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inetsafety.jpgIt's just in my nature to do it. What you may ask.

Snoop around on a wireless network to see what is open and vulnerable.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't do it to hack into systems. I do it to show friends and family that just because they have a router with a firewall protecting their network from the Internet, the need to also secure devices on the inside network is just as important.

I've been known to cause havoc on wireless home networks such as having their printer spew paper onto the floor, or easily log into the router and disable access because they were lazy with using a password that was their home address (or worse, never changing the default password).

The shock of what just happen catches their attention.

For that matter, who needs to be stealthy when you can walk around their house and press a key on the keyboard only to reveal the PC is not password protected (social engineering remains an easy method for hackers, just ask the NSA).

read more: How To Hack Your Friends and Family Home Wireless Network To Show Them Allowing Trusted Access Can Be Dangerous

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inetsafety.jpgRecently I was at a concert with friends, that had free wif-fi hotspot available. The only requirement for connecting to the wi-fi hotspot was to use a password that was made publicly available.  My friends thought "what's the point of requiring a password if everyone knows it".

I thought….who ever is responsible for running the event must be pretty smart.

read more: Why Connecting To Wi-FI Hostspots With A Known Public Password Is More Secure Than One With No Password

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Nothing is more frustrating when something just won't work after spending hours trying to make it work. That's what PC's and wireless networks do best…frustrate you to no end.

One of the biggest problems I come across, is when someone can't get their PC connected to their wireless home network. Yet, it seems to connect everywhere else but in their house.

Before I get the chance to look at it, I hear a long laundry list of things that were attempted to get the wireless connection working. Like re-typing the encryption password a thousand times, "rebooting the router first then my PC" (and a dozen other different ways), even moving the PC closer to the router.

Nothing works 🙁

But there are always two things missing in that list, if checked, may have saved hours of frustration and allowed more hours of surfing the web.

read more: Why Won't My PC (Or Devices) Connect To My Wireless Router?

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When it comes to cell phones, it's easy to get distracted when a new text message arrives, someone tweets you, or the unthinkable happens…the phone rings.

One example is when the application notification pops up alerting you that updates are available.

If you acknowledge the notification,without updating  applications (due to being distracted), the notification goes away and you're left wondering how to update those applications.

You can always wait for the next application update notification to appear, but who knows when that will occur.

Instead, you can simply update the apps manually. Here's how.

read more: Manually Update Android Apps After Notification Disappears

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Sometimes it's nice when big brother is watching over you.

Such is the case when you accidentally delete an email message from your mailbox. If the Trash can was not emptied, after the message was deleted, you're in luck to easily recover the email.

But what if you delete a contact from your address book? There's no Trash can to catch deleted contacts. Once the contact is deleted, it's gone and you are out of luck.

…not really.

This is where big brother has your back, because by default Comcast automatically backs up your address book for you (even if you don't manually back up online yourself).

read more: Restore Your Comcast (Xfinity) Address Book Even When You Didn't Back It Up

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Why is it when you hold on to an email message forever, thinking someday you will need it, that day always arrives just after you delete it from your mailbox?

And so the process begins, where you beat yourself up for not leaving things alone because you just know Murphy's email law (is there such a thing?) would come back and bite you.

You then scramble around praying the message is still sitting in your Hotmail Deleted folder. Only to find it's gone.

Now what?

Well if you are lucky enough, you can use Hotmail's "Recover Deleted Message" feature to get that Email message back…and delete Murphy's law instead.

read more: Recover Your Deleted (Windows Live) Hotmail Messages After Being Emptied

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winlogo.jpgWith today's modern computers, running 64-bit version of Windows is the smart choice if you want faster performance and the capability to run games and multi-media memory thirsty applications.

And now that operating systems, such as Windows 7, 8, and newer versions are fully 64-bit capable, more and more applications are also becoming 64-bit compatible, making the choice to run 64-bit Windows a no brainier.

But, you may have noticed over the past few years, advancements with CPU capabilities have become light years ahead of it's time. Which means, we are are able to stretch the use of our computer hardware well beyond the typical life span.

And because of this, you are left wondering if your Computer hardware is 64-bit compatible.

So instead of plunking down hard earn cash for a new Computer, here's how you can easily check, which may save you money in the long run.

read more: Save Money On A New Computer By Checking If Your Existing Computer Can Run 64-bit version of Windows

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winlogo.jpgOne would think with the massive hard drive sizes available, you would never run out of disk space.

But we all love our music, photos and videos of friends and families making fools out of themselves…unfortunately at the expensive of taking up so much disk space on your hard drive.

While the best way for cleaning up disk space is to move your music, photos and videos to an external hard drive or USB drive, the drawback is not having them available on your Computer if you don't keep the drive always connected.

So how can you make more disk space available, without sacrificing not having good old Uncle Bud making a fool out of himself on demand?

Simply by searching for large files that have not been accessed in a long time.
read more: Easily Find Rarely Used Large Files Taking Up Disk Space Using Windows Search

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