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  2. Which AM/AV do you use?

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  4. Your click does matter! - What you do online could determine whether your information ends up getting stolen, your banking credentials are hacked, or your system is infected with malicious software. Anti-Virus v. Anti-Malware: What's the difference? Most AV (anti-virus) solutions offer the same features as AM (anti-malware) solutions but the real meaning behind it all is generally a marketing difference. Malware is a term used for all malicious software, while virus is a term used for a type of malicious software that spreads and replicates itself. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Zj1F-Vv5Y Built-in security mechanisms By default, Windows 10* (assuming you're on an updated OS) has these security mechanisms built-in: UAC: User Account Control UAC allows the user of a PC to provide authority to applications seeking administrative access to perform modifications to certain features/files on a machine. SmartScreen Alerts you when an application attempts to run that is unknown or not trusted. Kernel Patch Protection & PatchGuard (x64 Systems Only) In-place to prevent manipulation of the Windows Kernel. General tips - Do not open any emails you weren't expecting. - Make sure you use the correct website and not a phishing page. - Use passwords that use a variety of letters, numbers, and symbols. - Avoid the use of torrents. - Use real licensed software and not cracks or key-generators (keygens). - When visiting a webpage you are unsure of, use a VPN. - as a precaution. - Un-check boxes when downloading specific items, most come bundled with other useless items. - Do not plug any USB's into your machine that you may have found. - When logging into websites, make sure they have 'https://' within the URL. Software Suggestions/Misc OS Updates Keeping your OS (operating system) up-to-date is extremely important because when the new patches get sent out they are to secure certain holes within the system that contain vulnerabilities, and other bugs. It is also recommended that you upgrade your OS to the latest version if you haven't already. Password Manager Using a password manager makes not locking yourself out of your own accounts a breeze and using more secure passwords even easier! Suggestions: bitwarden KeePassX Security Solution Having an AV/AM is a critical point of protection for most users, and it should be. It is used as a primary source of prevention and defense for malicious software. Free: Windows Defender (built-in) avast! Avira Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (can be used with another solution) Paid: Emsisoft Anti-Malware - Highly recommend! Kaspersky ESET Software Updates Keeping your software up-to-date is just as important as anything else; Doing so provides protection against exploits that appear in the wild that may lead to a possible infection or breach. You may do so with ease by using an application called PatchMyPC. Traffic Encryption Encrypting your DNS traffic will help prevent MITM attacks. Windows client: Simple DNSCrypt USB Protection USB Drive's are a common vector for attack, thus protecting against this is always a smart decision! I suggest using USB Flash Drives Control from BiniSoft which allows you to enable/disable read, write, and execute mode for flash drives.
  5. Android or iOS?

    Which do you prefer, Android or iOS? I personally prefer Android over any iOS options.
  6. Manjaro Linux, and Xubuntu are my two favorite general choices along with Qubes OS.
  7. In addition to your warning statement about disconnecting the power, one should also press the power button at least 5 times in order to drain the remaining power stored inside the machine.
  8. Retail vs. Online

    I prefer shopping online as-well.
  9. Here is another useful one: https://linuxjourney.com/ It basically has an assortment of guides about what Linux is, and how various parts of it works.
  10. Currently I am using Emsisoft Anti-Malware on my machine.
  11. favorite router

    I don't really have a *favorite* router, I just like one that works and runs smoothly.
  12. OS: UAC (User Account Control): Browsers: Browser Extensions: Real-time Protection: On-demand Protection: Misc. Utilities: OS: Windows 10 Home UAC (User Account Control): Always Notify Browsers: Google Chrome (Primary), Mozilla Firefox (Secondary), Microsoft Edge (Backup) Browser Extensions: Adguard, HTTPS Everywhere Real-time Protection: Emsisoft Anti-Malware, Windows Firewall On-demand Protection: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Rogue Killer Misc. Utilities: CCleaner, Windscribe (VPN), cleanmgr.exe (default disk cleanup)
  13. 2017 Antivirus Poll

    Eek! You don't have Emsisoft added.
  14. I use GIMP to work with image creation; I absolutely love it!
  15. Printer Repair

    If it is a home-based printers (i.e. one that can be purchased at a low price) I normally suggest others to just replace the device as it would most of the time cost the same price to just repair any of the inside components, although there are some issues with printers such as jams, ink issues, and driver related malfunctions that I do tend to fix. I believe repair is mainly for enterprise and workplace printers as they do tend to get quite expensive.
  16. First Impressions Thread

    I absolutely love how the community is being formed as it covers a wide-variety of tech related topics and not to mention has a unique forum software that isn't used by many forums under this niche. Zap's design is also really user/browser friendly and is really smooth. I have high hopes for this community.
  17. favorite router

    What is everyone's favorite router and why?
  18. Welcome to Zaps Technology!

    Hello Admin!
  19. Instead of Photoshop consider.......GIMP or Paint.NET! Instead of Microsoft Office consider.... Open Office, LibreOffice Instead of MySQL consider......MariaDB, Firebird, or Cubrid! Instead of Dreamweaver consider......NVU, notepad++ Instead of Illustrator consider...Inkscape! Instead of Media Player and Itunes consider.....VLC. Instead of Adobe Audition consider.....Audacity. Instead of IE please please please consider Firefox!!!! Instead of Outlook consider Thunderbird and Sunbird for that calendar functions. Instead of mIRC we now have X-chat 2 for irc chats for technical and give a shout out to discord for another alternative to irc. Instead of MS Project please consider GanttPV and Agile Methodology to speed up your projects.
  20. https://www.freecodecamp.org/ -A great place to start if you don't know if you'll like it to get feet wet plus you can get local community support! It even covers new web technologies like bootstrap after it covers your html and css http://www.codeconquest.com/ - A great place for if you want for focus and still if you don't quite know what you want to do for direction or even just dip toes into another language. https://www.edx.org/-You want to become certified in coding to put on a resume and have a crunchtime deadlines and learn from the best at good old cs50? They will teach you and you'll learn a lot, but without some introductory background or practice it may be quite challenging. https://www.reddit.com/r/learnprogramming/wiki/online Honestly one of the best compendiums of resources you will find for other online resources as well as a focused community for questions about programming.
  21. Lithium Battery Info

    Too many people I’ve met have misconceptions, wrong understanding or simply no idea at all about how to maintain the batteries inside their new spanking new electronic gadgets. More often than not, it will be one of those nifty, super-slim lithium-ion variants. So I decided to write this little primer to help you, erm, I mean, your techno-phobic friends along. Note that my recommendations are catered along the lines of practical convenience as well as pure battery maintenance facts alone. As with everything, there is often more than a way to skin a cat. I do try to explain my rationale behind my recommendations, so do try to read on before clobbering me on the head with your PhD in advanced materials science. Tip #1: Lithium-ion batteries are limited by their life-spans Found an e-bay offer for a lithium-ion battery pack for your ageing notebook or PDA at bargain prices? Or saw that battery pack for your gadget in its dusty sealed package at the corner store of the flea market? Before you jump and snap it up, be sure to first check the manufacturer date. We all know that all batteries are limited by a finite number of charging “cycles”. However, it is a little publicized fact that the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries are also limited by their manufacture date. Your lithium-ion battery starts dying the moment it leaves the factory The fact is, your lithium-ion battery starts dying the moment it leaves the factory! Of course, the actual life-span of an unused lithium-ion battery can vary by a fair amount based on its internal charge as well as the external temperature. But suffice to say that you can expect to irreversibly lose 20% of a lithium-ion battery’s charge every year from its original date of manufacture. PDA came with more than one spare battery? Take it out of its shrink-wrap and use it interchangeably – today. Thinking of buying a “spare” battery for use in future? Well, just save the money and buy it only when you are ready to use it. Tip #2: Avoid allowing your device to discharge completely Every wondered why your modern phone, PDA or iPod is able to cheerfully tell you that “Your battery is now exhausted” for several seconds on its brightly-lid LCD screen before switching off? The reason is simple; there is an artificial circuit that shuts off the device when the charge in the battery is too low. This extraneous circuit is built to protect from the damage that could result if the charge of your lithium ion battery falls too low. If you still don’t get it: if the charge of your lithium ion battery falls too low, the battery can get irreversibly and permanently damaged. So since Lithium Ion has no “memory effect”, it is better to simply charge your portable device as and when you can or remember. To set your mind at ease, a “charge cycle” means a single iteration of depleting followed by a re-charge until 100% of battery charge. If you consume 50% of your iPod’s battery on day 1, recharge to 100% at night, and do the same thing on day 2, then you would have just finished up one charge cycle of its battery life. Constantly recharging a lithium ion battery does not shorten the battery life more than normal usage would. Hence constantly recharging a lithium ion battery does not shorten the battery life more than normal usage would. Avoid letting it sit on empty for too long; instead, keep it charged-up if you can. Tip #3: Take the battery out of your notebook computer when connected to AC helps… not! Well ok, actually, taking out the battery from your notebook computer might help, but the reason it does is not really what you think it is. It is not because of over-charging as most people might believe. There are some really smart circuits monitoring your lithium ion battery (See reason #2 above), and these circuits also ensure that your precious lithium ion never gets overcharged. So leaving the battery in when the AC is on has no detrimental effect whatever on the health of the battery. However, if there is another killer of lithium ion batteries other than old-age, then it would be heat. Long term exposure of a lithium ion battery to temperatures higher than 40 degrees Celsius permanently reduces its total charge capacity by noticeable percentages chunks per year. Having said that, I would hazard that modern processor like the Centrino Duo runs quite coolly overall. On the other hand, it is really painful to see someone plug their AC adapter to their laptop, carefully remove the battery and put it aside, then finally sit down and switch on their laptop. Then have someone trip over their AC adapter an hour into an unsaved document. Ouch. Unless you are setting up the laptop at Wal-Mart or Carrefour to run practically 24/7 until its time to sell it off at “display unit” pricing, my recommendation would be to save yourself the trouble and just leave the battery in. Actually, I think the real motivation to take the battery out of shop display units is to prevent theft. Really, why make it so inconvenient for yourself when the battery will be literally unusable in a few years time. Source: 3 Things You Should Already Know About Your Lithium Ion Battery ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEW ADDON: Some also claimed that we should minimize the duration of the battery remain at high voltage (e.g. 4.2v / 100%). This is spoil the battery because the corrosion activities are relatively high when the battery is in high voltage/ full charge. Put it short, after fully charge your battery, please use it ASAP. It won't give birth little baby battery if you leave it there with full charge
  22. What is your favorite Apple product from the PC line? Mine is the iMac!
  23. Retail vs. Online

    When shopping for a new PC, do you prefer shopping at brick and mortar retail stores or online? I prefer online shopping because of the greater selection.
  24. Printer Repair

    In my opinion, printers are available now at such a low cost and part availability is at a minimum; therefore, it does not pay to repair these manually. Has anyone completed a DIY repair on a printer or have the majority bought new?
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