Android vs Iphone

When it comes to smartphones you most likely ether have an android or an iphone. Each smartphone has its differences which sets it apart from one another. At the end of the day each smartphone can accomplish the same task. Preference is the main factor as to why people use ether android or iOS also because it’s the smartphone they got used to first.

User friendly and customization 

This plays a key role in deciding which phone is best for you. The iphone is known to be easy to use and a bit more simple then android. That may be true however this makes the iphone less customizable then android. The iphone does not allow you to set default apps forcing you to use the safari browser by default. Chrome or other browsers won’t run as fast as safari on ios devices because they aren’t allowed to access safaris javascript library. Notifications are easier to edit and clear on android. You can prioritize your notifications. Android allows you to move around apps on the home screen to your preference and hide apps in the app drawer which you dont use. Widgets are better and more usefull on android. Android also has 3rd party launchers allowing you to change your home screen completely. Android is open platform meaning alot of developers can customize and personalize alot of android devices. People may not use such as a fancy new home screen which actually runs down your battery and device performance slightly. However android still wins the argument for being the most customizable. ios wins the argument for being the more simple and easy to use phone. 

Voice assistant

Siri on the iphone gets the vote. Siri has a funner personality and understands language better. It can also do more. Androids voice assistance isn’t bad but is still a little behind siri in terms of capability.

System updates and security 

Apple updates its devices more frequently then android making it the slightly more secure device. Since only apple makes ios devices they have alot more control over the updates. Apple is also better as supporting older devices then android. Google nexus or pixel devices are the only android devices that update regularly because they are directly overseen by google. Alot more malware is written for android because of the amount of users and because its an easier target. 

Application’s 

Apps are almost always launched on ios before android. Periscope was availble for two months on ios before it was available on android. This may be a plus for iphone users but shouldn’t be a huge factor since almost all apps are availble for both devices in the end. 

Device performance and hardware

Even though apple devices tend to have slower processors, the user interface still feels a bit more fluid then android. However, a well built android device will also run pretty smoothly. The iOS UI (user interface) is the slightly more smooth and fluid choice. With that said well built android devices will still outperform ios devices in terms of hardware. 

Screen resolution and quality 

Iphones use a retina display which first appeared on the iphone 4. The resolution of the latest android devices is greater then that of the iphone. Both devices look great however the screen of a high end android device wil look a little more detailed and vivid then an iphone screen will. If you want the best looking screen out there for watching your youtube videos and other content go with one of the high end android devices.

Camera

Inexpensive lower end android devices can have lower quality cameras. However if you compare a well built up to date android device against a up to date iphone, both smartphones will take very high quality pictures. However the iphone seems to take more natural looking photos. It is important to know that the iphone doesnt have unlimited storage like android does making android the superior choice for photo storage. 

Charging

It depends on the device but usually android wins this argument. Alot of android devices now come with fast charging capability allowing them to charge faster then iphones. With that said it still doesn’t take that much longer to charge an iphone however it can be a factor for alot of people deciding which smartphone to use. 

Conclussion

So which phone is superior? Honestly I’m an android user and I still don’t think android is superior it’s just what i prefer. I really can’t say you have to decide which is better for you. 



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Are online surveys worth your time?

Online surveys can earn you a little bit of cash on the side in your free time. Is it worth it? Online surveys aren’t for everyone. There are multiple online survey sites that offer payment through pay pal, check, or gift cards. Certain sites have a better reputation than others but each work the same way. Dont expect to make more then a few dollars a day off each site at most however you can earn bigger bucks doing a special survey such as a in store survey. I find these to be rare and have never used a site that offered high paying surveys. 

A few decent sites/apps that I have used are inbox dollars and quick thought surveys. They are both available as apps on a smartphone or as regular websites. The good news with inbox dollars is that they can send you a check once you hit thirty dollars. You can make up to around 75 cents per day watching videos and stratching off the bonus tickets that often appear after each video. The money earned is credited to your account the next day. If using the app the navigation buttons are always on the bottom of the app. This makes accidentally backing out of a survey possible so be carefull.

You also receive usually around one or two paid emails a day which are worth two cents each after you confirm them. You can earn up to fiften cents a day using the their search engine if you search daily. The main source is surveys. You can earn anywhere from twenty five cents to two dollar’s on average usually on the lower side. It can be a little frustrating since alot of surveys have strict criteria. Combined with all this and you can make up to a few dollars a day if consistent.

Quick thoughts is one of the first survey apps. You usually earn a dollar or sometimes more for each survey you take however with quick thoughts you can only redeem ten dollar amazon gift cards. This shouldn’t bother most people because for a survey site, you can rack up money quicker then you would think. You can make anywhere from a dollar to seven dollars a day. If you dont qualify for a survey you still earn ten cents for trying. I’ve made nine dollars in a day before and qualified for most surveys. 

So is are online surveys worth your time? In my opinion they can be. If you treat it as it is and be patient you can really save up a decent amount of money on the side. However if interested it’s fair to say that you should try it out for yourself and see if you think its worth your time. 

What is a Firewall?

A firewall is a security device that filters information (packets) entering and leaving a network. A firewall is often installed inside of a router making it a non separate device as well as pre installed with a operating system. A secure firewall can prevent malware such as worms from infecting a network. It is always recommended to have a firewall in place. A network without a firewall is very dangerous and can infect the computers on a network alot easier. 

The user can ajust the firewall settings to their preference. You can control who can connect to the internet, what kind of content can be accessed, and what kind of connections can be made. You can allow only certain websites to be accessed by your computer as well as only allowing certain websites to access your computer. You can also block or disable ports. 

Using a firewall with windows is a must. Windows uses .exe files which run in the background. If you have malware it can be ran in the background as a .exe without you knowing about it. However a firewall is generally not needed for a smartphone such as android. Android uses .apk files for apps so you have to grant permission for the malware to be installed. As long as you use the google play store for apps and not other sources a firewall is not needed. 

Even though smartphones dont get infected with malware that often, anti-virus can still be used just for precaution. A firewall is a very important part of internet security and should not be overlooked. 

What are browser cookies? 

Website cookies aren’t edible like the ones you bake. They are issued to user’s who visit websites so that the website can remember login information and user browser habits to better display ads so that when you return to a website the website will remember it’s you based off the cookie it issued. Almost all legitimate websites will have a cookie policy explaining how they collect information.

Cookies are usually safe and are not considered malicious. However third party cookies are for the most part unnecessary and can be used for malicious purposes depending on who they were issued by. You can disable third party cookies in browser setting as well as block pop ups and other security options. You can send a do not track request if you wish.

Third party cookies can track and then sell your information. This happens with normal cookies to better display ads according to your interests. The bad news is that with third party cookies the ads and spam email you may receive are usually unwanted and can lead to malware infection. For example clicking on a spam email link which can possibly steal your information. In general third party cookies are not needed and can be disabled.

You can clear all your cookies or delete certain cookies as well as browser history and data in your browser settings. Please be aware that clearing cookies will log you out of most websites so make sure you remember each password. You can also disable cookies completely however alot of the websites that you probably use require cookies to use.

As long as you dont accept third party cookies or go to possibly malicious websites, cookies are relatively safe and are essential for web browsing. 

Why it’s important to have a strong password

A password is used to log into an account such as your Youtube or Facebook account. Having a strong password is very important. A weak password can be easier to obtain. A password such as *ocean* can be relatively easy to crack. A password such as *Ju83]@)+17!80l^+<* can be alot harder and take a lot longer to obtain with a good chance of never having success. Dictionary/brute force attacks are programs that generate possible character combinations. This makes obtaining a password such as *ocean* or *forest* relatively easy to obtain.

When creating a password you should use a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols. This makes the possible number of combinations alot higher as apposed to using just numbers or just letters. Use a total of at least 15 characters in your password. Never use any personal information or words from the dictionary. Also make sure you never use the same password on any of your sites. It is a good idea to write down passwords and put them in a place where you can remember them. 

Two step verification 

Two step verification is a process where after you enter your password a code is sent to your email address or mobile number as a text or a prompt. You then ether accept the prompt or enter the code on the site you are trying to log into. It is probably best to have the code sent to your number since your phone cannot be accessed by anybody else unlike an email address. 

Having both a strong password and two step verification enabled will ensure that your account is highly secured. Even though these two important factors will keep your account safe it is always best practice to never click on spam/phishing email, download untrusted software on the internet, or have a computer with software thats out of date or lack of internet security such as no anti-virus. Information stealing malware is somewhat rare on a smartphone but is possible so it doesnt hurt to use anti-virus on a smartphone.

With all the criminal activity on the internet having an account secured such as paypall is one of the most important parts of staying safe.