Online Protection Tools – Firewall, Anti-Virus Programs, and Virtual Private Network (VPN)

April 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Every day we hear things about people’s accounts (email, social networking sites, etc.) being hacked. Just a few days ago, a friend of mine told me that she got a message about her email account being accessed from the United Kingdom, when she didn’t leave her home that day, and she didn’t know anyone residing or even visited UK.That was the time when I mentioned to her that she needs to be protected online by connecting through a virtual private network or VPN. She replied to me by saying she has a good anti-virus program and firewall to protect her already, but hacking still happened to her. I explained to her the difference of VPN from the PC protection tools she mentioned.Because of my friends’ dilemma, I realized that many people can’t tell the difference between anti-virus programs, firewalls, and VPN connections.FirewallA firewall acts as a barrier to block harmful forces accessing your computer system. It’s appropriately called such a name, after a ‘real’ firewall that works to stop fire from spreading from the area where it’s happening, to the next location beside it.Simply put, a firewall is a hardware device or a program that filters the information coming through to your computer system, whenever you use the internet. It will not allow any packet of information that a firewall sees a red flag to.Anti-VirusAnti-virus programs are software that identifies harmful viruses, and stops them from entering your computer system. They also work by removing viruses that already came through to your system, such as malware, computer worm, computer viruses, spyware, Trojan horses and adware.VPNA virtual private network (VPN) as the name signifies is a tool that helps you surf online privately. VPN can be for business or personal use. Big companies take advantage of a VPN connection as replacement to their leased lines before, so that they can link other office branches in different locations to their main server. With a VPN connection, employees can work remotely from home and still access files and other devices in the office.On the other hand, personal use of VPN is utilize to protect ones computer from being accessed by third party individuals, especially when connecting to hotspots.VPN works by creating a virtual secure tunnel, where the data that passes through become encrypted. Even if someone hacks into your system, the data he or she will obtain is useless, since it will be impossible to decrypt. A virtual private network also hides your true IP (internet protocol) address, which can be used to trace your location. That way, you can surf online anonymously.Out of all the three, VPN is the best means of protecting your system whenever you connect to the public internet. You never know who’s lurking around, waiting to steal your private information, it’s best to be protected at all times.


At a Glance: 2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman

April 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

The Ram pickup truck line is marked by a variety of models ranging from the standard 1500 to heavy duty 2500 and 3500 editions. Its most common edition is the 1500, offering numerous body styles, truck bed lengths and interior amenities. The Ram 1500 Outdoorsman is designed with sportsmen in mind, people that like to camp, fish, boat or hunt and need a vehicle that supports their lifestyle. Sold in two cab styles and two bed lengths, the 2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman is powered by a HEMI V-8 engine and sold in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.Engine and TransmissionThe Chrysler Group’s 5.7-liter HEMI engine has found a home in many different applications and is the engine powering the Outdoorsman. This engine is paired with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission or an optional 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission.Chrysler says that the Ram’s engine is rated at 395 horsepower and 407 foot-pounds of torque. When paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission, buyers should enjoy a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy. The new transmission is operated with a rotary shift dial that is mounted right on the dashboard. A 32-gallon fuel tank allows owners to enjoy an extended driving range.Towing CapacityThe Outdoorsman is all about taking on the hard work and doing it with ease. Its powerful engine means that this truck is towing ready and is equipped with a standard class IV receiver hitch for optimum towing.Also available with this model is an integrated trailer brake controller, a tool that can be adjusted by the driver and features an instrument panel readout. Included lighted harness plugs can be adapted for various trailering needs as its 4- and 7-pin arrangement makes towing possible day or night. Ram also equips this truck with a heavy-duty cooling fan and transmission cooler, a limited-slip differential and offers a standard 3.92 axle ratio for four-wheel-drive models. Trailer tow mirrors and a rear backup camera are also available.Ram AmenitiesWhat good is any truck if it cannot get the job done? The Outdoorsman sits on 17-inch cast aluminum wheels set within light truck rated tires. It comes with tow hooks, features a stepped up front air dam and rear exhaust for improved ground clearance, comes with mud/slush mats and offers standard front suspension and transfer skid plates with four-wheel-drive models. Each truck is outfitted with a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, a 180-amp alternator and a tire pressure monitor.Ram Box is a feature Outdoorsmen buyers may love. It offers a secure place for enthusiasts to store their gear and comes with a pair of weatherproof and drainable storage bins, an adjustable bed divider and extender, and a cargo rail system.Inside, every truck comes equipped with premium cloth seats, with your choice of bucket seats or a split bench seat. A front 10-way power seat for the driver, lumbar support and a split folding rear seat are standard. This model also comes with a UConnect infotainment system, climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, SiriusXM satellite radio with Bluetooth connectivity and much more.Outdoorsman ConsiderationsThe Ram 1500 Outdoorsman can seat up to six adults and is available in quad and crew cabin configurations. Two bed lengths, 67 inches and 76 inches, are available. A dozen exterior color choices are offered and each truck comes equipped with stainless steel running boards.

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