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Phishing (pronounced ‘fishing’) — this is when you’re sent an email made to look like it came from a trusted company (your bank, insurance company, employer, etc.). You are then told there is an issue with your account, and you need to sign in to ‘verify your details.’ Of course, they give you a handy sign-in link that goes straight to their website. How nice of them.

The Nigerian Prince email — we’ve ALL had this one (or variations of it.) You’re informed that a certain someone died without leaving a will, and there’s $50 million sitting unclaimed in a bank. The person offers to cut you into the money in exchange for your bank account details.

The romantic stranger — female friends of mine on social media are hit particularly hard by this one. The scammer sweet-talks the person and eventually tells them they love them. Then they make commitment promises and ask for money.

Ransomware — this is becoming an increasingly common danger online for companies. A hacker will lock down a company’s entire database and refuse to release it unless a ransom is paid. If the victim refuses, the database is remotely erased. Even if the victim pays, there’s no guarantee the database won’t be erased anyway.

Malware — the oldie but still alive and kicking. Planting viruses and malware on phones and computers will always be an easy way to disrupt their lives.

Identity theft — again, a very common one. The more information you leave online about yourself, the more you leave yourself open to identity theft.

Do you fall into one of the following categories?

Here are some potential scenarios that could heighten your threat level and make it difficult to stay safe online.

Do you have a vengeful ex-partner (romantic or business) who is out to get dirt on you?

Do you have a stalker?

Are you going through a messy divorce or child custody hearing?

Are you a business owner with sensitive proprietary information that someone is likely to steal from you?

Are you a controversial, polarizing person?

Are you a public official or celebrity?

Were you a witness to a crime and potentially in danger?

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33 tips to minimize your hacking risk and stay safe online

Let’s now go into the various ways you can tighten up your online security. Look upon this as a nice weekend project.

If you MUST use Gmail……

If you really can’t tear yourself away from Gmail, then consider encrypting your emails to stay safe online. It’s not foolproof by any means, and a determined intruder with means will finally crack it. But any casual opportunists will soon give up.

One option which I recently wrote about is FlowCrypt. It’s a Chrome extension that puts an encryption button on the Gmail interface and converts your message into PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). The person at the other end also needs FlowCrypt and can immediately decode the message.

Of course, another alternative is just to download your email to a local email client such as Outlook or macOS Mail. Then set your online email service to delete the copies on their server.

Use a disposable email address to sign up for mailing lists

If you decide to sign up for mailing lists, you really shouldn’t be using your main email address. If anyone is tracking you via your email, then they can see your tastes and proclivities based on what email newsletters you subscribe to. So for mailing lists, you have two options – convert the newsletter to an RSS feed (I know, old school) or use an anonymous email address (just set up another Protonmail address.)

You probably think that RSS is all but dead. It’s true that its usage is declining in the face of social media, but it’s still around. Sign up for an RSS reader service, then sign up for the email newsletter with Kill The Newsletter. It will generate a randomly-generated email address to sign up for the list and an RSS feed to access the newsletters when they come out.

Don’t visit a website that doesn’t have a security certificate

These days, it’s standard Google policy to deprioritize any website without a security certificate. You’ll know when a website uses an SSL security certificate if the address starts with HTTPS. You can also check for the padlock icon next to the URL.

HTTPS ensures that there are no “man in the middle” attacks where sensitive user information has the potential to be intercepted. All big-name websites today use HTTPS, especially e-commerce websites and banking sites.

If a website you’re visiting only says HTTP, then it may be best to give it a wide berth. The site may not necessarily be bad on its own, but any information you put into that site will be insecure and wide open for the taking.

Remove your mobile number from online accounts

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When it comes to an online attack from a hacker, the main point of weakness is arguably a mobile phone number. If you think about it, two-factor authentication codes can come as an SMS message. If a hacker knows your number, they can clone your SIM card and intercept those codes. People can impersonate you if they have a cloned phone with your number. They would also have access to your contacts with their information.

Therefore, try not to give out your mobile number to too many people. In fact, make it a policy to give it out extremely sparingly. Remove it from as many online accounts as possible to stay safe online. If a website or company demands a phone number, either give them a disposable prepaid SIM card or, even better, set up a VoIP number with either Skype or Google Voice.

Don’t sideload unsigned and unverified mobile apps

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This may be a controversial one, especially with all you Android users. After all, sideloading is popular, even if it is insecure. But there is a reason why Google has security restrictions in place to discourage sideloading, and it isn’t to ruin your day.

For those unfamiliar with the terminology, sideloading is when you install a mobile app by transferring the APK file directly onto your device. It, therefore, bypasses the Play Store and its safeguards, so if that app has malware in it, it isn’t going to be detected. Play it safe and stick to tested and verified apps on the Play Store. Any security vulnerabilities will have been detected by Google and removed from the Play Store (you would hope, anyway.)

Use disposable digital debit cards

The old joke is that you can buy whatever you want if you look online. If you want that combined coathanger and cigarette lighter that plays German schlager music, then surely there’s a website that caters to your desires. But how do you know if you can trust that website store with your credit card details?

The answer is one-off disposable free digital debit cards. Transferwise, for example, offers digital card numbers that you can use for one-off purchases. Once the transaction has gone through, you can cancel the number for free, preventing anyone from reusing it. Then you can generate a new number for your next online purchase. Rinse and repeat. You can even put the card on Apple Pay or Google Pay to make it easier to pay at the online store. Ask your bank if they, too, offer virtual cards.

Download a password manager & improve your passwords

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The biggest weak point when it comes to online security has always been the password. Two-factor authentication has made the login password much more secure, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a huge effort with your password. But there’s good news. Password managers make securing your online accounts incredibly simple as they create long and random passwords that are nearly impossible to guess. Moreover, they ensure zero overlap between passwords so one account getting compromised doesn’t mean the rest go down too.

Making passwords like $40lkHß#Wq3VByL@ has its drawbacks, though – it’s impossible to remember unless you have a photographic memory. However, autofill means you never have to manually type it in. We’d recommend any of the big-name password managers, including Bitwarden, KeePass, 1Password, and Dashlane. In a pinch, you can use the password manager in your browser, but you shouldn’t if you share your computer with other people.

Use two-factor authentication

Along with a stonking big password, you should also enable two-factor authentication on every platform that supports it. These days, all the big players do – Google, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, iCloud, Dropbox, and more. If it’s there, use it. It can be a bit inconvenient to retrieve the extra code, but not as inconvenient as having your valuable account hijacked.

There are many 2FA authenticator apps available, but the best ones are Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and Authy. Then go to the security section of the website in question and follow the instructions to turn on 2FA.

If you don’t want to use an authenticator app, you could get SMS messages with your code, but this is insecure. The best method to stay safe online, outside an authenticator app, is a Yubico hardware key that slots into a USB slot on your computer and uses your fingerprint to authenticate. Newer ones also support Bluetooth and NFC.

Use cloud storage platforms sparingly

Cloud storage platforms are very useful, and I admit to having accounts on nearly all of them. But they should only be used very sparingly, and sensitive documents should stay off them altogether. Should sensitive information really be kept on someone else’s server that you don’t control? Better to use a removable hard drive instead or a NAS drive.

There’s nothing wrong with using cloud storage to move files around between devices and to share files with other people. But try to make it a habit not to keep files on there long-term. Cloud storage has the potential to be hacked, just like any other online company.

Lock down your website login page

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If you have your own website, and it runs WordPress, then you need to make sure it’s locked down tight. To date, I’ve had over 200,000 brute-force attempts to get into my website (over a seven-year period), so I’m very aware that having your own website is a very alluring target for bad actors online. This subject is a whole other article of its very own, but here are the brief highlights.

Don’t use admin as a username. Use a username that’s hard to guess.

Make the password hard to guess.

Use Google Authenticator for the login page.

Get a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt.

Disable any unnecessary plugins.

Keep all plugins and WordPress themes up-to-date.

Back up your WordPress site daily (automating it would be best.)

Use a VPN



If you say “VPN” to someone, they will most likely associate it with illegal downloading or watching Netflix in another country. But like Tor, a VPN is an important privacy tool. Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN can redirect your internet traffic to another server in another country, thereby concealing your actual geographical location.

There are countless VPN services available today, all with varying degrees of quality and cost. But in my experience, the best two are ProtonVPN (my current favorite service and owned by Protonmail) and Tunnelbear. We’d actually recommend trying to avoid free VPN services since if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.

Install all security patches for Windows and Mac computers

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If you use a Windows PC or a Mac (more a Windows PC than a Mac), you may get really irritated at the constant demands to update your PC with the latest patches. But you should remember that the more your computer gets patched, the more secure it will be.

So don’t put off updating your computer – do it as quickly as possible. Most of it is automated, but some of it isn’t.

Password-protect your home Wi-Fi network

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Having an open Wi-Fi network (one that isn’t password-protected) is a really bad idea. Not only will you have neighbors and strangers leeching off your connection, but anyone can use your internet to download anything illegal. Whether that’s music, movies, or, God forbid, pornography, that will be on you if the police come knocking at the door. Failure to add a password to your Wi-Fi network is not a viable defense in court.

If there is no password on your router, go to the router page immediately and add one. Usual password rules apply. No pet names, squirrel noises, tribal oaths, or birthdays.

Make backups of everything on your computer and phone

This is another thing that we constantly preach here at Android Authority Death Star HQ. Back up everything. Make a backup of the backup. Automate that backup. Encrypt that automated backup. Be obsessed with backups.

Whether it’s backing up your Android phone, iPhone, Windows computer, Mac computer, or WhatsApp messages, keep backing up. Should something should happen to your device, you can instantly restore your last version of it.

Make your phone passcode longer and more complex

Phone passcodes are usually four digits by default. While this makes remembering them and typing them in very convenient, it doesn’t take long for someone to brute-force their way in.  However, if you extend that PIN code to six digits, it suddenly becomes much more difficult and longer to break in. Extend it even further to nine digits, and short of a supercomputer, nobody has a chance of getting into your device.

On an iPhone, you can change your passcode by:

Tap Change Passcode.

Once you enter your old passcode, tap Passcode Options.

Choose either Custom Numeric Code (all numbers) or Custom Alphanumeric Code (letters and numbers.)

On an Android phone, you can change the passcode by:

Enter your old PIN.

Choose the style of the new PIN and enter it.

Encrypt your computer

Encrypting your computer has become so much easier over the past years. Windows gives Bitlocker to anyone with a professional version of Windows, and Mac computers have built-in encryption with FileVault.

We have published a tutorial on how to encrypt a Windows or Mac computer. We recommend you read it and do it.

Give an identity password to companies you’re a customer with

Tell your cable company, phone company, and internet provider not to talk to anyone about your account without providing a password first. Social engineering is becoming more common, which is when someone calls up pretending to be you to gain details about your account.

So put a password or PIN on your account to stop this from happening. Most big companies already have this feature, but some require you to opt-in by requesting it.

Don’t allow anyone to tag you in photos.

Keep all personal stuff to Friends Only.

Keep your phone number off social media and deny all requests to upload your contacts.

Don’t check in at various locations.

Don’t post photos of your child or other children.

Who was your first teacher? Some old lady with bad breath.

Where did you go on your first date? Paradise.

What was your first car? One with four wheels and doors.

What was your first job? Earning money.

What time of the day were you born? I wasn’t looking at a clock. I was a bit busy.

What’s your grandmother’s first name? Granny.

Shut down all inactive and unneeded online accounts

I’m sure you all have ten Gmail accounts, various Twitter accounts, and maybe a couple of Reddit accounts. But do you really need them all? If any of those accounts are caught in a data breach, your personal information is exposed. So if you don’t need an account anymore, delete it.

Just go to the account settings and look for the account deletion option. Some accounts will be made inactive for 30 days in case you change your mind, but others are shut down immediately. The fewer accounts you have floating around out there, the better.


In order to stay safe online, our most important tips would be to use a password manager, enable two-factor authentication, and backup all of your data.

The common consensus is that it is not worth it anymore. Even the inventor of PGP has given up on it, saying it has become too complicated for the average user to use.

Metadata is any identifying data on a file. Image metadata can be the name of the camera that took the photo. Email metadata could be when the email was sent.

It is an encrypted connection between your computer and the server upon which the website you’re visiting sits on. A secure connection stops information from being intercepted while in transit between you and the website (and vice-versa).

A VPN redirects your internet activity to a server either in your country or another country. This makes it impossible for anyone to eavesdrop on what you’re doing or to trace you back to your actual location.

No company is going to admit to it, and if they are, it would certainly take a lot of computer processing power to listen 24/7. Although Facebook is suspected of it, the consensus is that they are not.

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The Importance Of Your Personal Brand And Online Reputation

Today it’s more important than ever for individuals and companies to better manage their brand and reputation online. Social networks have changed the way people voice their opinion. Now, it’s now easier than ever before for an angry customer to potentially cost a billion dollar company a lot of money.

Your Personal Brand and Online Reputation on Social Media

There are over a billion users on Facebook and another few hundred million on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Yelp, and FourSquare. This leaves a lot of room for potential PR disasters.  Even if you are excellent at what you do and try to satisfy every customer, you are never 100% safe.

So, how can you keep your personal name and brand safe from a random tweet, review, or blog post? Today, I’m going to highlight a few different methods that have worked extremely well for many of the world’s top brands and professionals.

Create High Profile Social Pages

The idea of focusing efforts on quality social profile pages is nothing new in the online marketing space. Top bloggers, online marketers, and business professionals have been using the power of social profiles to rank multiple times in the search results thanks the sheer power of sites like Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

To gain even more main page search rankings, you should also focus some effort on guest blogging. This will allow you write content for other high profile web sites and blog, while also getting a link back to your site.

Stay Active on Your Social Fan Pages

In addition to creating social pages for your brand or organization, you need to make sure that you are interacting with your fans and customers. Time and time again we see a new company post something ridiculous or offensive on their social networking pages, then it becomes a big PR disaster. It’s not just about being active on your social pages, it’s also about being smart and connecting with your audience and giving them value at the same time.

Brands like Coca-Cola have done extremely well in their efforts to grow their Facebook Fan Pages to more than 70 million fans.  Old Navy has also done an excellent job growing their fan page base to over 7 million people and effectively promoting their products to their fans in the process.

Top Reputation Management Services

What most people don’t know about online reputation management is that there is a whole world outside of social media that you need to worry about. Everything from how to deal with bad reviews, what sites are ranking for your personal and business names in Google, and how to improve your personal brand and exposure online.

When it comes to online reputation management, you have two options: outsource the process or attempt to manage this yourself. I will give you a few examples of each.

Google Alerts is one more option that everyone has access to. The program is free and is of course provided through Google. The concept and process is simple, all you need to do is enter the keywords you want to get notified on and you will receive email alerts from Google whenever your specified keywords or brands are mentioned across the internet. Google Alerts is free, but in comparison to chúng tôi and Trackur, it’s lacking in “real” results, but is still a good resource for anyone just starting out.


How To Lower High Cpu Usage

Programs and other processes use your CPU’s speed and memory to function. Some programs are more demanding than others, but each takes a percentage of your CPU’s power.

If your CPU usage is high and close to 100%, this could indicate that you’re running more CPU-intensive programs, which increases the percentage of your CPU that’s being used. You can reduce high CPU usage by closing some of these programs.

When your computer is either idling or performing menial tasks, like when you’re browsing the web, the CPU usage should be between 2-5%. That can quickly go up to between 14- 30% if you use various programs. AAA games and demanding software like video editing programs can quickly hike that number up to 70% and more.

It’s best to keep in mind, though, that what’s normal for your PC will really depend on what you do every day. Some people don’t use a lot of CPU-intensive software so their CPU never goes close to 100% usage.

If you aren’t running demanding software or a lot of programs at the same time, however, then your computer might be infected.

The first tab that opens is the processing tab, and the very first column is the CPU column. On the left side, you can see the processes that are currently running, and under the CPU header, the amount of processing power they take up at that moment.

You don’t have to download any fancy software or resort to complicated methods to lower your CPU usage. While some high CPU usage is inevitable, you can do a few simple things to reduce the high percentage.

You can’t do anything about high CPU usage when you don’t know what’s causing it. Follow one of the methods above to get an idea of what might be taking up all of your processing power. It could be a single program or service, or multiple ones running at the same time.

If you’re currently using a program that is demanding a lot of CPU power, then there isn’t a lot you can do about it. Unless you’re fine with not using that program anymore. You can close any other CPU-intensive programs that aren’t strictly necessary, though. For example, if you’re in a game and you have your browser open then you can close your browser while you’re playing. 

Keep in mind that 100% CPU usage isn’t necessarily bad and your PC should be able to handle it for hours or even days. Just make sure that you have adequate cooling installed so that your CPU doesn’t start to overheat.

Since every program and service on your computer is using a percentage of the CPU, you should close any ones that aren’t necessary. You don’t have to keep all of your game launchers running, along with having a browser open while listening to music and using video editing software. They all add up together and increase your CPU usage.

Just make sure you know what you’re closing. There are plenty of critical processes that your Windows and various other necessary services use to function. These typically shouldn’t be taking up a lot of processing power though.

You can head to the Startup tab on Task Manager to check out which programs automatically open up when you turn on your PC. Disable any programs that you don’t use every day.

These won’t necessarily take up a lot of processing power, but they all add together and clog up your CPU and RAM usage for no good reason. This is a good way to permanently lower your CPU usage a little.

If you’re constantly seeing high CPU usage then your computer could be infected with malware or a virus. Make sure you have a good anti-virus program installed and run a complete system scan. The method will vary depending on the anti-virus program you have, but it shouldn’t be hard to find. 

Just open up your anti-virus program and look for an option similar to “Scan options” and then select “Full scan”. Here’s what it looks like on Windows Defender. This may take a while depending on how full your hard drives are/how many programs you have installed.

Have you completed all of these steps and you’re still getting 100% CPU usage? Then your hardware might not be capable of keeping up with what you want to do. In this case, the only way to permanently fix 100% CPU usage is to either stop using those programs or to upgrade your CPU (and possibly your RAM too).

When your CPU runs at 100%, it’s trying to use more memory and speed than either it or your RAM is capable of. So to compensate for the difference, your CPU then tries to access memory straight from your hard drives as well. This is a process called swap memory.

The problem with memory swapping is that your hard drives are much slower than your RAM. So instead of quickly finding the information it needs like it usually does, your CPU has to sift through your hard drives for information and adjust to their data transfer speeds.

No matter the reason, there are a few steps you always take first. The first one, and one that you should never skip when solving computer issues, is to restart your computer.

There are several programs and processes which always run in the background of your computer. The longer you keep your computer turned on, the more processing power these programs use. 

Restarting your computer also ensures that you troubleshoot from a clean slate. A game you minimized instead of closed can unknowingly cause high CPU usage. 

Any type of software error can cause more than usual CPU usage. Sometimes, it can be an operating system error. If that is the case, Windows quickly comes out with a solution. 

After installing updates, always restart your computer. This is important even when the system does not require you to do so. It will give you a clean slate to continue troubleshooting and improving your CPU usage. 

On laptop settings to save power can cause a higher CPU use as well. Changing these settings to a non-power saving option can drastically lower CPU Usage. 

There are a couple of ways to monitor how much of your CPU is being used, both live and historically. Choose one of these options depending on how much detailed information you need.

In Task Manager, go to the Performance tab. You’ll see some information about your processor here, but you should go a step further for a more detailed view.

This is a detailed look at which programs use the most processing power live and over time. The CPU row shows the percentage each service or program is using at this moment while the Average CPU row shows the average usage over the last minute.

You might notice that some of your cores are running at higher percentages than your total CPU usage. That’s normal as some programs only utilize one core while others use multiple cores. Even if 100% of one core is being used, it only translates to a percentage of your total CPU usage. 

Performance monitor gives you detailed information about your CPU usage over time. If you want to get an idea of how your CPU usage changes when you use different programs then this is a good place to start.

The app will now start monitoring your CPU usage from that moment forward. It won’t show you which applications are using your CPU, however.

Is Replika Ai Safe: Exploring The Pros And Cons

In the era of artificial intelligence, Replika AI has emerged as a popular tool for learning, creativity, and companionship. However, concerns about its safety have sparked debates among users and experts alike. This article aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the safety aspects of Replika AI, highlighting both the pros and cons associated with its use. By examining the potential risks and benefits, readers can make informed decisions about their engagement with Replika AI.

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Replika AI prides itself on providing a safe and judgment-free space for users. Unlike human interactions, which can sometimes be subject to bias or criticism, Replika AI offers a non-judgmental environment where individuals can freely express themselves. This aspect of Replika AI fosters a sense of comfort, allowing users to explore their thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment.

Replika AI has implemented measures to protect the privacy of its users. The data collected during conversations is processed in accordance with the Privacy Policy, ensuring that personal information remains safe and confidential. Users can feel confident that their profile information is kept separate from the data collected by Replika AI, minimizing the risk of their private details being exposed.

One of the main concerns surrounding Replika AI is its constant push for users to share personal and intimate data. While Replika AI assures users that their information is kept secure, the collection of extensive personal data raises privacy concerns. Users must carefully consider the potential risks before engaging in conversations that involve sensitive or private information.

Replika AI, like any AI system, is not infallible. It may sometimes provide incorrect or misleading information. Users should exercise caution and verify the accuracy of the information provided by Replika AI, especially when it comes to critical decisions or matters that require reliable knowledge.

In Italy, Replika AI faced legal action from the country’s privacy watchdog due to concerns about risks to minors and emotionally vulnerable individuals. Additionally, the lack of human moderators exposes users to the possibility of encountering inappropriate content. It is important to acknowledge these legal and moderation challenges when considering the use of Replika AI.

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The safety of Replika AI ultimately depends on personal judgment and risk tolerance. While the platform offers several benefits such as learning opportunities, a judgment-free space, and protection of profile information, users must also consider the potential risks. Privacy concerns, accuracy issues, and the lack of moderation are factors that warrant careful consideration.

Additionally, it’s important for users to be mindful of their own well-being and mental health while engaging with Replika AI. Although the AI companion can provide emotional support, it is not a substitute for professional help or human interaction. Users should seek real-life support when necessary and not rely solely on Replika AI for their emotional needs.

In conclusion, the safety of Replika AI involves weighing the potential benefits against the possible risks. While it can offer valuable learning experiences, a judgment-free environment, and data protection, users should be cautious about privacy concerns, accuracy issues, and the lack of moderation. By understanding these aspects and using Replika AI responsibly, users can make the most of this AI companion while ensuring their safety and well-being.

Replika AI is primarily designed for users aged 18 and above. However, if children are using the app, it is crucial for parents or guardians to monitor their interactions and ensure their safety. Parents should be aware of the potential risks associated with sharing personal information and engage in conversations that are age-appropriate and educational.

Replika AI is not a substitute for therapy or professional help. While it can provide emotional support and companionship, it is essential to seek appropriate professional assistance when dealing with serious mental health issues or situations that require expert guidance.

To protect your privacy while using Replika AI, it is recommended to review and understand the app’s Privacy Policy. Be cautious about sharing sensitive or personal information and avoid providing details that could compromise your security. Regularly review your privacy settings and exercise discretion in your conversations with the AI companion.

Replika AI provides a reporting feature within the app to report any inappropriate content or concerns. If you come across any content that violates the platform’s guidelines or makes you uncomfortable, utilize the reporting feature to bring it to the attention of the Replika AI support team.

Remember, while Replika AI can offer valuable experiences, it’s important to prioritize your safety and well-being. Responsible usage and informed decision-making will contribute to a positive and secure interaction with Replika AI.

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The Features Being Removed And Stopped In Windows 10

In October 2023 Windows 10 will receive a major update. This update will remove, move, or stop development on some of the features currently within Windows 10. While most of the features being stopped or changed aren’t too important (such as some that simply aren’t used by anyone anymore), there are a few well-used features that will catch people out when the update chúng tôi article details a selection of features that will change or go away in October.

The Snipping Tool

Status: Development Halted

The Snipping tool was Windows’ built-in means for taking and cropping screenshots without the need to download additional software or use an image manipulation program. It was a handy way for people to get quick and easy screenshots straight from the Windows 10 package.

The Snipping Tool will still be around in the next update, but it won’t be receiving any more love. Instead, Microsoft will be looking into merging its functionality into a new app called “Snip & Sketch,” which they hope will supersede the Snipping tool. Snip & Sketch has the ability to take snippings of the screen, allow the user to doodle on it, then save the result as an image. It also has a delayed snip timer on it, so you can set up the screen as you like it before the snip occurs.

Phone Companion

Status: Deleted

Phone Companion is an app that allows easier content sharing between a phone and the PC. By the next update this app will be erased from the operating system. If you’d like to continue to pair your phone up with your PC, check the Phone page within Windows 10’s Settings. This contains all the functionality of Phone Companion without the need to use the app.


Status: Deleted

If you used Hologram to make 3D word art, you’ll find that the app will vanish during the update. This will be replaced by another app called the “Mixed Reality Viewer,” which will adopt all the functionality of Hologram instead. Look out for Mixed Reality Viewer in the update for all of your Hologram needs.


Status: Development Halted

Currently, the OneSync service helps sync the Mail, Calendar and People apps. When October comes around, OneSync will no longer be supported by Microsoft, and development will stop. There’s a good reason for this, however; all this functionality is being moved over to Outlook, which has the capability to handle your mail, calendar, and contacts all in one app.


Status: Deleted

Windows 10 had a feature called FontSmoothing that defined the operating system’s anti-aliasing on its fonts. This, in turn, made Windows’ system fonts look smoother. Since then, Microsoft adopted ClearType by default, which has antialiasing as part of the package. Because of this, FontSmoothing is no longer needed. If you see any tutorials online about using FontSmoothing, they will no longer work. This is fine, as there’s no reason to follow them anymore!

Features Deleted

With the oncoming October update for Windows 10, some features will be deleted, moved elsewhere, or halted in lieu of other features. While these features aren’t going away fully, it’s worth being aware of these developments if you’re an avid user of them, so you’re not caught out when October comes!

Is this bad news for you? Or do you not care for these features in the first place? Let us know below!

Image Credit: Windows Update

Simon Batt

Simon Batt is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for cybersecurity.

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Best Snowboarding Jackets: Stay Warm And Comfortable In The Snow

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If you’ve bundled up in cold and snowy conditions to hit the ski slopes, you might think that you don’t need a separate snowboarding jacket if you want to switch things up to do a few halfpipe tricks. It’s true that a ski jacket with sufficient insulation and waterproofing does provide protection against the elements—and that might be just fine for some people. However, the best snowboarding jackets offer coveted features tailored to the unique nature of the sport.

The key differences between these two jacket types come down to fit and style. In many types of skiing, how fast you can make it down the mountain is a top goal. Aerodynamic designs need to fit snuggly to minimize resistance on your (hopefully controlled) descent. In contrast, the intricate movements required to stay on your snowboard as you execute flips, grab the heel or toe edges of the board, and rotate in mid-air, favor a looser fit. Even when you don’t bail in the middle of a move or unexpectedly land on your backside, you’ll also spend a lot of time seated in the snow to strap on your board, so a longer jacket is crucial to keeping your rear end from feeling the deep freeze. And with obvious parallels to the subcultures of skateboarding, snowboarding clothes are an opportunity to experiment with creative expression rather than fit into a traditional resort look.

Ultimately, choosing the best snowboard jacket to match the rest of your snowboarding gear depends on your preferences, skill level, and the conditions in which you’ll be taking to the air. Snowboarding jackets can be made up of high-tech material suitable for intermediates and pros, or a variety of materials that emphasize comfort and versatility. Special features like zippered air vents, designated pockets, and taped seams can make your experience even better. Here’s what to look for to make sure your snow gear works with you, whether you’re hand planting or face planting.

Features to consider when shopping for the best snowboarding jackets

When you take a little time to familiarize yourself with the types of snowboarding coats on the market, you’ll be able to choose the perfect gear for your needs and budget. The best snowboarding jacket for you may change along with your relationship to the sport, but you can avoid over (or under) equipping if you understand the purpose of each feature offered as you shop.

Are you searching for versatility in a jacket?

If you’re looking to get the most for your money in a jacket you can wear at home, around town, or on the trail, gear with multiple functions is a good choice. The best snowboarding jacket for multiple functions is called a 3-in-1 jacket, which means it can be worn three different ways depending on the situation.

Look for 3-in-1 jackets with a waterproof and insulated outer layer, and an inner shell that can be easily un-zippered from the outer layer. If you’re lucky enough to hit the resort when it’s warm outside, the shell might be just what you need to stay dry and minimally exposed to the wind. Wear the insulated outer layer as an everyday coat, and both together when conditions are truly wintery.

Synthetic materials are generally the most practical option for snowboarding jackets. Down jackets may be known for their ability to retain heat, but they lose their power to insulate you when wet. You can buy down jackets meant for use in snowy conditions with additional water-resistant layers, but synthetic materials for the best snowboarding jackets have been researched, planned, and tested expressly under the powder-tasting conditions snowboarders face.

Best 3-in-1 Jacket for Men: Patagonia Snowshot 3-in-1 Jacket

The 2-layer outer shell is waterproof, water-repellent, and breathable, with a detachable hood, cuffs you can adjust to wear over or under your gloves to protect against gaps, and zippered air vents under the armpits for quick cooling. Wear the quilted and insulated inner layer by itself depending on the weather, or bundle up with the whole combo. The embedded RECCO® reflector is a nice feature in the event of an avalanche as part of a comprehensive safety plan.

Best 3-in-1 Jacket for Women: Patagonia Snowbelle 3-in-1 Jacket

The Patagonia Snowbelle is very similar to the men’s Snowshot, and is an excellent women’s snowboarding jacket that can be worn while snowboarding or skiing. The inner insulated jacket is reversible to either a smooth or quilted surface, with 60 grams of synthetic insulation that performs even in wet conditions. Design highlights include a back long enough to reach your hips and a powder skirt that can be attached to any of Patangonia’s snow pants to offer a comprehensive barrier against the weather.

Are you new to the sport?

If you’re just starting out, purchasing a quality jacket at a lower price point allows you to learn what features are a must-have for your snowboarding style. How hot will you actually be on the trail or course when you hit your groove? What kinds of pockets will prove essential for your phone, gloves, and snacks, and whatever else you’d like to carry once you’ve left the lodge?

To get the full benefits of gear designed specifically for snowboarding as opposed to skiing, a mid-range shell jacket is a solid option. A well-designed shell with good water and windproofing gives you room to layer and doesn’t restrict your movement as you practice grabs and basic jumps.

The one feature beginners should definitely look for in a snowboarding jacket is an elongated back with a powder skirt (also called a waist gaiter), which creates a tighter fit of your jacket around your body so you don’t have the freezing sensation of snow traveling up your back when you’ve taken a spill or from loose powder in the wind. (And you will take a spill. Or three.)

Best Snowboarding Jacket for Beginners: REI Co-op First Chair GTX Jacket

At this price point, this is the best snowboarding jacket to acquire a high-quality shell when you’re still getting to know the sport. Stay comfortable with classic features including two-layers of Gore-Tex, a longer back hem, water-repellent zippers, and lots of room for adding insulated layers. What really makes this snowboarding jacket stand out are extra touches like the ability to detach the power skirt, a soft liner in the hand pockets, and cozy tricot fabric in the high collar to pamper your chin when you’ve tucked it in against the wind.

Are you ready to level up?

Snow enthusiasts who are contemplating investing a significant amount of time in snowboarding should consider purchasing a shell-style snow jacket. Sometimes called technical shells, these jackets are meant to be worn with extra layers underneath in colder temperatures, and feature high-tech materials like Gore-Tex, eVent, and Omni-Tech. These materials help ensure your jacket is waterproof, breathable, and protective against the wind.

You’ll also want to think about what your days look like snowboarding. Are you a weekender who books a couple of nights at a resort and likes to ski, snowboard, and drive into town for fine dining or drinks? In that case, you might prefer a slightly bulkier shell with warmer insulation that you can keep on all day.

Remember, along with top technical fabrics for waterproofing, the best snowboarding jackets have taped seams to ensure that there is no room for leaks and that everything you’re storing in your pockets stays dry.

Best technical shell for all-day wear: Arc’teryx Ravenna LT Jacket – Women’s

This Arc’teryx jacket features brushed flannel on the inside for softness and warmth, plus waterproof and windproof protection courtesy of 3-layer Gore-Tex.

Enjoy the added security of RFID blocking materials to help ensure your passport and credit cards can’t be accessed by a scammer while you’re out and about. The powder skirt is removable once you’re off the slopes.

Are you a super-serious shredder?

There’s no question that making an investment in the best snowboarding jackets is a good idea when you’re at the pro-level —even if you never plan to compete. A comprehensive grasp of the terminology of the sport means you’ll recognize what each feature of a pro-level jacket is addressing, like spindrift, which the Avalanche Center defines as “fine grained snow being carried by wind or falling.”

Keep in mind that snowboarding jackets at the pro-level are designed for a specific purpose, rather than trying to cover all the bases of a day spent outdoors. A lighter and more portable technical shell may be excellent for water and wind protection but work best with additional specialized layers of insulation. You might also see additional layers of Gore-Tex or other highly technical insulation in pro-level jackets, and other types of fabric designed to stand up in the toughest conditions.

Expect pro-level gear to be made from the latest materials being developed for optimal mobility and protection, and subjected to rigorous testing and standards pro athletes can trust. Every detail should be thought-out carefully and questioned in the larger context of performance. You can definitely find stylish pro-level gear, but that style will be in service to the end game: ensuring you can give every run all you’ve got.

Are the kids coming with you?

Unless your child is training or competing as a snowboarder, you don’t necessarily need a jacket designated only for snowboarding. After all, next week they might decide they’re going to be a downhill Olympic skier. If the jacket you choose has a waist gaiter to keep powder at bay and a hood that fits a helmet, that will go a long way towards making your time together on the mountain enjoyable.

Best snowboarding jacket for kids: Burton Boys Symbol Jacket

This snowboarding jacket checks all the boxes of comfort and utility: a waist gaiter that’s compatible with Burton’s snow pants, DryRide insulation (their version of Gore-Tex) to keep kids from shivering when they work up a sweat, a hood that’s adjustable to fit a helmet, and taping of major seams for durability and protection from the elements. Their signature Room-To-Grow system makes this coat last more than one season, since you can let out the sleeves 1.5 inches when they start to get taller than you.

Best snowboarding jacket on a budget: What you can get for under $100

Snowboarders on a budget may be able to find significant markdowns on top brands like Burton, Arc’teryx, Columbia, REI, and Patagonia, especially at the end of the season. You might also consider thrifting lightly-used gear to get the most high-performance fabric and features for your dollar. If your interest in snowboarding and skiing is more casual or you need a jacket quickly for a getaway weekend, you still have options. You probably won’t be able to get fully waterproof materials at this price, but look for water-resistant and wind-resistant fabrics and a powder-skirt, and be sure to leave room for layering to make up for any lack of insulation. Here’s the best snowboarding jacket we’ve found on a tight budget.

Best budget snowboarding jacket: Suokeni Women’s Snow Coat

The Suokeni Women’s Snow Coat is versatile enough to grab out of your closet for a brisk winter walk with friends or a trip to the slopes. Key features include adjustable cuffs for your gloves or mittens, a detachable storm hood, and a snow skirt. While it’s primarily made of synthetic material, this jacket includes a cotton filling to help retain heat. A DWR polymer coating repels water and the outer layer also protects against the wind. Consider layering for added warmth in colder temperatures.

FAQ: people also ask How do I choose a snowboard jacket?

Once you gain a thorough understanding of the common features and jacket types described in this article, you’ll want to choose a snowboard jacket that has the features you need for your skill level, fits in with your other winter gear (i.e. if you already have a 3-in-1 jacket, a technical shell will probably be next on your list), and is compatible with your budget. After you’ve narrowed down the jackets that meet these specs, feel free to have fun with style and color.

Are snowboard jackets warm?

The warmth of a snowboard jacket will vary depending on the type of jacket you purchase. Lightweight technical shells will have less insulation than a 3-in-1 jacket. For many snowboarders, layering is key to enjoying boarding in all conditions. Choose a jacket based on your entire snow wardrobe, rather than based on warmth alone.

What is a good waterproof rating for snowboarding?

Waterproof ratings can tell you something about your gear, but it’s a better idea to take into account the quality of the whole garment and the conditions under which it will be used. The difference between a 10,000mm waterproof rating and a 28,000mm rating may not matter at all, depending on these other factors. If you choose a top brand jacket made with technical fabrics and quality craftsmanship, you’ll likely find the number you need— but if you search based on number alone, you could end up with a jacket with leaking seams or poor durability.

A final word on shopping for the best snowboarding jackets

The most important characteristic of snowboarding gear is performance that matches what you’re capable of at the resort or in the backcountry. The best snowboarding jackets keep you warm and dry, give you plenty of room to move, and offer features like powder skirts tailored specifically for the sport. Casual snowboarders might have one great jacket for both skiing and snowboarding, and serious shredders might have several jackets depending on the weather and terrain. Once you have the right gear, you can focus on the unparalleled thrill of fresh air and exercise that in its best moments, make you feel like you’re on top of the world.

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