By Sharon Jones
Computers are incredibly helpful, but sometimes they can give rise to problematic situations in our lives. Because of this, it’s no surprise that everyone with a computer uses software; roughly 2 billion worldwide. Its also no surprise that software is one of the most targetable sectors on the planet. We can’t stop the distribution and use of software in the tech industry, after all, it’s necessary to nearly every business and personal computer on the planet. Whether you’re a browser or developer, we wouldn’t want to lose software use, so by highlighting the main concerns behind software vulnerability, hopefully both its creation and use can be made safer.
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Information security attacks
This is a branch term referring to any malicious attacks on software. In 2016, hacker phishing attacks rose by 38% on the previous year, which shows the rising danger of the digital age. As more and more people become comfortable with and trained in technological developments, keeping your guard up and ensuring software parameters are properly installed is an integral part of the development process.
Although it can be a bit pricey, to decrease chances of downloading software with a nasty bug inside buy straight from well known brands that have plenty of previous use. When using less well known brands, look around on web boards for user testimonials or to compare the best software. This works well for editing and creative programs such as photoshop and its alternatives.
Increase in data protection measures
We can learn how to navigate 2017 when online by looking at statistics of previous years. In 2016, there was over a 50% increase in use of detection tools for the personal and business industries. Using detection software is incredibly important as it allows a user to monitor and scan for any malware on a PC or company system.
Many data protection sources are available online and in the shops, offering trial runs and contracts of usually 1 month, 6 months, or 12 months. This will allow you to find out which firewall is most customisable and suits your needs.
The rising need to protect software branding
With the move into the digital for both creating products and access to them, many programs exist for the same purpose. If you’re a creator, and you’re worried about missing opportunities due to being seen as malware, it’s a good idea to get trademark protection for software. This keeps a brand name for the sole use of its creator, and doesn’t allow potential hackers to publish under your name to ruin your reputation. Using a trademark will also often put off anyone wishing to imitate the software’s application. However, a trademark on a brand will not stop the functionality idea being imitated in another independent program. Having a trademark on a software brand will give it a seal of trustworthiness.
Overall, the most important takeaway is not to be afraid of using the web. By employing some of the tips included above, you’re less likely to be targeted.
By Brian McKay
There are many reasons why you might be thinking about extending your home. Perhaps you have a growing family, and you need extra rooms to cater for new arrivals. You might want to sell your house in the future and are looking for ways to add value to your home. Or maybe you need a change, and giving your home a makeover will create new opportunities in your living space. Whatever the reason, there are some essential do’s and don’ts you need to consider before you get to work. Follow our simple guide to get you on the right track.
1. Ensure you are legally entitled to do so. You may need a building and planning permit before you begin, so contact your local government office for further advice about the application procedure.
2. Know your budget and set yourself realistic targets. You don’t want to get half way through the renovation project and run out of money.
3. Set up a contingency fund. There may be unexpected costs, such as having to make structural repairs or hiring extra builders, so put some money aside for emergencies.
4. Consult with an architect. There may be reasons why your extension is impractical for your property, so seek advice to avoid your home falling down around you.
5. Get a quotation from your building firm rather than an estimate. A quotation is the exact price you will be paying; an estimate is only a guide and is less specific. Go for a fixed price contract, so you aren’t faced with any nasty surprises from the building firm.
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6. Use the right people for the job. Shop around online, and ask friends for recommendations. Trusted firms such as DLL commercial plasterers are better than a company you may never have heard of before.
7. Use an extension cost calculator, so you have an idea of the expense you are likely to incur. Use this as part of your planning process when you are considering room sizes, etc.
1. Go it alone. You may be good at changing a light bulb, and your skills with a paintbrush may be second to none. However, safety must come first, so hire the professionals.
2. Pay for work in advance. You don’t want to be left out of pocket if the building firm fails to live up to their end of the bargain, and you are left with something unlivable.
3. Change your mind halfway through the project. You will need to spend more money trying to put things right, and you will cause inconvenience to your workers.
4. Go for the lowest quote. Often you get what you pay for, so don’t cut costs when hiring other people.
5. Assume your extension will raise the value of your home. Do your research, and find out what buyers are looking for in a new property.
We hope our advice helped, but remember to seek the guidance of qualified professionals before you undertake your exciting project.
By Jerry Mooney
When Bill and Melinda Gates combined forces in their health foundation, nobody gave the former head of the Microsoft empire the benefit of the doubt. In fact, it’s only when the malaria vaccine received the green light two years ago that the press began to take his desire to eradicate the deadly disease seriously. In fact, there is no comparison globally to the investment that the Gates Foundation has made to the world of health. The foundation commits several hundreds thousands million of Dollar to the research and development of a life-saving vaccine. You don’t need to be looking at this kind of wealth to consider investing in health, yours and the health of others. Health is not a topic to take lightly: Without it, you are pretty much doomed. There can be no life without health, also while there are plenty of cures and treatments available for a variety of issues, ultimately health is what keeps your body and your mind functioning. Everything breaks if you choose not to invest time, energy and money in improving health issues. So this invites an important question of life and death: How do you invest in health?
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Health is a complex topic
Before considering a variety of health investment options, it’s essential to define what health actually means. Is health what you have when you can pass through the winter months without catching a cold? Is health that special gift that keeps dark thoughts at bay when you are on your own? Is health the absence of physical pain or does it relate to emotional pain? Or is health another word for wealth? So many questions, and so few answers! What we’re interested in, here, is the physical and mental health. Your physical health relates to your bodily functions. In most cases, troubles are easy to identify as they leave a physical mark, Mental health is a more complex topic that focuses on your emotional well-being. It’s not about measuring how happy you are in your life, but how you function at an emotional level and whether psychological factors are handicapping. Looking after your health is the combination of these both elements. Unfortunately, as you have probably guessed, mental health can easily go unnoticed. Emotions do not have a physical sign that marks them as an issue. Contrary to breaking an arm or catching a cold, a mental disease doesn’t always show.
Getting the basics right
Investing in your health is a matter of maintenance. If you don’t take care of your health, you can bet that it will not last very long. But thankfully for you, investing in your health doesn’t have to be synonymous with spending money. It is about establishing the rules of a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy starts with looking after yourself and doing everything you can to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay strong. In other words, however boring it sounds, following a healthy diet is actually good for your body. Not specifically because it means that you can drop a dress size, but because it means that you are feeding your body the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbs that it needs. In short, processed foods, sugary and fatty foods might sound delicious, but they do your bodily functions no good. They build fat cells around your organs; they slow down your metabolism; and more importantly, they increase the risk of developing heart and brain diseases. The least you put your body under unnecessary risks, the healthier it will keep you.
The necessary body maintenance
Giving your body the right kind of food is a kind of health investment. But there are many others that you can make. Think of your body as a machine that you need to keep in a good state if you want it to work. Forget the steampunk imagery about wheels and steam, and focus on more basic functions: Physical activity is key to support the production of hormones, and the blood flows to your organs and your brain. It’s no wonder that doctors recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity per day. It keeps things ticking properly in your body. Unfortunately, most people struggle to find the necessary motivation to work out. In fact, workouts are too often associated with a form of fitness desire. You should train not because you want a slimmer body, but because your body needs physical activity to maintain its functions. Investing in physical activities means blocking the time in your diary and seriously sticking to it. It demands dedication and efforts. You can also choose to buy exciting fitness gear to motivate your efforts, but in the end, body maintenance is about investing time in your health.
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What’s a healthy mood?
Your mental health is a little more difficult than just training. It’s about being able to take care of your mood. Naturally, you can’t force yourself to be happy when you are not. But you can make sure that you do everything you can to maintain your mental health. This starts by ensuring that you have a good night sleep, as lack of sleep can decrease the production of essential mood managing hormones. Additionally, developing positive habits can help your mind to stay focused on good vibes. Being grateful for the good moments in your life supports emotional growth and mental strength.
Keeping up with your health appointments
Even with the best care, there is no guarantee that your health will always be good. External factors can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health. Consequently, you still need to stay up-to-date with essential medical appointments to ensure that you are not taking any chances on your health. You need to rely on health specialists to help you to look after your teeth, skin, and your overall health.
What if you want to help others?
Looking after your health is one thing. Looking after the health of others is a way of investing your skills for the benefit of most. From dental nurses positions – you can find many here – to surgeons; there is an infinity of ways in which you can help to maintain the health of other people. As surprising as it might sound, personal trainers are just as important as they accompany people on the path of health by encouraging physical activities. Creating a healthy path for others to follow demands a lot of patience and specialist skills in addition to the necessary motivation and time.
The external health factors that others control for you
Unfortunately, investing in your health is not just a matter of dedication and wanting to make it work. You can’t control external factors, such as the weather, or more importantly the legislations and marketing of products that are controlled by the government. In fact, your health is nothing but another comma in a governmental budget. As a result it’s not uncommon for governments to choose money over individuals. The latest building fire in London – Grenfell Tower – revealed that governments preferred the cheapest over the safest option. And that, sadly enough, wasn’t an exception. In the great scheme of things, Bill and Melinda Gates are an exception in choosing people over money.
Cost of health
Investing in your health can be challenging at times. It’s a mixture of time, lifestyle choices, physical activity, and medical checkups. In other words, it often sounds like a chore. But if you don’t look after your health, you can’t expect anyone to do it for you. At a governmental level, economic arguments often win when it comes to decisions that could impact the health of others. Gradually the voices of environmentalists and those who want to look after the health of the planet will be heard. But in the meantime, looking after your health starts with looking after the flora and fauna around you.
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By Brian McKay
Want to make a difference in a developing country, but not sure how? There are lots of ways that we can help those less fortunate around the world, most of which are much easier than we may think. Here are just a few ways that you can lend a helping hand.
Travel to less developed countries
One simple way to make a difference is to travel to less developed countries. By paying for accommodation, buying local food and purchasing souvenirs, you’ll be putting money into the pockets of everyday folk and making a difference whilst experiencing the thrill of travelling. For many less developed countries, tourism is becoming an essential part of their growth. Say no to the popular first world travel destinations and try somewhere off the beaten path.
You can go one step further than travelling by volunteer abroad. This may include teaching English to those less fortunate or helping with a manual labour task such as building a well. Such volunteer tasks don’t require any skills or qualifications – you’ll most likely be teaching English to kids that already have a basic grasp and any manual labour job will be very basic. However, by offering that extra helping hand you’ll be making a big difference whilst still getting the experience of travelling. There are companies such as Global Cross Road that specialise in such volunteer programmes.
Give to a specialist charity
There are plenty of charities that you can give to in order to make a difference. Consider a cause that means a lot to you. There are charities that are catered to specific causes such as the National Endowment for Democracy that helps to increase the democratic rights of developing countries. You may even find a specific project such as the construction of an orphanage or helping someone ill to get medical treatment they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. These specific causes may be far better for your sense of fulfilment than giving to a general charity or government in which you may not necessarily know where your money is going.
The simplest way that you can help is by spreading awareness of foreign issues. By sharing things on social media and discussing causes with your friends you may influence others to make a difference too. You may be able to notify a company or figure with more influence and wealth than yourself to help out. Obviously, it’s far better if you can donate or help out on top of spreading awareness. However, that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t spread awareness of issues that you yourself can do nothing to help – there may be someone else out there that can make an impact, especially in the case of legal cases and curing the sick.
By Nigel Hilton
Big or small, car accidents are scary stuff. They remind us of what could have been and just how lucky we are to walk away with nothing more than a few scratches – but sometimes, the reminder keeps us from getting back behind the wheel at all. Accidents affect us psychologically and what used to feel like a safe and comfortable zone is now a risky, dangerous, and traumatic way of transporting yourself from A to B.
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Fear grows as we give in to it and have the potential to grow monstrously huge with time; the more you accept it, the more likely it is to find a home in your mind. Here are a few empowering tips on how to overcome it after an accident, and confidently get behind the wheel once again.
Talk about it with others
It’s common knowledge that the more you share something, the less you allow it to expand in your head – yet, it’s easier said than done. It might seem strange that sharing your story repeatedly should be able to take your mind off it, but the wisdom still stands: talking about it decreases those insensible and intrusive thoughts of fear.
You need to pick your conversation partner with care, though, and someone who is particularly prone to negative thinking should be your least favorite choice. A good friend, for example, who can listen and reinforce your confidence by noting that you’re still here today is an excellent option.
Write down your experience
Talk about how the accident happened and write the details down as well; most people find it helpful to write a narrative to deal with their emotions. If you almost threw a cyclist off his bike, had to make a massive turn to avoid the cat in the middle of the road, or had a larger accident with an eighteen wheeler wreck, write it down and put everything in chronological order.
The problem with fear and trauma is that our memory tends to fade with time, which again leads our mind to fill in the gaps. It will make the experience seem a lot scarier than it was, making you numb at the mere thought of ever driving again.
Don’t let your confused mind lead you in the wrong direction, and make sure you visit the site of the accident so that you’re not feeding the anxiety beast. Read more about the benefits of writing experiences down in this article.
Bring a friend with you
The first time you get behind the steering wheel again, you should try not to do it on your own. If you’re feeling at ease and not as stressed about it as you thought you’d be, it might be sufficient to do a few test drives on your own. Laying up at night, on the other hand, and dealing with frightening thoughts is a clear sign that you should have a bit of friendly support by your side.
You never know when something unexpected is to happen, and it’s going to boost your confidence a lot to have a calm and steady person next to you in the car. With time, you won’t just be a calm and happy driver – but you’ll be a lot more careful on the roads as well.