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 an 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 a lot 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 don’t 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 it’s worth your time or not.

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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 an 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 a lot 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. 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 as well as 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 a lot 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.