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Top 5 Tips To A Safe Gaming Experience In 2016

Top 5 Tips To A Safe Gaming Experience In 2016

Gaming on computers and game systems is increasing in popularity. The games that people are playing today are very different from what they were so many years ago. In the old days of gaming a person had to use a gaming system so they could see a ball bouncing back and forth on the television screen. Arcade games gave people a lot more to play with, but they were still stand alone machines.

The gamers of today are playing on game systems that are connected to the internet or that are on their computers and connected to the internet. Because they are connected to the internet, the gamer and their computer system can sometimes be put at risk. Viruses, malware and other problems can be caused if a gamer does not know how to play the games safely. Instead of playing a game that puts your computer and all of the information stored on it at risk, it is better to learn a few tips that will help you safely play the games you love.

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Tips to Protect Your System

The first step a person needs to do is to protect their computer systems. Tools for the systems and the games can be the first line of defense for any gamer.

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  • Security software – Anyone that is using their computer and surfing the internet without antivirus protection is asking for trouble. A good antivirus software program can block malware and can detect viruses before they can do any damage. They are like the shield that gamers use in combat games. The better the security software, the safer the gaming experience will be.
  • Only play at trusted sites – The general rule when surfing the internet is to only go to sites you can trust. The same holds true when gaming. If you are not familiar with a site, take some time to find out if it is safe before you begin playing. Watch out for suspicious activity and if you see anything that you suspect is trouble, stop playing.

Tips to protect the gamer

Many people that are playing games online are predators. They do not care about the game, they want to find someone to take advantage of. It is important for a gamer to protect themselves with these tips.

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  • Gaming Tools – Many of the games that allow people to interact with others also have tools that can be used to protect the gamer. Muting, blocking, deleting or reporting another gamer that is being aggressive or inappropriate is a great way to make sure you have a safe gaming experience.
  • Don’t Share Personal Information – Gamers that create online identities should avoid providing any personal information; that includes their name, addresses, age, pictures, passwords and other key forms of private information. If people are asking for these things, it is best to take a step back and think about why they would need it and how they could use it.
  • Be Careful about making in-app purchases – Gaming sites make money by selling things in the app. From extra lives to extra firepower, there is almost no limit to what can be purchased for some games. It is easy to spend a lot of money on these purchases. It also may require providing private information such as a credit card number. It is best to think about gaming purchase carefully if you want to practice safe gaming.

Gaming is supposed to be a fun experience. It is something that millions of people of all ages are taking advantage of. It is also something that can end up creating many problems if the gamer does not know how to game safely.

The tips above can help keep a gamer safer. They do have limits and they do require certain things to happen.

  • They have to be turned on – Antivirus software and the tools of the game can help keep the gamer safe, but only if they are turned on and in use.
  • They have to be updated – Hackers are always finding ways around the protection. Security software companies are always updating their programs to keep up with the hackers.
  • They require a person to think – A gamer may get so wrapped up in their game, they forget to take the steps they need to make sure they are gaming safely. It is best to take breaks to make sure that you are thinking clearly when gaming.

There is no reason that people should not take advantage of gaming systems and games on their devices. It is something that can be beneficial as long as people take the time to learn how to do it the right way and how to keep themselves safe. If you have thoughts or ideas about this or any topic, please feel free to share them with us.

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11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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