Internet threats for the utterly confused

We are faced with different kinds of threats when we use a computer. Sadly, not all of us know what a threat is, how it works moreso how to combat them. Yes you can Google them up but how can we look up information on things we can't identify in the first place? With the help of Wikipedia, I've gathered some information about common computer threats to understand them better.

Virus

A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user. The term "virus" is also commonly used, albeit erroneously, to refer to many different types of malware and adware programs. The original virus may modify the copies, or the copies may modify themselves, as occurs in a metamorphic virus.

Trojan

In the context of computing and software, a Trojan horse, also known as a trojan, is malware that appears to perform a desirable function but in fact performs undisclosed malicious functions. Therefore, a computer worm or virus may be a Trojan horse. The term is derived from the classical story of the Trojan Horse.

Worm

A computer worm is a self-replicating computer program. It uses a network to send copies of itself to other nodes (computer terminals on the network) and it may do so without any user intervention. Unlike a virus, it does not need to attach itself to an existing program. Worms almost always cause harm to the network, if only by consuming bandwidth, whereas viruses almost always corrupt or modify files on a targeted computer.

Spyware

Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user's interaction with the computer, without the user's informed consent.

While the term spyware suggests software that secretly monitors the user's behavior, the functions of spyware extend well beyond simple monitoring. Spyware programs can collect various types of personal information, such as Internet surfing habit, sites that have been visited, but can also interfere with user control of the computer in other ways, such as installing additional software, redirecting Web browser activity, accessing websites blindly that will cause more harmful viruses, or diverting advertising revenue to a third party. Spyware can even change computer settings, resulting in slow connection speeds, different home pages, and loss of Internet or other programs. In an attempt to increase the understanding of spyware, a more formal classification of its included software types is captured under the term privacy-invasive software.


Source of information: Wikipedia

Get paid to upload stuff

Ah, one-click hosters... we all have seen and used one. Rapidshare and Megaupload are the popular ones. These two are the grannies of one-click hosting sites and they offer, well, not that much. Now if you'd like to EARN while you share your stuff to your peers, that's where one-click hosters that pay come in.

I've used a few of these pay-to-upload hosts and here are my reviews for each one I've tried to earn with.



Here's my top pick: Ziddu. It basically follows the concept Upload-Share-Earn.

  • File limit per upload: 200 MB
  • Filetype restriction: None at the moment
  • Earnings: You will get $0.001 for each Unique download.Redeemed cash will be transfered via PayPal or Moneybookers once it reaches $10. For every 10,000 Unique Downloads, you'll earn $10 - depending on the source of those clicks. You will get $0.10 Referral Bonus, when someone joins with Ziddu through your referral link and uploads his first file
  • Click here for their FAQs


I have used Easy-Share as my first PTU host but I lost interest with their payment scheme. For you to get paid, they said "you should have premium account valid 30 or more days. If you have more than 15000 download during last 30 days, you get a free premium account." which is technically blackmail. Although uploading through ftp is one a plus for them.
  • File limit per upload: 100 MB
  • Filetype restriction: None at the moment
  • Earnings: $2 for 1000 downloads from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, France, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, USA. $1 for 1000 downloads from the following countries: Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexica, Turkey, Poland, Russia, Ukraine. All other countries are paid $0.1 per 1000 downloads.
  • Click here for their FAQs


Currently, I'm using the Uploaded.to service. It is a German filehost that pays when your earnings reach 25 Euros. They offer an upload tool to make your uploading chore easier. Although I haven't figured out how they calculate your download-earning ratio.
  • File limit per upload: 250 MB
  • Filetype restriction: None at the moment
  • Earnings: Collect 10,000 points, to get a FREE Premium-Account for one month. For each Free-Download you earn one point. Payout will occur if credit is 25 Euro.
  • Click here for their FAQs
Those are the three services I've used but there are a lot more out there that offers PTU services. You can check them out: BizHat, FileFactory, NetLoad, UploadJockey and LetItBit. Go forth and earn earn earn!

Test your connection speed (really)

I've been using Speedtest since I got my DSL and I'm quite satisfied with their service. Until a few weeks back, I saw a recommendation from a site I frequent about this connection speed test service that checks your connection real-time plus some extras. So I was interested and since then, I've been using their service. What site? Speed.io Internet DSL Speedtest. I tested my connection this morning and here's how my supposed to be 512kbits subscrition faired:

speed.io - Der DSL Speedtest

So if you're not that satisfied with what other connection testers are giving you, I recommend you try Speed.io.