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Protect Website Passwords Saved in Your Browser

July 25th, 2012 by Admin

One of the most convenient tools browsers offer is the ability to save and automatically prefill your website login details and passwords. Because so many sites require accounts and it is well known (or should be at least) that using a shared password is a big no-no, a password manager is almost essential and also a handy feature. But what happens if someone is wandering by and decides to start poking around with your browser and vulnerable internet sites?

To protect your website passwords saved in your browser, it’s essential to learn more about the security features built into Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome.

It doesn’t matter how secure your passwords are if you’ve allowed a browser to store them with no protection. You’re left doubly unprotected by having no Windows password, as an unattended PC will force the user to log back in but without a password, an intruder is straight in.

Firefox offers good protection in that it can store an encrypted password file on your hard drive, if you ask it nicely. This protects all the log-in user names and passwords with a master password. So if someone happens to be on your computer and fires up the browser, they’ll have to enter your master password before the browser starts to automatically fill in all of your bank details without you.

For Internet Explorer there’s no such direct replacement. There is a Content Advisor that’s designed to block inappropriate content rather than block access to the browser and stored passwords. If you open Internet Options > Content and under Content Advisor click Enable, you’ll be prompted to enter a password and hint.

Initially this is massively annoying as it’ll prompt you for every website. We suggest you set a homepage, so when the browser is first opened the password will be required and you can allow all the other sites. The alternative is to set up blocks just on sites that require passwords.

When it comes to Chrome, security is even more lax: there isn’t any way to password protect access to the browser within Chrome itself. There is an extension called Secure Profile that goes some way to address this. It forces a password to be entered before access to the browser is allowed. However, as it’s an extension it can be disabled by knowledgeable people and due to limits on Java it displays the password being entered. But it does block access and is better than nothing.

Note: If you already forgot website passwords saved in your browser and want to recover them, Password Recovery Bundle is the software that can help you easily recover website logins and passwords stored in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc. But if your website passwords are protected with a master password, it’s unrecoverable unless you know the master password.

Use WinPE to Recover Data from Unbootable System

July 23rd, 2012 by Admin

I’m in a big pinch right now. My computer (32-bit Vista Home Premium sp2) refuses to boot up (it keeps crashing with an error code 0x7b). I don’t care about the computer right now but I need to backup the data inside it. How do we transfer the data from a computer into an external drive when Windows doesn’t even boot up?

How to recover from a crashed system and safely carry out all the important data from a crashed computer? If your PC just won’t boot, or you can’t get into it because it is overrun with viruses, you can use a Windows PE boot CD as a quick way to get access to your files and copy them to another PC, or external drive. The process is simple enough.

How to Recover Data from Unbootable System:

  1. To get data back from any crashed and unbootable system, we need a bootable CD to access all the available partitions on the system. Click the following link to create a Windows PE bootdisk on any accessible computer.
  2. How to Create a Bootable Windows PE CD or USB Flash Drive

  3. Set your crashed or unbootable computer to boot from CD by going to the Computer BIOS.
  4. Once the computer boots off the CD,  it will load the operating system inside the CD. After logging into Windows PE system, you’ll be able to see all the data and files on the hard drive of your crashed or unbootable computer.
  5. Attach an USB or any external storage drive to the system and you can copy and backup all your important files to it.

Personally, I have used this CD on numerous occasions and in most cases, I successfully recovered my files like my Mp3 collections, software and documents files. With a non-booting system, our primary aim is to recover all the data first before trying out any solution since a wrong solution can wipe out all the available data from the hard drive.

How to Reset Forgotten Ubuntu Password

July 17th, 2012 by Admin

Forgot your Ubuntu password? How to reset it? There are many reasons you might need to reset your forgotten Ubuntu password:

  • Someone gave you a computer with Ubuntu installed on it but not the password for the user account.
  • You just installed Ubuntu and forgot what password you selected during the installation process.
  • You have too many passwords in your life and can’t keep track of them all.

Well, this tutorial will help you reset your Ubuntu login password, regardless of what reason you have forgotten your password.

How to Reset Forgotten Ubuntu Password:

  1. Reboot your computer, and then as soon as you see the GRUB Loading screen, make sure to hit the ESC key so that you can get to the menu.

  2. Use the Up /Down arrow keys to select “Recovery Mode”, which is usually the second boot option.

  3. Wait for all the boot-up processes to finish, you’ll be presented with a few options. In this case, you want the “Drop to root shell prompt” option so press the Down arrow to get to that option, and then press Enter to select it.

  4. Use the following command to reset your forgotten Ubuntu password.

    passwd <username>

  5. After changing your password, use the following commands to reboot your system. (The sync command makes sure to write out data to the disk before rebooting)

After it finishes booting, just enter the password that you reset it to, and you are in! Forgot your Ubuntu password? it’s incredibly easy to reset your password with this trick.

Log on to Windows 8 with Windows Live ID

July 15th, 2012 by Admin

One of the new features in Windows 8 that I’m particularly intrigued by is the ability to log on to the PC with a Windows Live ID instead of a more traditional local user account. On the Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft group program manager Katie Frigon tackles this new feature and provides some interesting context.

“In Windows 8, we have set out to ensure that each PC user has a truly personal experience that seamlessly bridges their online and offline tasks, is simpler to set up and use, and persists across their set of Windows 8 PCs,” she writes in the blog post.” To do this, we’ve introduced the ability to log in to Windows (optionally) with a Windows Live ID that works across devices, apps, and services, allowing you a uniquely personal experience with Windows.”

Using a Windows Live ID style logon is optional and is in fact not available during Setup if your PC isn’t connected to the Internet. In this article we’ll show you how to set up a Windows Live ID logon option so you can log on to Windows 8 with Windows Live ID.

How to Set Up Windows Live ID Logon in Windows 8:

  1. From the Metro UI, click or swipe the upper right corner of the screen to show the Charms menu. Click or tap on the More PC settings link.

  2. Select Users. Then click/tap on “Switch to a Microsoft account”.

  3. Type in your local account password.

  4. And then enter your Live ID or your Hotmail account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one by clicking the link “Sign up for a new email address”.

  5. Answer the security question to confirm your identity. You may receive an SMS message from your mobile phone that shows “Security info was added for xxx”.

  6. Click on Finish. You’ve completed the setup procedure.

Next time you start your computer, you can log on to Windows 8 with Windows Live ID. After logging in, some of your Metro apps will show data e.g. email, photos, and documents associated with your Windows Live ID account.

2 Ways to Reset Lost iPhone Password

July 10th, 2012 by Admin

Setting a password on your iPhone is an effective method for protecting your personal data. However, if your password is lost it can be a real problem. The conventional method of bypass iPhone password is to restore your phone to factory default using iTunes. This will reset the lost password but will also delete all of your data. Is there a way to reset iPhone password without losing your data?

In this article I’ll show you 2 easy ways to reset lost iPhone password. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Method 1: Reset iPhone Password by Restoring to Factory State

  1. Plug your iPhone into your computer using the bundled USB cable. iTunes will launch automatically.
  2. Select your iPhone from the “Devices” menu in iTunes. Select the “Summary” tab and click “Restore”.
  3. Click “Don’t Back Up” when prompted to back up your data, as this will not work without your password. Click “Restore”.
  4. Wait while your iPhone is reset. It will display “iPhone is activated” when complete.
  5. Click “Restore from the backup of” and select “iPhone” from the drop-down list. This will only work if you’ve previously backed up your data. Click “Continue”. Your data will be restored.
  6. Set up password protection on your iPhone once again if desired.

Method 2: Reset iPhone Password without Losing Data

For jailbroken devices, the root access that comes along with a jailbreak can also be very useful in the case the user forgot the iPhone password. The process involves gaining access to the var/KeyChains root directory and deleting the keychain that holds the password information.

To achieve this, you’ll need a method of gaining root access into your device, either via wireless SSH or a free program like iExplorer. Please note that this method will require your device to be already jailbroken and OpenSSH installed if you plan on using wireless SSH. This method may also fail if your device was jailbroken using limera1n and you haven’t reinstalled the afc2add service.

The following steps utilize iExplorer (download here) to remove the password on your iPhone or iPod Touch without losing data, for both Windows and Mac.

  1. Connect your powered-on device to the PC/Mac using USB cable.
  2. Launch iExplorer and select Root Directory from the left hand pane.
  3. Navigate to var > Keychains.
  4. Within Keychains, locate the one titled keychain-2.db. Right-click on it and Delete Selected.
  5. Disconnect your iPhone from the computer, power it off and power back on. The password would be removed without affecting your personal data or settings.

How to Recover Email Password from Outlook 2010/2007/2003

July 10th, 2012 by Admin

I have Outlook 2010 configured on my home PC and I want to configure it on my laptop, however, I cannot remember the password. How to recover email password from Outlook?

MS Outlook is a really good email, contact and calendar management tool which allows you to add and access an unlimited amount of POP3/IMAP/HTTP accounts. But what if you forgot the passwords of email accounts you have setup in Outlook? How to recover and backup email password from Outlook 2010/2007/2003 in case you have to reinstall Windows or Outlook application?

Forgot Outlook password? You can still see your Outlook email account settings except the password. For security reason, Outlook application intelligently hides the password using stars (asterisks or dots). In this article I’ll show you how to recover email password from MS Outlook 2010/2007/2003 if you forgot Outlook password.

What you should do first is to download and install Outlook password recovery program on your computer, then follow the steps below to recover your forgotten Outlook email password.

How to Recover Email Password from Outlook:

  1. Launch Outlook Password Recovery program.

  2. Click the Start Recovery button.
  3. The program will instantly recover all types of MS Outlook passwords: SMTP, POP3, IMAP, HTTPMAIL, LDAP.

The recovery steps are so easy that even kids can do it. Just one click and Outlook Password Recovery program will automatically search your Outlook profiles and recover Outlook password instantly.

How to Change SATA Hard Disk Mode from AHCI / RAID to IDE in BIOS

July 7th, 2012 by Admin

When you install Windows XP on a SSD or SATA hard disk, Windows installer may give you a blue screen on boot. There is also a problem when we’re going to boot a crashed computer from Windows PE bootdisk to repair your computer, the Windows PE bootdisk may can’t recognize your SATA hard drive. What’s the root cause of these problems? Let me uncover the real truth and offer an easy way to get around this issue.

Windows XP is incompatible with SATA?

SATA is a new type of interface that connects hard drives to computers’ mainboard (motherboard) and replaces the older IDE standard. As of 2009, SATA has replaced IDE in most desktop and laptop computers. The difference between a SATA hard drive and the old IDE drives, among other things, is that SATA can provide for a faster data rate and speed.

This should not affect you unless you just bought a new computer with SATA hard drive and then decided that you want to install your old version of Windows XP on that instead of the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system that it comes with.

Well the problem is that your good old Windows XP installation CD, when it was made, never knew about SATA drives so obviously, it doesn’t include the driver. When you try to install your operating system, you will notice that the installation procedure fails and usually a blue screen is displayed declaring a missing driver for the hard drive.

Solution to fix the compatibility issue:

No reason to worry. There is a very easy solution that will make the SATA hard drive act as if it were an IDE one. By following the simple steps below, you can put your computer into SATA Compatibility mode and once again be able to use your Windows XP operating system.

  1. Turn on your computer. While the computer starts keep pressing and releasing the F2 button to enter the BIOS setup utility.  (Some computers may use a different key to load BIOS such as Del, F1, F12, Esc, etc. )
  2. When you enter BIOS, navigate to the Advance menu and under that section choose SATA Controller Mode.
  3. Change SATA controller Mode to [Compatibility].
  4. Save the new settings and exit BIOS. Let your computer start up.

The exact menu option in your motherboard’s BIOS may differ but look for phrases like “SATA Configuration”, “SATA Mode”, “SATA Controller Mode”, “SATA Operation”, “Configure SATA as”, etc. Change SATA mode from AHCI / RAID to IDE compatible mode.

Restart your computer. The SATA drive will be emulated as an IDE drive. Everything should be working again.

PS: Take a look at the following pictures, you should be able to find out how to change SATA mode in different BIOS:

Ultimate Guide to Make Windows 7 Run Faster

July 6th, 2012 by Admin

After the debacle of Windows Vista on different performance issues, Microsoft was under a deep pressure and stress to get into the league of repeating the success that it made with Windows XP.

Windows 7 was engineered to answer all shots of questions that Windows Vista raised during its time period. The factor on which Windows 7 in cashes the market as compared to its predecessors is Speed. Special attention was paid by Microsoft team for making Windows 7 run faster than the previous operating systems (Windows XP, Windows Vista).

Although Windows 7 is much faster than Vista but still a lot of users tend to find the OS not convincing enough to accept that fact, there are different reasons that come into play if you are experiencing a slow windows 7 performance. A lot of users have upgraded Windows 7 on their Old PC’s. Installing Windows 7 on a old PC can not give you that soothing and satisfactory experience as compare to having Windows XP on them in past. The possible reasons for that is the enhanced hardware requirements that Windows 7 demands.

If you are having a slow Windows 7, there are some tweaks with the help of which we can optimize Windows 7 to the maximum possible extent. So, for all those who are looking forward to tweak their Windows 7 here is a top 5 steps that we are going to discuss.

So lets start the ultimate guide to make Windows 7 run faster.

Step 1 : Disable the Search Indexing feature of Windows 7

The Search Indexing service in Windows 7 index’s to keeps track of the files so that they can be found quickly when asked at some other time. This feature is useful only if you perform frequent searches on your system. Most of the Windows 7 users do less searches in there system.

For occasional file searchers the Search Indexing service in Windows 7 is a total resource hog. It unknowingly eats up your system resources. What you need from windows 7 is maximum performance from it then I would certainly recommend you to disable this resource hogging Windows 7 Search Indexing Feature.

  • Right Click the “Computer” Icon in the desktop and select “Manage”.
  • Click “Services and Applications” in the “Computer Management” window.
  • Click on “Services”.
  • You can see a lot of services listed there. Look for “Windows Search” in that.
  • Right Click on “Windows Search” from the list and choose “Properties”.
  • The “Windows Search Properties Window” will open up. From “Startup type” click on the drop down menu and choose “Disabled”.
  •  Click “Apply” then “OK” and that’s it. The Windows 7 Search Indexing Feature is now disabled.

Step 2 : Disable the Aero Theme to make Windows 7 faster

The aero user interface certainly adds some “Eyecandy” to Windows 7 but certainly is a resource hog especially when, what you expect from windows 7 is more performance juice. Aero user interface squeezes your graphics or video card to its maximum. Disabling the aero theme alone in Windows 7 will really speed things up.

  • Right Click on your Desktop and select “Personalize” click the Window Color Tab.
  • Uncheck the Box saying “Enable Transparency” and then click on “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”.
  • Then a window will open up. Apply a Standard or Basic theme from it. The Standard Windows 7 theme is more preferred.

Step 3: Disable the unwanted Visual Effects to make Windows 7 run faster

There are many unwanted visual effects that can be safely disabled to speed up windows 7.

  • For this right click on “Computer” and select “Properties” from the right click menu.
  • Click on “Advanced System Settings” from the left pane to open up the “System Properties” window.
  • Select the “Advanced” tab from it. Then Under “Performance” click “Settings”. Choose “Custom” options from it.
  • Now untick all the options and select only the last four options (actually three only needed; you can untick the second option from the last four). See the screen shot if you have any doubt.
  • Now just logoff your system and turn logon.

Step 4: Disable the unwanted services to make Windows 7 run faster

There are many services in windows 7 that we don’t require for our daily use. There are some exceptional cases though. Services such as “print spooler” is only needed when we use a printer. If we use a printer only occasionally we can safely turn off that service in Windows 7 and turn it on only when we need to take a print.

Step 5 : Disable the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows 7

The User account control (UAC) feature in Windows 7 is very annoying though it says it can protect your computer from harmful virus activity etc. But if you are a daily user of your computer this windows 7 feature will be a total nuisance to you.

  • From the Control Panel open the “User Accounts and Family Safety” > User Account.
  • Click the User Account Control settings link.
  • Now just Drag the Slider towards “Never Notify”.
  • Click “OK” and Reboot your system.

How to Reset Mac OS X Password with a Installation CD

July 5th, 2012 by Admin

If you cannot remember your Mac administrator password, you may need to recover or reset your password to log onto your system. Although you can change passwords within Mac OS X, resetting a forgotten password requires that you use a Mac OS X installation disc. The installation disc allows you to create a new password for the administrator account so that you can gain access to your system again.

Let’s say you totally forgot the password to log on to your Mac. Or maybe you purchased a used Mac from someone else and they’ve got it locked down. Follow the steps below you can reset Mac OS X password easily with a installation CD.

Step 1

Insert your Mac OS X CD into your computer’s optical drive and reboot the computer. Hold down the “C” key as the computer starts to boot the computer using the CD.

Step 2

Click to select your language when prompted and click the right arrow icon. Click “Utilities” on the toolbar and select “Password Reset”. Select your system hard drive and choose the original administrator account name from the drop-down menu. Type a new password for the account and reenter the password to confirm. Type a password hint if you wish.

Step 3

Click “Save” to change the password and click the red icon on the top of the window to exit. Click “Mac OS X Installer” on the toolbar and select “Quit Mac OS X Installer”. Restart your computer when prompted.

Note:

If Mac OS X prompts you for the new password each time you log in, you can change this setting from the “Keychain Access” utility. Click “Edit” and select “Keychain List”. Select your previous administrator key chain and select “Delete”. You can add your new password in the key chain at the next login.