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Internet Security Tips

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Internet security is one thing that a number of us take for granted, from our pin numbers, to our passwords, our GPS coordinates and so many others. The laxity in internet security is the motivator for the segment and we are gonna share as much as we can to keep your identity, your data and your money safe.
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Today, we are gonna be talking about ‘Check In’ and ‘Location’ on Facebook. The Check-In feature was designed for one to check in into a public place or place of interest so that they could find landmarks and friends. I believe the location button in messages was also created for similar purposes. However nice these features are, hackers are on the prowl and these features give them a diplomatic passport into our devices.

Sharing locations is good but it’s pretty unadvisable when at home as we could be tracked to a very good degree of accuracy using Google Maps! (It’s a free app on Android!) We should take care to put it off when sending messages to people who we do not know personally and we should always put our GPS off until we want to use it.
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That’s our internet security tip for today, thanks for reading and please do share with others. Ciao! Please follow us on Twitter @TheOsaiEffect , Google+ via +TheOsaiEffect , and 7B963F97 on BBM.

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Around the Web: How To Clean Up Your Social Media For College Application

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As members of the infamous Millennial Generation, a lot of us are users of social media websites. And it’s not just Facebook anymore -– Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram and Foursquare are all big names in the social networking world now. While this means it’s easier for us to connect with friends, it also might mean sharing info with unknown users. And some of these aforementioned users could be the people holding your future in their hands: college admissions officers.

“It is always absolutely necessary that students are aware of the content they place online,” says Cindy Boyles Crawford, senior assistant director of admissions at the University of Georgia. Though not all colleges and universities take into account an applicant’s social media profiles, they do have the right to look. After all, it’s information on the Internet, and almost everyone can access it.

“Many scholarships, organizations and companies see social media as the ‘true view’ of a student’s character,” Crawford says. “One could easily be outstanding in an interview, then tarnish the image by an irresponsible post on their profile.”

Jacqueline Murphy, director of admission for the undergrad program at Saint Michael’s College, says that while admissions may not always look at your account, more narrowed organizations like athletic departments and financial aid offices might take a peek. “I know of at least a couple of occasions here where a student’s application status was compromised by their social media presence when our athletic department did a little more investigation of transfer applicants and found some very damning information,” Murphy says. “Bottom line, you never know who will be looking for you… where and when.”

This uncertainty of who’s looking makes the relationship between social media and college application process even more unnerving. Though you may have cleaned up your profile to what your mom might think is appropriate, now you’ll need to clean your profile to what an admissions officer or an athletic recruiter or a scholarship coordinator would deem appropriate.

Here are a few tips for cleaning up your various social networking profiles! Be sure to go through all of them, since you likely have some linked accounts (e.g. Twitter and Instagram).

Facebook: Filter “What’s on Your Mind”

Settings, settings, settings! Your first step for cleaning up any social media profile should be clicking on that little gear button tucked away in the corner of the page. Privacy settings are especially important to pay attention to on Facebook, as there are so many options as to who sees what. You should be monitoring your privacy settings and changing who can see your wall, photos and likes; who can tag you in photos and who can look you up. Changing your privacy settings puts you in control of what your profile looks like to others.

Clean up your pictures. Some of us millennials have been on Facebook since middle school, so you probably consider your first few profile pics to be a dark corner of your profile. Well, it’s time to venture back there and delete anything embarrassing, irrelevant and especially inappropriate. After you’ve combed through your photos, your profile should end up free of any pictures with racial slurs, offensive language, inappropriate gestures or clothing and basically anything else you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see.

Look over your likes. Again, if you’ve had your account since middle school, you’re probably face-palming right now. Really, go to your page and check out your likes -– you’ll find the weirdest, most unnecessary pages. “B*tch Please, I’m a Teenager,” “I stare blankly into my locker when I’m trying to remember my homework,” “Telling your mom something you thought was funny and getting yelled at for it” and “I hate when I actually do my homework and the teacher doesn’t even collect it” aren’t exactly ways you want to present yourself to potential coaches, counselors and admissions officers –- not to mention, they can be kind of embarrassing. Take a minute to make sure you’ve only “liked” pages that are recent, relevant and appropriate.

Twitter: Think Before You Tweet

Your handle is essentially your name on Twitter. It’s your username, how people contact you and how users look you up. Therefore, it’s super important to have a clean and professional one. If you want people to know who you are, your handle should somewhat resemble your real name -– for example, you could do @firstnamelastname7, or maybe the initial of your first name and your full last name. Try to avoid inappropriate handles like @shitsarahsays867 or outdated, embarrassing names like @kraziprincess494.

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The Osai Effect Tecno Phantom Pad Review

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Hello nerds and nerdesses and potential gadget buyers, welcome to The Osai Effect. Tonight we are finally reviewing the Tecno Phantom Pad which has been in the market for just around six weeks.

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The Tecno Phantom Pad runs on Android Jellybean OS (4.2) and boasts of a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with an 8 inch capacitive touchscreen. The Phantom Pad sits quite well on the hand although it may be a little slippery; however it comes with a smart case which makes up for the not-so-awesome grip.

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It possesses a 5MP rear-facing camera (without a flash I must say) which produces just about basic pictures and was frankly disappointing; it has a 2MP front-facing camera which can be used to take ‘selfies’ and can be used with apps such as Skype and Line. The 8-inch screen makes for awesome quality high-res images and quite frankly exceeded our expectations.

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Gaming on the Phantom Pad is smooth and fun although the graphics card is a bit poor and some games may look tacky or basic. Temple Run 2, Subway Surfer, Highway Rider, Spartan Wars, NFS: Shift and a few other games we tested ran superbly when we got over the not-so-awesome graphics.

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Browsing on the Phantom Pad is first class! It blows through sites in a matter of microseconds with MTN 3G. The default browser is good enough for basic surfing and is really quite good generally. The speed further improved when we used Chrome and Skyfire although Opera was slower than the stock browser. Message delivery speed and connectivity are also lightning fast on Whatsapp, Line, Twitter and Facebook apps. Image refresh rate and general speed of loading were pretty neat on the Instagram and Google+ Images apps and websites. When tested with Wifi, the speed was totally unrealistic and we have to say the Phantom Pad is fast!

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The music player is really wack though; there are no dedicated keys for skipping tracks and the search function was pretty difficult to find. This means that if you have 2,754 songs like we have on our memory card, you are in for a long thing. The headset equalizers are pretty nice but too focused on bass boost and certain songs sound really weird and uncool. There is no voice control in the music app and this is another turn-off for us. Some of these issues can be corrected by downloading and installing VLC media player which we are sure a number of us are familiar with.

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The video player is considerably better than the music player. We can fast-forward, rewind, skip, and take screenshots from the comfort of the initial screen. VLC also helps with some of its flaws as well.

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Bluetooth connectivity is pretty neat with Bluetooth 3.0; Flashshare also comes as an optional app which can be installed with the Assistant. Making and Receiving calls (which we did exclusively with the stock earbuds) are also simple and easy to use. The calls come across really clear on our MTN network and we are able to conference quite simply. The is no voice control here either which sucks 😦

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The battery life of the Phantom Pad is also unrealistic as all Tecno devices are. We found out that we could use our Phantom Pad for 8-12 hours when fully charged and optimized for longer battery life. Tecno boasts of 800 hours standby time (we will take their word on that ha-ha) and 13 hours talk-time but we are yet to verify those stats for obvious reasons 😀

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The Phantom Pad comes with the Android Keyboard set to default but there is also the option to install Go Keyboard (which is pretty neat) and to download SwiftKey from the Play Store or One Mobile Market. Voice Typing with the Android Keyboard is also pretty accurate (although it could not get my name right no matter how many times or how hard I tried 😦 ) and is a welcome relief from having to type with our fingers all the time. The Voice Search option is also pretty cool and fun to use as well.

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Wifi Hotspot, Bluetooth and USB tethering worked reasonably well although we were expecting much more from the Pad. We really loved the sensor as it orients to any way you hold the device (even upside-down). The GPS is also first class; we were able to go from Challenge District, Ibadan to Apata Market, Ibadan (about 5km) without hitches and it was accurate up to the point of traffic and landmarks and there was very little lag when our connection acted up. This was of course using Google Navigation app which comes pre-installed on the Pad.

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Synchronization with Google and other accounts is also first class on the Phantom Pad. The Pad has no screenshot button but screenshots can be taken by holding down the power and volume-down key simultaneously.

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Downloading apps OTA (Over the Air) is quite bad as most sites were unable to read our device type and we ended up downloading incompatible apps with our precious ‘MB’. This problem can be solved by downloading all apps from Play Store and One Mobile Market and we are sure the situation will improve as more people pick up the pad.

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Generally, the Phantom Pad is an awesome device and really is worth its price. At a retail price of N36, 000 we can more than say it gives absolute value for your money. We cannot vouch for the hardware as of yet as we have just been using ours for about 3 weeks but we will make updates to our reviews in time. We did find a huge glitch in the programming of the Pad and we can only hope our particular devices (yes, two) were defective. Your Pad may become unresponsive if you swipe your screen in any direction other than the down-direction when an alarm is blaring.

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To be safe, we would advise us not to use the alarm function. We were only able to get another device because of the warranty which governs the usage of all Tecno phones. It would be wise therefore for us to get our Phantom Pads from only authorized dealers and outlets.

We do hope you were enlightened by this review. Do leave your comments in the comment box below.

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