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Five Reasons Why You Need to Protect Every Device from Malware and Viruses

Five Reasons Why You Need to Protect Every Device from Malware and Viruses

It is important for every Internet user to know that if he or she does not take necessary precautions, then the Internet can be dangerous. Because of an increase in cyber-crime, we must secure all devices. If you do not take proper precaution, then your device will be vulnerable to threats that are present on the Internet. It is essential that you have an anti-virus software because it will lower the chances of downloading any harmful malware.

Here are some of the important reasons for you to protect your device by installing anti-virus protection.

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1. Keeping away viruses

Viruses are enemies of computer software, and they can do a lot of damage to your data. Each virus has an ability to compromise the safety of data in your device. Most viruses get on the computer when you download any questionable file. The defected files are mostly falsely presented as other things, and you can find them as an e-mail scam or by clicking on the wrong link.

You may think that you are careful, and there is little chance of you downloading a corrupt file, but you should know that hackers and virus creators are becoming sneakier and are building viruses that are difficult to identify and eliminate without tools like the FBI virus removal.

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If your device becomes infected with a virus, it can make the device slow. It can delete files that are necessary and critical to the efficient functioning of the computer or your phone. If you have an anti-virus software on your device, you can stop the virus from doing damage to your data. It will keep all the important files safe and secure.

2. Protection against identity theft and spyware

Spyware is software that is designed for infecting your computer for the purpose of spying on your search history and habits. The spyware looks for your personal information that is present on your phone or computer. It can allow people to steal passwords, financial data, social security numbers, credit card numbers or anything else which is important.

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Spywares are sophisticated, and they have the ability  to record data and save it in real time. It runs silently, and, as soon as you enter your payment information while shopping online, it collects the information and sends the sensitive information to the hacker who has designed the spyware to a remote location. It also results in identity theft as hackers can make purchases from your credit cards. An anti-virus is the best option for keeping the devices safe from any spyware.

3. Keeping safe from spams

Spams can be irritating because you will get a lot of ads and e-mails that are useless to you. Most people do not realize that spam is often the result of a virus that is present in your computer. If you have an anti-virus software, it will keep the virus from affecting the network. If you install the best software, then it will provide complete protection against spyware, viruses and spams.

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4. Blocking unauthorized connections

Having the anti-virus software is very handy because it will block any incoming connections that are unauthorized. It will keep your computer and the network safe from any malicious spyware and stop hackers from stealing any valuable information. It is a wall that does not allow the hackers to dig into the personal files and it will prevent any chances of identity theft.

5. Scanning data

If you are unsure if anything is wrong with a file, then you do not need to open it directly. To be on the same side, you can use the anti-virus program to scan the file before opening it. By scanning the file, you can prevent the virus from spreading, and it will help in keeping the damage to a minimum.

Protecting the devices against harmful spyware is essential if you want them to function efficiently and keep your personal information private.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

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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