Month: November 2016

Securing your computer from hacks

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Based on its mainstream perception, a computer hack is someone accessing your computer without prior permission from you. Hacks are regularly conducted over the internet. They do results in damages that are sometimes impossible to repair, as demonstrated with the heart bleed and Sony hack. Below we look at some of the best ways to prevent your computer from being hacked.

Preventing hacks on your computer

Password protect USB portslock

Most computers have robust firewalls, making it almost impossible to hack them via the internet. When hacks can’t penetrate the firewall, the hackers tend to revert to traditional methods. They use flash drives to install programs┬áthat create backdoors to be used to surpass the firewall. The best way to counter such a risk is to password protect all your USB ports. This ensures that a password has to be entered every time a USB device is plugged in the computer. So even if you leave your computer unattended, you can be assured that no one will tamper with it.

Password protect software installation

Another way someone can facilitate a hack is via physically accessing the computer and manually download the backdoors to the appliance via the internet. To make sure that the backdoor is not installed, the best thing to do is to require administrative privileges before any software install. By doing this, you ensure that every software install will need to be authorized by supplying the administrator password. If you have ever tried installing software on school computers, you might have an idea of what this means.

Install updates

As clearly indicated by the heart bleed hack, installing software patches and updates is paramount to preventing hacks. The heart bleed hack affected the users that had not updated their SSL platform. By installing updates, you enable them to correct system flaws that would, however, leave you vulnerable to hacks. Most system vendors provide updates regularly to account for the system flows ad ensure that their end users are well protected. So the next time you are prompted to install an update, you better go through with it.


These are the three top things you can do to protect your gaming computer from hacks both physically and virtually. Most people will install an anti-virus software and leave it at that, majorly due to ignorance. As illustrated in the article, taking more caution and applying better preventive measures will better protect you from hacks.

Common storage devices you should know

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With the advent of the internet and cloud computing, storage devices seen to be facing a quiet extinction. Various storage devices could be used for offline information storage, especially useful for when there is not internet connection, and also doubles up as good data backup. In this article, we look at some of the common storage devices that everyone should be familiar with.

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CD, VCD, and DVD

These are optical storage devices that are disc shaped and used mostly to store multimedia data. The CD seems to have been phased out by the VCD ad DVD. The VCD is especially suitable for storing audio files and the DVD larger video files. All computers support the technology. Most laptops come with an optical drive to read this storage unit. If the drive is not present, one can acquire USB based one and use them instead. The VCD has 700 MB of space and the DVD 4.7 GB. They are write-once meaning that once data has been written on them, no more can be added. In some cases, there are some that are re-writable.

Flash drives

Also known as thumb drives, flash drives are pretty standard. They are used to transfer all sorts of files and media. Their small size makes them portable and convenient for use in multiple devices. They also come with all kinds of capacities, ranging from 1 to 64 GB. These storage devices are crucial to know as they are used almost in all environments. For instance, they are employed in the office to transfer files from one department to another or use to hold videos to watch later on the TV. On the downside, they are the primary carriers of malware and viruses so make sure to have a proper anti-malware and anti-virus utilities installed in your computer before using this storage device.

Mechanical drives

Mechanical drives are declining in use especialSSDly with the introduction f SSD. While they tend to be slower and bulky, they have earned their place by getting us by since the invention of computers. These days, the drives are housed in an external casing that containers a controller that allows the drives to run via USB, making them portable and reliable. These drives are quickly phasing out and owning one will be a real relic to marvel in the future.

These are some of the storage devices everyone should know by heart. As technology continues to advance, it is possible for these devices to be renders obsolete like the floppy disk, so make use of them while you still can.