Thursday, July 11, 2013

How Thieves Use Social Media To Rob You

Thinking of tweeting about an upcoming holiday? Don’t. Thinking of sharing a photo of your latest grand purchase? Don’t. Thinking of checking in at the airport before your vacation? Don’t. Our incessant need to share more personal information than ever before have drawn burglars to using social media to help them pick their next target.
Tech-savvy burglars use publicly-obtainable information e.g. Foursquare check-ins, location-based Facebook updates, and metadata from shared images to locate potential victims. To illustrate the risk of over-sharing on social media, Distinctive Doors designed this infograph explaining how they do it, and what you can do to protect yourself. Hopefully, it’ll prompt you restrict the visibility of your updates and engage in more cautious sharing.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

BlackBerry Wants to Be a Leader in the 'Internet of Things'

BlackBerry wants to push beyond communications into mobile computing, and eventually play a leading role in the "Internet of Things," the term for a predicted revolution in which many ordinary objects will be given computing power.
That was chief executive Thorsten Heins's message at the annual shareholders meeting in Ontario today, as he tried to defend the company's trajectory after sales of the new BlackBerry 10 line of smartphones fell well below analyst expectations. A disappointing earnings report June 28 caused BlackBerry stock to fall to $10.46 per share that day, a 28 percent drop from its previous-day closing price of $14.48.
Today, Heins outlined a three-phase plan for BlackBerry's future, the first of which happened earlier this year with the debut of the new BB10 mobile operating system and new phones. The second phase, he said, will focus on scaling. That means reaching new customers while also transitioning existing users from the BlackBerry 7 operating system to BB10.
In the third phase, BlackBerry will seek to become "the leading mobile enterprise services platform," Heins said. As early evidence of this goal, he pointed to a new BlackBerry service for automakers that was unveiled in Detroit last month. The service makes it possible to update vehicle software remotely, get status updates on vehicle components and install apps to a car's entertainment system.
As smart technology becomes an increasingly vital part of everyday life, Heins said, BlackBerry will use its global data network and create new partnerships to develop more mobile computing services for enterprise clients.
Asked whether he and the company board have seriously considered breaking up BlackBerry -- perhaps splitting off the devices business from the enterprise services business -- Heins demurred. "I'm here with my team to create jobs and not to destroy jobs," he said. "We have to get through this."

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

10 Top Windows 8 Apps You May Pay Attention

Using Windows 8 apps is a first for many of us. Yet these tiny programs can be very beneficial and can greatly enhance your computing experience. Here are my top ten Windows 8 apps.

  1.  Jujuba’s free Clock app
Microsoft didn’t include a clock in the Windows 8 Metro desktop, and many people miss it. I like this one because it’s a live tile that shows both the date and time. When open, it gives you a large analog clock and calendar.

  1. News Bento
This news app offers a great Windows 8 app experience. You can select from its growing list of news sources or add an RSS feed from any website. Bento’s news articles expand to fill the screen making them easily readable and you can use the Share charm to share articles.
3.  Skype app
Compare the Skype app to the Skype traditional experience and you will immediately see a cleaner and more usable interface. It syncs with the contacts in your People hub and gives you notifications even when you are in another app.
This app will bring out your creativity. It really shines on a touch screen, but is also quite usable with a mouse. Choose your canvas, brush, and color. Then start having fun. You can even draw on a picture from your hard drive or one taken with your webcam.
5.  Tool Box
This versatile app gives you the ability to perform six different tasks. It functions as a clock, calculator, takes voice notes, shows the weather, and has Facebook integration. It even lets you doodle during a boring meeting. You can choose different layouts and can show up to six tools at one.

While the built-in Bing Search app is very good, many of us want another option. That’s where the Google Search app comes in. This app gives you a full web experience with an excellent interface. It also gives you easy access to all of Google’s services, many of which don’t have apps.
7.   Evernote
Evernote is the perfect gathering point for information. Whether you are doing serious research or coordinating a home project, it will let you make notes, save scraps of information, and keep everything organized. It also keeps everything in sync between your desktop and mobile devices.
8.  IM+
Windows 8 comes with a Messaging app, but it only works with Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. If you have friends or relatives who use other chat interfaces, you need an app like this. IM+ supports Google Talk, AIM, Facebook, Jabber, ICQ, and Yahoo Messenger.
9.  Tasks
List makers will find this app full-featured. You can group items by categories and projects, prioritize tasks, define due dates, and add notes and pictures.
Solitaire is the most played computer game of all time. This collection offers five variations including Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks, and Pyramid. It also has a variety of backgrounds and deck designs. You’ll never get bored!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Change or Remove Windows 7 Password after Forgotten

Problem: How to change windows 7 password?
I have 2 accounts on my laptop: User A for work (password protected) User B for random surfing. I forgot to make a password reset disk. So I tried to make one using User B. But every time I try to use it, it tells me an error when wrong when I tried to change the password. Is there any way I can use to access User B again?
Solution: Change User Password Windows 7
A password reset disk can be only used for the user account you’ve created it for. It means that the password reset disk for User B cannot be used for User A. But you can simply change user A password with User B if User B is a administrator account.
In Windows 7, there are three different types of accounts: Administrator, Standard and Guest. And only the Administrator account allows you to set up your computer, install any programs that you’d like to use, and make settings that affects other user accounts. For more information about user accounts, please see User accounts: frequently asked questions.
So if User B is an administrator account, you can change the forgotten password of User B as follows: (Tip: For more ways, please see 5 Easy Ways to Change Windows 7 Password.)
  • Step 1: Log into User B, click Start button, type lusrmgr.msc into the Search box, and then press ENTER. The Local Users and Groups will open.
  • Step 2: Double-click Local Users and Groups, and then click Users to display all the user accounts on the computer
  • Step 3: Right-click the account that you need to reset the password for (User A here), and then click Set Password to change your password.
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Alternative: Remove Windows 7 Password

If User B is a standard user, the method mentioned above will not work for you as standard user account can only make changes that affect other user accounts. If so, the best option is to remove the forgotten Windows 7 password for User A. And Windows Password Unlocker ranks top in all available choices.
With Windows Password Unlocker, you can reset forgotten login password to Windows 7 in a few minutes by creating a boot USB Windows 7 password reset disk. 100% safe. No any data loss to your computer. 3 simple steps:
  • Step 1. Download and install Windows Password Unlocker.
  • Step 2. Create a boot USB Windows 7 password reset disk.
  • Step 3. Boot from the boot disk and remove forgotten user password.