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Sony PlayStation Network Users Get Free Identity Theft Protection

If you have a Sony Playstation network account, you probably have heard of the massive attack on Sony’s PlayStation network. This led to hackers walking away with user account data possibly including personal information like credit card numbers.  Sony has in turn arranged for one year of free identity theft protection for PlayStation Network users [...]

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Quick Gmail Tip: Recover Password via SMS

Quick Gmail Tip: Recover Password via SMS

You’d hardly forget your main Gmail account password. But, if you had multiple Gmail accounts for various passwords, it might be hard to remember them all especially when you set different passwords for them. Also, forgetting passwords is easy when you have just changed your password to something really secure and you don’t login to [...]

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Access Blocked Websites By Email

Access Blocked Websites By Email

For some reason, my getting around blocked websites has received a tremendous response here. So, I figured I’d share another way you can get to blocked websites just by using your email. MailMyWeb.com is a beta web service that lets you send an email with the url of the site you want as the subject. [...]

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Dropbox Bug Leaves Accounts Open for Hours

Dropbox Bug Leaves Accounts Open for Hours

Dropbox seems to be in a bad run recently. I wrote about Dropbox security when they rewrote some of the lines in the privacy policy pages. This got some bad publicity and even though I love Dropbox for it’s usefulness started suggesting Dropbox alternatives. Yesterday, Dropbox suffered another serious setback. One of the code updates [...]

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Firefox 3.5.1 Security Update – Install it now

There was a critical security vulnerability detected in last week’s Firefox 3.5 release. Mozilla has reacted quickly and has pushed a security update that fixes this security hole. If you are running Firefox 3.5, go to Help -> Check Updates and update to Firefox 3.5.1 immediately. You can find more details here.

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Guide to managing your non-essential passwords

Guide to managing your non-essential passwords

Most websites offering a web service require you to authenticate with an username and password. How many times in a week do you find yourself, scrambling to your email to find that registration email you received or hitting the ‘Forgot your password?’ link? As a good ShanKri-la reader would do, you take good care of [...]

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Get Around Blocked Websites with CyberGhost

One of the most popular posts here, for some reason, is how to get around blocked websites. I guess a lot of schools, colleges and workplaces block websites that people really want to get to. Whatever the reason maybe for the administrators to lock down their systems, they have to understand that it doesn’t stop [...]

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Popular WordPress Plugins Compromised

If you use popular WordPress plugins such as AddThis, WPtouch or W3 Total Cache and upgraded it in the last 1 or 2 days, read this. Matt Mullenwag of Automattic has published a blog post saying that they noticed suspicious commits to the WordPress plugin repository for several popular plugins. In fact, their suspicions were [...]

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MiMedia Offers 7GB of Free Online Storage

I have been a great proponent of the online cloud storage service Dropbox. Recently, Dropbox had some negative publicity when they updated their terms of service. So, I started looking for Dropbox alternatives. A long time blogging friend of mine, Mark Sierra commented about a service he has used for quite a bit – Mimedia. [...]

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BlackSheep Protects Against FireSheep

I wrote about a Firefox extension, FireSheep, that could let someone else on the same public WiFi connection as you could log into your social networking accounts. Eric Butler released Fire Sheep download with a good intention to show the seriousness of how lax the login procedures are for most of the popular social networking [...]

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What is FireSheep and How to Protect Yourself?

I am going to be traveling a lot this month and probably end up using a lot of free WiFi access points. So, when I came across FireSheep I had to write about it. FireSheep, in essence, is a Firefox extension that can sniff out your login information to many sites and let a stranger [...]

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How to Get Rid of MacDefender Malware?

If you are a Mac user, you might have heard of or even gotten affected by the MacDefender malware that is affecting Apple Mac OS X users worldwide. For all the hype that the media is causing about this malware, it is petty compared to say the PC virus in the Windows world. MacDefender does [...]

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Change Your LastPass Vault Master Password Now

I recently became a LastPass online password manager user. I have used Passpack for the longest time but I am trying out LastPass for it’s easy browser integration and login abilities. LastPass works by encrypting all your passwords with a special encryption key – your master password. I just received an email today from LastPass [...]

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A Good Free Firewall & Anti Virus Suite – Comodo

Comodo is unique and has become my favorite as it combines the 2 most important utlities for any Windows computer – anti-virus & firewall.

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Beware: Facebook Phishing Scam in the Wild

Beware: Facebook Phishing Scam in the Wild

I woke up this morning to see 45 emails via Facebook. Looks like I started spamming my friends’ walls with messages like ‘How to make $6000 with hot colon?’. Luckily, I have friends who know me better than to post such nonsense in their walls and they said so. Finally, the Facebook team had sensed [...]

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