10 Smart Door Locks That Work With Alexa: August, Schlage, & More

Since Amazon announced the new feature just months ago, several smart lock companies have lined up to echo their products' compatibility with Alexa. Starting with Schlage smart locks, promptly followed by August and Yale devices, the Amazon assistant will now be able to unlock many smart door locks via a simple voice command. The feature can be enabled when the user sets up a PIN through the Alexa app. However, take note: the PIN must be repeated correctly when users ask Alexa to unlock the door — otherwise, after 3 wrong PINS, Alexa will disable the feature.Let's take a peek at which smart door locks work with Alexa.10 Alexa-compatible smart locksAugust Smart Lock, 3rd GenerationThe 3rd Generation Smart Lock from August lets users control their door from anywhere using their iOS or Android phones (9.0 and 5.0 or higher, respectively). The August 3rd Generation smart lock attaches easily to your existing door lock, allowing you to continue to use your existing k...

DIY Night Vision Goggles - Build Your Own Now !

 DIY Night Vision Goggles - An Introduction Night vision goggles are devices that allow us to see in surroundings with low intensity light. These goggles are one of the most essential gadgets used by police and military bureaus worldwide. These are also available for the use of the common people. This device was introduced during World War II; and was primarily used to aid snipers. Since its inception, this gadget has been significantly upgraded through its four generations namely 0, 1, 2 and 3. Omnibus-7 is a fine example of generation 3 device and is in current use by the US military. Apart from military, these devices find commercial applications in security, outdoor ventures, rescue operations and police investigations. They have been divided in to two categories: active and passive. Passive devices use naturally generated surrounding light while active systems utilize infrared light. Night vision goggles have various designs and models based on the type of job they are supp...

How to Make an CCTV Camera for Your Business

Based on facts, personal experiences and budget contorting techniques, we will learn today on how to make a Close Circuit TeleVision (CCTV) camera with only a webcam, a computer and some few programs. For during my experience in an English school with a boss who works overseas, she has made her camera set-up with only a webcam to prevent havoc from being wrought in the school. It works the same way as a CCTV camera with only a less expensive price. We only need four components with regards to a CCTV camera for starting small businesses such as internet cafe's, lending services, restaurants, bars with a somehow "rowdy" environment and areas that need surveillance but wouldn't have enough money to buy good equipment for business management. 1. A computer with enough disk space. Yes, just a computer with enough disk space would do, cause all you'll need would be the programs required to operate the webcam. Aside from that the other respective software needed in managing a busi...

How to Set Up Parental Controls in Windows Operating System

Windows operating system comes with many unique features, one such very important feature is Parental Controls, and you can use Parental Controls to help manage how your children or anyone from your household use the computer. The feature gives you the option to set limits on all the necessary stuffs. You can restrict your children from using the computer for a long time, prevent playing games etc. When the blocked account holder try to access the blocked programs, they will get a notification that the program has been blocked. Without your password, your children can’t access anything you blocked. That means you have complete control over your children when it comes to using the computer. Requirements: First, you'll need your own administrator user account. And more important thing is your child should have only the basic standard account and not administrator account. This is because the Parental controls can be applied only to the standard accounts. In addition to the contro...

How to Remove Browser Hijack Spyware Like Xzoomy.com Via Your Registry Editor

Some spyware applications are designed to browser hijack, causing a homepage change. Most, such as Xzoomy.com, work in much the same way and can be removed similarly. This tutorial shows you how to get rid of a browser hijacker, using Xzoomy as an example. Xzoomy.com is a website that may be set as your homepage by another site called freescratchandwin.com. Xzoomy.com is basically a search engine directory site. The site asks you to download their program to play their exclusive scratch and win game. Most of the time, you will have to agree to their Terms of Service before installing their software. However, the program can be installed to your computer in other ways. You may even find this program installed on your computer one day as a surprise. If you have the program installed on your computer, your homepage will be set to xzoomy.com and you will get an annoying message every time you try to change your default homepage. You may be enticed to download this program with the promi...

How to Maintain and Troubleshoot Security Measures

Proper maintenance of computer security can help reveal where there are weaknesses in your security implementation so you can strengthen security and thus help to prevent attacks. For a computer support technician, troubleshooting security usually means responding to user complaints that they are unable to access resources because security is too tight. As a computer support professional, you might have direct responsibility for security maintenance and troubleshooting, or you might be charged with identifying issues and escalating them to a dedicated security support team. There are some general steps you can take to maintain security and to troubleshoot security problems. Steps to Maintain Security Measures: Do walk around to check the status of physical access controls such as fences, security doors, parking lot lights, and cameras. Be sure intruders cannot easily access key equipment items such as network cables, routers, and switches. Review security videos regularly...

Q&A: All About Passwords

How to secure my password ? Authentication by password is a very common method on the web. But if someone discovers your password, he can easily impersonate you. It is therefore important to avoid making password out of simple combinations such as your date of birth, place of birth, children's birthday, marriage, nickname... To make sure your password is difficult to break, you can test its ability to withstand an attack. There are sites where you can simply enter your combination of words and numbers in a dedicated area, and once you'll be done it will tell you if you password is weak, normal, good or excellent. You may visit this website to check your current passwords and see if they are strong or not: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx. If the verdict is not encouraging, it would be good to change your password and replace it with a stronger one. Makes sure aswell to thoroughly check the reliability of the site on which you send your p...

E-SET Vs AVG Antivirus Vs Avira AntiVir Premium

Everyone who owns a personal computer is familiar with the threats of malware and viruses. Malware is a threat no just faced by large corporate or businesses but it has penetrated to the personal level. Therefore, the presence of an anti spyware is mandatory on your computer to avoid damages caused by malware in the form of security risk or making your computer slow. Security software can perform various functions such as serving as an antivirus as well as a firewall. This report intends to give a detailed comparison of a few of the renowned anti spyware software alongside mentioning their pros and cons.

Tips to Cell Phone Tracking

Learning how to track a cell phone is one way to catch people if they are lying, especially members of your family. Your kid might tell you that he is attending a group study but the truth is he is going to a drinking session with his friends. Your spouse might tell you that he cannot go home early as he will render an overtime work, when in fact he is with his female boss sharing a romantic dinner for two. People nowadays will never run out of lies and alibis just to satisfy their own hidden motives and agenda and this is true even for members of your own household. One of the best ways to monitor their whereabouts is to track their cell phones. People today can manage to go out without enough money but not without their cell phones. Whatever your motivations for learning to track cell phones, here are the easy steps that will guide you just to do that.  Find a way to get hold of the cell phone that you want to track, of course, without letting the phone’s owner know...

An Outline of Computer Security

The word security is well understood. It refers to protecting assets, like a farm or a house. Similarly computer security is concerned with safeguarding the assets of a computer. The assets of a computer are the information and data which is stored on its hard disk. Real world security systems vary. As an example a building may be secure against certain types of attacks, but not all. Similarly computer security systems provide different types of security. Computer security means security of information and its prevention against unauthorized access. This means preventing and detecting unauthorized use of the computer. It also includes security against virus and malware (Malicious computer software) that can affect a computer and seriously hamper its working. Computer security also includes protection from unplanned events and natural disasters. Computer security is extremely important. This is so because all data stored in a computer contains people’s info...

What Exactly is a Certified Ethical Hacker - C|EH?

Let’s start with the name of the certification, Certified Ethical Hacker. Many people scoff at the notion a hacker can be ethical, but in fact, one of the tools used as a structured defense against network and data attacks should be the inclusion of a Certified Ethical Hacker and their skillset. The first step a C|EH (also known as a “white hat” hacker) has undertaken is the training in the tools and the mindset of a hacker. A Certified Ethical Hacker has to know how a “black hat” thinks and the tools he’s going to use to try to compromise your integrity. A Certified Ethical Hacker is one that takes the skillset of a black hat hacker and applies it for the common good. Your network may be easily compromised by tools freely and easily downloaded from the web in a matter of minutes. Allowing a Certified Ethical Hacker to probe and attempt to attack your network will give you insight into the true security posture that your network exhibits to the o...

How to Check If Your Computer is Being Hacked

Computer hacking is so common today and even prestigious companies worldwide are not highly secured to be exempted from this evil attempt. This only shows that we need to take extra precautions to keep our computer secure from hackers. It is important to know the basic things you should do to check if your computer is being hacked. Read on to know more. Check the Task Manager of Your Computer You can do this by simply pressing the "Ctrl", "Shift" and "Esc" altogether in your keyboard. The windows task manager will appear on your screen. Check the process tab and see if there are some processes you did not initiate that are visible there. Your process tab should only reveal most commonly these names, Local Service, Network Service, System, and your user name when you click the show processes from all users which require you to have an administrative password or authorization before you can do this. Anything you see which is not in the list; you should suspect and check the meaning by ...

Q&A: Children and Their Safety on the Internet

Is it safe for my children to use social networks such as Facebook or Myspace ? It is not dangerous for your children to use social networks when you will monitor their use. Indeed, you can set up parental controls, with permissions and / or filters that are available on your browser or on the social network itself (usually in preferences or in options). Usually in web broswers you must first click on the "Help" tab in the menu bar at the top. Enter "Parental Control" and follow the given instructions. You'll then be allowed to follow a procedure that will enable you to switch on parental control. When your children surf on authorized sites, it is your responsibility to safeguard them directly by monitoring what they watch on the Internet. For example, teach your children never to "click" on links that direct to installations, especially when it is said that you need to watch the videos or add a plugin for a game. It is usually a trap to download harmful software that use out of date...

Internet is A Dangerous Tool For A Kid. Pornography is Everywhere

The danger of pornography Some time ago I learned the ways in which pornography is prevented on the internet, I was shocked. I could see the depraved material existing throughout the internet, and I too could see that every single kid or teenager could come across the content unwillingly. It it is just sad, the public practice of an internet pornography maker in posting those brainteaser pictures on their web sites as invitations to ask for new subscriptions. Whichever boy or girl with an open internet connection can see those permitted pictures through unintentionally opening these sites or by intentionally looking for them out on the search engine. Every computer allowed to a child can show mature pornography, any page such as the so famous Playboy to any adult site that is showing content full of indecency. Examples could be from sex between an animal and a woman to men with children. The worst part is that kids can find this website on purpose or even accidentally. Sear...

Wireless Cameras Good or Bad

When designing a surveillance system, one of the most commonly heard requests is to make the system wireless. The rationale for this makes perfect sense: a wireless system could potentially add a massive level of convenience since installers wouldn’t have to run cable, cameras could be easily moved if needed, and the overall cost of equipment and installation could stand to fall. Unfortunately, though, when working with cameras, things simply aren’t that simple, and the use of wireless technology here almost always results in a system that works less reliably and is therefore less secure. To understand why, though, we must first understand the way wireless devices work. Any wireless network must consist of at least two objects: a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter sends out a signal in all directions, essentially creating a bubble in which it can communicate with the receiver. As long as the receiver is located somewhere within that bubble, then it can find the tr...

Lessons from a Horse Farm: Securing Your Windows Machine The Right Way

I'm sure that you would find the following encounter very strange: "Windows Farms, 4 miles."  Wow.  The legendary home of Windmill and Windmere, the only two horses to win the Triple Crown in two consecutive years.  Both from the same farm, and it's just right here!  You quickly turn off the Interstate and drive up to the parking lot.  Maybe you can just see the horses.  Maybe. The parking lot is empty.  The gate stands open.  The stables, far from being well-back from the road behind the expected layers of barbed wire fencing, stand only a few feet away.  The paddock door is open.  You hear the sound of horses inside.  "Hello?  Hello-o-o?"  You are careful to make your presence known as you approach, but there is no one there.  You study the barn-door briefly.  It is bristling with stout timbers, heavy locks, and all sorts of protective devices ... covered in rust.  You cautiously tip...

Pen Camera Reviews, the Latest Example of Electronic Miniaturization

The world is changing and the stress is on miniaturization. One of these miniaturizations is the spy camera that has flooded the market. Such a pen camera  has its has a distinct advantage as it obviates the need to carry larger equipment, such as a still photo camera or an audio/video recording system. In addition it is an excellent foil for work of a secret nature. The Spy Pen Camera The camera and the recording facility are all hidden inside the pen, which not only looks like a real pen but also functions like an ordinary ball point pen. The pen has a pinhole camera mounted near the top of the pen case. This pin hole camera can take still images in black and white or color as well as record  video images. All the pen cameras come with a certain in built memory capability. This memory is directly proportional to the number of photos or length of video footage that can be stored. Since the pen camera weighs only about .25 lb, it is easy to carry in your pocket. ...

Protect Your Computer: Learn About Hackers, Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Firewalls and Antivirus Programs

If you are like me you just want your computer to work. You don’t have the mind to understand all the technical stuff. You are told you have to an antivirus and some throw in the word firewall to protect you from hackers, viruses, worms, Trojans and so on. What are all these things? We little people just want to write our articles and learn how to protect our computers and understand the lingo of the industry without being computer analysts or computer geeks. Firewall A firewall is system that monitors all incoming and outgoing messages from your computer terminal. You set it to allow what you want to allow access to your computer and you block out what you don’t. This is very important if you have personal information on your computer that you would not like a hacker to get to. It is also important that your security controls and administrative controls are not tampered with because literally, a hacker can destroy your computer. Firewalls will also protect against wh...

How to Spy on a Cell Phone

How to spy on a cell phone is fast becoming common knowledge. The ability to tap into someone else's conversation, read their emails and even view photographs from their mobile phone, isn't unusual, although it is an illegal activity which is not to be recommended. The media are often accused of using spy software technology to intercept celebrities communication, and spying has occurred in the messy world of politics, via the humble cell phone. Understanding how to spy on a cell phone can help you learn how prevent your own phone from being tapped into. # How to spy on a cell phone Lovers of James Bond, agent 007, may be disappointed to discover that installing spy equipment onto a cell phone doesn't require them to carefully break open someones phone, and place inside a small recording device, before replacing it undetected while downing a martini. Spy software can be ordered online, and sent to the purchaser either via an instant download, or a CD. The ce...

Keep Your Identity Safe - Use Antivirus And Protect Your Passwords

Security is a major issue in business and in private life – you do not want other people or companies handling your insights or reading your most critical mails. Viruses can turn your life upside down – stealing your identity over a virus isn’t really a infrequent thing anymore. Your identity is the main thing that you should keep – because it’s the only thing that is truly yours. How to keep your business and employees safe and sound with simple freeware applications and programs? First let’s talk about free antivirus programs that you would need. I will review several antiviruses (AV’s) and you should make your own pick after that. Those tools that I am listing will protect your computer against known harmful objects, but I can’t guarantee you that it would in the future. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) – I have been working with MSE for the past two years and I am enjoying it. It does not ask me for everything all the time...

Handheld Lasers & Non-Lethal Weapons

Hearing the word laser, conjures up mental images of science fiction movies like Star Wars, Star Trek or James Bond .One's first thought might be of a weapon of destruction or death ray and that is how it was first described by an over zealous newspaper reporter upon interviewing the inventor. The word laser is an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation". the laser was invented after the maser ( Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) way back in 1960 by Dr, Theodore Maiman while working at Hughes Aircraft Company. The first laser was a solid state device made using a synthetic ruby rod, a helical flashlamp and  mirrors silvered onto the ends of the 1/2 inch diameter, 2 inch long ruby rod to form a resonant cavity that outputted red visible light. Laser development has gone a long way since then and there are hundreds of different devices that emit radiation from the ultra-violet to the far infra-red. Althought the first laser out...

Facts About Smoke Detector Installation and Safety

We all want to protect our families and our homes, and your first line of defense against a fire that could cause serious damage to your house and life is a smoke detector. Areas for Concern Everybody understands and respects the threat of fire. Once it starts, fires can grow and spread quickly. Though, Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas, and is emitted from faulty appliances, like water heaters and furnaces. Carbon Monoxide is very dangerous because it replaces the oxygen we breathe. A combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector is highly recommended. Types of Detectors There are two basic types of smoke detectors found in residential are optical sensors (or photoelectric) and ionization sensors. I recommend using the optical sensors, because they are less prone to false alarms from kitchen steam but they tend to react more quickly to smoky, smoldering fires. The Ionization units are cheaper, and are better equipped to catch flaming or hot fires. Nowadays, though they...

Five Computer Tips to Protect Your Computer Information

Computers, unfortunately, are not fool proof.  There are five things that, if you don't do anything else, will protect your computer information from becoming corrupt, completely lost, or stolen.  Use this article as a check list to insure your computer is protected. I've been using computers for a long time.  I have learned that at some point something on your computer is going to fail.  I have also learned that if you do certain things you will not lose all of your important documents, photos, and other data on your computer. #1 Make sure you have a good backup of your computer data.  I use CrashPlan to back up all of the computers in my household. I back up everything to an external hard drive.  That way when I travel I just grab the drive and take it with me.  I am considering purchasing another external drive to copy the backups to so that I can store the information at an offsite location away from my home.  This will insure that, if the...