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Love to deal with technicalities of computers, mobile and softwares and websites etc and issues related to them.

320 million password revealed – are any of them yours

Hello friends, I am backkkkk

A website developed by an Australian Mr. Troy Hunt (a security expert) and run by him. This site shows whether your email address has been stolen in a hack.

The link to the site is here

https://haveibeenpwned.com/passwords

or simply http://www.haveibeenpwned.com (as shown in the pic)

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Here 320 million passwords gathered from dozens of world’s biggest data breaches been available. You can visit the site and check whether yours is or not.

If it is so then definitely change your password applying with more security options and if not pwned then lucky enough.

The word pwned is internet slang for owned which means to take advantage of someone. A hacker who has pwned you has stolen your data (mostly date of birth, interests, hobbies some times secrets also)

The site is easy to use : Simply type an old password , (not the current one) then press enter. If you are not pwned that doesn’t mean that you are safe enough,your safety depends on your alertness. It may be the chance that you are not indexed by the site.

You can also download passwords from the database from the site approx. 5.5 gb file. Hunt wrote in his blog that the site can be proved useful to every techsavvy as well as tech user or all sorts.

Ideally password should be at least of 15 characters with all sort of figures,alphabets,(caps and small) symbols/characters etc. so that safety is maintained as priority.

thanks for bearing

Jagat

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Shortcut Virus Removal

Sometimes when we see that our pen drives or memory card affected by shortcut virus then we format it without knowing anything because we feel annoying most of the time seeing the ugly shortcut image just popping during a click. Shortcut virus has mainly two types;
the most common is pen drive/ Flash drive Shortcut virus, second is the File and Folder Shortcut virus.

Shortcut virus is totally Trojan virus. It combine  files in your pen drive and Keep it into one hidden folder. Then, it create a shortcut.exe for pen drive.

Actually You can remove that shortcut virus from your any computer drive or removable drive.

Step-1- At first, go to start menu and then go to ‘run’ option. You can also press Windows key + R.

Step-2- Then type “cmd” into the box and press OK bottom to run command prompt.

Step-3- Then if you did not connect your infected removable drive (Pen drive, SD Card), just connect it to your computer.

Step-4- After attached the infected removable drive just type this following command in Command prompt: attrib -h -r -s /s /d H:\*.*, (Where H is the removable drive) and press Enter.

Step-5- Now you can copy data from your removable drive because the shortcut virus is fixed now.

Step-6 – After saving the data, now format your removable drive completely.

Step-7 – Then, if your removable drive formatted then copy all data back to your removable drive.

 

This may also be written as under : –

Insert your removable device, and notice the drive letter of your removable device. Like here it is G: and while you open by any process it will come up like this as shown.

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And you will not find your data anywhere in these icons. You just need to follow simple steps after this.

  • Now, open command prompt, by typing “cmd” (without quotes) in search bar in start menu.
  • When command prompt pops up, just write your removable device’s drive letter, like here it is G, with a colon, like “g:” (without quotes), and hit ENTER.

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It will redirect you to that drive.

  • You just need to remember this command and nothing else in this whole process, which you have to type in command prompt window,
    attrib g:*.* -a -r -s -h /s /d” (without quotes) and hit ENTER, like this:
 

It will retrieve your data in that drive, when you open your drive it will have a unnamed folder(here, last folder), like this:

 

And now, when you open this folder, Bam! You have all your data here. Like this:

with some other virus icons, which we will tackle later.

  • Now, you have to write this command to delete that shortcut virus:
    del *.lnk” (again, without quotes) and again hit ENTER, like this:

Now, you will see that shortcut virus has disappeared, like this:

 
  • Now that the virus is deleted and all your data is retrieved, Select and copy all your data somewhere, like desktop, and don’t select some unknown files, which are virus. and after copying them somewhere, Format your removable device and again put all your data in your device.
 Last but not the least if it feels embarrassing to remove the virus manually it will be quite easy to go through the latest updates of your antivirus and get the drives scan which will automatically remove or repair the unwanted or damaged files respectively.
Hope the article will help to gain whatever I had in my brain about this shortcut virus.
Jagat

Find if your android phone may be infected with a virus

According to the Annual Security Threat Report by a Antivirus company, mobile ransomware has increased by 450% from Q1 to Q4 in 2016 while mobile banking Trojan has shown an increase of 110%. This reports alarms about the threats available in mobile environment. Report only echo the fact that Android phones are a easy victim of malware and attacks and is continuously growing. The fact is that most of users are not even aware that their device has been hacked and is being used for other nefarious purposes. There are some signs that will help you detect if your phone is actually infected with a virus or malware.

Overheating
if your device remains hot most of the time for no reason, a virus infection could be the most probable culprit.Mobile phone get overheated while playing games, constant Internet browsing, charging or non-stop calling but if it heated without these then there is suspicion.

Sudden or unexplainable usage of mobile data
When a virus infects your phone, it does not still idle; well, not forever. Android viruses and other mobile malware act based on the commands they receive from their creator (the attacker). For this, they require an active Internet connection. Internet is also needed for the malware to carry out other activities like stealing user data and sending it to the attacker, displaying fake pop-up ads, and so on. For obvious reasons having a malware hiding on your device means your mobile data usage will increase for a reason that is not known to you. So, if this happens, it is a good sign that your mobile device is infected.

Your phone send SMSs or makes  calls by itself that you have no idea about
If no one else is using your phone and you notice unexplainable calls made from your phone (or SMSs sent), then you can suspect a possible virus infection. Most mobile viruses are designed to make calls and send SMSs from the infected device.

Battery drains faster than normal
Viruses constantly keep running in the background without giving away their presence and this eats up the battery.Most Android phones with good battery backup. but if  your device’s battery is drying faster than usual even with normal usage,this can be mobile virus infection.

Poor performance
Mobile phones lose on the performance score with time and if get stuffed with apps over time.But, if you are using all necessary steps to optimize performance and still experiences lags and slowdowns, then a virus infection could be blamed for it after all.

Unfamiliar apps show up on your phone
If you notice apps which you don’t remember installing on your device, then there are high chances of your phone being infected with a virus as most mobile viruses are programmed to install other apps (mostly malicious) on the infected device so that they can work together to mess up your happiness.

What to do?

If you find your Android phone is suffering from one or more of the signs listed above, then install a mobile antivirus app and run a complete virus scan.

Never install apps from third-party app stores. Only trust official sources such as Google Play and App Store.

Do not click on pop-up ads that come up on your device while browsing websites. Clicking them might take you to an infected website or drop a virus on your phone.

Do not click on links or download attachments received from unexpected, unwanted, or unknown emails. Follow this practice even with messages received as an SMS or over WhatsApp.

On your Android phone, ensure the ‘Unknown Sources’ setting is checked out. This will prevent third-party, unofficial apps from getting installed on your phone.

INTERNET OF THINGS

Hello readers, hope for your good health,

I am sharing my knowledge with a coined word in general “internet of things” which is surfing itself on the way in arena on networking.

What is internet of thing?

Answer is with in the term itself. Interconnection of various things i.e inter networking of devices, vehicles (smart devices), buildings, other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators,can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a bio chip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensor to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network. 

When the word Internet of thing first came into existence?

The word was coined by Peter T.Lewis in 1985, during a speech in US Federal communications Commission (FCC) supported wireless session at the Congressional Black Caucus 15th Legislative weekend conference. He stated in speech IoT is integration of people processes and technology with connectable devices and sensors to enable remote monitoring status and manipulation as well as evaluation of such devices.

How IoT is evolved ?

IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies., micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) Microservices and the internet breaking wall between operational and informational technology allowing machine data which is not structural, to get analysed and evaluated for improvements.

“Today computers — and, therefore, the internet — are almost wholly dependent on human beings for information. Nearly all of the roughly 50 PB (a petabyte is 1,024 TB) of data available on the internet were first captured and created by human beings by typing, pressing a record button, taking a digital picture or scanning a bar code. The problem is, people have limited time, attention and accuracy — all of which means they are not very good at capturing data about things in the real world. If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things — using data they gathered without any help from us — we would be able to track and count everything and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling and whether they were fresh or past their best.” (excerpts from IoT agenda)

Typically IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems and services that goes beyond machine to machine, communications and covers a variety of protocols, domains and applications. The interconnection of these embedded devices (including smart objects) is expected to usher in automation in nearly all the fields, while also enabling advanced applications like a smart grid and expanding to areas such as smart cities.

Thanks 

Jagat

Experimental App.”UPTIME”launched by youtube for watching with friends

Dear readers, hoping your good health, I am sharing my latest information that youtube has launched Uptime, an app that lets you watch videos together with your friends. The app is initially available only for iOS devices, and it feels very different from the standard YouTube experience.The app was initially spotted by The Verge, which notes that it works best for vertical videos.You can search and share video clips from YouTube to the app to Uptime, making it discoverable by others. A checkbox lets you also notify your friends on the service when you post. Right now, you may not have too many friends using the app, and there isn’t an address book sync feature or ability to import from other social networks — you can only send invites to friends.While  watching a video, your profile icon floats across the screen, and you can comment on the video or post emoji like the smiley face, surprised face, heart eyes, angry face, etc. These reactions will be displayed to anyone who watches the video, even if they’re watching at a later time. However, you also can tap on the screen to leave “sparkles” on the video itself, and these are only shown to those you’re watching with in real time.

It also doesn’t support live streaming, but this and other features could be added if its creators continue its development and experiment with different types of content.

Uptime is currently in invite-only mode, but the invite code “pizza” gets you in.

Hope it will be of some use.

Jagat

FACEBOOK IS ADDING NEW FEATURE HELPING TO CONTACT GOVERNMENT REP.

Hello dear readers, hoping good for your health,

Last month a 6000 pages manifesto was introduced by MarK Zukerberg (Facebook CEO) facebook manifesto 6000 pages he had for the social network in the days ahead — including one where its users became more “civically-engaged” and voted more often. Now it seems Facebook has taken its first steps toward making that possible, through a new feature it’s calling “Town Hall.” Five main questions are being putup which are as under

  • How do we help people build supportive communities that strengthen traditional institutions in a world where membership in these institutions is declining?
  • How do we help people build a safe community that prevents harm, helps during crises and rebuilds afterwards in a world where anyone across the world can affect us?
  • How do we help people build an informed community that exposes us to new ideas and builds common understanding in a world where every person has a voice?
  • How do we help people build a civically-engaged community in a world where participation in voting sometimes includes less than half our population?
  • How do we help people build an inclusive community that reflects our collective values and common humanity from local to global levels, spanning cultures, nations and regions in a world with few examples of global communities?

these questions have been elaborately discussed in the manifesto. This latest addition has just popped up on the “More” menu in Facebook’s mobile app, and offers a simple way for users to find and connect with their government representatives on a local, state and federal level.To use Town Hall, you only have to enter your address — which Facebook says is not displayed or shared (though it doesn’t say it’s not “saved,” so be advised). On Representative’s Page, you may be able to dig around to find a phone number or mailing address, if it happens to be published.

“Town Hall is part of our ongoing work to support civic engagement on Election Day and every day. It is a dedicated space for people who want to learn about and participate in the political process.”

The feature’s arrival follows several other recent additions to Facebook’s sidebar in recent months, including its new City GuidesWi-Fi Finder, Discover People section and Weather guide.

 

FIREWALLS – YOUR COMPUTER’S SAFETY-FREEWARE

Hello my reader folks, hope your health wellness,

Security is the major concern of all the folks using laptops and desktops whatever version is used by them. In this writing I am sharing my knowledge about some of the firewalls which are available free on the internet.The web may be free, but we all know that to safely bank online, buy music, software, or books, or even simply surf the web, there is a price to pay. To combat online threats, firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software have become essential investments for any home or business computer. These programs monitor and control system access and scan and remove your system of malicious or spying software. Some of them which I found useful are here as under:-

  1.  Zone Alarm (zonealarm) –  A freeware which is Antivirus along with the firewall and is useful in stopping attacks from outside and leakage from inside.It is helpful in anti phishing. It works compatibly with windows defender but other antivirus and anti-malwares do not fits good with this zone alarm software.
  2. COMODO (comodo) It is an antivirus which is for sure not available free, but firewall of comodo is freebie and can be used for better personal computers safety.it blocks attacks from outside, and it has a malware detector that’s better than some antivirus systems
  3. Private Firewall (Privacyware) It provides tabs of info you go through to specify programs getting permission to talk to the outside, with plenty of explanation for end users about what’s happening.a proactive, multi-layered defense solution for Windows desktops and servers.
  4. Tinywall (Tinywall) it’ll block almost all communication until you whitelist the programs you need.Designed as an enhancement, not a replacement, for your existing Windows built-in firewall, the small TinyWall does everything it needs to harden your PC against attacks.

Hope this may prove useful

Jagat

Welcome to new concept of Browsing “OPERA NEON”

Hello dear readers,  Be fine,

I am sharing my knowledge about new browser which  I am using since January 2017. This is new browser concept from OPERA called Opera Neon which has been designed from scratch for windows and Mac. Here are some features I like to share about it. Whenever we speak of browser, there comes a flash in picture with a page asking for url at the top and like that. Most of the browsers don’t differ much but opera neon is quite different having fresh approach in design, look. It uses opera’s existing engine hence pages render perfectly but quite different from other classical browsers. Tabs have been changed to bubbles that bob about when dragged. there’s a pop-out video window, a split screen mode, the ability to capture images. Private browsing is included too.

It mostly use your screen background as its own wallpaper but by default it has its own too.

Download opera neon from here —->  NEON click  to download 2.3 MB setup file on your computer and click to download , setup and installation will take place online by itself. After setup opera neon opens at the speed dial start page, floating bubble offer links to popular sites. Click any site of your choice and you can enter web address or some search items in the omnibox. 

When you search for something browser tries to guess what you are looking for and keep on refining as you type. It also links to recently accessed files from your computer. Select one and opera will try to open it in a new window.  Web pages load as you would expect. A green padlock icon appears when you visit a secure site. You can use refresh button. Back and forward button. Opened tabs are displayed as bubbles in a column on the right.

Opera neon supports split screen browsing. Drag one tab bubble over another and neon gives you option to show it to left or right of current page. drag the bubble where ever you want to place it beside existing page. You can resize pane also. Hover your cursor over a bubble, X will appear at right top (used for closing as usual). You can minimize the page to return to main screen. When you drag a tab to speed dial page it will stay there until you close. When you close a bubble on the speed dial screen it vanishes in a puff of smoke. Neon browser comes with builtin screen capture tool. something which you want to capture click on the snap tool on the left , click and drag to draw around the area you want to capture. Image is then saved to gallery.

From Menu button at bottom left of browser new window can be opened or start incognito session. If latter is selected new window opens with incognito wallpaper showing that you are in private browsing mode. A ninja also appears in the corner for good measure.Setting from menu can be chosen for startup behavior and search engine . Settings from other browsers can also be imported. Neon can be set as default browser. Advanced setting can be made to manage privacy, password, web content. download, location and more.

Hope this is of some benefit if you are interested in trying new browser.

Thanx

Jagat

You tube tips

Hello readers, hope everything is fine,

I am going to share some knowledge about youtube users like how to organise youtube homepage, create favourite videos list and watch live videos stream as well.

  1. WATCH LIVE VIDEO STREAMS : This is a feature of youtube in which live video stream is played from launch of new mobile to various documentaries to live coverage of your favourite star.if want to go to live feature of you tube ,, click on the link and subscribe     youtubelive.You may make it your homepage. Scroll down to see various live channels either sport , news, technology and animals even live satellite view of space too.Click far right arrow of each row to see more related videos of same category.Some live feeders have various camera angles and you have choice to view from. Click on switch camera to choose from alternative camera.
  2. FIX SHUTTERING PLAYBACK : If youtube videos tend to shutter when you watch it in chrome, one reason is google chrome’s setting because chrome use graphic card of PC by default to speed up its features including video playback. An old graphic card might create problem while playing latest HD videos by shuttering playback and choppy videos.  To solve this open chrome window click on with three dots at top right of chrome window go to setting then go to show advance settings and scroll down to system heading. Untick ” use hardware acceleration when available” then click restart when you see ‘requires chrome restart’ message.
  3. CREATE PRIVATE PLAYLIST ON Youtube : There was time when you could add videos to your youtube favorites like you do in browser’s adding favourite websites.  The feature in latest was removed but this can be replicated for doing this :::: Click on the video you’d like to add to favourite , then click “Add to” followed by ” create a new playlist”. type a name for the playlist then click public and choose private from the dropdown menu then click create. The video is now saved as your favourite in your playlist. New additions of videos just followed by Add to and then click on the playlist.  By clicking on favorites under playlist in the sidebar in on the left displays your videos.
  4. PERSONALIZE YOUR YOUTUBE HOMEPAGE : Mostly one see youtube different from others while browsing it for the first time. New logger will see trending videos whereas regular use will see videos based on past views related videos. To tailor what you see on home page of your youtube Click sign in on youtube home page and enter your google username and password. Click ” browse channel” on the left side of the page, then type anything of your choice (UK channel) then press enter.You will see a list of channels and click subscribe so that it comes to homepage. Once it is finished click home at the top left to see your revamped homepage. There also comes videos marked with blue featured label, these are sponsored videos. To remove click “X” on the far right of the row.
  5. REMOVE YOUTUBE COMMENTS : Don’t get distracted by various comments left by others. It can be turned off by using Chrome extension (REMOVE COMMENT) Add extension and you will be free from it. Similar extension is available in Mozilla too.

Hope this is of some information.

Thanx

Jagat

Block or Unblock websites on Computer

Dear readers , Here is a simple technique to block or unblock any website on your system:

Precondition is that you must know the IP address of the website on your system

  • Go to Start and then Run.
  • Type in this C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
  • Now you will see file name Host open that in Notepad.
  • Below “127.0.0.1 local host” add IP address of site to be blocked.
  • To unblock any site just reversed the process.
  •  NOTE: For each site you block just add “1” to the IP (127.0.0.1)

      EXAMPLE

     127.0.0.1 local host
69.171.224.14    (This will block Facebook)
Hope this will be useful in one or the other case.
Thanks
Jagat