile device and records every keystroke you make. After logging all the information, it sends it back to the person who created it. If you’ve typed your passwords, a hacker can see them and use it to their advantage.

Kinds of Keyloggers

Keyloggers can come in two different types, hardware and software.stop keyloggers

Software Keyloggers

This keylogger stays inside your computer, cell phone or device. It runs in the background with you knowing, and the operating system helps support it. They record your keystrokes and make it into a single file, and then they’ll send it back to the hacker. They need Internet access to do that, however.

Keylogging software can be in the form of regular phone spy software such as mSpy and Flexispy – and is installed on computers and even cell phones. Souce : Spyzrus

Hardware Keyloggers

This is a device that plugs into the computer through a USB port or some other connection. With these, they’re contained inside the device itself, meaning that all data is inside the hardware, and it requires nothing on the computer. This means that it will be hard for the user to see, unless they notice the device plugged in.

In this article, we’ll cover how to protect against software keyloggers. Hardware keyloggers are only thwarted if you see it connected, and not only is that impossible, and you’re probably not that important for someone to do that, but all you have to do is check all the input slots to make sure nothing funny is plugged in.

Zemana Anti Logger Free

If the only program you need is something to stop keylogging, then this will do just fine. It doesn’t have many bells and whistles, but it does the job just fine. It installs a protector that will encrypt every single keystroke you make. Your information will be an unreadable mess when the hacker gets it. It is a quiet program, not sending you any notifications unless you’re running something that it’s not compatible with. Also, it’s the only program on here that has a free version compatible with 64-bit.

The full version of this program costs $29.95. This one comes with malware protection, include alerts, cloud protection, and defense against malware that could damage your finances. It’s good to have if you want to spend the extra money.

Spy Shelter STOP-LOGGER

This program has a bit more advanced features than the previous one. The free version contains your standard guard against keyloggers, but it also includes a guard against screen captures, and a guard against someone salvaging your clipboard. Like the previous one, it gently runs in the background and looks for trouble.

The premium version comes with more features, including 64-bit support, an audio guard, a webcam guard, and a network guard. For a little more, you can upgrade it to a firewall version, which includes everything the premium has plus a firewall.

Next Gen Anti Keyloggerkeylogger safety

This keylogger is user-friendly and does not need its own database to keep you protected, which means that it hogs less resources when you run it. It stops logging in its tracks by encrypting them and putting them inside the application itself, so they can’t steal it. It even has an option to show you its encryption of your keystrokes at real-time, so you can see what you’re doing.

This sounds good, but it does have its faults. For the free version it only works if you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, so if you use Chrome or another browser, you’ll have to either switch or buy the premium, which includes more browsers. The premium also covers email clients, instant messengers, and 75 other programs. The ultimate package covers 108 programs.

Overall

Even with these things installed, it will never offer foolproof protection against keyloggers. Those hackers always make new ways of infecting your computers, and the protective software is never going to always be up to date. A few other ways to protect yourself include changing your passwords constantly and making sure that you’re using firewalls.

Keyloggers are the worst thing out there. Viruses can be inconvenient, but keyloggers can literally ruin lives by stealing your credit card information and revealing personal details about you in your email.

No one wants that, so you need to make sure that you’re protected. Don’t think that it won’t happen to you just because you’re not rich or famous. They attack anyone, from rich CEOs to the average Joe. So keep yourself protected!

Online Training for Medical Careers – Thanks to Technology

12 Oct

The internet has changed the way we do things in many ways. Apart from the most obvious purpose, which is communication with your friends and family that are geographically distant, it has also changed the way we receive information. Television, radio and the printed media used to be our #1 source for everything on anything. Now, though, with Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Skype, we can pretty much find out anything and be entertained with a single click or a touch.online traing technology

We used to send out resumes, now we simply make a LinkedIn account. Which brings me to my next point, which is how much modern technology and the internet has changed education and employment. If you have been following my blog, you would know by now that I make a living by working online full-time. Since working a normal day job wasn’t for me, and I’m not especially talented for any kind of art that would allow for a more loose working arrangement, I decided that working from home would be the best way for me to go, and as it turned out, it was. I don’t regret it for a single moment.

But, you might say, it was easy for me to find a job online because my field of expertise doesn’t require my physical presence, nor does my work result in a physical product. What about the rest of us who aren’t programmers, software developers, web or graphical designers? Like I said at the beginning of the article, the internet has changed some things, and not just in IT.

Technology and Online Training

The internet has influenced education much more than we realize and video communication software such as Skype has made it possible to have seminars, consultations, lectures, and even one-on-one time with the educators themselves.

One field that has benefited from it is – medicine. If you take a look at a website like Nurse Salary Guide .net, they cover much more than medical career salary information, you can see the potential and the demand for trainee medical personnel, which is why many medical institutions offer online training. Of course, being a registered nurse assistant or a member of the nursing staff requires hands-on training combined with the online course work – there is a fair amount of theory involved in it, as well. They make great use of technology for staff training, with many benefits to both the staff and the organization.

I was surprised to find out that medical institutions have been so quick to employ modern communication technology to educate their staff. Usually it’s the academic institutions that educate software developers or designers that adopt this kind of approach. Not only are you able to work from home nowadays, but you can get a college degree or earn specific qualification, too.

I finished my education the old-fashioned way, but for those who are strapped for cash, this might be a great opportunity since they never have to leave their home and spend money they don’t have on renting a place in the big city, which costs a lot of money. I know, I’ve been there. I’ll try and keep you updated about this kind of thing, as always, and I’ll be sure to post new and exciting ways technology has altered the way we live our lives.

Mice, Bugs and Firewalls!

12 Mar

Have you ever wondered about the origin of some of the technical terms we use on a daily basis? If you have, then keep on reading. The funniest thing about using those terms is how disconnected they are from their actual, original meaning. We don’t even think twice about it. And, of course, there are those which are completely new, which doesn’t make them any less interesting.

It’s next to impossible to compile the ultimate list of those which are the most interesting, so we haven’t bothered. Instead, we have just singled out a few which most of us use each day.

Firewall

In real life, a firewall is a wall made to stop the fire from spreading. Its digital counterpart does pretty much the same thing: it stops viruses, worms and malware from spreading throughout your operating system and doing some serious damage.                                          firewall_bugs_more

Hacker

Although the term hacker has a negative connotation, and is used to describe a person who uses their knowledge of computers for malicious purposes, that wasn’t the case at the very beginning, as the term was used for someone who uses their talents to experiment with software.

Even today, members of the hacking community emphasize that their work is positive, and use the term “crackers” for those who use their computer expertise to do harm.

Meme

Meme is used to describe something that spreads on the internet, achieving massive popularity and inspiring a number of imitations. The first mention of the word “meme” was used in the book called The Selfish Gene, written by scientist Richard Dawkins, who discussed the phenomena of cultural imitation. He settled on the Greek word “mimeme”, which means “imitated thing”. He used a shorter version, to make it rhyme with gene. But, “meme” also means “same” in French. Richard Dawkins himself approves the use of the term.

Mouse

The origins of this one are not quite clear. Douglas Engelbart, its inventor, says that even he can’t remember how the name stuck. The mouse was first introduced in 1968, and has been called a mouse ever since. One of the engineers working on the project at the time, Roger Bates, shed some light on the matter, saying that the cursor used to bear the name “CAT”, so it was only fitting to name the new device a “mouse”.

Bug

A bug was named after an actual bug. You see, back in the day when computers used to take up an entire warehouse, bugs would often fly into the machine, causing problems, much like their modern virtual counterparts.

Bit

Every computer is based on a binary system, where information is stored using ones and zeros. Those zeros and ones are called bits. “Bit” is the shortened version of the words “binary digits”.

If you have a favorite term, let me know.

5 Online Dangers Parents Need To Be Aware Of

21 May

The internet has become a dangerous place. It was never truly safe, but since there are now millions of users traversing cyberspace, the risks have increased over time. As this technology gets worked into every aspect of our lives, it begins to affect the lives of our children. This new phenomenon is wonderful for things like education and business, but it is risky for socialization.

Parents need to go the extra mile to monitor their children while guiding them into becoming savvy internet users – the Reflex Software website provides some useful spy software reviews for phones and PC’s – check it out here. Lots of good monitoring information for parents.

Below are some of the common but possibly unknown dangers to children and teens in cyberspace.

Excessive Access.monitoring kids - software

Children need boundaries. Unrestricted access to a computer or mobile device is not recommended. If you would not let your child spend the night in a home with a family you do not know, you certainly do not want them to have unrestricted access to people and information that may not be age appropriate or even legal. The goal is to limit their time like you would with television.

Keeping kids involved in activities, sports, and real life social interaction will keep them from delving too deep into the internet abyss. A practical way to set up online content boundaries is to create firewalls that are password protected. This will allow you to keep children away from any content you deem inappropriate.

Posting too many, possibly provocative photos.

The internet is a raw and honest place. Many people find it easy to take and post provocative photos. Many do this is order to garner praise from their peers and test their sexual boundaries just as they would in real life. However, posting photos on the internet allows others, and possibly unwanted onlookers to view and share these photos. Such a “leak” of photos could both constitute as child pornography and ruin a teen’s social life.

Making risky contacts.

There are online predators out there. Since the days of AOL chat rooms, those looking to cause harm to adults and children have taken advantage of the anonymity that the internet allows. Remind children that these internet strangers are just like real life strangers. They can hurt them. You can use monitoring software and apps to keep an eye on who your child is communicating with.

Dangerous or inappropriate content.

Pornography, violent photos and video and other culturally inappropriate content should be targeted when setting up firewalls. Parents need to keep up-to-date on new sites and trends to keep their children safe. Teens especially are at the forefront of new trends because they are the ones that drive the momentum behind their popularity. Discuss these issues with other parents and continue an open line of communication with your children.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is always being discussed because it is so prevalent. Middle schoolers and high schoolers experience this constantly, but even elementary school children are plagued by online bullying. Monitor interactions between your children and others. You don’t have to micromanage and hover constantly.

There will be signs your child is being cyber bullied: anxiety, anger, and other emotions could point to this. Ask questions, love your child, and give them the real confidence they need to combat negative people. They will be able to negotiate the world better as teens and adults.

Do not despair. It can seem daunting to monitor this aspect of your child’s life, but it doesn’t have to be. You can use the tools at your disposal, such as apps and other software, to help you keep your child safe. The internet is full of resources for parents who want create a safe and appropriate internet experience for their children.

Quick Tip – How to Speed Up Your Firefox Browser

21 May

Firefox is a popular browser with PC users. There are many updates being made to the browser to increase its speed, and it is beginning to catch up to Google’s Chrome in regards to capabilities. For many, Firefox continues to disappoint in the speed category, but there are some things you can do as a user to increase Firefox’s speed. The tips below will help make adjustments to encourage Firefox’s speed, but unfortunately, results can vary. So take that into consideration when approaching this issue.

Download a Speed Booster

Getting a speed booster is probably the best way to increase Firefox’s speed. There a few types of software available, namely, Firefox Booster. It’s good for any version of Firefox, and it quietly works in the background to get you little speed boosts.

The speed booster works with your internet connection to optimize your speed. It does this by changing the amount of speed up firefoxconnections to servers it can connect to at any one time. The slower your speed, the fewer it connects to. The faster your internet connection, the more servers it will connect to. As it stands, Firefox’s default settings aren’t great for many computers since not everyone has an “average” connection.

Additional Changes

Non-Windows users can use the Tweak Network Extension to make some subtle changes to the way Firefox operates. There, you can type in your own numbers manually to suit your preferences. Otherwise, if you have a fast internet speed, you can click the “power” preset for a standard setting.

To Revert to Original Settings

You can remove the booster software to go back to square one. Uninstall it like any normal program. For the Tweak Network Extension, you can click the “default” button to go back to the normal settings.

If you make these changes and things still are not going as fast as you would like, you may already have a fast connection. Otherwise, you could have an internet issue. You may be bottlenecking a lot of server connections. That will slow things like a traffic jam. This calls for system manipulation outside of the browser realm.

Thankfully, Firefox is an open source browser. This means savvy users are always talking about ways to make it better and developers listen. Their latest update has delivered some good speed improvements although it is starting to look a lot like Chrome! You can visit forums, the Firefox website, and other blogs to help you get tips to get the most out of Firefox.

Remember to consider some other things that may be slowing down your browsing – how good is your internet provider and have you checked your PC for viruses? Happy browsing!

Which Free PC Antivirus Software Should You Pick?

13 Feb

Ok, so you’ve finally set up your machine just the way you like it, and the only thing left now is to venture into the vast information ocean that is the World Wide Web. Wrong! Before you do that, you need to protect your PC properly, which means you should have your antivirus, firewall and antispyware installed and up-to-date. Now, most of us are somewhat lazy to invest time and effort (not to mention money) for the purpose of keeping our PC safe.

Especially if your surfing habits involve visiting secure and reputable websites. It’s all good, right until the moment you insert a USB drive which God knows where it’s been into your computer, and it starts wreaking havoc.

Apart from providing decent enough protection for your PC so you don’t have to worry every time you open up your browser, antivirus software has to meet several other requirements, depending on the needs of the user. Personally, I like my antivirus to be like a butler – does it’s work perfectly, without me even noticing. And of course, there is the issue of price. Therefore, here are some of the free alternatives for protecting your electronic pet, listed in no particular order whatsoever:

Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus performed well on the tests, and it was able to discover 99 percent of threats, which is around avast antivirus imagethe industry standard, counting the paid antivirus products as well. Where Avast truly gets to shine is the detection of zero-day security threats, being able to pick up 99 percent of them, which exceed the average of 95 percent by a wide margin. Also, it does a great job when it comes to false positives, it is simple to use and install, and it’s not very demanding, so it won’t hinder your system’s performance. Choosing Avast Free Antivirus as your antivirus is a no-brainer.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

As far as protection goes, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition offers similar performance as Avast does. It was able to detect 99 percent of threats, the industry average. When it comes to zero-day threats, it is right up there with Avast, nearly 100 percent of the threat detected, although Avast is still slightly better. It reported a few false positives, but nothing you should worry about. AVG has a slight edge over its competitors regarding system performance, so if you have a PC that lack a bit of power, AVG is your best bet.

Check Point ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall

A juggenaut among the antiviruses, Check Point ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is not quite as good as Avast or AVG in terms of protection, but it still does a pretty good job. Where it does excel is system requirements, so if you have an underpowered PC, you will not go wrong by choosing ZoneAlarm.  It detected nearly 100 recent of all known threats, which is great, but concerning zero-day threats, it picked up 91 to 93 percent, which is still not bad, but far below average of 95 percent. A good choice if you have an older PC, but other’s offer better protection.

These are by no means your only alternatives, but until you decide to really get into the matter, one of these three should be your first line of defense. For a paid alternative check my article about McAfee antivirus.

Worried about your kids online? You should be – read my article here.

Intel’s New Iteration of McAfee Anti-virus

21 Jan

McAfee Anti-virus

Founded in 1987, McAfee is a subsidiary owned by Intel and is a security software group based in the United States. Its PC security software’s reputation by critics and users is less than great. In 2012, McAfee Total Protection 2012 received mediocre reviews from Computer Shopper Magazine and CNET.

Users find McAfee’s products to be nuisances. The software constantly asks for users to update, and the update reminders can not be deactivated. If you do choose to update, the software will reboot the computer whether or not you are currently working at the time. This can result in loss of any work that has not been saved. McAfee’s customer support is said to be difficult to work with, or no help at all. The hardest issue to overcome when users want to part with McAfee, it’s not very easy to remove from your PC to install another anti-virus product.

On the positive side, McAfee has made successful enough products in terms of reviews by major tech magazines. Tech-savvy users, however, tend to go with other companies’ products to protect their computers as McAfee tends to provide only average protection and is not the most intuitive product on the market.

The Controversy

McAfee’s recent history is riddled in controversy. 2010 was a bad year for McAfee when millions of computers mcafee-free-logo1running Windows XP Service Pack 3 were affected by a fault in a McAfee update. Computers running in hospitals, stores, public services, and homes were unusable until McAfee made a fix for their own mistake.

More recently, John McAfee, the founder of the McAfee Anti-virus, made a YouTube video poking fun of the product. His erratic behavior has led Intel to sever ties with John McAfee and the McAfee name. In 2014, Intel officially renamed McAfee Anti-virus to Intel Security.

Intel Security

In early 2014, Intel announced the change of name at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Intel, the software will remain unchanged, for now. Intel is planning to bring its security software to Android tablets, cell phones, and other wearable devices. These changes seem to be driven by Intel’s need to rebrand the product’s image and completely disassociate from John McAfee’s reputation.

Perhaps Intel has a mind to create an even better anti-virus product than McAfee has been previously. For now, they have decided that it would necessitate rebranding McAfee. Looking for a free Anti-virus software program instead – read this article.