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Islamic inforamtion

 

Muslim* *population*


1.AFGHANISTAN'S 100%

2.Albania 75%

3.Algeria 99%

4.Angola 25%

5.Argentina 2%

6.Australia 2.09%

7.Azerbaijan 93%

8.Bahrain 100%

9.Bangladesh 85%

10.Bhutan 5%

11.Brazil 0.6%

12.Burma 10%

13.Canada 1.48%

14.Central African Republic 55%

15.China 11%

16.Egypt 94%

17.Ethiopia 65%

18.Fiji 11%

19.France 7%

20.Georgia 11%

21.Germany 3.4%

22.Greece 1.5%

23.Guinea 95%

24.Guyana 15%

25.Hongkong 1%

26.INDIA 49%

27.Indonesia 95%

28.Iran 99%

29.Iraq 97%

30.Israel 14%

31.Italy 1%

32.Japan 1%

33.Jordan 95%

34.Kenya 30%

35.Kuwait 89%

36.Lebanon 70%

37.Libya 100%

38.Malaysia 52%



39.Maldives 100%

40.Mauritius 19.5%

41.Mayotte 99%

42.Nigeria 75%

43.Oman 100%

44.Pakistan 97%

45.Philippines 14%

46.Qatar 100%

47.Romania 20%

48.Russia 18%

49.Saudi Arab 100%

50.Singapore 17%

51.Somalia 100%

52.Sri-lanka 9%

53.Sudan 85%

54.Syria 90%

55.Tajikistan 85%

56.Tanzania 65%

57.Thailand 14%

58.Tunisia 98%

59.Turkey 99.8%

60.UAE 96%

61.UK 2.5%

62.USA 3.75%

63.Uzbekistan 88%.

*Where* *the* *Prophets* *originated*

1.đź”·Adam (A.S) - Sri Lanka

2.đź”·Noah (A.S) - Jordan

3.đź”·Shoaib (A.S) - Syria

4.đź”·Saleh (A.S) - Lebanon

5.đź”·Ibrahim (A.S) - Palestine and died in Iraq

6.đź”·Ismail (A.S) - Saudi Arabia

7.đź”·Yaqoob (A.S) - Palestine

8.đź”·Yahya (A.S) Palestine

9.đź”·Zakariya (A.S) Palestine

10.đź”·Ishaq (A.S) - Palestine

11.đź”·Yusuf (A.S) - Palestine

12.đź”·Looth (A.S) - Iraq

13.đź”·Ayyub (A.S) - Jordan

14.đź”·Hood (A.S) - Yamen

15.đź”·Nabi-Muhammad S.A.W) - Saudi Arabia


đź“ť *Ages* *of* *Prophets* đź“ť

1.âś…Adam (A.S) - 1000 Yrs

2.âś…Noah (A.S) - 950 Yrs

3.âś…Shoaib (A.S) - 882 Yrs

4.âś…Saleh (A.S) - 586 Yrs

5.âś…Zakariya (A.S) - 207 Yrs

6.âś…Ibrahim (A.S) - 195 Yrs

7.âś…Sulaymaan (A.S) - 150 Yrs

8.âś…Ismail (A.S) - 137 Yrs

9.âś…Yaqoob (A.S) - 129 Yrs

10.âś…Musa (A.S) - 125 Yrs

11.âś…Ishaq (A.S) - 120 Yrs

12.âś…Haroon (A.S) - 119 Yrs

13.âś…Yusuf (A.S) - 110 Yrs

14.âś…NABI MUHAMMAD (S.A.W) - 63 Yrs


Air Travel Rules:  Are They Different For Those With a Disability?

 

When planning to take a trip, by way of the airplane, there are a number of different factors that you should consider. One of those factors includes whether or not you have a disability.  Even if you do not have a disability, you also need to be prepared if you are traveling with someone else who has one.  This preparation does not just include packing your bags for your trip, but it also includes familiarizing yourself with air travel rules. Although most of the rules are the same, you will find that some rules differ for those who have a medical condition or a disability.

 

The first step in preparing for a trip with someone who is disabled, whether that person is yourself or another traveler, is to alert the airline.  When making your reservation, you may want to inform the airline staff of any disability or medical condition that you may have. Although this is not necessary, it may be a good idea, especially if you will be traveling with medical equipment.  Extra accommodations will need to be made for those who are traveling, past airport security checkpoints, with wheelchairs or mobility scooters.  Learning what you will need to do with these items, ahead of time, is a great way to make your travel plans run as smoothly as possible. 

 

It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the airport screening process.  All individuals will need to go through medical detectors. If you or someone who you know is traveling with medical equipment that will set off the alarms, it is likely that they will be pulled aside for additional screening. This screening should only take a few minutes, but it will be done by a trained professional who will show compassion when dealing with those with a disability. 

 

Unlike most other air travelers, who at this time are required to remove their shoes, those with a disability can leave their shoes on if they choose to do so.  However, it is important to note that you may be subject to additional screening.  To prevent this additional screening from occurring, you are advised to remove your shoes, if at all possible. In the event that you are unable to, it will not be a big ordeal. In fact, the additional screening often requires a quick swipe of a metal detector wand. 

 

In addition to those with a disability, most airports have made special arrangements and exceptions for those who have a medical condition, especially one that requires medication at a specific time.  You are allowed to keep your medication with you, in your carry-on luggage, but you are advised to keep the dosages in small amounts.  Due to the current ban on liquids, you are advised to have the proper medical identification. This means that you should keep your medication in the original package, especially if your name is on it.  To be allowed through to the next checkpoint, your name will have to match the name of the prescription bottle. If it does not, there is a chance that you will have your medication confiscated. 

 

By keeping the above mentioned points in mind you or your traveling partners, who may have a medical condition or a disability, should easily be able to make it to your intended destination. In the event that you are unsure about a particular screening procedure or if you have any other questions, you are advised to contact the airline in which you will be flying on or the airport that you will be leaving from, before your arrival there. Planning ahead is the best way to make your next flight a memorable and hassle-free experience.

 

Air Travel Rules:  Flying With Pets

 

When it comes to air travel, a large number of individuals hit the skies daily.  People fly for all different reasons. Some individuals need to make a business trip, others are visiting friends or family, others are going on vacation, and some are making a cross-country move.  If you are moving, there is a good chance that you may need to bring your pet along with you. If this is the case, you will find that you are subject to a whole new set of air travel rules.  Before leaving for the airport, with your pet or pets in tow, you are advised to familiarize yourself with those rules.

 

The first step in traveling, in the air, with a pet is to make sure that they are even allowed.  Certain pets are allowed to be on airplanes, but that does not mean that all airlines will allow it.  If you are planning on traveling with your pet, you will need to inform your airline of this information upfront.  This is vital because not all airlines will allow you to bring a pet onboard. Therefore, if you do not check with your airline before heading to the airport, you may be unable to board your flight. 

 

When traveling with a pet, you will need to keep that pet contained. That means that if you are traveling with an animal, such as a dog or a cat, that animal will likely need to be in a carrier.  When purchasing an animal carrier, it is important to know that not all carriers are permitted onboard. If you will be keeping your animal in the cabin with you, as opposed to having your animal treated as checked baggage, you will need to make sure that your pet carrier will not negatively affect other passengers. Your pet carrier must not block aisle ways or encroach on other passenger’s seating spaces.  In addition to these general rules and restrictions, you may find that each airline has their own set of pet carrier rules.

 

Almost all airlines require that your pets have the proper documents before being allowed on their airplanes.  These documents most commonly include information on your pet’s health.  Most airlines require that your pet undergoes a medical evaluation before being transported by airplane.  This information is not only used to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to fly, but is also used to ensure that they are protected with the proper vaccinations.  Proper vaccinations will not only protect your pet but other passengers, as well as airline staff. 

 

Once you have received clearance from the airline, which you wish to fly on, purchased the appropriate pet equipment, and obtained the proper health checks for your pet, you will need to wait until your day of travel. On that day, you may want to arrive at the airport a little bit earlier than recommended. This will help to ensure that you could quickly straighten out a problem, without having to miss your flight, should one arise.

 

When you and your pet arrive at the airport, whether it be early or not, you will both be required to go through airport security. Your pet will be required to pass through a metal detector, just like everyone else.  If you are using a pet carrier, it is also likely that your pet carrier will be subject to examination.  This examination most commonly includes being sent through the x-ray machine with your carryon luggage; however, it is important to note that your pet will not have to go through the x-ray machine; the metal detector should be enough.

 

As previously mentioned, not all airlines allow their passengers to fly with their pets, even in the cabin or below deck.  That is why it is advised that you determine whether or not your pet can fly with you, ahead of time. In addition to different air travel rules, you may also find that some airlines charged extra fees for pet passengers.  In the event that you are charged, you will be notified of this charge ahead of time.

 

Improving Your Security And Privacy

 

Due to the increase in the door-to-door salesman, criminals looking to scope out your residence, and other annoyances, you may sometimes feel that answering your door isn’t worth it.  When you do finally answer your door and find a door-to-door salesman, you may have a very tough time getting rid of them.  They will continue to hassle you and keep coming back until you support their group or buy one of their “innovative” products.

 

To prevent this from happening and keep the unwanted company from bothering you, you should use a protective barrier between your door and the street.  You don’t really need a 15-foot high electric fence, as even the most basic of fencing will do the trick.  You can install a simple decorative fence around your yard, complete with locking the gate, to keep any type of solicitors at bay.

 

Although a fence is a great way to achieve privacy, not everyone has a yard that they can build a fence on.  You can also use a gate that blocks entry to your porch or front door, as this way you can keep the gate locked at all times.  The main idea and theory here are to make it difficult to approach the door to your home.  This way, salesman, solicitors, and even snoops will see that it requires a lot of effort to reach you - and they will normally just give up and move on.

 

Even though a fence or locked gate is great, you can’t overlook a dog either.  A barking dog can be very effective, as trespassers simply can’ t look over a dog that is barking.  Barking dogs aren’t the same as a fence or gate, although they are very common these days.  Keep in mind, however, that the effectiveness of a dog with scaring off unwanted guests will greatly depend on the disposition and character of the dog you have.

 

Nearly every dog will bark when it sees a stranger, although not every dog will prevent someone from coming to your door unless it has been trained to do so.  A lot of door-to-door salesman and snoops deal with dogs on a daily basis, and will normally just ignore the dog and the barking and proceed to come to your door.  If the dog is more of a violent nature and appears ready to strike, then it will be a different store.  If the salesman or snoop notices the dog is ready to bite, he will normally stop in his tracks and turn around - out of the fear of getting bit.

 

Keep in mind that having a dog doesn’t mean that you have to blood train him or put him on steroids to keep unwanted visitors away.  What you need, is an aggressive dog that will stand his ground and help you keep your privacy.  When a solicitor visits your home and sees your aggressive dog, he won’t want to sacrifice a sale at the risk of getting bit by your dog.

 

As annoying as door-to-door solicitors are, there are ways that you can improve your security and your privacy around your home.  You can also invest in home surveillance systems as well, to further enhance your privacy and security.  For solicitors, fencing with a locked gate is the best way to go, if you have the room for it.  On the other hand, if you don’t have the space for a fence, you can always use a dog or other options. Privacy and security are very important - which is why you don’t want solicitors invading your space.

 

The Best Ways To Prevent Burglary

 

These days, home burglary is on the rise.  Over 70% of all crime these days relates to property crimes, normally involving the home.  Although police and local authorities are doing everything they can to put a stop to crime, burglary is something that cannot be stopped.  Even though there are ways to protect yourself, burglars will always be lurking out there - waiting for their next victim.

 

Even though there are ways to prevent unwanted entry to your home, a determined burglar will always find a way to get in.  Breaking and entering is his job, and most burglars are extremely good at it.  Statistics show that burglaries occur every 15 seconds.  What that means, is that every 15 seconds there is someone out there getting robbed. 

 

Over the years, home burglaries have received a lot of attention, some of which have even been on the news.  Although some burglars eventually get caught and arrested, most seem to disappear without a trace.  To protect yourself and your home, there are tactics such as security alarms, burglar alarms, and even security cameras that you can use.

 

Property marking is a great way to protect yourself as well.  Property marking involves marking everything that you own with a signature or mark that you can easily identify once the property has been recovered.  You can use microdots, UV pens, or even laser pens.  The idea here is to mark your property so it won’t be easy to sell on the black market.  Even though it may sound weird, most burglars do study their targets quite a bit before they decide to rob them.

 

One of the most effective forms of home security is the home security system.  If a burglar tries to rob your home and notices that you have a security system set up, he will normally start to get second thoughts and eventually change his plans.  On the other hand, if the burglar decides to go ahead and rob a home with a surveillance system anyway, the system will normally catch him on video, making it easy for the police to identify who he is.  Home surveillance and security cameras are great to have and can either be wireless or wired, dummy or real, outdoor or indoor, or even a combination of several.

 

Alarms are also a great way to prevent burglary.  The police will tell you that home burglar alarms prevent over 50% of attempted burglaries in the home.  There are several types of burglar alarms, from those that aren’t expensive to those that are monitored around the clock.  Alarms will let burglars know that robbing your home isn’t going to be easy and that they should really give it a second thought.  Tried and true over the years, alarms have been proven to be very effective and above all else - they work.

 

No matter what direction you decide to take, there are indeed ways that you can protect your home from burglary. In the United States, home security systems have really become big business.  Millions of homeowners throughout the U.S. are investing in security and surveillance systems, knowing that the day will come when they will come in very handy.  Even though you may never be robbed, there is always a chance.  Burglaries can happen at any time, which is why you should always be protected.  If you think ahead and invest in a security system, you’ll be prepared for anything that happens. You have to think in terms of self-defence - and ensure that your home is protected for anyone who decides to make you a target.

 

Wireless Security Systems

 

With crime on the rise, home security systems are a must-have.  With burglars becoming more and more common, you simply must protect your loved ones as well as your possessions.  There are several different types of security systems available for you to choose from.  For your home, there are wired and wireless security systems available.  Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, along with the differences in price as well.

 

The driving technology found with both wired and wireless security systems is quite different.  Wireless security systems don’t need to be wired through the house; they will instead send transfer messages to the control panel through radio signals.  When they were first introduced, wireless security systems were proved to be unreliable when compared to the wired systems.  As time went by and more and more people looked into them, wireless systems began to take form.

 

When compared to wired systems, wireless security systems are a lot easier and more convenient to install due to the fact of there being no wires.  Wireless systems can save you a lot of money, time, and effort due to there being no ripping of the floors or walls in your home.  Wireless systems, on the other hand, are more expensive than wired systems and you’ll need to replace their batteries on a periodic basis.  The primary advantage to wireless security systems is the fact that they are easy to relocate, meaning that you can easily shift them from one home to another.

 

Wireless security systems use the same components as other security systems such as the touchpad, control panel, cameras, detectors, and alarms.  Wireless systems rely on radio frequencies that are transmitted by the door contacts, windows, and motion-activated sensors.  The touchpads that are located at the entrances to the home will provide activation and deactivation of the system.  In the event of power failure, a backup system will take over the wireless system and continue to provide security for your home.

 

To use a wireless system, all you need to do is input the code through the control panel.  Normally, this is done prior to entering and leaving your home.  Once the code is input into the control panel, the control panel will send remote signals to the rest of the system that will activate the alarms.  Depending on the system you have, an alarm will go off either by motion detection or a window or door is opened.

 

If you look around you can find several different wireless security systems, many of which you can install yourself.  Before you buy a system though, you should always consult a professional who can survey your home and suggest the equipment you need.  Even though it may cost a bit more money, it will be more than worth it down the road.

 

Air Travel:  Is the Clothing You Wear Important

 

When it comes to air travel and clothing, we are all different.  There are some travellers who are dressed in business suits, others in traditional jeans, and others who wear something as comfortable as possible, such as their pyjamas or sweatpants.  With the recent increase in airport security and the recent change in air travel rules, there are many individuals who wonder if the clothing they wear to the airport is important.  If you are one of those individuals, you can rest assure because, in most cases, it is not.

 

It seems as if ever since aeroplanes became the popular way to travel, a focus has been placed on comfort. Regardless of whether or not you will be taking a long flight, you will want to be comfortable. There is nothing worse than wearing an itchy sweater or tight pair of pants up in the air. Unless you bring a change of clothes with you and place them in your carry-on bag, you are out of luck. That is why it is important that you think of what you will be wearing before you leave for the airport.  Even if you are travelling for business, you should be able to change into your business clothes as soon as you arrive at your destination, even in the airport bathrooms. 

 

When it comes to comfort, as previously mentioned, many air travellers make the decision to wear sweatpants and a comfortable top.  In addition to being comfortable, you will find, in most cases, that these types of clothes are the best for airport security, especially when entering airport screening checkpoints. This is because most sweatpants are not made with any metal items.  Essentially, this means that you should be able to enter the security checkpoint and leave it quicker than most other travellers, such as the travellers who are decked out in accessories.

 

When it comes to clothing accessories, you will find that a number of different items set off airport metal detectors. That is why most airport security officers request that you remove all of your jewellery.  Once your jewellery is removed, you will need to place it in a small bin, which will be scanned right along with your carry-on luggage.  Whether you have rings or a necklace, you are advised to remove them, if you can.  For your convenience, you can leave your earrings on.  If by chance, you earrings set the metal detectors off, you will likely be pulled aside and airport security should easily be able to tell whether or not your earring was what set off the alarms.

 

In addition to jewellery, you will find that your belt may even set off an airport’s metal detector. For that reason, a large number of airports have requested that you remove your belts before entering the metal detectors.  Since a large number of travellers wear belts, this is done to help speed up the process of checking each and every passenger. If you do not enjoy removing some of your jewellery or removing your belt, it is advised that you leave those items at home. 

 

Recently, a number of new air travel rules have been implemented. One of those rules requires that all passengers remove their shoes.  Your shoes, once removed, will be scanned by an x-ray machine, right along with the rest of your carry-on luggage.  In recent years, only random passengers were asked to remove their shoes, but now everyone is. For that reason, you will wear simple shoes that you can easily remove and put back on.

 

Another air travel rule, recently implemented, is the ban on liquids.  This means that adults are no longer allowed to bring a drink onboard, even bottled water.  It also means that you are prohibited from placing liquid beauty supplies in your carryon luggage.  One concern, made by many women is the allowance of gel or water-filled bras. Currently, you are allowed to wear these types of bras onboard an aeroplane.  Honestly, unless you mention it to airport security, there is a good chance that they would never even know.

 

Since there are really no rules or restrictions on the clothing that you can wear while flying the great skies, you need to choose for yourself. Whether you want to be fashionable or comfortable, it is all up to you. 

 

How Home Video Surveillance Works


When they were first introduced, video surveillance systems were mostly used with medium to large businesses.  These days, however, they are becoming more and more common in homes.  Video surveillance security systems are also known as Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) and are used to monitor certain areas around the home and help to protect it from burglars and thieves.


The monitor is a key aspect of the video surveillance setup.  The monitor will feed the video from the cameras that make up the system.  The monitors are normally black and white and feature a higher resolution than that of a standard television set.  Monitors vary in size and resolution, although the standard resolution is between 500 and 1000 lines.


Cameras are also important.  When setting up the home video surveillance system, the cameras are placed strategically around the outside of the home, in the most vulnerable areas.  They should be set up in areas where they are nearly impossible to see.  The cameras are always working, sending the video transmissions to the monitors on a frequent basis.


Coaxial cables are also a must-have for video surveillance systems.  The coaxial cables are what transfers the video signals from the camera to the monitor.  The cables are available in a variety of sizes.  You can find them at a local electronics store in your area. Your home video surveillance system will come with coaxial cables, although you may need more depending on where you plan to set the cameras up at.


Home video surveillance systems also use switchers.  Switchers allow you to run multiple cameras feeds to one monitor.  Normally, a switcher will cycle through feeds unless it detects movement going on around a camera.  When the switcher detects any type of movement, it will automatically lock into the camera that has detected the movement.


There are some video surveillance systems that you can get for the home that make full use of VCRs.  These systems will use the VCR to record any live video feed that you program.  This can come in handy if you travel a lot, as the VCR can capture a break-in as it happens.  If you end up going to court or to the police, you can use the videotape as evidence.  VCRs can catch burglars in the act – especially if you set the camera up to a location that is hard to see.


By utilizing the combination of a monitor and video camera, home video surveillance systems can easily catch burglaries and break-ins.  They are very affordable these days and used in thousands of homes throughout North America.  If you’ve been looking for the ideal way to protect your home – a home video surveillance system is something you should look into immediately.


The Internet And Home Surveillance

In the past, many have often wondered how they can keep checking on things at home while they were on a trip or vacation – hundreds of thousands of miles away.  These days, however, keeping tabs on your home while you’re away is quite possible.  With the Internet and today’s technology – you can keep watch on your home no matter how far away you may be.


Although the technology may sound a bit out there at first, this day and age it certainly isn’t out of reach.  The hardware used for surveillance is inexpensive these days, and ready to use all over the world.  All it takes is someone with a bit of common sense and the curiosity to try new and exciting technology.


To use these types of equipment, you’ll need a reliable connection to the Internet.  The Internet is the heart and soul of distance surveillance equipment, enabling you to keep a check on your home from hundreds of thousands of miles away.  If you are planning to invest in an Internet powered surveillance system, you should first make sure that you can get a high-speed Internet connection to your home.  Dial-up isn’t recommended, as the speeds are far to slow to broadcast video.


There are two solutions that you can choose from, each one varying in features and complexity.  The first solution utilizes a personal computer.  Several home surveillance cameras are connected together to a system that will survey their areas and record what they see at either a set rate per second or going by the movement they detect.  Depending on the system you get, you may or may not be able to adjust these settings.


The computer will playback the video via the monitor and record the video to the HDD, or hard disk drive.  You’ll need to connect the computer to the Internet through an ISP (Internet Service Provider), in order to watch the video from a distance.  To watch the video while you are away from home you will need to log into the computer with a unique username and password.  You can log in at any time, and to operate the computer or watch the video images that the computer surveillance system has recorded.


The other solution you have available is much easier.  Normally, this solution is used to check on a home through a single surveillance camera.  Setting things up this way will allow you to use a single camera through your IP (Internet Protocol) address.  By setting it up through your IP, all you need to do is check on things is to link directly to your IP.  Once you have brought up your IP address, you can see live views through the camera.  This method works similar to a webcam, in the sense that it streams video around the clock.


No matter which solution you choose, both are somewhat easy to use.  Of course, the second solution is much easier to use and setup, although it does have it’s downsides as well.  Both have great things to offer you as well, including the ability to log in at any time.  You can check video any time you wish, even chance your preferences based on what you need.

Anytime you need to monitor your home from far away, home surveillance and the Internet is all you need.  The Internet is a common commodity these days, capable of doing far more than anyone ever thought possible.  By investing in a surveillance system that utilizes the Internet – you’ll be able to keep a watchful eye on your home from wherever the road takes you.


Basic Knowledge About Home Surveillance


If you are interested in protecting your home with a surveillance system, you should first grasp the concepts of the technology.  There are several home surveillance systems to choose from, making it in your best interest to learn all you can.  Most aren’t hard to install or monitor - providing you have the right guide to assist you.


No matter how hard you may try, it can be nearly impossible to ask the right questions or complete your goals without first finding yourself overwhelmed by possibility.  There are many alternatives and “what ifs” to any home surveillance system.  Selecting which type is best for you can be a bit easier if you know what they offer and which one will work the best for you.


Closed-circuit television and several other types of electronic devices are much more common these days, and easier to operate than ever before.  They are also more affordable as well and becoming more and more popular with homeowners everywhere.  The basics behind closed circuit systems let you know that the signals the camera picks up aren’t broadcast through the air but instead sent directly to the monitor, which can be observed from virtually anywhere - at any time.


If you learn more of the basic concepts involved with home surveillance systems, you can make more sense of the language when you talk to salesman and others in the trade.  If you aren’t familiar with any of the technology or systems at hand, you won’t know what salesman or others in the trade are talking about when you inquire about your home surveillance system.


Therefore, you should always strive to learn as much as you can about the terms and subjects of home surveillance.  It’s actually easier than you may think, as long as you keep it simple.  Once you have built the foundation, you’ll find it easier to learn more. 


The first thing to know is that the camera is responsible for all images that are displayed on the monitor or captured.  The performance of the camera will vary on the reflected light available on the area that you are surveying, the quality of the components that you are using, and the overall performance of the camera.  Some cameras are high quality, while others can be very poor and lack in direction.


Overall quality with a home surveillance system, however, will greatly depend on the weakest area of the chain.  To get the most from your system, you should always make sure that each and every component is of the same quality.  This way, you can get great display images without having to worry about shoddy quality.  If you do your research and compare, you can even get great quality at very affordable prices.


When you select the home surveillance system that you will be using, you should always take the time to research and compare.  If you understand the basic concepts of home surveillance, you’ll have a much easier time selecting your equipment and components. 


To make the best decision possible, you’ll need to look at certain areas of home surveillance systems, such as the illumination, lighting, resolution, sensitivity, and the video signal that is sent to the monitor.  The quality will vary among the different options you have available, which is why you should always look for the best system that you can afford.  This way, you’ll have the surveillance protection you need for your home - at a price you can afford.



Airport Security Checkpoints: What You Need to Know


In recent years, as well as recent months, air travel rules keep changing.  If you are planning on flying, you will find that most of these changes have occurred right at airports, namely airport security checkpoints.  If you are about to head off to catch a flight, whether you leave tomorrow or in two weeks, it is advised that you familiarize yourself with these new air travel rules, namely the ones that are enforced at airport security checkpoints.


When it comes to airport security checkpoints, there are many passengers who only think of one checkpoint, but the reality is that there are actually three.  The first checkpoint is when you go to register for your seat on the plane. This is the time when you will be presented with your boarding passes and when you must hand over the luggage that you would like checked.  In addition to handing over your plane tickets or requesting your boarding passes, you will need to show the proper forms of identification. These items most commonly include a driver’s license or a government-issued identification card. 


Once you have received all of your boarding passes, for all of your flights, you will need to hand over the luggage that you will be left below in the plane. These bags are commonly referred to as checked baggage or checked luggage.  As with your carryon luggage, your checked baggage will need to be checked for prohibited items. In the past, only a small number of bags were hand checked, but now almost all are.  Many of these checks are quick look-overs, but you may be subject to a random, extensive search. This search often includes the checking of all baggage compartments, as well as the wiping of a cloth, which is looking for powdery substances. 


When you have been cleared to the next stage, you will need to go through the main airport security checkpoints. This point is where you will be required to have your carryon luggage scanned by an x-ray machine. You will also need to walk through a metal detector. In the past, only random travellers were asked to remove their shoes for checking. At the current time, all air travellers, with the exception of those with a disability or hindering medical condition, are required to remove their shoes. Your shoes will be x-rayed, along with the rest of your carryon luggage.


By familiarizing yourself with the items that are banned aboard an aeroplane, including items that are only prohibited from being stored in your carryon luggage, an unnecessary incident could be prevented. In the event that you are found carrying a prohibited item, certain steps will be taken. Depending on the item in question, you may be required to return the item to your car, discard of it, mail it to your home, or turn it over to airport security.  Ensuring that you leave all prohibited items at home is the best way to prevent this unnecessary tie-up, which may cause you to miss your flight.


Once you have been cleared at the main security checkpoint, you will need to go through one more security checkpoint. This is the final step before being able to board your aeroplane.  When entering the airport terminal, after your airline as granted permission for passengers to board, you will need to present airline officials with the appropriate boarding pass.  As this time you may need to show your identification again; however, it isn’t always necessary. Most travellers are easily able to board their aeroplane, but you may be pulled aside in the event that you are acting suspicious or drawing unwanted attention to yourself. That is why it is best that you stay calm during all airport checkpoints, including the final boarding stage. 


Perhaps, the best way to ensure that your next flight is as pleasant as it can be is to follow all air travel rules.  Knowing these rules ahead of time, including the screening process, you should ensure that you are able to board your plane and make it to your intended destination without incident. 



Air Travel Rules: Traveling With Electronics

 

In this day in age, it seems as if all individuals have at least one piece of electronic equipment with them, often at all times. That electronic equipment may include a cell phone, a beeper, a laptop, or a personal data assistant, commonly known as a PDA. If you are one of the individuals that regularly travels around with one or more of these electronic items, there is a good chance that you will be taking them with you when you board an airplane. If so, there is a chance that you may be concerned with whether or not they are a violation of air travel rules.

 

When it comes to determining which electronics are prohibited aboard an airplane, you will find that almost all are allowed.  Despite this allowance, it is still a good idea that you check with your airline or airport, in advance.  Since most electronic items are expensive, you not want to get to the airport only to learn that you are prohibited from bringing all of your belongings with you, especially something as expensive as most electronic equipment. 

 

As previously mentioned, many individuals keep a cell phone or pager with them at all times.  All cell phones and pagers are permitted aboard airplanes. In addition to being permitted onboard, they are allowed to be stored in your carry-on luggage.  Your cell phone or pager, like most other electronic equipment, will be suspect to inspection if need be.

 

Laptops and personal data assistants, commonly known as PDA’s, are also permitted aboard airplanes.  You are also allowed to store them in your carry-on luggage if you choose to.  If stored in your carry-on luggage, your laptop or personal data assistant machine will need to be scanned along with the rest of your carry-on luggage. This screening process is safe and should not hurt your equipment.

 

While the screening process is safe for most electronic equipment, it isn’t for all.  There is a chance that your film, especially film that has yet to be developed, could be ruined by the x-ray machines.  In the event that you are storing a camera in your carry-on luggage, you will need to notify airport security.  They have alternative ways of checking your camera or film equipment. Other recording devices, such as digital cameras or camcorders, are also permitted aboard an airplane, even in your carry-on luggage. It is safe for these items to go through the x-ray screening process.

 

As previously mentioned, many of the above-mentioned electronics can either be stored in your carry-on luggage or your checked baggage.  If you are able to store the items in your carry-on luggage, you are advised to do so. It is no secret that checked baggage gets tossed around in a number of different fashions.  With expensive electronic equipment, your equipment is less likely to suffer damage if you are the one in charge of caring for it.  In addition to a reduction in damage, most airlines are restricting the use of baggage locks.  This means that it may be unwise for you to store expensive equipment in your checked baggage, especially if you cannot lock it.  Honestly, you never know who may have access to it.

 

By keeping the above-mentioned information in mind, you should be able to pack correctly for your next trip, whether or not that trip is a business trip. Although most airlines do not have restrictions on the electronic equipment that you bring onboard, you will find that the use of these items is often restricted.  A large number of airlines will only let you power up your camcorder, cell phone, pager, PDA, or laptop during specified times.

Packing Your Bags for the Airport: What You Should Leave at Home

 

Each day, millions of travelers hop on an airplane to get their next destination. Whether you are planning a visit to friends or family, attending a business meeting, or just taking a family vacation, it is likely that you will not be traveling alone. Almost all air travelers bring some sort of luggage with them.  Unfortunately, when it comes to packing their bags, many travelers have no idea what they should or shouldn’t bring along.

 

If you are gearing up for your next trip, you are advised to carefully choose the items that you are planning on bringing along with you. This includes items that will be packed in your checked baggage, in addition to your carry-on luggage.  Not only should be thinking about convenience, but you should also be thinking about air travel rules, namely the rules that specify which items or materials are allowed aboard an airplane and which ones are not. 

 

When examining items prohibited during air travel, it is important to remember that some items may only have a partial ban. An example of a partial ban is a ban that may prevent certain items from being stored in your carryon luggage, but not in your checked baggage.  Most of these bans, such as liquids, large tools, sporting goods, and sharp objects, are imposed only for safety reasons. 

 

Although a large number of items are allowed to be in your checked baggage, despite being banned from your carry-on luggage, there are some items that you cannot, under any circumstances, bring aboard an airplane. These items most commonly fall under the category of explosive or flammable materials.  You will find that you are prohibited from bringing bombs, dynamite, gunpowder, lighters, flares, or strike anywhere matches on an airplane.  In fact, trying to board an airplane with these items in your possession, whether they be in your carryon luggage or not, could land you in serious trouble. 

 

In addition to items that are banned by the airline industry, you will also want to think about convenience, when packing your bags for your next business trip or vacation.  When it comes to carry-on luggage, you will find that some airlines restrict the size of your bags, as well as the weight. For your own convenience, you will want to keep your carryon luggage as light as possible. The same should be said for your checked baggage.  Although you may not be carrying it with you at all times, it is still advised that you pack as light as possible. A number of airlines have strict weight limits on carry-on luggage.  If your luggage weighs more than what is allowed, you may be charged an extra fee or you may even be required to remove some of your belongings. 

 

It is also advised that you think of the items that you are bringing along with you, specifically their monetary and semimetal value. When traveling aboard an airplane, there are a number of instances where your belongings may suffer damage, especially those stored in checked baggage. If you would take a large financial or emotional hit from the loss or destruction of your personal belongings, you are advised to leave those items at home. Although you may not be able to have your laptop with you or your favorite piece of jewelry, it is nice to know that your treasured items are safe at home.

It may seem like a difficult task to leave some of your belongings at home, but you are encouraged to do so, whenever possible.  By keeping all of the above-mentioned points into consideration, you are sure to not only avoid trouble at the airport but have less to worry about as well. 

 

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Film: The 2009 film Avatar is reported to have taken over 1 petabyte of local storage at Weta Digital for the rendering of the 3D CGI effects.

Video streaming: As of May 2013, Netflix had 3.14 petabytes of video "master copies", which it compresses and converts into 100 different formats for streaming.

Photos: As of January 2013, Facebook users had uploaded over 240 billion photos, with 350 million new photos every day. For each uploaded photo, Facebook generates and stores four images of different sizes, which translated to a total of 960 billion images and an estimated 357 petabytes of storage.

Music: One petabyte of average MP3-encoded songs (for mobile, roughly one megabyte per minute), would require 2000 years to play.

Games: As of 2009, World of Warcraft uses 1.3 petabytes of storage to maintain its game

Google Photos uploaded an estimated 13.7 PB of photos in the first year of its existence.


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Home Security Advice

When the topic of home security springs to mind, most people seem to think of burglar alarms and little to nothing else.  Alarms can be a great way to protect your home, although they are only a small part of what makes up an effective home security system.  Burglar alarms are a key to protecting your home – although there are other things you’ll need as well.

 

Believe it or not, the windows are actually the key to home security.  Homes that have poorly constructed windows tend to get broken into a lot more than homes with secure and sturdy windows.  When you are dealing with your windows, you should make sure that you have tough glass and locks that fit the windows.  When you are away from home, you should always make sure that your windows are locked.  Even though some windows may be hard to reach, you should always lock them.  Burglars make a living out of stealing – and they will normally find a way in if they see the opening.

 

Along with the windows, doors are also known to be a weakness of security around the home.  Doors should always be strong and sturdy, complete with tough locks that aren’t easy to force open.  If you have a spare key, you should be careful where you leave it.  Losing your keys can also make you a target, especially if you have anything on your key ring that reveals your home address.

 

To better protect their homes, most people choose to invest in a home surveillance system.  These systems are great for monitoring the home, as they can record video and keep it stored for you to view later.  If you travel a lot, a home surveillance system can be an ideal way to keep a check on your home while you’re away.

 

Guard dogs are also common with home security as well.  A guard dog can protect your home from burglars, thieves, and other types of trouble.  Guard dogs can be very handy to have around, as most dogs are more than capable of scaring away trouble with their bark.  The only downside to guard dogs is the fact that you’ll need to train them and ensure that they always have food and water.

 

Last, but certainly not least are burglar alarms.  Burglar alarms can be effective to an extent, although they are primarily good for scaring thieves away.  If you put an alarm in a visible location from the outside of the home, most burglars won’t even attempt to enter your home.  Even though burglar alarms are great for scaring off thieves – you’ll still need to have other areas of your home safe and secure as well to get the most of your home security.

 

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Prepare your business for the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018 across all European Union markets. This includes the UK, despite its plans to leave the European Union.

 

If your business is not in the EU, you will still have to comply with the regulation if you collect, share and use personal data of EU citizens. While some similarities exist with the current UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the GDPR will:

 

introduce several new and different requirements for most businesses

give individuals more control over their personal information

apply to companies outside the EU that process personal data of EU citizens

When the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, you must fully comply with the GDPR or face significant penalties (including potential fines of up to a maximum of €20 million or 4 per cent of global turnover).

 

Here, we summarise the steps you should take to prepare for the changes ahead of the May 2018 deadline and beyond.

 

1. Carry out an information audit

An information audit can help you identify areas that could cause compliance problems under the GDPR. It's important to look at what information you collect, store or process and determine:

 

why you are processing it

how did you get it

what is the purpose of processing

how long do you plan to keep it

how secure is it

who you share it with, or might share it with, and how

An inventory of all personal data you hold will help you comply with the GDPR's accountability principle, which requires organizations to demonstrate how they comply with the data protection principles when carryout out their business.

 

2. Determine the legal basis for processing personal data

For processing to be lawful under the GDPR, you will need to identify a legal basis before you can process personal data. You will also need to document it accordingly.

 

Under the DPA, legal basis is often referred to as 'conditions for processing'. However, under the GDPR, legal basis carry greater practical implications, due to its effect on individuals' rights. For example, if you rely on someone's consent to process their data, they will generally have stronger rights, for example, to have their data deleted.

 

There are six legal bases for processing data under the GDPR, including:

 

consent of the individual

contractual necessity

compliance with legal obligations

vital interests of the data subjects

public interest

legitimate interests

See more on the GDPR provisions relating to lawful processing.

 

3. Review your use of consent

The GDPR sets a high standard for consent. Like the DPA, it has references to both 'consent' and 'explicit consent'. Both forms of consent under GDPR have to be:

 

freely given

specific

informed

an unambiguous indication of the individual’s wishes

Under GDPR, consent also requires some form of clear affirmative action. This means that you cannot presume consent from silence, pre-ticked boxes or inactivity.

 

You will have to be able to demonstrate that consent has been given. This generally means that you will have to keep some form of record of how and when you have sought and received consent.

 

If you rely on individual's consent to process their data, take steps to ensure that your processes meet the enhanced standards needed under the GDPR. Otherwise, you may want to find alternative to consent.

 

See more in the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) draft GDPR consent guidance.

 

4. Review and update your privacy notices and policies

Under GDPR, you will have to provide privacy information in clear and plain language. Your policies should be transparent and easily accessible. You will also have to include in your privacy notices certain additional information, such as:

 

the legal basis for processing the data

data retention periods

rights of individuals to complain about the manner in which you handle their data

whether data will be subject to automated decision-making

Find out more in the ICO's privacy notices code of practice.

 

5. Keep in mind individuals' rights

The GDPR introduces greater rights for data subjects. You should check your procedures and systems to ensure they align to the new or enhanced rights under the General Data Protection Regulation, including:

 

subject access right (SAR)

right to have inaccuracies corrected

right to have information erased

right to prevent direct marketing

right to prevent automated decision-making and profiling

right to data portability

You should prepare for data subjects to exercise their rights and put in place procedures that will enable you to deal with possible scenarios, eg someone asking you to delete their personal data, or provide their data electronically or in commonly used formats.

 

See more on individuals' rights under the GDPR.

 

6. Prepare for new rules and timescales for SAR

The rules for dealing with subject access requests will change under the General Data Protection Regulation. In most cases, you will not be able to charge for processing an access request, unless you can demonstrate that the cost to respond will be excessive.

 

The timescale for processing an access request will also shorten – you will have a month to comply rather than the current 40 days.

 

You will have some grounds for refusing to grant an access request. However, you will need to have clear refusal policies and procedures in place and be able to demonstrate why the request meets these criteria.

 

You will also need to provide some additional information to people making requests, such as your data retention periods and the right to have inaccurate data corrected. If your organization handles a large number of access requests, the impact of the changes could be considerable.

 

Find out more about the right of access under the GDPR.

 

7. Prepare for new rules regarding children's personal data

The GDPR has new provisions that aim to enhance the protection of children's personal data. These include:

 

clear privacy notices for children - where services are offered directly to a child

parent/guardian consent - where online services (eg social networking) are targeted at children

If your organization collects personal data of children, you should think about putting systems in place to verify individuals' ages and to gather parental or guardian consent for the data processing activity.

 

8. Prepare for data security breaches

The General Data Protection Regulation will introduce a duty on all organizations to report certain types of the data breach to the ICO, and in some cases to the individuals affected.

 

Under the DPA, some organizations already have to notify the ICO or other bodies when they experience a data breach. However, under GDPR this duty will now apply to all organizations if the breach is likely to cause a significant detrimental effect on individuals, eg:

 

result in discrimination or damage to reputation

caused financial loss, identity theft or breach of confidentiality

You should put in place clear policies and procedures to ensure that you can detect quickly any data breach, react appropriately and notify in time where required. Find out more about the breach notification duties.

 

9. Prepare for 'privacy by design' and privacy impact assessments

Under GDPR, you will have to implement technical and organizational measures to show that you have considered and integrated data protection into your processing activities. Find out more about the 'privacy by design' approach to data protection.

 

You must ensure that you have clear policies in place to prove that you meet the required data protection standards under the GDPR. You can follow best practices for accountability by establishing a culture of:

 

monitoring, reviewing and assessing your data processing procedures

minimize data processing and retention of data

building in data protection safeguards, including regular staff training

As an integral part of this 'privacy by design' strategy, you may need to carry out a privacy impact assessment. The assessment will help you to identify and reduce the privacy risks of your projects.

 

Under GDPR, you will need to carry out a privacy impact assessment:

 

when using new technologies

if the processing is likely to put at risk the rights and freedoms of individuals

Find out more about privacy impact assessments.

 

10. Appoint a data protection officer (DPO)

The GDPR will require some organizations to designate a DPO. For example, public authorities or those organizations that regularly and systematically monitor individuals on a large scale.

 

You may appoint a single DPO to act for a group of companies, taking into account their structure and size. An organization can also designate a DPO on a voluntary basis, however, the same requirements will apply to his or her designation, position and tasks as if the designation had been mandatory.

 

The DPO's role is to facilitate compliance with the provisions of the GDPR within an organization. Find out more about the role of Data Protection Officers.

 

11. International data transfers

The General Data Protection Regulation imposes restrictions on the transfer of personal data outside the European Union. It does so to ensure that the level of protection of individuals has under the GDPR is not undermined.

 

Under GDPR, you may be able to transfer personal data:

 

subject to appropriate safeguards

on the basis of the ICO's decision regarding levels of protection in specific territories

Read more about the transfer of data under the GDPR rules.https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/prepare-your-business-gdpr  https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr

 

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