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Top 3 Bitcoin Exchanges

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in New Tech |

Top 3 Bitcoin Exchanges

There are a number of Bitcoin exchanges cropping up as this new currency finds its way into more and more aspects of our daily lives. Add to this that Norway is likely headed toward being one of the first totally cash-less countries by 2020, and the move toward crypto currencies seems both widespread and inevitable.

Bitfinex is perhaps one of the most advanced trading platforms for Bitcoins. A number of the trading tools they offer for trading in this currency are exactly the same that are available to stock traders. They offer margin trading, short selling and even liquidity swaps on their Bitcoin exchange. This exchange is relatively new, having been launched in 2013, but it has grown immensely in that short period of time, becoming one of the largest volume trading platforms in existence. Currently being beta tested, when they emerge from this phase the plan is to add even more advanced trading options.


Some call Bitcoin trading murky as of yet, hardly complimentary when one considers this is indeed a form of money. That being said, one of the reasons why Bitfinex has had a lot of success is because they refer to themselves as being hyper-paranoid about security issues in this evolving atmosphere. To this point, almost all of their assets are in cold storage, with less than 1% being held in wallets. The reason they even have any funds held in wallets is because there needs to be liquidity for transactions. Aside from that very small amount of exposure to the forces of risk, their assets are protected. Essentially if they were an old brick-and-mortar bank, they would be putting most everything in their vault, just like it was done back then. They also take measures to backup their database, which is then encrypted and sent to different locations so as to provide an additional level of security. Their very comprehensive security measures at Bitfinex are likely to keep them a mainstay in this space that is filled with carnage of those companies that failed to accurately assess, and put measures in place, to adequately respond to the numerous threats in the crypto currency exchange arena.

Cryptsy is a another popular crypto currency trading platform. In addition to Bitcoin trading, this is also where the derivative variant of Bitcoins, called altcoins, can be traded. The derivatives trading option does separate them from a number of other platforms that do not offer this option. The proliferation of Bitcoin has spawned a number of startups in the crypto currency markets, and on Crytpsy, over 200 types of different crypto currencies currently trade. The name of this exchange does lend that it is a more varied platform where trading in several of these currencies is accommodated. This exchange, headquartered in Florida in the United States, is registered with the main regulatory body, and has been around since 2013. Their plan is to try to develop more relationships with merchants who are amenable to accepting crypto currencies. This would mean that instead of getting gas with your credit card, perhaps you might use your Litecoin card. This is an interesting, and evolving new dimension of this payment-processing system that is quite ripe for immense growth. Cryptsy is likely to be fundamental to making these currencies slightly more mainstream, or at least that is their plan.

Coinsetter is another Bitcoin exchange in these currencies that is known for its fast deposits and withdrawals, which is almost unheard of in this industry. Coinsetter, much like Bitfinex, offers advanced trading order features, like stop-loss and trailing stop limit features. More sophisticated traders are very comfortable on Coinsetter, but that is not to say that this is also not a good place for neophytes to begin trading. In fact, it is perhaps a reason why people who are new to this type of trading should get started on such an exchange. In this way, as they become more adept at trading, garnering a better understanding of the market, the platform where they got their start will be the same exchange where they grow. They trade in about 6 different crypto currencies, including Bitcoin, and accept Euros, US Dollars and the South Korean Won as forms of payment.

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Website Blockers – Parental Control Software

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Security, Website Blockers |

Website Blockers – Parental Control Software

Web browsers today simplified elimination of access to certain websites.  However, to make sure children can’t access adult content on the family PC, parental control software was invented so elders can control what content their younger family members can see. Here is a list of most widely used parental control software for 2015, which are completely free of charge.


K9 Web Protection

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This is a small application that runs from inside the browser. First time you start it up, you have to set up a new license. Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is set up the filters you desire. You can block the content by category, which can go from monitoring, where the traffic is logged and no content is forbidden, to high, which protects all categories, unrated sites, and interaction.  Aside from the main category restrictions, you can also set up a curfew for using the internet on the PC. This way internet usage is restricted to specific time of day. Another great feature is blocking specific words which automatically ban access to sites that contain selected word. There is a default setting of safe searching with K9’s Safe Search, but it can be turned off on the setup page, and you can decide on your own safe search. This protection application performs extremely well, blocking access to various adult sites, gambling services, and other unwanted content, even if the link to get to them is on other sites. The fact that it’s free of charge makes it even better.


Spyrix Free Keylogger

41ynQQWYVpL._SY445_This application has a somewhat limited number of features, which some might find irritable, but none the less it is a good website blocker. It gives the highest level of key logging than any other application today. Categories are created by monitoring the data collected, and it includes entries, screenshots and snapshots, audio and video recordings, history of webpage visits, and search queries. Hiding the program is not so easy, and to completely hide it you would have to pay for an upgraded version. Blocking sites and social networks is also available, but only for paid versions. Most parents will choose to combine this program with others, upgrade it, or delete it and choose something else.


Windows Live Family Safety


To use this program, you must have a Windows Live account, and once you’ve made it, set it as a ‘parent’, that can monitor other members that use the PC. It is required that each member has its own user account on the PC. If this is not the case already, it might take some time to make them, compared to other alternatives. Monitoring is done through a section of Microsoft’s website, and it offers a lot of options, such as restrictions on games and web filtering, time limits, app restrictions, and more.  It works great, although with some browsers it may show the blocked site for a split second. This is a great choice for those who want a true blocker and not just a monitor.


If you are looking for a blocker, or just a monitoring program, or a combination of the two, one of these will probably suit your needs.

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