How To Stay Safe On The Web

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The internet has changed our lives for the better in the 21st century, we can now buy things online and have them deliver to us, we can talk to each other and see each other’s faces using the internet. However, there are some drawbacks to the internet. As with anything in human history, people have sought to abuse the internet, exploiting its flaws to negatively affect others. When using the internet for any form of commerce, you have to have the right know how and protection! Here are some things you can do.

Ignore Suspicious Emails

Many of us receive emails, very little of them are of very interest and most of these spam emails get filtered out into our junk folders, however, sometimes the odd one or two scam emails will get through. You can often tell apart a scam email because it is very vague due to the fact it has been sent to many people. The email will often pose as your bank or someone wishing to give you lots of money, but this is always too good to be true. Check with your bank if they have sent an email, if they are asking for a username or password then you know it is fake because banks never do this. If you wish to verify who the sender of the email really is, websites like email-checker allow you to verify the integrity of the email address, allowing you to see whether the account is a fake one or not!

Install Antivirus and Antispyware

As opposed to email scamming, actual hacking is much more effective at breaching people’s accounts, so this has to be addressed. Hacking can come in a variety of forms, through spyware of viruses. Spyware installs a small file onto your computer that records everything you type or records your screen. This information is then relayed back to the hacker with the knowledge of all your usernames and passwords! Viruses work a bit differently, oftentimes they just destroy your computer, however, some of them are known as “Blunt Force” viruses that try to login to your bank accounts as fast as possible by putting in lots of word and letter combinations into the login screen as fast as possible, hoping to eventually crack it! To prevent this, you need cyber security. These softwares often are able to delete any form of spyware installed on your computer by scanning what it does, and can shut down any form of hacking by putting up a firewall that prevents any outgoing signals from your computer until it can find and delete the file causing the issue!

Watch Out For Ads

Ads and pop-ups plague some websites, they bring up separate tabs or fill your screen with different videos, it can be a pain trying to close them! Some ads do have links to malicious websites or download links, even though you hopefully have some form of antivirus, prevention is always better than cure! Some of the more internet experienced amongst us will know what a scam or virus ad will look like to avoid it, but a lot of people don’t. A lot of browsers offer AdBlock extensions for their browsers. Instead of you having to close all of the ads, AdBlockers close them automatically down for you, meaning you never have to deal with a potentially dangerous ad ever again! All you have to do is install it to your browser which only takes one click and you’re away.

Make Complex Passwords

Whilst this sounds silly and obvious, having complex passwords is a very good way to stay safe online! Most hacking is done by amateurs who have very little experience and are able to guess your password or use some small software to assist them with it. If your password is complex, meaning it has a lot of digits, random letters and lots of varying capitalisation, it will be incredibly difficult for people to get into your account! Most hackers base their attacks on the assumption that your password will be an actual word, whereas if it’s just a string of letters and numbers and symbols, they will have a much harder time! Websites like password-generator can generate random passwords for you, though be warned they are very random and you’ll have to write them down somewhere to remember them!

If you follow any of these tips, your online browsing experience will be much safer!  You’ll not have to worry about malicious ads, and your antivirus will protect you from anything that does manage to breach your system! Of course, all of these things work better in unison with each other, so it’s definitely recommended to do all of them! If you’re an employer and are wondering do you really need people that know of all this, read this article for a useful insight!

Even A Gent Needs Accessories

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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In the fashion community, it’s well known that accessories are often the pieces of an outfit which tie everything together. Whether they add a bit of color, texture, or a unique twist, the accessories you wear with your formal clothing are very important. The rules in place are strict, to ensure that everything looks good together. So, you have to learn a thing or two before you can strut your stuff. To help you with this, this post will be going through four of the most important male accessories you can get.

The tie you wear with a suit is very important. The color has to be right, matching the rest of the suit and accessories, and it has to be the right shape. Thankfully, most clothing stores will have a wide range of colors available. And, if you’re stuck, you could go for an option which matches the color of the rest of the suit. Along with your tie, you can also consider a nice belt to go with your suits. This part of the outfit should match the color of your shoes. So, if you have black shoes, you would go for a black belt. Or, if the shoes are brown, the belt should be, too.

It’s surprising how big an impact your socks can have on your overall outfit. A lot of people make the mistake of simply matching their socks with their tie, going for the same color. Instead, though, it’s better to base your socks on the color of your trousers. Experts recommend that you choose a shade or two lighter than your shorts. So, if you had blue trousers, you could go for lighter gray-blue socks.

Most men will choose to wear a watch with their suit, and this part is very important, too. Most people can’t afford a watch for each outfit, unfortunately. So, finding the right option might take some time. You can buy watches for men on loads of different sites. If you find one you like, you could further invest in straps and the tools to change them to save some money. You should buy straps to match the belts and shoes you have, with leather being better than metal in most modern settings.

Finally, on to one of the most important accessories, your suit can have; shoes. The shoes you wear can change the look of your entire outfit, so it’s important that you choose the right ones. The color of your shoes should complement the rest of your outfit, making the other colors around them pop. Most people will go for either black or brown leather shoes for their formal outfits. But, you could try something a little more interesting if you’re willing to take a risk.

Hopefully, this post will give you a helping hand you need when you’re choosing accessories for your next formal occasion. Most people fail to put this sort of effort into their formal gear. But, it can have a real impact on your appearance. So, it’s worth at least considering.

Capturing The Holiday Memories: Ideas To Do It

Some of us can’t travel all the time. Some people get that two-week break every year that the whole family counts down to. First, it’s months to go, then weeks, and then more excitingly days to go. 

Holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and really bond and enjoy the quality of time you have together. So there is no surprise that we are all looking for inspiration for different ways to capture those memories to keep the emotive feelings of happiness and pure joy alive. I thought I would share with you four easy and simple ways you can do. Enabling you to keep a snapshot of the memory of your holiday alive for years to come.

Dress To Impress On Your Next Job Interview

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Job interviews can be tough; the nerves, anticipation, and having to remember answers to questions that you haven’t even been asked yet. Therefore, it’s vital to get off to a great start by feeling confident in your appearance and looking your best. If you feel smart and well-groomed as you wait to go into whatever office you’re being interviewed in; the rest will seem a little easier, and you won’t be fidgeting in your seat to adjust your attire. The following are some things to consider if you have an interview coming up and need some help to prepare.

Look Sharp

Whatever job you’re being interviewed for; you’ll need to look as smart as possible. Whether you after a business role in a modern office environment, or you’re after a hands-on physical career in building work; your potential employer will notice the effort that you made that day, and it shows that you care about being there. A classic suit, shirt, and tie is always a great outfit option. If you can’t afford a new suit (until your first payday; think positive), there’s always the option of hiring a decent one for a fraction of the cost.

If you have a number of interviews lined up; it might be worth investing in a suit or taking a second hand one to be tailored and fitted correctly. If your clothes look like they were made for you, you’ll look sharp and feel great. Make sure that everything is well pressed or steamed on the morning of your interview; creases look untidy, and employers are unlikely to appreciate an untidy candidate. Do some final checks in the bathroom for lint or fluff, and remove them before you go in so that you look dapper; you’ve got this.

Stand Out

Your potential new boss may have seen multiple candidates for the job role in one day; so you want to wear something that will stand out a little and ensure that they remember you. If you favor neutral or beige ties, add a brightly colored pocket square or vice versa. You don’t need to head to toe in a crazy printed fabric; however, try to portray your personality a little to stand out from the crowd in the waiting room.

Perhaps you have a vintage briefcase with a story behind it or a pocket watch and waistcoat that’s been handed down through your family; whatever the focus is, your interviewer will take note, and you’ll stick in their mind a bit more than the rest do.

Walk Tall

Your body language is the best way to show (or pretend) how confident you are; don’t walk in hunched and small. Walk proud and tall into your interview so that your outfit looks better and you’ll be more approachable and a pleasure to talk to. Give a firm handshake and smile; you can cover up any nerves and insecurities that you might be feeling. For more body language tips during an interview, take a look here and practice at home beforehand. If you give off confidence and charm; you’ll be an attractive prospect for any company, and you should have no problem in securing your next job role or career move.



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