There is a data explosion underway. Every day, we produce tons and tons of content – be it documents, images, videos and so on. However, storing all of that data safely is a major concern. While many of us have moved more and more of our lives into the mysterious realm of “the cloud”, local storage is something that is still perceived to be safe and secure.
And for good reasons, of course. While the benefits of cloud storage are well known, a NAS is an efficient and convenient way of being able to access all your files on any of your computing devices, without handing over your personal data to a third party such as cloud storage company.
So What is a NAS?
A Network Attached Storage (NAS) straddles the line between a local hard drive and cloud storage, and gives you the benefits of both. A NAS is an intelligent storage device connected to your home or office network. You can store all your family and colleagues’ files on the NAS, from important documents to precious photos, music and video collections. By using a web browser or mobile apps, you can access files and use various services provided by the NAS via the Internet.
A NAS gives you the security of physically owning the drive on which your data is stored, while also having the convenience of being able to access that data from anywhere. It can also be shared with multiple users, in lieu of a more powerful server. NAS devices are perfect for small businesses, as well as consumers with multiple computers. If you own a desktop PC, laptop and tablet and want to access all your content — whether important office documents or movie files for streaming — on each device, then you may be an ideal candidate for a NAS.
NAS for Businesses
Businesses with 50 or fewer employees need to store ever-increasing amount of data. They also require affordable solutions to back up data, share files, and collaborate on a single file at the same time. However, very few have the luxury of dedicated IT support.
Many begin by storing files on a traditional server, but when backup, or collaboration issues arise, the server is quickly rendered inadequate. Others choose public cloud storage, which is convenient for collaboration but raises concerns about control of the data and costly subscription fees. NAS can simplify your work and solve the above issues. Most of all, it’s easy to use and cost-effective. Let’s take a look at what else NAS can do for your home.
NAS for Home
How many photos and videos do you take each day? Is your phone or laptop running out of space? Our constant challenge is that the number of our digital files keeps going up and they are scattered across different devices and services. To consolidate these files into one safe place, you need a secure and centralized storage solution.
The major drawbacks of storing files on the public cloud are letting someone else hold all your personal files and high monthly subscription fees. The shortcomings of USB drives range from a lack of off-site access and automatic backup to portability that can lead to loss or damage. NAS is the best alternative and a necessity for the modern home. Read on to find out what else NAS can do for you.
Why Consider NAS Solutions from Synology?
Synology offers some of the most affordable NAS solutions on the market, which can be set up for file storage and forgotten about. The Synology DS218j, for instance, is part of the latest generation of NAS drives, and offers two bays for up to 24TB of storage capacity. The DS918+ is a similar model but with four bays, allowing for a ridiculous amount of space to be made available with enough drives.
The Synology DS918+ is designed for SMBs and IT enthusiasts. With a powerful built-in AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS918+ provides exceptional encrypted file transmission. Also capable of transcoding up to two channels of H.265/H.264 4K videos at the same time, DS918+ is ideal for sharing and storing ultra-high definition media content.
The best thing about Synology is its hardware and software ecosystem that is built upon DiskStation Manager (DSM), the operating system running on Synology NAS. Synology offers one of the best choices in dedicated apps in DSM’s Package Center that work seamlessly with your Synology NAS device to offer a wide range of features at the click of a button.
What Synology NAS Can Do for Business Users?
For businesses, traditional file-sharing practices are fraught with inefficiency. Some businesses use email attachments to share files and eventually face file size limit and version control issues. Synology NAS, as an on-premises centralized storage device, can fulfill the needs of modern file sharing and collaboration.
Synology’s Active Backup for Business makes backup easy through a unified, intuitive console without license fees. For PC backup, it supports bare-metal recovery to restore the OS, settings, applications, and data; your employees can have instant, self-service recovery without bothering IT admins.
If you can’t tolerate outages such as server or storage failures, then you need a High Availability (HA) solution to ensure employee access to data and services at all times. Two Synology NAS can form a HA cluster. All services and data requests are handled by the active NAS and mirrored to the standby, passive NAS in real time. If the active NAS malfunctions, the passive unit will take over in seconds, meaning your employees can continue to access files and services.
Video surveillance can deter criminals and improve employees’ accountability. With Surveillance Station, you’ll get a wide array of security options to secure your investment and livelihood. Surveillance Station streamlines deployment and technical support by complementing VMS and NVR.
The support of 6,000+ IP camera models allows for flexibility on camera selection. You can remotely access live and recorded footage via web browsers or mobile devices. By triggering different events and sending push notifications to your mobile devices, or via SMS and email, you will be kept notified if something is out of the ordinary.
In addition, Synology’s Drive, allows businesses to sync files between a centralized NAS and their PCs/Macs. Drive supports restoring previous versions and sharing files directly from local computers to maximize efficiency. If you are using Mac, you can also back up your Mac to Synology NAS via Time Machine.
What Synology NAS Can Do for Home Users?
With a Synology NAS, all your family photos and videos taken by their mobile phones can be backed up automatically to one personal place on your NAS with Moments. Most importantly, photos are automatically grouped together according to similar faces, places, and subjects with the power of AI technology.
Want to watch videos from computers, mobile devices, Apple TV, and Android TV without having to copy them between devices? Video Station streams videos to these devices. It also enriches your video collections with auto-downloaded posters, searches subtitles from the Internet, and lets you share videos with friends.
Sharing files stored on NAS with friends is a breeze. Simply right-click a file or folder and select Share File Links or Create File Requests and a link will then be generated. Your friends can follow the link to download the selected file or folder, or upload files to your NAS, with or without a DSM account.
How to Start?
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The Best Vlog Phone of 2022: Here’s Why the HONOR 70 is a Content Creator’s Delight
Smartphones are slowly replacing cameras as the main equipment for videography and photography for vloggers and content creators. This is because of their compact form factor and exceptional features. It’s no secret that vlogging is a surging trend today and hence, a wide range of social media apps are available for sharing videos. Vloggers are thus constantly looking for smartphones that come packed with features that allow them to shoot the best content.
HONOR understands the requirements of vloggers and content creators today, and hence its new HONOR 70 features a whole range of new features specifically aimed at them. Read on to find out why the HONOR 70 is the Best Vlog Phone of 2022.
Solo Cut Vlog Mode
The HONOR 70 comes with the industry’s first Solo Cut Vlog Mode. This mode produces portrait vlogs that track a specific person in a group video and at the same time record two high-definition videos. This is perfect for content creators who want a full-frame video and at the same time create a portrait video focusing on one particular subject to be used on their social media channels.
The HONOR 70 features a curved Dual-Ring design that highlights the axisymmetric camera setup, drawing inspiration from the craftsmanship of jewellery design. The smartphone is very thin, sleek, and stylish, as it measures just 7.91mm in thickness, and weighs just 178 gms.
The phone also features a 6.67-inch OLED 58° Curved Display for a great viewing experience. The display supports 1.07 billion colours. It also offers a refresh rate of 120Hz, a 93.3% screen-to-body ratio, and a brightness level of 107.4 cm2. The display also offers a resolution of 1080-by-2400 pixels, an aspect ratio of 20:9, and 395-PPI of density.
Featuring a 54MP main camera sensor, the HONOR 70 debuts the Sony flagship 1/1.49-inch IMX800 camera sensor. This sensor has been designed to capture more light for brighter and more detailed pictures, especially in low light and night scenarios. The HONOR 70 Series is also equipped with a 50MP 122° Ultra-Wide camera which also doubles as a Macro Camera.
There’s also a 2 MP depth sensor offering an aperture of f/2.4. With these sensors, you can shoot 4K videos at a frame rate of 30fps, and 1080p videos at 30 or 60fps. On the front, you get a 32MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 for all your selfie requirements.
The HONOR 70 Series also has a best-in-class Triple-Main Camera system featuring industry-leading Computational Photography. This is powered by AI and HONOR’s proprietary imaging solution called HONOR Image Engine, which delivers stunning and high-definition images and footage in a unique and consistent style.
Under the hood, the HONOR 70 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G Mobile Platform for superior communication, gaming, audio, and more. You also get 8GB of RAM which can be further expanded by up to 2GB, thanks to HONOR’s RAM Turbo feature. In addition, there’s also 256GB of storage space onboard.
The HONOR 70 comes packed with a 4800mAh battery which also supports 66W HONOR Super Charge technology. So you don’t have to worry about running out of battery while shooting a video or producing content. You can quickly charge up the HONOR 70, thanks to the 66W HONOR Super Charge.
The Best Vlog Phone of 2022
Apart from the brilliant Solo Cut Vlog Mode, you also get a multitude of camera modes including Aperture, Night, Portrait, Multi-Video, Slow-Mo, Super Macro, Story, and more. With so many capabilities, features and strong specs, the HONOR 70 stands out from the crowd as the Best Vlog Phone of 2022.
Eight Common Facebook Marketplace Scams and How to Avoid Them
Written by Phil Muncaster, the Guest Writer at ESET
Last year, Facebook Marketplace passed one billion global users. In so doing, it’s become a giant of the consumer-to-consumer space, allowing individual Facebook users to buy from and sell to each other seamlessly. It has surpassed the popularity of Craigslist for several reasons. It’s also free and simple to use, as most people already have a Facebook account. It allows users to search for listings from their local area, making pick-up much easier. And because people can view sellers’ profiles, they feel more assured of safety and security on the site. Unfortunately, this is often a false sense of security.
One recent survey revealed that one in six (17%) respondents had been defrauded on the site. Of course, much of the commerce on this “classified-ad section” of Facebook is legitimate, but like any other online marketplace, it also attracts plenty of scammers. It’s little wonder then that the social network is having a hard time stopping the fraudsters, sometimes over-zealously blocking legitimate users while inadvertently allowing scams to slip through a combination of automated checks and human reviewers. With fake listings extending to apartment sales and car purchases, the stakes are pretty high.
That puts even greater pressure on users to understand the typical tricks that online con artists use, and what they can do to stay safe. Here are the top eight scams to watch out for on Facebook Marketplace and how to spot the red flags:
1. Defective items
Sellers may advertise a product that looks fine from the photograph they posted. But once it has been delivered, or you get it home, it turns out to be broken. It’s particularly tricky when buying electronic items, because you usually can’t toggle through every bit of functionality before handing over the money. This is as likely to happen due to an unscrupulous seller as a professional fraudster.
2. Counterfeit items
If it’s not broken, then it may be a fake product. Designer clothes, perfume, jewelry and cosmetics are particularly common targets for counterfeiting. Like defective item scams, it’s difficult to ascertain whether they’re genuine or not just from a small photo. Everyone’s looking for a bargain. But when offers seem too good to be true, they usually are.
3. Google Voice scams
Facebook Marketplace is also used to leverage other types of fraud, potentially on other platforms. In one example, the scammer agrees to buy an item. But then after taking the conversation onto a non-monitored platform like WhatsApp, they ask the seller to authenticate themselves with a verification code. In reality, the code sent to the seller’s phone is a two-factor authentication code sent by Google Voice and initiated by the fraudster. Now they are able to create an account using the seller’s phone number, which can be used in other scams. With more information still, they could attempt to open other accounts in your name or access existing ones.
Sellers can also get scammed by fraudsters on Facebook Marketplace. In one classic example, they will claim to have overpaid for an item you’re selling, and post a screenshot apparently showing the transaction. They’ll ask for the difference to be refunded. But of course, there was no original payment, and now you’re down the refund amount.
5. Non-delivery (advance fee)
A classic trick is to sell an item and collect the money but then never deliver it to the buyer. This obviously only applies to items sent from outside the buyer’s local area.
6. Fake giveaways/phishing
One way to get that additional information is to spam out giveaway offers via Facebook Marketplace. Simply by clicking on a link and filling in a bit of personal information, the victim believes they’re going to be in line for some free luxury items, crypto or other special deals. Of course, the scammers just want their personal information to commit follow-on identity fraud or theft.
7. Insurance scams
Sellers with expensive items posted to Facebook Marketplace may also be contacted by fraudulent buyers. The latter agree to pay for shipping and send over a fake invoice to ‘prove’ that they have. There’s just one catch, they need the seller to pay a small insurance charge. It may be a relatively small amount compared to the item for sale, which may persuade the seller to go along with it.
Scammers advertise what is often a high-quality product with a very tempting price tag. When you want to grab the “bargain”, that product is “gone” and you will be offered a similar item for a much steeper price or an inferior alternative.
How to spot a Facebook Marketplace scam
As with any kind of online fraud, the key for internet users is to remain sceptical and alert. Here are 10 tips to help you navigate Facebook Marketplace safely:
- Inspect items before purchasing by only buying from local sellers.
- Always meet in a public place rather than at your home, and in a well-lit area ideally during daylight hours.
- Check buyer/seller profiles for user ratings, and stay alert if profiles have been created only recently.
- Check the original price of items and if there is a significant gulf between this and the for-sale price, be alert to the fact it may be counterfeit/stolen/defective, etc.
- Beware of giveaway deals and never enter personal details to access them.
- Only use trusted payment methods via Facebook Messenger (PayPal, Facebook Checkout) as they offer a way to dispute a payment. Gift cards, wire transfers, and payments via services like Venmo and Zelle are commonly requested by fraudsters.
- Keep your conversation on Facebook – scammers like to move the conversation to another platform where they have an easier time swindling people and possibly preventing them from disputing transactions.
- Never ship items before payment has been made.
- Watch out for changes in the listing price.
- Don’t send 2FA codes to prospective buyers.
If the worst happens and you suspect fraud, you should report the seller – here’s how. As the cost-of-living crisis bites, more users than ever will be turning to online platforms like Facebook Marketplace to get hold of goods at discounted rates. Be warned: fraudsters also patrol the platform in ever-greater numbers.
ASUS Laptops for Creators Help You Take Your Content Creation Game to a Whole New Level
With content creators in mind, ASUS now offers a full range of laptops dedicated to creators. These include the ProArt Studiobook, the Zenbook Pro, and the Vivobook Pro creator laptops. This advanced ecosystem of laptops deliver performance and features that are suitable for any level of creator, from professional to hobbyist. The ProArt Studiobook laptops fulfil the extreme performance and stability needs of professional creators, who are leaders and innovators in their respective creative industries, whether they work with audiovisual content, engineering, or science.
The innovative and stylish ZenBook Pro is aimed at highly mobile advanced creators, who appreciate the latest performance-enhancing technologies. The Vivobook Pro series, meanwhile, offers great performance and features for a new generation of aspiring creators, such as social influencers, live-streamers, vloggers, young musicians, and more, who create to explore their talent and express themselves.
4K OLED HDR Displays
The creator laptop lineup from ASUS, features superb 4K OLED HDR displays across the entire range. The laptops also offer an aspect ratio of 16:10, thus offering a larger visual workspace. The lineup also includes the world’s first VESA DisplayHDR 600 True Black certified laptop displays, and these are all factory-calibrated for colour accuracy to meet the PANTONE Validated standards, with additional ASUS-first Calman Verified certification for ProArt Studiobook models.
Eye Care Displays
You also get a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, delivering ultra-vivid colours. There’s also maximum eye protection during long creative sessions. The displays are TÜV certified for eye care. Since graphics-intensive creative applications demand powerful graphics processors, ASUS’ creator laptops are validated as NVIDIA Studio laptops. NVIDIA Studio laptops feature powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX or NVIDIA RTX GPUs with real-time ray-tracing and AI-augmented features, supported by NVIDIA Studio drivers that deliver outstanding stability, maximum performance, rock-solid reliability, and wide software compatibility required by professional creators.
These professional-grade GPUs are combined with high-end components to create platforms that can deliver all the performance professional creators need. ASUS is also partnering with Adobe to offer owners of selected new ASUS creator laptops up to a three-month complimentary subscription to the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, which includes access to over 20 creative apps, 100 GB of cloud storage, Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Fonts, and more.
ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED
The ASUS ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (W5600) or a 3rd Generation Intel Xeon workstation processor (W7600) that make light work of super-complex, heavily multithreaded photorealistic rendering, visualization, simulation, or analysis applications.
Reliable professional-grade 3D graphics processing power is provided by an NVIDIA RTX A2000 (W5600) or A5000 (W7600) Laptop GPU that blitzes through the toughest tasks, such as complex CAD models, 3D product design, or high-resolution video editing.
ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED uses powerful AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (H5600) or Intel Core i9 (H7600) processors, with GeForce RTX 3070 (H5600) or 3060 (H7600) graphics. For outstanding driver stability, we use NVIDIA Studio Drivers to ensure maximum performance, rock-solid reliability, and wide software compatibility.
ASUS Dial is a completely new physical rotary control that lets users interact with creative apps in the most natural and immersive way possible.
This intuitive controller gives instant and precise fingertip control over parameters in compatible Adobe creative apps, including Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Photoshop Lightroom Classic, and After Effects. The new ProArt Creator Hub app is a centralized, easy-to-use control panel that allows access to many laptop settings and customizations, including ASUS Dial settings.
ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED
Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED, the recipient of a prestigious CES 2021 Innovation Award, is a high-performance 15.6-inch laptop that introduces the new tilting ASUS ScreenPad Plus, a full-width 14-inch secondary touchscreen that works seamlessly with the main touchscreen for effortless multitasking. ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED delivers outstanding performance, with up to an Intel Core i9 processor. This is combined with professional-level up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 discrete graphics to make light work of demanding creative tasks.
ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED has comprehensive high-performance I/O capabilities including two ultrafast Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports supporting up to 40 Gbps data-transfer rates along with DisplayPort functionality. The 15.6-inch Zenbook Pro 15 OLED is powered by Intel Core H-series (UX535) or AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (UM535) processors, up to 32 GB of RAM, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti discrete GPU for powerful on-the-go creative performance, plus up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SDD for ultrafast storage.
For enhanced productivity Zenbook Pro 15 OLED (UX535) includes the latest ASUS ScreenPad, a 5.65-inch secondary colour touchscreen built into the glass-covered touchpad that allows easy interaction via the new and intuitive smartphone-like ScreenXpert 2 interface.
The up to 4K OLED HDR displays in these Zenbook models share many of the same characteristics as the Studiobook series, with PANTONE Validated colour accuracy and a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, along with TÜV-certified eye care.
Vivobook Pro 14X/16X OLED
The Vivobook Pro 14X/16X OLED is the ultimate powerhouse for next-generation creativity, giving users the speed and accuracy needed to realize their creative vision, and featuring the innovative ASUS DialPad, a virtual interface on the touchpad that puts users in full control of adjustments in compatible Adobe creative software, allowing them to stay fully focused on the task at hand.
For visuals that are beyond the ordinary, there’s up to a 16-inch 4K OLED HDR 550-nit 16:10 display or a 14-inch 2.8K OLED HDR 600-nit display and the ultrawide 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut ensures vivid colours. These are the world’s first laptops to achieve VESA DisplayHDR True Black 600 certification. They are also PANTONE Validated for professional-grade colour accuracy, and TÜV Rheinland-certified for low blue-light emissions.
Impressive creative power is provided by up to 11th Generation Intel Core i7 H Series (N7400/N7600) or AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (M7400/M7600), up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics, up to 32 GB of RAM, a dual-fan cooling system with ASUS IceCool Plus technology, and up to a 96 Wh high-capacity battery.
Vivobook Pro 14/15 OLED is powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel H Series CPU (K3400/K3500) or the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors (M3401/M3500) with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, a dual-fan cooling system with ASUS IceCool Plus technology, 16 GB memory, a 1 TB PCIe SSD, and an ultrafast WiFi 6. The tasteful Quiet Blue and Cool Silver color options reflect a positive and diverse outlook. The convenient optional webcam shield, fingerprint sensor on the power button, and backlit keyboard ensure uncompromised productivity.
ASUS creator laptops are now available in the market.
More details on the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED: https://www.asus.com/me-en/Laptops/For-Creators/ProArt-Studiobook/ProArt-Studiobook-16-OLED-H5600-AMD-Ryzen-5000-series/
More details on the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED: https://www.asus.com/me-en/Laptops/For-Creators/ZenBook/ZenBook-Pro-Duo-15-OLED-UX582/
More details on the ASUS Vivobook Pro 16X OLED: https://www.asus.com/me-en/Laptops/For-Home/Vivobook/Vivobook-Pro-16X-OLED-M7600-AMD-Ryzen-5000-Series/
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