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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon Outstanding! The dual boot is a good solution, I'm glad to hear it worked. view
Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 1 month 3 weeks ago alexxx46

The only OpenCandy file is OCSetupHlp.dll. Delete it and you are safe from O.C.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago Wollongong_Geoff

UPDATE: As an experiment I installed Windows 10 from USB onto a new clean partition using my Windows 7 product key. Surprisingly (to me anyway) it all worked. It accepted my Windows 7 product key, completed the instal, and registered my entitlement to Windows 10. It also took care of the dual booting. So I now have Windows 7 and Windows 10 running happily alongside each other. No need for any risky rollback and I can take my time easing into Windows 10. :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Nightfall at Lake Aurora 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon You're welcome. :) I wasn't aware it was a composite image until I read the description. Looks seamless to me. view
Wallpaper of the Week: Nightfall at Lake Aurora 1 month 3 weeks ago Sgluber

If you didn't say that is a composite image, probably I would never know, rhiannon! X-D

Great job by Dominic Kamp, very beautiful... thank you so much! :-)

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Sun, Sand, and Colorful Beach Chairs (Wallpaper of the Week) 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon Oh Vinnie, you're more than welcome! We're happy you're here! view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

From the article: "How and when you choose to reinstall Windows 10 on that hardware doesn't matter: You can use a USB flash drive or a DVD, a mounted ISO file, or even run Setup from a shared folder on your local network."

You can use the Windows Media Creation tool to do a clean re-install, it has 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 Home and Pro editions, but not the Enterprise edition.

More details here:
http://www.intowindows.com/download-windows-10-media-creation-tool/

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Wallpaper of the Week: Nightfall at Lake Aurora 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is one of my favorite sites.

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I don't think this aggregator would use the normal RSS format because if that were the case then you could use a regular free newsreader such as Feed Demon to connect to social accounts. Thanks for the heads-up about Twitterdeck....will check that out.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago crombierob

This is the safest way to do this -
I will call the old OS W7
Image your current W7, and Verify it.
Remove the hard drive.
Place another hard drive into PC, and restore the W7 into it
Do the upgrade to W10.
Ensure it runs (and get all the updates whilst you are at it).
If you are 'an old woman' like me (ultra cautious), create an image of W10 and verify it.
Remove the W10 drive, and place some where safe
Put back your W7 drive.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 1 month 3 weeks ago Daminion

Hi, if I understood you correctly and you'd like to find all duplicates of your photos, then it can be done in Daminion ( http://daminion.net ) - select all photos --- catalog -- find duplicates. Regarding tagging - it's demonstrated in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGaiMmknj_A

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 1 month 3 weeks ago Daminion

Hi, you are welcome to try Daminion Standalone ( http://daminion.net/download ) - it's has the option to organize the chosen folders and it's free.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 1 month 3 weeks ago crombierob

Has anyone checked out Starburn ?
It is free, and does everything but whistle Dixie

Rob

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Sun, Sand, and Colorful Beach Chairs (Wallpaper of the Week) 1 month 3 weeks ago vinnie107

I can not thank you folks enough for affording me these great resources.
The photo libraries are wonderful and I find myself getting immersed in them.

Vinnie

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago Wollongong_Geoff

Great idea! And both machines actually have full Windows 7 licenses too so it is all above board. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Nightfall at Lake Aurora 1 month 3 weeks ago budchekov

That's a beaut rhiannon, thanks :)
I just changed from another great Aurora shot at APOD..

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160503.html

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago bernardz

twitterdeck its a brilliant free twitter aggregator

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago Nodrog

Neat solution as it stands, but the only way I could see that working with W10 is if you first upgrade both computers individually in order to establish the digital entitlement for each. The key thing is that it is the unique ID of each computer that is stored on MS servers which is used to activate the copy of the OS in use on that device.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago Wollongong_Geoff

Thanks Nodrog. Yes you are right about a full disk clone. I actually meant was a partition clone. I have restored partition clones to identical sized partitions but it can be a bit hit and miss that's for sure. I guess with a lot of these things it is a matter if just trying and seeing what works.

My situation is that I have 2 identically configured (apart from the CPU) computers in separate locations that I work between for a period of months at a time. As primitive as it may seem I have found that the easiest way for me to work between the 2 is to actually swap out the system HDD each time I change locations. Perhaps surprisingly, Windows 7 just reboots beautifully on each machine without having to be reactivated. It will be interesting to see how the Windows 10 upgrade handles being moved between the 2, or if it handles it at all. Only 1 way to find out! :)

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago Nodrog

1) A system image is a clone of the entire disk so cannot be restored to a disk/partition smaller that the one it was copied from. Your alternative should be workable as the point of the exercise is to establish a digital entitlement for Windows 10 on your device, regardless of whether it is part of a dual-boot set-up.

2) See above - the digital entitlement is for the device itself not its individual components, although I doubt if it would carry over after a change of motherboard.

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago bernardz

Well they want you to go on a plan!

I used it for a while, what happens if you have a poor RSS feed, so your internet connect is not good say like me you are in an area where people switch the cable TV on in the evening or you use wifi a lot on the road, or your ISP has trouble with a social media site, after a few attempts (I think 3)  it cuts off the feed with no warning. So often I did not know I was cut off. The support they had was good but the problem just kept happening and in the end I gave up on this program.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago Wollongong_Geoff

2 related questions:

1) Is there a way to run a Windows 10 upgrade alongside the original Windows 7 as a dual boot arrangement? My best guess so far would be to create a disk image of Windows 7, upgrade to Windows 10 and then, reinstal the Window 7 image to a different partition. Alternatively, upgrade to Windows 10, rollback to Windows 7, download an ISO of Windows 10 and instal to a separate partition. I am guessing it would not be as simple as just downloading a Windows 10 ISO and installing it using the security key from the original Windows 7?

2) Also, once upgraded to Windows 10, how would one do a fresh clean instal of Windows 10 once the July 29th free upgrade deadline has passed? For example, onto a new HDD. The answer to this may actually provide an answer to my first question too.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 3 weeks ago Shula

Macrium Reflect version 6, is in fact, free with the great features that were not available in the free version 5, such as cloning and incremental imaging and boot menu WinPE recovery environment without the use of usb or cd/dvd. I have been using version 6 free for months. http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx Enjoy! Spread the word!

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CD Recovery Toolbox 1 month 3 weeks ago mdyawar

iam computer hardwer egg. so v v imp softwer

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago Geekomatic

Being skeptical, what's in it for them? Am I going to be even more intruded upon/spied on? Yet another company with permission to track my online leanings?

Idk...after a while, it all feels "shifty".

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

An aggregator that allows only 3 Twitter feeds is basically useless as most people with Twitter accounts (including myself) follow hundreds of other accounts. I don't imagine it would satisfy those who use LinkedIn for networking either. Maybe Hootsuite could be convinced to offer 10 free premium licenses to readers at Gizmo.

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View All Your Social Networking From One Place 1 month 3 weeks ago lotsamosi

Can you track 3 Facebook accounts on the same page?

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon Sorry to hear about that. I've had enough of that type of thing happen to me over the years (actually, even something as seemingly innocuous as a Windows update has caused major issues) that I make a disk image before I do anything, and make regular backups of Documents, bookmarks, and other data that changes often. Here's a link to our Best Free Drive Cloning Software category if anyone should need it: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-cloning-software.htm view
Icecream Screen Recorder 1 month 3 weeks ago Mark53

With the last two versions, you only get 10 minutes of recording time.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago alexxx46

The rollback didn't work for me. I lost all my disk C: data, and had to reinstall Win7 from scratch.
Backup restore of Win7 didn't succeed either.

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Pixlr - Edit Your Photos Like a Pro 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Great idea Jojo, thanks for that. I use the Windows desktop version of Pixlr most every day.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Nightfall at Lake Aurora 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Feel free to post links to wallpapers you like here in the comments, myself and others who enjoy a wide range of wallpapers would be interested in seeing what you've turned up. :)

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 3 weeks ago mchldpy

I guess you guys know XP (embedded) is supported thru 2019 just as se7en will be when it reaches the old folks home in 2020, Embedded se7en will be supported thru 2025. What does it take to tell the mothership you are an embedded system, nothing but a simple little script. Although a Technet subscription "ain't what it used to be", it's amazing what knowledge MS will impart on you if you appear attentive. Really.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Nightfall at Lake Aurora 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I appreciate nature and landscape photography as much as the next person but maybe it's time to explore other wallpaper categories. That particular website offers some very nice city nightscapes for example. Still can't figure out why they think it's necessary to provide screen resolutions to 13 decimal places though.

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Best Free Hex Editor 1 month 3 weeks ago Perras

Regarding Hexplorer:
"I was unable to increase the font size which made reading difficult."

You just need to change the font!
To zoom into Hexplorer:
* Open your file.
* Go to View --> Options.
* Change font to "System Fixed Font"!

Information found here:
http://petzforum.proboards.com/thread/52663

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Pixlr - Edit Your Photos Like a Pro 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Good point rhiannon. I've now placed in this article a link to the same app item in our software records with rating, download links and more. view
How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 1 month 3 weeks ago pati93

Hi Vic! Excellent article but have you thought about an app that enables printing on the go? I think it is much easier via an app. Although there is one obstacle- there are special spots/printers where you can print your documents. But the more people use it the more spots there will be. Check it out and let me know what your thoughts are: http://zaven.co/projects/zeccer.html

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Sync Your Photos and Files Between Devices Automatically 1 month 3 weeks ago jet005303199369...

This is a very useful utility for me. Our HTPC syncs photos across my phone and my wife phone. All my important laptop files also sync to the HTPC. Since I use it so often, I would like to know more about the security also.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 1 month 4 weeks ago Chris Caven

Breach Alarm is accessible from behind VyprVPN

VyprVPN - Secure Personal VPN | Golden Frog
https://www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn

Golden Frog (company) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Frog_(company)

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 1 month 4 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

The site told me that I was a ROBOT, but I think it is because I am behind a VPN and it sees the DNS of the VPN server. THERE IS NO WAY I WILL GIVE MY REAL IP SO EVERYONE CAN TRACK ME. No thanks. The moment you allow them access to your real IP, you are done for.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago mmmike

Maybe I'm old school, but I believe, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

I have Win 7 Premium on my laptop and it works great! When I have to get a new one it'll likely have Win 10 on it......otherwise, forget it!

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My Preferred File Compression/Unzip Tool 1 month 4 weeks ago Jorpho

There's no question that 7-zip has its uses, but I've never cared for its interface at all. I use IZArc for day-to-day tasks. (A whole lot of people were turned off by the adware bundling in some older versions, but that has been put to rest.)

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks Remah!

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 4 weeks ago Panzer

"... Distributing applications on Linux is a pain: different distributions in multiple versions, each with their own versions of libraries. Flatpak is here to change all that ...":
http://flatpak.org

Higgins - yet another application launcher for Linux:
https://github.com/kokoko3k/higgins/

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Give Your PC Insomnia. Stop It Going To Sleep. 1 month 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Many thanks. The link has now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago Remah

There are better downgrade and upgrade options on Windows Pro/Professional and any higher edition like Enterprise. Lesser editions, i.e. Windows Home, have more limited options. For example:

Windows 8 downgrade options

Microsoft's licensing determines the options for OEMs. What each OEM/vendor decides to do can vary a lot. Some don't offer downgrade options. Others do. They can also offer different pre-installs, e.g. both Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 10 images can be loaded onto the computer. See this article for some examples:

Microsoft, OEMs Put Downgrade Restrictions On Windows 10

 

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Give Your PC Insomnia. Stop It Going To Sleep. 1 month 4 weeks ago bernardz

Its been moved to here

 

http://dlaa.me/blog/post/10104830

 

This is a very useful utility

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon I understood that. :) I was chiming in with the idea that new computers don't always come with operating systems. I know that some computer manufacturers offered the option of buying a new computer with Windows 7 installed long after Windows 8 was released. Maybe something similar will happen with new computers, with Windows 8.1 being offered as an alternative to Windows 10? view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago toktok

Yes - I didn't mean you get Win10 freely but only that you probably have to change to Win10 if you buy a new computer (and still want Windows).

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon XP is still popular for sure. I recently read (in a Woody Leonhard column I think) that Windows 7 accounts accounts for 50% of the Windows operating systems in use right now. view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon Exactly my thought. :) Outstanding suggestion. view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon I read about drivers being replaced with generic drivers after Windows 10 was installed, along with it removing some software early on, but hadn't heard of those issues remaining after a roll back. Is that what happened to you? I haven't read anything about the driver issue in some months. There were a lot of issues when Windows 10 was first released, as has been the case with every new version of Windows. Microsoft has traditionally used the feedback to correct many of them. Since Windows 10 is coming up on being a year old, this would be the time I would be more comfortable upgrading. I wouldn't be surprised if a Service Pack was being prepared to be pushed out the door soon............... view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon It's like most things computer related - the majority of the time things go along fine, and then you hit a snag. Most of the well known Windows people I trust (Ed Bott, Woody Leonhard) have performed the roll back several times with no issues, but that's never going to be true for all users. This article about rolling back a Windows 10 upgrade is quite informative: http://www.infoworld.com/article/3033806/microsoft-windows/how-to-roll-b... view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon Unless you build your own computers - if you want to run Windows, you have to buy the operating system, which would mean purchasing Windows 10 if that's what you wanted to use. :) view
Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 4 weeks ago George.J What do you think about AdFender compared to AdMuncher? http://www.adfender.com/ view
Best Free Online Applications and Services 1 month 4 weeks ago nyusu

Enjoy and stay connected with us!!
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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 2 months 58 min ago Nodrog

You could do that, although if you are not intending to move to 10 for some time the image would by then be out of date. I'd suggest you wait until you are ready to upgrade to 10 then download the ISO files current at that time and run it as an upgrade from within 7, it will activate from the digital entitlement and still be free.

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My Preferred File Compression/Unzip Tool 2 months 1 hour ago Burn-IT

Make sure you get the 602 or higher version since there were security holes in the earlier ones apparently.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 2 months 1 hour ago toktok

- and, I suppose, also make a system image of the new Win10 before restoring your old Win7 image?

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 2 months 1 hour ago crosseyedlemon

It's surprising how many people still use XP. I think if a poll were taken it would easily be voted the best OS Microsoft released. For now I'm sticking with Windows 7 which retained many of the best aspects of XP but Linux is becoming a more attractive option with each passing month.

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My Preferred File Compression/Unzip Tool 2 months 1 hour ago Sid in Extremis

I love 7zip, not just for normal zipping/unzipping, it can open all sorts of other things too, well worth poking around to see what it's capable of.

It is available as a portable program as well.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 2 months 2 hours ago Nodrog

The simplest (and safest) way to do this is to create a system image first, then go ahead with the update. After checking that it is properly activated with a digital entitlement for the device you can then restore your old set-up from the system image avoiding any of the potential issues with using the roll-back feature.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 2 hours ago Mike C

I checked 3 of my email addresses and my daughter's email and was informed that no hacks had taken place. Nothing was pushed at me. Thanks for giving me just a modicum of comfort. I will say that, in large part, I credit Sandboxie with favorable results with this and other sites that check the varieties of online security. Thanks, Rob

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Best Free Email Software 2 months 3 hours ago danielsami

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 2 months 4 hours ago toktok

Simplest probably is
- either upgrade before July 29th
- or wait till you absolutely need a new computer (or 2020 when support for Windows 7 ends
- if they don't extend the support - as they did with XP)
- and then you automatically will get Windows 10
- if you don't choose Linux instead ;-)

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 4 hours ago Chris Caven

I see you meant this site rather than this article. Thanks for the link.

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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 2 months 6 hours ago bernardz I hope you reconsider. I like windows 10 and am currently recommending that all my clients update. What I do not recommend is using the rollback which is causing more problems then the update. view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 2 months 7 hours ago rickybobby

I was really close to do what the article said. Thanks for the heads up. I looked for more info about the procedure and found a lot of people complaining. Windows 10 is not as friendly as the article would make you think.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 8 hours ago bernardz The price of the hardware has been dropping, plus the number of cores has been going up. Another factor though that missing is probability, you maybe 100% safe for a lifetime, assuming that means a 60 year search but in next 30 years, the hacker has a 50% chance of getting in. view
Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version 2 months 8 hours ago bernardz Don't do it. Rolling back Windows 10 is not a good idea, what happens is that your drivers often get replaced with genetic drivers and your personal settings are often changed view
Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 8 hours ago bernardz http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/220-million-hacked-accounts-your... view
Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 9 hours ago Chris Caven

Condescending, Patronising, Paranoid!

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Best Free Project Manager 2 months 13 hours ago philip

I don't have any experience, but I did open an account and look around. Here is the decription I added to the Related Products section above:

Asana is a simple, logical, web-based project manager, which is straightforward and easy to understand and work with. It is primarily task oriented, and there is no effort required dimension to the tasks. That trades off bottoms-up planning for simplicity. The tops-down planning focus lends itself to more flexibility and quicker response to workload changes than traditional, details-focused project managers. In other words, it would be best for internal projects, like product development, than it would be for managing contracts.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 14 hours ago godel

Moore's Law pretty much crapped out around 2008, at least with regard to CPUs. Lately manufacturers been concentrating on reducing power consumption, with just a few per cent gain each generation in speed.

GPUs may still have some life left in them though.

Another factor missed in these calculations is how are the passwords stored at the other end.

Has the web site applied the full range of protections such as salting and PBKDF2, bcrypt or scrypt key stretching?

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 17 hours ago MidnightCowboy

The moderators have removed several comments from this thread relating to pricing. The article is not about tracking potential hacks but checking them which is free as stated. Other than that, their pricing structure for additional services is clear enough.

The only comment I would make is that all of my own passwords/emails have been hacked according to them on the same day which seems a little odd. :) Still, as ever we bring stuff to the masses we hope will be both interesting and useful. If you feel this isn't, there is plenty more to see on other pages without slagging off the editor for features he never promoted in the first place. MC - Site Manager.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 17 hours ago Joebaba

Gizmo - the "BreachAlarm" site looks like a commercial sales tool..
"Warning - warning - your email has been compromised. Give us money and we'll tell you how."
Useless rubbish.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 17 hours ago classicggma65

Thanx for the info...found it all out when I tried to have a second email watched. Am now signed up with haveibeenpwned.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 17 hours ago mchldpy

Makes you wonder why this information was not forthcoming in the article.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 17 hours ago classicggma65

Just signed up to check one email address, but went to check a second...says for $10/year will keep track of up to 10 addresses...think I'll check out the other one, haveibeenpwned.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 17 hours ago Chris Caven

BreachAlarm pricing is crystal clear at:-
https://breachalarm.com/watchdog

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 17 hours ago Chris Caven

This Gizmo article hasn't given you any site other than BreachAlarm --- only the comments/replies therein have mentioned alternatives.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 17 hours ago Chris Caven

Only the FREE BreachAlarm Watchdog service does "not include full details of the breach".

Email Watchdog Pricing
https://breachalarm.com/watchdog

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 21 hours ago Geert

>> haveibeenpwned notified me today that one of the addresses I have was hacked on Linkedin back in 2012.
>> Best part, I believe, is that I have never been a member of linkedin.
Whoohahahaha... LOL :-))

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 22 hours ago pratomorone

Interesting...however, haveibeenpwned notified me today that one of the addresses I have (this site says it had not been hacked) was hacked on Linkedin back in 2012. Best part, I believe, is that I have never been a member of linkedin. Whom are you to believe?

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 23 hours ago abrandt

Ron: Appreciate this article... have implemented: 1. BreachAlarm... 2. Ultra High Security Password Generator by Steve Gibson... 3. haveibeenpwned.

Thank you.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 23 hours ago redstick

Thanks! Nice and quick. Another arrow in the security quiver. (complaints because it LOOKS funny? Huh!).

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 23 hours ago Geert

>> That's what I meant.
I don't think so.

>> Using more special characters will increase brute-force time.
That's incorrect. (cf. my other comment http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/ever-wondered-just-how-good-your-password.htm#comment-126694)

My point is that (the easier to use) "Hello to you!" is as strong as your "H3ll0 2 U!"
In fact it is stronger since it is 3 characters longer.

Side remark: Be aware that hackers also know the trick of replacing 'to' by '2' and 'e' by '3' and 'you' by 'U'.
So if we're talking about GUESSING passwords (which we didn't so far - we we're talking about brute force cracking them), my password is as weak as yours.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 23 hours ago George.J

Certain things that I'd like to share with you guys....

1. No matter how strong your password is, never use a public computer to enter your sensitive information. You never really know what's running in the background on those computers.

2. Also if you are entering passwords in your browser, make sure you disable all extensions [except for password-manager extension] and also that you're in running in Safe/Incognito mode.

3. The best password for ease of use is an 8-letter passphrase combination of alphabets with a capital letter, a number & a special character.

4. Typing passwords on a virtual-keyboard is safer than using your own hardware keyboard.

5. Make sure your computer is free from malware/viruses/key-loggers. Always run a primary antivirus in the background, and perform monthly check-ups with a second-opinion scanner.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 23 hours ago George.J That's what I meant. I also stressed on the fact that it should be easy to use, so an 8-letter password is the most ideal one. An example of it is H3ll0 2 U! which automatically becomes a strong password. Using more special characters will increase brute-force time. Spaces are ideal. view
Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 1 day ago Geert

>> My last paragraph above should have said
You know you can edit your posts, right?

>> The entropy gain from DLU to DLUS is not that much...
Automated brute force attacks don't care about and don't know your password's entropy.
They don't know what characters you used for your password.
So they'll have to (spend valuable time by being obliged to) explore the complete DLUS space.
Even if your password only contains characters from the L space.
Hence, the password "f@K6[Mf3" will be cracked a fast as "goekjsoz" by their brute force algorithm.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 2 months 1 day ago SkiddMarx

at least haveibeenpwned tells you which breach resulted in your data being compromised, so you know which passwords to change...

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 1 day ago Geert

>> a password of 16 characters comprised of upper case, lower case, and digits should be secure for your lifetime.
Why do people keep thinking that having a mix of upper/lower case characters and digits is better?
Probably because they've been told that for so long. Too long actually.

A pass phrase like 'I love my cat more than my wife (does)' is way more secure than (the too short password) 'a@5èg4L%'
LENGTH is the key to secure passwords/phrases.

>> Under these assumptions, the time to crack a password is nowhere near the estimate provided by Kaspersky
That site clearly states:
Your password will be bruteforced with an average home computer in approximately ...
In other words, if 1000 average home computers are used (like it is done in botnets), you indeed have to divide the value by 1000.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 1 day ago Al S

My last paragraph above should have said "a password of 16 RANDOM characters ..."

Let L=Lower Case; U=Upper Case; D=Digit; S=Special (characters)
A DLU character has entropy = 5.95; a DLUS character has entropy 6.55
An 8 character DLU password has entropy 8*5.95 =47.6
An 8 character DLUS password has entropy 8*6.55=52.4
A 16 character DLU password has entropy 16*5.95=95.2
The entropy gain from DLU to DLUS is not that much and many sites don't accept special characters. As pointed out by reviewers, as long as the characters are random, length is more important than the character set.
In general it is best to use a program to generate a password of random characters and store the passwords in a password safe.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 1 day ago Geert

>> The best password for ease of use is an 8-letter combination of alphabets with a capital letter, a number & a special character.
That's incorrect. The best password is a pass phrase. Becasue of it's length.
The fact that it's easy to use and remember is a bonus.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 1 day ago Al S

Let's change the assumptions a bit:

1. Assume the attacker has downloaded a copy of the password database and is attacking it off-line.
2. Assume the password database is partitioned into 100 equal segments and each segment is attacked by a separate processor (i.e., 100 processors).
3. Assume high end PCs with vector graphics processor are used. This will yield about 3.0E07 password checks/second per processor.
4. Assume every 1.5 or 2.0 years, the number of processors used in the attack doubles and the processing power increases according to Moore's Law (doubles every 1.5 or 2.0 years).

Under these assumptions, the time to crack a password is nowhere near the estimate provided by Kaspersky; however, a password of 16 characters comprised of upper case, lower case, and digits should be secure for your lifetime. Yes, I have a spreadsheet that does the analysis.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 2 months 1 day ago bernardz None of these will work if your ISP, VPN or WIFI has been hacked or taken over. I experienced this is a recent trip to Iran. 6. Change passwords regularly, use something like lastpass. view
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@joy90976
Dear joy,
Why don't you voluntarily offer to take over administration of this list?
Now THAT would help...

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