Now Google Health Cards is in India

Good news for those who depend on internet or Google search in particular to search for health information.

Good news for those who depend on internet or Google search in particular to search for health information. Google India has added a health-card feature to its search result for Indian users. India is the 3rd country to get this search feature after U.S and Brazil. This feature is available for both mobile and desktop users. So now if you search for a disease on Google search the search result will return a card like box with usual results. The Google search health-card will display information like description, symptoms, nature of the disease. It also let users download a PDF version of the health-card in case they want to save it for offline use or printing. You can expect more features to be included in the health-card in future. Currently it has information for 400 diseases, and hopefully more information will be added in coming days. It is to be noted that health-card is not the substitute for serious medical health, and it doesn�t suggest any kind of treatment. Treatment suggestion feature is currently available only for U.S users. The prime goal is to speed up the search, so that it doesn�t take too long to figure out what precautions you need to take.

Make Online Banking Safer

Make your online banking experience far safer by taking following precautions. It is a must read for people who depend on online banking.

Online banking can really simplify your life. But everything good comes with something that is not so good. Sometimes online banking can be unsafe for innocent users. But the good news is that by taking some common-sense steps you can make your online banking experience safer. Beware of Outdated Operating Systems Never perform online banking activities using a computer with an outdated operating system, for example, windows XP, Vista or Windows 2000. Bugs and security holes are never going to be fixed in an out of date operating system. Better not to take any kind of security risk there. Get your computer updated with the latest versions of the operating system. Recommended operating systems: Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS 10.6 or higher Take Special Precautions with the URL Rather than clicking an URL, it is always better to go to your bank website only by typing the bank website URL in the address bar of your browser. If you are using bookmark in your browser, make sure to read the URL properly to make sure it is legit, before proceeding further with your online banking activities. Never ever click on any URL in any email message to access the site. Always keep three security questions in your mind before entering your username and password into any website or app. 1) is this the correct bank website URL? 2) Is there a green text/shading area in the address bar? 3) Is there a lock icon before on the address bar? And finally always use a web browser that supports 128-bit encryption. Recommended web browsers: On Windows use Internet Explorer 10 and higher, Firefox 38 and higher, and Chrome 28 and higher. On Mac use Safari 6 and higher, Firefox 38 and higher, and Chrome 28 and higher. Only Use Apps Recommended by Your Bank Some people use their smart phones to perform online banking activities. They must be very careful while downloading any malicious application from mobile application stores (Google Playstore, Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, Ovi Store, Windows Marketplace etc) that are offering Online Banking. If you are unsure about the authenticity of any app, better contact your bank to confirm if it is an official app of the concerned bank or not. Beware of Fraudulent E-mails, Text Messages or Calls No bank ever sends its customers email or Text messages or call to get their personal information, banking password or anything that is supposed to be a security risk. Never respond to such email/SMS or phone call. If possible immediately report that issue to your bank. In case you have accidentally revealed your credentials, lock your account user access immediately. Every bank provides its customers that feature for security. Fraudulent people may try to lure customers by promising them reward for providing personal information. Do not fall into their trap. Install Anti-Keylogger software A keylogger is a type of surveillance spyware that can record the keystroke you make to a log file, usually encrypted. This is a potential threat to your online security, because you do not want to be monitored while doing banking activities online. Do you? It is recommended to install anti-keylogger software to safely perform online banking. There are some good paid and free anti-keylogger software available for computers and smart-phones. Create a Strong Password: Create a password that is in no way related to your personal or academic or professional information. Use uppercase alphabets, lowercase alphabets, numbers and symbols while creating a 12+ character strong password. Do not just keep using the same password for a long duration, no matter how strong you think your password is. For best practice change your password every 30 days. Finally chose a username that is not easily guessable. Do not let anybody (even bank employees) know even your username, let alone your password. Disable Browser ‘Save Password’ functionality Letting your web browser save your online banking passwords for you seems like a risky business. Always better to type username followed by password every time you try to access your bank account. Keep Track on Your Account Activity Checking your account activity frequently can help to detect fraud earlier. To view your account activity, login to your bank account, go to account overview or account details link, and finally click on “View More Transactions” to view the complete list of money transactions made. For more security, set up account alerts, so that you get a text message or email alert as soon as any monetary transaction activity happens. Keep Your IPIN a Secret Create a strong IPIN and keep it as your top secret. Do not let anybody know your IPIN no matter what. Even your bank employees are not supposed to ask you for your IPIN. Keep Your Anti-virus software Up To Date Scan your computer or smart-phone regularly with updated antivirus to ensure that your system is virus free. Make sure your computer has the latest version of the anti-virus software. Say No to Cyber Cafe for Online Banking It is very unsafe to access Internet banking accounts from cyber cafes. It not just the computer that can be malicious, but you never know what thing is monitoring your activities. For example a camera that is recording your activities, including your finger moments over the keyboard.

Things you must do with your new PC

What you need to do before start using a new PC? Things you need to perform immediately after buying a new PC.

It is exciting to buy a new PC. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities, no matter what your likings are. But before you start using your new PC, here are certain things you are recommended to do with it. Surge Protector or UPS: The very first decision you have to make is between a surge protector and a UPS. You got to decide which one is that you are going to use to protect your PC from excessive levels of electricity and data loss. Surge protectors provide protection by checking any excess power and preventing it from reaching your PC and other connected devices. But surge protectors do not give backup. It is at this point that UPS comes handy. It gives PC users enough time to save their work and shut down the PC properly. Power loss does not damage the hardware or the OS but for some people losing unsaved work is a big issue. For them UPS is the best option. Some UPS provide protection against surges as well. So if you want a UPS with surge protection, read the technical specifications of it properly, before you make the purchase. Note down your PC Serial Number: Note down the serial number of you PC, you’ll probably need this one day. Or better you can just take a picture of it and save that picture in your favorite cloud storage service (for example Google Drive). And also grab a snapshot of your Windows license key, in case you ever need to reinstall. Charge your laptop (If your PC is a Laptop): Most instruction manuals say to charge the laptop over night to 100%, before start using it. Approximately 10 hours charge is good enough to start your laptop. Create a System Repair Disc: This helps PC users to repair Windows in case any serious error. You need a Windows installation disc or access to the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer to use System Recovery Option. Here are the steps to create your very first system repair disc. For this you are going to need a blank CD or DVD, and make sure your PC has CD/ DVD burning drive. Insert your CD or DVD in your CD/ DVD drive. And then go through the following steps: Go to Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore > Create a system repair disc Now follow the steps to create the system repair disc for your PC. Run windows update: Windows updates prevent problems that occur in the OS, or in the Microsoft products (MS Office, Internet Explorer etc). It updates security, and software. It might take pretty long time when you update it for the very first time. It is kind of annoying to wait that long before start using your PC, but it worth the wait. Go to Settings > More > Windows update. Click on Windows update to start the process. Make sure your PC has internet connection. Remove Junk in the Disc Drive: You got to run Disc clean up once before you start using your PC. It removes obsolete system files, temporary files, and corrupted files. It also removes files that no longer needed. (On Windows 10) Go to Start > Click on Run Type cleanmgr And click on ok. That will open a disc cleanup calculating tool. It will run automatically for couple of minutes before opening the Disc Cleanup window. Select all in the �Files to delete� section. There you can find another option called �Cleanup System files�. Do not click on it. Just click on Ok and a prompt box will appear asking if you are sure to permanently delete those selected files. Click on Ok and the disc cleanup will start. It will take few minutes to complete. Install Antivirus Software: It is very important to have a good antivirus software install in your Windows PC. There are many good free antivirus software available but I recommend AVG for simplicity sake and for good performance. The basic free version of AVG protects users from viruses, spyware and other malware. It also provides link protection which comes very handy when you start browsing the internet. Few optional steps: There are a couple optional steps you may like to take, but I do not think those are that important initially. These steps and 1) Update drivers and 2) Customize your network settings. You can check these options once you start using your PC, so for simplicity�s sake, I prefer to ignore those. Download A Browser: Finally you got to install a good browser. I recommend Chrome which has minimal design with sophisticated technology. Now you are pretty much ready to start having fun with your PC. Some recommended applications to install in your PC: Dropbox Evernote OpenOffice 7-Zip (for manipulating archives) Spotify (for music lovers) IrfanView (Photo editing tool) Paint.NET (Photo editing tool) CCleaner (It cleans temporary files, optimize and speed up your computer)

Are People Paranoid About Artificial Intelligence?

In a recent survey conducted by Weber Shandwick and KRC Research, researchers found that unlike some science fiction writers, philosophers and scientists, general people keep an open mind about AI. Although they do believe that in future AI might cause job loss, security issues, and privacy infringement issues, overall they guess AI will make their lives better and more importantly AI will not turn into killer robots. The researchers surveyed 2,100 consumers online in the U.S, Canada, the UK, China, and Brazil. Here are some interesting stats on what do people think about artificial intelligence:

  1. 45% consumers see AI’s impact on society positive, while only 7% consumers believe AI will impact society negatively.
  2. 52% consumers think AI will have a positive impact on their personal lives, while only 7% believe otherwise.
  3. 92% customers expect AI to arrive eventually.
  4. 52% customers suppose AI is still in its early stage.

When its comes to trust on AI, it seems like majority of the customers trust AI’s ability of giving accurate information. They give less value to the advice of friends, family, and other personal relationships. Customers know who is most informed.

Despite all the hue and cry associated to the AI, majority of consumers seem ready to accept AI without any hesitation.