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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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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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