Unlike Mac or Linux, the file extension is very important in Windows. The extension of a file indicates the content type and which program should be used to open that file. But sometimes we stumble upon files without any extension and we don’t know what to do with them. If you try to double-click on a file without any extension, Windows would just throw up an error that ‘No program is associated with this file type‘. But using an open-source program called TrID we can find out the file types of such files and then look for a program that can open it. TrID scans the files based on signatures and can successfully predict the file types based on the data contained inside a file without having to depend on the file extension. Read the rest of this entry »
Unfortunately, many Internet users do not understand the necessity of using different, strong passwords for each site. A strong password should be at least ten characters long and should not use any dictionary word. But using so many different strong passwords for each site brings forth another problem – how do you memorize all of them? Fortunately, a free software StickyPassword presents an easy solution. Sticky Password is a centralized password manager, password generator and automatic form filler for all the popular web browsers. It can generate very strong passwords, store the login credentials of different websites in one place and share them with all the web browsers.
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Time and time again, the story of a hacker stealing someone’s private pictures or videos is published in newspapers. The recent case is that of Sofia Vergara whose intimate pictures were hacked only a month ago and then were put on sale. Usually, the target of such a hacker is a celebrity as they expect to blackmail them and make money through extortion or sale of pictures/videos. But these hackers can victimize just about anyone. You do not have panic. There is a simple solution to this problem – encrypt your private files with strong encryption so that even if a hacker lays his hands on the files, they would be useless for him. AxCrypt is a free encryption utility that can be used for this purpose. Read the rest of this entry »
Just like all butterflies were once cocoons, all Firefox users were once Internet Explorer users. They switched from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox to seek better security and privacy online. If you are a Firefox user then you already have a secure browser. Firefox, like other browsers, also provides a private browsing mode which you can toggle on and off using the hotkey Ctrl + Shift + P. Your online activity while inside the private browsing mode is not stored on your computer. There would be no history, cookies, recently viewed sites etc. if you use the private browsing mode. But, if you want to boost Firefox privacy all the time, without having to switch to this privacy mode now and again, then you can tinker with some of the settings in Firefox. This articles explains ten different ways to make your Firefox even more private for your use. The methods explained in this article would surely give you better privacy in your Firefox but I have not mentioned any security related settings.
Windows 7 includes a basic sticky notes feature that you can use to post sticky notes on your desktop. But if you want better looking sticky notes and much more control over the sticky notes, then you can try the free 7 Sticky Notes. It is a free desktop notes application for Windows 7. It has a great looking sticky note appearance with superior features. It includes a sticky notes manager which lists all the sticky notes you have created and lets you edit, delete or restore them. You can even integrate it with your online storage accounts like Microsoft SkyDrive, DropBox or Google Drive etc. and share the same sticky notes across various computers.