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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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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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