Sunday, April 21, 2013

Top suggestions to Windows 8 security

This is a guest post by Alice Robert 

You may have ever heard of some discussions on Windows 8 security features. For example, Windows 8 users don’t have to find tools to reset password Windows 8, picture password or PIN code can come in handy when they forget the password. More often, you can see many criticisms on Windows 8 security features. Windows 8 is so different from the traditional Windows. Lots of PC fans are struggling with, or fearful of, the transition. I want to say, don't let the Windows 8 haters brainwash you: Microsoft actually has introduced a few great features in this new operating system, some of which will help keep your system safer from malware and virus. Here are several tips for Windows 8 security.

1. Make a powerful password for your Microsoft Account 

In Windows 8, you can now optionally sign in with a Microsoft account using your email address. Whenever you log in a new Windows 8 machine with that Microsoft account, all your data will be automatically synced to your new hardware. And this is a problem. Once others get your Microsoft account password, they could log in to your account at another Windows 8 PC and then get access to your synced data. Therefore, try to make it as complex as you can with lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters. You should avoid words from the dictionary or used for other accounts.

2. Hide up your local disk drives 

It is recommended to hide your storage disks from the Computer folder so that hackers can’t get access to your personal files. You can do this by install the application “NoDrives Managers”, and then launch it from your desktop. You will then be able to choose which drive you want to hide drives for. Finally, you just need to click “Save Changes” to finish your settings.

3. Disable hard drive encryption hibernation in Windows 8 

Hard drive encryption is the first step to protect your data security in Windows 8. If possible, disable the hibernation policy through group policy, for it doesn’t always work well with encryption.

4. Take care of applications in the Windows Store 

The platform can be used to provide lists for desktop applications certified to run on Windows 8, but is also the primary distribution platform for a new type of app called "Windows Store apps". Carefully review these permissions in the details tab because some will grant access by default to your location information, calendar, etc.

5. Clean up your traces in Windows 8

For Public PC users, it is necessary to clean up your traces in Windows 8 on a regular basis. Theses traces are recorded when you use any Web Browser, say, the URL you've visited, Accounts opened, Cookies & Password saved, etc. To remove such a huge data from your Windows 8 computer is little hard, especially when you run out of time in the process of using a public computer. You can try some software, say, Anti Tracks. It will save you a lot of troubles.

6. Create a picture password for your Windows 8 PC 

Picture Password, a new touch-based security login, enable users to select a picture and then makes three touch gestures on top of it. The system will save the sequence of gestures as the user’s “password” and then the user would repeat the exact sequence to log in. It is a good idea to create a picture password after you have made a text password. It can be troublesome for Windows 7 users to deal with Windows 7 password recovery. For Windows 8 users, a picture password can make a difference. Besides, clean your screen frequently, for fingerprints on screens with smudges may reveal your picture password.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

How to Change Google Language from Thai to English

Google giving you results in another language? This is one of the most annoying things when you migrate to another country. I am currently in Thailand and I encountered this problem. The Thai alphabet uses different characters, so it is quite hard to change the settings especially if you don't know how to read Thai script. It is okay if you are just for the holidays but if you are relocating indefinitely, you will find yourself longing for the results you are used to. Here's what you need to do, just follow the steps on the screenshots.

First, click the gear icon on the upper right hand side of Google results. Click on the first entry. That is the settings button.

Then, on the left side, click on the second entry, it is Pasa. It means Language in Thai.

Next, click on the language selection button and choose, Pasa Angkrit. It means English Language. Click on the screenshot for reference.

Now click the blue button at the bottom (Save) and that's it.


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Friday, March 2, 2012

Solved: Prefetching is not allowed due to the various privacy issues that arise

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I encountered this error while browsing new posts in I can't go to the second page of the result page. At first, I thought that it was because of a Google Chrome extension that I am using (Fastest Chrome). It auto-load the second page of a page you're browsing. But after researching, it seems that it was because I am behind a proxy here at my workplace. Refreshing the browser didn't work.


Just press Ctrl + F5 to delete cookie before refreshing the page.


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Solved: iertutil.dll was not found error

After so many years, Microsoft started to phase out IE6 and started rolling out Internet Explorer 8 update. But many people experienced a problem after the compulsory IE8 windows update. Their Windows computers won't boot, instead it shows this error:
bcmwltry.exe/explorer.exe - Unable to Locate Component
This application has failed to start because iertutil.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
 The ordinal 681 could not be located in the dynamic link library iertutil.dll
This error is caused by an improper installation of Internet Explorer. You can try this solution to fix this problem:
1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL when you see the error.
2. With the Task Manager running, click File then New Task, type CMD then press enter.
3. A black window will open, this is the command prompt. Type these commands (press enter after each command):
ren c:\windows\system32\dllcache\iertutil.dll iertutil.old
copy c:\windows\system32\dllcache\iertutil.dll c:\windows\system32
Basically, you're copying a copy of iertutil.dll from the dll cache folder to system32 folder where it should have been. Close everything and Windows will load up fine.

You can also try this one if you're not comfortable in using Command Prompt.
1. Press CTRL, ALT and DEL
2. From Task Manager, click File, New Task, then Browse.
3. Change the file type from Programs to "All Files".
4. Now navigate to c:\windows\system32\dllcache\ and find iertutil.dll and copy it. Then go back to c:\windows\system32 and paste the file in that folder.

Some technicians use a boot disc, either Windows PE or linux disc. Then, they boot from there and copy the appropriate files. You can also remove your hard disk and connect it to another computer and do the file transfer if you want to do something "adventurous".

If you are still experiencing a problem after the steps above, try to reinstall a good known copy of Internet Explorer 8.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dropbox error message: This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action

Actually this is not a Dropbox error message, rather Windows 7 autoplay problem. But I found out that it is related to Dropbox.

There is an ongoing beta test with Dropbox right now and if you join the beta testing program you can have a chance to get 4.5 Gb more space. I tried it and it worked for some of my device but it didn't work for some. It worked for my point and shoot cameras but it didn't work with my old SLR (Canon Digital Rebel) and my smartphone (Nokia 5800 XM) connected via bluetooth.

Then I tried the USB / flash drive technique but this error message appear every time I plug the device and choose to sync the pictures via Dropbox:

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.

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I tried several things to to fix the problem to no avail. I tried different settings in Default Programs control panel as the error message suggested. Didn't work. I tried formatting the drive, changing the drive letter, and making a DCIM folder but all of these failed.

In my frustration, I took several pictures using the point and shoot cameras and plugged it again to my PC. To my surprise, it didn't work anymore. So I figured that it is a problem with dropbox.

The last thing I did was to restart my computer and it do the trick. Why? I remember that I update the dropbox program to version 1.3.13. I started uploading photos using 1.3.12 and it turned out that you need to restart your computer for version .13 to work properly. It didn't require a restart if you upgrade from version 1.2 to 1.3.12 so I thought it was not necessary.

One more thing, this is a bug on version 1.3.12. I recorded it using Camtasia.

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