WorldStart Tech Tips 2013-01-24
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Bad Grammar and Spelling Make For Good Passwords
Experts researching password cracking warn that the programs used by hackers are getting smarter and smarter. In fact, a team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University was able to come with a program that makes easy work of even long, complicated passwords.
Ashwini Rao and her colleagues say that using familiar sentence patterns like street addresses and email addresses in your passwords make them even easier to get around.
They suggest the key to password protection is using bad spelling and poor grammar. Most hackers use programs that search through correctly spelled and phrased words and put them in various combinations. Intentional misspelling or oddly combined sentences can prevent them from getting through to your information. So instead of a password like “Ilovemy3cats,” consider something like “kahdz_3meL0zzes!”
This is the easiest way EVER to transfer files to and from internal hard drives! Sounds simple - but the uses are off the charts!
How's it work?
You take an internal hard drive - IDE or SATA (that's pretty much everything from the last 10+ years) and plug it into this device. Then plug the USB cable into your computer - that's it!
The hard drive you hooked up will show up as a removable drive under My Computer! No pesky driver install required! How cool is that?
This is the biggie! Let's say you have an old computer laying around and you REALLY want to get the info off the old hard drive and onto your new computer. With this, just pop out the old hard drive, hook it to this little gadget, and plug the USB cable into your new computer.
You just got your data back!
My favorite use for this? Using it as a cheap backup device!
When you're done, just stick the drive in your desk drawer! Hey, that's my backup plan most of the time! Internal drives are easier to store, cheaper to buy (think WAY cheaper) and just as reliable!
So, you have a large file - or group of files - that just won't fit on your flash drive but you need to get them to another computer. Hmm. what to do...
I know - grab that old hard drive sitting in your drawer and use this handy cable put them on there! After all, this cable is basically turning your old hard drive into a giant flash drive, right? Why not use it like one?
OK, this may not be for everyone, but I've done this several times with these cables and it works GREAT!
See, I get a lot of people that come to me with infected computers. Well, some of those infections take HOURS to get off their computer because every time you boot Windows, the virus turns on as well. Smarter viruses then disable all the software tools you install to get rid of them! ARRGH!
So, instead of taking hours to try and manually remove a bad virus, I just pop out the hard drive and - using this cable - hook it to my personal computer. Now I have access to the everything but since windows didn't boot on the infected drive, the virus STAYS DORMANT - and is helpless to stop me from killing it! A quick scan and removal with from my AV software and the problem is fixed!
All thanks to this handy little cable!
Getting easy access to the data on an internal drive that's been removed from a PC is impossible without either a cable like this or tearing apart a compatible computer and hooking the drive back up (assuming you even have the proper connection on the new computer).
Oh, and if you went from a desktop to a laptop - forget it - THIS is the ONLY solution to retrieve that data once you remove the drive! It's one of those tools that every PC user just needs to have, that's for sure!
Of all the extra computer accessories I've purchased over the years, I use THIS cable the most!
Brace yourself - you get all this hard drive and file finesse for just $20.97 and US shipping is FREE!
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Jack from Worthington, OH writes:
My laptop has a built-in wireless LAN adapter that I currently use. Can I plug in and use your advertised plug-in and use an external adapter (the USB kind) without interfering with my built-in adapter? Will it upset the future use of my internal adapter? What about my encryption and security settings?
The most common complaint in regards to Wi-Fi is related to losing or having unreliable connections. Each computer manufacturer chooses a card type for the built-in adapter and location/design of the antenna which can greatly affect the quality of your wireless signal. The best solution to improve your Wi-Fi signal is to purchase an external USB adapter.
The good news is that installing an external USB adapter is a pretty simple process. Your adapter should include a CD (sometimes the CD’s are the smaller 3″ variety so check your package) or a website address to download a driver. Run the setup program from the disk or website and once the setup program has finished installing drivers connect your USB Wi-Fi adapter.
At this point you can either choose to run both the internal and external adapter (the new adapter will most likely be shown as Wireless Network 2) or (and I would recommend this option) disable the built-in wireless adapter. In Microsoft Windows it’s as simple as going to Control Panel then Device Manager and clicking the + next to network adapters. Locate the internal card in the list, right click on it and select Disable. You can re-enable it in the future by right clicking again and selecting Enable.
To configure the wireless connection you can use either your operating systems built-in wireless configuration client or the network cards client. I recommend using the built-in client since operating system vendors put a lot of effort into making connecting to a network as simple as possible.
You can find detailed instructions on how to use the built in client by choosing your operating system below.
Once you’ve connected to the wireless network, the settings should be remembered and you will automatically log in when in range of the Wi-Fi signal. If the network shows up as unsecured or WEP, I would highly recommend not using it. The best Wi-Fi security currently is WPA2 and should be enabled by default on most new routers. Public access points, like those in malls or restaurants, may be unsecured so be careful of what you transmit and receive there.
P.S. If your wondering what makes one adapter better then another, it often comes down to antenna design and size. Bigger external antennas receive and send signals better then smaller internal ones.
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Plasma or LCD? Which TV Is Best?
If you’re ready to make the leap to a flat-panel television set, you may be overwhelmed by the plethora of options available on the market today. Not only do you have to select a brand and size, but you’ve got to determine whether you want 1080 or 720p and wade through a wealth of features and options, such as Internet connectivity. Another big decision you’ll need to make is whether you want a plasma or LCD TV.
Very simply put, plasma and LCD are two different technologies used in the manufacturing of television sets, similar to Windows PCs and Macs in the computer world. There are many similarities and differences, and each type of technology has its pros and cons. To determine which type of television is right for you, you’ll want to think about what you plan to use the television for and consider several factors to find the technology that meets your needs...
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Jerry from Houston, TX writes:
What is the difference between scamming and spamming?
Hi Jerry, Your question probably puzzles many people. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a scam as “a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation”. The act of scamming has been in existence for eons. I guess Italian mob or mafia have been the most successful at this. Anyways, with the advent of technology and email, scamming also came into the hi-tech world. This when spamming got invented.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a spam as “an unsolicited usually commercial email, sent to a large number of addresses“. From this definition, it doesn’t seem like spamming has any illegal connotations. Yet, it does!
To understand how spamming works. You simply have to go to your spam folder...
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Scott from Souza writes:
Yesterday Microsoft Messenger sent me an email telling me I had to “update to Skype” or lose my account. I assume, therefore, that I will also lose my Hotmail account and everything in it. I’m concerned that Skype is a social networking service (none of which I trust for security reasons). I have not been able to find answers to these concerns by searching online, and I was wondering what you and your readers know about all of this. Thanks much.
Microsoft announced at the consumer electronics show that their popular Windows Live Messenger application was being retired. Messenger, for those who don’t know, was an application for Windows Live and Hotmail users which allowed people to communicate from computer to computer via text and video. Microsoft has started informing all of its Messenger users to use Skype, a Microsoft owned company, to continue communicating...
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I’ve reached that age where my friends are either engaged, newlyweds, expecting, or have small children. Those who fit into the last two categories on that list often ask me to find them web sites that offer child rearing tips or sites that are just for moms. Well, I certainly found a great one in Mom.me.
Mom.me is a community that is geared towards, you guessed it, Moms!
The site greets you with a pop-up collection of featured categories like Feeding Time, Mom Candy, Celeb Moms, Crazy Cute, and In the Loop. All the features offer something different for Moms. Feeding time provides recipes, Mom Candy provides a daily look at the staff’s obsessions, and In the Loop follows news that would be interesting to parents.
If this looks like the site for you, then you want to click the Join Our Community link at the top of the page which will whisk you away to the registration form. Fill out the form with a username, create a password, and provide a working e-mail address then answer a few questions and click the check box to agree to the Terms of Service. All that’s left then is to click the red Sign Up button and start participating in the community.
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