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  1. Salaam Alikuem Guest Mashihi, Welcome and you have chosen a most excellent subject to learn about. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) be please with you and your task. One of the largest resources to find things to read is Al-Islam, https://www.al-Islam.org/ Here is a link to a short read that I hope you enjoy, https://www.al-Islam.org/al-tawhid/general-al-tawhid/book-review-introduction-Shia-Islam-history-and-doctrines-twelver-shii-0 Please find below the book I read that started my own journey. It is called, The I was guided, https://www.al-Islam.o
  2. Salaam Alikeum @Mohammad313Ali, I'm unsure if this is want you meant, but I would like to recommend a few tools that have helped me in studying, 1. Graph paper; this is the single best thing I began using for studies. Its easy to draw on, segregate thoughts, and allow for greater flexibility in taking notes. 2. I color code everything and write a simple key in the front or the back of the book for reference. 3. Using crayons (not the basic kind, but the twist ones) to highlight instead of a highlighter. It doesn't bleed through and gives you greater variety of colors to ch
  3. @Diaz, there are several free good options, but I can understand paying for Anti-virus. On my internal servers and other valuable assets I have paid AV.
  4. @Mohammad313Ali my friend, I am sorry to say that I don't think I will be able to contribute to this thread in any meaningful way and would not want to derail your thread with my lack of knowledge in this area. Hopefully our wise and learned Brothers and Sisters will be able to help.
  5. Salaam Alikuem @hasanhh, Sorry for the delay in reply. Opera can be a bit of a beast to work with. Have you tried Brave? I have heard good things about it, Brave; https://brave.com/
  6. Salaam Alikuem @TryHard, Thank you for posting the video. Its disappointing to learn that Dr.. Sayed Ammar Nakshawani has changed. I really enjoyed a lot of his lectures.
  7. Salaam Alikeum @Vindemiatrix, Thank you for your question and I am sorry if my question offended you. I'll have to dig through my notes and Im not sure if I still have the pcap's and logs, but I will try and find them. From what I remember from the security review I did in 2018, was our legal team at the time found the language in the EULA and the pcap's and logs we captured indicating the device's camera and microphone being turned on periodically. I did a little digging in their present EULA (https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms) and really didn't find a "smoking gun" to indi
  8. Salaam Alikuem @Revert1963, hahahahaahaha, it has its moments. On the whole it is ok and will do the trick in a pinch.
  9. Salaam Alikuem @Mohammad313Ali, Thank you for making this post and the mention. I am ashamed to admit my knowledge in this area is lacking. I will do my best to make some time to refresh and read and will hopefully have some semblance of a thought on this later. I have no doubt many of our worthy Brothers and Sisters will have many thoughts. Thank you in advance for your patience with me.
  10. Salaam Alikuem @hasanhh, Thank you for the excellent question. First and foremost I am sorry to hear you can't get rid of TotalAV. That is a bummer. If you need any help getting rid of it please let me know and I will do what I can to help. As for having two Anit-Virus's, it can cause issues. A lot of time one Anti-Virus will see the other as malware (malicious software) and start to "fight". They will try to block each other and will often end up being a resource hog. It is always best to only use one Anti-Virus. If memory serves me right, you use Windows Vista as your main op
  11. Salaam Alikuem @Ali-F, I live in the Pacific Northwest on the Olympic Peninsula. A few miles away from the Makah Tribal lands. If I was to be honest I would want to start an Aquaponics farm and use the food generated for the First Peoples and others who find themselves in a difficult position. But I do Information Security Now. Aquaponics;
  12. Salaam Alikuem @Sirius_Bright, Thank you for the excellent question and the short answer is, you do need Anti-Virus on mobile phones. I am sorry to hear that AVG was a resource hog. That's a pretty big bummer. I use Sophos as my anti-virus on my mobile and it seems to be doing great and does not slow the phone down. Now the long, The most available target to hackers are Android and Iphones. Add to it that mobile phones are often the device where people keep their most valuable info it becomes a huge prime target. The threat doesn't always have to be them stealing your informatio
  13. Salaam Alikuem worthy Brothers and Sisters, After reading a few threads about being safe on the internet and shady folks trying to take advantage of our dear Sisters, I wanted to make a post that has some basic safety information to hopefully make everyone safer on the internet. Best ways to keep your devices safe and to stop malware and other threats; Update ALL THE THINGS! If you don't have auto update configured on your computer/mobile phone/tablet or other smart devices, please turn it on as soon as you can. If you are uncomfortable with auto up
  14. Thank you for this brother, I may have been confused as it has been several years since I looked into it.
  15. I apologize brother, but I can't seem to find the information to link to you. When I get more time I will attempt to find it.
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