Some security steps to take after installing Windows

5 security steps to take after installing Windows

Windows is the most popular PC operating system around with a whopping 91% market share( That’s also the share Google has in its search Engine market). Unfortunately, more popularity means more and more people searching and exploiting loopholes. In this present scenario, security threats and exploits are on the rise and the default level of protection in Windows is not at all enough to meet them.There are some security steps that you must follow in order to stay safe from hackers and identity stealers.

AUTOMATIC UPDATES


The first thing is to check Whether Automatic Updates for your OS has been enabled or not. Microsoft regularly patches security loopholes and vulnerabilities and its the best bet to stay safe. Even patchy versions(read :pirated) require updates and can get all security updates(not the functional ones) here also. If everyone would have patched their systems regularly, we wouldn’t have been hit the Conficker worm which spread virally on Windows Systems due to an already patched vulnerability In Windows affecting millions of PC’s worldwide.
INSTALL AN ANTIVIRUS FOR SECURITY

This is the most important rule of thumb that most people ignore. An anti-virus is the most basic protection you can get against any form of malware and its the best practice to scan all devices and downloads before executing them. Microsoft offers its own Anti Virus, Microsoft Security Essentials, to Windows users, which along-with having excellent detection rate,is also completely free. Users looking for something advanced can try out the various paid Security suites by Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee etc. or the free ones from AVG,Avst, Avira etc.

DON’T DISABLE UAC

UAC stands for User Account Control which Is used by Windows to detect suspicious programs and activities going on and also, which I admit, is pretty annoying. But, instead of disabling it, you can decrease the intensity level via the slider present in the Control Panel. Also, instead of blindly clicking on Allow on all the pop-ups, look twice to see whether that program is genuine or fake.User Account Control can serve as an important enough tool if you look past its irritating nature

ALWAYS USE UPDATED SOFTWARE


Take care to ensure that apart from your OS, all the softwares which you are installing should be the latest and updated version. Hackers are quite well known to exploit the various softwares from other manufacturers,especially Adobe’s popular PDF reader and flash player. The manufacturers usually patch their programs from these exploits and regularly updating the tools may very well save you from getting hacked. Mostly, its the common and more popular softwares which are exploited so make sure that you get their latest versions running on your PC.

CHANGE YOUR BROWSER!!


Although most of the people stick with the default Internet Explorer browser, its better to change it to the other popular one like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Internet Explorer 6,which is bundled in Windows XP, contains a lot of security holes and if you’re using a Patchy copy of your OS, chances are you won’t be able to update to Its version 8 or above, which is definitely more secure and better.

At the end, a little common sense and basic knowledge goes a long way in staying safe. The Internet is a dangerous place , but if the end user be aware, all is well

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Speed up Firefox

Here’s something for broadband people that will really speed Firefox up:

1.Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining

network.http.proxy.pipelining

network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.
If you’re using a broadband connection you’ll load pages MUCH faster now..

How to Block a Website ?

Some times it becomes necessary to block a website on our Computers for one or other reason. You can easily and effectivily block access to a website by adding it to your Windows HOSTS file. Once the website is blocked in the HOSTS file, it will not appear in any of the browsers. That is, the website becomes completely unavailable.

1. Go to your HOSTS file which is located at:

C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32DRIVERSETC for XP, Vista and Win 7
C:WINNTSYSTEM32DRIVERSETC for Win 2000
C:WINDOWS for Windows 98 and ME

2. Open HOSTS with Notepad.

The default Windows HOSTS looks like this:

 ______________________

# Copyright © 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
 #
 # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
 #
 # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
 # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
 # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
 # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
 # space.
 #
 # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
 # lines or following the machine name denoted by a “#” symbol.
 #
 # For example:
 #
 # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
 # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host
 #
 127.0.0.1 localhost
 _____________________________

3. Directly under the line that says 127.0.0.1 Localhost, you will want to type:

127.0.0.1 name of the URL you want to block

For example to block the website MySpace.com, simply type:
127.0.0.1 myspace.com
 127.0.0.1 www.myspace.com
Other parts of MySpace could be blocked in a similar way:
127.0.0.1 search.myspace.com
 127.0.0.1 profile.myspace.com
 etc etc etc…

It is necessary to add a website with and without the “www.”. You can add any number of websites to this list.
4. Close Notepad and answer “Yes” when prompted.

5. After blocking the website, test it in any of the browser. If every thing is done as said above,the website must not appear in any of the web browsers. You should see a Cannot find server or DNS Error saying: “The page cannot be displayed”. I have also created a virus to block a website which automatically blocks a list of websites as specified in the source program.

Some people suggest that your add a website to the Internet Explorer ‘Privacy’ settings. This does not block a site. It only stops that site from using cookies.

Customize Google to Improve Search Results

Google is indisputedbly the best search engine out there on the Internet, however there are a few ways by which you can customize Google and make it even better. I have got 3 best free Firefox extensions using which you can customize Google by adding extra useful information to your search results and remove unwanted informationlike ads, spam and click tracking so as to improve the overall searching experience. The following are the 3 best extensions for Firefox using which you can improve the search results.

1. OptimizeGoogle:

Using OptimizeGoogle, you can get rid of text ads from Google search results, add links from about 10 other search engines, add position counter, product results and more. You can even filter your search results to see dead websites (using WayBack Machine) and remove click tracking so that you can search anonymously. Here is a list of some of the other useful features of this plugin.

1. Use Google suggest (get word suggestion while typing)

2. Add more security by using https wherever necessary

3. Filter spammy websites from search results page

4. Option to remove SideWiki

5. Add links to bookmark your favorite result

6. Add links to other news and product search sites

To install the plugin, just visit the OptimizeGoogle page from your Firefox browser and click on the Download button. Once installed, you can enable or disable the customization options from the Tools -> OptimizeGoogle Options.
After you customize Google to improve the search results, how about adding a feature that provides a way to preview the website in the search results itself? Here is a miracle Firefox extension to this job for us.
 
2.  SearchPreview:

SearchPreview (formerly GooglePreview) will insert thumbnail view of the webpage into the Google search results page itself so that you can take the guess work out of clicking a link. Just install the plugin, reload Firefox and you will have the SearchPreview at work. You can install this plugin from the following link.
SearchPreview Download

OptimizeGoogle and SearchPreview have made our search results smarter and faster. Now how about safer? Well you have another Firefox plugin to make your search results safer as well. Here we go.

3. McAfee SiteAdvisor:

This is a free browser plugin that gives safety advice about websites on the search results page before you actually click on the links. After you install the SiteAdvisor plugin, you will see a small rating icon next to each search result which will alert you about suspecious/risky websites and help you find safer alternatives. These ratings are derived based on various tests conducted by McAfee.

Based on the quality of links, SiteAdvisor may display Green, Yellow, Red or Grey icon next to the search results. Green means that the link is completely safe, Yellow means that there is a minor risk, Red means a mojor risk and Grey means that the site is not yet rated. These results will guide you to Web safety.

SiteAdvisor works on both Internet Explorer and Firefox which you can download from the following link:

McAfee SiteAdvisor Download

I hope you enjoy these 3 plugins which make your searching experience a lot more simpler and safer. Here is a snapshot of all the 3 plugins at work.

How to Disable Facebook Timeline in Chrome, Firefox and Safari

If you do not want to timeline more, then friends don’t worry. I received a tricks on my email from my friends, I tested it and it works great so i share this tricks with you.

How to Remove or Disable Timeline From Mozilla FireFox:-

If you are using the Mozilla Firefox then it’s very easy to disable timeline. First of all install UserAgent Switcher Extension from here(user-agent-switcher) and then choose the Internet Explorer 7 by selecting Firefox tools/Useragent Switcher/Interent Explorer.

How to Remove or Disable Timeline From Google Chrome:-

For Windows 7 and Windows vista:-
Right Click on the Google Chrome icon and click on proprieties and  in target box add following syntax after/chrome.exe”
“““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““
–user-agent=”Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)”
————————————————————————————–

and click on Apply and Ok.
In simple open the notepad and paste the below syntaxand save with .bat extension.
code:-

%USERPROFILE%AppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” –user-agent=”Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)”

For Windows XP:-
paste the code in notepad and save with .link extension.
code:-
“%USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” –user-agent=”Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)”

How to Remove or Disable Timeline From Safari:-

For Safari Browser go into the preferences menu, select “advanced”, then tick the “enable developers menu” then exit the preferences menu. then click the page icon menu (next to the cog wheel icon) then select the “develop/user agent” menu, there you can choose theuser agent you wish to use for the current website you are viewing. Select Internet Explorer 7.

 

Google chrome shortcuts: Mac


Mac keyboard shortcuts
Tab and window shortcuts

⌘-N Opens a new window.
⌘-T Opens a new tab.
⌘-Shift-N Opens a new window in incognito mode.
Press ⌘-O, then select file.Opens a file from your computer in Google Chrome.

Press ⌘ and click a link. Or click a link with your middle mouse button (or mousewheel).
Opens the link in a new tab in the background .

Press ⌘-Shift and click a link. Or press Shift and click a link with your middle mouse button (or mousewheel).Opens the link in a new tab and switches to the newly opened tab.

Press Shift and click a link.Opens the link in a new window.

⌘-Shift-T Reopens the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.

Drag a tab out of the tab strip.Opens the tab in a new window.

Drag a tab out of the tab strip and into an existing window.Opens the tab in the existing window.

Press ⌘-Option and the right arrow together.Switches to the next tab.

Press ⌘-Option and the left arrow together.Switches to the previous tab.

⌘-W Closes the current tab or pop-up.

⌘-Shift-W Closes the current window.

Click and hold either the Back or Forward arrow in the browser toolbar.Displays your browsing
history in the  tab.

Press Delete or ⌘-[ Goes to the previous page in your browsing history for the tab.

Press Shift-Delete or ⌘-] Goes to the next page in your browsing history for the tab.

Press Shift while clicking the + button in the top left corner of the window.Maximizes the window.

⌘-M Minimizes the window.
⌘-H Hides Google Chrome.
⌘-Option-H Hides all other windows.
⌘-Q Closes Google Chrome

Google Chrome feature shortcuts

⌘-Shift-B Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
⌘-Option-B Opens the bookmark manager.
⌘-, Opens the Preferences dialog.
⌘-Y Opens the History page.
⌘-Shift-J Opens the Downloads page.
⌘-Shift-Delete Opens the Clear Browsing Data dialog.

Address bar shortcuts

Use the following shortcuts in the address bar:

Type a search term, then press Enter.Performs a search using your default search engine.

Type a search engine keyword, press Space, type a search term, and press Enter.Performs
a search using the search engine associated with the keyword.

Begin typing a search engine URL, press Tab when prompted, type a search term, and press Enter.
Performs a search using the search engine associated with the URL.

Type a URL, then press ⌘-Enter.Opens the URL in a new background tab.

⌘-L Highlights the URL.

⌘-Option-F Places a ‘?’ in the address bar. Type a search term after the question mark to perform
a search using your default search engine.

Press Option and the left arrow together. Moves your cursor to the preceding key term in the address bar

Press Option and the right arrow together. Moves your cursor to the next key term in the address bar

Press Shift-Option and the left arrow together. Highlights the preceding key term in the address bar

Press Shift-Option and the right arrow together. Highlights the next key term in the address bar

⌘-Delete Deletes the key term that precedes your cursor in the address bar

Press Page Up or Page Down in the address bar menu.Selects the previous or next entry in the menu

Webpage shortcuts

⌘-P Prints your current page.
⌘-Shift-P Opens the Page Setup dialog.
⌘-S Saves your current page.
⌘-Shift-I Emails your current page.
⌘-R Reloads your current page.
⌘-, Stops loading of your current page.
⌘-F Opens the find bar.
⌘-G Finds the next match for your input in the find bar.
⌘-Shift-G or Shift-Enter Finds the previous match for your input in the find bar.
⌘-E Uses selection for find
⌘-J Jumps to selection
⌘-Option-I Opens Developer Tools.
⌘-Option-J Opens the JavaScript Console.
⌘-Option-U Opens the source of your current page.

Press Option and click a link Downloads the target of the link.

Drag a link to the bookmarks bar.Saves the link as a bookmark.

⌘-D Saves your current webpage as a bookmark.
⌘-Shift-D Saves all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folder.
⌘-Shift-F Opens your page in full-screen mode. Press ⌘-Shift-F again to exit full-screen.
⌘-+ Enlarges everything on the page.
⌘ and – Makes everything on the page smaller.
⌘-0 Returns everything on the page to normal size.
⌘-Shift-H Opens your home page in your current tab.
Space bar Scrolls down the web page.
⌘-Option-F Searches the web.

Text shortcuts

⌘-C Copies highlighted content to the clipboard.
⌘-Option-C Copies the URL of the page you’re viewing to the clipboard.
⌘-V Pastes content from the clipboard.
⌘-Shift-Option-V Pastes content without source formatting.
⌘-X or Shift-Delete Deletes the highlighted content and copies it to the clipboard.
⌘-Z Reverts your last action.
⌘-Shift-Z Repeats your last action.
⌘-X Deletes highlighted content and saves it to your clipboard (cut).
⌘-A Selects all the text on your current page.
⌘-: Opens the Spelling and Grammar dialog.
⌘-; Checks your current page for spelling and grammar