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Can You Ever Go Completely Off The Grid?

Going ‘off the grid’ is something which most people think of at least once in their lives, made popular in TV and movies throughout the years. The idea is simple; having no record of yourself, past, present, or future. This isn’t the same as keeping your online activity private, but is the total lack of information about a person; the truest form of cybersecurity.

Almost everyone in a developed country has a record of them in one way or another, be it from birth certificates, cctv, or social media. The few who don’t are usually those in uncontacted nations such as island or tribe communities. Unfortunately, if a person is born in a country with records as standard, going off the grid will be much more difficult than otherwise.

Anyone wishing to go off the grid needs to have a very good reason to do so, as it’s not only hard to go back, but also a very lengthy and labour intensive process. This is not something to do on a whim, it is more like a permanent lifestyle change which will affect every aspect of a persons life.

To go off the grid, it’s important to find out which records need to be destroyed or de-indexed. It’s easiest to start early in life, and move forward over time so that it’s easier to keep track. Birth certificates, school records, graduation, any news that may involve your name, and even council tax records need to be expunged to go ‘offline’. This will be much easier to do in May of next year, when GDPR comes into full effect; the right to erasure can be employed where needed. It’s almost impossible to stop a government from finding records of your person, as they have records which cannot be expunged through ‘white hat’ methods, but it should be possible to stop an individual or company from finding the records. It is definitely possible to have basic records removed from the public view, but unfortunately without highly illegal activity, these records will still exist somewhere.

Social media is one of the easiest to remove records from, usually by utilizing 4 methods. Firstly, changing your name on social media means that any past links to your profile will become unsearchable. After this, changing your extension (eg. facebook.com/yourname) means that any links will be ‘dead links’ or ‘profile not found’. Only after these two steps have been done should you contact the relevant social media department, and then you can make a written request to have information purged. The ‘white hat’ way of doing this is by just making a request to have all mentions and links purged, while the ‘grey hat’ method is to give a reason such as potential stalking, or fear of danger to self. Once this has occurred (this can take a few weeks) you can fully deactivate the account.

It’s advised to have a long sit down and try to remember any usernames or email addresses used throughout life; using a directory lookup or domain checker can help with this. Deactivate any account owned, and put in a right to erasure request for any data held on your person.

Unfortunately, if you have any kind of criminal record, this process is nearly impossible; law enforcement needs to keep records for future reference.

Once all online and paper records have been purged or de-indexed about a person, the only next step someone can take is to move country. Usually to somewhere with poor foreign relations to the home country, but most places will do if you’re not fleeing the law.

It is almost impossible to go off the grid legally, but it is very possible to leave an old life behind and start a new one somewhere else. Just remember, any thread can be followed, and even the smallest clue can give a person away. This is not advised in almost all cases, but it is possible.

Will 3d Printing Houses Change The World?

3D printing has been around for a few years now, but it’s just starting to take a hold in mainstream manufacturing and production. Graphic design companies use them every day to make small models, universities use them to make temporary devices like slides, and massive companies like Lego use them as prototyping. 3D printing is fantastic for many businesses across the world, but it’s just starting to scale up.

Until very recently, 3D printers were designed to create small (up to around 50cm) models and functioning products. Especially aimed at definition over size, most 3D printers are made for this purpose, but larger ones are just starting to become mainstream. Already seen in places like car racing, replacement parts can be made within a few minutes for little cost, though they’re usually only temporary.

As most readers will know, alot of 3D printing uses plastics as the base of their product, with only the most expensive able to use materials like powdered metal and silicon. As the technology improves, the base material becomes easier and easier to obtain, to the point where mostly recycled materials can easily be used in most projects. This has lead people to think; why a small model, and not a house?

It’s remarkably simple to print a house, using the same construction materials which are used in models currently, or with specially designed ‘concrete sprayers’ to print a house in hours. Several companies have already popped up over the world, and business for them is set to shoot off in coming months.

There are a few main advantages to printing a house over building one, though the initial teething problems of any new tech are definitely still present. The houses built are uniform, and are perfectly insulated through their designs; saving the resident money over time. This also factors in to the very low cost of these buildings, costing only around £10-12K for a two bedroom house. Quite often the money saved is spent on improvements, such as solar panelling on the roof. The aim of these houses is to be as self-sufficient as possible, and so far they are working out well.

The houses are also easy to set up, needing only a team of 3 or 4 and a few hours. The machine does it all, and last minute adjustments and painting are the only things the people are necessary for; machines can even wire the house for grid power.

As the houses are designed and modelled in 3D simulations, they are estimated to last over a lifetime, and feature none of the downfalls of traditional buildings. Double glazing and cavity wall insulation as standard, and commodities are built into the design of every house. The houses can be built in even the toughest of environments, and have been shown to withstand the forces of any known earthquake.

One downside to 3D printing houses is that the houses last forever; a double edged sword. Currently there is no technology or procedure in place to remove these houses, as the concrete plastic mix is difficult to recycle. This environmental impact could turn out to be huge, but there are already many teams in major universities dedicated to recycling thee houses. The technology will be there eventually, it just needs some refining.

3D printed houses will be great for the world, as more houses can be made for people without them; homeless people, those in non-developed countries, and even just as emergency accommodation after a natural disaster. Much more research is needed into the environmental impact of these buildings, but the future is bright for 3D printed housing.

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Looking To Buy The Latest Computer system Or Laptop?

This information is all about what to expect if you end up buying brand-new a new computer or a laptop. There are still plenty of people that have virtually no guidelines as to what to look out for when purchasing personal computers, mobile computers, and computer equipment. Hopefully the facts and information in this article will assist in your decision making.

The more info that you possess with regard to the different parts of computer systems and mobile computers etc. The simpler it will probably be to help you make the most appropriate choices when you finally do go to purchase your equipment.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SELECTING A DESKTOP PC OR LAPTOP COMPUTER.

If you’re uncertain with regards to whether to get a desktop computer? or a notebook computer? A desktop computer will certainly give you the most cost-effective computing power for the same money.

Mobile computing devices are more favourable as they are (in most cases) much easier to carry around. A desktop device may be comparable in price to a laptop computer but if you have the room, (or space) at your home, and you will not need to be doing work while you are on the move, a dektop computer is the one to go for.

For those who play computer games, create music, do professional video cropping and editing, etc. you will need far more computing power.

Desktop pc’s are normally a lot more comfortable when used for hours on end, and once it is set up correctly on a computer desk and used with ergonomic key boards with a decent size modern monitor, it will help you achieve an exceptionally relaxing working environment.

PC’s usually come installed with an operating-system like Microsoft Windows, or perhaps the APPLE MAC operating system. In most cases it is just simply personal taste when it comes to which type of Operating System that you choose. The price will depend on your needs and exactly what you’re prepared to spend.

These days, nearly all homes have one or more PC devices. The majority of people use their personal computers each day for work, for pleasure, and for networking with family members and friends.

We depend upon our computing devices to give us access to the internet, to save personal and private information, photographs and video clips etc. and we’d be lost if this was all unexpectedly taken away.

Whenever anything fails on your pc or laptop, you really need someone trustworthy who can resolve the trouble quickly and successfully, someone who is not going to confuse you with technical lingo and who will never charge you an arm and a leg for doing the work.

Get in touch with the specialists, contact PC Repair Manchester today.

A computer repair expert will discover the issues, find solutions, and get you back up and operating in the quickest possible time, no matter whether it is the blue screen of death, a spyware that’s invaded the pc, or if your operating-system will not load.

 

The Cyber Threat To Your Website Is Real!

Most companies have a website, all are different but they all have a common goal: that is to promote their businesses.
Most business owners value the benefits of the company website, but unfortunately they do not appreciate the risk they are putting their company under.

A recent report suggests that there were over one million web attacks against people and companies each day in 2015, every attack is a potential threat to a company.

Therefore it is safe to say that major security vulnerabilities in three quarters of popular websites put us all at risk, many business owners are under the impression that keeping to well-known, legitimate and trusted websites will keep them safe from cyber-attacks. Unfortunately this is not true.

Cyber criminals will exploit any area of a trusted website that is vulnerable, to attack users. The major factor in securing any website is to ensure all updates and patches have been performed and kept up to date. Website administrators need to ensure that they are on top of updating patches.

More than three quarters of all websites have unpatched vulnerabilities.

There is another interesting statistic; more that 15% of legitimate and trusted websites have critical vulnerabilities. This is frightening because these exposures allow cyber criminals to infect the site, gain access and manipulate these sites for criminal gain.

These attacks will then infect all users that interact with the infected site, and it becomes a chain of events that multiplies up many times. So from one site infection, it can cause havoc with many thousands.

The cyber criminals will try and manipulate the attack to get maximum exposure. This can take many forms depending on the cyber criminals motivation to infect the sites, but may include locking the system so that any user annoy have access to their data. The cyber criminals may demand that the website owners pay a ransom of some sort so the cyber criminal will then free the site for it to be accessed again. However, this may not be the end of their demands, and further ransom may become apparent at a later date.

The key to protecting companies from cyber threats include some of the following actions. Make sure the web administrator is aggressive in updating and applying any patches released by their internet protection provider. Instruct all users not to open email attachments from any untrusted or unfamiliar source. The business owner needs to ensure that they have a cloud backup strategy that protects them from any such cyber-attack, making sure the data can be restored quickly and efficiently to minimise downtime.

Cyber threats are a massive problem for all concerned, and must be tackled aggressively by the business owners.