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7 Ways You Can Shield Your Computer & Smartphone to Avoid Identity Theft

7 Ways You Can Shield Your Computer & Smartphone to Avoid Identity Theft

With the advent of technology, the use of paper has decreased in offices. Nowadays all the sensitive information is kept on computers and smartphones. Accessing information on these devices is secure. But it important that you are highly careful about keeping the sensitive information safe.

With the increased use of smartphones, computers, and the internet, the cyber-crime has also increased. If you are not careful about securing your personal data, then it is not difficult to steal the information. Without proper security, you can become a victim of identity theft. People can steal personal information like credit card information, usernames, social security number, etc.

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Here are some of the tips that are helpful in making sure that your smartphones and computers are secure.

1. Choose your Passwords Carefully

Make sure that all of your accounts have passwords. Just securing the account with a password is not enough. You have to choose it carefully and make it difficult for anyone to guess. There are several passwords which are used commonly. People often use dates which are special to them like date of birth or anniversaries as their passwords. It is easier for them to remember them but it makes it easy for hackers to crack it and steal your information. Be smart about your passwords.

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2. Avoid Spams and Scams by Learning to Identify Them

If you are careful, it is not difficult to spot the scam emails. It is possible that the spam or scam website look very legitimate. You can save yourself from getting into the trap if you totally ignore the irrelevant links that are sent to you. Even if the link seems valid do not click it. It is better to visit the website using your search engine.

3. Using the Security Software

Make sure that your computers have an updated security software. Make sure that you have an anti-spyware, a firewall and an anti-virus so that all the personal information is safe and secure. It will make it difficult for anyone to hack into your system and steal the files. You need to install the security patches so you can keep the operating system secure and it will provide ID theft protection.

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4. Be Careful about Using Wi-Fi

It is important to be careful when using a public wireless network to send sensitive information. You can get a Wi-Fi connection at the airport, hotel, library, etc. but you have to see that the information you are sharing is protected. Using a secure wireless connection is important because it ensures that all the information you are sending or receiving is reliable. Using the encrypted website will only keep the information you share through the site secure.

5. Do not Forget to Lock your Laptops

You need to make sure that you have a username or password to log into your account which is hard to guess. It is the only way of keeping the information secure. When you are not using the computer, you should not leave it in the standby mode because it will allow other people to access the information. Always make sure that you log off when you are not using the computer so that no one cannot steal your personal information.

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6. Be Smart about Making Purchase on any Website

Online shopping is becoming popular as it saves time and offers more variety. But it is important that you choose a site which has a good reputation because while shopping you will have to share personal information such as credit card information. Make sure that the site is safe and legitimate before sharing your financial information.

7. Do Not be Careless While Downloading Apps

If you by mistake download any malicious apps then they will corrupt your phone. This can make it vulnerable which will make it easier for people to steal your information. They can be dangerous for your personal information because they do not encrypt the sensitive information and it makes it easy to access it. Before you download any app make sure that you check out the reviews about its security features. Never forget to read the privacy policies. If you read it, you will know how much information you are sharing.

To make sure that your computers and smartphones are secure and your information perfectly safe you need to pay attention to little things like passwords etc. You also need to stay alert and be on the lookout for any signs of identity theft such as missing bills, denial of credit approval, getting notices about due bills, etc.

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11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

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