Thursday, July 18, 2024

Essential Internet Safety Tips for a Secure Online Experience for Students

The internet has become a valuable tool for students to conduct school research, communicate with teachers, friends, and family, stay active on social media, explorinterests, and more. And with the help of smartphones, laptops, and other technologies, the younger generation can easily maintain online connectivity anytime and anywhere.


While this offers remarkable opportunities for students to learn and grow, it also exposes them to cyber risks, such as cyberbullying, phishing, identity theft, scams, and online predators. This situation is concerning in the Philippines, as the 2022 study by Surfshark revealed that the country ranked second worldwide regarding children’s susceptibility and exposure to cyber threats, following Thailand and preceding Turkey.


Best online practices for students to avoid cyber risks

This upcoming back-to-school season, students will once again rely on the internet for research, communication, and many other purposes. To help protect the younger generation from cybercriminals, Fortinet, the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, shares these internet safety tips for students to help them develop good cyber hygiene and stay safe online.


Access secure connections and links. Using secure connections ensures that a user’s data is safe fromcybercriminals. To check if connection is secure, look for https:// in the URL and a small lock symbol on the left side. Additionally, avoid accessing suspicious links that seem too good to be true, as they might include malware or other malicious content.


Aside from being cautious with links, always read the fine print about privacy settings on websites or applications. This enables users to gain a better understanding of how their data will be used, among other things.


Use strong passwords and multi-factor authenticationWhen developing passwords for accounts, it is crucial to ensure that they are easy to remember yet challenging for others to guess. Avoid using sensitive or personally identifiable information in passwords, such as phone numbers, birthdays, and favorite movies or sports teams. For strong passwords, incorporate numbers, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase letters in seemingly random arrangements. Each account should have a unique password. To add extra protection against cybercriminals, even if passwords are compromised, enable multi-factor authentication (MFA). This sets an extra step to verify a user’s identity when logging in to an account using physical or mobile application-based tokens.


Ensure devices and applications remain up to dateCybercriminals often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated applications and devices to access sensitive data. To reduce cyber risks, regularly check for updates to patch vulnerabilities and enhance security features in devices and applications.


Be careful when sharing information and interacting with people onlineContent posted online is permanent. Even if deleted. This makes it vital to be cautious about what is posted and the platforms used. Avoid postingpersonal details and carefully consider the uploaded photos, videos, and other content. Additionally, remain vigilant when interacting with people online. Cybercriminals can easily pretend to be friends or acquaintances to trick unsuspecting individuals into divulging sensitive information or content. Share any uncomfortable interactions encountered online with a trusted adult.


Gain more knowledge to stay safe online with Fortinet

To enhance cybersecurity awareness, Fortinet offers a training curriculum called the Network Security Expert (NSE) program through the Fortinet Training Institute. This multi-level certification program includes the free, self-paced NSE 1 and NSE 2 courses, designed to build cybersecurity awareness among individuals, including students, parents, and educators, to help navigate evolving threats and cybercriminals on the internet.


By fostering cybersecurity awareness and practicing good cyber hygiene, students can safely and responsibly explore the digital landscape and protect themselves from becoming targets of cybercriminals.


How OPPO A60’s Durability Makes for the Ideal Everyday Smartphone

Choosing the right smartphone that can meet the demands of daily life while still providing value for money requires a combination of sleek design, impressive features, and a strong build.


For students, fresh graduates, and service professionals who are always on the go, their devices enable them to manage their daily tasks and stay connected with their loved ones. 


The OPPO A60 ticks all the boxes as it is designed not only to provide optimum performance but to also withstand the toughest environments. 


Engineered to endure tough conditions

As with other handheld devices, smartphones are also prone to accidental falls no matter how carefully handled. Some smartphones might be at a bigger risk of suffering from damages in such situations but the OPPO A60 is built differently. 


With a US Military-Grade Shock Resistance certification, the OPPO A60 will give its users peace of mind as it will remain functional and intact even after they accidentally dropped the device. Tested to withstand falls from as high as 1.22 meters, it’s safe to say that the OPPO A60 can survive in the most rigorous environments. 


Built for unpredictable weather conditions

The country has entered the rainy season, which calls for a phone that’s ready to face unpredictable weather conditions and come out unscathed. 


The OPPO A60’s Splash Touch feature enables users to use their smartphones with ease despite having water splashes on the screen. In addition, its IP54 rating for water resistance makes sure the OPPO A60 will still be in a great working condition after being exposed to rain for up to 10 minutes. 


Created for all-day use

By carrying our smartphones around wherever we go to stay connected and updated, it’s important for these devices to function well without any worry of its battery being drained quickly. Good thing, the OPPO A60 is equipped to last all day with its fast, safe, and long-lasting battery.


Packed with a powerful 5000 mAh battery, the OPPO A60 can last a day of usage in one single charge and when the need to recharge it comes, it's 45W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge feature will make sure you won’t skip a beat with its ability to power up the device from 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes. 


Made to be affordable with great offers and flexible payment terms

The OPPO A60, which comes in Ripple Blue and Midnight Purple colorways, is available in two variants: 8GB+128GB model for just Php 9,999, or the 8GB+256GB variant for only Php 11,999. 


You can get your OPPO A60 with flexible payment options via Home Credit and Credit Cards until July 31, 2024 only!


Home Credit

● The OPPO A60 8GB+128GB variant is available in installment plans of 6/9 months at 0% interest in all OPPO stores partnered with Home Credit nationwide
● The OPPO A60 8GB+256GB variant is available in installment plans of 6/9/12/15/18 months at 0% interest in all OPPO stores partnered with Home Credit nationwide


Purchase the OPPO A60 on OPPO’s LazadaShopee, and TikTok platforms. For more information, visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

HONOR Unlocks AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 starting at Php 24,999 only!

Global technology brand HONOR Philippines today announced the launch of the new HONOR 200 Series, an accessible flagship lineup that delivers flagship-level performance and unparalleled AI portrait photography experience. Starting at Php24,999, you can now pre-order HONOR 200 and HONOR 200 Pro from July 17 to 26, 2024 to get FREE JBL Soundgear Frames worth Php 9,499!


With an unwavering commitment to innovation and unlocking new possibilities in smartphone photography, the HONOR 200 Series product team has collaborated with Studio Harcourt, a legendary Parisian portrait photography house, to co-engineer the HONOR AI Portrait Engine. By combining Studio Harcourt’s expertise and HONOR’s cutting-edge platform-level AI capabilities, the HONOR 200 enables users to unlock studio-level portrait photography on smartphones,” said Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines.


Unlocking the Mastery of Studio Harcourt Portrait Photography on Smartphones 


Recognizing the most important tools in portrait photography are light and shadow, and the HONOR 200 Pro has been equipped with advanced hardware and meticulously co-engineered AI-powered software that recognizes even the most subtle nuances of lighting. The HONOR 200 Pro features a 50MP Portrait Main Camera with a Super Dynamic H9000 Sensor, enabling users to capture compelling images with the perfect balance of light and shadows in even challenging lighting scenarios. With support for 4-in-1 pixel binning technology with a pixel size of 2.4μm, users can capture intricate details in their images even in low light scenarios. Additionally, the HONOR 200 Pro features a 50MP Portrait Telephoto Camera and a customized telephoto sensor from Sony, the HONOR 200 Pro provides better light sensing capabilities, ensuring clear and faithful captures of distant objects with exceptional details. 


The HONOR 200 Pro takes portrait photography to new heights with the powerful AI-enhanced HONOR AI Portrait Engine. With a rich history of photographing legends from Roger Federer to the esteemed Queen Rania of Jordan, Studio Harcourt is synonymous with timeless portraits that showcase a symphony of visual storytelling through the skillful use of light and shadows. In collaboration with Studio Harcourt, the HONOR AI Portrait Engine distilled Studio Harcourt’s craftsmanship and understanding of shadow and light expression, empowering users to capture unique, distinctive portraits on their smartphones effortlessly. 


The mutual ideation process involved an extensive exploration by more than 20 Studio Harcourt and HONOR imaging experts over 400 days. The team analyzed over 1,000 scenarios and millions of datasets, ensuring Studio Harcourt's classic essence can be captured on smartphones. In addition, the triple 50MP Portrait Camera incorporates an upgraded HONOR RAW Domain Algorithm, producing well-balanced portraits that manage exposure in bright areas while preserving intricate details in darker lighting scenarios.


Innovative Eye Comfort Display for Extended Immersion


Adhering to its commitment to human-centric innovations, the HONOR 200 Pro features 3840Hz Risk-free Dimming1, as verified by the TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Display Certification and the TÜV Rheinland Full Care Display Certification. To ensure extended eye comfort, the HONOR 200 Series also features Natural Tone 2.0, which optimizes the display color temperature gradient based on ambient light, and an AI Circadian Night Display that leverages AI to intelligently adjust the color temperature of the screen to regulate blue light and transition to a melatonin boosting setting at night to improve sleep quality based on users’ sleep cycle. Furthermore, the HONOR 200 Series supports Adaptive Dimming, which adjusts screen brightness based on external light input and theapplication use, ensuring a more comfortable viewing experience. With the 1.5K Quad-curved Floating Display2 and a peak HDR brightness of 4000 nits3, the HONOR 200 Series allows users to enjoy excellent visibility even in the most challenging scenarios such as direct sunlight.  


Enhanced Hardware Performance for Seamless Connectivity 


The HONOR 200 Pro is packed with a large 5200mAh4 Silicon-carbon battery that enables up to 61 hours5 of continuous music streaming on a single charge. To maximize user productivity, the HONOR 200 Pro features powerful supercharge capabilities. With lightning-fast 100W Wired HONOR SuperCharge6 and 66W Wireless HONOR SuperCharge7, users can charge their device fully in only 41 minutes8, making it the ideal device for busy users who are always on the go. The HONOR 200 Pro also provides an impressive 12GB memory and large 512GB storage drive, which allows users to store and access their data without limitations, guaranteeing a seamless and hassle-free experience.  


Equipped with the robust Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 Mobile Platform, the HONOR 200 Pro achieves a CPU clock speed of up to 3GHz, guaranteeing seamless graphics rendering and real-time responsiveness. Featuring MagicOS 8.0, the HONOR 200 Pro offers an intelligent user experience enriched with a range of AI-powered smart functionalities. MagicOS 8.0 also offers flagship features such as Magic Portal, Magic Capsule and Magic Ring on the HONOR 200 Pro that streamline user digital interactions. 


Pricing and Availability


Get your hands on the AI Portrait MasterHONOR 200and HONOR 200 Pro are now available for pre-orderpriced at Php 24,999 and Php 29,999 respectively with FREE JBL Soundgear Frames worth Php 9,499. Drop byat any HONOR Experience and Partner Stores, or online via Lazada, Shopee, and Tiktok Shop


For more affordable offers, the HONOR 200 is also available at Home Credit for as low as Php 1,619/month. Inquire now via:


To know more about HONOR 200, head on to: For more exciting announcements, check out HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok Shop: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to


About HONOR  

HONOR is a leading global provider of smart devices. It is dedicated to becoming a global iconic technology brand and creating a new intelligent world for everyone through its powerful products and services. With an unwavering focus on R&D, it is committed to developing technology that empowers people around the globe to go beyond, giving them the freedom to achieve and do more. Offering a range of high-quality smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables to suit every budget, HONOR’s portfolio of innovative, premium and reliable products enables people to become a better version of themselves. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Finding your center: Three reasons why you’re losing your balance


Have you ever ridden a rollercoaster, had a bit too much to drink, or sailed over rough and choppy seas? Then you may have experienced a temporary loss of balance, that woozy, room-is-spinning feeling that leaves you staggering and holding on to support until you’ve regained your steadiness.


A loss of balance and its accompanying symptoms can also be the result of a medical issue. “Your ability to sit, stand, and walk without falling or swaying from side to side involves more than your muscles and bones,” says Franco Louie L.B. Abes, MD, of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of top hospital in the Philippines, Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “These actions also involve your eyes, inner ear, nerves, heart, brain, muscles, and blood vessels. Once one of these key organs doesn’t function as it should, it can impact your balance.”


According to MakatiMed, health-related balance problems can stem from one of three sources:


The vestibular system “is usually related to the inner ear. Certain medications, ear infections, calcium crystals that move to the wrong side of the inner ear, too much fluid in the inner ear (Meniere’s disease), or a benign tumor in the ear (acoustic neuroma) can affect your balance,” says Dr. Abes. “Common symptoms to look out for are dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness, blurred vision, and even falling.”


The vascular system “controls the flow of blood to the brain. Poor circulation, standing up or sitting down too quickly (orthostatic hypotension), and stroke can manifest in the form of dizziness, lightheadedness, and the feeling of fainting,” Dr. Abes explains.


The nervous system, “which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and other nerves, can also be the cause of your imbalance issues,” Dr. Abes points out. “Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cervical spondylosis, multiple sclerosis, as well as the presence of an infarct or a concussion are conditions that can result in a loss of balance.”


A thorough clinical examination and further diagnostic tests aid a physician in getting to the bottom of your balance problem. “You should likely see an otolaryngologist, who specializes in diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, neck, and throat,” says Dr. Abes. “If your loss of balance is due to dislodged crystals in your inner ear, then the doctor may do the Epley maneuver, which moves the calcium crystals back into their proper place. Steroids and vestibular rehabilitation therapy can address an inner ear infection and Meniere’s disease.”


Proper vestibular evaluation and imaging tests of your head and brain are recommended if initial examinations and treatments do not resolve the problem.


“The point is not to delay a consultation,” advises Dr. Abes. “An unsteady gait doesn’t just interfere with your daily activities. It could lead to more problems like falls that could result in fractures or head trauma. By addressing your loss of balance issue early, you save yourself from complications that could be more detrimental to your health.”


For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email, or visit Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.


Mega Bigay Sustansya intensifies nutrition efforts

Mega Prime Foods, Inc. is dedicated to uplifting Filipino’s lives by providing a wide range of high-quality products that nourish families with every meal served. The company's purpose shines best through its social responsibility arm Mega Tiu Lim Foundation and its flagship community nutrition project: Mega Bigay Sustansya.  


The program recently celebrated its successful fifth year through a culminating event titled "Nourishing the Future: Mega BigaySustansya Graduation Ceremony" at the Mega Prime Foods Manufacturing Facility in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The event, which coincided with the celebration of Nutrition Month this July, honored the program’s graduates. The celebration was graced by Marvin Tiu Lim, Chief Growth and Development Officer of Mega Prime Foods, Inc., Dawn Marie Cabigon, Founder of Reach Out Feed Philippines and representatives from the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).


Itong Mega Bigay Sustansya po ang programa namin upangpangalagaan ang nutrisyon ng kabataang Pilipino na siyangitinuturing rin natin bilang pag-asa ng ating bansa. Sa ikalimang taon ng programang ito, mas pinaigting at pinalapitpa namin ang Mega Bigay Sustansya sa kanila sa pamamagitanng pagdala ng programa sa mga paaralan,” shared Tiu Lim during time with the supportive parents of the participating children. 

(“The Mega Bigay Sustansya program is our initiative to take care of the nutrition of Filipino children, who we also consider as the hope of our nation. In its fifth year, we have intensified and brought Mega Bigay Sustansya closer to them by bringing the program to schools,” shared Tiu Lim during his time with the supportive parents of the participating children.) 

Launched in 2019, Mega Bigay Sustansya is a sustainable nutrition initiative aimed at alleviating malnutrition among Filipino children. The Expanded National Nutrition Surveyreveals that approximately 20% of Filipino children under five years old suffer from stunted growth while 30% of kids aged between 5 and 10 years old are underweight and stunted. These alarming figures highlight the critical need for a progressive nutrition program. 


Mega Bigay Sustansya provides meals that meet nutritional standards and share essential knowledge for optimal nutrition.  The program’s main beneficiaries are children aged 4-12 yearsold who receive nutritious meals for a set number of days, according to the program designed by the foundation along with its partners: Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology's Food and Nutrition Research Institute, and Reach Out Feed Philippines. 


Mega Sardines, the company’s popular canned sardines brand, is integral to the meal designs of the Mega Bigay Sustansyaprogram. The company also offers products in other seafood lines, such as Mega Mackerel and Mega Tuna, as well as in the kitchen ingredients category with Mega Prime Mushroom and Mega Prime Kernel Corn, and in the beverage industry with Primo Sparkling Juice and Jimm’s Coffee Mix. 


Since its inception, Mega Bigay Sustansya has served over 370,000 meals in various communities across the Philippines including Ermita, Valenzuela, Navotas, Samar, Leyte, RoxasCulionSurigao, and Zamboanga. Recently, it has also reached schools in Lucena, Lopez, Sariaya Quezon, TanauanOrmocTaclobanTawi-tawi, and Sto. Tomas, Batangas.


"The partnership with Mega Bigay Sustansya is a testament to what we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal. Our efforts have brought tangible improvements to the lives of many children, giving them the foundation they need for a brighter future,” said Dawn Marie Cabigon, Founder of Reach Out Feed Philippines. 


Looking ahead, Tiu Lim expressed optimism about the future of Mega Bigay Sustansya, stating, "We are committed to expanding our reach and deepening our impact. With the continued support of our partners and the dedication of our team, we envision a Philippines where no child goes hungry, and every child has the opportunity to thrive."


For more information about the Mega Bigay Sustansya program and Mega Prime Foods, Inc., visit


Get a Chance to Win a Brand-New HONOR 200 Weekly when you join the Back2School Promo of Maya Philippines!

Global technology provider, HONOR, has partnered with Maya Philippines in redefining portraiture with HONOR 200, the AI Portrait Master. Through a prior partnership with Harcourt Studio Paris, the HONOR 200 is engineered to capture photos with upgraded AI Shadow and Light, Optical Effects, and Artistic Style Enhancement


Now that the HONOR 200 is coming in the Philippines, its partnership with Maya will revolve around bringing the Harcourt Studio Paris experience to Filipinothrough the Back2School Promo with Maya Philippines

The Back2School Promo includes “Enroll now, pay later”for up to Php 30,000 anlet joiners earn raffle entries upon using Maya as their mode of payment for everyback-to-school spends, investment, and savings or even earn rewards through referral. 


There will be a weekly selection of 20 lucky winners of Php 10,000 and 4 lucky winners of HONOR 200, HONOR Band 6, HONOR Premium Bluetooth Speaker, and HONOR Earbuds 2 from July 1 to August 31, 2024.


The AI Portrait Master is coming to the Philippines on July 17! Excited for it? Catch it live on Facebook and get a chance to win your very own HONOR 200! Stay tuned for the full mechanics on HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms: (, ( and : ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to Facebook(, Instagram( and TikTok Shop: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to Instagram( and TikTok Shop: (


About HONOR  

HONOR is a leading global provider of smart devices. It is dedicated to becoming a global iconic technology brand and creating a new intelligent world for everyone through its powerful products and services. With an unwavering focus on R&D, it is committed to developing technology that empowers people around the globe to go beyond, giving them the freedom to achieve and do more. Offering a range of high-quality smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables to suit every budget, HONOR’s portfolio of innovative, premium and reliable products enables people to become a better version of themselves. 

Essential Internet Safety Tips for a Secure Online Experience for Students

The internet has become  a  valuable tool for  students to  conduct school research, communica te  with teachers, friends, and family, stay ...