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Seven Ultimate Tips to Make Your Wi-Fi Faster and Secure

Seven Ultimate Tips to Make Your Wi-Fi Faster and Secure

The wireless internet is one of the most important things in a person’s life nowadays. This is the age of connectivity. People always like to be connected to the world no matter where they are. Wireless internet has provided the flexibility and mobility to internet users since anyone can use the internet at any location connecting with the world without cables and wires.

Privacy is also an important issue regarding wireless internet. If the connection is not secure then there is a possibility of leaking important and private information. You can improve the functionality and security of Wi-Fi by following some simple and easy tips.

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1. Paying attention to the admin username and password:

If you rely on the username and password provided by the admin then your network is not secure. Using the default passwords and usernames makes the network vulnerable. It makes it easy for an outsider to access the network. If unauthorized people are using the network, it will compromise the speed of the network. The privacy of the network will also be comprised as unauthorized people can easily access sensitive information such as contact information. In order to avoid this, frequently change usernames and passwords by accessing router settings.

2. Changing the name of the network:

Every network shows a name which is broadcast to people so that they can identify the network. It is known as the service set identifier (SSID). You make the SSID public so that you can find it easily, but it is better to avoid generic names. It makes it easier for people to identify the network. It may be a mundane task for you, but simply changing the name of your network through router settings can easily discourage people from accessing it. When you change the names it will make it difficult for any unauthorized users to use again. When changing the name, make sure you remember it so that you can reconnect on your devices.

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3. Disabling the remote management:

If the remote setting of the router allows open access, it can have an adverse effect on the performance of Wi-Fi and it can compromise security as well. Most router manufacturers only offer access to controls which are LAN-based by default. If that is not the case, then you need to check whether or not the control interface of the router is available on a web page. If the interface is available, make sure to apply the restriction settings for maintaining privacy. Restrictions such as parental control, media control access numbers, and MAC addresses can be changed through router settings to only allow select computers to access the network.

4. Turning on the encryption settings:

Quietly apply the encryption settings on your router. Encryption basically secures the communication your PC has with the router, and if this is not encrypted anyone with access to your network can hack the information before it reaches your router. Most routers come with encryption off and many users simply do not know about this. It is always critical to turn on the encryption settings and apply WPA level of encryption through router settings.

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5. Keeping the routers up to date:

Not updating the routers is a terrible mistake because it causes several vulnerabilities. If the software is not up to date, then you are giving an invitation to hackers to take advantage of you. It can compromise the safety of the network and all personal information can land in the wrong hands. Keeping the software up to date will help improve the speed significantly. Every new update released by the manufacturer improves the security features available on the routers and if you do not update the router firmware, it is more likely that your network can easily be penetrated by unauthorized users.

6. Turning off Wi-Fi when not using:

It is best to switch off your wifi at night or if you are leaving home. Turning it off will make the router less obvious to find and can take it off the radar of unauthorized users.

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7. Ideal placing of router:

The speed of Wi-Fi depends a lot on where you place it. If you want to get better signals in the whole house then make sure that it is in the middle of the house. This will improve the speed a lot and it will also keep the network safe because the signal reach will not be strong outside the house.

With the help of these simple and easy tips, you can improve both speed and security of your wireless internet.

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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.

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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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        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.

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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

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