PSN down for the seventh day

Like all the other PS 3 users I was unable to connect to their online service this week. I wasn’t very upset because I’m not huge fan of this product, but I’m still amazed how could a bunch of hackers destroy the image and eventually the business of such a huge company.

Today is the seventh day when the PSNetwork is down and will remain so until further analyzes. The access to the service seems to have been banned by the company itself from the moment they found out their service was hacked. At the moment there are only rumors circulating the internet, but it seems that personal information such as name, address, e-mail, birthday, and PSN login information were obtained by the hackers. It is not confirmed if the purchase history and also credit card information may have been compromised as well.

The only thing I’m sure is that Sony will have to rebuild the PSN infrastructure and to invest a lot in marketing assuring the customers that their system is secure again. Until then, expect the unexpected!

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Protect your privacy and identity with this awesome Internet tool

Internet privacy is one of the most important issues you can concern yourself with when it comes to being online. With all of the identity theft and online fraud issues that are constantly being bumped into, it’s a wonder that anyone still shops or banks online.

In order to protect yourself, one of the best things you can do is to mask your IP (internet protocol) and your identity. One of the best programs you can use to do that with is SocksChain. It’s a proxy masking program for Windows.

SocksChain allows you to work with any Internet service through a chain of SOCKS or HTTP proxies to hide the real IP-address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the full review | Download Windows SocksChain

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How to change Windows 7 CD Key

Sometimes one needs to change the Windows 7 CD key. There are more ways to do so but I’ll present just two simple ways. One of the easiest way is via the shortcut in the System menu (Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > Change product key) or you could also use the command line tool to do this. Here is what you’ll have to do:

Click Start. Type “command”. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.

In the Command Prompt windows, type “slmgr.vbs -upk” and press Enter. This will remove any product key installed.

Then, type “slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx” where you’ll replace the x’s with your product key, then press Enter.

After this, to activate Windows 7, type “slmgr.vbs -ato” in the command prompt and press Enter.

Note: You should create System Restore Point before proceeding. If something goes wrong, no need to worry, just restore your system.

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It’s time to update, WordPress 3.1.2 security update now available

WordPress 3.2.1 is a security release and all WordPress users are advised to upgrade to this newest version right away.

From the WordPress blog:

WordPress 3.1.2 is now available and is a security release for all previous WordPress versions.

This release addresses a vulnerability that allowed Contributor-level users to improperly publish posts.

The issue was discovered by a member of our security team, WordPress developer Andrew Nacin, with Benjamin Balter.

We suggest you update to 3.1.2 promptly, especially if you allow users to register as contributors or if you have untrusted users. This release also fixes a few bugs that missed the boat for version 3.1.1.

Download 3.1.2 or update automatically from the Dashboard -> Updates menu in your site’s admin area.

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Recover system level passwords with this handy Windows utility

It happens to everyone at one point or another.  You forget or misplace your Windows system password.  You could be in a world of hurt, especially if you’re a home user, and use the administrator account by default. Thankfully, Windows Password Recover Kit can resolve the problem for you.

The recovery process is very simple.  Windows Password Recover Kit runs from a bootable CD, DVD, external hard drive or USB flash drive, and supports FAT16/32 and NTFS/NTFS5 drive systems.

Read the full review | Download Windows Password Recover Kit

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Set BitLocker in Windows 7 to protect with encryption your files and folders

Should you be worried about the fact that your USB flash drive might get stolen or lost and your sensitive data compromised? Well, the answer is no – not absolutely necessary. Why?

Because Windows 7 (Ultimate and Enterprise) has a feature called BitLocker Drive Encryption and thanks to this you’re able to use a password to encrypt an entire storage drive and protect those irreplaceable files and folders of yours.

Let’s get it started…
1. Insert the USB flash drive, click Start, and then click Computer.
2. Right-click the USB flash drive, and then click Turn On BitLocker. BitLocker initializes the drive.
3. On the Choose How You Want To Unlock This Drive page, choose one or more for the following options, and then click Next:

  • Use A Password To Unlock This Drive Select this option if you want the user to be prompted for a password to unlock the drive. Passwords allow a drive to be unlocked in any location and to be shared with other people.
  • Use My Smart Card To Unlock The Drive Select this option if you want the user to use a smart card and enter the smart card PIN to unlock the drive. Because this feature requires a smart card reader, it is normally used to unlock a drive in the workplace and not for drives that might be used outside the workplace.

4. On the How Do You Want To Store Your Recovery Key page, click Save The Recovery Key To A File.
5. In the Save BitLocker Recovery Key As dialog box, choose a save location, and then click Save.
6. You can now print the recovery key if you want to. When you have finished, click Next.
7. On the Are You Ready To Encrypt This Drive page, click Start Encrypting. Do not remove the USB flash drive until the encryption process is complete. How long the encryption process takes depends on the size of the drive and other factors.

The encryption process does the following…
1. Adds an Autorun.inf file, the BitLocker To Go reader, and a Read Me.txt file to the USB flash drive.
2. Creates a virtual volume with the full contents of the drive in the remaining drive space.
3. Encrypts the virtual volume to protect it.USB flash drive encryption takes approximately 6 to 10 minutes per gigabyte to complete. The encryption process can be paused and resumed provided that you don’t remove the drive.

As a result, when AutoPlay is enabled and you insert the encrypted drive into a USB slot on a computer running Windows 7, Windows 7 runs the BitLocker To Go reader, which in turn displays a dialog box. When you are prompted, enter the password, smart card PIN, or both to unlock the drive. Optionally, select Automatically Unlock On This Computer From Now On to save the password in an encrypted file on the computer’s system volume. Finally, click Unlock to unlock the volume so that you can use it.

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Swype – the best Keyboard for Android phones

What I love the most about Android is that you can customize almost every aspect of the operating system.  One such customization is the keyboard and related to this, the best thing you can get to write faster and easier than any other input method is Swype.

“Swype provides a faster and easier way to input text on any touchscreen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented Swype technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods — at over 40 words per minute.  There is no need to be very accurate as well.”

How does it work? You just trace a path like in the example below if you want to generate the world “quick”.

 

For now Swype is in closed beta so you will have to wait until it reopens for public or it comes pre-installed on your next phone like Samsung Galaxy S, Nokia C7, Huawei Comet, MyTouch 4G, HTC HD2 and myTouch 3G.

Note: Swype was developed for Android, Windows mobile and Blackberry, except iPhone (at least for now).

Swype Website

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Intel is porting Google’s Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb) over to its x86 architecture

During a conference call with reporters and analysts, Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini said that the company is currently hard at work porting Google’s tablet-oriented Android 3.0 operating system (aka Honeycomb) to the x86 architecture. He added that Intel expects to ramp those Honeycomb-based devices over the course of the year “for a number of our customers.”

Reports indicate that Intel will reveal its Android-based x86 platform sometime during Q3 2011 as “PRC Plus,” yet Acer, Asus and Lenovo have reportedly already signed on to produce devices based on this particular platform, with manufacturing kicking off during the second half of 2011. Cisco will supposedly use the Oak Trail platform with Honeycomb for the enterprise sector.

As for Intel and its Android plans, reports indicated that the OS will be fitted to take advantage of the x86 architecture. Intel is reportedly “improving” Android’s user interface and overall experience. More news is expected to arrive sometime during Q3 2011.

Source Tomsguide.com

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