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Online safety Yes? or No?

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Am I secure online?  This is one big unknown for a typical user. How can I know that, you ask? Monthly, weekly or even daily there are patches issued for a software installed on your computer. Some software  do it automatically some don’t. Checking them all can be difficult and painful process. That is why not many do it but should do.
There is a quick solution for this. Simply go on to Secunia.com website and you have an option to run a free scan of most popular and important components of your system. Check this out.

There is also Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) program that installs on a windows. It’s free for Home Users and gives you more detailed information about detected vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks.  You can download it from the same website here.

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July 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

New Type of Phishing Attack Goes After Your Browser Tabs

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Tabnabbing operates in reverse of most phishing attacks in that it doesn’t ask users to click on a obfuscated link but instead loads a fake page in one of the open tabs in your browser.

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July 27, 2010 at 9:28 am

Tips: Use your laptop safe in a hot weather

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Over last few weeks we had really nice and hot weather here in Birmingham. It is known fact that laptops get hotter than other computers and they need special care. If you don’t do that you can seriously damage you laptop. There are some makes and models that are more at risk then others (like HP dv2000, dv3000, dv6000, dv9000 series).Some overheated laptop symptoms are slowness, sluggishness or crashing. Most laptops run safely at 50-95 degrees. But do not leave your laptop in over heated cars as it will cause damage. Here are some tips for helping your laptop to keep its cool.

  1. Go Green and keep it cool.
    For usual tasks like browsing internet or word processing switching to energy saving mode is a great idea. It conserve energy and keeps your laptop cool. To change current power saving scheme simply right-click on battery icon on a right-down corner and choose Power Options.
  2. Get a Cooling Pad.
    Most gadgets are useless and brings nothing good for you laptop but Cooling Pad is different. It is a pad that your laptop rests upon and has a fan that cools the bottom of your computer. So if your only computer at home is laptop and you need to work long hours in a hot day – get one. It’s worth its price unless you don’t mind paying big bill for laptop repair.
  3. Turn it off.
    When you are done and you are not using it – turn it off. This should be a common sense given these days to conserve and not waste energy.
  4. To help ventilate your laptop system don’t block places where your laptop vents are located. Make sure vents are clean and free of dust. You can get a can of compressed air and blow some through radiator and fan once in a while(remember to turn it off before doing so).
  5. Stay out of direct sun.
    It’s better to be safe (and cool) than sorry. It’s very easy to make your battery life suffer because they are not heat-friendly. Just few direct sun exposures and don’t get surprised you will need a new one.
  6. Back it up.
    Backup is crucial – you should know that if you value your data. At least it is a good idea to have it in a habit. Or you can keep your important files on an external drive.

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July 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

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Windows 7 God Mode

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I’ve gotten a number of emails about how to change different settings in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Some of my customers tried to do some system modiffications by installing 3rd party software. Some of them reported system to be unstable. The problem is some of that software gives you an options you actualy shouldn’t change unless you know exactly what are you doing.
Below I will show you a way to get an access to most of hiden system settings without using and installing any of so called magic tuneup, tweaking programs. The feature I am talking about is “Windows God Mode”. What it basically is, is an extended control panel that allows you to have control over various aspects of the OS that are not typically surfaced via a GUI (Graphic User Interface).

Here’s how you enable it:
Create a new folder (right-click and click on “New Folder”) then name it with code in line below, just copy and paste this:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Nothing major, frankly, but interesting. Use at your own risk, of course.

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July 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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Top 5 sites with Android Apps

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Recently I was playing with my new Dell Streak Android Smartphone. It took me some time to find out all the features it has. Naturally next step was to get some apps to make it more useful for doing my business. While browsing internet to find some websites with Android applications for my phone I have found Steven’s Campbell article.

Here is a link to Top 5 Sites to Help You Find Apps for Your Android Phone.

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July 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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iOS 4.0.1 for iPhone and iPod Touch

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Everybody has been waiting for this update a lot which should fix antenna problem (reception issue) in iPhone 4. So here it is, the new update Firmware iOS 4.0.1 from Apple has been released a couple of days ago for Public. It’s available for download and it is simple but take care!
It’s very important to follow few steps just in case something goes wrong. Stay away from iTunes and from Update button because it can really hurts without backup.
Steps to Upgrade your iDevice to iOS 4.0.1:
Step 1: Download your Firmware from the following links (official from Apple):
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3G

Step 2: Download and install iTunes 9.2 from Apple Website.
Step 3: Connect your Device and Start iTunes
Step 4: Right Click on the iPhone Icon on the left in iTunes and choose “Backup” (now backup process will begin)
Step 5: After Backup your Data, Hold down Shift (Windows) / Alt (Mac) and click on Restore.
Step 6: Choose your iOS 4.0.1 Firmware you already downloaded.
Now give iTunes some time to do some upgrade processes. After this your Device will be updated to the newest iOS 4.0.1 version.

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July 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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Free cases for all iPhone4 users

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The iPhone maker and Apple boss Steve Jobs has decided to offer free cases to iPhone4 customers, who are having reception issues. The case will help solve a widely reported issue in which phone signal strength was drained when the phone was held a certain way.
Apple will offer free cases to all iPhone4 customers if they want those. For all people who have already bought those, will receive a refund.
Free cases will be offered until 30 September. Apple has also decided to offer a full refund if you return your iPhone within 30 days of purchase.

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July 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

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