5 Valuable Internet Security Tips You Should Follow

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The Internet provides you with information at your fingertips. If you need to know about relatively any topic that comes to mind, a quick online search should give you the results you need. 

But, the online realm can be a scary place. Enter the wrong portal, and your data might become vulnerable to hacking. Thus, consider following these five valuable Internet security tips to ensure your time spent online will always be safe:

Use A Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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Accessing an online portal tends to be a two-point scenario. For example, point A is your computer, and point B is a website. So, going from point A to point B is a relatively straightforward affair. 

But, hackers can trace the steps traveled by the connection to locate the origin of the data transmission, which is, in this case, your computer. In other words, this trail can be likened to ‘cookie crumbs’ that will lead the cyber attackers to manipulate the data in your device. 

Hide this straight line of ‘cookie crumbs’ by using a VPN. This service puts another point in the online connection. Hence, accessing an online portal now goes from point A, then it takes a pit stop at point B before arriving at its destination at point C. If a hacker decides to trace the connection used, they might go straight to the VPN server instead of your device. 

However, some VPN services are more reliable than others. You can check websites like securitygladiators.com to know which VPN app to use in improving your online security. 

Rename Wireless Connection Names And Passwords

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Sometimes, cyber attackers aren’t on the other side of the world. Some scenarios might leave a local Internet network vulnerable to cyberattacks from nearby individuals. Cybersecurity risks tend to run high if your wireless username is something simple, like ‘home Wi-Fi,’ and the password is ‘1234.’ 

Changing your wireless connection’s name and password helps create confusion as hackers will constantly need to figure out these elements if they want to steal your data. Still, it can be cumbersome for some people to figure out wireless names and passwords regularly. 

Instead, you can use the combination of a Wi-Fi name and password randomizer, and a router’s Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) feature. As its name implies, the randomizer will generate random usernames and passwords for your wireless connection at a pre-determined timeframe. 

Next, use the router’s WPS feature to let your device connect to the local network without having to worry about passwords that may look something like ‘cnoHoi184x55.’ Read the following quick guide to help you take advantage of this feature:

  • Search and press the WPS button on your router. A light marked as ‘WPS’ should start flashing on the device. 
  • Go to the device you want to connect to the wireless network. 
  • Search for the local Wi-Fi network’s name and choose an option labeled as ‘Connect via WPS’ or something similar. 
  • Enable that option, and your device should connect to the network automatically.

Use Strong Passwords

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Perhaps, you don’t want to change your password frequently. Also, you might not be a fan of using password-randomizing software. If so, you can set your Wi-Fi network with a relatively strong password. 

Stay away from passwords that match personal information, such as your birthday or phone number. Use the guidelines below to develop a network password to keep online miscreants at bay:

  • Make a long password of at least 16 characters.
  • Mix uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Use numbers and special characters if allowed.
  • Don’t reuse the same passwords you used in the past. 

You can also use a password manager to help keep track of your network passcodes. Some of these programs may have auto-fill features, so you won’t need to input your passcode every time you want to log into the local wireless network. 

Keep Browsers Updated

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Web browser developers tend to update their apps with security patches frequently. These updates help protect users from the various hazards of online browsing. 

Updating your browser is relatively simple to accomplish. Start by searching for a drop-down menu on your preferred web-browsing app. The menu button should look like three lines or three buttons. Then, search and click for the ‘About’ menu item. Once clicked, the browser should automatically update with the latest patch.  

You may need to restart the app after it finishes installing the update. But, once it restarts, you should now feel more at ease than before, knowing that you can now browse the Internet with improved security. 

Clear The Browser’s Cache

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Aside from your device’s IP address, hackers can track your device from your browser’s cached files. These files include (but are not limited to) cookies, browsing history, download history, and saved searches. 

Protect your valuable data by deleting the cached data at least once per month. You can also set the browser to delete these files automatically at set intervals. 

The steps in deleting cached files may differ for each browser. However, you may find this option sitting under the app’s privacy and security settings.

Final Words

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Never underestimate the power of following Internet security protocols in securing valuable data. Make every online experience secure by using a VPN, renaming wireless networks, changing passwords, and doing occasional browser maintenance. Follow the guidelines posted above, and you should be at peace as you use the Internet for work or leisure. 

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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