Mobile Cyber Security and Safety Measures

Cyber-Criminals have been targeting desktop computers for years using exploits that could target the operating system and also paving their way with the aid of software vulnerabilities. Ever since the start of the Internet, security and privacy has been a concern and now that we have moved up the scale of technology, the concern is getting even bigger.

As we make our way into the mobile world, where most of our days are spent working and communicating using a smartphone, the threat towards the security of mobile phone is also on the rise. Several incidents have been reported over the past years where intruders have been using smartphones to access unauthorized information of an individual.

Mobile Phones are Prone to Attacks

The shift from desktop computer to mobile phones and tablet PCs has been pretty swift. The problem with this issue is the fact that now out lives are relied on the use of smartphones and the number is expected to reach up to 6.1 Billion by the year 2020 according to Mobile Report by Ericsson.

Another factor is that these devices are being used for multiple purposes which allows for cyber criminals to have several options for an attack. Whether it is email communication, cellular communication including voice calls and text messages and even online payments are being done using smartphones. Other than this, smartphones are also being used as a camera device and we have multiple applications that may have vulnerabilities for intruders to make their way through.

Operating System Vulnerabilities

Desktop Operating Systems are now fairly secure as compared to the mobile OS. The reason behind this is the multiple years of research and development that have been done in order to provide a shield against known and expected spywares and malware applications.

Mobile OS is not as developed yet, there is still a lot to be discovered when it comes to security and privacy vulnerabilities in mobile OS. Currently, mobile updates are floated after at least a year of time which is an ample amount of time for intruders to know and understand the OS before they can make their move.

Come to think of Android, several manufacturers are several Skins that can work on top of the stock android. These skins are an enhancement to the overall feel and features for the user, but they may also develop a vulnerability that the intruders could use to leak private data.

Basic Protection and Self-Help

Totally relying on the protection that the smartphone manufacturers can provide is certainly not a good idea. Therefore, consider the following points if you are concerned about your safety.

  1. Download and Install an Anti-Virus application, better pick a registered application that is updated on a regular basis against new malware and spyware threats.
  2. Use of VPN and Encryption, this helps you connect to a Wi-Fi connection as an unknown user.
  3. Read the license Agreements, this may seem boring but after reading a single license agreement you would know exactly where an intruder can attack most easily.
  4. Limit the number of applications on your phone by having the application that you use on a daily basis rather than having applications that are not being used for months.

OnePlus 5 – The Flagship Killer

OnePlus made it to the smartphone market with the “Flagship Killer” slogan and they have been pretty much delivering the products that have proven to be killers against the flagships. The Chinese manufacturer is a show stopper for huge smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and Apple. The perfectly designed smartphones with an amazing android experience, which is the just the right combination of simplicity and useful features.

The company recently released their flagship phone which they are calling the OnePlus 5, after skipping the OnePlus 4 because the number 4 is considered unlucky in China. Lucky or unlucky, let’s have a glance at how the overall performance of the OnePlus 5 is and why it is one of the best and smart option to buy in 2017.

Performance

Starting off with the performance, which is definitely the biggest selling point for every OnePlus device. The OnePlus 5 offers a choice between a 6GB and 8GB RAM variants, combined with a 64GB and 128GB storage. The snapdragon 835 handles all the processing on the phone and is faster than expectations.

The OnePlus 5 is running the Android Nougat 7.1.1 with the oxygen skin. Without any doubt, it is one of the closest things to Stock Android and without any exaggeration, it is one of the best Android experience available on a smartphone in the market. The extra RAM keeps things extremely smooth with no signs of jitter or lag. Placing the OnePlus 5 against a Samsung Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 7, one can clearly see how fast the OnePlus 5 performs.

Display

The display may sound like a disappointment to a few and is one of the reasons why people would think twice about getting the OnePlus 5, if they already own a OnePlus 3T. The OnePlus 5 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, which is exactly the same as that of the OnePlus 3T. Almost every android enthusiast would have been expecting at least a 2K display if not 4K. However, the display doesn’t feel cheap at all, the only time when someone would actually feel the difference is with Virtual Reality.

Design

There has been a lot of controversy around the design of the OnePlus 5 which is clearly inherited from that of the iPhone 7 Plus. One the front we have a fair size of bezel on the top and the bottom, which is a disappointment after considering how awesome the infinity display on the Samsung S8 looks. On the rear, one can see the dual cameras at the upper left corner and a flash besides it. The OnePlus logo is right in the middle of the phone. There are two choices in terms of color, the midnight black and the slate grey

The front of the phone is almost similar to that of the previous version the OnePlus 3T, however, the back looks like a rip off from iPhone 7 Plus and the Oppo R11. This is a huge turn-off considering the fact that the company has been doing great in terms of design with the previous smartphones.

Camera

Camera is the one of the most used piece of hardware on a phone and therefore it has to be one of a kind, well you are in luck here. The rear cameras on the phone are 16MP and then an addition 20MP Telephoto shooter, both the cameras are just way too good. The issue however is that there is no Optical Image Stabilization during video recording which is clearly visible once you compare it to the iPhone 7 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The secondary camera is also 16MP, so if you are a selfie lover, you may find the OnePlus 5 to be a great a buy.

Battery

The Chinese manufacturer has been offering huge batteries ever since their first smartphone and they have maintained it within their latest flagship as well. The OnePlus 5 has a 3,300 mAh battery non-removable battery which is smaller than that of the OnePlus 3t. The battery life still out performs that of the OnePlus 3T based on the power efficient Snapdragon 835 and lasts for 18 hours without a problem.

The good news is, even if you use your phone too much and tend to fall short on battery life then you can simply plug in the charger and within 30 minutes you will charged for a whole day, thanks to the dash charging. The dash charging is so fast that you will never notice anything with the battery life.

Conclusion

The OnePlus 5 gives a pretty tough time to the flagships that are available in the market. We do agree that the phone lacks some key features such as Optical Image stabilization during video recording and higher resolution display. However, considering the fact that the base model costs $379 is enough of a reason to purchase the phone.

Also, keep in mind that the smartphone offers an amazing Android experience, the battery life is outstanding (a positive point for the 1080p) and a solid camera.

Razer Deathadder Elite

Razer is widely known across the gaming world based on their products. Razer has been successful enough to add their name under every e-sport tournament in order to grab attention. Without a doubt, the razer is one of the best gaming mouse manufacturing company and has been carrying the name ever since it came into existence.

The Deathadder mouse series is by far the most successful and therefore the widely known product the company has ever produced. The reason behind the success if their simplistic design, that has been carried around from the very first Deathadder. Professional Gamers are of the mindset that if you are ever confused about buying the best mouse available in market, you should opt for the razer Deathadder and you will be instantaneously satisfied with your investment.

Why buy the Deathadder Elite?

Deathadder Elite comes with a 16,000 CPI optical sensor, seldom will someone boost up the CPIs to that figure, therefore, the biggest hitching factor for the deathadder is the addition of the PMW-3366 sensor which has been manufactured by Pixart in collaboration with Logitech. The sensor has been the most favorite ever since it was introduced back in the year 2014. Some may argue that the sensor is old and may not perform as good as a modern sensor, but those allegations are only limited until you use it and feel the precision that the sensor adds to the Deathadder Elite. The software of course plays a vital role in adding up to the precision and the overall quality of the mouse.

The design is yet another amazing factor in the mouse, it has matte plastic finish that lets you have a firm grip over the shape of the mouse. If you are someone who gets sweaty hands after holding a mouse for a while, you don’t need to worry at all. The mouse still feels as amazing as it should even with a sweaty hand. The design is wide enough to easily accommodate wet hands while letting you keep the grip that is the most comfortable for your use.

The buttons are soft and you can get used to the click almost immediately. The buttons are designed in a way to give a feeling of a soft touch while they are hard enough to keep them from being touched accidently. There are two small buttons situated under the mouse wheel that lets you adjust the CPIs with a single touch and two buttons situated at the left side of the mouse just over the rubber grip for the thumb. The buttons are easily accessible and can be custom programmed for any functionality that one may like.

The mouse weighs 105 grams that weighs less as compared to its competitors, Steel Series Rival 700 and Logitech G502, that weighs 135g and 168g, respectively. However, the weight of the mouse is everyone’s personal preference. According to professional opinion, the lighter and simpler is the better option. At the end of the day, you are the one to choose which option suits you better.

The Downside

By far, most of the people must think that the Razer Deathadder Elite is just perfect and that maybe the case for some, but there are a few downsides to the mouse as well. The first one is the absence of free-spinning scroll wheel, which may not be a big factor for gamers in particular. The second downside is setting up the mouse for use the first time, Razer’s software, Synapse, has a first-time login that requires a user to sign up “online” before using the software. Believe it or not, 80% of the bad reviews revolve Synapse.

Gaming Console Repair Should be Left to the Professionals

Gaming Console Repair Should be Left to the Professionals

Gaming console repair can be a difficult task. For an avid gamer, there’s probably nothing worse than being in the middle of a good game and having your system crash! Luckily there are pros on hand who can perform all kinds of repairs, on all types of consoles.

Gaming Console Repair

Gaming Console Varieties

We’ve come a long way from the old-school Ataris, and today’s premier eighth-generation gaming systems include Microsoft’s Xbox One, the Sony PlayStation (PS4), and the one-of-a-kind Nintendo Wii U.

The Xbox One is manufactured by Microsoft, with an added emphasis on cloud computing and the inclusion of various services and entertainment applications, in addition to games. Users can enjoy television programing, multitasking apps with split screens, and even second-screen functionality for multiple uses or optimal gaming. The optional Knelt sensor uses voice recognition and motion tracking as controlling options, in addition to the more traditional button controller.

The Nintendo PS4 was created by Sony, and emphasizes social interaction as well as the integration of other services and devices. The PS4 supports remote play on off-console mobile devices, and features a unique controller that includes an integrated touchpad.

Nintendo’s Wii U includes an integrated touchscreen, which can be used in conjunction with a main screen (replacing the need for split screen in multiplayer games) or in place of the television screen entirely.  Wii was the first gaming console to support the use of controlling devices that used body motion with the Wii remote, and it offers additional controllers like the nunchuk (a hand-held, corded controller that works in tandem with the main one), the Wii wheel (a steering wheel accessory), the Zapper (a gun-shaped controller), and the balance board (which players stand on, registering motion and balance shifts).

When Gaming Goes Wrong

Each of these systems offers fabulous entertainment options, but those all go down the tube when the system malfunctions.

Here are a few common problems that might require gaming console repair:

  • Bad disk drives. The disk drive on your gaming console is the element that reads and plays your game or movie disks. With their moving parts and delicate technology, they are subject to periodic failure and may need to be replaced. The good news is that the disk drive doesn’t hold any of your data or formatting, so you shouldn’t be at risk for losing your programming.
  • Hard drive failure. The hard drive drive on a gaming console is sort of like the “brain” of the game system, and malfunctions in disk drives are not easily repaired at home. If you’ve tested with additional controllers or screens and still find the system won’t work, it’s time to take your console in to an expert for repair. Techs will do what they can to save your data (and recover it if needed) while repairing or replacing your hard drive. You can make this easier by keeping regular backups yourself as a preventive measure against the day when you might experience a hard drive failure.
  • The “blue light of death”. Specific to the Nintendo PlayStation 4, the infamous “blue light of death” is a generalized error code, meaning it can be hard to figure out exactly what has gone wrong. The problem might be anything from an issue with the power supply to a problem with the hard drive, and you might need an experienced tech to sort it out for you.
  • Software issues. If your game freezes while you play, or if you find yourself facing an odd error message, your first move should be to reboot your console. Check your cables and make sure the console has not gotten overheated with use. If you keep experiencing freezing, you may want a tech to take a look and see if you’re experiencing software issues.

If you happen to run into any type of issue the Repair Sharks can help you out with your gaming console repair. We service a wide variety of problems for just about any console available on the market including Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, One, PS3, and PS4. Feel free to contact us or give us a call if you need a hand. Mail-in and drop-off services available for all consoles.

 

Bitcoin ATM Card

Bitcoin ATM Card

Crypto-currency has been the trendiest topic of the tech world lately. The biggest reason behind the hype is the transparency and of course the ever growing value that is increasing exponentially. The beauty of crypto currency and why it won over the local currencies is absence of the fluctuation in the value considering the fact that it is the future of online payments. Thinking specifically about Bitcoin, that has been the face of crypto-currency and most of the people confuse the broader keyword of crypto-currency with that of the Bitcoin.

Even though Bitcoin has been growing and adding to the productivity of online purchasing and trading but people are still hesitant on investing their money based on its inability of instant cash. We live in a world where our money is readily available whether we need to make an online purchase or if we need cash for some reason, this issue has been addressed by Bitcoin and are going to go through the actual advantages of a Bitcoin ATM Card over that of the traditional ones.

Bitcoin ATM Card

Bitcoin ATM Card is a plastic card similar to the ones that we get from our bank account against our currency account. With Bitcoin you have a choice between choosing a Virtual Debit Card or a Bitcoin ATM Card, the difference between the two is that the Bitcoin ATM Card can be used at ATM machines in order to extract cash, whereas, the virtual debit card is ideal for online purchases. We are going to look into the Bitcoin ATM Card.

Shopping with Bitcoin ATM Card

The Bitcoin ATM Card can be loaded with ease. All you have to do is add your funds via a wallet such as a Cryptopay Bitcoin wallet. The currency that is loaded into the card can be used anywhere around the world provided the seller accepts major payments cards. The beauty of Bitcoin ATM Card is the fact that you don’t have to worry which part of the world you are at, Bitcoin is global and so is the Bitcoin ATM Card.

Online or Offline

We highlighted the deficiency of the Bitcoin or any crypto-currency for that matter. With the Bitcoin ATM Card, one of the biggest issues has been resolved. The ATM Card can world for your needs, you don’t have to keep a credit card and a debit card, neither do you have to worry about national or international borders.

No ID Verification

Since Bitcoin or any other crypto-currency is not linked to your identification similar is the situation with that of the Bitcoin ATM Card. If you are worried about your privacy then you have to worry no more.