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5 Tips to Avoid Hackers and Computer Viruses

March 2, 2011
5 Tips to Avoid Hackers and Computer Viruses

Condensed Release:
Knowing how to use the Internet in the 21st century can only be equivocated to having a super power. You can do things that people 30 years ago thought only The Jetsons would be able to accomplish: send letters without needing postage, turn your car on from your phone, operate traffic lights and fire, police and ambulance notification systems. The world is your oyster. However, like any super power, if all of this control is placed in the wrong hands, personal and public safety is called into question.  

Full Release:
Knowing how to use the Internet in the 21st century can only be equivocated to having a super power. You can do things that people 30 years ago thought only The Jetsons would be able to accomplish: send letters without needing postage, turn your car on from your phone, operate traffic lights and fire, police and ambulance notification systems. The world is your oyster. However, like any super power, if all of this control is placed in the wrong hands, personal and public safety is called into question.

Keeping your information safe is easy, just follow these steps.

Hacking

To understand what hacking is, think of it as virtual breaking and entering. A masked villain is infiltrating your computer to steal what is rightfully yours: your virtual property. Once hackers break in, they can alter important information, delete key files, and even crash an entire network of computers.

Most often, computer hackers break into large consumer websites. The goal: to steal bank account and credit card information. Consider these tips for your Internet security:

Use a firewall. Even though hackers usually affect large company websites that does not mean that home networks are completely safe. With a firewall in place, you can control your security and filter what information from the internet is safe and what is not.

Use caution when giving out personal information on the internet. We hear it all the time, but do we really listen? Use software to keep information safe, and only give out your information if you trust the company. Check the BBB Business Review at bbb.org before buying from a company of which you have no direct knowledge.

Ignore your preconceived notions. Kids hack too. It’s hard to imagine a teenager that has the power and knowledge to bring a network of computers to their knees, but it’s been done. Teach your children safe computer practices, just as you would teach them that robbing a bank or driving drunk is wrong. Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean the consequences are virtual too.

Viruses

Viruses are similar to hacking in that they exist to impair or destroy the infrastructure of your computer. However, much as its name would signify, a virus is like a common cold. It is easily passed from computer to computer through the Internet with nothing more that the click of a button or the opening of an email. Once it reaches as far as it can, the virus takes over the hosting computer.

Unfortunately, for its victims, viruses infect your computer often before you even know what you did wrong.

Don’t open emails that are suspicious. It’s relatively common knowledge that you shouldn’t open an email that touts “FREE FREE FREE” in the subject line, but the landscape of email viruses has changed in the last few years. Now viruses can appear as if they are coming from someone in your contacts. Make sure to monitor subject lines, even if you know the sender, and if you are the victim of an email virus, immediately warn your contacts because they are the next target. After that, change your password often over the next few weeks.

Don’t be a victim of the scam emails coming from companies you may already do business with, e.g. your bank, your credit card company or even a store where you shop. These fake emails are out to get your personal and financial information. None of these legitimate firms would ask for your personal or financial information via email or phone call. They have this information on file. These emails are made to look exactly like they are coming from your bank, credit card company, etc. Please don’t be fooled. It will end up costly you money or you will become a victim of identity theft.

Back up your information. Viruses can affect just your email, but, too often, they spread throughout your entire computer. While buying a new computer can be painful, losing pictures, documents and music can hurt even more. Once a month, once a week, even once a day, take the time to back up information that you can’t live without.

In summation, use your powers for good, but remember that the Internet houses many-a-Lex Luthor just waiting in the shadows for the opportunity to wreak havoc on your virtual life

Link: http://www.theweekly.com/news/2011/February/23/Hackers_Viruses.html

Movie Maker

March 2, 2011

Windows Movie Maker

Window Movie Makers is movie making software. It’s the product of Microsoft Corporation. This software is used to create short movies, music files and image files. We can create short movies and video documents. It may be limited to 10 minutes only. The existing videos, images, and audios can be edited in this programme. This programme contains different options like effects and transitions to make the movie more attractive. This has different parts like:

  • Tools: contain all the tools to edit the file.
  • Collection part: to collect the movie making files and can seen in this part.
  • Preview screen: in this the files can be seen individually.
  • Narration part: in this part the story can be narrated by giving voice.

It have Toolbar box in that the following option are there.

  1. Tool box: by using this box we can capture the photos, audios and video clips from the camera. Photos can be capture from the computer itself if it has option to capture the photos or video clips. We can import files from the pre-existed files.
  2. Edit movie: this have various options like editing and giving effects and transitions to make movie more lively and attractive. In this we can set the images, audio and videos slides according to the convenience and narration. The background music can be set. This can be reduced or increase based on requirement. Timing can set to each and every clip.
  3. Finish Movie: this will be the final stage where we can save the file which we have created. The file will be saved in two forms; one is in project file and another in movie file. In case if we want edit further the project file can be used, but in the movie file can’t make further changes.

Uses of Movie Makes

  1. This programme is useful to create small documentary. It will be used to create awareness on various issues like HIV, Illiteracy, Health related issues, environment etc.
  2. There are many effects, transitions, titles, to make movie or documentary more interesting because we can write slogan or use voice to narrate the story so that it will be easy to understand for those who are watching this documentary.
  3. After capture, any clip can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the editing list.
  4. It can be use to show or convey message within a short time.