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It’s Time for a Social Media Security Checkup

It’s Monday morning. Do you know what’s happening on your social media accounts?

Social media has become on the leading sources of cyberattacks in the world. It has the magic combination of widespread use (billions of people log in to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. every day), personal information, and trust that gives hackers everything they need to either launch attacks within the platforms themselves, or gather enough information to launch more targeted attacks against individuals, including you.

Even if you think you are safe and have your social media locked down, there is a good chance that you’ve left something vulnerable somewhere. That’s why you need to conduct regular social media security checkups. Double checking that you are using every tool you can to keep your information safe takes only a few minutes, but can save you a lot of headaches.

Check Your Antivirus

A strong antivirus and security program on your devices is your first line of defense against attacks from any source. Be sure that your antivirus software is up-to-date, and that you’re making the most of your premium services bundle by running security checks and looking for vulnerabilities. Social media attacks often look for vulnerabilities on your computer or devices to exploit, so use your security tools to close those loopholes.

Install Updates

Are you running the latest versions of all of your apps? Are your devices up-to-date? Even if you have your device set to automatically download and install updates as they become available, double check every few months to ensure that all of the most recent updates have been installed. Often, app updates include bug fixes and security enhancements that protect your account and data, so you want to install them as soon as possible.

Change Your Passwords

Yes, it can be a pain to come up with new passwords and remember them every few months. However, regularly changing your passwords, and choosing strong passwords, is important to maintaining your security. Keep it simple by using a password manager, and setting a reminder in your calendar to handle this chore.

Set Up Two Factor Authentication

If you haven’t already done so, you need to set up two factor authentication for your social media accounts. It only takes a few minutes, and gives you peace of mind that your accounts are less likely to be accessed without your permission.

Check Your Apps

Speaking of permissions, which apps have access to your social media accounts? And what permissions have you granted? Every few months, check on the apps that have access to your social profiles (find them by looking in the privacy settings on your account) and delete those that don’t need access anymore. Be selective in which apps get access to your profiles and what you allow them to see. In many cases, you may wish to just create an account with a username and password instead to keep your social profiles secure.

Check Your Info

If you’re sharing too much personal information on social media, you could be setting yourself up for trouble. Chances are, the people who need to know your exact birthday, address, phone number, etc. already have that information, so be as vague as possible. Avoid sharing information that can be used to steal your identity – and this goes for responding to friends’ posts as well. Remember that the answers to common security questions are often things like your mother’s maiden name, the color of your first car, where your first job was, where you were born, etc. It might be fun to see your friends’ answers to these questions, but hackers are also on the lookout for this information.

Clean Your Friends List

If you don’t know everyone on your friends’ list, or can’t pinpoint how you know people on your list, it’s time to hit the unfriend button. At least once a year, go through your friend’s list and delete people you don’t know, or don’t really have any contact with. Consider setting all of your profiles to private so that you need to approve followers, or so only people who know your friends can request to connect with you. This way, you control who sees your stuff, and reduce the chances of it falling into the wrong hands.

Keeping your social media secure is an important step toward preventing a cyberattack. If you perform this checkup on a regular basis, you’ll be in good shape to ward off the hackers.

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How to earn rewards by paying credit card bills

Everyone loves using credit cards and especially those who love to shop now and then. But credit card dues is something you don’t want to keep. Managing multiple cards can be a hassle sometimes. But in this digital world, almost all the problems can be solved using an app. One such app that we are talking about is CRED. You can easily manage all the cards, their timely payments and also get some benefits for the same. Let us check out how to earn rewards by paying credit card bills? Please read the whole thing, before proceeding and use our link to download the genuine app.

How to earn rewards by paying credit card bills?

I have been using this app for long now and had some great experience which I want to share it all with you.

  1. Download the CRED app from this link only just to make sure you get the original thing. It is available for both Android and iOS platforms.
  2. Install the app. After installing give the permissions so that the app can remind you whenever the bill is generated and dues are pending.
  3. After you make the profile and activate your account, add your credit cards. You can add multiple cards as much as you want. It might take some time to activate CRED profile based on your credit scores.
  4. Pay the bill whenever it is generated using this app only.
  5. For eg., if you pay the bill for 10,000 INR, you will get 10,000 CRED coins. These coins can be used to redeem various offers in the rewards section from different brands.
  6. You can also refer this app to your friends to earn gems and get more rewards.

You are reading: How to earn rewards by paying credit card bills?

It is as simple as it gets. CRED will help you manage payments related to your credit card. It might take some days for the bank to approve the payment from CRED. For me, it was very quick like the same day or the next day itself. They have various payment options through which you can process the payment. Recently they have introduced UPI as a payment method too.

What are the types of rewards that you can earn through CRED?

One can earn some discount coupons for shopping, food, or travel. All the details can be found in the app itself. Apart from that, you can earn some passes for events going around you.

I think it is really useful to pay credit card bills and get rewards. There is no fee involved to become a CRED member. Just add the card and pay bills. You can always wait for the right rewards and redeem it whenever you feel right. Do let me know if you have any doubts. So this is all about how to earn rewards by paying credit card bills.

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Norton Security Solution – All in one subscription

With the increase in the usage of digital media, security is something which is not supposed to be ignored. But unfortunately, the consumers tend to provide less importance to secure their data or make regular backups that leads to a digital crisis. Norton a leading brand in the security space has come up with an all in one solution for the consumers. With the launch of its new Norton Security Solution which works on a subscription basis and is priced according to the number of devices, they plan to make the things much simpler. One of the most recent trending threats amongst the consumer is Ransomware – which is a malware that locks down all your files by encrypting it and the only workaround is to pay the ransom in exchange for the key.

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Norton Security Solution – All in one subscription

According to Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec discovered more than 430 million new unique pieces of malware in 2015, up 36 percent from the year before and in August 2016 alone, there were 45 million new malware variants, the highest level seen since August 2015. The exponential growth in the number of new malware is an alarming thing.

Speaking about the new Norton Security Solution, it works on multiple platforms viz. Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. You just need to have one common subscription which will work on every platform. There are three different plans available Standard, Deluxe and Premium.

  • Standard – 1 PC or Mac
  • Deluxe – Up to 5 PCs/Macs/Android Smartphones or tablets
  • Premium – Up to 10 PCs/Macs/Android Smartphone or tablets (Cloud backup available)
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You can always shift from one machine to another with the same license according to your subscription plan. Making everything standard and available in one package makes Norton Security much simpler. No more confusions between Antivirus, Internet security or any other product variation.

“Norton by Symantec has the world’s largest civilian network of security experts who are constantly analyzing new threats and devising new ways to protect consumers and their devices,” said Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager, India, Norton by Symantec. “With the growing frequency of cyber attacks on all platforms, consumers need the comprehensive multi-platform protection offered by Norton Security.”

Features of Norton Security Solution

Proactive Exploit Prevention

Zero-day attacks are the ones which even the software vendors are unaware of. Patching such loopholes in the software can take months. With the proactive exploit prevention, Norton recognizes the standard behavior of the Zero-day attacks to prevent losses till the software patch arrives.

Emulation Technology

Malware, viruses are often hidden inside innocuous looking files that will affect your system when you run them. But with Norton Security these files are first tested in a virtual emulated environment for any threats to prevent the attack from spreading into the operating system.

Predictive Machine Learning Engine

Learning is a process that never stops or rather it should not. Once the signatures of the existing malware are detected, the new malware will have something different. With machine learning, Norton Security anticipates the new signatures of unknown malware to detect and block them.

Faster Mac Protection

There are certain vulnerabilities in the MAC OS too which surfaced recently and Norton is also providing security for it. With the new update, the resource utilization for the scanning will be low which will not affect the working of regular applications.

My Norton

My Norton is an all-in-one web portal to manage accounts, subscriptions, parental controls etc. One can manage multiple devices on the same portal and they also have smart alert system for new threats that are discovered continuously.

Pricing and Availability

The pricing of Norton Security starts at Rs. 1,399 with periodic offers. Currently, you can buy the Standard pack of Norton Security for Rs. 749 for the first year. All the packs and pricing information is available at in.norton.com and the pricing information includes credit/debit cards, Net banking for 40+ national and regional banks.

Consumers should really start focusing on their security as the dependency on digital media is increasing and the data is now the most important thing to any person. Keeping your software updated with a good antivirus solution is currently the best preventive measure for you to avoid getting hit by attacks. Norton Security solution is something that I can surely recommend using. Which antivirus program you prefer, mention it in the comment section below.

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Get 2GB Free Google Drive Storage today

Google is offering free storage for completing a small task associated to your account. Can you guess what the task will be? To increase the security of your Google account by updating your current details. Last year, Google gave 1 TB of free storage to the users who helped in improving the Google Maps and location services. This year you can get 2GB Free Google Drive storage.

What is the catch?

Well there is nothing suspicious about this offer as Google wants it’s Users to simply have a glance towards their account security option to check if everything is fine. Google is celebrating the Safer Internet Day 2016, and hence it is offering some free storage in exchange for upgraded security.

ALSO SEE : How to Enable Two Step Verification on Facebook

How do I get 2GB Free Google Drive Storage?

  1. Well, first head on to the Security settings page of your Google Account.
  2.  You need to sign in using your Google Account.
  3. After that complete the various steps like Recovery option, recent security events, 2 step verification, Connected devices, Account permission, App Password. While you are at it, perform the steps sincerely and give it some time to review all the options.

Get 2GB Free Google Drive Storage today

  1. Next you will see a Confirmation message of free 2GB storage added in your Google Drive account.
  2. Do look out for such offers that involves some work and big rewards from Google.

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You can perform the above steps for your multiple account and do note that this offer is valid only for today i.e. 10th Feb 2016 (Tuesday). So share it with your Friends and Family members. This offer is like getting free petrol for wearing helmet or putting on seat belt while you drive. You get rewarded for improving your own account security. Never forget how Google account plays an important part in your life as almost everything is connected to it. Do let us know if you face any difficulties executing this method through the comment section below.

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Lock computer using USB flash drive

Do you leave your PC or laptop logged in for a short period and go somewhere else? Someone may just steal some important information from your machine. Want a security for your PC, when you leave it? You can lock computer using usb flash drive. This Flash drive will be like a key to UNLOCK your machine.

How to lock computer using USB flash drive:

For VIDEO TUTORIAL scroll to the bottom of the post.

  1. You will first need a software named Predator.Given below are the links for download.
    For 32 bit click here
    For 64 bit click here
  2. After downloading the software, extract and then install it.
  3. After you have successfully installed the software, run it from desktop. You will get a dialogue box like below.
    Lock computer using USB
  4. Now when you see this dialogue box insert your flash drive and then click ok.
  5. Now you will come across a window like the one given below.
    Lock computer using USB
  6. First enter a password so that you can unlock PC, if your flashdrive gets lost (Counter Measure).
  7. Check the drive letter for your flashdrive is correct or not.
  8. Press the create key button.
  9. Now Click on OK.
  10. After clicking on OK, your software will exit displaying a dialogue box.
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  11. Now restart it from desktop. It will take some time to initialize. Then you will see a green ball flashing in your system tray.
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  12. Now whenever you pull out your flash drive, wait for the screen to black out. Whenever your screen blackouts, your system is protected. To unlock your system just plug in your flash drive.

NOTE: Installing predator will not affect any of your data present in your flash drive.

Also you can reduce the read interval time so that your system gets blackout faster.

Video Tutorial:


 

So this is a amazing way to use your USB flash drive as a key to your pc or laptop. If you have any doubts regarding this FEEL free to comment below.

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