Types of Drones, Drone Service & Repair: Everything you need to know

Types of Drones, Drone Service & Repair: Everything you need to know

Consumer drones have come a long way since their inception and their popularity has also on been the rise for many years. Many enthusiasts prefer to have a drone to have the birds-eye view in their videos or just for fun. In this guide, we will tell you about different types of drones and how you can service & repair them. Let’s get started.

Types of Drones

When it comes to drones, there are tons of drones available in the market dedicated to different types of people. You can divide the drones into major types and these types are:

  • Mini Drones
  • Hobby Drones
  • Professional Drones
  • Selfie Drones
  • Racing Drones

Mini Drones

Mini Drones are basically the toy drones which are geared toward the kids or enthusiasts who just want to fly a drone. These drones are very affordable and you can get them for less than $70. The cameras in these types of drones are usually low resolution and you can capture the low-quality photos.

Mini Drones are great for flying indoor but they usually struggle outdoor due to their small size and low weight. These drones also come with propeller guards to protect the drone from damage during the learning process but once you are good, you can take them off.

Hobby Drones

Hobby Drones are geared toward the people who want a good drone. These drones are usually available in the price range of $100 to $500 and you can use these drones both indoor and outdoor. Hobby Drones comes with decent cameras which you can use for aerial photography but still, the quality of the photos will not be as good as photos from professional drones.

As the name suggests, Hobby Drones are for enthusiasts who just want to fly the drone and have fun. The new models of the hobby drones are also getting better and they come with features such as Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, One key takeoff and landing which make them easy to operate.

Professional Drones

Professional Drones are the drones used by the professionals. These types of drones come with the best cameras so that you can take good photos, long battery life, and more pro features. Professional drones also comes with advanced features such as obstacle avoidance which you won’t find in hobby or mini drones. The prices of professional drones start at $700 and can go into the thousands. Most of the professional drones are used in events, ceremonies, and matches.

Selfie Drones

Selfie Drones are small and compact and these are the high-end drones. The Selfie drones are the most popular drones as you can carry them around in your pocket and you can fly them both indoor and outdoor. These drones also come with great cameras and advanced features such as facial recognition and gesture controls.

Selfie Drones are very popular among professionals as well as drone enthusiasts. The company which dominates in these types of drones is the DJI and their selfie drones such as DJI Spark, DJI Mavic lineup and Mavic Pro are very popular.

Racing Drones

Last but not least, Racing Drones are also very popular. These types of drones are small, agile machines which fly swiftly in the air. Racing Drones are equally popular among the young and the old. Some companies make the racing drones such as Walkera F210 and Echine Wizard X220S but you can also make your own custom drone. If you are interested in a custom drone then keep reading because we will tell you where you can make one.

Drone Service & Repair

Drone Service & Repairing is very important for your drone if you own one. According to experts, a drone usually needs service after 20 flights or 10 hours of flight time. You can either get your drone to the official drone repair & service store which will charge you the hefty money and most of the stores take days or even weeks to service the drones. Alternatively, you can contact Palm Tree Tech Center which is a very popular drone service and repairing center which will service your drone as soon as possible.

Similarly, if you have broken your drone then you can also contact Palm Tree Tech Center and the experts can provide you a quote after carefully examining the drone. The company uses high-quality repair parts which will last for longer periods.

Custom Build Drones

Custom Build Drones are very popular these days as you can make your dream drone according to your requirements. For example, if you live in an area with the strong winds the normal drones will struggle there but you can custom build your drones which will be able to fly there. Similarly, you can add the additional cameras and other features to your drones. Palm Tree Tech Center offers the custom build drone service with experts that have years of experience in this field and can help you build your custom drone.

Bottom line

Drones are very popular these days and the reason behind their popularity is that they allow humans to virtually fly in the air with the birds and have the birds-eye view which is incredible. However, drones get crashed but don’t worry, you can contact Palm Tree Tech Center which will repair your drone or build the custom drone at very affordable price. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below. Also, visit our website for more useful guides.

Viruses, Hacking, and Ransomware: Everything you need to know!!

Viruses, Hacking, and Ransomware: Everything you need to know!!

We live in a digital world and 4 billion people out of 7 billion people are already online. Having access to the internet brings a lot of good things but at the same time, it also exposes you to computer Malware which not only compromise your privacy but it also compromises your computer. When it comes to malware it has a lot of types and we will cover all major types in this guide and we will share some effective tips which you can use to protect from them. Let’s get started.

What is Malware?

Malware is the software which is written to harm your computer. Malware comes in all forms but you can categorize them into three major categories.

  • Virus
  • Worms
  • Trojan

Virus

The virus is the most common threat which we face these days. You can either get the virus from Malicious website or you can get it from infected disk or USB drive. Viruses start working when you launch the malicious program and it keeps the low profile that’s why it is not easy to detect the viruses. Majority of the viruses comes with the payload time when they start infecting on the predefined payload time and affect your computer.

Worm

The worm is basically the destroyer and it copies itself from computer to another. The main purpose of worm is to destroy the files and all-important data in the host files. Usually, worms are used by the intelligence agencies to destroy the important files of hostile countries. The source of a computer worm is usually malicious networks.

Trojan

A trojan is also commonly used by hackers to get sensitive information. Usually, it comes with a useful application. For example, if you download the cracked version of the paid software such as Photoshop or any other paid software, there is a higher chance that it will come with a trojan. Now trojan can be used for many purposes, for example, banking trojan can be used to inject the fake transactions and steal the money from an online bank account.

These are the three major types of Malware but Malware are further divided into other types according to their behavior. Following are some further types of Malware.

  • Spyware
  • Adware
  • Rootkit
  • Bot
  • Ransomware

Spyware

Spyware is not very common but it is usually used to monitor the activities of the host computer. If your computer has the spyware then it will monitor every single activity on your computer and it may also use the webcam to monitor your activities in front of your computer.

Adware

Adware is also another very dangerous malware which pop-ups the ads on your computer screen. It is almost impossible to remove the adware as they usually store themselves in the Windows Directory and you can either remove them by getting the paid software or by uninstalling the windows. Adware also comes with a cracked version of the useful application and they usually require a lot of administrator approvals to rewrite the Windows Directory.

Rootkit

A rootkit is a stealth type of Malware which itself is not dangerous but it provides access to other malicious software. A rootkit is the most difficult to detect and it usually hides in the Windows Registry. The modern type of rootkit targets the Android Smartphones.

Ransomware

Ransomware is the relatively new name where the malicious software encrypts all the data in your computer and you can only decrypt it by transferring the ransom to hacker’s bank account. Usually, you get the ransomware through the phishing emails and downloads from malicious websites. Always make sure to double-check the website before downloading the files from that website.

What is Hacking?

Hacking is a process where a hacker gets unauthorized access to your computer or online accounts. These days it is very difficult to hack the social media accounts or bank accounts as institutions use the state -of- the -art security to protect their system. However, the end-users don’t have that much protection and that’s why they are easy to target. However, you can use the tips mentioned below to save your computer from hacking.

How to Protect your computer from Malware & being hacked?

In the above section, we have described the different types of malware but they are not exclusive. Sometimes, a malicious software comes with multiple threats like it could be spyware and the ransomware at the same time. So, it is very important to have the best security measures to protect your computer. Here are some effective tips to protect your computer from Malware & being hacked.

  • The first tip is to have good Antivirus on your computer. It is recommended to use the paid version of the Antivirus as normally it comes with more security features to protect your computer.
  • Antivirus can easily detect the viruses and other types of malware but it is always nice to have the dedicated anti-malware software on your computer. You can use the free version of the Malwarebytes which have excellent detection for malware such as trojans and adware.
  • Never download the cracked version of the software. Always use the trusted and official channels for downloading the software.
  • Make sure to regularly back up your important data to the external hard drive.
  • If you receive an email from your bank then make sure to double-check the email address as hackers normally use the emails for phishing. Also never provide your Debit/Credit card number, CVV or pin to anyone online even if they say they are from the Bank.

Bottom Line

These are the various types of Malware but the good thing is that you can protect your computer by simply following the above-mentioned tips. It is very important to have good Antivirus on your computer as it will protect your computer against the most threats. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below. Also, visit our website for more useful guides.

For information on the protection Palm Tree Tech Center recommends please go to  https://palmtreetechcenter.com/services/viruses/  or call 407 796 5100 and talk to one of our experts

Avoiding the Bogging Down of Servers

Avoiding the Bogging Down of Servers

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of talk of cyber attacks and ones specifically on servers that can leave thousands of people without internet access. With the vastness of the internet, it has become increasingly easier for cyber-criminals to carry out attacks.

The type of attack most associated with a server attack is something called a DDoS (distributed denial of service). It is like standing in line somewhere and then a bunch of people who aren’t shopping coming in and standing in front of you in line. There are trying to block you from doing anything.

What’s interesting regarding the attacks is that the DDoS can happen easier based off employee errors who are using the servers. Too much traffic and wrong settings can cause an overbearing weight put on the server. The company we partner with for our antivirus, Panda, has a few tips to avoid DDoS attacks.

Tips to avoid DDoS attacks

In order to prevent this from happening, the experts at Google offer some advice:

  • First, make it so that the initial 60 second delay doubles with each failed request, so that the second attempt is submitted after 120 seconds, the third after 240 seconds, and so on. That way, the number of requests piled up will be lower when the server returns to normal.
  • They also recommend that the app keep count of the number of reconnection attempts that each user has made, so that the most urgent requests are given priority when the server gets back to normal. This way, the requests that have been waiting the longest will be attended to first, while the rest continue waiting. A traffic bottleneck will therefore be averted, along with unwanted downtime caused by a DDoS attack launched against yourself.

-AY

Source: Panda Security. “How to avoid bogging down your own servers.” Web. 5 December 2016.

Mass Data Breaches are Common in Large Companies

Mass Data Breaches are Common in Large Companies

There is a statistic going around that states that 97% of large companies are victims of substantial data breaches. Although it is not uncommon for cyber criminals to go after individuals, a majority of the time they are after large corporations. The bigger the company and risk, the bigger the reward unfortunately.

A lot of companies also host their own business emails that employees use to sign in not only to the company email, but also for things like LinkedIn, which was breached just a few months ago. All these professionals also use the same password for various platforms that makes the situation worse and seemingly easier for criminals to get into.

It’s important when signing up for anything except a business email, to use a different email address and start putting together several different, unique, and even complex passwords to avoid the risk of a mass data breach within the workplace.

-AY

Source: Panda Security. “97% of Large Companies are Victims of Mass Data Breaches.” Panda Mediacenter. 2 November 2016. Web.

New Malware is Attacking Google Accounts

New Malware is Attacking Google Accounts

So far it looks like over a million Google accounts have been infected with malicious software. The so-called attacking campaign is being called Gooligan and is actively infecting 13,000 new devices and accounts on a daily basis. The infection allows for information theft on things like Google Play, Gmail, Google Drive, and more.

The interesting part, however, is that the attackers are not after personal information, and instead looking to force Google users to download apps that are a part of an advertising scheme that generates over $300,000 a month. Google themselves has stated that the culprits are not after information, but to simply promote various applications.

The apps being used come from outside sources not involved with Google Play, but the few that have made their way into Google’s store has since been deleted.

-AY

Source: Solsman, Joan & Nieva, Richard. “Google accounts hit with malware — a million and growing.” Web Blog Post. 30 November 2016. Web.

Non-Removable SSD in the new MacBook?

It seems to be a reoccurring theme within Apple. Creating devices that are generally meant to be replaced and not usually repaired. With the release of the new MacBook Pro, the most commonly replaced component, the SSD, is now being fixated into the computer.

The new MacBook Pros feature a new Touch Bar and with these new models the SSD is now putting in storage chips that are soldered and fastened onto the logic board of the computer. Basically what this means, is if you want to replace the storage of your MacBook Pro, you must replace the logic board in its entirety.

Also, if the logic board in your computer goes bad, then all the data that is stored on the chips…is lost. Data recovery is essentially going to be impossible. Although Apple has a seemingly reputable name behind its company, be mindful if you’re thinking about purchasing this new MacBook Pro.

-AY

Source: Humphries, Matthew. “15-inch MacBook Pro Uses Non-Removable SSD.” Web Blog Post. 16 November 2016. Web.

Already Time for Holiday Shopping?

With the famous Black Friday deals just on the horizon, it can be difficult to decide what deals and discounts to go after. If you or anybody on your Holiday gift list is interested in technology, then the online retailer, Newegg, may be the place for you.

Starting November 21, Newegg is offering amazing deals on TVs, phones, tablets, and much, much more. One of the most notable discounts is a brand new Acer Laptop that offers savings up to $320. Of course there is going to be lots of other deals on everything, but hey, we are technology company after all!

-AY

Source: Graziano, Dan. “Newegg’s Black Friday Deals Start November 21.” Web Blog Post. 11 November 2016. Web.

Tech Companies are Offering Election Help

With Election Day here, the world is on the edge of their seats waiting for the final word on who the new President of the United States is going to be. Thankfully, a few tech giants are here to help keep everyone up to date.

Google, Twitter and Facebook have all released services to help with the voting process as well information on voting results. The services include locations of where you can vote and some companies like Uber and Zipcar are offering free rides or rentals to go vote.

This has certainly been an interesting election filled with fierceness, strong opposition, and overwhelming tension between the two Presidential Candidates. These companies and leaders including President Obama are making an effort to get as many voters casting a ballot as possible.

So, if you’re looking for help or up-to-date results, check out Google, Twitter, or Facebook for all kinds of great information!

-AY

Source: Collins, Terry. “Tech giants offer up last-minute Election Day Help.” Web Blog Post. Cnet. 7 November 2016. Web.

Facebook May Be Building a Phone

Within Facebook there is a secret division called Division 8. Division 8 has recently been acquiring some heavy hitters within the technology world. These new Facebook hires are sparking some serious speculation of what this team could be working on. From one of the new employees, who is remaining under-the-radar, he has been indicating that it is mobile and possible modular.

Division 8 was originally thought to be a place were Facebook could prototype an array of new technologies. But, after looking at job postings and their mission statement, it seems that it is more about hardware. From the various postings, it seems that they are hiring heads of sectors within Division 8 that could potentially fall under the categories of industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, device software, applications and services, and more.

That being said, many of the major names that have been hired used to be apart of the team that was creating the modular phone that allowed the user to swap out parts of the phone whenever they pleased. Many believe that this notion could mean that Facebook is  kick-starting this idea once more and turning it into a reality.

-AY

Source: Hollister, Sean. “Is Facebook secretly building a phone?” Web Blog Post. Cnet,4 November 2016. Web.

Scary Hacker Stories for Halloween

Ransomware is simply defined as any sort of malicious software that locks a device until a certain sum of money is paid. This year alone, hackers have been utilizing such Ransomware to gain large sums of money from all sorts of outlets.

Some of the major victims of these attacks were hospitals, political figures, and even yahoo. In a specific case, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical center was essentially held hostage unless they paid $3.4 million dollars to the hackers. What’s even more horrific is that this hospital was one of 13 others that were also attacked.

Another major target of Ransomware attacks is political figures and I’m sure a particular case from 2016 comes to mind. Highly classified and sensitive emails were released post Democratic National Committee as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. These leaks caused fear and panic not only to those involved, but also to the general public. These hackers have the capability of manipulating its victims and causing a ripple effect that leads to the general population.

Hackers are becoming increasingly more powerful and sneaky. With new tools being created on a regular basis, it is getting harder and harder to combat these attackers. It’s important to be careful of the websites you visit and what you click on, you never know what may be lurking inside.

Stay safe and have a great Halloween!

-AY

Source:

Hautala, Laura. “Slasher or Hacker? These 2016 hacks gave us nightmares.” Web Blog Post. Cnet, 29 October 2016. Web.