Monday, February 10, 2020

4 Ways to Keep Your Digital Files Safe

Since the onset of technology, where we have developed a lot of things to make our lives easier, but not everyone sticks to the rules. Everything has a positive and negative side. As the internet took over our lives and helped us communicate with each other in a better way, hackers have made it their lives work to find sensitive data and blackmail people. It is especially common in large companies as they have sensitive information saved in a lot of places. So, in this world of data breach, it is more important than ever to know how to keep your digital files safer. In this article, I am going to highlight the most important things you have to keep in mind so that you don’t have to suffer from a data leak.

Regularly Backup Your Files

The first thing that you should do is make sure that your files are backed up. Hackers try to inflict viruses on computers, which affects your whole operating system, and you might have to wipe it completely. If you have not backed up your files, you are going to lose some very important data. So, make it a habit of regularly backing up your files as you don’t know when you might need it.

Control Access to Your Files

Now that you have made sure that you will not lose your files in case of a hack, the next thing that you should do is restricting access. You should always save your files in PDF format as it is the most secure form of documents that can be easily shared. Moreover, by hovering over to the sodapdf online convert, you can convert any file into pdf and password protect it. Protecting your digital files is very vital, and you can save yourself from a lot of trouble if you have them password protected.

Use Cloud Storage

Most people save their files locally. If your computer gets hacked, anyone can easily copy or edit any file on it. Cloud storage is becoming the go-to method of saving files as it is highly secure. The key thing that you should look for when saving your files on the cloud is going over the URL. It should read https instead of Http, and it should not be red. Some of the most famous cloud services include Dropbox and Google Drive.

Use External Hard and encrypt it

When a hacker is trying to get information from someone, the most common way he does it by hacking his computer. If you save your important files on an external hard rather than on your computer, you won’t suffer as much. Another benefit of carrying external hard drives is that they are portable, and you can carry them anywhere. Instead of bringing your laptop everywhere with you, you can just copy your files in the drive and take it with you. However, you must make sure that you encrypt your hard so that no one can access its data even if it gets stolen.

Friday, January 24, 2020

5 Tools to Download YouTube Videos for Free

YouTube allows its users to view and watch videos on their website. Many people want to save their favorite videos to their computers to watch them later without even being connected to the internet.
YouTube is designed to allow users to watch videos online. It does not allow users to download videos directly from this website. If you want to save or download any video direct from YouTube, then you will need a YouTube downloader or another site to save videos to your computer or any other device.

So if you want to save your favorite videos directly from YouTube, then below are some options for saving and watching YouTube videos on your laptop for free.

1.     MP3Studio

MP3Studio is an easy and effective YouTube downloader. It allows users to listen to all the songs they want from YouTube online and download them to any device. This tool will enable you to download all the content you want to keep save to your computer. It does not require you to have any technical skills for downloading.

MP3Studio video downloader lets you download any video by just copying and pasting its link.  It also has a wide range of different settings giving you the option to save your downloaded content on your flash drive or any other device.

2.     4K Video Downloader

 To download or save video from YouTube to your PC, start by downloading and installing a 4K video downloader. This tool offers you to download videos completely free. One can save or download the whole playlist and watch it later without even connected to the internet. This versatile software allows its user to even download 3D- videos without paying a single penny. Its downloading procedure is way too easy and simple after clicking on the download option, check the box marked 'Launch and Finish.' Now you can watch and share your downloaded video with anyone at any time.

3.     NetVideoHunter

This Firefox browser also works with many video sites, including YouTube and Facebook. Once you install it to your PC, you notice a button is added to your toolbar.

To use it, head towards a site from where you want to download a video. You'll see the NetVideoHunter button will flash, altering you the video can be downloaded. Click that button, next click Download to save the video you want.

4.     YouTube by Click

This software captures videos of more than 35 sites. Before downloading your first video, you can change its setting to get a preferred download format (MP3 audio or MP4 video) and can adjust the video quality.

This software allows users to download a 580MB MKV file in 4k only in few seconds.
You can even enter your account credentials for Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and many other sites to get an instant private download.

5.     Gihosoft TubeGet

This software’s free version has limits. Gihosoft TubeGet is no one-click downloader, and also it does not support all 10, 000 sites. This allows you to download five videos in a day, and one can download at 1Mbps speed no matter how much fast speed connection you have. But you can remove all these restrictions if you pay. However, you can download 4k videos from YouTube without any problem. 

This is a guest post submitted by Aquib Raja. We regularly accept guest posts, so please contact us if you would like to write for us!

Monday, June 4, 2018

How the Mobile Phone Changed our Lives

A few years ago, communication was more tied to the conventional, where you would send a letter, a fax or even spend time at the booth waiting for that prearranged call. You will agree that it was such a difficult thing to communicate and the speed with which the messages were relayed was slow. The advent of mobile technology saw a revolution in communication and today, millions of messages are flying in the air courtesy of the mobile.


The mobile phone has evolved to what it is today; twenty-five years ago, the mobile was rather a big gadget, which resembled the walk-talkie and would be used to answer calls. One would stick to a reliable source of power because we did not have batteries that would last for long. Today, these devices come in different sizes, features and the battery life can go up to even a week for some.

Communication can be done through voice calls, texting or even through the social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and such. Wherever you are and at whatever time, day or night, you can communicate with your intended party and this has made it more comfortable.

Mobile money

This can be regarded as the essential mobile innovation of our time that has seen a change of lives. Unlike in the past, today you can send money anywhere within minutes; wherever you are, there is an agency that can help you load your mobile with money or receive it. The economies of most of the countries have improved especially the sub-Saharan Africa where the poverty level has been high since time immemorial. Money can change hands in minutes, and this has developed the level of trade and thus revenues. Mobile money has created millions of jobs both directly and indirectly since its innovation some 14 years ago. The unbanked population increased tremendously to above 60% of the world population in the last five years alone, and the number is going up by the day.

Challenges with mobile tech

It is evident that the mobile has borne fruits that cannot be underrated and continues to affect millions of lives through ease of communication positively. Despite such, it comes with its challenges, which are on the increase.

Crime has become more sophisticated with the mobile technology. The perpetrators can easily scheme, commit a crime in minutes, and disappear. Again, cybercrime has gone to the increase where fraudulent transactions have increased a hundredfold. Every other day, you hear of millions of money that have been lost through fraudulent transactions.  There have been cases of other forms of crime abetted through the mobile including suicide. You can learn more of this on

Much can be said about the mobile innovation, but the fact is that every minute, there is a new creation, coming through the mobile. We can only embrace it; economies that are running fast in inculcating this technology realize the fastest growth. It is an ever-growing technology, and no one knows what it will bring tomorrow.

In what ways have you noticed how cell phones have changed our lives? Please share your thoughts or concerns below. We would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

3 Reasons Why a Family Tree is Important for Your Children

Tracing your family’s roots back even a few generations can be a challenging experience. However, it is worth the effort because it can have a big impact on your children’s lives. Here are three reasons to create a family tree for your kids.

1. It Gives Them an Interest in History

For a lot of kids, history is a boring subject. It’s a story about things that happened a long time ago, and kids are all about now and the future. When you study your own family history, it helps put things in perspective on a larger scale.

Perhaps you have a great-great-great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War or a great-great-uncle who was a soldier in World War I. Suddenly, these aren’t just stories about people who are dead now. They are stories about your family. The soldiers who marched through heat and cold aren’t strangers; they’re family. Learning about history is a lot more fun if you’re involved in some way and a family tree can tie that in.

2. It Gives Them an Interest in Their Own History

When kids learn about their own family tree, it helps them understand more about who they are. They can see that their red hair and freckles go way back to great-great-grandmother Bonnie. Or perhaps the only other person who was short in the family besides them was great-great-great-grandmother Alice.

Learning about their family history can help them develop a better sense of who they are and why they look and act the way they do. It also enhances their feeling of stability and security as they see they are part of something bigger.

3. It Helps Them Remember People Who are Important to the Family

As kids grow up, family members pass away. They may forget what great-aunt Anna looks like or how grandfather Bill laughed. While you can tell stories about family members who passed away when the kids were young or even before they were born, these stories will have more meaning if they can be placed in correct association.

For example, say your grandfather was one of eight children. Your child may only know or remember two or three of them. Others are just names that lose their meaning and place in the family without a family tree to help them remember. When your dad talks about Uncle Phil, your kids will understand who he means and pay more attention to the stories. Instead of just words, they will be able to imagine their granddad as a boy, sitting on Uncle Phil’s lap listening to his jokes.

You don’t have to create an extravagant or complicated family tree for it to be of value to the kids. A simple diagram will work wonders to help them make the right connections. However, the more information you can add, including photos, will help them remember who this person was and why they are part of the family. To help you get started, look for free online family tree templates.

What tips or ideas can you share for creating a family tree with your kids?

This article was a guest post submitted by Suzie Kolber. Suzie Kolber created to be the complete online resource for "do it yourself" genealogy projects. The site offers the largest offering online. The site is not a for profit website dedicated to offering free resources for those that are trying to trace their family history.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Preparing for the Holidays: 6 Tips for Hosting and Entertaining

It seems like the summer was just ending and it was back-to-school time, but here we are entering the holiday season already.  If you’re planning to host friends and family for this year’s big holiday gatherings, you don’t need to panic. There are several hacks and DIY tricks you can use to make your holiday get-togethers more enjoyable than stressful. We share six of the best tips for holiday hosting and entertaining here, to help you get planning in plenty of time.

1. Opt for Buffet-Style Meals

There are so many benefits to hosting buffet-style meals! First, buffet-style gives you a good excuse to ask friends and family to contribute a dish to share. Buffet-style also saves you tons of table room because you can place all of the dishes on your countertops and other flat surfaces and leave the table open for decorative centerpieces, place cards, and full plates. Buffet-style also helps your guests choose which foods to eat, so you won’t have to worry about pleasing picky eaters or accidentally putting turkey on your vegetarian cousin’s plate.

2. Add Layers to Serving Stations

Whether you use your counters, carts, or end tables as serving stations, you can quickly and easily add more space by layering. Buy or make cake stands and place food on top while also placing food around the base. You’ll practically double the capacity of your serving stations in no time flat.

3. Keep It Simple

There is nothing worse than having grandiose expectations for your holiday gathering and then feeling disappointment when the turkey is dry or when you have to spend so much time preparing, cooking, and decorating that you are too exhausted or busy to enjoy the main event.
Keep it simple this year by planning a non-fancy menu that includes tried-and-true dishes. Don’t attempt an extremely difficult dish that you had not previously tried to make. It’s also a good idea to consider slow cooking meat so that you have time to prepare side dishes, desserts, and drinks.

Give yourself a break and prioritize. You may not care as much about having the picture-perfect table as you do having mouth-watering food. Choose where to put your energy and give yourself permission to cut some corners or let some things slide this year so you can have a less stressful holiday season.

4. Make the Work Fun

Get everyone involved and share the work to make hosting and entertaining easier for you. Consider inviting friends and family over ahead of the big meal for a decorating party or baking party. Or, host a cookie swap before the holiday so you can ensure a variety of delectable desserts without spending time making all of them yourself.

5. Set up a DIY Holiday Photo Shoot

Don’t forget the entertainment part of your holiday while you are busy preparing for hosting and eating. Since your guests most likely will want to take photos to commemorate the holiday, make it fun by providing props and a photo backdrop. You could make your own, or you could purchase ready-made prop kits.

6. Quick and Easy Decorations

Don’t stress over decorating for your holiday gathering. Instead, make entertaining easy with beautiful, yet quick and easy decorations. For example, grab a couple of glass bowls or mason jars, fill them with water, toss in a couple of floating candles, and make it pop with cranberries. Cranberries float and are perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dress up a mantel with the hues of the season by adding votive candles and berry garlands or wreaths. Stick to one color palette and group items in threes or by height to make the mantel pleasing to the eye. Add larger candles on stands or in elevated candle holders to add height to your masterpiece.

Make arrangements and centerpieces out of materials that are readily available during the season. For Thanksgiving, use leaves, pumpkins, and pine cones. You also could incorporate other gourds, tree branches, and apples. For DIY Christmas decorations, use greens, branches you trim off your Christmas tree, cranberries, wrapped packages, and ornaments to add pops of color. Candles are a smart addition to provide lighting in dark corners or to set a peaceful mood during the meal.

Hosting and entertaining this holiday season will be a little stressful. But, with the right attitude and hacks, you can spend more time enjoying your family and friends and less time making things perfect and stressing over the food and decorations.

Guest article by Dolly Santos. She is an information junkie who loves researching and learning about new topics. At she compiles thoughtful educational articles based on her conscientious analysis of available information.

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