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Distributed Denial Of Service

Posted November 28, 2014 By PSBNetBank

‘DDOS’- A New Cyber Warfare

In recent times, the word DDOS is being bandied frequently in the Internet community. What is DDOS? DDOS or Distributed Denial of Service is a type of attack in which typically an online service or website is targeted by overwhelming it with fake internet traffic so that legitimate traffic of the website gets blocked and they are not able to serve to their customers. ddos attackIn other words, it is an attempt to make a machine (computer) or network (websites, servers) not available for use by its legitimate users. More info about this can be found at http://ddosprogram.com/

Typically it is done by a hacker who uses bots (more about it later) to send a flood of messages to the targeted system. The targeted system, being unable to distinguish between legitimate traffic and sabotaging traffic, starts to respond to these messages. This causes it to stop responding to the real or legitimate traffic of the website.

Bots or Zombie computers are systems that have been already compromised and are under the control of the hacker. They are infected by Trojans (malware), which do the bidding of the hacker. Trojans are programs that contain malicious code and allow the hacker to take control of the system without your knowledge. A group of bots or zombie computers are called a botnet. Sometimes you might not even be aware that your computer has been compromised and is now part of a botnet . You may be unwittingly participating in a botnet DDOS attack.

What is the difference between a DOS and DDOS? 

A DOS attack is a Denial of service attack in which a single system is causing the attack. While in the case of a DDOS attack, multiple systems take part in the attack, thereby causing it much harder to stop. The flood of internet traffic can sometimes originate from hundreds or thousands of machines, which cannot be stopped by blocking a single IP address. Moreover it is very difficult to distinguish between legitimate user traffic from ’attack traffic’.

The attackers or hackers or crackers, whatever you call them, typically target high profile websites like banks, credit card payment gateways and e-commerce sites. Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, CNN, ebay; none of these internet giants have been spared from a DDOS attack.

For those who understand things better with visuals, check out the video below that explains what DDOS attacks are.

Top Substitute For iTunes

Posted November 26, 2014 By PSBNetBank

iTunes is probably one of Mac’s most used applications. They normally come pre-installed, play music very well, and have an iTunes store where many lovers of music shop for their favorite music. It is normally the way we manage our iPhones, iPads and iPods, which determine what movies we watch, and what music we listen to. However, this is luckily priceless to many Mac users who are using this for the first time, although it has some few flaws.

However, others enjoy substitutes to iTunes. While iTunes is still used mostly for syncing an individual’s library to an iOS or iPod, many third-party substitutes always do a fine job of playing all the content including the synced music. This is a beautiful way to play music on anything that can be used by the Mac. However, iTunes nowadays is not really aesthetically pleasing, and until the release of the iTunes’ 11 update, it is advisable to take a look at some of the additional solutions available. Check out http://www.itunesalternative.net/ for the best substitutes for iTunes.

Substitute for iTunes

We start off with some simplest alternative for iTunes applications from menu bar iTunes controllers to those that stand alone, but that can access your library. Many of these applications sport nominal yet beautiful designs. Their features are plenty, but not so much that they cannot affect their speed just as the iTunes. These alternatives for iTunes applications are Vinys, Vox, Sonora and Ecoute; representing the simple ones, Tomahawk, Double Twist and Fidelia represents the advanced alternatives for iTunes. Rdio and Spotify occupies the list of the usual suspects of substitutes for iTunes.

Vinys alternative for iTunes take a totally different approach to minimalism. Instead of the usual and basic search and a play features, it provides cover browsing for an album, although not in the traditional manner. This application aims at giving a feeling of retro when it turns all the album artwork to a 12-inch singles even if the vinyl’s artwork size limits it.

Vox is a good alternative for iTunes since it has more features than iTunes when it comes to playing music. It is approximately 350 pixels at its wider part but generally tiny. This alternative for iTunes lets you select different tracks from the iTunes library using the in-built browser that is powered by finder.

Ecoute is among the few original alternatives to the iTunes. Its name was coined from a French word that means listen; and that is what it does exactly. The most notable feature in Ecoute is the use of its icon to display artworks in the dock. It also has a simple menu bar controller that is like Vox’s; not one-click menu bar.

Among the advanced alternatives for iTunes, Double Twist tops the list. This is well known to android users since it is one of the best music playing application available today. This substitute for iTunes has a focus on management more than it has in multi playing music. It helps android users to manage their double twisted libraries and keep their content up to date by the use of wireless sync or AirSync.

On the usually suspects list, the Rdio has proved to be outstanding. It is the best app available on Mac for streaming purposes. Its developers enjoyed a great deal in making this minimal social experience. It features a good community and integration to Facebook. Rdio is arguably the best alternative for iTunes.

Mobile Device Trends

Posted November 24, 2014 By PSBNetBank

The latest in Smartphone Accessories

The penetration of smartphones over the recent years has increased internationally. This is mainly because the smartphone has become a personal identity. The recent mobile device trends and innovations have led to the surge in innovative and trendy Smartphone accessories. Some accessories are predominantly functional, while others are purely for ornamental purposes.

Below are some of the trending accessories in the mobile world.

Trendy covers and casesTrendy Cases
Even though the mobile accessories world extends beyond device skins and phone cases, most consumers tend to seriously protect their mobile handsets and tablets. However, most people look for cases that offer a mixture of fashion, adequate storage space and new design configurations and materials. One of the best trends in phone covers is the durable, waterproof and robust smartphone cases. Most manufacturers are now producing heavy duty covers that are definitely making a huge difference in the mobile phone accessory industry.

There is also the tempered glass screen protector that is gaining popularity by the day. This is because the screen protector protects the original smartphone screen form breaking in case of any impact or falling. The surface hardness of this accessory is about 8 to 9H. In addition, it has an oil-resistant nano-coating that protects the surface from scratches and prevents buildup of facial oils and fingerprints on the screen. Learn more at http://temperedglassscreenprotector.org/premium-brands/

Portable SpeakersPocket Boom Portable Vibration Speaker
This accessory tends to look like a fairly ordinary little device, until you open one end of it and reveal the hidden speaker. The speaker end can then be positioned on any surface to provide excellent acoustics. The speakers can be used on windows, plastic bowls, upturned glasses or anything that can vibrate.This is a portable speaker that offers excellent sound and can be used anywhere.

Power accessories Power Accessory
With many smartphones using lots of battery power, the need to stay charged has led to the creation of outstanding product designs. There are charging stations or mats that can easily power up several devices at the same time. There are also portable power solutions that provides a variety of pocket sized chargers that enable consumers to boost the batteries of their tablets or smartphones while they are on the go.

The popularity of smartphones will continue to rise in the years to come. This is because these handsets have become an essential item that most people cannot leave their homes without. In addition, the indispensable cell phone has inspired the design and invention of new, trendy products and services that are essential for everyday use. It is clearly evident that the Mobile device trends will never be the same again.