HD Widgets (4.1) – Android App Review

September 30, 2014

HD Widgets (4.1)

Cost Of App: $0.99 CAD/USD (Google Play App Store)

App Description: (See Below)

Widget Features
– clock, date, switches, weather, forecast, & location
– 50+ setting switches
– tap hot spots to open apps (clock / alarm, date, weather)
– phone sizes: 1×1, 1×2, 1×4, 2×1, 2×2, 4×1, 4×2, 4×3, 4×4, 5×1, 5×2, 5×3
– tablet sizes: 6×1, 6×2, 3×5, 8×1, 8×2, 4×7 (and all phone widgets)
– lock screen widgets

Theme Packs and Add-Ons
HD Widgets includes FREE Glass Gems theme pack with over 100 widgets for phones and tablets.

Advanced Weather & Forecast
– the most advanced weather screen available on Android
– multi-source: AccuWeather, Weather Underground & more
– 12-36 hourly graph w/ temperature and chance of rain
– 7-10 day forecasts
– multiple locations

Are there in App ads ?: No

A. Ease Of Use: 5/5 – Super easy to use and set up.

B. Security: No impact to smart phone or tablet security

C. Usefulness: 3/5 – This app is pretty but that is about it. I just bought it because, I did not like the default JellyBean Time and Date layout and + it was on sale.

D. Smart phone Slowdown: Not tested

E. Tablet Slow Down: Some minor lag. While the widget is loading up.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: I recommend this app to anyone who dislikes their default android time and date theme.

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iPoll – Survey Site Review (September 2014)

September 29, 2014

Name: iPoll (formally known as Survey Head)

Link: http://www.ipoll.com/

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Pretty much anyone

Type of Award Or Payment: Sweepstakes, E-gift Cards , Donations and much much more

Points or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey:  0.00 – $10.00 USD

(Must have a minimum of $25 USD/CAD in your account to redeem)

Sign-Up Time: Pretty lengthy

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 0 – 30

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: Longer then you’d want to wait.

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 – This survey panel has dramatically decreased the number of survey invites sent out.

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ImTranslator (8.2) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

September 27, 2014

ImTranslator (8.2)

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – A very easy and straight forward add-on, but there are still some settings that can get a bit tedious to newer Firefox users.

B. Security: Not Applicable To This Add-on

C. Usefulness: 4/5 – Both my life as a member of the (CSW) team and my life on the net would be a lot harder without this add-on. If you ever wondered how to say something in another language, or even if you just ran into a site and or blog that is not in your own native tongue / language.

D. FireFox Slowdown: At times this add-on can really slow down your browser.

E. Computer Slow Down: PC slowdown can occur on the very rare occasion. Often it will occur when you leave this add-on by accident with in your FireFox browser Window, or if you have been in a FireFox session for quite a while. And then you decide you want to translate a large swath of text.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: Any level of Firefox user could benefit from this add-on.

Very Important Firefox Add-on Compatibility Note: The add-on NoScript (NoScript Review Link) will cause this add-on to crash or not work at all. You will need to add  imtranslator.net to your NoScript White list, which can be found in your Firefox add-ons. Go to the NoScript add-on. Highlight it, then go to options. Go to second tab called whitelist then add imtranslator.net. Then press Allow, and you can then close Firefox, and re-load it. Then everything should be all good.

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Firefox Add-on Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/imtranslator/

Alternate Google Translator Site Link: http://translate.google.com/

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AVG Internet Security 2014 (2014.0.4765) – Paidware Review

September 25, 2014

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results

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Price$54.99 CAD/USD – For 1 year and 1 PC

A. Installation AVG4.5 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved in this area 10 fold. I personally thank G-d that this time around it did not take more then once to install AVG Anti-Virus 2014. As oppose to AVG Anti-Virus 2013 that took more then a dozen times to install it on my PC’s. So well done AVG for getting it right this time. Better late then never.

B. Un-installing AVG3.5Average” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 is very sloppy un-installer. But that is not a surprise to me. So has every other previous AVG version going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) seems to have been completely fixed in AVG 2014. Along with the jenkey manual update option.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus4.0Great” – No reports of AVG being compromised.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating - 4.0Great” – Automatic updating is fine. But if you want to manually update your AVG. Expect some epic slowness. I’m still not sure why. I have often run into times where it will stall on 30%, or 50% and it seem like forever before you get the 100% completed notice.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue – 5.0 – Yes, you can now with, no doubt. But leave the manual update option alone unless you want to invite stability related issues.

H. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test2.0 Poor- You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner that is more dedicated to removal of Internet cookies. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.

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1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP – 4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista – 4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test - 3.5Average – I still find AVAST and AVIRA seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

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Computers Protection

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3A. Anti-Virus Scanner 4.0Great” – AVG has finally beaten their just average score. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.

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Web Browsing Protection

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4A. Link Scanner4.5Great – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield2.5Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

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Identity Protection

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5A. Identity Protection - 2.0Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

5B. Identity Alert – This feature appears to need a further upgrade. Beyond your main purchase of AVG Internet Security 2014.

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E-mail Protection

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6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it.

6B. Anti-Spam3.0 Average” – Utterly baseline and average. Not even worth the setup.

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Firewall

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7. Firewall5.0 Excellent – By no means perfect. But way better then your standalone Windows built in Firewall

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Extra Features

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8. PC Analyzer (AKA. Fix Performance) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that you only can fix your errors for free once then great. But if you are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this extremely expensive add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion.

9. Mobile ProtectionN/A – This option is pretty much just a bullet point reminder. As you can download the AVG Free Smart Phone or Tablet app from the Google Play Store. Again let me make it clear even thou you have paid for AVG Internet Security 2013. You don’t get AVG Pro Smart Phone app.

10. File Shredder3.5 Average – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking what Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 6. Advanced File shredder options.

11. Tech Buddy Support0.0Abysmal” – This is just a cash grab. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and overally misleading to the end user.

12. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – With only a free forum and a phone number to call for support.

You will often find yourself ether being told to go to the free forum or they will recommend you go to further specialized support team via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is an epic MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised as well as overally misleading.

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My Overall Score: 85/125

68.4 % = C +

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My Final Verdict - AVG Internet Security 2014 takes what it once was and flips it on its heads. Then presents itself as a new more user friendly version of its past iterations. “Well sorry guys, That won’t fly with me.” But you got to love the File Shredder even thou it is so very basic.

This version of AVG and I’m talking about all AVG 2014 versions. Are clearly tailored first to Windows 8 and then to Windows 7. If you don’t have ether. Then you maybe as disappointed as I was. When I first upgraded from AVG Internet Security 2012.

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AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 (2014.0.4765) – Freeware Review

September 24, 2014

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results

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Price: Free

A. Installation AVG4.5 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved in this area 10 fold. I personally thank G-d that this time around it did not take more then once to install AVG Anti-Virus 2014. As oppose to AVG Anti-Virus 2013 that took more then a dozen times to install on my PC’s. So well done AVG for getting it right this time. Better late then never.

B. Un-installing AVG 3.5Average” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 is very sloppy un-installer. But that is not a surprise to me. So has every other previous AVG version going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) seems to have been completely fixed in AVG 2014. Along with the jenkey manual update option.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus4.5Great” – No reports of AVG being compromised.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating - 4.0Great” – Automatic updating is fine. But if you want to manually update your AVG. Expect some slowness.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue – 5.0 – Yes, you can now with, no doubt. But leave the manual update option alone unless you want to invite stability related issues.

H. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test – – You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner that is more dedicated to removal of Internet cookies. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.

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1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP – 4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista – 4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test - 3.5Average – I still find SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

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Computers Protection

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3A. Anti-Virus Scanner 4.0Great” – AVG has finally beaten their just average score. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.

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Web Browsing Protection

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4A. Link Scanner4.5Great – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield – Not available In the Free Version

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Identity Protection

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5A. Identity Protection - Not available In the Free Version

5B. Identity Alert – Not available In the Free Version

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E-mail Protection

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6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it at all.

6B. Anti-Spam – Not available In the Free Version

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Firewall

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7. Firewall – Not available In the Free Version

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Extra Features

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8. Fix Performance (AKA. PC Analyzer) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that you only can fix your errors for free once then great. But if you are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this extremely expensive add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion.

9. Mobile ProtectionN/A – This option is pretty much just a bullet point reminder. As you can download the AVG Free Smart Phone app from the Google Play Store.

10. File Shredder3.5 Average” – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking what Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 7. Advanced File shredder options.

11. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – With only a free forum and a phone number to call for support.

You will often find yourself ether being told to go to the free forum or they will recommend you go to further specialized support via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is an epic MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and overally misleading to users.

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My Overall Score: 73/100

73 % = C +

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My Final Verdict - AVG Free Anti-Virus 2014 takes what disappointed me with AVG 2013 and up the ante. It is still not AVG 2012 which seemed a lot smoother. Also again this appears to clearly tailored first to Windows 8 and then to Windows 7. If you don’t have ether. Then you maybe as disappointed as I was yet again.

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AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android (4.1.2) – Free Smart Phone Android App Review

September 23, 2014

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.0 - “AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App Review Template

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Tested On A: Samsung Galaxy Ace Q (Model: SGH-I827D)

Operating System: Android (V2.3.6)

Price: Free (Google Play App Store)

A. Installation AVG Mobile Anti-Virus Free – 5.0 Excellent” – Very easy just click on AVG Anti-Virus Free  App icon and press Install.

B. Un-installing AVG Mobile Anti-Virus Free4.5Great – It could be a little easier to remove. Just follow the steps below to un-install your AVG App.

B1. Go to your “Settings

B2. Then go to “Applications“.

B3. Then choose the “Anti-Virus App“.

B4. The press and hold your finger on the app

B5. There should be a screen that appears where you can un-install the AVG App.

B6. Wait a few seconds till the App is fully un-installed

B7. Then your good to go

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – No crashes or freezing. Since I downloaded the app.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for AndroidProtection

D1. App(s) Protection5.0Excellent” – AVG will tell you is the app is rouge and not affiliated with the Android App store. It does an excellent job at this. Thus far it has warned me 3 times.

D2. Settings Protection5.0Excellent” – This option is very simple yet very important. It makes sure in your options to install and download apps of “unknown sources” will not be allowed to occur. Other then that super important job. I saw no other reason for this Protection option.

D3. Content Protection4.0Great” – This feature is by no means outstanding. But I have had a few “AD” detection’s. I’m assuming that means “AD”-ware. But I can’t be sure at this point.

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E. Real Time Scanner5.0Excellent” – This feature works like a charm. You can ever see it in action.

E1. SD Card Scanner – 3.5Average- Nothing special here. This is pretty much an external SD card memory scanner.

E2. File Scanner5.0Excellent” – This feature works as expected.

E3. Safe Web Surfing3.5Average” – Nothing special here. No detentions or warning. I’m still unclear as to what this protection is suppose to do.

E4. Deep File Scanner –  5.0Excellent” – This feature works as expected.

E5. Text Message Scanner – 3.5 Average” – Nothing special here. No detentions or warning.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for AndroidPerformance

F1. Task Killer – 3.0 Average - This option is exactly what you would expect and nothing else.

F2. Battery Consumption3.0Average” – This option could of been so much more then. Here’s your phone and this where you are at ##% wise.

F3. Data Usage – 4.0Great” – Great, if you are on a set data plan.

F4. Storage Usage – 4.5Great” – A really great option to check on both your Internal Memory and your SD card memory stats.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android - Privacy

F. App LockerN/A – Not available in Free version

FF. App Backup - N/A – Not available in the Free version

F1. Wipe Device  (AKA. Factory Re-set) – 4.0Great” – Great tool for people who unwittingly corrupted or infect their device with something really nasty.

F2. Wipe SD Card5.0Excellent” – Great for when you are upgrading your devices memory or if you wish to trade or sell your SD card.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android - Anti-Thief

G. Anti-TheftNot Tested

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H. Speed of Scan4.0Great – Way faster scans then in past versions of this app. Way to improve AVG Team.

I. Updating3.0Average – It needs to be updated manually and it won’t always update the first attempt.

J. AVG SupportNot Tested

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My Overall Score: 84.5/100

84.5 % = A -

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My Final Verdict -Part 1- The main difference with AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App. Is that is it split into 4 different layers of protection.

The 1st layer would be your - Protection

1. Apps -This is where the scanner will pick up any rouge apps. That are not certified via the (Google Play App Store).

2. Content – This is where you’ll find out if you downloaded or transferred a virus on to your smart phone. Via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth.

3. Settings – Is also very important and often overlooked when people first get their phone. Often there are settings with in setting that make your smart phone less then secure. Such as letting unknown or un-certified apps to collect your private data, Or transmitting your location without your permission (Also known as Geo-tagging).

The 2nd layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App - Performance

1. Task Killer

2. Battery Consumption

4. Wipe Personal Data

5. Data Usage

6. Storage Usage

The 3rd layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App - Anti-Theft

1. Device Locator

The 4th layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App - Privacy

1. App Locker – Only 10 day limited trial

2. App Backup – Only 10 day limited trail

3. Wipe Device

4. Wipe SD Card

My Final Verdict -Part 2- Now performance wise. This is no watered down version of the full blow PC version of AVG. Yes, there are less options and scanning is a lot slower. Due to mobile phone limitations. But other then that you get what you would expect. A rather good free Anti-Virus program.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App when available. Also important is to update your AVG virus definitions as often as possible. Which in the case of this App there are new virus definition updates (Nearly) everyday.

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Here are 2 links to download AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App:

1. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antivirus (Google Play App Store)

2. http://free.avg.com/us-en/for-mobile (AVG’s Main Site)

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Web Perspectives – Survey Site Review (September 2014)

September 22, 2014

Name: Web Perspectives

Link: http://www.webperspectives.ca/

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Canadian Residence Only

Type of Award Or Payment: Points / Sweepstakes Entries / E- Gift Cards / Physical Gift Cards / Air Miles / Charity

Points or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 0 – 1,000 Points

(You need 1,000 Points/Credits to claim for a $10 CAD value prize or reward)

Sign-Up Time: Pretty Long

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 0 – 31

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: Often less then 1 month for $10 CAD. But as of late it is a lot longer.

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 – This survey site has now chosen to have both automatic point rewards added to your points balance and reward points you have to wait for to become available to use. When ever you have qualified and completed said survey(s). Now we are back having to wait weeks and even months to get your point redemption from past surveys completed.

So I can often redeem my points for a Chapters/Indigo  e- gift cards (Basically a code you can enter and redeem your $10 CAD voucher via the Chapters/Indigo online store.) The main reason I choose that reward is because I don’t have to wait long. In fact you will generally get the e-gift card serial number and pin code with in something like 5 – 15 minutes max. So you are off to the races. Instead of having to wait for an item that has to be shipped to you.

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