A typical wireless router will provide the user Internet access in the areas where it is impossible to have conventional, wired Internet access. A 3G router will also make it possible to share a mobile Internet connection, without using any wires, with diverse Wi-Fi devices. When using a 3G router you can stay connected to the Internet no matter where you are in the world, due to 3G and 4G broadband technologies. Choosing the best 3G router is not difficult if you know what’s important for you. Here are some of the most popular routers in 2016.
Netgear’s AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit wireless router was first sold in 2012. It provides fast Wi-Fi connections and implements the beamforming technology, which was created with the purpose of directing the Wi-Fi signals straight towards the clients that need them. Real life tests show that the router can reach speeds of up to 1750 Mbps. The simultaneous dual band mode improves the speed and reduces the interference. It is known that with standard 2.4 GHz routers, devices like microwave ovens, cordless phones, etc. can interfere with and diminish the Wi-Fi signal in the house.
Apple’s Airport Extreme is another router that promises its possible users speeds of up to 1300 Mbps in wireless AC mode, and up to 450 Mbps in wireless N. Obviously, the router is designed by Apple, having 6 internal antennas and making use of the beamforming technology. Apple Airport Extreme has provided a consistent, reliable Internet connection.
The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 router was tested by PC World and PC Mag, and both sites have rated it as “excellent”. It has a 1GHz Dual Core processor with 256 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash Storage. Due to its dual-band operation, it can reach a speed of up to 1300 Mbps on wireless AC, and up to 600 Mbps on wireless N. Believe it or not, this router also has built-in parental controls, a feature we’d like to see in many more products of this type. The device also has two USB ports and can make use of an external storage device, as well as host a printer. This means that people one can print wirelessly from other devices. Researchers at Data Alliance attribute its success to the three high quality antennas, which have a big gain.
Linksys EA6900 is preferred especially by those who don’t want to spend a lot of money on routers. Still, the affordable price does not mean that this router lacks in features. It has AC1200+ Wi-Fi, which means that it is close to three times faster in comparison with routers that use the Wireless N technology. Linksys EA6900 can provide seamless media streaming and makes use of the beamforming technology. When you buy this router, it also comes with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App, which allows the owner to configure and use the router from any smartphone or tablet.
The last on our list is D-Link DIR 868L, a cylindrical router that’s able to run in dual band mode, reaching maximum speeds of 450 Mbps and 1300 Mbps. The D-Link Cloud Management service lets the owner manage the network from virtually anywhere. Wired connectivity is also possible due to the existence of 4 Gigabit Ports. Besides all these, D-Link DIR 868 L includes an intelligent browser wizard and the Quick Router Setup mobile app. This router is a very good option for those that do not have large amount of money, but are interested in getting a reliable Wi-Fi connection in their house.
The number of people using a mobile phone in the world is huge, and constantly on the raise. About 80% of all the mobile phones use the Android operating system. A few of the top security experts have sent out a warning, stating that there are serious security issues with Android, which would allow a hacker to access the data stored on cell phones by simply knowing the phone number.
The hacking code is able to penetrate the phone by making use of a plain text message. As you can imagine, this makes the situation even more dangerous, because the owner may not even know what is going on with his or her cell phone.
The entire process has been explained in great detail: a short video is created, malware is placed inside it, and than it is texted to a certain number. When the phone receives the video, its vulnerability is triggered. The good news is that a lot of risk is diminished if the owner uses the phone’s default messaging app; this way, the person can see the message before it chooses (or not) to open the attachment.
It is important to know that the issues may appear even when the media is not played. Once they are inside, the attackers will be able to copy data, delete it and even take over the microphone and camera, monitoring your words and moves.
Although this security gap has been discovered a while ago, analysts say it is not yet used by hackers. Google, the company behind the Android operating system, has already begun work at a patch that will fix the problems.
Most smartphone users don’t enable passwords for their phones. But when there is no password set up or no PIN is used, the information on the phone can be easily deleted, lost or stolen.
Many mobile phone owners use simple passwords that can be easily broken, guessed, written down or stolen. The two factor authentication provides better security, so make sure to use it, especially when you are performing sensitive transactions using the phone. The two factor authentication means that the owner is asked to provide two different types of info.
Often times, wireless transmissions are not encrypted properly. This means that many emails sent from mobile devices are not encrypted. To make the things even worse, many apps do not encrypt the data they receive or send, and this way it can be easily intercepted.
Malware is present on a significant number of mobile devices. Many of the free apps that people download contain malware. It may be a game, a security patch or even a very useful, new app.
Sadly, Android phones aren’t shipped with preinstalled security software. Often times, people don’t like antiviruses for mobile devices because they think that these apps will slow down the phone. And truth be told, some of these antiviruses can be quite slow. Still, it’s wiser to sacrifice some of the speed for much greater security.