How to Make Sure Your Kids Use Age – Appropriate Mobile Apps Only – Android Parental Control Apps

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Do you know what the first thing is that kids do when they get an Android smartphone? They go to the app store and set up WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and various other social media apps. Next, they download all the cool games they have heard about.

Trust me, kids with their itch to explore, would literally try all the apps out there and especially the ones that are trending. But not all apps are age appropriate for teens and tweens. Once they get access to the play store, they also get access to all the porn, sexting, online dating and violent gaming apps.

You don’t want that, do you? See the tips below to know how to expose your kids to the useful apps and keep them away from the unsafe ones.

Talk

A good talk never hurts. Teach your kids to differentiate good and bad and how some things are bad for their current age. Tell them to be responsible and use apps that fit their age.

Check the rating

Some apps make it obvious by the name and logo that you don’t want your kids near them. In case of others, check the rating and content to make sure they are good for your kid’s age.

Install parental controls

There are various Android parental control apps that give you access to your kid’s installed apps e.g. FamilyTime. It allows you to view all installed apps and block them. My suggestion is to keep checking their apps regularly and if you find a questionable app, block it then and there. It also helps limit screen time and monitor other phone activities.

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Some apps are strategically designed to deceive adults and they are called hiding apps. They look like a regular calculator or photo app, but in actuality are secret vaults to hide photos, text messages, and even other apps. When you find a new app residing in your kid’s phone, look it up and read reviews about it to know its purpose.

Share informative apps

There are many apps that help in brain development, coding, reading and writing, etc. Share such apps with your kids and keep them engaged. Show them how these apps are more useful as compared to games and social networking.

Stay up to date

When there is a dangerous app out there, the news and internet tell you about it. All you have to do is stay in touch with the current news and you will know which recent trend you don’t want your kids to follow.

Keep it safe and fun

By following these tips you can let your kids have fun with their phones and make sure they don’t use any adult or unsafe apps. Android parental control apps are a must have for all parents who are raising kids in this age. They conveniently let you filter the perils of the digital world and enjoy the perks.

5 Apps to Help You Organize Your Life

You can still find them, but the days of the filofax are quickly coming to an end. As access to personal devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones increases, the ways in which we keep organized—calendar, grocery list, recipe cards, monthly budget, and check register are rapidly evolving to better accommodate our digital consumption of information. At Modernize, we know it can be hard to keep up with all of the apps that come out every single day, let alone research and review them. Read on for our top 5 apps to help you organize your life. 

1. Get a “Virtual” Personal Assistant with Google Now

Google Now

Sure, Siri may indulge you by calling you, “Rocketman,” but how many times has she told you, “Sorry, I don’t understand.” You deserve an assistant who gets you! Google Now is an “intelligent personal assistant” that is available for iOS and Android, as well as your desktop. Similar to Siri, Google Now uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. The effectiveness of Google Now improves as your search habits help it to predict information that you may need. The app also organizes just about anything you can think of onto customizable cards. Organize cards by interests—traffic, weather, favorite websites, sport scores, or functionality—barcode scanning, song recognition, and e-ticket storage, including boarding passes.

Via Google Blog

2. Manage Your Spending with HomeBudget

Managing your money can be stressful. Stay on top of your finances and you’ll make better choices, like skipping take-out and saving money by cooking meals at home. You’ll save (and possibly invest) more money to buy that new car or take a vacation to Mexico. You’ll also rest easier, as you’ll know that you have a plan to reach and maintain financial stability. Move beyond the legal pad, calculator, and pile of receipts with HomeBudget.

Via Google Play

HomeBudget is clear, color coded, and easy to navigate. This app may not be free ($4.99), but its functionality encompasses that of many different finance-related apps. The home screen shows the following categories: Expenses, Bills, Income, Budget, and Accounts, as well as the dollar amounts for each category. There are also tabs for Payees, Reports, and Search. The Reports feature can easily show your expenses as related to your income (color coded from 0-100%), as well as a broader month-to-month look at your spending, budgeting, and accounts. If you freelance, the Income section is great for keeping multiple clients and projects organized. The Search tab enables you to track down a wealth of information, including check numbers and payee addresses. The bill reminder function will also ensure you never pay a late fee again.

3. Find the Best Route With Waze

Waze

Nothing can derail your day as quickly as getting stuck in traffic. Waze can give you the best routes to avoid traffic jams, construction, and accidents, saving you valuable time and ensuring you get to your destination on time and unflustered. Drivers in your area share real-time traffic and road info to help Waze users collectively outsmart traffic. Millions of users contribute countless data points to create accurate maps. The app combines all of this data to inform you of road closures due to extensive construction, one-way streets,  and turn restrictions. If the map doesn’t match what you are seeing in real life, you can report and update the map with a few taps of the screen. Waze will also send you notifications regarding police presence and speed cameras.

Via Gigaom Research

Waze is great, but don’t delete your google maps app just yet, as Waze lacks transit and walking directions as well as 3D satellite imagery.

4. Make Time for Meditation with Insight Timer

Insight Timer

Daily meditation provides you with the opportunity to quiet your mind amidst the constant demands of life. It allows you to have more focus and control over your emotions, making you less prone to depression and anxiety. With hectic schedules and ever growing to-do lists, meditation can quickly move down your priority list, but it’s such an important tool to help you manage your day. Prioritize your well-being and commit to meditating with Insight Timer. Insight Timer guides you through meditation with gentle music, timed to match your schedule, so you don’t have to worry about watching the clock. As you grow in your practice you can incorporate more sophisticated features like interval bells, presets, and the meditation journal. Insight Timer also makes it easy to join a meditation community, with over 100 groups for various types of practice you can always find someone to join you on your path toward enlightenment.

Via iTunes

5. Archive Your Digital Life with Evernote

Evernote

Do a simple search on Evernote and you will find that it has a devoted following. Evernote is a cross-platform app that can serve as your digital file cabinet—effectively eliminating the need for jump drives or traveling with multiple devices. You can use it for notes, journaling, project and management, and save anything that you’re interested in on the web (in its entirety) for future reference. Evernote has an e-mail function that allows you to forward emails, tweets, and other content to any of your Evernote notebooks. You can also send content from other services like Gmail to your Evernote account. All of that saved content may seem like an organizational nightmare, but Evernote’s search function allows you to retrieve all of your various documents quickly. Evernote can also turn photos into notes and even decipher any text in those photos—great for capturing notes on a whiteboard!

Via Evernote

5 Eye-Opening Facts You Need to Know About Bots and DDoS Attacks

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If there’s one thing bots are good for, it’s crawling websites on behalf of search engines and social media platforms to help those sites gain visibility. But if there’s two things bots are good for, it’s that, and helping people who don’t know much about internet security sound like they do. When in doubt, blame it on bots. Someone’s website went down for two days to a DDoS attack? Darn bots. Someone else’s website is getting inundated with spam? Geez, bots strike again. And someone else’s website got its content scraped? Come on bots, take a break.

The reason it’s so easy to blame everything on bots is because there are so many bots out there doing so much stuff on the internet that they’re involved in pretty much everything. Most people have no idea how pervasive, busy and even malicious bots can be. But for the good of websites everywhere, that has to change. Here are five facts about bots that will open your eyes to what’s really happening on the internet and on your website.

Fact 1: Your website is very popular with the bot demographic.

Bots both good and bad are busy little buggers, and they account for between 56 and 80% of all website traffic. “But wait,” you may be thinking, “I run a small custom cat sweater website. There’s no way I’m getting that much bot traffic.” Here’s a couple pieces of bad news for you. The first is that you run a custom cat sweater website. The second is that it’s those small sites with up to 1000 visitors per day that are getting 80.3% bot traffic. Medium-sized sites with up to 10,000 visitors are getting 63.2% bot traffic, and large sites with a million plus daily visitors are getting 56.2%.

Even though a large number of those bots are good bots, that’s still a big chunk of your traffic being accounted for by non-humans. This isn’t to say that you can no longer brag about your traffic numbers. Hey, go ahead. Just be aware that you aren’t getting your site in front of as many actual eyeballs as you previously thought, and keep that in mind when you’re laying out your marketing strategies.

Fact 2: Your website is more popular with the bad bot demographic than the good.

Now that you’ve absorbed the shock of how much of your traffic isn’t coming from actual people, here’s another kick in the pants: 29% of all website traffic comes from bad bots. Good bots make up about 27% of all traffic. No matter if your site falls into the above small, medium or large categories, nearly one-third of all your traffic comes from malicious bots. Malicious bots are responsible for things like DDoS floods, hackings, click fraud campaigns, content scraping and spam.

Fact 3: The only kind of bots consistently displaying growth are the worst ones.

With bots accounting for so much web traffic, you wouldn’t be misguided in thinking that bots must be constantly growing. However, you would be incorrect. Overall bot activity actually declined 10% from 2013 to 2014. There is one category of bots that have displayed growth, though, and those would be impersonator bots, the most advanced malevolent bots.

While overall bot activity was declining from 2013 to 2014, impersonator bot traffic grew almost 10% in the same period. Impersonator bots are the only type of bot that have displayed growth consistently over the last three years. So what exactly are impersonator bots? They’re bots that pretend to be something they aren’t in order to bypass website security and wreak havoc, like launching DDoS attacks. Impostor Google bots are common, and other types include bots that imitate browser capabilities, spy bots, bots disguised by proxy servers, and of course DDoS bots.

bot traffic report

Source + Hi-Res image: Incapsula 2014 Bot traffic report

Fact 4: Impostor Google bots are the third most frequently used bots in DDoS attacks.

Everyone with a website wants to rank high in Google, and that means Google’s own bots are given unfettered access to any website they visit. Much like how celebrities are given special treatment everywhere they go. The thing is, sometimes it’s only someone pretending to be Bradley Cooper that placed that order for a complimentary bottle of $1000 champagne. And sometimes it’s an impostor posing as a Google bot to creep and crawl all over your website. So while your website is designed to roll out the welcome mat for Google bots, it’s also designed to do the same for convincing and dangerous impostors. In fact, internet security firm Incapsula found that a full 4% of all bots that appear to be Google bots are, in fact, impostors. It only gets worse from there: the same Incapsula study found that 23.5% of those Google impostors are being used in Layer 7 DDoS attacks.

Fact 5: Not everyone involved in a botnet has bad intentions.

A botnet is pretty much what it sounds like: a large grouping of bots organized by attackers to inflict major damage on a target website. Using that broad definition, it’s easy to paint everyone involved with the same brush. However, most people if not everyone whose computers have become involved in a botnet don’t have bad intentions. For that matter, most of the people involved in a botnet don’t have any sort of intention at all. That’s because they probably don’t even know they’re involved in a botnet.

Within the internet security community, botnets are often called zombie armies. That’s because a botnet is a group of computers that have been taken over for malicious purposes, typically with the use of malware. Without the computer owner even knowing, their machine is controlled by an external source and used for malicious reasons. DDoS attacks are a common botnet activity.

So with all that said, you see why blaming it on the bots is such a sound strategy. They’re incredibly common, incredibly busy, and they can be incredibly malicious.

Boot up or Shut Down Windows Computer with Time Scheduler

windows task scheduler

Thanks for Sleep mode on Windows. You can schedule boot-ups, shut-downs, and wake-ups on Windows computer, which you computer can automatically power up in the morning and automatically shut down at night.

You can set Windows boot up and shutdown times through Windows task scheduler. A Windows handy tool allows your PC automatically wake from sleep or computer enter to sleep mode at a specific time. You can find Task Scheduler application on Windows 7 & Windows 8.

windows task scheduler

This Windows scheduler can be particularly useful if you want your PC to wake and perform downloads in off-peak hours or start other actions before you wake up in the morning — without running all night. Below are the step to boot up or shutdown Windows computer automatically with time scheduler.

Steps to Boot up Windows Computer Automatically with Time Scheduler:

  1. Open the Task Scheduler by typing Task Scheduler into the Start menu and pressing Enter.Task Scheduler
  2. In the Task Scheduler window, click the Create Task link to create a new task.
  3. Name the task something like “Wake Computer”. You may also want to tell it to run whether a user is logged on or not and set it to run with highest privileges.
  4. On the Triggers tab, create a new trigger that runs the task at your desired time. This can be a repeating schedule or a single time.
  5. On the conditions tab, enable the Wake the computer to run this task option.
  6. On the actions tab, you must specify at least one action for the task – For example, you can choose “Start a program” task launch a Windows application like Windows FTP Client.Wake up WindowsOr if you just want to wake the Windows only without running a program, you can tell the task to run cmd.exe with the /c “exit” arguments – this will launch a Command Prompt window and immediately close it, effectively doing nothing.

Step to shut down Windows computer Automatically with Time Scheduler:

  1. Open the Task Scheduler by typing Task Scheduler into the Start menu and pressing Enter.
  2. In the Task Scheduler window, click the Create Task link to create a new task.
  3. Name the task something like “Sleep computer” and make sure check the box for “Run with highest privileges”. Since the shutdown computer utility requires admin access.
  4. On the Time Schedule Triggers tab, create a new trigger that runs the shutdown computer task at your desired time. This can be a repeating schedule or a single time.
  5. Now flip over to the Actions tab, click New, and then enter shutdown into the Program box, and /S into the parameters box. If you want to force a shutdown and kill every app, you can use /S /F to force it to happen right away.
  6. On Task Scheduler Conditions tab, you need check the box to only start the task if the computer is idle for more than x minutes. You can also choose to stop the task if the PC isn’t idle to help make sure it doesn’t kick in if you are on the PC.Task Scheduler Condition
  7. Lastly is the Time Scheduler Settings tab, you need to choose to restart the task every 30 minutes if the task fails—that way, if you are on the PC for a while past the normal time, the job will start up later on and shut down the PC.Task Scheduler Setting Tab

Beside using Windows task scheduler, you can also used command prompt to put the Windows computer to sleep or hibernate it. Below are the commands:

  • Shut Down: shutdown.exe -s -t 00
  • Hibernate: rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState
  • Sleep: rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

WebMin – Free Web Hosting Control Panel

Webmin is the most common open source web hosting control panel for Linux, OpenSolaris and Unix System. This free web hosting control panel allows you configure hosting users account, disk quotas, services, configuration files etc, as well as modify and control many open source apps, such as the Apache HTTP Server, PHP, MySQL etc.

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Meanwhile, Webmin also lets web hosting administrator change passwords, set up mail filters, edit the Apache .htaccess files, log in to MySQL and manage your database tables and records, log into the server through SSH, and so on. However, Webmin is largely based on Perl, running as its own process and web server. It defaults to TCP port 10000 for communicating, and can be configured to use SSL if OpenSSL is installed with additional required Perl Modules.

This free hosting control panel features can be expanded by installing modules, which can be custom made. You can add Virtual min on Webmin for managing multiple virtual hosts through a single interface, like Plesk or Cpanel. It supports the creation and management of Apache virtual hosts, BIND DNS domains, MySQL databases, and mailboxes and aliases with Sendmail or Postfix. It makes use of the existing Webmin modules for these servers, and so should work with any existing system configuration, rather than needing it’s own mail server, web server and so on.

Another modules will be CloudMin (Cloud platform software), which additional user interface that managing virtual systems, such as Xen, KVM and OpenVZ instances. Using Cloudmin you can create, destroy, resize, start-up, shut-down and restrict multiple instances using different virtualization technologies from a single interface.

Beside that, Webmin also run as windows hosting control panel to configure hosting services on Windows platform.

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So, WebMin is definitely good free web hosting control panel to manage your private in house web server without any cost.

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