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Should You Pay the WannaCry Ransom?

Should You Pay the WannaCry Ransom?

Is it right to pay the WannaCry Ransomware to get data back?

Last Friday a major ransomware based cyberattack was launched on global scale which left hundreds of computers infected with the WannaCry. Security experts had advised the users to update their Windows in order to minimize the threat of the ransomware. However the major question which is being tackled by the infected users is ‘whether to pay up the ransom or not’?

Most of the security experts had put forward the advice that one shouldn’t pay the ransom in any given scenario. For a number of users paying a sum of $300 isn’t too much to get back their encrypted data stored back to its original state. But paying ransom will only made the attackers resolve stronger and they will be compelled to bring much higher level of threats which can lead massive financial and other losses.

Paying isn’t the right course of action

The people behind the WannaCry ransomware has set up a number of digital wallets to track the Bitcoin payments made for the ransom and it shows quite a number of people are willing to part with their money in order to get their data back. A number of security experts have stated that these people are dealing with the criminals and they shouldn’t expect the honest transaction. The reason behind such statement is that on analyzing the WannaCry it was found that its design doesn’t offer any promises of regaining the access to the files in any way even after paying the ransom.

A UK security firm called Hacker House experts has stated that a usual ransomware works by encrypting all the data present on the computer then asks for a ransom. When the ransom is paid then hackers tend to provide the key which helps in decrypting the data but in case of the WannaCry it requires a manual human operator to activate the decryption process.

 

In simple words paying the ransom will not result in getting back the encrypted data to its original form in any manner in WannaCry hacking. Security researchers had tried to get in touch with the people behind the WannaCry ransomware but they had remained silent. Therefore when the victims try to contact the WannaCry hackers in order to get the key for unlocking the files then it’s doubtful that someone will heed to them.

What you should be doing instead?

WannaCry has mainly targeted the business networks on the global scale by exploiting the vulnerability present in the Windows operating system. All those users who had been affected by this WannaCry ransomware should note that they are not likely to get their data back unless they had backed their data on a spate device earlier.

Therefore people should make a habit of backing up their files on a spate device or a different machine on a regular basis. It is also possible to get rid of this WannaCry ransomware from the device or system but the process is certainly isn’t a straightforward one. A technical support website called Bleeping Computer has set down a guideline for removing the ransomware but it involves downloading of some specific programs.

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Blogging Tips

Choosing a Niche for Your Blog in 3 Steps

Choosing a Niche for Your Blog in 3 Steps

In 3 simple steps, learn to pick the overall subject (niche) for your blog.

Once an aspiring blogger has decided to start a blog, the next step is to decide on what’s to blog about; it means picking up the correct niche to blog about. There is no dearth of selecting a subject to talk about online but it is necessary to choose one that you have a basic interest. You need not have complete knowledge in the niche but interest is must to expand the knowledge so that, you can engage yourself in compiling an article.

Learning to choose a niche for your blog is the first and important action even before you name your blog. In order to persist a blog for a long term, one must have absolute passion in the subject he chooses to blog about.

Now that you get the first and useful tips, let us go through the 3 quick and easy steps to narrow your interest as you are likely to have more than one interest.

Niche Blog

Step 1. Let us assume you have more than one interest. To select among them, you must think hard to find out which one can sustain your interest for a long term. The reason for this is you may quickly abandon your blog if you lose your interest in two or three months. There is no special guide to help you to narrow down your choice. It is for you to decide.

Still, you might ask, “What if I lose my interest?” Well, in that case, start afresh all over and choose another niche. (smile)

Remember, you may have to do a lot of research online on your chosen subject so that you don’t fall short of content ideas in future. If you don’t have a basic passion for the subject you choose, you won’t be interested in doing your content research.

Step 2: If your aim is to earn a second income by blogging, you must analyze the profitability of your selected niche.  This involves doing an in-depth keyword research. Before doing that, you must find out the number of subcategories for your niche. Under your broad subject of blogging, there can be many subcategories and some of them may pose less competition and thus can fetch more money than others. You must be an organized person while doing your keyword research by keep notes of all your findings neatly online.

Tools to do keyword research:

A keyword means the search term that everyone keys in the Google search box to find something. There are some free as well paid tools to do keyword search and analyze.

Some of them are:

Google Trends:  It is a free tool offered by the Google.

SEMrush: This is my personal favorite keyword finding tool. I have used it quite often over the years. It allows me to learn more about overall competition, where they are ranked and what the search volume is etc.

Long Tail Pro: It is a paid tool. Since I have not used personally, I have no idea about its usefulness but it is quite popular and hence must be very good.

Step 3 – You must able to gauge the future of the niche. Some niches selected by you might be very remunerative but may not sustain it after a year or so. For example, if you chose a big sports event or a national election or even an upcoming movie, the public interest will die in due course and the visitors to your blog will finally stop.

By applying these 3 simple steps, you will narrow down your blog niche in a day or two.

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Blogging Tips

4 Best Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

4 Best Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Blog
There is never a better way for people to share their thoughts and opinion to the world than blogging. Blogging essentially means keeping an online journal or a diary and maintain it on a daily basis.
Not only individuals but businesses also maintain their blog to help increase the amount of sales on their web sites. To achieve increased sales, bloggers must first try to increase traffic to their blogs. It is the prime goal. Every blogger without exception wants to keep his visitors coming back for more. There are four salient methods to enhance blog traffic.
Before explaining about the four ways, I want you to know that blogging is no more a hobby but a real business and if treated as such, the goal of starting and maintaining a blog will be met.
Not only companies but individuals have also started selling goods and services through their blogs. Businesses choose blogging because it is as an inexpensive way to advertise their products or services.
1. Regular content update: The first discipline for bloggers to increase visitors to their blogs is to post content on their blogs as frequently as possible. I would say, at least 3 posts per week is a must. Visitors will stay loyal to blogs that are updated daily. Nowadays bloggers update their blogs daily if not several times a day. Readers are likely to lose interest in your blog if they have to wait several days for new content. In fact search engines too expect a blog to be updated with fresh content frequently. Be aware that there are literally thousands of blogs available on the Internet. If your blog is not updated on a regular basis, you will lose your readers to another blog.
2. Participate in web communities: There are number of discussion forums also known as web communities in the internet. Participating in such discussion forums is a definite way to get new visitors to your blog there by raising the blog traffic. Interacting with the members of forums by way of asking questions and answering others’ queries will slowly expose your knowledge in the topics and you will be considered as an authority in your niche. You can also show genuine interest in others’ blogs and ask them to visit your blog. When you visit others’ blogs, it is advisable to leave meaningful comments on their blog post. This act of yours will be definitely reciprocated by other members of the forum.
3. Tracking the blog traffic: Any website (blog is also a website that can be maintained by anyone without any web development knowledge) will soon die if the webmaster (blogger) doesn’t employ any tracking methods to know:
* The nature of visitors,
*from where they came from,
*for how long each visitor stayed on the site,
*what they clicked
And so on.
The best tracking tool is provided by Google free of cost to every blogger and webmaster. It is called Google Analytics.
4. Include keywords: You blog can gain readership if you methodically input proper keywords that are related to your blog’s topic in your content title and the body. If you are lazy to do this, your blog will not grow at all. Keyword analysis is a laborious task and every blogger cannot afford to evade it.
As mentioned earlier, blogging is a serious business and unless a blogger understands and employs these four ways, he will abandon his blog soon.
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Gadgets

Blue Microphone Mo-Fi Twit IQ Review: Worthwhile Wireless Headphones With a Few Quirks

Blue Microphone Mo-Fi  Twit IQ Review: Worthwhile Wireless Headphones With a Few Quirks

The microphone specialist Blue Microphones is entering the market of hi-fi headphones. The over-ear headphone has an integrated amplifier, which should raise the sound of the gadget to new heights no matter which device serves as a source for the audio material. Blue was kind enough to provide with great excellence so that it initiated me to present you the Gadget review of this wonderful Blue Microphone Mo-fi.

Blue Microphone Mo-fi Massive, Robust and Heavy

When the delivery man gave me the package with the Mo-Fi, I was surprised by the size of the carton. Inside is not only the comfortably stowed Mo-Fi, but also packed with numerous accessories, which quickly prove to be very useful. In addition to a 1.2-meter long 3.5mm MFI cable with remote control, a regular 3.5mm cable is also found in the box, which measures 3 meters in length. As already mentioned, the integrated amplifier is one of the highlights, which is powered by a 1020 mAh battery with juice. The battery is charged via a micro USB cable, which is also included with a USB power plug. Also an adapter from 3.5mm to 6.3mm, as well as a very useful aircraft adapter can be found in the carton. There is a matching bag for the transport of the Mo-Fi.

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Taking the Mo-Fi and the accessories into your hand, it becomes clear that Blue Microphone places great emphasis on the processing of the product. Especially the headphone with its 466 grams makes a robust impression immediately and shows no trace of inadequate work in the production. Very beautiful indeed!

The Mo-Fi can be put into operation together with the amplifier, the Blue Microphone headphones must be charged once. After approximately three to four hours, the built-in battery is fully charged and you can use the headphones with active amplifiers up to 12 hours. But before you start, make sure the Mo-Fi is sitting comfortably on your head. To ensure this, Blue has developed a number of design features and you can know everything about it through this Gadget review. This will not only change the distance between the auricles and the temple, but also the pressure that the auricles will have on your head. For this purpose, a wheel is arranged in the center of the bracket which regulates said pressure by way of a spring construction inside the bracket. You have the choice between a rather loose seat and maximum sound insulation.

Also the cushions at the temple and the auricles are at first very comfortable. Unfortunately, the Blue Microphone Mo-fi is only really comfortable for sessions of a maximum of one hour, because at the beginning you get an unpleasant feeling of pressure on your head. This is probably due to the extremely high weight of the headphone and its massive design, which is not easy to carry compared to other models. Even with the easiest pressure setting for the auricles it became uncomfortable for me in the long run.

Another problem with the Blue Microphone Mo-Fi occurs during transportation. The headphone is definitely intended for the home use and accordingly you cannot fold. So you need a big bag to transport the headphones and should not disturb you with eye-catching glances that you will undoubtedly draw to you in the train and bus with these voluminous listeners.

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Blue Microphone Mo-Fi, A real sturdy Breed

The Blue Microphone Mo-Fi is particularly bright thanks to its first-class sound with activated amplifier. This is connected via a small switch to the plug socket and amplifies the input signal, without producing conspicuous noise. With an active amp on “On”, the Blue Microphone Mo-Fi has a very large stage and a natural, almost analytical sound. Especially with quiescent pieces the instrument is very good and abstracted. The amp provides an increased dynamic range and a significantly increased volume level, so that you can listen correctly, rightly, loudly. Due to the good sound insulation of the leather upholstery, however, a low volume with activated amp is usually sufficient for a great musical enjoyment. If you turn the amplifier on “On +”, you get a proper boost of the depth, which may be desired depending on the musical itinerary, but somewhat the natural sound image is wasted.

An advantage of the Blue Microphone Mo-Fi headphone: If the battery is once empty, the Blue Microphone Mo-Fi can still play music – like a normal headphone. The “Off” mode is especially recommended for users of external amplifier solutions. Suddenly, the included MFI cable is very susceptible to touch and creates annoying noise – sometimes the sound on one ear is even completely out! I tested the whole thing on my MacBook Pro, that worked without problems with the Mo-Fi (with active amplifier) and my beloved B & W P5. Also otherwise, the sound without Amp compared to my P5 rather dull and shows only few details. You should always pay attention to the status LED of the headphone or use an external amplifier. This helps the amplifier switch off automatically when the headphone is not in use or is sitting on a head. The status LED on the left auricle is then off.

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CONCLUSION

Technically, the Blue Microphone Mo-Fi of course is bit more powerful, however, blasts every frame of portable headphones. This first impression is relatively fortunate when you try it on for the first time. Blue is the headphones with all sorts of amenities. Both ear cushions are extremely softly padded. The same is true for the stirrup which rests comfortably on the head. In addition, the width can be adjusted via a wheel, whereby the headphones can be adapted to virtually for everyone.

The Blue Microphone Mo-Fi is more than neat for a debut headphone in the hi-fi class and convinces with a precise, natural sound with an active amplifier. Even as a layman and without an external amplifier can be from the Mo-Fi so small sound wonder. Less convenient is the wearing comfort and the transportability. The Blue Microphone Mo-Fi is simply too heavy and massive. Since the very good workmanship and the robust design consoles even over conditionally over it. I hope this Blue Microphone Mo-Fi Gadget review will provide with the valuable information about this Mo-fi and I hope most of you are thinking about buying a Blue Microphone Mo-Fi, or you should try to listen to it for a few hours with an active amplifier in order to get a clear picture.

 

 

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Gadgets

12 Creative Ways to Use Your Old Mobile Phone

12 Creative Ways to Use Your Old Mobile Phone

Old Mobile Phone: 12 Other Uses Instead of Recycling or Binning Them

Great things you can do with an old Android Mobile Phone

Often good films have a second part. Why not gadgets, which are especially around the popular Android operating system? Just Android is predestined for things that caters all our necessities that’s in the form as a phone lies in the pants pockets. Most of us would like to change our phones couple of times in an year, and eventually they give their phones to others or donate or recycle. And before we throw the Mobile Phone away, which perhaps replace with a newer device – we should possibly find other fields of application to use your Mobile Phone in an alternate way – the 2nd part of the movie.Even if the device is simply old, display is scratched or broken – or the battery cover is missing: Android Mobile Phones can still be used for many, many things – this is the fantastic thing on the Android platform. Server For Many Things If you are technically interested and have certainly been playing a lot of server services you can set up the most efficient server. The bad thing: in the 90s I had my own crate running day and night at home, which swallowed lots of electricity. Today, there are Android tools such as Server Ultimate, which may take the learning effect, but can do various server services power-saving. Supports Remote Control and over 40 protocols, such as CVS, DHCP, DLNA, DNS, Dynamic DNS, or Email. It is the 14-day trial, the Pro version is currently at 6.99 euros.

Low-Cost Alarm System

Of course, an Android Mobile Phone does not replace a professional alarm system, but you can still use it as a motion detector including alarm. Mobile Alarm System is one of the tools that also takes a picture and informs you by SMS or e-mail. The app is at 99 cents.. The alarm can be triggered when someone is moving near you and detect many activities and inform the owner about the changes occurred.

Evidence During Driving

Bogged motorists, cyclists and pedestrians… For this purpose, a large number of drivers have installed a special camera (Dashcam) in the car with which they can take traffic, so that they can have evidence in an emergency. DailyRoads Voyager not only records video, but also displays your speed based on GPS.

Multimedia Screen

BubbleUPnP is a software that can certainly be sorted in the category. The 3.9 euro costs Pro version makes the Mobile Phone to UPnP servers / receivers displaying almost all data formats. Movies, music, pictures that are not only received but can also be streamed to other devices such as the PlayStation 3.

GPS Anti-Theft System For The Car

Admittedly, this solution may remind James Bond , but it is possible to permanently locate the car. For this purpose you can connect the Mobile Phone somewhere hidden in the car permanently to the power supply and with software such as Cerberus. Actually, Cerberus is a software to protect or localize the Mobile Phone – so it becomes a lowcost tracker for your car.

Use As a Surveillance Camera

Definitely a great software is the IP Webcam. Software, a few quality settings and the monitor is ready, which you can access via the web browser or the VLC Media Player. Maybe interesting for house, yard and garden. If you also set up your router for port forwarding, the camera can query from anywhere in the world.

 

Mobile Phone As a Receiver Or Mobile Sound System

Quite honestly, who needs a tuner today? Mobile Phone and half-way reasonable boxes. Already with some radio software – such as TuneIn – you have a world receiver that conjures up the sounds from all parts of the world in the ear.

Mobile Phone As Picture Frame

Most of us are really not great photographers and also in our environment hardly anyone uses a photo-picture frame. If you want to put something like this on your desktop, you will find a lot of picture apps or widgets in the Play Store of Google, which will show you the pictures in different versions on the display.

Mobile Phone As a Baby Monitor

Anyone looking around the Play Store will find dozens of tools to turn the old Mobile Phone into a baby monitor. The Android Mobile Phone is suitable both in terms of sound, as well as in terms of video to the baby phone, whereby fair stress must be emphasized that most Mobile Phones rather have a cam, which is unsuitable at night. Nevertheless: many parents monitor the sleep of the little ones with a Baby phone, which only plays back sound.

AirPlay Sound Receiver For Wireless Music

You have an iPhone, iPad or maybe you manage your music with iTunes? You do not necessarily have to buy an expensive AirPlay system for nearly 80 euros! An old Mobile Phone with Android, an amplifier with boxes and a cable is enough.

Hotspot for WLAN Devices

Your laptop, iPad or tablet has only WLAN and you do not want to buy an expensive, mobile hotspot? No problem! Just use your old Mobile Phone as a hotspot by activating tethering on your device.

Recipient for Google Music

Fan of Google Music? Convert the Mobile Phone to the Google Music server! Connect to the system with a jack-to-RCA cable, you can use the old Android Mobile Phone as a receiver for Google Music. Just take Music Remote on the receiver and the Android Mobile Phone / tablet, which takes over the control. You can run the server on the old Mobile Phone and on the remote control you can tell which Google Music Playlist is to be played. Advantage: Streaming, which is of course great with small memory of the old device.

Download Torrent Files

With BitTorrent or uTorrent, you can easily use the old Android Mobile Phone as a suction station for your torrents. UTorrent and Co support the automatic download via feeds, alternatively you can access via VNC from the computer to the Mobile Phone to enter the downloads there.

 

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