Oct 20, 2014

Tips & Tricks To Keep Yourself Safe From Hackers

As the internet celebrates Web Safety Week, these are some of the guidelines you should follow to ensure your safety from hackers, crackers & malicious activity.

Keep a Clean Machine

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, your smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Protect Your Personal Information

  • Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site. 
  • Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password. (Hint: Use the LastPass password generator.)
  • Unique account, unique password: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. (Hint: LastPass will remember each unique password for you.)
  • Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer. (Hint: LastPass helps you securely manage your passwords & other important records.)
  • Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information. 

Connect with Care

  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often the ways cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark as junk email. 
  • Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine. 
  • Protect your $: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security-enabled. Look for web addresses with “HTTPS://,” which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “HTTP://” is not secure.

Be Web Wise

  • Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, share with friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
  • Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

Be a Good Online Citizen

  • Safer for me, more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.

Find a downloadable version of the above tips and more great resources at StaySafeOnilne.org.

Sep 27, 2014

How To Secure Your Facebook Account By Using a Code Generator

With the rising security threats around the world, it is becoming very very important for us to secure our data. What are the threats we face, you should ask? Well the most basic one is identify theft, which in turn leads to theft of your bank details as well as many other accounts.

Take Facebook, which has almost all your details. Your birthday, birth year, your age, your location, your likes, hobbies, your relationships. A smart hacker can use all these details to easily hack in your system. Many of us are lax about our passwords which are as simple as '1234' ,'password' or combinations of our names or our loved ones, or even our interests. This makes it easier for any hacker to crack your password. We can of course not make the details public as a simple security rule. But most of us haven't even looked into the privacy settings of facebook.

One of the security measures facebook employs is browser code. How it works is, you confirm that only you use the browser for facebook, which although is a good idea, but is suseptible to social hacking. Hence you need a powerful method of security which is in your hands. This is where code generators come in.

How to enable it?

The above image shows the security settings, which can be accessed thorught the small lock icon from the top right corner (2nd from last, the one besides the arrow). Go to Security menu, and click on setup in the code generator section. You should get a screen like below.

 The box contains a QR code and a secret key. As they are unique to each person, i have hidden it for my screenshot.

Now instal Google Authenticator App. And open it. You can scan the QR code in the app or enter the Secret key to create an account. The Google authenticator app works on the time based key, so every 60 seconds it changes, making it difficult for anyone to duplicate it. Once you have installed the app, click the overflow menu to get the screen below.

Once you setup your account, you will get a code, which you will have to input in the security code box in the facebook page. Once it confirms that it works, your code generator is ready. Now every time you login, it will ask for the code, which can only be generated from your phone (which hopefully you never forget to take with you). This way, if anyone tries to access your account, he cannot go further than this screen, making it really hard to get access to your account

Now just for note, this is a highly important security app, if your phone crashes, the code goes away and you will have to follow some steps to regain access to your facebook account. Also never uninstall it before you disable the code generator settings in facebook.

If you find the article interesting, share this information with others, so they also can secure their facebook accounts.

Sep 9, 2014

A Faster way to Search through your Files

Was there any time in your life, when you had hundreds of files in your directory and you had to go through each one alphabetically? Or you had to use windows search, which made you pull your hair while you waited? If there was such a time, they you definitely need Listary.

Listary is an small (also portable) search utility for windows. It's a 'find as you type' search utility. It's blinding fast, and words very well with thousands of files. It has a minimal UI, Favorites, Recent Menu & Smart options.

Above screen capture shows Listery at work. Notice the small window at the bottom right, that is how Listary words. Just type the file name you want to search and it lists out all possible files, which you can select easily.

It's works beautifully with windows explorer. But it also works with other files managers like Total Commander, Free Commander, 7Zip, FileZilla etc. It also works in the 'Open file' command box.

In the PRO version, you get even more functionality. In PRO you can create 'Project' folders for easier searching from anywhere. Also useful is the Action like copy, paste, open with and many other functionality in the 'Context' menu available in PRO. It's just $19.95 for lifetime, and you can buy it from here.

Hope you enjoy the software. Please share this with your friends, so they can also enjoy it.

PS: It's portable, so it can be installed on any windows, even those with require admin privileges.

Sep 4, 2014

General Shortcuts for Windows

General Keyboard Shortcuts
  1. CTRL+C (Copy)
  2. CTRL+X (Cut)
  3. CTRL+V (Paste)
  4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
  5. DELETE (Delete)
  6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
  7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
  8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
  9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
  10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
  11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
  12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
  13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
  14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
  15. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
  16. CTRL+A (Select all)
  17. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
  18. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
  19. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
  20. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
  21. ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
  22. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
  23. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
  24. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
  25. F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
  26. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  27. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
  28. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
  29. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
  30. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)
  31. Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
  32. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
  33. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
  34. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
  35. F5 key (Update the active window)
  36. BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  37. ESC (Cancel the current task)
  38. SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)