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How to Secure Internet transactions

Online transactions such as banking and shopping are becoming increasingly popular which involve typing your confidential information. Safety is definitely a concern with such online activities. Online crime rates are growing at a fast pace with lots of fake sites trying to take control of private information. These transactions usually take place in a jiff. So, it is very important to take the necessary preventive measures accordingly. Usually, people who try to sneak into your system will monitor, record and key log your data without your knowledge. This information when shared with the wrong crowd will wreak havoc in your life.

Though certain companies provide insurance for such issues, not everything is covered in their policies. It only reduces your burden to your extent but never offers you the complete solution. There are certain safety measures that you can follow in order to evade such crimes. Some of the safer modes of payment include

• E Wallets
• PayPal
• Smart Cards
• Digital Cash

You can also follow these simple but effective ways to ensure online security

Make use of the most updated Internet browser – A browser is nothing but a program that we normally use to browse. This program has the unique capability to mix up the sensitive information thereby making it confusing for anyone who reads the data. When you use the most updated browser, it frees you the hassles of such crimes by scrambling your data with advanced technology. It is called the encryption technology which also makes use of a Secure Sockets Layer. SSL is nothing but an internet protocol which used to transfer confidential data. Before surfing, check if the site begins with https instead of http. It should also contain a lock icon which you will find at lower area of the screen in the status bar.

Always transfer data from reliable sources – This is one of the important step that you need to follow in order to avoid worms, viruses and other malwares from infecting your system. Install security suites which will cipher all types of confidential information like passwords, account numbers and more. You will also receive notifications whether a particular site is secure or not. It automatically blocks such sites and also provides automatic updates to keep you aware of the most recent threats. It encrypts and stores your passwords in a safe location. However, it is also your primary responsibility not to discuss your passwords with anyone.
Avoid cyber cafes and shared computers- Never type sensitive information such as bank account details and passwords from an Internet Café or on a shared computer. Even if such a situation arises, make sure you change the password using your own personal computer. Once you are done with your online activity, sign out from the account first and then close the browser. Never close the browser first. Keep this in your mind that the password should never be easily comprehendible. Deactivate the “Auto Complete” option to safeguard private information.

Go through the privacy policies – Every website will have its own privacy policy. Read the policy completely and make sure that they don’t share your data with anyone. Only then, should you type sensitive information. Also don’t share your user id and password to a company if it sends you an email requesting for the same.

Follow these simple steps that ensure a secured online experience!

 

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How to make VOIP calls from your computer

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is one of the best options to use for international calling. Compared to calls made on traditional copper wires and cell phone networks, VoIP calls are just a fraction of the cost. If configured correctly, international VoIP calls for a few numbers can also be free. This technology uses your internet connection to make calls. One of the advantages of this system is that you can set it up in such a way that calls made to your number will be charged as local calls for whoever is calling you, even if you are in another country.

One of the best ways to make VoIP calls for the casual user is by using Skype. Creating an account on Skype with a phone number tagged to it allows you to use Skype’s proprietary system to even call landlines and other cell phones across the globe. You can activate this service by purchasing calling minutes on Skype for a particular location.

You can make VoIP calls using Session Internet Protocol (SIP) which is a technology used in commercial VoIP apps. One of the advantages of using SIP is that it gives you a free incoming number. Here’s a short guide on how you go about configuring SIP on your computer.

  1. The first step is to create an account with a SIP trunking provider. There are a number of providers out there, choose one that offers the amount of bandwidth that you need as this will affect the quality of service that you receive. Mot SIP trunking providers will require you to register by filling out a web form.
  2. Make a note of the SIP account number that you receive after registration is successful.
  3. Go back to your service provider’s website and read the installation instructions to get the proxy, ports, server and other settings. Some services have a separate proxy server and domain, while others only have a domain for you to connect to.
  4. The next thing that you need to do is to download and install a SIP client. This SIP client usually comes with a dialer that has all the usual functions of a telephone including features like recording your calls, setting up voicemail and in some cases caller ID too. There are plenty of free options available online. You will need to configure the client by entering the settings that you have downloaded from the SIP trunking provider. Remember to keep all the settings identical. You will then have to provide your SIP account number and password.
  5. Once you have all this set up, test the outgoing facility by calling a number. See if you are satisfied with the quality of the call. Make sure that your incoming number is functioning by testing it from a regular telephone and also a cell phone. After this, purchase the minutes on a plan that will be adequate for your usage and suitable for the country that you are calling.

Another option that you can make use of is configuring the same account to an Android enabled smartphone using clients such as Sipdroid. Take a look at this to extend the functionality of you VoIP phone service.

How to Create an IPhone App

Mobile technology is one of the fastest growing industries today. Tablet devices will overtake laptops as the primary computing device at some point in the near future, and far more than half the population of the United States currently has a smartphone. These little geniuses can be used to do almost anything, and it is up to the app developer to best harness that portable computing power. Apps are what made the iPhone so popular. With apps you can navigate around your city, book a flight, plan a weekend away, play complex video games, paint a masterpiece or do pretty much anything else you can imagine. And if you can imagine it, you can design it. Here are a couple steps to help you create an iPhone app that will sell in Apple’s store.

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How to Send a Fax From Your Smartphone

Technology’s nonstop progress is absolutely astounding. While major leaps have been made in medicine, aeronautics, farming and the sciences over the past several decades, it really has been all of the developments in communication that have most directly affected our daily lives. Computers have become faster and much more integrated with global internet services. But these days, the smartphones that most Americans carry in their pockets are literally just as powerful as the laptop computer sitting at home. Most modern smartphones begin their capabilities with calling and texting, but there is always much much more. Locate yourself anywhere in the world and find the fastest way between two points with GPS services, throw on a set of headphones and enjoy streaming or downloaded movies, television shows and music, and open up an app that can perform nearly any computing task. One of the best things most smartphones can now do with ease is send and receive a fax. Here is how to go about it.

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9 Apps for Editing Video on your Smartphone

As the years pass, mobile devices — particularly smartphones — are growing exponentially in power. A few years ago, no one would have dreamed of being able to edit or produce video on a smartphone. Most laptops wouldn’t even be able to handle a video editing suite. Today, there are enough mobile apps for video editing that they can be pruned down to make a list.

1. iMovie

iMovie is Apple’s desktop video editor, made for a mobile device. It has all the basic features you’ve come to expect in video editing, like adding music and transition effects, basic video editing and trailer production. You can even share directly from the device to Facebook, Youtube or a selection of other sites.

2. iSuper8

iSuper8 emulates the past era of Super8 cameras. It allows you to set the framerate for videos to 12, 18 or 24 frames per second — perfect for that old-time feel. It also applies a filter to every pixel of your video, giving every frame a unique old style look. This app is essential for producing vintage-looking videos.

3. Vyclone

Vyclone is essential for shooting the same scene from multiple angles without needing multiple takes. It checks your GPS location through your smartphone and scans the local area for other people shooting in the same area. The resulting multiple angles allow video from up to four iPhones to be edited together easily.

4. VidTrim Pro

Every feature that iMovie provides to iPhones, VidTrim Pro provides for Android devices. No longer do Apple devices have the monopoly on mobile video editing. VidTrim Pro allows any Android device to edit video on the fly, complete with Youtube, Facebook and other sharing capabilities. VidTrim Pro also includes a screen grabber, which lets you easily pick a frame to save as a still for promotion.

5. Viddy

Sometimes you don’t want to edit an hour and a half long movie on your smartphone. For those who need something much shorter, Viddy is the answer. As an app, it’s specifically designed to edit clips no longer than fifteen seconds. Viddy provides a number of filters and effects to add to your video and one-click sharing for social media sites like Youtube, Twitter and Facebook.

6. Videolicious

Videolicious isn’t a wide-range video editing suite. Instead, the app comes packaged with a variety of tutorials and step-by-step instructions, as well as video ideas. The goal is to easily allow you to take videos from your iPhone library and turn them into short product reviews, thank you notes, or whatever else you might want to use your video for. Perfect for NJ Internet video advertising or other uses.

7. Lapse It Pro

Lapse It Pro is packaged with a bunch of video editing functionality, but its primary purpose is to allow you to use the Android phone to take, save and edit time-lapse videos. It can render the resulting video in a variety of formats, apply a number of standard video editing effects, and share easily on all the social networks.

8. AndroMedia HD

AndroMedia is the Android’s most fully functional and robust video editing program. It offers nearly all the video editing functionality you could expect out of a desktop suite. You can add effects, create transitions, overlay title cards, fade in other clips and more. It even allows exported video in standard or HD, in a variety of formats. Of course, no mobile video app would be complete without the ability to share to social networks.

9. CinemaFX

As the name implies, CinemaFX is a suite of video effects you can add to your videos — 55 of them to be exact. Up to three effects can be stacked at any one time over a segment of video, allowing crazy chaos or subtle editing in equal measure. Previews are side-by-side with the source, and the resulting video can be uploaded to Youtube easily.

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