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Tips: Finding the Best Antivirus Software (2015 Edition)

Antivirus software exists in order to help your computer detect viruses so that it can prevent them and disarm them. Even the best antivirus 2015 has to offer does not give you 100% protection, but it is a first and incredibly important line of defence. You must make sure that your software is also regularly updated so that it can detect new viruses.

How to Choose an Antivirus Software
Malware develops so quickly now that it is hard to keep up. However, antivirus software developers are doing their best and the cat and mouse game between the two will probably never end. However, the technology behind antivirus software has gone through a lot of changes. One of the main ones is that it is now equipped to recognize viruses that it hasn’t been programmed to know yet.

It is recommended that you choose a program based on reading a number of professional reviews. There are various online and physical print magazines that focus specifically on the world of antivirus programs and these can be really useful in terms of telling you what works and what doesn’t nowadays. Additionally, they tend to tell you what elements of these different programs work really well and not so well. However, even if you read every review that is out there, it is likely that you will still be left with at least five different ones that seem suitable to your needs.


Should You Pay or Go Free?
There are both paid for and free antivirus programs. The free ones are not necessarily bad, although they are definitely less good. For instance, you tend to get little to no technical support with them. If you absolutely cannot afford a program, then a free one will most certainly still suit your most immediate needs.

How to Read Reviews
When you read reviews, they should firstly tell you whether the program is free or paid for. You should also be able to see what it includes. Usually, there will be things such as a firewall, antispyware and antivirus. Usually, they are not just a single program but rather a full suite of services.
If you are technically minded, you could look into what the programmers have named as their ‘blacklist’ (threats) and their ‘whitelist’ (sites and software that is safe and legitimate). However, these lists really need to be updated daily. One thing you are likely to find out in review is how often a program is updated and how good their updates actually are.

It would be nice if we lived in a world where regular people weren’t constantly attacked by people with malicious intent. Unfortunately, however, the online world can be a bad place. While the internet offers a fantastic tool for information, communication, business and more, it is also an opportunity for identity theft and other malicious intent. Indeed, some people simply want to destroy your computer because they can. With the best antivirus 2015, you won’t be a victim of that.

The Digital Reading Revolution

The Internet had a lot to do with a relative slump in book sales and the subculture of bookworms and those searching for creative inspiration. The digital revolution started years ago and the world wide web offered information at the touch of a few buttons even with relatively slow download speeds at the start. Now, access to information is nearly instantaneous and practically everyone you know owns a computer, tablet or smart phone that keeps them connected to everything they could desire at all times. Books took a back seat to HD television and movies, streaming media and even online concerts because the Internet and the whole digital revolution gave people choices. And then came ebooks and things started to change.

Manila Bulletin Video: An Interview with Tiffany Grace Uy


Our Manila Bulletin video team was able to interview summa cum laude Tiffany Uy for our weekend video series. Check it out below.


MOC: LEGO Desk Pen Holder

Got hold of a some flora and fauna from the Lego Certified Store in Bonifacio Global City and paired these up with bricks I got from BrickOwl. I needed to organize my work desk so instead of using a mug to stack pens, (MUGS ARE FOR DRINKING!) functional LEGO should suffice. This is actually a practice build for an ocean coast + cliffs that I intend to use with the Metalbeard Sea Cow set I got for my birthday back in 2013, but only had time to build about a year and a half later.


Pick My Style Instant Fashion Feedback App – your mobile second opinion!

What to wear? It’s a classic question many people face everyday. Fifteen11 Pte Ltd. recently announced the launch of Pick My Style a breakthrough Android app that makes answering this question with the help of peers simple, exciting and more fun than ever. Users have responded with enthusiasm.

To my fashion blogger friends: I’d love for you to try out a new app developed by some of my friends. Pick My Style is essentially your “mobile second opinion” allowing you to say “yay!” or “nay!” to other people’s #OOTD from around the world. You cna also opt to crowdsource a fashion opinion if you are torn between two pieces of fashion.


Gerphil Flores sings the National Anthem (Lupang Hinirang)

Today on Manila Bulletin, the center-spread opens up to reveal a QR code and NFC tag that allows you to watch this video on your mobile device.

Manila Bulletin presents Lupang Hinirang as sung by Gerphil Flores. Happy Independence Day!


We’ve only just … VIGAN

Manila Bulletin presents: Historic Vigan was officially declared as one of the New Seven Wonder Cities of the world in front of St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral on May 7, making the Philippines, one of the three countries in the world with more than one wonder.

VIDEO: Urban Agri Trade Show by Manila Bulletin


Check out our feature on the Urban Agri Trade Show at the Rockwell Tent.


Motorized Blinds: The New Grade A+ Boiler on the Block

I’ve been in the market for a whole set of blinds or curtains for the new house. It wouldn’t have been so urgent had (1) the afternoon sun be creeping into my LEGO pirate ship display above (which is a big no-no!) and (2) my toddler having a hard time going to sleep in the afternoon because we don’t have a single dim room.

The authorities might be attempting to drill into us the importance of Grade A boilers and other heating devices that can supposedly save us money, although we have another electric suggestion. Motorized blinds may have been some fancy gadget several years ago, but their capabilities over recent times have soared through the roof. Their features now mean that you can use them to great effect when it comes to temperature control, as we will now find out.

Partition Manager Professional 10.5 and why it’s a necessity

As a tech guy who is very sensitive to storage space needs, I’ve been rather wary when it comes to the issue of dealing with managing storage space. For one, in the country I live, Internet penetration is on average quite slow so the cloud isn’t a good enough solution for backup solutions like Carbonite.

For the past 6 years I’ve been running Bootcamp on two MacBook Pros, playing around with the partition between Windows and Mac. I’ve been looking for a similar solution that isn’t from Apple which I can apply across the board to my other devices and it seems that the best solution offered today comes from Partition Master Professional (latest version is 10.5 as of this writing) by EaseUS. For instance, not only does it partition a drive, it can also remove a partition without deleting data, which is the most convenient thing ever. For those who tread the two paths of Mac and PC, you can also easily convert (format) to and from FAT32 and NTFS with ease.

LEGO Certified Store at KidZania in BGC

I was invited to the opening of the country’s first LEGO Certified Store at the KidZania building along BGC. Check out my piece in Manila Bulletin on the opening, with photos.

It was also good to be reunited with old Internet friends Marc and Sharm Macalua all dressed up as Storm Troopers for the launch. There’s also a piece on the 501st Legion on Manila Bulletin here.

Using events to market your business

In this competitive business environment we are living in, it can be a daunting task to get a small business off the ground. With all of the other companies, it can be easy for your business to be swept under the rug and forgotten about unless you are very diligent with your preparation. There are a wide variety of factors to consider when you are first starting a business. Some of these details are more critical than others. It is the choices than you make during this crucial period that will determine if your business is a success or if it will disappear quickly. Here are some tips regarding how to make your small business grow.

Paper or Pixels? Reading in the Digital Age

2015 marks the year where publishers finally see the sober reality of how traditional paper books have recovered sales. The eBook fad may be dying.
But eBooks are not dead. At least not yet (I personally still read on my Kindle). There’s many a reason as to why eBooks will still thrive together with print.


Answering the #BootLEGO Question

This post originally appeared on THE DORKSIDE. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Is fake LEGO worth the money? It’s no joke: next to collecting Play Arts action figures, LEGO doesn’t come cheap. Although in recent years the Danish brick giant has come up with more affordable products like Mixels and Bionicle, the core LEGO sets are still priced at a premium. Add to the fact that in the Philippines, sets are priced around 30% higher for small to medium boxes and about 100% higher for the big collector sets. Any pragmatic AFOL – that is — Adult Fan of LEGO — may probably want to opt for an alternative, if there was one.


Gears of War: Maximum Security Gadgets For Cyber Crimes

Technology gears up in the war against cyber-crimes developing the latest maximum security big guns in gadgets to protect consumers everywhere. Whether you choose to log in on an encrypted laptop device or your average smartphone, you will have more ammunition and shields to keep you protected from hackers, identity thieves, and malware.


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