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5 Free Apps for Reminders to Take a Break From Screens

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You know that staring at the screen for too long isn’t good for your health or your eyesight, but it’s easy to get sucked in. Use these apps to get a reminder to take a break from screen time, and take care of your health.

Continuous screen usage can lead to severe eye strain, neck pain in the cause of phones, and sitting too long causes health issues too. It’s also surprisingly easy to avoid all these problems by simply switching off every once in a while. Usually, a reminder is all you need, and that’s .

Stretchly (Windows, macOS, Linux): Simple Reminder for Micro and Long Breaks

stretchly reminds you to take a break and stretch

For most people, Stretchly is the break reminder that will change how you use the computer. The app enables both micro-breaks as well as scheduled long breaks that will keep you focussed.

A small popup will let you know before it’s time to take a break, and then remind you when it’s time. One of the nicer features of Stretchly is that you can skip to the next break or micro-break at any time, in case you feel like stopping right now and not later. The micro-break is every 10 minutes, for 20 seconds, where the app recommends a few stretches to keep your body healthy. Every 30 minutes, it suggests a longer 5-minute break.

You can naturally customize the duration of micro-breaks and long breaks, as well as how long a break should last. In fact, Stretchly can even become a simple Pomodoro timer to be more productive.

In case you don’t want to take a break, you can skip the prompt and continue working. But if you do this too often, you’re putting your own health at risk. You might want to enable the “strict mode” to ensure you stick to the breaks.

Download: Stretchly for Windows | macOS | Linux (Free)

Eye Care 20 20 20 (Android, iOS): Put Down Your Mobile

The screens of computers and phones are backlit, casting their light into your eyes. Over time, this can take a toll. In fact, you should check if you have the tell-tale signs of computer eye strain.

Eye Care 20 20 20 is a mobile app to relieve this eye strain using an age-old technique. The idea is that every 20 minutes of using a screen, look at something 20 feet away, for no less than 20 seconds. Apparently this is the relief your eyes need to stay healthy and not get dry.

The Eye Care 20 20 20 app will simply give you simple reminders when the time comes, and not mess around more than that. By that, we mean it isn’t reliant on whether the screen has been on for all of those 20 minutes or not, that reminder is coming.

You can dive into the app’s settings to customize it further, so that you can either manually start it or set it to start automatically at a certain time every day.

Download: Eye Care 20 20 20 for Android | iOS (Free)

Outstanding (Web): Web App for Reminders to Stand Up

Outstanding is a web app for reminders to take breaks through browser notifications

If you don’t want to install Stretchtly (or can’t install it for whatever reason), then Outstanding is the simplest way to get those timely reminders. It’s a free web app that works with any modern browser with notifications.

Go to the website and you can choose how often you want to get a reminder (15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or one hour). You can also set how long you should stand up (30 seconds to five minutes) before getting another reminder to get back to work. It’s a simple timer that will keep you on track with ensuring you don’t spend too much time in your office chair.

Since it’s a browser-based app, for Outstanding to work, you will need to enable notifications in case you have disabled browser notifications.

Unhook (Android): Set Screen Time Limits, And Walk to Get More Time

Unhook is the most different app in this list. It doesn’t have reminders to take breaks, but instead, it forces breaks upon you.

Here’s how it works. You set a daily time limit for different types of screen usage, such as social apps, video streaming, and games. Once you cross the limit you set, Unhook makes you walk to unlock more time. For every 100 steps that you walk, you will get 10 minutes of extra usage time on the phone. The data is gathered through the built-in Google Fit on Android, which you can sync with any of your favorite fitness apps as well..

Don’t worry, it isn’t an intrusive and strict app. When you really need to browse your phone but can’t be bothered with those extra steps, you can switch off Unhook and continue using the phone as usual. But use this sparingly, it’s all about self-discipline.

Download: Unhook for Android (Free)

Micro Breaks (Chrome): Customizable Reminder for Multiple Breaks

Micro Breaks is a customizable Chrome extension for periodic reminders to take breaks

If you use Google Chrome, don’t look further than this little extension for all your break reminders. Micro Breaks is the simplest and best tool for the job.

By default, there are a few reminders already set for healthy habits. This includes:

  • Breathing: Breathe in and out to manage stress, for 2 minutes, every 2 hours.
  • 20/20/20: Prevent digital eye strain by looking at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.
  • Break: A simple break, for 6 minutes, every 80 minutes.
  • Exercise: Stand up and stretch to relieve muscles, for 2 minutes, every hour.

Micro Breaks also lets you set up any custom reminders you might want, and it’s all free. This is hands down the simplest implementation of a timer reminder in Chrome. Nonetheless, you might want to check out other excellent Chrome extensions to keep you healthy at your desk.

Download: Micro Breaks for Chrome (Free)

Fix Your Posture Quickly

These apps solve that important problem of getting a reminder to regularly take a break from your computer or phone screen. But they don’t always tell you what to do when you take those breaks.

We’ve got a few suggestions on unique ways to recharge with a break, whether it’s a long one or a micro-break. One of the best options for desk workers is to try out this 3-minute exercise to fix your posture. You can do it anywhere, and it doesn’t look so weird that the whole office will stare at you.

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Twitter Now Shows You When Tweets Break the Rules

Twitter has something of a reputation as a haven for trolls. The social media platform has also been heavily criticized over the years for the way it deals with these trolls, and other people who harass and hate on individuals. But things are improving.

Since the start of 2017, Twitter has made a concerted effort to deal with these issues. Through policy updates, rule changes, and stricter enforcement, the company has tried to build a safer Twitter. And it’s now tackling the problems surrounding reported tweets.

Twitter Shames the Rulebreakers

As explained on the Twitter Blog, Twitter is changing the way it deals with reported tweets. First, reported tweets will be flagged as such, offering more transparency. Secondly, the people who report the tweets will no longer see them by default.

From now on, when a reported tweet is removed for breaking the rules, it will be replaced by a notice stating, “This tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.” There will be a link to the Twitter Rules, so there’s no excuse not to read them.

Even before a tweet is removed because Twitter has decided it breaks the rules, the person who reported it will no longer see it. Instead, they’ll see the notice, “You reported this tweet.” They can then click “View” if they want to see it again for any reason.

The first notice will be displayed for 14 days, and act as a punishment in its own right. Twitter obviously hopes people will be shamed into stopping behaving badly. These changes will be rolling out to both Twitter.com and the Twitter app in the coming weeks.

Twitter Trolls Take Notice

In hindsight these changes seem rather obvious. Making it clear a tweet has been deleted for breaking the Twitter Rules is a no-brainer. And hiding reported tweets from view by default seems like pure common sense. Let’s just hope the trolls take notice.

None of these changes is likely to salvage Twitter’s tarnished reputation. Because, unfortunately, most people find Twitter confusing. Thankfully, however, we’re here to help you learn how to use Twitter like a pro. So why not give it a go?

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11 Great Apple Watch Bands That Won’t Break the Bank

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The Apple Watch is pricey, and so are the official bands for sale in the Apple Store. While Apple tries to tightly control its ecosystem, thankfully there’s little it can do about third-party manufacturers creating cheap replacement watch straps (or homemade Apple Watch charging stands).

That means you can grab a fancy metal loop or alternative funky colored band for a fraction of the price Apple charges. Since it’s so easy to swap one strap for another, you can amass a collection of bands (and replace your worn ones) without breaking the bank.

So here are some solid third-party Apple Watch band ideas to jazz up your wearable.

Got a New Apple Watch Series 4?

Good news! The larger Apple Watch Series 4 is backwards-compatible with the old 38mm and 42mm watch bands seen on the older models. Just remember that if you’re buying a band for the new 40mm model, you’ll want to buy a 38mm band. If you’re buying for the new 44mm model, you’ll want to opt for a 42mm band.

That means all these bands should be compatible with the brand-new Apple Watch, provided you make sure you’re buying the right size. Once you’ve got the right band, you can get on with customizing your Watch experience with different faces too.

1. iGK Silicone Sport Band

iGK Silicon Sport Apple Watch Band

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Got a black band and fancy something a little more colorful? Maybe you couldn’t match your favorite Apple Watch finish and silicone band in the Apple Store. For a fraction of the price that Apple charges, why not grab a few replacement iGK silicone bands instead?

These silicone bands are sweat and water-resistant, and made of soft, flexible, and lightweight silicone that shouldn’t irritate your skin. According to the item reviews, the bands are true to the color depicted in the images and excellent quality for the price paid. However, the silicone is a little thicker than Apple’s bands and not quite as flexible.

2. AdMaster Apple Watch Band

AdMaster Apple Watch Sport Band

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These AdMaster bands are perfect for anyone who bought a regular Apple Watch but loves the Nike+ band look. They’re a little flimsier than the official Nike+ band, but what do you expect for this price point? Overall, reviewers are very satisfied, noting great value for money compared to the $ 50 original.

AdMaster makes these bands in a range of colors. Choose anything from a contrasting black and green or black and white to more the subtle white/light pink and darker black/obsidian variants.

3. VATI Soft Breathable Nylon Band

VATI Nylon Apple Watch Band

VATI Replacement Band Compatible for Apple Watch Band 38mm 42mm Soft Breathable Nylon Sport Loop Band Adjustable Wrist Strap Replacement Band Compatible for iWatch Series 3/2/1,Sport,Nike+,Edition VATI Replacement Band Compatible for Apple Watch Band 38mm 42mm Soft Breathable Nylon Sport Loop Band Adjustable Wrist Strap Replacement Band Compatible for iWatch Series 3/2/1,Sport,Nike+,Edition Buy Now At Amazon $ 6.99

If you’re looking for a colorful nylon band, you have tons of choices. This VATI band comes in a dizzying array of 31 colors, including a few designs that mimic the official bands on the Apple Store.

Both 38mm and 42mm bands are available, each with a Velcro clasp (rated for 500 tears) to keep the bands lightweight and free of nickel or other cheap metals. You’ll get the usual one-year warranty direct from the manufacturer.

4. Oittm Stainless Steel Bracelet

Oittm Stainless Steel Apple Watch Bracelet

Oittm Watch Band for Apple Watch Series 4, 44mm/42mm Stainless Steel Replacement Strap Link Bracelet Metal iWatch Band with Double Button Folding Clasp for Apple Watch 4/3/2/1 44mm/42m (Bright Sliver) Oittm Watch Band for Apple Watch Series 4, 44mm/42mm Stainless Steel Replacement Strap Link Bracelet Metal iWatch Band with Double Button Folding Clasp for Apple Watch 4/3/2/1 44mm/42m (Bright Sliver) Buy Now At Amazon $ 31.99

Crafted from high-quality stainless steel, this Oittm band features a double folding button for 42mm (or 44mm Series 4) watches. It’s available in four finishes: bright silver, bright black, regular silver, and space gray. Each looks like it was crafted for Apple Watch business professionals, if that suits you.

It’s easy to install, and you can adjust the band to fit your wrists from 5.5 inches to 8 inches using the included link removal tool. There’s a 30-day money back guarantee, and a year’s warranty—plus the durable stainless finish should make it more secure than some of the cheaper bands on the market.

5. FireLine Paracord 42mm Watch Band

FireLine Paracord Apple Watch band

FireLine Paracord Watch Band for 42mm Apple Watch, Replacement Band with Rugged Outdoor Survival Stainless Steel Shackle and 550 Paracord – Series 1, 2, 3 and Sport Firefighter Tan (Large) FireLine Paracord Watch Band for 42mm Apple Watch, Replacement Band with Rugged Outdoor Survival Stainless Steel Shackle and 550 Paracord – Series 1, 2, 3 and Sport Firefighter Tan (Large) Buy Now At Amazon

If you want your watch band to be secure, stylish, and functional, then the FireLine Paracord ticks the boxes. Paracord is three times stronger than regular nylon, and you can unravel each strap to provide over 10 feet of cord for emergency use.

The band also includes laser-engraved stainless steel clasps to keep the cord secured to your wrist. FireLine’s Paracord band is available in three finishes (black, urban camo, and firefighter tan). It might just be the perfect band for Apple Watch explorers who love to travel.

6. Floraler Soft Silicone Bands

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If you find the regular silicone bands for sale a little boring, Floraler’s colorful jazzy designs might be more appealing. Despite the name, they’re not all floral (though there are a few floral designs available), with five distinct flavors to choose from.

Reviews are glowing, though don’t expect out-of-this-world quality at such a cheap price point. The bands are made from silicone with elastomeric coating, available in both 38mm and 42mm sizes.

7. Penom Milanese Loop

Penom Milanese Apple Watch Loop

Compatible for Apple Watch Band 42mm Silver Milanese Loop iwatch Bands for iWatch Series 3 2 1 Compatible for Apple Watch Band 42mm Silver Milanese Loop iwatch Bands for iWatch Series 3 2 1 Buy Now At Amazon $ 9.99

The Milanese loop is a timeless watch strap design, and this one from Penom looks just as good as any other. The band features a magnetic clasp, allowing you to adjust the size when you first put it on.

Verified customer feedback is excellent, with users noting the quality of the design, the strength of the magnet, and the fancy Apple-esque packaging as highlights. You have three finishes to choose from: black, silver, and rose gold.

8. Misker Milanese Loop

Misker Milanese Apple Watch loop

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Because one Milanese loop is never enough, this Misker model puts a distinctly colorful spin on the design with its range of stainless steel mesh bands available in both 38mm and 42mm sizes. Like the Penom above, reviewers are happy with the quality of the band and the strength of the magnetic clasp.

The obvious standout is the “colorful” design which features a gradient effect. But the band is also available in red, purple, and blue, among the other usual options.

9. Rockvee Stainless Steel Bracelet

Rockvee Bracelet Apple Watch band

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The Rockvee stainless steel bracelet band is unique in that it’s quite a bit thinner than the Apple Watch itself, providing a more elegant way of showing your wearable off in a fancy restaurant. It comes in four finishes: black, silver, gold, and rose gold.

Reviewers note that the band is lightweight and well-built, though the links (which you can remove with the included tool) are quite large. You also get an 18-month warranty from the manufacturer, which in many countries is longer than the warranty Apple provides with the watch.

10. AYIBEN Hardwood 42mm Bracelet

AYIBEN Hardwood Apple Watch bracelet

AIYIBEN Wooden Watch Band for Apple Watch, 100% Eco-Friendly Natural Hardwood Watch Strap Thickened Wrist Bracelet for iWatch Series 4, 3, 2, 1, Sport, Edition (Walnut-42mm) AIYIBEN Wooden Watch Band for Apple Watch, 100% Eco-Friendly Natural Hardwood Watch Strap Thickened Wrist Bracelet for iWatch Series 4, 3, 2, 1, Sport, Edition (Walnut-42mm) Buy Now At Amazon $ 32.99

Though sometimes impractical, there’s no denying that wooden watch straps look great. This AYIBEN strap is one of the most expensive third-party straps we came across, owing to its hardwood finish and stainless steel connector.

Like similar metal straps, the AYIBEN comes with a link removal tool. You can pick up 42mm versions in maple, sandalwood, and walnut, plus a 38mm version in walnut only. Remember that though wood is hypoallergenic, the straps aren’t waterproof—so it isn’t the best choice for everyday use.

11. Carterjett Silicone Glowing/Tire Tread Band

Carterjett Luminescent Silicone Apple Watch band

Carterjett’s silicone bands are pricier than most, and as a result enjoy excellent reviews and customer feedback. They’re tough, secure, and available in ten different styles.

By far the most interesting finish is glow-in-the-dark, which is perfect if you frequently have trouble finding your own wrist. But who needs a good reason to have a glow-in-the-dark watch strap? The slightly off-white finish looks great in the day, and glows luminescent green at night provided you “charge” it under a light first.

Affordable Watch Bands for an Expensive Watch

Remember: when you buy a third-party accessory, the quality might not live up to what you’re replacing. In some instances, these cheaper bands will be of an inferior quality. They may break sooner than Apple’s own, and that could result in damage (or even loss) to your Watch.

But on the upside, they’re considerably cheaper than the $ 50 or more Apple asks for first-party bands. If you buy a couple and rotate them regularly, they might even last longer than your Watch. And provided Apple keeps the same connectors on the next big Watch redesign, you’ll be able to use them in the future too.

If you’re new to the device, make sure you familiarize yourself with these seven killer Apple Watch tricks.

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You Can Now Take a Break From YouTube

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YouTube is now one of the biggest timesucks on the internet. You’ll head to YouTube with the intention of watching one specific video, and three hours later you’ll have a viewing history filled with cute cats, daft dogs, and memorable memes.

Having spent years tweaking the site to get you to watch more videos, YouTube has decided too much of anything is a bad thing. Including YouTube itself. So, as part of its Digital Wellness initiative, YouTube is now asking you to consider watching fewer videos.

How to Take a Break From YouTube

To this end, YouTube has rolled out a new feature called Take a Break. This lets you tell the YouTube app to remind you to take a break after watching videos for a certain length of time. It should go without saying that it’s set to Never by default.

To opt-in to Take a Break, just open the YouTube app on Android or on iOS, click on your profile in the top right-hand corner, and then click Settings. Find “Remind me to take a break” and select a time (between 15 minutes and 180 minutes) from the dropdown menu.

Now, YouTube will remind you to take a break after you’ve been watching for the time indicated. You can choose to heed the warning and shut YouTube, or dismiss the reminder and carry on wasting your life watching PewDiePie playing terrible video games.

Take a Break is just one of YouTube’s new features. You can also disable notifications for set periods of time, and/or receive a digest instead. And the app will soon show you how long you’ve watched YouTube for, helping you to cut down your viewing time.

We’re All Addicted to Technology

While it may seem strange for YouTube to want you to watch fewer videos, tech companies appear to have realized we’re all at risk of getting addicted to the products and services they’re offering. And when that happens, everyone loses. Especially society as a whole.

You may be wondering why watching YouTube all day is bad for you. Unfortunately, kids are increasingly becoming addicted to technology. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome your tech addiction, and YouTube’s Take a Break feature is another handy tool.

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How Hackers Use Botnets to Break Your Favorite Websites

The power of botnets is increasing. A sufficiently organized and globalized botnet will take down portions of the internet, not just single sites, such is the power they wield. Despite their huge power, the largest DDoS attack didn’t use a traditional botnet structure.

Let’s look at how a botnet’s power expands and how the next enormous DDoS you hear about will be the bigger than the last.

How Do Botnets Grow?

The SearchSecurity botnet definition states that “a botnet is a collection of internet-connected devices, which may include PCs, servers, mobile devices and internet of things devices that are infected and controlled by a common type of malware. Users are often unaware of a botnet infecting their system.”

Botnets are different from other malware types in that it is a collection of coordinated infected machines. Botnets use malware to extend the network to other systems, predominantly using spam emails with an infected attachment. They also have a few primary functions, such as sending spam, data harvesting, click fraud, and DDoS attacks.

The Rapidly Expanding Attack Power of Botnets

Until recently, botnets had a few common structures familiar to security researchers. But in late 2016, things changed. A series of enormous DDoS attacks made researchers sit up and take note.

  1. September 2016. The newly discovered Mirai botnet attacks security journalist Brian Krebs’ website with 620Gbps, massively disrupting his website but ultimately failing due to Akamai DDoS protection.
  2. September 2016. The Mirai botnet attacks French web host OVH, strengthening to around 1Tbps.
  3. October 2016. An enormous attack took down most internet services on the U.S. Eastern seaboard. The attack was aimed at DNS provider, Dyn, with the company’s services receiving an estimated 1.2Tbps in traffic, temporarily shutting down websites including Airbnb, Amazon, Fox News, GitHub, Netflix, PayPal, Twitter, Visa, and Xbox Live.
  4. November 2016. Mirai strikes ISPs and mobile service providers in Liberia, bringing down most communication channels throughout the country.
  5. March 2018. GitHub is hit with the largest recorded DDoS, registering some 1.35Tbps in sustained traffic.
  6. March 2018. Network security company Arbor Networks claims its ATLAS global traffic and DDoS monitoring system registers 1.7Tbps.

These attacks escalate in power over time. But prior to this, the largest ever DDoS was the 500Gbps attack on pro-democracy sites during the Hong Kong Occupy Central protests.

Part of the reason for this continual rise in power is an altogether different DDoS technique that doesn’t require hundreds of thousands of malware-infected devices.

Memcached DDoS

The new DDoS technique exploits the memcached service. Of those six attacks, the GitHub and ATLAS attacks use memcached to amplify network traffic to new heights. What is memcached, though?

Memcached DDoS

Well, memcached is a legitimate service running on many Linux systems. It caches data and eases the strain on data storage, like disks and databases, reducing the number of times a data source must be read. It is typically found in server environments, rather than your Linux desktop. Furthermore, systems running memcached shouldn’t have a direct internet connection (you’ll see why).

Memcached communicates using the User Data Protocol (UDP), allowing communication without authentication. In turn, this means basically anyone that can access an internet connected machine using the memcached service can communicate directly with it, as well as request data from it (that’s why it shouldn’t connect to the internet!).

The unfortunate downside to this functionality is that an attacker can spoof the internet address of a machine making a request. So, the attacker spoofs the address of the site or service to DDoS and sends a request to as many memcached servers as possible. The memcached servers combined response becomes the DDoS and overwhelms the site.

Memcached DDoS reflection attack trends and botnets

This unintended functionality is bad enough on its own. But memcached has another unique “ability.” Memcached can massively amplify a small amount of network traffic into something stupendously large. Certain commands to the UDP protocol result in responses much larger than the original request.

The resulting amplification is known as the Bandwidth Amplification Factor, with attack amplification ranges between 10,000 to 52,000 times the original request. (Akami believe memcached attacks can “have an amplification factor over 500,000!)

What’s the Difference?

You see, then, that the major difference between a regular botnet DDoS, and a memcached DDoS, lies in their infrastructure. Memcached DDoS attacks don’t need an enormous network of compromised systems, relying instead on insecure Linux systems.

High-Value Targets

Now that the potential of extremely powerful memcached DDoS attacks is in the wild, expect to see more attacks of this nature. But the memcached attacks that have taken place already—not on the same scale as the GitHub attack—have thrown up something different to the norm.

Security firm Cybereason closely tracks the evolution of memcached attacks. During their analysis, they spotted the memcached attack in use as a ransom delivery tool. Attackers embed a tiny ransom note requesting payment in Monero (a cryptocurrency), then place that file onto a memcached server. When the DDoS starts, the attacker requests the ransom note file, causing the target to receive the note over and over again.

Staying Safe?

Actually, there is nothing you can do to stop a memcached attack. In fact, you won’t know about it until it finishes. Or, at least until your favorite services and websites are unavailable. That is unless you have access to a Linux system or database running memcached. Then you should really go and check your network security.

For regular users, the focus really remains on regular botnets spread via malware. That means

Staying safe isn’t a chore—it just requires a little vigilance.

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