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A Beginners Guide to Using a Virtual Private Network

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The internet is a broad computer network which provides information and communication facilities. It can be a scary place without the right protection. Nowadays, there are records of cybercrimes such as data theft and hacking. Therefore, if you don’t protect yourself from these unfortunate circumstances, you might become a victim of cybercrime.

You probably heard about the virtual private network from your colleagues or friends. You like the idea of having a service provider that could help you keep your network safe and secure from cybercriminals. If you’re new to this field, you might need a little knowledge of how a VPN works.

There are over 300 VPN service providers in the market today, and all you have to do is to find the right network for you. Learning about virtual private network won’t take up much time. You wouldn’t want to become a victim right? So here are things you need to know about virtual private networks.

What Does a VPN Do?
Before VPN appeared on the market, there’s a tunneling protocol called peer-to-peer or point-to-point developed by a Microsoft employee. By creating a form of encryption, point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP) can create an encoded gateway that would allow for unidentified online activity.

Although point-to-point tunneling protocol is still in use, it isn’t as safe as the other protocols promoted by VPNs. Although the basis remains the same, instead of having traffic travel directly from the site you’re accessing to your device, it travels through an encoded gateway. This way, it would be impossible for anyone to know what you’re doing, including your internet service provider.

Accessing the internet using a virtual private network hides your location through a different IP address. Therefore, instead of originating the traffic from your device, it would appear that you’re using a different server. You can look for the best VPN to use in the market by also knowing its features. This way, you’ll have a safe and secure connection.

The Three Key Parts of Virtual Private Network
● The Encryption – Encryption is a process where it converts information and data into a code, allowing only authorized parties can access. It mixes up the sequence of a data packet, making it difficult or impossible to decipher. To put it simply, anyone can access your data, but only the authorized persons can understand it.
Most VPNs use a standard approach of encryption called “Advance Encryption standard.” The best encryption method today is the AES 256-bit, and one of the most commonly used is the AES 128-bit, but it’s not as secure as AES 256-bit. The number 256 and 128 served as the key length or the number of combinations you can use to encrypt a network. This means, the larger the number, the more combinations you can come up. With more combinations, the more secure your system gets.

● Consider the Location of the Servers – When setting up a VPN, you will notice the number of servers it has, including their location. The reason why the area is essential when using a VPN is due to access and speed. In this case, the closer you are to the location, the faster the data transfer is.

However, there’s an extra step required when using a VPN. Firstly, the VPN provider sends data to the VPN server, then to the website you’re accessing. It pings the server by sending data to interact with the site like a conversation. It will be a continuous interaction between the VPN server and the website. Therefore, it’s essential to select a VPN provider that doesn’t record any logs for you to browse the internet freely.

● Security Protocols – A VPN is using security protocols to keep all the data protected when it passes through the encrypted servers. There are various protocols used by VPN to keep data secured like an actual physical isolated network.
Consider the Features When Choosing a VPN Provider
Most VPN providers specialize in something. It could be about anonymity, high-quality encryption, or internet speed. You need to make sure that you prioritize their features. If your problem is about geologically blocked contents, there are also VPN providers that specialize in that field.

If you’re a writer or journalist, then accessing websites must be your priority. You need to find a VPN that doesn’t record logs and has secured encryption. You can look for the best VPN provider by looking at its features. This way, you can have a functional network that would let you explore the internet freely.
Takeaway
Looking for the right VPN provider might be overwhelming as there are over 300 VPNs you can find in the market today. Don’t be fooled that all virtual private networks have the same service. Yes, they might have the same function, but they specialize in different fields. Therefore, when choosing the VPN for your connection, make sure you select the most suitable and reliable one.

Who doesn’t enjoy listening to a good story. Personally I love reading about the people who inspire me and what it took for them to achieve their success. As I am a bit of a self confessed tech geek I think there is no better way to discover these stories than by reading every day some articles or the newspaper . My bookcases are filled with good tech biographies, they remind me that anyone can be a success. So even if you come from an underprivileged part of society or you aren’t the smartest person in the room we all have a chance to reach the top. The same message shines in my beliefs. All it takes to succeed is a good idea, a little risk and a lot of hard work and any geek can become a success. VENI VIDI VICI .

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Shift Up unveils the intriguing details behind the physical packaging of Stellar Blade for the PS5

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It appears that many

are eagerly anticipating the launch of the highly anticipated PS5 exclusive, Stellar Blade. Shift Up, the developer, has shared a lengthy video showcasing the “secrets” found in the physical box of the game for PS5. From what we can gather, these secrets include a reversible cover/dust jacket and a download code for cosmetic items.

We must clarify that while we do appreciate the variant cover, it may be more appealing than the game’s standard art. However, it is not something we would typically classify as a “secret.”. However, what’s interesting is that Shift Up has confirmed through the comments section that this will be the case in all regions. Additionally, the visually striking action RPG will remain uncensored worldwide.

It’s refreshing to witness a developer going the extra mile for physical collectors, and it’s evident that the developer is determined to leave a favorable mark in the console realm. Stellar Blade is set to make its highly anticipated debut this Friday, April 26th, exclusively on the PS5.

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Here are all the patch notes for the new PS5 firmware update that adds the community game help feature

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Sony has recently launched the newest PS5 system software update, which is always an exciting occasion for avid PlayStation fans. With a size of slightly over 1GB, you can download and install it right away. As always, the question remains: What exactly does the update bring to the table?

According to the official patch notes, there have been some notable improvements, particularly in the area of game help. We are introducing an exciting addition to our platform: the Community Game Help feature. This feature enhances the PS5’s Game Help system by providing you with gameplay videos from fellow players. Players have the option to choose whether or not they want their gameplay videos to be shared using this feature.

If you’re concerned about it, you can now hide your Remote Play connection status as well.

Presenting the complete patch notes:

  • Game Help has been enhanced with the addition of Community Game Help features
  • Within Game Help, players can find Community Game Help hints in supported games. These cues come from gameplay videos that other players have shared.
  • If you’re up for it, you have the option to contribute to Community Game Help by giving permission for your gameplay video to be automatically recorded and included in the feature after it’s been reviewed
  • If you want to join in, navigate to Settings, then Captures & Broadcasts, followed by Captures, Auto Captures, and finally Community Game Help. From there, simply choose the option to participate. Users have the option to unsubscribe whenever they choose
  • During Remote Play, players now have the option to hide the persistent message “Remote Play connected.” that appears on their game screen. To ensure a seamless gaming experience, navigate to the Settings menu, then proceed to the System section. From there, locate the Remote Play option and activate the Hide Remote Play Connection Status feature
  • The system’s software performance and stability have been significantly enhanced
  • The messages and usability on some screens have been enhanced

While not the most groundbreaking update, the Community Game Help feature has the potential to be intriguing, contingent upon the number of games that offer support for it. What are your thoughts on the latest update? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

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In the TV show Fallout, would the “rule of thumb” really work?

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Walton Goggins’ character, who plays someone in the first episode of the new TV series Fallout on Amazon, mentions a “rule of thumb” when it comes to nuclear explosions.

According to the character known as “The Ghoul,” he learned in military school that if you raise your thumb and extend your arm toward the blast, you can tell if you are going to live or die. According to the rule, some Americans will be safe from the radioactive fallout if the mushroom cloud is smaller than their thumb. If the mushroom cloud is bigger than their thumb, they won’t be as lucky.

Many other survivors will probably ask you why you’re giving a mushroom cloud the big thumbs up. Is it worth it?

The idea has been looked into a bit thanks to the Fallout video game series, which caught the attention of physicists in their first year at the University of Leicester. They had heard a false rumor that the show’s mascot, Vault Boy, was giving a happy thumbs up to show support for the thumb rule. They wanted to find out if the rule was true.

The team looked at smaller blasts that would fit with the setting of the show and chose a 15-kiloton blast, which is the same size as the blast that happened when the US dropped “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. The first thing the team did was figure out how far away you would have to be from the mushroom cloud for your thumb to cover the blast. They came up with a number that was about 12.6 kilometers (7.8 miles).

“Assuming the detonation occurred on the ground, the radius for avoiding all burns is 4.67 km [2.9 miles] away from the blast center, and the radius for radiation sickness symptoms is 1.56 km [0.97 miles],” the team said in their paper. “This would mean that you would be safe from the initial blast effects of radiation and burns.”

Even though you just saw a nuclear explosion nearby, that doesn’t mean you are safe. And that’s before you worry about nuclear winter. The radiation coming at you from the wind should be your main concern.

“Assuming an average wind speed of 24 km/h, the fallout would reach you within approximately half an hour if you were to be standing directly upwind.”

Getting caught in this wind will give you enough rads to make you sick. One more rule, though: run like hell. This might help you lower your dose.

“This investigation showed that if a 15-kiloton nuclear bomb was to detonate and your thumb extended at an arm’s length just covered the blast, you could survive most negative radiation effects by running laterally in the direction of the wind for a minimum of 1.65 km [1 mile] in half an hour, given that you are standing directly upwind from the blast,” the team said.

But this only works for a blast much smaller than the weapons the world has now. And even for smaller blasts, the rule probably won’t help because of the radiation that is released into the air and the fact that the wind can change quickly. Ruth McBurney, who is the executive director of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors in Frankfort, Kentucky, told Inverse that “shelter is the best thing to do if you think you might be in a place where fallout might be present or coming.”

More plans call for temporarily taking refuge in whatever is available, and then moving to better nearby shelters about 30 minutes after the blast. There are, of course, official rules about what to do during a blast. In short, you should stay inside and away from windows, wash your hands, and wait for more instructions. Please don’t condition your hair while you’re doing that.

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