Siri v/s Google Assistant - Which is the Best? [Infographic]

Siri v/s Google Assistant

The iOS users still remember the excitement Siri stirred when it first hit the market in October 2011. This excitement never faded as Apple continued to update it from time to time with features that users lovingly embraced. However, with the grand appearance Google Assistant made, it became evident that Siri has got some serious competition.

Google Assistant and Siri are more alike than different, which makes picking one out of them a strenuous task. They both handle most of the duties you require an assistant to do, such as calling someone from your phone-book to setting reminders and managing your applications. They act as voice assistants too, and are quick to start up and respond when you request something. However, at one point, their similarities end.

Upon closer inspection, Google Assistant not only proved to have a better memory than Siri, but also have the ability to come up with more accurate answers for random questions you throw at it. You’ll find it easy to love too, with its friendly nature and ability to crack jokes.

The following infographic by Zlated will uncover the entire story behind the battle between Siri and Google Assistant before the winner was announced.

Siri v/s Google Assistant
 

Tips to Track the Hidden Places of Risks in Internet Security

Hidden Places of Risks in Internet Security

We live in a world of internet and we are dependent on internet for all our activities. The internet has changed our lives in numerous ways. The internet helps in both positive and negative ways. Internet has a dark side because we have observed many security issues and people have begun to lose their personal privacy which leaves people at risk. Individuals, companies and security agencies are at risk of internet safety.

The internet gives people around the globe convenience. However, the convenience of the Internet is also associated with safety risks. Internet users can find out safety issues starting from wireless networks to websites that have inadequate security for login information. Without a doubt, online risks can expose your business and client information in danger. With social media channels like Facebook and Twitter and online businesses are flourishing online, cyber criminals have found all the means to gain access to personal information online.

What is Internet Security?


Internet security is all about the safety of data from data or information theft, loss or illegal access, use or amendment. Internet security is a huge problem in the modern era because personal information and other important data are stolen by hackers. Since the popularity and use of internet is increasing day after day, it is vital that users incessantly look after their information and files. In order to tackle internet issues and keep up internet security, most of the big firms used to hire security experts. It lets them to maintain network security. The following tips will help you to track the hidden places of risks in internet security:

Hackers


Hackers are one of the main threats of your internet security. Computer hacking have turned into a common issue in the present day. Computer hackers are illegal users who break and enter computer systems with the intention of stealing, amending or destroying information. Hackers used to install unsafe malware devoid of your knowledge and approval. The smart methods of hackers and thorough technical familiarity aid them to gain access to information that is secret to you. Hackers always break into information that you in actuality don’t need hackers to have.

Crackers

Crackers are people who make illegal access to a network, a computer, or data owned by someone else. Sometimes Crackers can cause harm to information, take away information or bring agony to the owner of the information. A cracker purposely breaches computer security and he does it for profit, nastily, for some altruistic purpose, etc. The motivations of crackers can vary from profit, a reason they believe in, common meanness or just because they are fond of the challenge.

Cyber Extortion


Cyber extortion is a growing and very common threat. Security industry warns of rising cyber extortion attacks. Cyber extortion is an emergent security risk to companies around the world. The extent of the cyber extortion practice is mostly hidden and can take many forms. Attacks against business websites are the most common method of cyber extortion. The majority of cyber extortion attempts are instigated through malware in e-mail attachments or on cooperated websites. The extortionist's prey usually gets an email that can mislead you. Cyber extortion can be profitable and netting attackers millions of dollars per annum.

Phishing

Phishing is a type of deception in which the attacker seeks to obtain information and useful data such as login ID or account information by masked as an upright thing or person in email, IM or other communication conduits. It is a general ploy utilized on websites that have been hacked or are imagining being lawful. The general targets for phishing scams are PayPal and eBay. Phishing is the effort to gain receptive information including usernames, passwords, and credit card details. The act of phishing is carried out often for nasty causes. Phishing is common with cybercriminals as it is far easier to ploy someone into clicking a malevolent link that look as if legal one.

Scams

Scams are very common thing in online world. A lot of businesses and people have become prey to the scammers which led them to lose their important files and information. Popular social networking sites such as Facebook are main targets for scams. Predators, cyber criminals, bullies, and corrupt businesses will aim to cash in on the credulous visitor. Malware, botnet, Computer Viruses, Computer worms, Ransom ware, Scare ware, Spyware, Trojan horse, etc are some of the other hidden places of risks in internet security. Internet security is a necessity. The checking of tools that will keep up caution on your hardware and software security has to be of prime importance.

Author Bio: I am Scott Justin, an experienced freelance writer. My areas of interests are very wide, but mostly I write for educational websites, essay writing websites, journals and blogs. My aim is to share innovative ideas with potential audience and provide useful tips for readers. I used to concentrate on all sorts of academic writing especially with regard to best essay writing service reviews.
 

What Could Happen If a Cybercriminal Gets into Your Online Storage Service?

Cybercriminal Gets into Your Online Storage Service

Like many internet users today, chances are you tend to store a lot of your files on an online storage service for convenience. And why wouldn’t you? You can snap a photo with your smartphone and with a tap of a button have it uploaded to your Dropbox account almost instantly.

There’s not much of a need to plug your phone in to your computer to transfer your files anymore, saving you a lot of time and hassle. However, there are a few things to consider when you choose to use an online storage service over just manually uploading your files to your computer. First, are you doing this on the go?

If you prefer to use the internet while sipping on coffee at a local cafe, the possibility of a cyber-criminal getting into your device--and perhaps your accounts--is very real. Hackers sometimes hang out in and near shops offering public WiFi, as those using unsecured internet connections are easy targets for them. In fact, they could gain access to your device in as little as 10 minutes.

So what can really happen if this occurs and they make their way into your accounts, such as the one you use for your online storage service?

Invasion of Privacy

This may be a given, but just think of what it could really mean. A cyber-criminal could not only see all of your files (including any photos of yourself, family or friends that you’ve stored), but also distribute them across the net however they please. Sure, your photos may not make the headlines like those of celebrities who have had their accounts hacked, but it can be embarrassing nonetheless!

Photos aren’t the only things commonly stored on online storage services though, so what if someone were to gain access to your files? For some people, that might mean that a hacker just got a hold of some of their medical records, their address, and perhaps even their phone number (if they did not already get that from hacking into your smartphone) or other sensitive information.

Identity Theft

Sometimes having access to your online storage service is all a hacker needs to commit identity theft. Your medical records or even files you personally created and stored could include your full name, address, date of birth and even your Social Security number. What’s worse is that if you tend to save word documents with your passwords listed in order to remember them, they could potentially access your online banking account as well.

It’s always best to avoid saving any of these sort of details online or on your computer and/or mobile devices. Hackers don’t always need very much information to pose as you, whether for financial gains or to “catfish” people online. Also, some financial institutions may be inclined to believe the hacker if they call up posing as you.

When they have your personal information, it’s possible for them to alter your account over the phone (for example, if they call in to change the address on the account or request a replacement credit card). Changing the address associated with your credit card can actually be as easy as logging into your online banking account as well, so even if they only access your login details, they can stir up quite a bit of trouble.

Loss of Your Files

Although sometimes less of an issue (at least for those who keep backups of their files stored elsewhere),the loss of all of your stored files can be a probable outcome of cyber-criminals getting into your online storage service. Once they’re in, they can basically decide what they want to do and some of these cyber-criminals are actually more interested in trolling than they are in committing identity theft.

Losing all of your data can be a real pain, and what better way for hackers to amuse themselves than to ruin your day! Consider keeping backups of all your files, whether they’re stored online or not. Simply save copies on more than one (secured) device to protect your data.

How to Avoid All of the Above

The most important step you can take is to safeguard your internet-enabled devices before a cyber-attack even occurs. When it comes to your online storage service, the service itself is generally pretty safe, but the problem lies in the fact that you’re always logged into your account if you use a service such as Dropbox.

Anyone who uses your computer, smartphone or tablet, whether by force (hacking) or with permission, can access your online storage service if you’re always logged into it. To avoid your devices from being hacked in the first place, secure them with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and an anti-virus program. Most importantly, the VPN will encrypt your connection, so you’ll be safe using the internet from any location.

There are additional benefits to using a VPN too, such as added privacy when browsing the net since it masks your IP address. By properly securing your devices, you’ll be able to avoid the worry of someone spying on your online activities and sneaking into your online storage service from afar. Luckily, you can simply secure both computers and mobile devices, allowing you to get the most out of your online storage service from wherever you are.

Have you ever encountered any security issues with the online storage service you use? If so, what happened? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Author Bio: Cassie has been an internet user for over a decade and has learned of a variety of different cyber threats during this time, as well as ways to avoid them. She commonly writes on the topic of net security to help other internet users. Read more of her work at SecureThoughts.com.
 

Pokémon Go - Reason Behind Numerous Mishaps

Pokémon Go - Reason Behind Numerous Mishaps

Most of you have already heard of Pokémon Go, and some of you are even addicted to it. Well, the only way it is possible for someone, in this time and age, to be unfamiliar with this game is if they were stranded on a deserted island for the past four months. But, if you still don’t know what Pokémon Go is, we’ll break it down for you.

Pokémon Go is classified as an augmented reality game released by Niantic Inc. The game is based on walking around and collecting animated creatures from the famous 1990’s series, called Pokémon. The beta for the game was first released in Japan, and after a month the beta spread to Australia, New Zealand and the United States – and that’s when the madness began. Long story short, the whole world started playing the game. Adults, teens, children, all alike, no one missed the chance to relive their childhood experience. To this day, Pokémon GO has been downloaded over 600 Million times.

From the title, you’re probably wondering why Pokémon Go became the reason for so many accidents around the world. Here are some of the reasons why:

Overly Obsessive Players

For some people, Pokémon Go became much more than a game – it was life and death. Reports of trespassing became common after the release of Pokémon GO. However, that’s not the only stupid thing that Pokémon Players do. Now, Pokémon GO has clear instruction about where people should play the game – more importantly where they shouldn’t. People have been seen trespassing private property, airports, army bases, cemeteries, in short, everywhere they shouldn’t be wandering around casually. If you think this is too much, two teenagers almost crossed the American border from Canada, till Border Patrol made them aware of what they unintentionally doing. People are falling off cliffs, jumping in front of cars, diving in front of cars, and these are just some of the accidents that are taking place due to Pokémon Go. This is the reason that several countries have banned this game “to ensure the safety of the citizens”.

Road Accidents

Pokémon has become the reason for hundreds of road accidents where Pokémon Players have been seen violating traffic laws. The game advises the players to be aware of their surrounding at all times. But this isn’t the case. The game is pretty famous all around the world, but it really took off in the US – which is the reason that almost every Police Department in every state of the USA has warned the players to be responsible while playing the game and the following is a clear sign that people aren’t doing the exact opposite.

A man from Baltimore crashed his car into a cop car of all things, while another drove straight into a tree days after downloading that game which lead to him breaking both in ankles along with several other injuries.

Furthermore, a guy in Australia drove into a school of all things while playing Pokémon Go. Fortunately, no one, including the driver, was injured, but the same could not be said for a 72 year old woman from Japan who was killed when a truck driver playing Pokémon Go hit her as she walked down the road.

How to Put an End to the Madness?


Some parents think that if their teens are out playing games, they should be relieved that their child isn’t doing drugs. But this is, in fact, much worse as it is things like these that can actually cost them their lives. Now, you’re probably wondering how you can stop you’re children from playing Pokémon GO, and this is no easy task. You could ask your kids 2000 times that they should play Pokémon, but you never know what they’re doing when they’re out with their friends. But we know exactly what you should do. TheOneSpy is an app that can monitor your teen’s app, not only can it locate your child’s phone and tell you exactly what he or she is doing, but it can also block the game completely. Other than this, TheOneSpy also contains a variety of features that can help parents keep track of their teen no matter where they are and what they are doing. They even provide parents with access to their child’s cellphone in such a way that not only allows them to delete the app when it is installed, but also remove it from the device altogether and keep them from ever installing it ever again.

Author Bio: Elizbeth is a senior writer with exclusive experience in field. Currently she is working on digital parenting with TheOneSpy kids monitoring app. Follow her on twitter @elizbethsewell6
 

Image to Word: The OCR Game Changer

Image to Word: The OCR Game Changer
Image to Word is a mobile app that came out of the Comet-docs workshop some time ago, and it has recently been updated with some cool new features. Here are some of the new and improved aspects of Image to Word mobile app:
  • Two ways of converting images - via camera and from your gallery
  • No limits on the number of conversions, or size of the file being converted
  • Ease of access to the sharing centre
  • Optimal output document format - .docx
  • Files can be previewed once converted for quick and efficient analysis
  • Image to Word allows you to convert screenshots as well as other photos
  • You can run conversions while the app itself is not working
  • File safety - your files get deleted from the Comet-docs server 24hr after conversion
So, let’s quickly go over all of these changes, and what they actually mean to the user per sec.

You can now convert your files in 2 ways, from the gallery or by taking a photo on spot. This will significantly make converting paper documents easier because you don't have to scan them or even upload/download them. You can simply follow the guidelines given within the app by clicking on Options and then Guide for better results. This will show you the correct way to take a photo in order for it to be optimal for high end conversion.

No limits on the number of conversions and file size is pretty self explanatory. You can convert as many files as you want and they can be as big as you want them to be. Aside from that, once you have converted your file, you will get a preview of the newly made MS Word file which you can see simply by tapping on the converted file. From there you can easily access it, open it in your preferred editing app, or share it via social networks, email, Dropbox, and more!

To add on the previous paragraph, the output format is .docx which is the optimal format for editing standard text files. Which app is the best for editing these files on a mobile device? Well, you probably have your own favourite, but these apps are just some of the one’s we will mention: MS Word, LibreOffice, Quick Office, and basically any similar app that allows you to edit .docx files.

Image to Word: The OCR Game Changer

Now, the thing with conversion apps is, not very many of them are known for their powerful OCR engines. However, Comet-docs has licensed one of the strongest OCR engines on the market a while back and started implementing and improving that technology as well so it is pretty safe to say that not many converters are in the same league as Image to Word. However, one thing that makes this app stand out is its hidden feature - converting screenshots. That is right, you can screenshot whatever is on your screen at any given moment, send it to the Comet-docs servers, and your new file will be ready for editing in just a few minutes!

While we are on the point of Comet-docs servers, did you know that you can convert a file, without the app even being turned on? Simply start your conversion by selecting the image you want to convert, and the app will send the file to the Comet-docs servers and from then on you can safely turn off your app and even your phone. The next time you take a look inside Image to Word the file will be converted and you will still have a lot more battery than you would have had using a different app! Also, did we mention that all files you convert get deleted from the servers 24 hours after conversion? This way, your files are safe and secured and you can always count on Comet-docs to respect your privacy!

Image to Word is available on both iOS and Android so make sure you give it a try and let the app’s developers know what you think about it by making a quick review on the App Store and Google Play Store.
 
 
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