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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.
  16. Salaam Alikeum @hasanhh, Thank you for the remembrance. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) be pleased with you for bringing attention to these important historic events and bringing them to the front of our minds. Very much so. Europe went through three giant waves of antisemitism. I know a lot of people like to speak about how racist Europeans are, but honestly racism is so ingrained in cultural societies today around the world that it just seems like being racist against one race of another is the norm for people. On personal note, its difficult as Palestinian to see so ma
  17. Salaam Alikeum @Mohammad313Ali, Im sorry to hear you are dealing with this, but I can empathize as I have found my self in the same position many times. I agree with our worthy brother @AkhiraisReal that many people suffer from this. It happens due to depression and a myriad of other things. The way I over came this is by training myself like a hound. Are you familiar with Pavlov's experiment? Basically what I did was to give myself a treat after I accomplished a task. The treat was either a few Now and Laters (arguably the best candy ever) or a small break doing somethi
  18. Salaam Alikeum @3wliya_maryam, This is very interesting and I eagerly look forward to see what the learned Brothers and Sisters have to say. I admit I have only read a little and feel as if I was barely able to tread water.
  19. Salaam Alikeum @AbuDharr, Welcome and please feel free to dive right in. As long as you are respectful you will get a ton of help and understanding here. If you have any time free I would recommend reading a book called "Then I was Guided". A brilliant book and one I read when I first beacon Shia Its free to download here, https://www.al-Islam.org/then-I-was-guided-Muhammad-al-tijani-al-samawi
  20. Salaam Alikeum @Mohammad313Ali , Thank you very much for starting this post and sending a note my way. It was enjoyable to read the thread and see so many different perspectives and thoughts. Freedom of Speech is such an amazing, beautiful, painful, and hard thing. Librarians I think are the OG’s or, original gangsters of freedom of speech, may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) protect and watch over them. They are also some of my favorite people and serve an invaluable service to the world. Summary of my thoughts; We must stand with those whose speech may br
  21. Salaam Alikeum @Administrator, would it be possible to get a db query to show us what the top 10 or 20 are? Willing to bribe.......
  22. I am about to start Nahj al-Balagha and am really excited to begin it after my move. Ref; https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B018EDTNFC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  23. @Soldiers and Saffron thank you very much for this video series. I haven't watched it before and am excited to start it.
  24. You're kidding right? This post was brilliant. In no way was I trying to be combative in the beginning. My true goal was to see what kind of post you considered to be the standard so that I could maybe align to a higher standard and make posts that are more meaningful. Posts that would be meaningful, that would allow us all to contribute our thoughts and grow. However now, I think you may need to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize you may be part of the problem. Your arrogance and condescension ruined your post and any point you made was lost as I could not reconcile yo
  25. I can understand and appreceate that. Please understand I meant no offense. I was just curious.
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