Dangers Of Downloading Free Files From The Internet

Virus
Image by Yuri Samoilov http://bit.ly/1Rto9sb

There’s a saying which goes “The Best things in life are free”. However, when it comes to downloading free files from the internet, that is not always the case. We have put together a list of tips to follow whenever you are downloading anything from sites on the web. These tips will help to make sure you avoid infecting your computer, laptop, mobile device or tablet with a virus as well as assist you in protecting your personal data from hackers.

The internet is one of the greatest tools available to the us in the past few decades. It helps to connect Billions of people from all over the world via social media, websites, chats and other platforms.

Virus Affecting Dangers

Still, behind every good thing, there are also countless of bad alternatives which can pop up. There are millions of great sites out there on the web dedicated to helping people and making their lives easier. Sites such as Google for searching, Facebook for connecting with people you know and Online-Convert to help you convert any files you may have. However, there are also countless of people and sites whose whole purpose is to steal and rob users of their personal information. Some hackers simply enjoy being able to destroy your computer via a virus or trojan. These hackers attack people looking for FREE programs, files, movies, music and anything else you do not want or cannot afford to pay for. This means that if you are looking for a free music file, torrent, movie or program you need to be aware of the dangers.

Be Careful When Downloading Free Files!

First of all, never ever download any free files to your computer, mobile phone or tablet if you do not have an antivirus, firewall or web protection tool installed on them. Most internet security programs can detect dangerous sites before you even begin to download a file which is pretty awesome since they stop it before it even begins. In the event that you do download a file from the internet, be sure to scan it first before opening it using antivirus programs. If you cannot afford an internet security program, there are several out there which offer free trials and even limited free versions of their great internet security tools.
E.g. Avast Internet Security For Free

When installing a file you downloaded for free from the internet, always be sure to look out for added toolbars and other PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) which may be part of the reason the file is free in the first place. Many of these bundled free toolbars end up infecting your device, hijacking it and even installing other software you do not need or want. Be sure to press advanced options before installation and uncheck any unwanted add ons you do not want or need. Most of these PUP are nearly impossible to remove once you install them so be very careful.

If you are suspicious about downloading different programs from the web, you can also search further for online solutions for your needs. This will prevent you from downloading and installing a possibly infected program.
Take Online-Convert.com for example: Instead of downloading a program that could potentially harm your computer, all you will save on your computer in the end is the securely converted file.

Lastly, check the ratings of the sites you are downloading from. There are various websites dedicated to showcasing troubled and dangerous P2P sites.


If you follow these tips on the dangers of downloading free files from the internet, you should be on the safe side and your surfing experience can be a great one. Unfortunately, 100% security can never be fully guaranteed, but you can still avoid the most common and dangerous mistakes.

See also Dangers of Free Downloads from Norton
You can also check out these 5 antivirus suites that keep potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from biting.

Guest blog entry by Hector

Windows Phone And Android – What’s The Difference?

Windows Mobile
Image from gail http://bit.ly/1GGr4e3

If you own a smartphone – and even if not – you know the endless discussions about the pros and cons of owning an iPhone or other iOS device compared to any device that runs with Android. However, those are not the only options you have! Next to Blackberry, Windows Phone is an operating system available for a number of mobile phones.

Whether it’s an option for you or not is your very own decision, however we want to point out the differences between Windows Phone and the Android OS, and hopefully this will not only get you some more knowledge, but also helps you in your decision process.

The Difference between Windows Phone and Android

In comparison to the Windows operating system for mobile devices, Android seems rather young. However, in recent years, the Android OS has gained popularity quickly and overshadows the “older” alternative.

Licensing

The most striking difference between the two may be the licensing. While Android is an open source software with a Linux-based core, hardware manufacturers have to pay to use Windows Phone and it’s predecessor Windows Mobile on their manufactured devices. It’s a proprietary software that belongs to Microsoft.

Hardware

The Windows Phone that succeeded the previous versions of Windows Mobile, with Windows Mobile 10 being the newest release that is said to be available later in 2015, is available for a number of mobile phone manufacturers. HTC, LG, Samsung, and Nokia may be the most prominent and well-known here, but partners like Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, and Fujitsu (among others)

Android, as the largest selling operating system for mobile devices, is supported by the most well-known phone manufacturers as well, including HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony (Experia), Samsung, and Google (Nexus). Other companies like Acer, Asus, Huawei, or ZTE support the Android OS as well.

Game and App Development

Due to its “openness” and the code being available openly, Android allows not only manufacturers to create content for Android phones. Developers, whether they do it professionally or as a hobby, can create and develop apps, games, and other kinds of content for their Android phones or tablets. They can be shared in the Google Play store, either for free or for a small fee.

Thus, contrary to the more rigid set of apps and programs available for Windows Phones, Android devices can be easily personalized and offer a wide range of function via different apps available for a broad public. Thus, developers can reach a large number of people to spread their work and knowledge, and users benefit from a large variety.

Updates

Major updates for Android are released by Google approximately every six to nine month. Minor updates and fixes are released much faster.

Before the release of Windows Phone 8, the device running the OS had to be attached to the user’s windows PC to receive an update. By now, Windows Phone supports over-the-air updates as well. Version updates are released every 2 to 6 months.

Created with Compare Ninja

Store Your Files On A Cloud

Cloud
Image by Andy Fitzsimon http://bit.ly/1EuM8yj

In the past, people may have looked strangely at you when uttering a sentence like that.  Nowadays, however, it is normal to store your files in a cloud – even though the concept of such online data storage has been around since the 1960s. Using a cloud storage provider is quite common by now and enables you to access photos, documents, videos, and other files from anywhere without having to carry a CD, DVD, USB stick, or SD card with you. Plus, sharing files has never been as easy, especially with many freemail programs having limits regarding the size of sent files.

But which cloud service is the best for you? We have gathered some information abut the most popular ones, looking at space available, accessibility from various devices, and more.

Dropbox

Dropbox

In comparison to other competitors out there, Dropbox seems to not have much storage space available for free users, namely 2GB. However there are many possibilities to increase this free space without having to pay; for example by inviting friends, connecting Dropbox to Twitter and Facebook, or by taking a tour through the Dropbox basics.

The most striking feature of Dropbox however is the fact that it is available and supported by many different operating systems for computers and mobile devices alike. Next to the usual Windows, Android, and Apple apps, Dropbox offers support for Linux and Blackberry as well – and even for the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Files from Dropbox can easily be shared with links provided by the service, and when paying for the Dropbox Pro Account, you are able to set viewing permissions and passwords on single files, or set an expiration date for shared links.

Google Drive

Google Drive

As the name already suggests, Google Drive belongs to the vast and steadily growing product palette offered and provided by Google. Plus, if you already registered with a Google service like YouTube, Gmail, or Google+, you already own a Google Drive storage space as well.

With 15GB of free storage space, Google Drive is among the more generous cloud storage services. However, photos uploaded should and can not exceed the 2048×2048 pixels limit, and videos longer than 15 minutes can not be uploaded either.

Apps are available for Windows and Mac computers, as well as iOS and Android phones and mobile devices. Different kinds of links for sharing can be generated from files and folders, even allowing other Google Drive users to edit certain files like Google Docs documents.

OneDrive

OneDrive

Just like Google Drive is linked to the Google group, OneDrive is part of the Microsoft product palette. And with 15GB free storage, the cloud service is certainly among the most generous. However, that space can even be increased by inviting friends to use OneDrive or following the first steps to get accustomed to OneDrive.

Naturally, OneDrive is available for Windows computers and phones, as well as for Android phones, Apple computers and phones, as well as for Blackberry devices. Files can be shared by creating a unique share link, and publishing of, e.g., images straight to Facebook is also possible. Furthermore, the compatibility and integration with Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations of OneDrive is a given.

Mediafire

Mediafire

Some may hear of Mediafire for the first time, however it’s well known among file sharing users for almost ten years by now. With 10GB, the space available for free users is average, but it can as well be increased by linking Mediafire to your social network profiles or installing a desktop client. All in all, you can boost up your free storage space to 50GB!

However, the maximum file size of stored files is as low as 200MB. Only with the purchase of a pro account, files with a maximum size of 20GB can be stored on the service.

Sharing files is still a major feature of Mediafire, allowing sharing via links as well as with other users of the service. Furthermore, images can be directly published to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogger, and more.

Comparison

Created with Compare Ninja

Of course, using Online-Convert.com, you can not only upload files from Dropbox, for example, but also save converted files to your cloud storage!

How To View All Kinds Of Files Without Installing Anything

Did you know that there are several options on how to view all kinds of Files without having to install the specific program needed? Yes, even programs that are capable of opening and displaying different kinds of files mostly require download and installation – if not even a purchase!

Open Anything
Image by Tripp http://bit.ly/1HblqPL

Thus, we have collected a view websites that allow you to view different kinds of audio, document, eBook, spreadsheet, image, or presentation files online. Oftentimes, you are sent a file that you can not open with the programs available on your computer – may it be an Apple pages document that you can’t open in Microsoft Word, or a RAW camera image.

Furthermore, most of these pages do not even require you to register or log in to use them. The service is completely for free.

ThinkFree Online

ThinkFree Online is a tool especially useful for users of Apple Macs or platforms without the installation of the Microsoft Office Programs. The site allows you to open all kinds of Microsoft Office files of 2003 and 2007 like DOC, DOCX, XLS, or PPT.

Furthermore, you are able to use a DOC, XLS, and PPT editor on the website. By creating a free account, it is also possible to store your documents and spreadsheets on your account.

Unfortunately, the site is limited to processing Microsoft Office files only, however the support provided is very reliable.

ThinkFree

rollMyFile

rollMyFile is a very versatile online file viewer. They claim to support over 500 different file types, ranging from documents and spreadsheets, to images and even eBooks. The handling of the website is very easy as well, since you can simply drag & drop the file you want to open on the home page. rollMyFile is supported by the most common browsers like Opera, Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome.

With a paid subscription, the user is able to edit the files uploaded and save those changes to, e.g., Google Drive or Drop Box.

However, there are still many files, especially media files or raw image files from DSLR cameras, that can not be opened by the service.

rollMyFile

Convert your Files

Another option to view any kind of file that has been sent to you or that you found on your hard drive is to convert them into formats your computer, tablet, or mobile phone is able to open and display. Just as with the two services mentioned above, no installation of a program to your computer or phone is needed, however, the converted file will have to be either downloaded on your hard drive or stored on a cloud storage service.

The possibilities are almost endless though. Usually not supported RAW camera files like NEF or CR2 can be converted to JPG, 3GP or other more “exotic” video files can be converted to MP4, and eBooks and all kinds of documents can easily be converted to PDF.

OnlineConvert

How to pay without creating a PayPal account

Credit Cards
Image by Sean MacEntee http://bit.ly/1wW3Kq6

Many services all over the world wide web require you to pay via PayPal. Why? Because it’s easy, convenient, and provides many useful features, securities, and possibilities for both, buyers and sellers. Yet, not everyone feels safe using and registering for PayPal, and linking their bank account information to their new PayPal account. PayPal fraud is still something many people are afraid of. All that’s needed – most of the time – is clicking on one link to give your private information to someone on the other side of the net.

Some sellers, however, offer you to pay for their services via PayPal without creating an account! If you, for example, want to sign up for one of the premium services of Online-Convert.com, all you need is a credit card.

If you decided for the service package you want to purchase, you will be automatically directed to PayPal. The standard view is the one displayed below. Yet, after being prompted to log in to an existing PayPal account, many don’t look further. If you want to pay with your credit card without signing up on the page, you should do that though. Click on “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”.

paypal001

 

Now, you are presented with a form that requires the information about your credit or debit card. Depending on your country, you may also be asked to enter your address, email address, or phone number. To continue after entering all the information necessary, simply click on “Pay now” at the bottom of the form.

 

paypal002

Afterwards, you will be asked whether you want to create a PayPal account. If you decide to do so, you can register with the information entered. If you still have no desire to use PayPal more regularly by entering your information, you can – of course – decline.

With getting the confirmation of PayPal that your purchase has been made, the services you ordered will be available for you immediately.


 

Problems you may encounter

While Online-Convert.com offers the service of paying with credit card instead of creating a PayPal account, not everyone does. Sellers can choose to disable this feature, only enabling you to pay when having an account with PayPal.
Furthermore, it may be that your country isn’t supporting this kind of payment. In case the problem lies within PayPal though, it may help to clear your browsing data and delete the cookies.

If PayPal is not accepting your credit card, it may also be that you already have an account that is linked to your card’s information, preventing the site to pay with it without logging in.

For more information about paying with credit or debit cards, please visit the PayPal customer support page or refer to this announcement.

 

EDIT 11/08/2016: We have updated the screenshots and our article since PayPal did a few changes.

Files supported by Android

There are a few ongoing battles in the world of (digital) media.

Android
image by Rob Bulmahn
http://bit.ly/1wF2wNp

In the gaming world, there had been Sega vs. Nintendo, and now it’s PlayStation vs XBox. Which is better? Which features the better games, the better graphics? Which is more user friendly? Which has the better price? And so on, and so on… Both sides always come up with striking arguments why to buy the PlayStation 4 or the XBox One, and at the same time, both sides provide even better arguments why to NOT by the opposition’s product.

The very same happens in the world of computers and smartphones, but with respect to either hardware or operating systems. In an earlier blog post, we have talked about native file formats for Apple computers. This time, we dive deeper into the topic of mobile operating systems. Precisely, we’ll check out which file formats are supported by your phone if you have an Android based device!

Audio Files

Depending on the codecs used, Android phones can support and play several audio file types. It may be that a music file won’t play on your phone even though the file type is supported though. This is due to the codecs used to compress the audio file in question. If your phone doesn’t play a specific file, you may want to convert it into another audio file format that is more likely to be supported.

The most commonly used codecs supported by Android devices include AAC, AMR, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, PCM/WAVE, and Vorbis. The following audio file types using the codecs mentioned can thus be played on your Android phone:

  • 3GP
  • ACC (raw data)
  • FLAC
  • OGG
  • M4A
  • MID
  • MP3
  • XMF
  • WAV

 

Video Files

The very same that has been true for audio files applies to video files in terms of codecs. Depending on the codec used to compress the video container format, it may still not play on your Android phone even though it generally is supported. To watch your videos still, you can convert the video into another format or choose an Android compatible conversion right away.

The codecs supported by Android phones are H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, and V8. This leads to the following video container formats to be supported by Android devices:

  • 3GP
  • MKV
  • MP4
  • TS
  • WEBM

 

Image Files

Contrary to video and audio files, image files can not be generated using different codecs. This means that if a format is supported by an Android phone, it will be able to open all files with this extension (unless they are corrupt). The following rater image files are supported:

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • JPG
  • PNG
  • WEBP

 

Acknowledgement

This article has been written on the basis of knowledge at the time Android 5.0 Lollipop was the newest version available.

An Online File Converter Will Beat Any App Every Time

As the world shifts further towards mobile devices and away from desktops, the rise of file conversion apps has become noticeable. And why shouldn’t they be popular? They’re small in size, a few swipes and taps away, and at times require no internet connection. However, file conversion apps have yet to topple online file converters from the top.

If you have been using apps instead of the real deal, here are the top reasons why you should re-embrace online file converters.

Online Converters Don’t Take Up Space

A file conversion app will rob you of 2-3 MBs from your device’s memory. Though this may seem like a small price to pay, why should you do so when you can save that space for something else and use a web-based service instead? All you need to do is direct your browser to your favorite online converter to get the format you need within minutes.

File Conversion Apps Aren’t Necessarily Stand Alone

How many times have you downloaded an app only to discover that you still need the internet to operate its features? Most apps are like that; so why not cut to the chase and directly go to the website on your own? This will save your thumb or finger from a few additional swipes and ensure that your files are converted quickly.

Online Conversion Websites Offer a Wider Array of Conversions

Most of the mobile device apps that convert files offer a very limited range of conversions. Some are even dedicated to only one format. However, regardless of your job or age, you need a variety of conversion tools. For example, you’ll regularly need an audio converter to get your MP3s and a document converter to convert Word into PDF.

Web-based Converters are Mostly Free

Most of the online converters you’ll find will offer their services for free. That isn’t the case with most apps. Even those that are available for $0 will be tiring since they will annoy you with ads or try pushing a heavier, costly full version for you to buy. So, if you compare the value offered by both, web-based file converters definitely take the cake.

File conversion apps do have their charm and benefits, but comparing them with their web-based counterparts shows how far they are from delivering the same services. Who knows? Developers always go back to the drawing board after each release, so maybe one day this popular online converter will have an app that mirrors its own strengths on a smaller platform.

 

5 Reasons to Convert Word DOC to PDF

MS Word is one of the most popular word processors around. However, even its most loyal users take advantage of online file converters to create PDF (Portable Document Format) versions when sending certain information like bills or handouts. This is because word documents can be altered whereas PDF ones can’t. If you want more reasons to convert word to PDF, here are five.

#1) Word Documents Don’t Keep Their Formatting

One of the main reasons people use Word to PDF converters is because MS Word reformats documents when opened on a different computer. Even if you use the same computer but a different printer, the formatting you spent your time and effort on will be lost. So to keep the document’s formatting intact, you should convert your .doc file into .pdf.

#2) References Can Become Mismatched

If you open your word document on any other computer, chances are that your table of contents will become a mess. This is because page numbers can change in long documents. For eBook and report writers, this can be a nuisance, which is why they convert their documents to PDF files.

#3) MS Word has Multiple Versions

Old versions of the software can’t properly open files created in new versions. For example, text in Word 2010 files usually lacks spaces when opened in older versions. On the other hand, the format of .pdf files is the same, allowing users to access files regardless of version.

#4) There are Many Word Processors

MS Word is just one of many word processors out there, which means that some of the people you’re communicating with may not have the software installed. On the other hand, .pdf is a more universal file extension that is accessible via a number of software aside from Adobe PDF Reader. So if you want your document to be viewed by a large readership, convert it to .pdf.

#5) PDF Files are Mobile Device-Friendly

With most users shifting their operations to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, you can’t afford to stay behind. Most convert Word to PDF because files of the latter are easy to access and their apps are usually free. On the other hand, Word files require special apps that cost a pretty penny and don’t support many features since they’re not by Microsoft.

Now that you know why you should convert Word to PDF, bookmark the best online file converter around!

3 Reasons to Bookmark an Online File Converter

An online file converter spares you the need to install multiple programs to convert your documents, audio files, video clips, etc. It also doesn’t come with the risk of viruses and other threats to your devices. Besides, it is so convenient since you only need to type a URL and select a few options to get the format you need. These reasons and more make a web-based converter a valuable resource. However, should you really bookmark it as the title suggests?

The answer is a resounding YES.

As long as you use computers and mobile devices and know others who use the same technology, you will need a file converter handy. Here are some reasons why.

Enable or Disable Editing

Text files come in different formats, starting from .doc files to .pdf ones. However, the files you get or send may not serve their purpose at times. For example, you wouldn’t want to send an invoice in a .doc file since the file can be edited. Similarly, a .text file will never do if you want to create a well-formatted eBook. So, you will need an online file converter to help you enable or disable editing by changing file formats.

Run the File on Multiple Platforms

Unfortunately, not all software is as competent as VLC Player. Similarly, what may run smoothly on Windows won’t necessarily function on an Apple system. Therefore, if you want your file to be accessed or modified by a user who doesn’t share the same platform, converting it is what you should do.

Even if you don’t have to share the file with someone, you can use an online file converter to create copies to work across your devices. For example, your computer’s .pdf file can be converted to .mobi for easier access on your Kindle device.

Resizing Files

Another good reason to bookmark an online file converter is to easily resize any type of file. For example, by converting a .png or .tiff image into .jpeg, you will have a smaller image that you can easily upload to the internet. Smaller files also come in handy if you’re sharing them via e-mail or other services with an attachment size limit. However, share the link of your web-based file converter if they use the same platform as you.

Regardless of your profession or hobbies, you will definitely want to reap these benefits. So, don’t be stingy with your clicks and add a comprehensive, reliable, and 100% available online file converter service to your browser’s bookmark list.

How to copy a video file and MP3 to your mobile phone

Example QRcodeI still have one of these old bricks, a mobile phone without a shiny display, just a mouse cinema, not one of these new smart phones. But I still use it quite a lot, I love to play Mahjongg (the real traditional chinese one), listen to music or my spanish lessons and sometimes I even watch some short clips.

The problem I often face is how to get the files I want to my mobile phone. Ok, you are right, I can use one of these proprietary USB to phone cables (mmh, left this one at home), bluetooth or infra red. Even the internet could be an option, but it’s no fun to scroll through endless pages with a tiny display.

Transfer a direct download link to your mobile phone

I would like to introduce a solution I really like, besides from this one being kind of geeky. It’s called QRcodes. These are small two dimensional barcodes (like the one dimensional ones you know from the supermarket on the product that trigger some beep when getting scanned). You just shoot an image with your mobile phone of the QRcode and a software is decoding the information that has been coded into that barcode. In our case a download link to a video file.

First step: Convert a video for your mobile phone

This online file converter has now introduced QRcodes. So let’s do a test. Go to http://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-3g2 with your desktop computer and convert some video you later want to watch on your mobile phone. After you have hit “Convert file” and a successful conversion, you should see a valid QRcode on the right side of the page. If you don’t want to convert a video, you can also try to rip the audio track of a video or convert some music to the MP3 format for your mobile phone. To achieve this you can use this online MP3 converter or some other audio converter you find on this page.

Second step: Obtain QRcode reader software for your mobile phone

If your mobile phone does not support QRcodes yet, you have a good chance that there is some free QRcode reader software out there you can install on your phone. For example you could try: http://reader.kaywa.com/ . You only have to install this software once, for further conversions you can skip this step.

Third step: Shoot a picture from the QRcode

If you have installed the QRcode reader on your mobile phone, launch the software now. Then make take a picture with your mobile phone from the QRcode on the screen of your desktop computer with the successful converted file. Your QRcode reader should now convert the data inside the QRcode and display a valid download link. With this link you are able to directly download your converted video from our servers to your mobile phone. Et voilá, enjoy your next ride to town.