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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Why you need strong passwords

Strong Passwords

Why you need strong passwords

It can be tempting to use an easy-to-remember sequence like a birth date or cell phone number as a password. But don’t. Many systems have been broken into due to weak passwords, which are passwords that can be easily guessed or can be quickly decoded by a cracking program.

A password cracking program is a tool that runs through a list of possible passwords, one-by-one, until it hits on the right combination; it can process tens of thousands of different passwords in one second. The list of possible passwords the program uses can include commonly used passwords, dictionary words, and information specific to you, such as your birth date.
Once your password is known, a hacker can tap into your private information and do all sorts of damage, ranging from reading your personal emails and creating fake postings on your profile page to robbing your bank accounts and stealing your identity.

Tips for creating a strong password

4 Password Dos
4 Password Dos
  • Use long passwords. The longer your password is, the better. Use a password that has at least 8 characters, and for your high-security accounts, security experts recommend even longer passwords: at least 14 characters. (How can you remember 14 characters? See “Consider building passwords based on phrases” below for some ideas.)
  • Mix it up. Use a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols—the more types of characters you use in your password, the harder it is to guess.To illustrate: For an 8-character password with all lowercase letters, a cracking tool would be able to run through every possible combination in 2.42 days. By mixing in uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols, the tool would take 210 years to run through every combination.
  • Use text that’s not in a dictionary. A password cracking program can check millions of dictionary words in seconds. Avoid “real” words that can be found in a dictionary.
  • Change passwords regularly. Change your passwords on a regular basis. Every 60-90 days is the recommendation of most security advisors; you may want to change them more or less often depending on the security of the information the password is protecting.
4 Password Don’ts
4 Password Donts
  • Don’t use ‘password’. The word password and variations such as password1, passwd, p@$$w0rd, and drowssap (password spelled backwards) are so common that many hackers start with these.
  • Don’t use easy-to-guess patterns. Don’t use a sequence of characters (like 123456 or abc123), repeated characters (ioioio), or patterns that use characters that are close together on the keyboard (qwerty).
  • Don’t use your name or other personal characteristics. Don’t use your first or last name, and don’t use terms associated with your personal life that others may know, like the name of your spouse or children, names of pets, license plate numbers, and phone numbers.
  • Don’t use the same passwords for every account. The risk in using the same password for multiple accounts is that if someone figures out one password, that person now has access to everything else. For the utmost in security, use a different password for every password-protected program, web site, and account that you use. It’s particularly critical that you not re-use your email account password on web sites because once it’s compromised, the door is opened to all your accounts that have your email address on file.
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Consider building passwords based on phrases

The truth is that a long string of random characters can be hard to remember, especially when you have a lot of different passwords to keep track of.
One strategy is to use passwords that are built from easily remembered phrases. You take the first letters from each of the words in the phrase, and you also mix in some symbols and numbers in place of certain words, like using & to replace “and.”
Here are a few examples of strong passwords built on phrases:
  • M2010nyri2l15# (“My 2010 new year’s resolution is to lose 15 pounds”)
  • Lmu?i:Wayd4o? (“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”)
  • Iw2Tls&cw2gb! (“I went to Texas last summer and can’t wait to go back!”)
TIP: A number of online password checkers like The Password Meter can be used to check the strength of your password.

Make any security questions strong, too

Automated password resetting is a process that lets you reset your password if you ever forget your current one; it’s typically implemented by you setting up one or more security questions that you have to answer in order to gain access to your account. But if these questions are too simple, someone else may be able to easily guess the answers.
One example of this technique happened in 2008 when the email account of Sarah Palin, a nominee for Vice President of the United States, was broken into. The hacker was able to answer three security questions and illegally access Palin’s email simply by researching her zip code, her birthday, and where she met her husband.
For any account that offers password resetting, be sure to set up strong questions as well.
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And remember–keep your passwords secret

The strongest of passwords won’t protect you if others can readily access it. Have you ever seen someone’s password written on a sticky note taped to their monitor? This is a bit like taping your car keys to the windshield—you can easily find your keys, but so can anyone else.
Here are a few tips on safeguarding your passwords:
  • Don’t respond to any email that asks for your password or asks you to verify your password by sending it in. Reputable companies don’t use email to ask their customers for this information.
  • When using public computers such as in airport lounges, internet cafes, and libraries, don’t access any sites that require a password. In these insecure locations, hackers can easily capture everything you type using keylogging devices.
  • The old advice was to never write down your passwords, but with today’s reality, you can end up with dozens of different passwords—and it’s better to use multiple passwords than to just use the one or two passwords that you can memorize. So it’s OK to write down your passwords: just be sure to keep the list in a secure place that others can’t access, such as a locked drawer or a safe deposit box.
For an easy, hassle-free way to keep your passwords organized and protected, try a password security program that will remember and secure your passwords. Roboform is one we’ve tested, use, and can recommend.
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Recover Deleted Files on Mac with Disk Drill

Disk Drill is a free Mac data recovery software designed natively for Mac OS: easily protect your files from accidental deletion with Recovery Vault and recover lost data from Mac disks. It works on both internal and external drives, as well as memory cards and thumb drives. Disk Drill now has Free and PRO editions.
Free edition allows you protecting and recovering your Mac data with Recovery Vault technology and offers you S.M.A.R.T.disk monitoring (you can monitor your disks’ hardware status and get automatic notifications of potential failures or other issues).
PRO version features a number of advanced scanning modes (Quick Scan and Deep Scan) for data recovery of FAT, NTFS, HFS/HFS+, other file systems and formatted (initialized) drives.
So if your hard drive was damaged, or you accidentally deleted your favorite photos, music, videos and other data, no worries about data loss – Disk Drill will recover deleted files on your Mac!

Features of “Disk Drill”:
Hard Drive Recovery:
· Recover data on any hard drive right on your Mac: internal and external (USB, FireWire, eSATA) hard drives are supported.

File Recovery for Mac:
· Disk Drill Mac recovery software finds deleted or damaged files, recovers file data with deep scan or undeletes files with quick scan.

Recover Memory Card:
· Insert any memory card or USB drive into your Mac directly or using a card reader, scan it with Disk Drill & recover any deleted data.

Partition Recovery:
· Accidental repartitioning lead to data loss? Recover data from partitioned or formatted disk drives right on your Mac.

Mac Photo Recovery:
· Recover lost or deleted data like photos or music after you empty trash on your Mac. Disk Drill recovers just deleted photos or those you deleted long ago (if they were not overwritten).

iPod Data Recovery:
· Recover deleted & lost music, videos, podcasts & other data from your iPod even after erroneous device restore to factory settings.

You can Download Disk Drill here

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Recover Lost data from your PC with Recuva

Recuva is a new file recovery tool that will unerase files that you have mistakenly deleted from your computer. Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. You can limit your search to files of a certain type (e.g images, audio etc.) and choose between a fast and a deep scan approach. The program also includes a secure deletion option that allows you to permanently delete files that were found during the scan, in order to prevent any future recoveries.

Recuva is fast, small and will even run from a USB drive. Like all other Piriform products, Recuva is free for both commercial and personal use.

Download Recuva Here

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

5 Free Programs to Backup and Restore Computer Drivers

After you format your Computer and reinstall Windows, the first thing you do is install all the device drivers. If you happen to lose your motherboard or driver’s CD, you will have to find all those drivers on the net and download them. If you want to avoid such hassle, then use these free utilities which can easily backup and restore Computer Drivers whenever you want. This can come quite handy even if you manage to lose the Driver’s CD or your system gets crashed.

DriverMax is a great utility that allows you to take backup of all your Computer Drivers easily. Drivers can also be restored quickly and all this requires only a single computer restart. You can view all your Computer Drivers and export the ones that you want.

It is a light weight and portable driver backup tool. You can use it to backup all your drivers and the backed up drivers will be saved like a tree structure. The drivers can also be restored if you want or you can also delete unnecessary drivers. It also includes automatic restoration from CD/DVD and an interactive command line builder.

Double Driver can be used to take a backup of all your Computer Drivers. It will scan your Computer and present you with a list of all the installed drivers. You can then select which drivers you want to Backup. Restoration of drivers is also possible.

It is a small application which can be used to grab all your Computer Drivers except the ones from Microsoft. It saves them into the same directory from where it is executed. You can also use it to analyze your drivers. It is also portable.

It is another Windows Utility which you can use to quickly backup and restore your Computer Drivers. It has a very simple layout. Just select the driver you want to Backup and select the location where you want them saved. It takes very less time to take a backup and restoration is also simple.
Is there any good utility which i have missed. Share your thoughts in Comments.
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Transparent Screen by Samsung

Samsung, a South Korean electronics company created a unique laptop.
When This laptop is powered off the laptop screen will be transparent, with 40% of light can penetrate from behind.

Samsung released this laptop in the end of 2010.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

10 Business Uses for iPad

Before you buy an ipad, think about what it will be in your daily business. Now see the list below to give you a nice idea for what the ipad will used on you business days:

1. Give Presentations
Tired of lugging your bulky laptop around just to give presentations? With the VGA Adapter and supporting software, business users can make use of the much more portable iPad for this task. A number of software supports the VGA Adapter, such as the free Presentation App, or Apple’s own Keynote. Getting the presentation onto the iPad will probably require the requisite files to be synced in advance, though some of the presentation software supports alternative means of moving the files over. And unless you create the presentation on the iPad, you will probably want to first check that the transferred files display as expected.
As an added bonus, Apple has also promised a future update that will allow Keynote presentations to be streamed via AirPlay to an Apple TV. While not terribly useful for conference rooms where projectors are still predominantly VGA-based (the new Apple TV is HDMI only), the capability offers compelling value in certain scenarios – such as being able to conduct a presentation using a large-screen plasma or LCD at a trade show using an iPad.

2. Use as a sales brochure
Rather than lug along a stack of heavy sales brochures or other printed documents, why not just load everything onto an iPad? All it takes is some preparation to convert the requisite promotional materials as image files for viewing under the default Photos application. File them appropriately in separate folders, and you now have a veritable compendium of your company’s products or services in the palm of your hands.
A vendor whipped out an iPad at a trade show to show him some screenshots of their product’s GUI. The experience was so sleek it took him a moment to realize that it was just a bunch of properly formatted images and not a custom application created by the company

.3. Access desktop files
Ever left the office for a meeting and then had to turn back because you needed some documents on your office desktop? Or you simply didn’t have the time to fire up your laptop to take one more look at a spreadsheet? Well, a number of solutions are available today that allow you to synchronize your work-related files with a cloud-hosted solution. From there, these files can then be accessed from your iPad using the appropriate free apps. Exact functionality and prices vary – some are free, but there are definitely no shortages of solutions, which range from SugarSync, and Dropbox, or even Apple’s own iDisk.

4. Increase productivity
Sometime we uses different kinds of software to maintain productivity, including Microsoft OneNote to maintain a list of ideas for new blogs and articles, as well as a plain text application for general note taking and to maintain our to do list. We’re discovered that we can read and edit OneNote Notebooks using MobileNoter on the iPad, while Simplenote allows us to do the same for the notes on the desktop. Because everything is automatically synced to the cloud, we doesn’t even have to remember to perform a
manual synchronization, or leave a laptop on.

5. Use as an external monitor
Without repeating the arguments here, there are a number of apps that you can get for your iPad that will transform it into a wireless monitor to extend your display area. There are a few solutions available, though the one is the DisplayLink app, which in tandem with the company’s free iPad client software, allows us to use the iPad as an 1024×768 monitor for his Windows 7 laptop with full Aero support.

6. Catch up on reading
The iPad with its larger display is very well suited for catching up on some reading when traveling, or while waiting for the clients to arrive. Aside from the bunch of dedicated ebook applications such as iBooks and Kindle for the iPad, there is also a large number of RSS news readers that can help you keep apace of developments in your industry. Finally, iPad clients of both Read It Later and Instrapaper are available for you to catch up on Web pages flagged for reading from your desktop.

7. Access company email
One very practical feature of the iPad is its ability to connect to not just POP servers, but also to an Exchange Server or IMAP-based mail server. Users are not only able to access and read their e-mails in the latter two scenarios, but are also able to perform basic folder management and filing tasks. Moreover, the iPad’s large screen and ability to render HTML e-mails in high fidelity allows users to tackle their inbox at practically the same productivity level as from a full-fledged workstation. Finally, a recent iOS update has made it possible for an iPad to connect to more than one Exchange Server for users that require this functionality.

8. Take your office with you
With apps offering the ability to edit and review Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, workers can literally bring their office along with them. While these software do represent an additional cost, and might not have all the desired functionality, they have worked well for me. In addition, they also price cheaply in comparison to desktop software.

9. Organize your schedule
There are many types of calendaring software that allow you to manage your work and personal schedule for the iPad. Schedules planned on Microsoft Outlook can be synchronized wirelessly to your iPad, or when synchronizing via iTunes – many of the apps also support syncing to cloud-based calendaring services such as Google Calendar.

10. Manage social media
The 10-hour battery stamina of the iPad means that you can leverage it for your social media interactions without constantly worrying about it running out of juice. Businesses are now aware of the importance of engaging their customers on an individual level via sites such as Facebook and Twitter. And while enterprises have the budget to pay dedicated specialists to perform these tasks, the responsibility in SMBs usually falls on the shoulders of employees in the sales and technical departments. On this front, the iPad makes an excellent platform, with dedicated clients for just about every social network out there. Safari works well, too.
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Secret shortcut for blackberry

There are some shortcut for blackberry that you might not know…

ALT-N-M-L-L : Show the signal strength in dbm

ALT-V-A-L-D (in address book): check inconsistency address book.

ALT-R-B-L-D (in address book): Rearranging the data structure in the address book.

ALT-Right Shift-Del: for soft reset your blackberry.

ALT-Left Shift-H: Indicates important technical information about HH (vendor id,platform,pin,IMEI,MAC,uptime,Signal Strength).

ALT-R-B-V-S>(In browser): Show source-code of web pages.

ALT-L-G-L-G: Show event log in system.

Just try it…
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