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.

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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.

Is MMA safer than boxing?

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MMA has become increasing popular over the last few years. MMA may seem dangerous at first glance but did you know that MMA is safer than boxing? There has been a lot more serious and fatal injuries reported in boxing than in MMA. There are rules in MMA that keep the fighter safer.

Different sized gloves

The size of the boxing glove makes a difference. Since the glove is bigger and has a lot of padding more impact is absorbed to the head of the opponent. In MMA the glove is a lot thinner making a lot more direct contact with the persons fist. This doesn’t disperse as much impact to the head which makes the MMA glove safer.

Standing eight count

In boxing there is a standing eight count. This rule gives fighters eight seconds to get back up after they’ve been knocked down by a punch. The problem with this is that a boxer can suffer a concussion and then get back up a few seconds later to fight. Getting knocked out after already having a concussion can be very dangerous.

Of course somebody can suffer a concussion while fighting in MMA and continue. However in MMA when the fighter is knocked out or unable to defend themselves the fight is usually stopped. This makes the rules in MMA safer.

Shorter rounds

In MMA the rounds are shorter. Pro MMA has three five-minute rounds or five five-minute rounds for championship fights. In pro boxing the rounds can be anywhere from four to twelve depending on experience. Twelve is for championship fights.

Striking, grappling, and submissions

In MMA kicks and knees are allowed. This means more areas can be targeted such as the midsection and legs resulting in less strikes to the head as opposed to boxing which is just punches.

Fights have been won in MMA before by not throwing any strikes. The grappling aspect of MMA allows a fighter to take the fight to the floor. Once on the floor a fighter can win by tko or submission. This also makes MMA safer than boxing.

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At the end of the day MMA seems to be significantly safer than boxing for a few reasons.