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Georgia Tucker

Differentiating Between an Active and a Passive DisplayPort Converter

The existing differences existing between an active and a passive DisplayPort converter should properly be considered when converting a video from any source that makes use of mini DisplayPort to DVI. For instance, a computer to another monitor. If a dual-mode DisplayPort or a DP++ is supported by the source, then a passive adapter should be used, in as much as the source can do the conversion.  But where dual-mode DisplayPort or DP++ is not being supported by the source, then the active converter is recommended because it includes additional conversion chips. Thunderbolt ports support DP++ in some sort of way (natively).

Passive Adapters

The fact that this type of adapters does not include any additional conversion chip tends to make it less expensive. If you intend finding out if the passive adapter can work for you, then check if the DP++ symbol is above the mini DisplayPort source. This symbol is shown as a D and a P inside it with double + signs to the left, with one above the other.

Active Adapters

This type of adapter makes use of an additional chip for making conversion within the adapter, whether DP++ is supported by the source or not. This type of adapters is more expensive than the passive adapter types. If you have plans of using different monitors but with one particular computer then the active adapter is best for you, this is because most video cards are incapable of running the maximum monitors number when DP++ is in use. This can be attested to when the computer possesses two or more mini DisplayPort active connection. You can also find out from your video card supplier to make sure you know the adapter type needed for the setup you desire to run.

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Don’t Let Your Files Be Held For Ransom

An International Issue

Ransomware is pervasive and fired at e-mail accounts like a digital shotgun blast. It’s a kind of net on the web, if you will. Basically, those who program ransomware applications shoot out their viruses as far and wide as they can, then wait for a bite.

It’s usually not about a specific target with ransomware (though this isn’t always the case), it’s usually about taking advantage of whoever is unfortunate enough to download the software.

Ransomware hides itself in emails that may look legitimate. There are cases where a hacker using a ransomware virus has sent out an email that looks as though it comes from a top-tier online website like Facebook or Google. Usually the email will make up some reason that sounds slightly legitimate why you should send your login and password information in reply.

Don’t fall for it; this sends the hacker(s) a “ding!” which notifies them that they can break into your system one way or another. Don’t feel bad if you get “phished” like this; you’re far from alone. In the fourth quarter of 2016, San Francisco’s transit system was subject to a ransomware attack. That’s a transit system in one of the most technologically advanced cities in the nation.

If anyone should have been able to avoid a ransomware attack, it should have been a public services provider in San Francisco. That they were victim to attack demonstrates just how pervasive these attacks have become, and how potentially dangerous they can ultimately be.

Finding An Agency

According to SentinelOne.com, a purveyor of ransomware protection software, “It’s time for security companies to back their technology and provide users with the financial assurance they deserve against ransomware attacks.” The fact is, if you have ransomware protection that you’ve paid for, and it doesn’t work, you should be remunerated.

Companies that guarantee such financial assurance are a safe bet when it comes to sourcing proper protection against scams that hold your files for ransom against payment of a fee. The thing is, some ransomware programs are so good that if you don’t pay the fee, not only do you not get your files back; they may be destroyed. This can be a critical blow to small and large businesses alike. See more.