How to Guarantee Your Cloud Safety?

There are different kinds of ‘safe’ we can talk about. First, there is ‘safe from other’ where you main concern is privacy of your data. Then, there is the ‘safe’ which means that there is a minimal risk of you losing access.

Let’s start with the obvious, yet often forgotten – nothing is safe. Neither your computer, nor your external HDD or Google’s servers.

Infamous Celebrity Nude Photo

Leak

Leaks were always a thing but since technologies moved to the cloud, celebrities have an additional enemy to fight next to the paparazzis – hackers.

In recent years, when a celebrity picture or video was leaked, people focused on their right to privacy. Which shouldn’t even be debated. They ARE people. However, a much less vocal issue was the safety of the data. Even the sources that did cover the issue, were doing it in the vaguest tone possible.

This happened for two reasons. First, in most cases the users themselves didn’t use strong enough passwords. But there was also a hack of the Apple cloud itself. And that’s a problem because once the hackers were in, there were no notifications or asking for permission to copy the data that was sent to the user.

Safety – who’s concern is it?

 

As a user, it may seem we are pushing the blame from us. On the other hand, Apple (or any other big corporation) should be held accountable because it’s their customer management system that is the problem. If flaws in individual passwords can harm the rest of the users’ data, the company should be doing a better job. Especially because there is also their reputation on the line.

It’s like a casino where you like playing pokies claiming that the security of your funds at their casino is your concern. This would never happen because casinos fight for to able to claim they are much safer than the competitors.

Clouds are safe to keep

 

Strangely enough, people got used to the fact that Google and Apple own their data. And it wasn’t hard to do because what they made sure is that your data is accessible anywhere, anytime. Set up sync from your computer, laptop and mobile devices and every picture you take, every file you create will be immediately put on a cloud.

That’s the magic of their proposal. But that would also mean that by gaining access to one of your devices, a hacker automatically can see all of your pictures and files. Not to mention that you are at the mercy of the big companies.

Recently, a new way of saving files on the cloud has been born. Basically, in a network of users like you the file is separated into 40 pieces. You would only lose your file if more than 50% of the computers went down. And the appeal is that no one but you actually have access to the whole file.

 

If you want to know more, you can find here.

Best cloud-based programs for Windows OS

cloud programs

Today more and more software developers decide to either completely move to the cloud or start sharing their services between online and desktop-based.

Should you move online, as well?

That really depends. With some programs, yes but other tasks should definitely be left on your hard-disk for desktop use.

Here are the best software of both worlds.

First and foremost, what are the musts.

Essentials

dropbox

Dropbox, Box

I use Dropbox for everything. Basically, I use it to share family folders with my kids and my wife and work folders to share with my colleagues. Also, my automatic screenshots and mobile photos are also saved in my Dropbox. I now have over 5GB free and I have never ran out of space.

Jing, Lightshot

No one likes to be wasting time on trivial tasks. You probably spend hours online, sometimes you see something you want to share. Then, you probably would press PrtScn button, copy the image to Paint, crop, save, upload it to Dropbox or share the image through email.

Jing or Lightshot allow sharing images (including leaving notes) in a couple of clicks.

Text Processor

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Our recommendation – Google Drive Suite

After Microsoft Word started lagging for me, I gave Google Drive a shot and never looked back. Add-ons make it a powerful tool while constant autosaving make sure I never lose what I write.

I will only say that if I used spreadsheets more often, I would use Excel for this.

Photo editing

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Our recommendation – Pixlr

There are many tools you can use to play with your photos but none of them can compare to the power of Photoshop. However, if you just need to alter a few details, maybe remove the red-eye effect, Pixlr will be enough for most of your needs.

Calendar

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Our recommendation –  Google Calendar

Please don’t sign up to those expensive schedule management services. Learn a few tricks and Google Calendar will be the best tool you ever used. Easy to share, accessible on virtually any device, ability to color-code your multiple calendars. It’s powerful and yet a very slick tool.

To Do List/Notes

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Our recommendation – Keep

It was a time when I used a desktop app for my schedule, to do list, etc. It was called My Organization or something like that. It was a long time ago. Now, for a few years already I moved all my tasks online. Again, like Calendar.

Note taking apps seem to split people, you may like OneNote, or Evernote. Personally, I use Keep. It’s so simple and yet, with the right system, it’s incredible powerful (sort, color-code, label, set reminders). All free.

So, for example, on one note I have my shopping list that is only 5-8 points, while on the other I have almost a whole book-worth of content in lessons on how to play Texas Hold’em. Whatever the format, Keep is a great tool for that.

Storage

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Our recommendation – External Hard Drive

Call me paranoid but I am not leaving my photos and videos on a cloud. These days there are just too many DDoS attacks on big companies, ransomware viruses, celebs being hacked.

I’m no celebrity but one thing I prefer not to move to a cloud-based platforms are my personal files.

Various types of softwares that you must know

The software can be understood as a part of the computer system- It is a program that enables the use of the computer and other devices. The software consists of some instructions that provided the user with a way to interact with the computer and all of its components such as the hardware so that the task at hand can be performed. There is not one particular kind of software, their operation and their uses vary. It can be a set of programs that enables the user to use it for a specific purpose as instructed or it can be the set of programs. They are embedded on the devices like the computer of mobile phones, to serve its core purposes to its many users. Without these software programs, the hardware is not capable of providing services. This software is usually packed in CD-ROMs and diskettes with the manuals, user guide, warranty and other needed papers but now, at this day and age of advancement, most of the software programs can be bought on the internet from various sites for free or for a price.

There is two main type of software. The two type of software is the broad category under which some software is laid.

The two types of software are – System software and Application software. In this article, we will be looking for these two broad types.

  1. System Software – These types of software programs are linked to the hardware such as the CPU, RAM, Disk, etc., to manage the computer with the system operation as the components of the computer need instructions to work, the instructions that make up the operation of the system are known as the disk operation system (DOS) which are the very first files that are to be installed on the hard drive. The files are installed to inform the various components of the computer about the various tasks needed to carry out and manage the files and systems. The system software connects the hardware and the other programs and supports the application systems. Its role is to act as the middle program where the hardware and the application of the user meet to function. There is various sub section to the system software, they are:
    1. Operating system
    2. Language translators
    3. Common utility programs
  1. Application Software – While the system software works in the background as programs of the computer system, the application software deals only with a particular task that it is programmed to carry out. There is an infinite amount of application software that is working for the specific need. These are the programs that work with the certain purpose of the users. Application software is more known to the general as the other term for it is called ‘Apps’. Many can download these apps from various sources, and it is not hard to do so. Some of the application software are:
    1. Word processor
    2. Multimedia software
    3. Graphic software
    4. Database software
    5. Education and reference software
    6. Web browser

Best softwares to keep your PC healthy

Your body needs to stay fit and healthy if you want to go about doing the things you need to do and the things that you want to do. So for this, am sure you take up all sorts of ways to stay healthy, be it eating healthy or exercising. Similarly, your PC that you use for the ample amount of task or entertainment, you are required to keep it fit and running to do what it has to. To do this, there are a variety of options to do so. There is some software that you might not even be aware of or may not know much about it. To help you decide on the software that is best for your PC to keep it at its peak and without breaking the operating system- is a list that contains the best software available.

  1. Anti-virus: An Anti-virus is a must in a Pc so that it is protected from the number of threats such as viruses, spyware, malware, etc. Some of the Best anti-viruses that are available are Bit Defender, Kaspersky, AVG Anti-Virus, Norton Internet Security, Aviara.
  2. Ccleaner: Even though we are cautious, a lot of junk files manage to creep into the PC. So this leads to a lot of files on the PC that are not at all necessary which ends up affecting the PC’s performance. CCleaner helps the PC by cleaning up temporary data, unused files and settings that are not necessary from the PC.
  3. Razer Cortex: This software is especially for those who like gaming on their PC. Razor Cortex optimises the PC by clearing out some memory, defrags the system, turns of the unnecessary processes and thus making the PC run smoother for the game and providing a smooth visual as well.
  4. Revo Uninstaller: Uninstalling programs that you don’t use is a good way to enhance the PC’s working, but sometimes when we uninstall, some pieces stay behind. Revo Uninstaller takes it to the next step and diminishes every trace of the program that is not required.
  5. Malware Bytes: Malware slows down the performance of the PC and can disrupt your flow while you are working on the PC. This software runs a scan on your PC and picks out on what is affecting the PC. Treating the malware can get your PC to working smoothly again.
  6. Space Sniffer: Sometimes there are files in the PC that take up a lot of space, and you don’t even know about it. This software sees what is taking up space on the disk, scans and analyses space in the drive.
  7. Drive Booster 3 Free: This software is a tool made for those that game. It is easy to install and use, and it enables the user to find the right driver for the audio chip, GPU, the network chip, the mouse, printer, etc. This software boosts the gaming experience.

Best softwares for watching videos on Mac

There are plethoras of software available in the market for all sorts of function. Even for watching videos, there is quite some it available. Having the choices available to us is a good thing but choosing the best or that is most suitable for us can be a tough thing to do. One thing that we do know is that- a good video player should be free from those annoying ads, malware, virus, spyware, junkware with strong coding ability, supporting a variety of format. So to make it easier for you, here is a lineup of the best software for video player on Mac that is available for you:

  1. VLC- the VLC Media Player, has been on the top for a long time now. It is a simple open source cross-platform compatible. It supports and plays DVDs, CDs, VCDs and other streaming protocols. Basically, it plays whatever format of media you give. There are no codec packs required. VLC supports some operating systems such as Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS. It is light weight, and also it comes with features like strong playback controls and network streaming and best of all, it is totally free.
  2. MPlayerX- The MPlayerX can play any media that you throw at it. It is definitely one of the fastest choices on the OSX to play back some videos. It supports the instant playback of MKV files, and it also comes with an advanced styled subtitle in ASS format. It contains all the popular codecs so that the user does not have to go through the trouble of installing them. The video playback goes so smoothly without stuttering, hence providing a good video watching experience.
  3. QuickTime- This player is an Apple’s flagship player who is powerful but simple and easy to use. It is capable of supporting some formats of video, images, sounds, etc. It consists of an advanced video compression technology for HD videos that uses less storage and bandwidth. The player can also convert videos to formats that the portable device supports which are a bonus.
  4. 5KPlayer- 5kPlayer is the basic software for Mac OS X. It supports homemade or commercial DVD, CSS-encrypted or region coded enhanced DVD providing a great video watching experience. It is a combination of MKV HD video player, Airplay media streamer, music player and online video downloader. The option for playing and saving Netflix 3D movies is also available.
  5. Cisdem- the Cisdem Video Player, is another great player that provides smooth playback. It supports more than 50 formats, and no codec packs are required. The player has a decent interface, and it takes less space in the CPU memory. The player can play 4k video and even 5k/1080p videos with no crashes of buffers, loading subtitle files automatically or add the files in a simple, easy way, it supports all codec. Thus making the playback of HD videos go very smooth.

Best softwares for your PC

To make use of your PC to the best of its capability, you need software, and there is some software available in the market for various purposes. Some of the software can prove to be quite pricey while some that provide the same service/program is free and while some are on the top, the others are not so. You will need to be wise about which you choose. But choosing among them for your PC can be a tough task. To help you lift your burden trying to decide, here is a list of the all best software in the market for your PC-

  1. Anti-virus soft ware- A good strong anti-virus soft ware is a requirement for your PC to stand guard against the threats, virus, trojans, malware, spyware, etc. The best of them are Bit Defender, Kaspersky, AVG Anti-virus, Norton Internet Security, Avira, Panda, Sandboxie, Zone Alarm Firewall., Malware Bytes,
  2. Web browser: It is needed to have a good browser that is multifunctional or safe. The good browser includes- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Maxthon, Yandex Browser, Vivaldi.
  3. Office Suite- Office suites is a must have the software needed by students to business men. Recommended software includes MS Office, Libra Office, Calligra, SoftMaker FreeOffice, WPS Office Personal Editing, Google Docs, Zoho Docs.
  4. File compressor: Extracting or compressing or uncompressing files helps in the better management of the files. A few good examples of the software are- 7zip, WinRAR, PeaZip, jZip, IZArc, File Opener.
  5. Media Player: Be it watching videos, movies or listening to music- this is the thing that everyone does on their PC. But in order to have a good and smooth time, there is a need for a good media player which supports various formats and that which is easy to use. Some of the best media players available are VLC Media Player, Potplayer, KMPlayer, SMPlayer,
  6. Torrent- To use torrent and download media files one need efficient software and one that is easy to use such as BitTorrent, qBittorent, BitLord, Deluge.
  7. Download manager: Other download managers who are efficient besides Torrent includes Internet Download Manager, FlashGet, Microsoft Download Manager, Free Download Manager, JDownloader.
  8. Game emulators: Proper emulators that enable us to play games on the PC and one that is easily configured and provides a good gaming experience are ePSXe, ZMZ, PCSX2, VisualBoyAdvance, Project64, NOSGBA.
  9. Back-ups: Anything can happen to the PC, in order to be on the safe side and to make sure that the important files are kept safe, the backup software comes to the rescue, software such as- EaseUS Todo Backup, Personal Backup, Comodo Backup, Redo Backup, Genie Timeline.
  10. Clean ups: Even if we try to avoid it, there is bound to be some junks and registry errors in the PC which make the PC lag. To make the PC run smoothly and faster, good software is available such as Tuneup Utilities, Ccleaner, Uniblue Power Suite, PowerTools Lite, JetClean, PC Decrapifier, Space sniffer.