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The right to privacy is one of every human being’s basic rights. Absolute anonymity is not exactly possible nowadays, especially in cyberspace. However, there’s a lot that you can do in the attempt to protect your private or official data. Year after year, the number of “casualties” is increasing, as is the imaginativeness of the attacks launched on users, which means that we have to remain up-to-date and wary as well, regardless of whether you’re just protecting data on your private PC or an entire business computer network. In both cases, you have to be aware that the time when a passive defence in form of antivirus programs and optimism is long gone, and that your tactics must be much more elaborate in order to remain truly secure.
On 14th March, a new chapter in the never-ending browser war began. In the blue, Microsoft corner, the long-awaited Internet Explorer 9 finally made its official appearance. After several months of open testing of beta versions, we got the finished product, promising high performance and a simple interface, ready to ease your work and entertainment on the web.
It’s difficult to find a mobile phone user who doesn’t care about the weather forecast. BlackBerry (BB) users are no exception, and for a while, everything was functioning perfectly well, since there was an official RIM (Research In Motion) application that did the job correctly. However, at some point, RIM was asked to change this (which was probably asserted with a fine financial incentive) and introduce The Weather Channel, which works just as well, except that it doesn’t support three quarters of the world’s countries. Therefore, the user should pick an alternative, and alternatives are numerous in this regard. We find Weather Plus to be the best, since it’s relatively simple, which saves you battery and CPU cycles, supports many locations and features multi-day forecast. The commercial version offers home screen integration, and promotional campaigns that offer commercial functionality for free aren’t a rare feat either.
Over the course of the past two years, the number of applications available on Android market has increased dramatically, to the point where it can compare against Apple’s iOS platform. With this in mind, it was no easy task to select the best, but we’ve done our best to pick ten applications that we believe every Android user should at least give a try, and perhaps keep afterwards.
Facebook’s basic idea is rather confusing for new social network users. Is that a place to communicate with your friends and family, a place to promote yourself and your company, a place to link to funny and interesting websites that you’ve found on the internet, or a place to “kill” some time by playing one of the available games with your friends? In short, Facebook is all of this and more. With over half a billion virtual “neighbours”, it’s clear that this is the biggest online community. The interesting fact, however, that sets Facebook apart from all other social networks, is the sheer number of available applications. While the simple user interface has attracted users worldwide, the simple API (Application Programming Interface) has attracted independent programmers and development teams to create Facebook applications. Owing to Facebook’s rapid expansion, this social network now contains around 600,000 applications.
The expansion of wireless networks seems to be unstoppable, for both the desire to eliminate cables and the increase in portability of devices with WiFi capabilities, primarily notebooks. Wireless internet is now generally available in offices, parks, cafés etc., and more and more home users are opting for setting up a personal wireless network themselves as well, in order to simplify internet access to various devices in their environment. However, in parallel with the increase in the number of available wireless networks, there’s also been another trend in development - the problem of internet “thievery”, i.e. neighbours that access your unprotected (or poorly protected) wireless network. In the best case scenario, you’ll experience throughput problems and poor internet performance, but it doesn’t always end there - you may even expose your shared folders and all the files contained within. Luckily, protection against the aforementioned unwanted intrusions isn’t a complicated feat to achieve, and we’ll develop on the most effective ways to do that.
A bit over a year ago, Google Chrome started sailing the waters of internet browsers. Although Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox were at the prime of their battle at that moment, while Opera and Safari continued to be a fine alternative to mainstream browsers, Google still saw the room for a new browser and offered a fantastic product over a short period of time which quickly reserved a section of the market just for itself. Besides the extreme surfing speed and user interface simplicity, Chrome had its fair share of drawbacks at the beginning, as do most prematurely presented Google products, and the lack of extensions support (addons developed by others) was universally seen as the main one.
Company Google surprised us this summer with novelty that is on verge of sensation – beta version of their Internet browser called Google Chrome. Since all their products are very functional and user-friendly nothing less can be expected from this project. New browser is very elegant, packed with innovative solutions and very usable despite the fact that it is in beta phase of development.
After a lot of anticipation at June 17 this year Firefox 3 was released. Great expectations were on a table because of great need for eliminating the biggest faults of Firefox 2. Firefox 3 is based on new Gecko 1.9 platform that should provide more precise display of pages and therefore to improve surfing quality, which is confirmed at acid 2 and acid 3 tests.